October 5, 1949

TARIFFS AND TRADE

REPORT ON NEGOTIATIONS AT ANNECY, FRANCE

LIB

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

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, I should like to make a brief statement on the Annecy tariff negotiations. As hon. members already know, Canada, along with thirty-two other countries took part in those negotiations which were conducted at Annecy, France, between April and August of this year.

The purpose of the conference was to permit a number of additional countries to enter into tariff negotiations with a view to joining the general agreement on tariffs and trade. As a result some 140 two-sided tariff negotiations were successfully concluded. Hon. members know that these negotiations go on between the principal importer and the principal supplier of a given commodity, and the arrangement arrived at between them then is affected by the most-favoured-nation clause in the various tariffs and is of benefit to all the other members of the general agreement on tariffs and trade.

The following ten countries have as a result completed the primary condition of membership in the general agreement: Denmark, the Dominican republic, Finland, Greece, Haiti, Italy, Liberia, Nicaragua, Sweden and Uruguay.

Procedures have been established for the reciprocal entering into force of the tariff concessions provisionally agreed to at Annecy. Under these procedures no concessions need be applied before January 1, 1950. It is expected that all countries concerned will have put their .tariff concessions into force by the end of May.

The Secretary of State for External Affairs (Mr. Pearson) informed the house on September 16 that the results of the negotiations would probably be made public over this coming week end. The time has now been decided by the countries concerned. The results of the Annecy tariff negotiations will be made public by the United Nations and in the capitals of all countries concerned at an internationally agreed time corresponding to 8.30 p.m., eastern daylight saving time, next Sunday night.

An extensive press release will be issued in Ottawa at that time. Members of the house

and of the Senate will be supplied at the earliest possible moment with a copy of the full text of the release, which will run to some twenty pages.

Topic:   TARIFFS AND TRADE
Subtopic:   REPORT ON NEGOTIATIONS AT ANNECY, FRANCE
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CANADIAN WHEAT BOARD ACT

AMENDMENT RESPECTING PAYMENTS TO PRODUCERS IN CHURCHILL AREA

CCF

Percy Ellis Wright

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

Mr. P. E. Wright (Melfort) moved

for leave to introduce Bill No. 13, to amend the Canadian Wheat Board Act, 1935.

He said: This bill is the same as Bill No. 17 of last session. The only change made by the bill is to insert the words "or Churchill" in the appropriate place in two sections of the act, as underlined. The effect of the change will be to permit producers in the area accessible to the port of Churchill to take advantage of the cheaper freight rates to Churchill, wherever such cheaper rates apply.

Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.

Topic:   CANADIAN WHEAT BOARD ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT RESPECTING PAYMENTS TO PRODUCERS IN CHURCHILL AREA
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QUESTIONS


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.)


CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS

STEAM AND DIESEL LOCOMOTIVES

LIB

Mr. Isnor:

Liberal

1. What is the cost per mile to operate Canadian National Railways steam locomotives of the following types (a) 6500; (b) 6000; (c) 7000?

2. What is the itemized cost per mile of each of the above types of locomotive?

3. Are separate records kept of the per-mile costs in the different railway regions?

4. If so, what is the cost per mile of the operation of each of the above-mentioned types of locomotive in each region?

5. How many miles did each of the mentioned types of locomotive travel in 1948?

6. What would have been the cost in 1948 had diesel locomotives been used?

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   STEAM AND DIESEL LOCOMOTIVES
Sub-subtopic:   COST OF OPERATION
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LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. Chevrier:

I understand the hon. member has been given certain information in connection with this question. Perhaps he would consider that sufficient, under the circumstances.

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   STEAM AND DIESEL LOCOMOTIVES
Sub-subtopic:   COST OF OPERATION
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LIB

Gordon Benjamin Isnor

Liberal

Mr. Isnor:

Yes.

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   STEAM AND DIESEL LOCOMOTIVES
Sub-subtopic:   COST OF OPERATION
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LIB

Elie Beauregard (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

Dropped.

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   STEAM AND DIESEL LOCOMOTIVES
Sub-subtopic:   COST OF OPERATION
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PC

Gordon Graydon

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Graydon:

When this question was put on the order paper it became a matter of public interest. I should like to know what answer the minister gave to the hon. member for Halifax, because this is a public rather than a private matter.

Questions

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   STEAM AND DIESEL LOCOMOTIVES
Sub-subtopic:   COST OF OPERATION
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LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. Chevrier:

There are two reasons which militate against the answering of this question. First, Canadian National Railways cannot furnish the information, because their accounting system is that approved by the interstate commerce commission for similar work, and to give the information asked for would not be possible without change of accounting. They are able, however, to give an answer to one part of the question provided that additional information is given by the hon. member.

The other reason is that the Canadian National Railways have taken the position, and the government has upheld them, that these are questions which should normally be asked in the committee on railways and shipping. I pointed this out to the hon. gentleman and told him that if an answer to part 1 of the question would be of any use to him, and he could give the additional information required, it could be given. He said it would, and under the circumstances I asked that the question be dropped.

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   STEAM AND DIESEL LOCOMOTIVES
Sub-subtopic:   COST OF OPERATION
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SUTHERLAND, SASK., FORESTRY FARM

CCF

Mr. Knight:

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

1. How many men are employed at the forestry farm near Sutherland, Saskatchewan?

2. What are the categories of work at which they are employed?

3. Are they employed by the day, weekly, monthly or annually?

4. What are they paid in the various categories?

5. Are these payments in addition to board or do the men board themselves?

6. What is the duration of holidays granted with pay to (a) annual workers; (b) other workers?

7. Is any work carried on on Sunday?

8. Is payment made for such work? If so, at what rate?

Topic:   SUTHERLAND, SASK., FORESTRY FARM
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LIB

Robert McCubbin (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. McCubbin:

Unclassified employees

1. 22.

2. Stableman (1); teamster (1); construction foreman (1); labourers (19).

3. 9 employed year-round; 13 employed seasonally.

4. Stableman, 55 cents per hour; teamster, 55 cents per hour. Construction foreman, $1.47 per hour; 19 labourers-18 at 55 cents per hour; 1 at 50 cents per hour.

5. Board themselves.

6. (a) Six days per year, (b) After six months service, one-half day for each completed month of service.

7. 1 stableman; 4 labourers.

8. Yes, at regular rate.

Topic:   SUTHERLAND, SASK., FORESTRY FARM
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October 5, 1949