February 5, 1948

TOURIST INDUSTRY

TRAVEL REGULATIONS AFFECTING VISITORS FROM THE UNITED STATES


On the orders of the day:


PC

Gordon Knapman Fraser

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask a question of the Minister of Trade and Commerce. What steps have been taken by the dominion travel bureau and other agencies of the government to inform the American people that entry into Canada and travel regulations are the same now as they have been for some years, and that citizens of the United States are very welcome to Canada and will receive the most courteous treatment?

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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Trade and Commerce; Minister of Reconstruction and Supply)

Liberal

Right Hon. C. D. HOWE (Minister of Trade and Commerce):

I have not been able to get in touch with the travel bureau since receipt of the notice in question, so I shall reserve my detailed answer until later. I might say, however, that I have consulted with the director of the bureau about advertising along the lines indicated, and I am sure considerable work has been accomplished.

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AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS ACT

AMENDMENT TO PROVIDE FOR CONTINUANCE IN FORCE UNTIL MARCH 31, 1949


Right Hon. J. G. GARDINER (Minister of Agriculture) moved that the house go into committee at the next sitting to consider the following resolution: That it is expedient to bring in a measure to amend the Agricultural Products Act by providing that the act shall be continued in force until the thirty-first day of March, nineteen hundred and forty-nine. He said: His Excellency the Governor General, having been made acquainted with the subject matter of this resolution, recommends it to the consideration of the house. Motion agreed to.


FARM IMPROVEMENT LOANS

AMENDMENT OF ACT OF 1944 EXTENDING ITS OPERATION FOR THREE TEARS


Hon. DOUGLAS ABBOTT (Minister of Finance) moved that the house go into committee at the next sitting to consider the following resolution: That it is expedient to bring in a measure to amend the Farm Improvement Loans Act, 1944, to extend its operation for a further period of three years and the guarantee for the said period on the same terms as for the original three-year period. He said: His Excellency the Governor General, having been made acquainted with the subject matter of this resolution, recommends it to the consideration of the house. Motion agreed to.


APPOINTMENT OF SPECIAL COMMITTEE TO INQUIRE INTO PRICE INCREASES AND MATTERS PERTAINING THERETO


The house resumed from' Wednesday, February 4, consideration of the motion of Mr. Mackenzie King that a select committee be appointed to examine and report on the causes of the recent rise in the cost of living, and matters pertaining thereto.


SC

Solon Earl Low

Social Credit

Mr. LOW:

Mr. Speaker, on a point of order, before consideration of this motion is proceeded with I should like to suggest that to discuss it today will be completely out of order. According to the rules of the house unanimous consent is necessary if the prescribed order as it is set out on the order paper is to be deviated from. No consent has been asked for or granted. I submit it would be a breach of the privileges of members of this house if consent were not asked for and obtained.

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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

Hon. members who were present in the house just before the adjournment last evening must have heard me announce that today we continue with the debate on this particular motion. There was

Prices Committee

no exception taken at the time to that notice. Where exception is not taken to a course of procedure it is generally assumed that the house is giving its consent.

May I point out to my hon. friend that last week I indicated that for three days this week we would take up matters relating to the emergency measures and for two days we would take up the debate on the address. However, hon. gentlemen opposite, professing to be very anxious to have progress made in the inquiry into the rise in prices, asked that we give precedence to the motion to establish a committee for that purpose. I obtained the unanimous consent of the house to that and on Monday and Tuesday we went ahead1 with the debate on that motion. When Wednesday came I asked the three leaders opposite as to whether there would be any objection to our continuing the debate on the motion.

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SC

Solon Earl Low

Social Credit

Mr. LOW:

On Wednesday.

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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

If my hon. friend- wishes to narrow the issue down to that point, well and good. I know what was in my mind and I am not so sure that I did not express it to all.

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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Oh, oh.

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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

I think hon. gentlemen will find that it is to their interest to know what was in my mind and that they will agree that it was sound judgment that we continue this debate until it is finished. That is what I understood was being agreed to. The same reasons that would apply in regard to giving precedence to the motion for a committee on Monday and Tuesday should govern in regard to Wednesday, and if they governed in regard to Wednesday they should govern also in regard to Thursday. May I say to hon. gentlemen that I am at a loss to understand what is in their minds in regard to the tactics they are pursuing, but I had thought that they were anxious that progress should be made in regard to the setting up of a committee to investigate the rise in prices. If they wish not to expedite the work of appointing a committee for this purpose; if they wish to hold to technicalities in something that has been said with respect to progress or business in other directions and not give their consent to this priority, I am not going to object, but the responsibility will rest on them if days pass before this committee is appointed.

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Solon Earl Low

Social Credit

Mr. LOW:

May I make it clear that I have no objection whatever to priority being granted, but I do think that the rules should

be observed and the rights of members protected. It is only because of that that I wished to raise the point.

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February 5, 1948