May 18, 1948

MISCELLANEOUS PRIVATE BILLS

FIRST AND SECOND REPORTS-CONCURRENCE IN FIRST REPORT


Mr. RALPH MAYBANK (Winnipeg South Centre) presented the first and second reports of the standing committee on miscellaneous private bills, and moved that the first report be concurred in. Motion agreed to.


JAPANESE MINES

MENACE TO NAVIGATION NEAR WEST COAST OF VANCOUVER ISLAND


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Brooke Claxton (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Hon. BROOKE CLAXTON (Minister of National Defence):

Mr. Speaker, yesterday the hon. member for Comox-Alberni (Mr. Gibson) asked me.what steps are being taken to search out mines that are reported floating near the west coast of Vancouver island. I should tell him that these mines are loose, and cannot be dealt with by minesweeping. Navy tugs and other small vessels are used for locating and destroying the mines. During the past two years sixteen mines have been found and destroyed. As the hon. member will see, the number is not large.

Topic:   JAPANESE MINES
Subtopic:   MENACE TO NAVIGATION NEAR WEST COAST OF VANCOUVER ISLAND
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IND

John Lambert Gibson

Independent Liberal

Mr. GIBSON (Comox-Alberni):

May I ask a supplementary question? I think the minister is familiar with the mine problem of the Pacific coast, arising of course from the breaking loose and drifting of Japanese mines. It will probably last a year or two. In view of the increasing frequency with which these mines are being found, will the minister consider instructing the officials of his department, in co-operation with those of fisheries and transport, to carry out an additional patrol of the Pacific coast? The matter will be a serious one in the coming year.

Topic:   JAPANESE MINES
Subtopic:   MENACE TO NAVIGATION NEAR WEST COAST OF VANCOUVER ISLAND
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PC

Gordon Knapman Fraser

Progressive Conservative

Mr. FRASER:

Send the Canadian coastguard after it.

Topic:   JAPANESE MINES
Subtopic:   MENACE TO NAVIGATION NEAR WEST COAST OF VANCOUVER ISLAND
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LIB

Brooke Claxton (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. CLAXTON:

The situation is being carefully watched. I believe there is some indication that the number of mines is increasing, but still the figures are not large. The officers of the Department of Transport as 5849-256

well as those of the Department of Fisheries and the Department of National Defence are co-operating in watching the situation, and they will take any steps that seem justified by conditions.

Topic:   JAPANESE MINES
Subtopic:   MENACE TO NAVIGATION NEAR WEST COAST OF VANCOUVER ISLAND
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EXPORT TRADE

BRIEF OF CANADIAN EXPORTERS ASSOCIATION


On the orders of the day:


PC

John Bracken (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. JOHN BRACKEN (Leader of the Opposition):

I wish to direct a question to the Minister of Trade and Commerce. It has to do with a report of the Canadian Exporters Association that the decline of Canadian sales in British empire markets has reached alarming proportions and that some lay-offs in employment have already been necessary in exporting industries. I wish to inquire whether the brief of the Canadian Exporters Association has been received and what is the nature of the reply the government has given or intends to give.

Topic:   EXPORT TRADE
Subtopic:   BRIEF OF CANADIAN EXPORTERS ASSOCIATION
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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):

Mr. Speaker, the brief mentioned by the leader of the opposition was received, and the nature of the reply is now receiving consideration. I might say that the brief does not refer to the United Kingdom market but to the markets in other British dominions. The fact of the matter is that each British dominion has its own austerity program, similar to that of Canada, and any decrease in imports from Canada is dictated by internal restrictive regulations of a type similar to those which we are facing in Canada.

Topic:   EXPORT TRADE
Subtopic:   BRIEF OF CANADIAN EXPORTERS ASSOCIATION
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PC

John Bracken (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. BRACKEN:

It refers more to the sterling area.

Topic:   EXPORT TRADE
Subtopic:   BRIEF OF CANADIAN EXPORTERS ASSOCIATION
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. HOWE:

That is correct.

Topic:   EXPORT TRADE
Subtopic:   BRIEF OF CANADIAN EXPORTERS ASSOCIATION
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FLOOD CONDITIONS

QUESTION OF ASSISTANCE TO FARMERS IN MANITOBA


On the orders of the day:


May 18, 1948