January 29, 1948

CABBAGE-INQUIRY WITH RESPECT TO SUBSIDIZING IMPORTATIONS


On the orders of the day:


PC

Gordon Knapman Fraser

Progressive Conservative

Mr. G. K. FRASER (Peterborough West):

I would like to ask the Minister of Finance a question. As the import ban on United States cabbage is to be lifted this week and the ceiling price set, is it the intention of the government to subsidize the importation of United States cabbage?

Topic:   VEGETABLES
Subtopic:   CABBAGE-INQUIRY WITH RESPECT TO SUBSIDIZING IMPORTATIONS
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LIB

Douglas Charles Abbott (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Hon. DOUGLAS ABBOTT (Minister of Finance):

No.

Inquiries of the Ministry

Topic:   VEGETABLES
Subtopic:   CABBAGE-INQUIRY WITH RESPECT TO SUBSIDIZING IMPORTATIONS
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IMPORT RESTRICTIONS-PLANS FOR SPRING PLANTING


On the orders of the day:


PC

Gordon Knapman Fraser

Progressive Conservative

Mr. G. K. FRASER (Peterborough West):

I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Agriculture or the Minister of Finance. Does the government intend to announce the future plans regarding the importation of lettuce, celery and vegetables, so that the vegetable growers and hothouse men can plan for the future and the needs of the Canadian people? Their vegetable seeds for the spring planting must be ordered at once. Mr. SPEAKER: Order.

Topic:   IMPORT RESTRICTIONS-PLANS FOR SPRING PLANTING
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PC

Gordon Knapman Fraser

Progressive Conservative

Mr. FRASER:

Mr. Speaker, this is a very important question because the vegetable men have to order their vegetable seeds within the next month.

Topic:   IMPORT RESTRICTIONS-PLANS FOR SPRING PLANTING
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PC

Gordon Graydon

Progressive Conservative

Mr. GRAYDON:

These people are not interested in the vegetable growers; one can easily see that.

Topic:   IMPORT RESTRICTIONS-PLANS FOR SPRING PLANTING
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PC

Gordon Knapman Fraser

Progressive Conservative

Mr. FRASER:

Mr. Speaker, may I not have an answer to that question?

Topic:   IMPORT RESTRICTIONS-PLANS FOR SPRING PLANTING
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IND

Joseph-Alfred Dion

Independent Liberal

Mr. GRAL DON:

He should have an answer to the question. It has to do with urgent business of everyone.

Topic:   IMPORT RESTRICTIONS-PLANS FOR SPRING PLANTING
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LIB
LIB

Douglas Charles Abbott (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Hon. DOUGLAS ABBOTT (Minister of Finance):

I always like to answer questions. A delegation from the vegetable growers came to see me this morning. That may be what has prompted my hon. friend's question.

Topic:   IMPORT RESTRICTIONS-PLANS FOR SPRING PLANTING
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IND

Joseph-Alfred Dion

Independent Liberal

Mr. GRAA DON:

There is nothing wrong with that.

Topic:   IMPORT RESTRICTIONS-PLANS FOR SPRING PLANTING
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PC
LIB

Douglas Charles Abbott (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. ABBOTT:

I discussed the matter of fresh vegetables with them. I pointed out that the import restrictions on these vegetables are part of our exchange conservation program, essentially temporary in their nature, but that for obvious reasons it was impossible for me or for anyone else to say how long it would be necessary to keep these restrictions on.

Topic:   IMPORT RESTRICTIONS-PLANS FOR SPRING PLANTING
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PC

Gordon Knapman Fraser

Progressive Conservative

Mr. FRASER:

My question was prompted by a letter which I wrote the Department of Agriculture on January 5.

Topic:   IMPORT RESTRICTIONS-PLANS FOR SPRING PLANTING
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CANADA-NEWFOUNDLAND REQUEST FOR STATEMENT ON ACTION OF NEWFOUNDLAND NATIONAL CONVENTION


On the orders of the day:


PC

Gordon Graydon

Progressive Conservative

Mr. GORDON GRAYDON (Peel):

I should like to direct a question to the Secretary of State for External Affairs. In view of the interest across Canada in our negotiations

with Newfoundland, and the fact that yesterday its national convention opposed the submission of the confederation plan to the people of Newfoundland, would the government through the Prime Minister or the Secretary of State for External Affairs make a statement to the house so that the country will understand from parliament, rather than from the press so far away, just how the situation now stands, whether or not the door is closed to further negotiations, and the prospect of further confederation discussions?

Right Hon. L. S. ST. LAURENT (Secretary of State for External Affairs): I will examine carefully the terms of the question that has just been asked by the hon. member and endeavour to have some statement made. The hon. member will realize that the Canadian government stated terms which in its opinion would be fair for union and is taking no part whatsoever in presenting those terms to the people of Newfoundland, nor would it venture to do or say anything which might be regarded there as trying to influence the decision of the free people of Newfoundland.

The information we have is that there was a vote against recommending to the government of the United Kingdom the inclusion on the ballot of any question about union with Canada. The information we have is that this national convention was an advisory body and that its decisions were not binding either on the people of Newfoundland or on the United Kingdom government. We have not received any information of decisions taken since the report in the newspapers of the vote in the national convention.

Topic:   CANADA-NEWFOUNDLAND REQUEST FOR STATEMENT ON ACTION OF NEWFOUNDLAND NATIONAL CONVENTION
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January 29, 1948