September 12, 1950

COMBINES INVESTIGATION ACT

ANNUAL REPORT FOR THE YEAR ENDED

LIB

Stuart Sinclair Garson (Solicitor General of Canada; Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Hon. Stuart S. Garson (Minister of Justice):

I beg leave to lay on the table the annual report of the commissioner of the Combines Investigation Act for the fiscal year ended March 31, 1950.

Topic:   COMBINES INVESTIGATION ACT
Subtopic:   ANNUAL REPORT FOR THE YEAR ENDED
Sub-subtopic:   MARCH 31, 1950
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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE

REPORT OF ADVISORY COMMITTEE

LIB

Paul-Émile Côté (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. Paul E. Cote (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Labour):

In answer to a question put by the hon. member for Vancouver East (Mr. Maclnnis) on Saturday as to whether it was intended to print and distribute the report of the unemployment insurance advisory committee, I may say that the report has already been duplicated for distribution to organizations and individuals who have expressed a desire to have copies. A limited number of additional copies is immediately available, and if further copies are requested they will be prepared and sent out promptly. There is no intention of printing the report and of making a general distribution.

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
Subtopic:   REPORT OF ADVISORY COMMITTEE
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QUESTION AS TO GRADING OF 1950 CROP- SPREADS FOR INITIAL PAYMENTS


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 arising out of the dissatisfaction among the prairie farmers with regard to the low grading of their wheat. Is the minister in a position to make a statement on this matter? I should also like to ask whether or not any investigation is to be made with a view to removing any unfairness that may now exist.

Righl Hon. C. D. Howe (Minister of Trade and Commerce): I think that I can do no better in answering the question, Mr. Speaker, than to read a copy of the report I made to the cabinet on the situation in western Canada. It is as follows:

The Canadian wheat board have secured through the elevator companies their country agents' estimates of the grading of the 1950 crop, as follows:

Estimated Farm Deliveries

No. 1 northern

23,000,000No. 2 northern

55,000,000No. 3 northern

98,000,000No. 4 northern

60,000,000No. 5, No. 6 and feed

124,000,000Total

360,000,000

Of the above total only 49 per cent will fall in the usual milling grades Nos. 1, 2 and 3 northern, as compared with 84 per cent in these grades in last year's crop.

Because of the heavy increase in all grades below No. 2 northern, the Canadian wheat board are recommending a major widening of the grade price spreads on the initial payments to producers having in mind the probable prices necessary to sell the particular grades. The initial payments are fixed for the crop year, although the actual selling prices of the grades can be varied according to market conditions, and participation payments could reflect to producers the actual sales returns from each grade provided that the spreads are not fixed too narrowly to producers in the first instance. In making their recommendations on spreads for the initial payments, the board are indicating their judgment on the relative prices at which the quantities falling in the various grades can be sold.

I asked the wheat board to discuss the spreads with the pools after I received the board's report, as I wanted to have the judgment of responsible leaders of the farm cooperatives. They did so, and advised me later that the grades set carried the judgment of those leaders of the co-operatives who were consulted.

I would point out to my hon. friend that if the grades are too wide the correction will be made as soon as the marketing reception of the wheat is known; but I would also point out to him that with the great predominance of No. 3 and No. 4 northern as against No. 1 and No. 2 northern, unless the grades are wide enough to attract customers to the No. 3 and No. 4 northern we are likely to be in the position of having sold our No. 1

Essential Materials (Defence) Act

and No. 2 northern and being left with great quantities of No. 3 and No. 4 northern, which are not readily usable except with a proportion of the higher grades.

Topic:   QUESTION AS TO GRADING OF 1950 CROP- SPREADS FOR INITIAL PAYMENTS
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PC

John George Diefenbaker

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

I thank the minister for that statement. Is the decision now made retroactive to the beginning of the marketing year?

Topic:   QUESTION AS TO GRADING OF 1950 CROP- SPREADS FOR INITIAL PAYMENTS
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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Mr. Howe:

Yes. No payments were made or could be made until the spreads had been established.

Topic:   QUESTION AS TO GRADING OF 1950 CROP- SPREADS FOR INITIAL PAYMENTS
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CCF

Percy Ellis Wright

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

Mr. Wright:

Can the minister place on Hansard a statement of the spreads of different grades?

Topic:   QUESTION AS TO GRADING OF 1950 CROP- SPREADS FOR INITIAL PAYMENTS
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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Mr. Howe:

I shall be glad to do that. It is as follows:

The Canadian wheat board has announced the spreaders for the crop year 1950-51 to be as follows:

Initial

payment

No. 1 hard and

No. 1 northern $1.40

No. 2 northern

1.37No. 3 northern

1.30No. 4 northern

1.22No. 5 wheat

1.12No. 6 wheat

1.06Feed wheat

1.00

The spread on toughs is four cents under the grade.

Durum Wheat 1950-51

Initial

payment

No. 1 C. W. amber durum $1.40No. 2. C. W. amber durum

1.37No. 3 C. W. amber durum

1.25No. 4 C. W. amber durum

1.22

The spread on toughs is four cents under the grade.

Topic:   QUESTION AS TO GRADING OF 1950 CROP- SPREADS FOR INITIAL PAYMENTS
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NATIONAL DEFENCE

RESERVE ARMY


On the orders of the day:


PC

George Randolph Pearkes

Progressive Conservative

Mr. G. R. Pearkes (Nanaimo):

May I direct a question to the parliamentary assistant to the Minister of National Defence? Are residents of Canada who are neither Canadian citizens nor British subjects entitled to enlist in the reserve army?

Topic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Subtopic:   RESERVE ARMY
Sub-subtopic:   ENLISTMENT OF PERSONS WHO ARE NOT CANADIAN CITIZENS OR BRITISH SUBJECTS
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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):

May I take this question as notice and give the answer later?

Topic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Subtopic:   RESERVE ARMY
Sub-subtopic:   ENLISTMENT OF PERSONS WHO ARE NOT CANADIAN CITIZENS OR BRITISH SUBJECTS
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ESSENTIAL MATERIALS (DEFENCE) ACT PROVISION FOR CONTROL AND REGULATION OF PRODUCTION, DISTRIBUTION AND USE OF ESSENTIAL MATERIALS AND SERVICES

LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

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

the third reading of

Bill No. 5, respecting materials and services essential for the purposes of defence and national security.

Topic:   ESSENTIAL MATERIALS (DEFENCE) ACT PROVISION FOR CONTROL AND REGULATION OF PRODUCTION, DISTRIBUTION AND USE OF ESSENTIAL MATERIALS AND SERVICES
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September 12, 1950