February 11, 1949

NEWFOUNDLAND


On the order for motions: The Prime Minister-Motion for address to His Majesty the King respecting terms of union of Newfoundland with Canada.


LIB

Louis Stephen St-Laurent (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Right Hon. L. S. St. Laurent (Prime Minister):

I wish to ask that this motion be allowed to stand until Monday. It had been intended to deal with it immediately after the third reading of the Newfoundland bill, but some hon. members who are not here today have expressed the hope that they might have an opportunity, at the last stage of the proceedings necessary in this house to complete the union of Newfoundland with Canada, to make some remarks on the subject, and the consideration of this motion for an address to His Majesty will give them that opportunity.

Motion stands.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   NEWFOUNDLAND
Sub-subtopic:   TERMS OF UNION WITH CANADA
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THE PRIME MINISTER

REFERENCE TO DEPARTURE FOR WASHINGTON FOR CONFERENCE WITH PRESIDENT TRUMAN


On the orders of the day:


PC

Gordon Graydon

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Gordon Graydon (Peel):

Mr. Speaker,

I understand that the Prime Minister is to leave this afternoon for an important conference in Washington with the President of the United States. Before he goes perhaps I might take the opportunity of wishing him well on his journey and in his deliberations, and ask him to convey to the President of the United States not only the good will and warm wishes of the government and its supporters in parliament, but also of parliament as a whole and of the Canadian people. I would ask him also to indicate to the President, as no doubt he will, that the most treasured desire and central objective of the Canadian people and the Canadian parliament is that the dogs of war shall be chained once and for all, and that it will never be necessary to have another world casualty list; in other words, that this country wants a just, permanent and lasting peace.

Topic:   THE PRIME MINISTER
Subtopic:   REFERENCE TO DEPARTURE FOR WASHINGTON FOR CONFERENCE WITH PRESIDENT TRUMAN
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CCF

Major James William Coldwell

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

Mr. M. J. Coldwell (Roselown-Biggar):

think in this regard the hon. member for Peel speaks for everyone.

Topic:   THE PRIME MINISTER
Subtopic:   REFERENCE TO DEPARTURE FOR WASHINGTON FOR CONFERENCE WITH PRESIDENT TRUMAN
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INQUIRY AS TO SENDING OF TRADE MISSION FROM CANADA


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Edward George McCullough

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

Mr. E. G. McCullough (Assiniboia):

I should like to ask a question of the Secretary of State for External Affairs. Has a trade mission been sent to the state of Israel? If not, what are the government's plans in this regard?

Topic:   INQUIRY AS TO SENDING OF TRADE MISSION FROM CANADA
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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Hon. L. B. Pearson (Secretary of State for External Affairs):

Mr. Speaker, no trade

mission has been sent from Canada to the state of Israel. The hon. member will recall that de facto recognition by Canada of the state of Israel took place only a few weeks ago, in December. I think I should say, however, that since we recognized de facto the state of Israel the government has had conversations in Ottawa with the representative of that state in Washington looking to ways and means of extending and developing our trade and commercial relations with that country. These conversations have been most encouraging.

Topic:   INQUIRY AS TO SENDING OF TRADE MISSION FROM CANADA
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BANK OF CANADA

REQUEST FOR ACCOMMODATION IN NEW CHARLOTTETOWN PUBLIC BUILDING


On the orders of the day:


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Mr. W. Chester S. McLure@Queens

should like to ask a question of the Minister of Finance with reference to the withdrawal of the Bank of Canada branch from Charlottetown. Will the minister consider the advisability of having proper accommodation arranged for the Bank of Canada branch when the new dominion building is being constructed in Charlottetown?

Topic:   BANK OF CANADA
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR ACCOMMODATION IN NEW CHARLOTTETOWN PUBLIC BUILDING
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LIB

Douglas Charles Abbott (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Hon. Douglas Abbott (Minister of Finance):

The hon. member was good enough to give me notice of his question. The situation in Charlottetown was this: The Bank of Canada was obliged to vacate the premises which it occupied, and was unable to find any other premises with suitable vault accommodation. Pending the obtaining of such premises the bank has made arrangements with the Eastern Trust Company of Charlottetown so that the people of that city and of Prince Edward Island as a whole will not be inconvenienced.

I understand my colleague the Minister of Public Works (Mr. Fournier), in the preparation of the plans for the new public building in Charlottetown, is taking into account the needs of the Bank of Canada at that point.

Topic:   BANK OF CANADA
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR ACCOMMODATION IN NEW CHARLOTTETOWN PUBLIC BUILDING
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SALES FROM SOUTH AFRICA AT PREMIUM OF $6.50 PER FINE OUNCE


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Douglas Charles Abbott (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Hon. Douglas Abbott (Minister of Finance):

Mr. Speaker, yesterday the hon. member for Rosedale (Mr. Jackman) asked whether in view of the approval by the international monetary fund of the sale by South Africa of newly-mined alloy gold to be used only for industrial or professional work at a premium of $6.50 a fine ounce over the fund's price of $35 a pure ounce, the government would extend the same right to Canadian gold producers. At that time I told him I had seen the press report but had no official information on the matter. I said I would make an inquiry. I have done so, and I find that the international monetary fund has not in fact approved any specific sale of gold at a premium by South Africa. Yesterday the international monetary fund issued a statement in that regard which, for the purpose of the record, I shall place on Hansard. That statement is as follows:

Following certain press reports about a gold sale at premium prices made by South Africa, the international monetary fund wishes to make it clear that it has not approved any specific gold sale at a premium price.

The fund was consulted four months ago by the South African government with regard to a proposed plan to sell semi-processed gold at premium prices for industrial, professional, or artistic purposes. The fund advised the South African government that it was "disturbed by the fear that the trade in semi-processed gold which is contemplated by the South African government would involve considerable sales of gold at premium prices for other than legitimate industrial, professional or artistic purposes. It felt that this would almost certainly be the consequence if the proposed transactions are to be on a scale sufficient to ensure an appreciable profit to . . . gold producers.

In these circumstances," the fund added, "the fund believes that South Africa should not engage in the proposed plan unless it is satisfied that it can take effective measures to ensure that gold sold under the plan will in fact be used for bona fide and customary industrial, professional or artistic purposes."

The South African government informed the fund over this past week end that it has agreed to sell a quantity of semi-processed gold at a premium price. However, in the light of the information submitted by South Africa, including the prices and quantities involved, the fund has found it necessary to get in touch with South Africa with a view particularly to determining whether the safeguards adopted are, in the fund's opinion, adequate to ensure that any gold sold will in fact be used for bona fide and customary industrial, professional and artistic purposes.

Topic:   SALES FROM SOUTH AFRICA AT PREMIUM OF $6.50 PER FINE OUNCE
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February 11, 1949