December 19, 1951

LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. Fournier (Hull):

No.

Topic:   COMBINES INVESTIGATION ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT TO FORBID THE FIXING OF SPECIFIC OR MINIMUM RESALE PRICES
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LIB

Douglas Charles Abbott (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. Abbott:

No. Go on for five minutes. It is a pleasure to hear you.

Topic:   COMBINES INVESTIGATION ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT TO FORBID THE FIXING OF SPECIFIC OR MINIMUM RESALE PRICES
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CCF

Stanley Howard Knowles (Whip of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation)

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

Mr. Knowles:

It is only nine o'clock in

Winnipeg.

Topic:   COMBINES INVESTIGATION ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT TO FORBID THE FIXING OF SPECIFIC OR MINIMUM RESALE PRICES
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PC

Gordon Minto Churchill

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Churchill:

Mr. Speaker, I was reviewing the course of this session and I noticed that on October 9, when we commenced, the speech from the throne mentioned the fact that legislation would be brought down based on this report of the MacQuarrie committee. On October 15 the Prime Minister, in his remarks to the house as reported at page 41 of Hansard, said:

... I can say that as regards immediate additional measures to curb inflation, while others may develop, the only one we are prepared to submit at this time is the one that will arise out of this report of the combines committee with respect to resale prices.

I do not think that is going to have a very substantial effect on the index of the cost of living . . .

Following that, and much later, the committee was appointed to review the MacQuarrie committee report. Then we had the report of that committee submitted to this house. Finally on Monday, December 17, the bill was brought to our attention; and at that time an endurance contest commenced.

Topic:   COMBINES INVESTIGATION ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT TO FORBID THE FIXING OF SPECIFIC OR MINIMUM RESALE PRICES
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An hon. Member:

And it is still going on.

Topic:   COMBINES INVESTIGATION ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT TO FORBID THE FIXING OF SPECIFIC OR MINIMUM RESALE PRICES
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PC

Gordon Minto Churchill

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Churchill:

Having made my railway reservations and cancelled them about three times, I have now lost interest in returning to Winnipeg for Christmas and I am prepared to stay here as long as is necessary.

I have followed with interest the work of the committee of the house on combines legislation. I was named to that committee but was unable to attend it due to already having been named a member of the committee to investigate the railway situation. I therefore had to withdraw from this committee on combines legislation.

Topic:   COMBINES INVESTIGATION ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT TO FORBID THE FIXING OF SPECIFIC OR MINIMUM RESALE PRICES
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PC

Edmund Davie Fulton

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Fulton:

And it was a great loss to the committee.

Topic:   COMBINES INVESTIGATION ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT TO FORBID THE FIXING OF SPECIFIC OR MINIMUM RESALE PRICES
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PC

Gordon Minto Churchill

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Churchill:

I have, however, been able to read some of the evidence adduced at the

Combines Investigation Act meetings of that committee, and I have considered the matter of sufficient importance for me to take part at this time in the debate that is now in progress.

Topic:   COMBINES INVESTIGATION ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT TO FORBID THE FIXING OF SPECIFIC OR MINIMUM RESALE PRICES
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An hon. Member:

Ten o'clock.

Topic:   COMBINES INVESTIGATION ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT TO FORBID THE FIXING OF SPECIFIC OR MINIMUM RESALE PRICES
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LIB

Douglas Charles Abbott (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. Abbott:

One minute to ten.

Topic:   COMBINES INVESTIGATION ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT TO FORBID THE FIXING OF SPECIFIC OR MINIMUM RESALE PRICES
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PC

Gordon Minto Churchill

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Churchill:

I think everything points to the fact that there is a serious weakness in this legislation. We had presented to this house earlier in this session some pieces of legislation which might be termed good.

Topic:   COMBINES INVESTIGATION ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT TO FORBID THE FIXING OF SPECIFIC OR MINIMUM RESALE PRICES
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Some hon. Members:

Oh, oh.

Topic:   COMBINES INVESTIGATION ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT TO FORBID THE FIXING OF SPECIFIC OR MINIMUM RESALE PRICES
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PC

George Harris Hees

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hees:

But not the Public Works Act amendment.

Topic:   COMBINES INVESTIGATION ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT TO FORBID THE FIXING OF SPECIFIC OR MINIMUM RESALE PRICES
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An hon. Member:

Ten o'clock.

Topic:   COMBINES INVESTIGATION ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT TO FORBID THE FIXING OF SPECIFIC OR MINIMUM RESALE PRICES
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PC

Gordon Minto Churchill

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Churchill:

I move the adjournment of the debate.

On motion of Mr. Churchill the debate was adjourned.

Topic:   COMBINES INVESTIGATION ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT TO FORBID THE FIXING OF SPECIFIC OR MINIMUM RESALE PRICES
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BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

PC

Gordon Graydon

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Graydon:

Before you leave the chair, Mr. Speaker, I take it that the Minister of Public Works (Mr. Fournier) is going to announce the business program for tomorrow.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
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LIB
LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. Fournier (Hull):

I thought of consulting my hon. friend. We can go ahead with this bill tomorrow and any other legislation.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
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At ten o'clock the house adjourned, without question put, pursuant to the order of the house passed on November 2, 1951.


December 19, 1951