October 4, 1949

PACIFIC AREA


On the orders of the day:


PC

Howard Charles Green

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Howard C. Green (Vancouver-Quadra):

I should like to address a question to the Prime Minister, in the absence of the Secretary of State for External Affairs. I believe there is considerable concern on the Pacific coast about the present situation in China, particularly having regard to the recognition of the communist regime by the soviet. There are press reports to the effect that conferences are being held between the countries of the commonwealth and the countries which are signatories to the Atlantic treaty. Can the Prime Minister tell us whether Canada is taking part in these conferences? Perhaps he will make a statement with regard to the situation.

Topic:   COLLECTIVE SECURITY
Subtopic:   PACIFIC AREA
Sub-subtopic:   REGIME BY U.S.S.R.
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LIB

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

Liberal

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

I think it would be going beyond the ordinary meaning of words to say that a conference is being held. Discussions are in 45781-32i

Inquiries of the Ministry process among the members of the commonwealth, our associates in the North Atlantic pact, and others who are concerned in the Pacific situation. As soon as any decision has been reached, the Secretary of State for External Affairs will make a statement to the house as to the conclusions arrived at; or, if he is not present at the time, the statement will be made either by the Acting Secretary of State for External Affairs or by myself.

Topic:   COLLECTIVE SECURITY
Subtopic:   PACIFIC AREA
Sub-subtopic:   REGIME BY U.S.S.R.
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FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

SUSPENSION OF RESTRICTIONS ON IMPORTATIONS


On the orders of the day:


PC

Gordon Knapman Fraser

Progressive Conservative

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

should like to direct a question to the Minister of Finance, or, if he cannot answer it, to the Minister of Agriculture. When the Minister of Finance stated on September 26 that all restrictions would be removed on the import of fresh fruits and vegetables, did that mean that the seasonal or dumping restrictions would also be removed?

Topic:   FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
Subtopic:   SUSPENSION OF RESTRICTIONS ON IMPORTATIONS
Sub-subtopic:   IMPORTATIONS
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LIB

Douglas Charles Abbott (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Hon. Douglas Abbott (Minister of Finance):

If my hon. friend heard the statement I made, he will recall that I said that only restrictions under the Emergency Exchange Conservation Act were being removed. Of course that would not cover the normal seasonal restrictions which exist under the Customs Act.

Topic:   FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
Subtopic:   SUSPENSION OF RESTRICTIONS ON IMPORTATIONS
Sub-subtopic:   IMPORTATIONS
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PC

Gordon Knapman Fraser

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Fraser:

On September 26 the minister said that the government had decided to suspend the present import restrictions on all kinds of fresh fruits and vegetables. There was some doubt in the minds of members of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture and many others in regard to this, and I thought it should be clarified.

Topic:   FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
Subtopic:   SUSPENSION OF RESTRICTIONS ON IMPORTATIONS
Sub-subtopic:   IMPORTATIONS
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Douglas Charles Abbott (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. Abbott:

If there is any doubt, I am glad to clear it up.

Topic:   FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
Subtopic:   SUSPENSION OF RESTRICTIONS ON IMPORTATIONS
Sub-subtopic:   IMPORTATIONS
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HOUSING

FRASER VIEW PROJECT, VANCOUVER HEATING EQUIPMENT


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Angus MacInnis

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

Mr. Angus Maclnnis (Vancouver East):

should like to direct a question to the Minister of Reconstruction and Supply. Has the minister received any protest from the retail fuel dealers of Vancouver in connection with the policy adopted by Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation of equipping most of the houses built in greater Vancouver with oil heating units? If so, is the minister prepared to make a statement in that regard?

Inquiries of the Ministry

Topic:   HOUSING
Subtopic:   FRASER VIEW PROJECT, VANCOUVER HEATING EQUIPMENT
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Robert Henry Winters (Minister of Reconstruction and Supply)

Liberal

Hon. Robert H. Winters (Minister of Reconstruction and Supply):

The hon. member was good enough to send me notice of his question, and a copy of a telegram from the Greater Vancouver retail fuel dealers' association. The hon. member for Coast-Capilano (Mr. Sinclair) has also spoken to me in this same connection.

The only veterans rental housing project now under construction by Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation in Vancouver is the project known as Fraserview. Half of the 1,100 houses in this project will have basements. The houses with basements are heated by gravity hot air furnaces burning solid fuels such as wood, coal, sawdust, et cetera. Houses without basements, because of limited storage area, are heated by under-floor heating units burning liquid fuels. It would add to the cost of the house to provide sufficient space in a house without a basement for the installation of a satisfactory solid fuel heating unit and storage of solid fuel. Married quarters being built for the Department of National Defence are equipped with heating units burning liquid fuels. In houses with basements, the heating equipment is of a type which can be converted to burn solid fuels.

Topic:   HOUSING
Subtopic:   FRASER VIEW PROJECT, VANCOUVER HEATING EQUIPMENT
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ANSWER TO QUESTION BY MR. CHURCH ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 3


On the orders of the day:


PC

Thomas Langton Church

Progressive Conservative

Mr. T. L. Church (Broadview):

Mr. Speaker, I have a matter which I should like to bring up in connection with an answer given in the house yesterday to a question standing in my name. I addressed a question to the Minister of Transport (Mr. Chevrier) who made a reply as reported on page 440 of Hansard of October 3. The minister made a touchdown assisted by the minister in charge of housing, but he forgot to inform the house that under the Railway Act-

Topic:   ANSWER TO QUESTION BY MR. CHURCH ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 3
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October 4, 1949