November 8, 1951

DOMINION ELECTIONS ACT

CONCURRENCE IN FIRST REPORT OF SPECIAL COMMITTEE


Mr. Sarto Fournier (Maisonneuve-Rose-monl) presented the first report of the special committee on the Dominion Elections Act, 1938, and amendments thereto, and moved that the report be concurred in. Motion agreed to.


CHANGE IN PERSONNEL

LIB-PRO

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

Liberal Progressive

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

That the name of Mr. Bryce be substituted for that of Mr. Argue on the special committee on the Dominion Elections Act, 1938, and amendments thereto.

Topic:   CHANGE IN PERSONNEL
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Motion agreed to.


COMMONWEALTH CONFERENCE

QUESTION AS TO MEETING OF FINANCE MINISTERS


On the orders of the day:


PC

Howard Charles Green

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Howard C. Green (Vancouver-Quadra):

I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Finance. Is there to be a meeting of commonwealth finance ministers shortly? If so, what is the purpose of such meeting, and will the minister be attending?

Topic:   COMMONWEALTH CONFERENCE
Subtopic:   QUESTION AS TO MEETING OF FINANCE MINISTERS
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LIB

Douglas Charles Abbott (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Hon. Douglas Abbott (Minister of Finance):

Well, I received a message yesterday from the Chancellor of the Exchequer advising me that it was proposed, as had been planned by his predecessor, to hold a meeting of commonwealth finance ministers on January 15, I think, speaking from memory. I suppose the purpose of the meeting would be to discuss matters of common concern, as has happened in past meetings of this kind, relating more particularly perhaps to the members of the commonwealth that are members of the sterling area; but in any case the chancellor invited me to attend, and, as on previous occasions, it is my intention to attend.

Topic:   COMMONWEALTH CONFERENCE
Subtopic:   QUESTION AS TO MEETING OF FINANCE MINISTERS
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TRADE WITH BRITAIN

QUESTION AS TO STEPS FOR MAINTAINING CANADIAN EXPORTS


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Percy Ellis Wright

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

Mr. P. E. Wright (Melfort):

I wish to direct a question to the Minister of Trade and Commerce. In view of the announced intention

of the new government in Great Britain to cut imports from the dollar area by approximately $1 billion, what steps are the government taking to maintain Canadian exports, particularly exports of wheat, which are so essential to our western Canadian economy?

Topic:   TRADE WITH BRITAIN
Subtopic:   QUESTION AS TO STEPS FOR MAINTAINING CANADIAN EXPORTS
Sub-subtopic:   WHEAT SUPPLIES
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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Defence Production; Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, the government has no particulars of the plans of the United Kingdom to reduce imports from Canada. As far as we are concerned, we have an understanding with the government of the United Kingdom that Britain will continue to buy her North American supplies of wheat from Canada. That practice is being followed. The imports of wheat by the United Kingdom are no greater than required for immediate consumption, and therefore I look for no reduction in that direction.

In general the imports from Canada are raw materials; metals, iron ore, lumber and materials of that type. Raw materials are generally in great demand throughout the world and I see nothing in the supply position of the United Kingdom that would lead me to believe that amounts taken from Canada can be reduced greatly. All materials of that type are readily saleable in world markets, and I cannot view the announcement with great alarm as far as the Canadian position is concerned.

Topic:   TRADE WITH BRITAIN
Subtopic:   QUESTION AS TO STEPS FOR MAINTAINING CANADIAN EXPORTS
Sub-subtopic:   WHEAT SUPPLIES
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INFLATION

REQUEST BY CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF CONSUMERS FOR CALLING OF CONFERENCE


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Hazen Robert Argue

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

Mr. H. R. Argue (Assiniboia):

Can the Prime Minister give an answer to the question that I asked him last Monday with respect to the calling of a conference to consider ways and means of dealing with inflation as suggested by the Canadian Association of Consumers?

Topic:   INFLATION
Subtopic:   REQUEST BY CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF CONSUMERS FOR CALLING OF CONFERENCE
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November 8, 1951