March 2, 1951

FINAL SETTLEMENT ON FIVE-YEAR POOL ADDITION OF $65 MILLION TO SUMS AWAITING DISTRIBUTION

LIB

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

Liberal

Right Hon. L. S. St. Laurent (Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, I have a brief statement to make concerning the final settlement of the five-year wheat pool.

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Some hon. Members:

Hear, hear.

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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. St. Laurent:

Perhaps the applause might be deferred until I make the statement.

As the house is aware, there have been discussions with the United Kingdom government on several occasions concerning article 2(b) of the wheat agreement entered into in 1946-the so-called "have regard to" clause. The United Kingdom government has made it clear that no further payment will be made by them under that agreement. Hon. members may also have seen an announcement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on February 20 that the United Kingdom will not draw further on the remainder of the credit of $1,250 million which was made available in May, 1946, and which expires on December 31, 1951.

The government has decided to recommend to parliament that an amount equal to the balance of the United Kingdom credit, namely, $65 million, be added to the sums now awaiting distribution in settlement of the five-year pool. The amount will be included in the final supplementary estimates for the fiscal year 1950-51 which are shortly to be placed before the house for approval.

The contribution we will be asking parliament to make is the equivalent of about 23 cents per bushel on the deliveries made during the last two years of the agreement to which article 2(b) had reference. The addition of $65 million to the pool would make a total of approximately $120 million for distribution. On the basis of deliveries of 1,428 million bushels during the period of the five-year pool, this would provide a final payment of about 8-3 cents per bushel. Final payments will be made as soon as possible after parliament has dealt with the supplementary estimates. >

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Robert Fair

Social Credit

Mr. Fair:

When will the balance of the

loss of approximately 30 cents a bushel on

the five-year wheat pool be made up to the farmers of the prairie provinces?

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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. St. Laurent:

Mr. Speaker, I have

announced the decision of the government; and on this occasion I am not going to express any opinion or add anything to the declaration I have made.

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Hazen Robert Argue

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

Mr. Argue:

Even though the announcement is completely unsatisfactory, in my opinion-

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Some hon. Members:

Order.

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Hazen Robert Argue

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

Mr. Argue:

-I would ask the Minister of Trade and Commerce when the farmers may expect that their cheques will be mailed.

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Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

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

Yesterday I was asked when the interim payments would begin, and I stated that they would begin that day, which was my information at that time. I telephoned through to Winnipeg to confirm that statement, and was told there had been some delay in obtaining the cheque forms and that payment would start on March 9; but 1 was told that extra staff would be put on so that in the long run there would be no delay in getting out the interim payments. The cheques in settlement of the five-year pool will go out just as soon as the other payments have been completed. The equipment will be kept working at full speed, provided always that parliament has voted the necessary money by that time.

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Major James William Coldwell

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

Mr. Coldwell:

May I ask the Prime Minister when it is expected that the supplementary estimate dealing with this wheat payment will be brought down? Will it be soon?

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

Liberal

Mr. St. Laurent:

It will be included in the final supplementary estimates for 1950-51 about which the Minister of Finance gave information yesterday.

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PUBLIC ACCOUNTS

CHANGE IN PERSONNEL OF STANDING COMMITTEE

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. Fulton be substituted for that of Mr. Diefenbaker on the standing committee on public accounts.

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Motion agreed to.


PRIVATE BILLS

FIRST READINGS


Bill No. 103, for the relief of Eileen McDermott McRandall.-Mr. Winkler..



Inquiries of the Ministry Bill No. 104, for the relief of Laurice Mary Michel Shatilla.-Mr. Winkler. Bill No. 105, for the relief of Mihaly Kovacs.-Mr. Winkler. Bill No. 106, for the relief of Rebecca Glicofsky Brown.-Mr. Winkler. Bill No. 107, for the relief of Selma Rokowsky Kirzner.-Mr. Winkler. Bill No. 108, for the relief of Ferdinand Langlois.-Mr. Weir. Bill No. 109, for the relief of Violet Edith Macdonald Harris.-Mr. Winkler. Bill No. 110, for the relief of Frangoise Brunet Crassowski.-Mr. Winkler. Bill No. Ill, for the relief of Emily Rita Rowlands Simpson.-Mr. Winkler. Bill No. 112, for the relief of Ivy Lucas Levitt.-Mr. Winkler. Bill No. 113, for the relief of Marguerite Marie Rita Fournier Cook.-Mr. Winkler. Bill No. 114, for the relief of Paul Emile Piuze.-Mr. Winkler.


March 2, 1951