September 2, 1950

LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Mr. Howe:

The session lasted five days.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   MORNING SITTINGS ON AND AFTER MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 4
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PC

George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Drew:

I think that hon. members here are as anxious as the Prime Minister to get on with the business of the house. I must confess that I was not impressed by the suggestion that unless the proposal made by the Prime Minister was acceptable it would be put to a vote. I am not agreeable to deferring it. Unless the motion is withdrawn I suggest that a vote be taken.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   MORNING SITTINGS ON AND AFTER MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 4
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. St. Laurent:

All right.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   MORNING SITTINGS ON AND AFTER MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 4
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PC

Harry Oliver White

Progressive Conservative

Mr. While (Middlesex East):

I was paired with the hon. member for Middlesex West (Mr. McCubbin). Had I voted, I would have voted against the motion.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   MORNING SITTINGS ON AND AFTER MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 4
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LABOUR CONDITIONS

BRITISH COLUMBIA

LIB

Milton Fowler Gregg (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Hon. Milton F. Gregg (Minister of Labour):

Even though events overnight have outdated this announcement I am going to make, I should like to keep the promise I made yesterday. The strike of the coastal steamship personnel on the Pacific coast has been settled. An agreement dated September 1, signed late last night, is to this effect: The

seafarers' international union and the companies concerned are agreeable to the same conditions of settlement as provided for in the legislation passed August 30, namely, four cents an hour increase effective immediately and such changes in working conditions for coastal steamship personnel in the operating employees group as may follow from the negotiations pursuant to this legislation. The hourly increase will apply to overtime rates. Hours of work performed by deck and engine ratings on Canadian National and Canadian Pacific coastal steamships shall be eight hours in a spread of not greater than sixteen hours.

Operations are being resumed immediately. Both parties have expressed appreciation of the assistance by officers of the Department of Labour in settling the dispute.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   BRITISH COLUMBIA
Sub-subtopic:   SETTLEMENT OF SEAFARERS' STRIKE
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FOREIGN EXCHANGE

OFFICIAL EXCHANGE RATE OF CANADIAN DOLLAR IN TERMS OF U.S. DOLLAR


On the orders of the day:


PC

Agar Rodney Adamson

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Rodney Adamson (York Wesi):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask the Prime Minister a question, of which unfortunately I have been unable to give him notice. In view of statements in the press of Canada today, and questions being raised in both London and New York, and in order to clarify the exchange position and prevent the utmost confusion, can the Prime Minister indicate whether or not the government has any intention of altering the official exchange rate of the Canadian, dollar in terms of the United States dollar?

Right Hon. L. S. St. Laurent (Prime

Minister): No consideration has been given to the matter referred to in the hon. member's question.

Topic:   FOREIGN EXCHANGE
Subtopic:   OFFICIAL EXCHANGE RATE OF CANADIAN DOLLAR IN TERMS OF U.S. DOLLAR
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QUESTION AS TO FINAL PAYMENT ON FIVE YEAR POOL


On the orders of the day:


PC

John George Diefenbaker

Progressive Conservative

Mr. J. G. Diefenbaker (Lake Centre):

should like to direct a question to the Minister of Trade and Commerce. Now that we are approaching the distribution of payments for the participation certificates for wheat sold by farmers during the five-year pool, would the minister state what amount per bushel will be paid over and above the amount in the pool by way of compensation for the losses sustained by the farmers during that period?

Topic:   QUESTION AS TO FINAL PAYMENT ON FIVE YEAR POOL
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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

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

As I stated at the last session, when the wheat in the five-year pool has all been sold the matter of final payment will be considered. Until then it is impossible to give consideration to the matter, in view of the fact that there is no way of determining accurately what the final balance sheet of the .pool will be.

Topic:   QUESTION AS TO FINAL PAYMENT ON FIVE YEAR POOL
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PC

John George Diefenbaker

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

Will the minister permit a further question? Has he any idea when distribution will be made? There are areas in the west in which the farmers are asking when they may expect it. As I remember, the minister said that distribution could not be made until after July 31. I should like to know if he has any information as to when it is expected the payments can be made.

Topic:   QUESTION AS TO FINAL PAYMENT ON FIVE YEAR POOL
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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Mr. Howe:

So far as the final payment on wheat is concerned, I think I stated at the last session that I was hopeful it could be

The Address-Mr. Harkness made in this calendar year. I intimated that considerable time must elapse after July 31 before all the wheat could be sold. Deliveries of wheat during July were running close to six million bushels per week, and my hop. friend will realize that some time will have to elapse before that wheat can be sold and moved to world markets. However, I expect that final settlement of the coarse grains pool will be made considerably before the end of the year.

Topic:   QUESTION AS TO FINAL PAYMENT ON FIVE YEAR POOL
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PC

James Arthur Ross

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Ross (Souris):

May I ask a supplementary question of the Minister of Trade and Commerce? Can the minister state what the carry-over of wheat was on August 1?

Topic:   QUESTION AS TO FINAL PAYMENT ON FIVE YEAR POOL
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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Mr. Howe:

The statistical carry-over-that is, the carry-over of all wheat in Canada- was about 100 million bushels.

Topic:   QUESTION AS TO FINAL PAYMENT ON FIVE YEAR POOL
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CCF

Hazen Robert Argue

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

Mr. H. R. Argue (Assiniboia):

I should like to ask the Minister of Trade and Commerce a further question. In view of the fact that many farmers in western Canada are now threshing, can the minister say when the prices for the various grades will be set, and when the elevator companies will be able to pay cash for deliveries?

Topic:   QUESTION AS TO FINAL PAYMENT ON FIVE YEAR POOL
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September 2, 1950