March 30, 1950

NEWFOUNDLAND

FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF UNION WITH DOMINION OF CANADA, MARCH 31, 1949

PC

Gordon Francis Higgins

Progressive Conservative

Mr. G. F. Higgins (St. John's East):

Mr. Speaker, tomorrow will be the first anniversary of the union of Newfoundland with Canada. I am drawing the attention of the house to it today because I shall not be here tomorrow. Through the courtesy of the hon. member for Shefford (Mr. Boivin), with other members I am making a formal visit to the historic town of Granby; a number of members, therefore, will not be here tomorrow.

I should like to take this opportunity to thank hon. members for the courteous manner in which they have received the members from Newfoundland since they came here as representatives from that province. I should also like to express the hope that the sympathetic consideration that has been shown Newfoundland and its problems will continue in the future. I trust that history will record the union as a happy one, and that the Prime Minister (Mr. St. Laurent) will continue to feel proud of the major role he played in making union possible.

Topic:   NEWFOUNDLAND
Subtopic:   FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF UNION WITH DOMINION OF CANADA, MARCH 31, 1949
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AGRICULTURAL PRICES SUPPORT

ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS AS TO EXPENDITURE, PRODUCTS COVERED, ETC.

LIB

James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Right Hon. J. G. Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture):

Mr. Speaker, the night before last I agreed to answer certain questions asked by the hon. member for Brant-Went-worth (Mr. Charlton). They are to be found at page 1205 of Hansard, and read as follows:

How much of the $200 million has been used in each of the calendar years since 1944?

He was referring to the $200 million provided under the Agricultural Prices Support Act.

What products have been covered? What is the amount of each product covered, and what is the amount of each product purchased under the act? How much of the butter that has been purchased is not up to the grade that it was when it was put in storage?

Most of what was asked for was answered in a return tabled on March 10 at the request of the hon. member for Melfort (Mr. Wright). I have other specific information which I

shall read into the record. The information as to the amount used in each of the calendar years since 1944 is as follows:

Cost to

Year Commodity December 31

1945

1947 1946 potatoes

$ 170,748.481948 1947 apples (Nova Scotia)

3,119,274.221949 1948 apples

(Nova Scotia).. $1,443,231.39 1948 apples

(British Columbia) 44,650.93 1948 potatoes 1,646,839.34

1948 white beans ... 194,419.88

1949 dry skimmed

milk 5,043.52

1949 apples 867,992.33

Total 1949 calendar year

cost $4,202,177.39 4,202,177.39

Total net cost to December 31, 1949.. $7,492,200.09

Notes: Re agricultural prices support

1. At December 31, 1949, the board held stocks of butter, honey and cheese as follows:

Honey-2,985,322 lbs. (reduced to 2,956,062 lbs. on March 25, 1950)

Butter-40,694,784 lbs. (reduced to 21,248,000 lbs. on March 25, 1950)

Cheese-18,680,469 lbs. (reduced to 17,636,153 lbs. on March 28, 1950)

2. With the exception of 1949 the net cost as shown above is approximately the amount of money required for purposes of handling products under the act. However, in 1949 the maximum funds required for financing were in the neighbourhood of $40 million, since butter, cheese, dry skimmed milk and honey stocks were held at one time in November, 1949, at a cost of close to $35 million.

3. Up until March 15, 1950, more than half of the 48 million odd pounds of first grade creamery butter placed in storage by the board in 1949 had been regraded and resold for consumption in Canada. On regrading this amount of butter about 95 per cent of it was first grade creamery butter out of storage.

The direct answer, therefore, to the last question would be that about five per cent was under grade.

Topic:   AGRICULTURAL PRICES SUPPORT
Subtopic:   ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS AS TO EXPENDITURE, PRODUCTS COVERED, ETC.
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COMMITTEES OF THE HOUSE

RAILWAYS AND SHIPPING

LIB-PRO

William Gilbert Weir (Chief Government Whip; Whip of the Liberal Party)

Liberal Progressive

Mr. W. G. Weir (Portage-Neepawa) moved:

That the name of Mr. Browne (St. John's West) be substituted for that of Mr. Adamson on the special committee on railways and shipping.

That the name of Mr. Ward be substituted for that of Mr. Weaver on the select standing committee on railways, canals and telegraph lines.

Topic:   COMMITTEES OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   RAILWAYS AND SHIPPING
Sub-subtopic:   RAILWAYS, CANALS AND TELEGRAPH LINES CHANGES IN PERSONNEL
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Motion agreed to.



Proposed Legislation NATIONAL DEFENCE ONTARIO-MANITOBA BOUNDARY


SEA ISLAND, B.C., AIR FORCE STATION- EMERGENCY QUARTERS


On the order for motions:


LIB

Joseph-Adéodat Blanchette (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. J. A. Blanchette (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of National Defence):

In reply to the inquiry made by the hon. member for Nanaimo (Mr. Pearkes) on March 23 and March 29, concerning evictions which were to take place from the emergency housing accommodation at the R.C.A.F. Sea Island station, I desire to state that information obtained from Vancouver is to the effect that owing to the progressive deterioration of the wartime constructed buildings which have been in use as emergency married quarters, and the fact that there has been some increase in availability of alternative accommodation, notice of intention to vacate the emergency married quarters by April 1, 1950, was given on December 1, 1949.

Seventy families were occupying emergency married quarters on December 1, 1949, and of these, sixteen have vacated quarters since notice was given. However, five families have been permitted to move in, so there are still fifty-nine families in occupation. No families will be put out, but exten-tions granted to continue occupancy must be of a temporary nature, as it is desirable that these emergency quarters be vacated as early as possible.

Topic:   SEA ISLAND, B.C., AIR FORCE STATION- EMERGENCY QUARTERS
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PC

Howard Charles Green

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Green:

May I ask the parliamentary assistant if there is any building project under way Which would provide housing accommodation for these non-commissioned officers of the Royal Canadian Air Force at Sea Island? If not, is it a fact that the government is accepting no responsibility for obtaining housing for these men and their families?

Topic:   SEA ISLAND, B.C., AIR FORCE STATION- EMERGENCY QUARTERS
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LIB

Joseph-Adéodat Blanchette (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. Blanchette:

I regret that I cannot answer the question at the moment. I will take it as notice.

Topic:   SEA ISLAND, B.C., AIR FORCE STATION- EMERGENCY QUARTERS
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CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS

APPOINTMENT OF GEORGE A. TOUCHE AND COMPANY AS AUDITORS

LIB

Alphonse Fournier (Minister of Public Works; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Hon. Alphonse Fournier (for the Minister of Transport) moved

for leave to introduce Bill No. 86, respecting the appointment of auditors for national railways.

Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   APPOINTMENT OF GEORGE A. TOUCHE AND COMPANY AS AUDITORS
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AMENDMENT OF MANITOBA AND ONTARIO BOUNDARIES EXTENSION ACTS

March 30, 1950