March 6, 1950

WHEAT BOARD

QUESTION AS TO REFERENCE OF REPORT TO AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE


On the orders of the day:


PC

James Arthur Ross

Progressive Conservative

Mr. J. A. Ross (Souris):

I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Trade and Commerce. Will the report of the Canadian wheat board for the crop year 1948-49, which was tabled in the house on February 21, showing a deficit on the 1945 to 1949 pool account of $5,235,621.37, be referred to the standing committee on agriculture this session, in order that the report and activities of the wheat board can be examined and thoroughly studied?

Perhaps when the minister is answering he will make a statement as to the meeting with Mr. Charles Brannan-

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PC

James Arthur Ross

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Ross (Souris):

-United States secretary of agriculture-

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LIB

Elie Beauregard (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

Order. I must insist that when a question is being asked and I rise to call order, the hon. member who is asking the question should resume his seat.

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Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Right Hon. C. D. Howe (Minister of Trade and Commerce):

Mr. Speaker, the report of the wheat board for the crop year 1948-49 has been tabled in the house. If the committee on agriculture wishes to review it, the department will give the committee every facility to do so. I think my hon. friend will find that the so-called deficit reported in the statement has no significance whatsoever except as a working capital item.

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James MacKerras Macdonnell

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Macdonnell (Greenwood):

Just one of those bookkeeping entries.

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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Mr. Howe:

As to the meeting with Mr. Charles Brannan, the Minister of Agriculture (Mr. Gardiner) and myself met with him and discussed a division of wheat allocations to the United States and Canada, contingent upon the participation of Germany and Japan in the wheat agreement. Complete agreement was reached, but since Australia is also interested in the division, and since the final decision will be made by the international wheat agreement council, it is not thought wise to give the figures at this time. Our discussions were simply preliminary to a report to the council in London.

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TRANS-CANADA HIGHWAY QUESTION AS TO AGREEMENTS WITH PROVINCES- ROUTE THROUGH SASKATCHEWAN


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Alan Carl Stewart

Liberal

Mr. A. C. Slewart (Yorklon):

I should like to direct two questions to the Minister of Resources and Development. Have agreements for the building of the trans-Canada highway been forwarded to all ten provinces? What government selected No. 1 highway in December, 1948, or January, 1949, as the trans-Canada route through Saskatchewan?

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Elie Beauregard (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

I doubt whether that is a question that should be asked on the orders of the day.

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PIT PROPS

INQUIRY AS TO ARRANGEMENTS FOR OVERSEAS MARKETS


On the orders of the day:


PC

Alfred Johnson Brooks

Progressive Conservative

Mr. A. J. Brooks (Royal):

On Friday last I asked a question of the Minister of Trade and Commerce regarding the markets for pit

props. His parliamentary assistant said he would have the answer for us today. May we have the answer?

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Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Right Hon. C. D. Howe (Minister of Trade and Commerce):

Trade commissioners in several countries are working on the sale of pit props, and there is some hope that sales will be made. I think anything I might say in addition to that would only jeopardize the current negotiations.

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PC

Alfred Johnson Brooks

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Brooks:

We were told that as soon as the British elections were over-

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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Mr. Howe:

Yes; they were over last week.

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March 6, 1950