April 22, 1948

LIB

Douglas Charles Abbott (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Hon. DOUGLAS ABBOTT (Minister of Finance):

The hon. member may have given notice of his question, but I have not received it. However, I believe I can answer now. We have considered this question of the importation of kerosene refrigerators, but we have not found that any substantial number was imported last year. It is expensive equipment, costing between $400 and $500. If a quota were allowed I think it would be found that the great majority of them would be purchased by comparatively well-to-do summer residents for their summer cottages.

Taking all the circumstances into consideration we have come to the conclusion that the ban on importation should not be lifted.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   IMPORT RESTRICTIONS
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR PERMISSION TO IMPORT KEROSENE OPERATED REFRIGERATORS
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CCF

Major James William Coldwell

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. COLDWELL:

May I ask a supplementary question? Is the minister aware that most of these refrigerators have gone into places not served with electricity? For example, in my own constituency of Rosetown something like five hundred went in last year.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   IMPORT RESTRICTIONS
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR PERMISSION TO IMPORT KEROSENE OPERATED REFRIGERATORS
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LIB

Douglas Charles Abbott (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. ABBOTT:

Of course they go to districts which are not served with electricity. But my information is that many of them are -purchased by the owners of summer cottages who, of course, find them a great convenience.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   IMPORT RESTRICTIONS
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR PERMISSION TO IMPORT KEROSENE OPERATED REFRIGERATORS
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AVAILABILITY TO BUILDERS OP RAILWAY CARS

CCF

Clarence Gillis

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. CLARENCE GILLIS (Cape Breton South):

Mr. Speaker, may I be permitted to address a question to the Minister of Trade and Commerce?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   AVAILABILITY TO BUILDERS OP RAILWAY CARS
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An hon. MEMBER:

Telegram.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   AVAILABILITY TO BUILDERS OP RAILWAY CARS
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CCF

Clarence Gillis

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. GILLIS:

For the benefit of my hon. friend over here, this question is prompted by an S.O.S. from 'the financial secretary of the steelworkers union at Trenton, Nova Scotia. Will the minister explain to the house why the steel quota to the Eastern Car Company Limited at Trenton, Nova Scotia, was cut by twenty-five per cent?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   AVAILABILITY TO BUILDERS OP RAILWAY CARS
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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 Reconstruction and Supply):

My hon. friend must have received a delayed S.O.S., because the hon. member for Pictou (Mr. McCulloch) was twenty-four hours ahead of him with the question.

For some time past the tonnage of steel plates available to the railway car builders has controlled their rate of operation. Generally speaking they are able to obtain sufficient other steel components to level off the tonnages of plates which have been made available.

Through 1947 the three car builders as a group received an average allocation of 3,000 tons of plates per month. During the first quarter of 1948 this total allocation was increased to 4,000 tons per month, but it was found impossible to continue at this rate, and the total allocation was reduced to 3,250 tons of plate per month for the second quarter, representing approximately eighty per cent of the first quarter allocation.

In order to reallocate the total tonnage of plates available for car building it has been necessary to have the transportation equipment committee, Department of Reconstruction and Supply, call a meeting of representatives from the three car building companies, who have arrived at the most equitable reallocation of available tonnage, having regard to labour in the respective plants.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   AVAILABILITY TO BUILDERS OP RAILWAY CARS
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DISTRIBUTION OF RODS FOR MANUFACTURE


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Major James William Coldwell

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. M. J. COLDWELL (Rosetown-Biggar):

Mr. Speaker, may I ask a question of the Minister of Reconstruction and Supply? Can he inform the house why the application from the Federated Co-operative Association of Saskatchewan for steel rods for the manufacture of nails has been turned down. I apologize to the hon. member for Peterborough West (Mr. Fraser) for asking this question about nails.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   DISTRIBUTION OF RODS FOR MANUFACTURE
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PC

Gordon Knapman Fraser

Progressive Conservative

Mr. FRASER:

I am pleased that the hon. member has taken up the cause.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   DISTRIBUTION OF RODS FOR MANUFACTURE
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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 Reconstruction and Supply):

All available rods are being made into nails by nail-making concerns who for years have been customers for the purchase of rods. Where an article is short, new entrants into a field are not encouraged. Obviously it is not fair to take tonnage from old customers to take care of new ones.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   DISTRIBUTION OF RODS FOR MANUFACTURE
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CCF

Major James William Coldwell

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. COLDWELL:

I thought this was a free enterprise system.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   DISTRIBUTION OF RODS FOR MANUFACTURE
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WHEAT BOARD ACT AMENDMENT


On the orders of the day:


PC

John George Diefenbaker

Progressive Conservative

Mr. J. G. DIEFENBAKER (Lake Centre):

I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Trade and Commerce arising out of a judgment in Canadian Wheat Board vs. Hallett and Carey, in which P.C. 1292, which is the order in council dealing with oats and

Freight Rates

barley, was declared ultra vires. In view of that decision is the minister in position to report what the government intends to do in regard to the control of oats and barley by reason of the fact that the courts have decided that the declaration of a national emergency in the preamble is not conclusive as against the courts?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   WHEAT BOARD ACT AMENDMENT
Sub-subtopic:   OATS AND BARLEY-DECISION IN CANADIAN WHEAT BOARD VS. HALLETT AND CAREY
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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):

The decision was made on a point of law.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   WHEAT BOARD ACT AMENDMENT
Sub-subtopic:   OATS AND BARLEY-DECISION IN CANADIAN WHEAT BOARD VS. HALLETT AND CAREY
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PC

John Thomas Hackett

Progressive Conservative

Mr. HACKETT:

On a point of fact.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   WHEAT BOARD ACT AMENDMENT
Sub-subtopic:   OATS AND BARLEY-DECISION IN CANADIAN WHEAT BOARD VS. HALLETT AND CAREY
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. HOWE:

Not being a lawyer, I am not going to argue with the president of the bar association. I dare say it was a point of fact. The matter has been referred to the Department of Justice and the Minister of Justice (Mr. Ilsley) is dealing with it at this moment.

Mr. JOHN T. HACKETT (Stanstead): I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Justice. Can the minister state when his department will make it possible for him to advise the house what course the government intends to take with regard to the judgment of Chief Justice Williams to which reference has just been made?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   WHEAT BOARD ACT AMENDMENT
Sub-subtopic:   OATS AND BARLEY-DECISION IN CANADIAN WHEAT BOARD VS. HALLETT AND CAREY
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April 22, 1948