September 26, 1949

FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

SUSPENSION OF RESTRICTIONS ON IMPORTATIONS

LIB

Douglas Charles Abbott (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Hon. Douglas Abbott (Minister of Finance):

Mr. Speaker, I wish to make a statement about the importation of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Hon. members will recall that when the shortage of United States dollars made it necessary to impose import restrictions in November, 1947, the importation of oranges and other citrus fruits, apples, potatoes, onions and fruit juices, was placed on a quota basis and the importation of many other fresh fruits and vegetables was prohibited.

As I said on several occasions in this house during the debate on the Emergency Exchange Conservation bill, these import restrictions on fresh fruits and vegetables like the other restrictions were intended to be temporary. They were put on as a necessary measure to conserve exchange and it has been our declared policy to relax and remove them as soon as the exchange position permitted.

Accordingly from time to time, as our reserves of gold and United States dollars improved, we relaxed the restrictions, by increases in the quota and by allowing the importation of staple vegetables and some fruits under open general permit-that is, without restriction.

In December, 1948, when the restrictions were substantially relaxed, I said that it was the government's intention to remove all remaining restrictions under the Emergency Exchange Conservation Act on fresh fruits and vegetables by the following July-that is, July 1949. This intention was confirmed in the budget speech of March 22 of this year.

It is hardly necessary for me to enlarge upon the grave uncertainties which confronted the government in July of this year arising out of the British exchange crisis. Under the circumstances the government considered that any further action at that time which might in any way adversely affect our exchange position should be postponed pending the outcome of the conferences and discussions then under way.

The government has now reviewed the position in the light of the Washington discussions, the subsequent realignment of exchange rates and the domestic supply situation and has come to the conclusion that it should now proceed to carry out its declared intention to remove all remaining restrictions under the Emergency Exchange Conservation Act on the import of fresh fruits and vegetables. I am hopeful that in due course other import restrictions can be relaxed and removed. But that will depend upon future developments in our exchange position.

Accordingly the government has decided to suspend the present import restrictions on all kinds of fresh fruits and vegetables in their natural state, and also on fruit juices, effective next Saturday, October 1.

No change is being made at present in the restrictions on canned or frozen or otherwise processed fruits and vegetables.

Topic:   FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
Subtopic:   SUSPENSION OF RESTRICTIONS ON IMPORTATIONS
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MEAT PACKING INDUSTRY

WORKS AND UNDERTAKINGS DECLARED TO BE FOR THE GENERAL ADVANTAGE OF CANADA

CCF

Alistair McLeod Stewart

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

Mr. Alistair Stewart (Winnipeg North) moved

for leave to introduce Bill No. 5, to declare the meat packing industry works for the general advantage of Canada.

He said: Mr. Speaker, the purpose of this bill is to make that part of the meat packing industry which carries on operations in two or more provinces subject to section 53(g) of the Industrial Relations and Disputes Investigation Act. In matters of collective bargaining the industry will then be able to negotiate on a national basis, and the government of Canada will have the authority to deal with disputes in an industry whose smooth functioning is essential to the national economy.

Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.

Topic:   MEAT PACKING INDUSTRY
Subtopic:   WORKS AND UNDERTAKINGS DECLARED TO BE FOR THE GENERAL ADVANTAGE OF CANADA
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TRANS-CANADA HIGHWAY PROVISION FOR FEDERAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO PROVINCES

LIB

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

Liberal

Right Hon. L. S. St. Laurent (for the Minister of Reconstruction and Supply) moved

that the house go into committee at the next sitting to consider the following resolution:

That it is expedient to introduce a measure to encourage and assist in the construction of a trans-Canada highway and to provide for this purpose that the Minister of Reconstruction and Supply

Proposed Legislation

may enter into agreements with any provinces providing for the payment by Canada to those provinces of contributions in respect of the cost of a trans-Canada highway; with provision also for the employment of temporary engineers, technical officers and other employees for the purpose of the act.

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.

Topic:   TRANS-CANADA HIGHWAY PROVISION FOR FEDERAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO PROVINCES
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Motion agreed to.


CANADA FORESTRY ACT

FOREST PROTECTION AND EXPERIMENT, CONTROL AND MANAGEMENT

LIB

Colin William George Gibson (Minister of Mines and Resources)

Liberal

Hon. Colin Gibson (Minister of Mines and Resources) moved

that the house go into committee at the next sitting to consider the following resolution:

That it is expedient to present a bill to authorize the governor in council to establish as a national forest or as a forest experimental area lands belonging to His Majesty in the right of Canada and to exercise control and management thereof and construct works therein; to establish and maintain forest research laboratories; to assist provinces or owners of forests and to enter into agreements respecting the protection and development of forest lands. The Minister of Mines and Resources is authorized to appoint temporary officers and employees for the carrying out of the provisions of the act.

Expenditures incurred are payable out of the consolidated revenue fund.

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.

Topic:   CANADA FORESTRY ACT
Subtopic:   FOREST PROTECTION AND EXPERIMENT, CONTROL AND MANAGEMENT
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Motion agreed to.


OVERSEAS TELECOMMUNICATION ACT

CORPORATION TO TAKE OVER PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT OF MARCONI AND CABLE AND WIRELESS, LIMITED

LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Hon. Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport) moved

that the house go into committee at the next sitting to consider the following resolution:

That it is expedient to present a bill to establish under the direction of the Minister of Transport a corporation to be called Canadian Overseas Telecommunication Corporation to take over the property and equipment of Canadian Marconi Company, Limited, and Cable and Wireless, Limited, used in connection with the external communication services. These communication services to be operated by the corporation and co-ordinated with the services of other parts of the commonwealth.

The Minister of Finance with the approval of the governor in council to be authorized to pay to the corporation out of unappropriated moneys in the consolidated revenue fund an amount not exceeding in the aggregate four and one-half million dollars and in addition thereto such moneys as may be appropriated by parliament for the capital purposes of the corporation.

The Minister of Finance with the approval of the governor in council to be authorized to lend, from

time to time, moneys to the corporation out of unappropriated moneys of the consolidated revenue fund, for temporary purposes, the aggregate outstanding at any time not to exceed $100,000.

The amount of losses suffered by the corporation in any year to be paid to the corporation from moneys appropriated by parliament for that purpose.

The amount of the profits realized by the corporation in any year to be paid to the Receiver General of Canada.

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.

Topic:   OVERSEAS TELECOMMUNICATION ACT
Subtopic:   CORPORATION TO TAKE OVER PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT OF MARCONI AND CABLE AND WIRELESS, LIMITED
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Motion agreed to.


INDIAN ACT

INQUIRY AS TO LEGISLATION AT THE PRESENT SESSION


On the orders of the day:


September 26, 1949