December 10, 1949

UNEMPLOYMENT

INQUIRY AS TO PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAM


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Major James William Coldwell

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

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

Mr. Speaker, may I ask a question of the Minister of Reconstruction and Supply? Has the government an adequate shelf of public works ready, which may be used to relieve increasing unemployment in certain parts of Canada this winter? If so, will the minister give the house a statement regarding preparations made for the undertaking of a necessary works program?

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LIB

Robert Henry Winters (Minister of Reconstruction and Supply)

Liberal

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

I thank the hon. member for having given notice of his question. As I informed the house on Wednesday, and more specifically as recorded in Hansard at pages 2843 and 2846 in reply to questions asked by the hon. member for Greenwood (Mr. Macdonnell), and in the report of the Department of Reconstruction and Supply for the year ended March 31, 1949, the government has a program of public investment which is being and will be used from time to time as conditions may warrant.

The answer to the hon. member's second question will be found largely in the reference sited in reply to the second question asked oy the hon. member for Greenwood. Contracts are being placed in accordance with jsual government practice.

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POSTAL SERVICE

SALE OF NEW STAMP ISSUES TO COLLECTORS


On the orders of the day:


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Mr. W. Chester S. McLure@Queens

Mr. speaker, I should like to ask a question of the Postmaster General or the Minister of finance. Is there a regulation of the Post Office Department prohibiting the sale of the lew issues of stamps to stamp collectors, or ioes the foreign exchange control board irohibit the sale?

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LIB

Douglas Charles Abbott (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Hon. Douglas Abbott (Minister of Finance):

The answer to the second part of the question s that the foreign exchange control board ake no action in the matter. I shall bring he first part of the hon. member's question o the attention of the Postmaster General.

The house in committee of supply, Mr. Dion in the chair.

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


Special- 31. Major irrigation and water conservation projects in the prairie provinces, $7,500,000.


LIB

William Albert Boucher

Liberal

Mr. Boucher:

Mr. Chairman, in view of what has been said on this very important subject concerning the large project on the South Saskatchewan river, I believe I should make a few observations at this time. Irrespective of what has been said by some hon. members opposite, I am sure the Minister of Agriculture is doing all that can be done to have this great project under way as soon as possible. In saying this I know I express the feelings of the people in Rosthern constituency. During the last election campaign I told the people in that constituency about the amount of money that had been placed in the estimates for this year, and the fact they have re-elected me with an increased majority proves that they are satisfied with what is being done

This is a very important project, one that will mean much not only to Saskatchewan but to all of Canada. I am sure the minister is anxious to have this important undertaking proceeded with without delay. It surprises me to find some hon. members from my own province criticizing the minister -and I think it will be agreed that when I say "criticizing" I am putting it mildly. I believe it is the duty of each one of them to back the minister to the hilt in his efforts in connection with this project. It is such a big thing and so important that I feel it should be above party politics. I appeal to all members to support the minister in his efforts to assist Canadian farmers.

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Item agreed to. 32. Prairie Farm Assistance Act administration. $500,000.


PC

John Alpheus Charlton

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Charlton:

Do the provinces make a contribution toward the payments made under this act?

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LIB

James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. Gardiner:

The provincial governments as such contribute nothing toward the payments made under the Prairie Farm Assistance Act. The taxpayers of Canada pay what is required over and above the one per cent charge on grain delivered to the elevators.

Supply-Agriculture

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CCF

Major James William Coldwell

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

Mr. Coldwell:

The levy on the farmer is the core of the fund, is it not?

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LIB

James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. Gardiner:

No, the core of the fund is taken out of the treasury.

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CCF

Major James William Coldwell

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

Mr. Coldwell:

What are the figures on that?

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LIB

James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. Gardiner:

About $2 is taken out of the treasury for every $1 paid in by the farmers. Those are the percentages over a period of years; but some years it is three to one and there have been years when it was four to one.

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December 10, 1949