December 28, 1951

LABOUR CONDITIONS

ARMY CLOTHING


On the orders of the day:


PC

William Gourlay Blair

Progressive Conservative

Mr. W. G. Blair (Lanark):

I should like to

direct a question to the Minister of Defence Production (Mr. Howe), but since he is not here I will ask it of his parliamentary assistant. Is it true that the Canadian government has placed orders for army clothing in Britain, United States or France?

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   ARMY CLOTHING
Sub-subtopic:   PLACING OF ORDERS
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LIB

George James McIlraith (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Defence Production; Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Mr. G. J. Mcllrailh (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Defence Production):

Mr. Speaker, I would think it is not true, but I had better check the answer and make a more detailed one. I may say that I have noticed that certain representatives of labour have been holding meetings in the constituency which the hon. member represents, and I assume that his question arises out of some of the statements made in connection with those meetings. If he will let the matter stand as a notice, I will get him full information and give a precise answer.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   ARMY CLOTHING
Sub-subtopic:   PLACING OF ORDERS
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GLOVES AND OTHER TEXTILES

INVESTIGATION


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 National Revenue. I asked a similar one earlier in the session. Is the minister now in a position to say what is being done to meet the unfair competition of countries behind the iron curtain, such as Czechoslovakia, shipping into this country gloves and other textiles to the detriment of Canadians?

Topic:   GLOVES AND OTHER TEXTILES
Subtopic:   INVESTIGATION
Sub-subtopic:   REGARDING DUMPING
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LIB

James Joseph McCann (Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

Hon. J. J. McCann (Minister of National Revenue):

Mr. Speaker, as indicated in my

statement on December 6 in reply to a question asked by the hon. member for Lake Centre, this matter was drawn to my attention also by a number of members as well as Canadian manufacturers, and it has been receiving our active attention for some time. An examination of the invoices covering these importations does not disclose any

evidence of dumping as defined by the customs tariff, but we are endeavouring to ascertain the values at which these goods are sold for consumption in Czechoslovakia. As you will appreciate, this is a somewhat difficult task but we have been in discussion with the Czech authorities with a view to satisfying ourselves as to the proper values.

As I indicated in my previous statement, there are great difficulties in getting the type of information which we should have in order to determine whether or not dumping actually exists. It is true that there are fairly large importations from Czechoslovakia which act to the detriment of our Canadian manufacturers but, according to-the law, the customs tariff, we must determine whether or not goods are being dumped; and the matter of determination is one of price and not of quality. We attempt to get the fair market price in the country of export and to see how that compares with prices under similar conditions in our own country.

Topic:   GLOVES AND OTHER TEXTILES
Subtopic:   INVESTIGATION
Sub-subtopic:   REGARDING DUMPING
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PC

John George Diefenbaker

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

I thank the minister for

his reply. Is it not a fact that the United States has found it necessary to act in order to protect the Americans from this kind of thing?

Topic:   GLOVES AND OTHER TEXTILES
Subtopic:   INVESTIGATION
Sub-subtopic:   REGARDING DUMPING
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LIB

James Joseph McCann (Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

Mr. McCann:

I understand it has, Mr. Speaker; but I do not know whether that is done for economic reasons or for political reasons.

Topic:   GLOVES AND OTHER TEXTILES
Subtopic:   INVESTIGATION
Sub-subtopic:   REGARDING DUMPING
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PC

Gordon Graydon

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Graydon:

If those reasons are good

enough for them, they should be good enough for us.

Topic:   GLOVES AND OTHER TEXTILES
Subtopic:   INVESTIGATION
Sub-subtopic:   REGARDING DUMPING
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?

Some hon. Members:

Oh, oh.

Topic:   GLOVES AND OTHER TEXTILES
Subtopic:   INVESTIGATION
Sub-subtopic:   REGARDING DUMPING
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STRATEGIC CHEMICALS

REPORTED SHIPMENTS TO HUNGARY


On the orders of the day:


PC

George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. George A. Drew (Leader of the Opposition):

I wish to direct a question to

the Minister of Trade and Commerce (Mr. Howe) or to whoever can speak for him in this matter. There has been an extensive discussion in the press of the charge made by the commerce department of the United States that the Continental Pharma Company of Montreal has been secretly exporting strategic chemicals to communist Hungary. I should like to ask what information the government can give us about this matter

Inquiries of the Ministry and what steps have been taken, from the point of view of the Canadian government, to deal with this situation.

Topic:   STRATEGIC CHEMICALS
Subtopic:   REPORTED SHIPMENTS TO HUNGARY
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LIB

George James McIlraith (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Defence Production; Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Mr. G. J. Mcllraiih (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Trade and Commerce):

Mr. Speaker, I have not had notice of the question, so I cannot give a full answer at this time. I noticed the reference in the paper yesterday, and as I understood it, the action taken in the United States was based not on the fact that they were secretly exporting them, but rather that these exports were carried on contrary to the export regulations of that country. The matter of whether or not any exports had been made from this country was being examined into yesterday. I have not full information, and I cannot give any further useful information at the moment. If there -is anything that can be added I will bring it forward.

Topic:   STRATEGIC CHEMICALS
Subtopic:   REPORTED SHIPMENTS TO HUNGARY
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PC

George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Drew:

Since the parliamentary assistant is taking this as notice and will be making inquiry, I would point out that the opening paragraph of the Associated Press dispatch on this subject reads as follows:

The Department of Commerce said today a New York exporter, a Canadian and a Belgian firm have been ordered barred from U.S. export trade for secretly shipping strategic war chemicals to communist Hungary.

That is the quotation from the Associated Press dispatch, and I am merely placing it before the parliamentary assistant so that he will understand my use of the word "secret".

Topic:   STRATEGIC CHEMICALS
Subtopic:   REPORTED SHIPMENTS TO HUNGARY
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December 28, 1951