April 3, 1952


On the orders of the day:


CCF

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

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

Mr. Stanley Knowles (Winnipeg North Centre):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask a question of the Minister of Labour respecting the order in council he tabled yesterday. Would the minister say whether the new 3i per cent interest rate on government annuities applies only to contracts taken out after April 1, 1952, or will it apply to moneys paid in after that date respecting contracts taken out during the period when the rate was three per cent?

Topic:   ANNUITIES
Subtopic:   APPLICATION OF NEW INTEREST RATE
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LIB

Milton Fowler Gregg (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Hon. Milton F. Gregg (Minister of Labour):

May I take the question as notice? I should like to give the hon. member an exact answer.

Topic:   ANNUITIES
Subtopic:   APPLICATION OF NEW INTEREST RATE
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POSTAL SERVICE

RATES ON FOOD PARCELS TO GREAT BRITAIN


On the orders of the day:


PC

John George Diefenbaker

Progressive Conservative

Mr. J. G. Diefenbaker (Lake Centre):

I should like to ask a question of the Postmaster General. In view of the present difficult food situation in Great Britain, will he give consideration to decreasing the postal rates on parcels, so that Canadians may be able to increase parcel shipments to their friends or relatives in the old country?

Topic:   POSTAL SERVICE
Subtopic:   RATES ON FOOD PARCELS TO GREAT BRITAIN
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LIB

Alcide Côté (Postmaster General)

Liberal

Hon. Alcide Cote (Postmaster General):

Mr. Speaker, I wish to thank the hon. member for having given me notice of his question. I have made inquiries in the department, and I am told that the concessionary rates which were established on gift parcels to Great Britain were made possible by the reduced terminal charges granted by the British postal administration. In addition, the steamship companies also granted reduced sea conveyance charges to help establish the concessionary rates.

(Mr. Gardiner.]

The discontinuance of the concessionary postage rates was not at the request of the Canadian postal administration but was the direct result of higher terminal charges which the British postal administration imposed, and which it stated were absolutely necessary. In addition, the British postal administration cancelled the reduced charges on gift parcels which had hitherto applied.

In the first instance they asked that these higher rates be made effective in October, 1951, and we were able to persuade them not to introduce the increased rates until after the Christmas season.

Certain Canadian patrons have written direct to the British post office and have been informed in effect that with the rising costs of handling, the concessionary postage rates were really subsidized ones. Apparently the United Kingdom authorities took the position that they were not warranted in subsidizing private food parcels to a favoured few, at the expense of the general taxpayer.

Topic:   POSTAL SERVICE
Subtopic:   RATES ON FOOD PARCELS TO GREAT BRITAIN
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LIB

Jean-François Pouliot

Liberal

Mr. Pouliot:

More gifts to England and less taxation.

Topic:   POSTAL SERVICE
Subtopic:   RATES ON FOOD PARCELS TO GREAT BRITAIN
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COMMONWEALTH CONFERENCE

POSITION OF STERLING AREA


On the orders of the day:


PC

Howard Charles Green

Progressive Conservative

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

I should like to ask a question of the Minister of Finance. Is there to be a conference of commonwealth finance officials in London shortly to re-examine the position of the sterling area? If so, is Canada to be represented, and by whom?

Topic:   COMMONWEALTH CONFERENCE
Subtopic:   POSITION OF STERLING AREA
Sub-subtopic:   REPRESENTATION
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LIB

Douglas Charles Abbott (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Hon. Douglas Abbott (Minister of Finance):

My hon. friend was good enough to give notice of his question, and to send me the press clipping, which I had not seen, relating to such a conference. I think it must refer to the two working parties set up after the commonwealth finance ministers' conference in January, one of which was to look into the question of the convertibility of sterling and the other to look into the question of the development of natural resources in the sterling area.

Canada is represented on both committees by the finance attache at Canada House. They were to meet late in April again, I believe, and my information is that it was suggested that during that meeting there might be another review of the sterling area position. I think the press report to which my hon. friend refers must relate to these committees.

Topic:   COMMONWEALTH CONFERENCE
Subtopic:   POSITION OF STERLING AREA
Sub-subtopic:   REPRESENTATION
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CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS

OPERATION OF BUS SERVICE IN PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Hon. Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport):

I should like to answer a question asked the other day by the hon. member for Queens (Mr. McLure) concerning the operation by the Canadian National Railways in Prince Edward Island of both bus and railway services.

The Canadian National Railways officers advise me now that they have been endeavouring for some time to secure the approval of the government of Prince Edward Island to a plan of co-ordination of services which would permit the railway to substitute bus operation for passenger train operation on all sections of the island except between Charlottetown and Borden, where train operation would be continued. In the opinion of the Canadian National Railways this would provide the people on the island with a better service and at the same time permit the railway to effect certain economies.

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   OPERATION OF BUS SERVICE IN PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
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RADIO BROADCASTING

METHOD OF SELLING RECEIVING LICENCES

April 3, 1952