April 4, 1952


Bill No. 145, for the relief of Nathalie Olga Marianne Pervouchine Petrik.-Mr. Weir. Bill No. 146, for the relief of Lily Stall Wax.-Mr. Weir. Bill No. 147, for the relief of Charles William Silver.-Mr. Weir. Bill No. 148, for the relief of Hilda Irene Gordon Diamond.-Mr. Croll. Bill No. 149, for the relief of Jochwet Freiberg Rosenstein.-Mr. Weir. Bill No. 150, for the relief of Mabel Elizabeth Jones McKay.-Mr. Winkler. Bill No. 151, for the relief of Dorothy Esme Graham Snell.-Mr. Winkler. Bill No. 152, for the relief of Olive Winni-fred Thistle Gour.-Mr. Winkler. Bill No. 153, for the relief of Sergius Messier.-Mr. Winkler.



Private Bills Bill No. 154, for the relief of Samuel Long Adamson.-Mr. Winkler. Bill No. 155, for the relief of Sadie Isaac Kannon.-Mr. Winkler. Bill No. 156, for the relief of Yvonne Yvette Lalonde Faucher.-Mr. Winkler. Bill No. 157, for the relief of Kenneth Oliver Frawley.-Mr. Winkler. Bill No. 158, for the relief of Carol Almina Perry Alleyn.-Mr. Winkler. Bill No. 159, for the relief of Gertrude Mintz Dankoff.-Mr. Winkler. Bill No. 160, for the relief of Edna Pearl Tait Ames.-Mr. Winkler. Bill No. 161, for the relief of William Payne.-Mr. Winkler. Bill No. 162, for the relief of Edith Olive Catherine Cramp Midgley.-Mr. Winkler. Bill No. 163, for the relief of Dorothy Lillian Robinson Kay.-Mr. Winkler. Bill No. 164, for the relief of Emily Eileen Withall Rediker-Mr. Winkler. Bill No. 165, for the relief of Joseph Charles Gerard Jean Leduc.-Mr. Winkler. Bill No. 166, for the relief of Hilda Miriam Magee Taylor.-Mr. Winkler. Bill No. 167, for the relief of Laurent Langlois.-Mr. Winkler. Bill No. 168, for the relief of Dorothy Lucille Girard Ward.-Mr. Winkler. Bill No. 169, for the relief of Alfred Machabee.-Mr. Winkler. Bill No. 170, for the relief of Fanny Ian-covici Weissenberg.-Mr. Winkler. Bill No. 171, for the relief of Marilyn Apple Bogoroch.-Mr. Winkler.


BRIDGES

NORTH SASKATCHEWAN RIVER NORTH OF LLOYDMINSTER


On the orders of the day:


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Mr. A. J. Baler@The Balllefords

I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Public Works. Has the federal government received a request from the government of Alberta for assistance to construct a bridge across the North Saskatchewan river due north of the border town of Lloydminster?

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Subtopic:   NORTH SASKATCHEWAN RIVER NORTH OF LLOYDMINSTER
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LIB

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

Liberal

Hon. Alphonse Fournier (Minister of Public Works):

My information is that the answer should be in the negative.

Topic:   BRIDGES
Subtopic:   NORTH SASKATCHEWAN RIVER NORTH OF LLOYDMINSTER
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UNITED KINGDOM

STERLING AREA GOLD AND DOLLAR RESERVES


On the orders of the day:


PC

George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

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

I wish to direct a question to the Minister of Finance in relation to something of which I am sure he is aware, and of which I was informed just before coming into the house. I had heard the earlier

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news broadcast to which I shall refer, but not the subsequent information. It has probably been brought to his attention that there was a broadcast on the C.B.C. at eight o'clock this morning, which caused very great concern, in regard to the sterling position of the United Kingdom. Later that was corrected. Is the Minister of Finance in a position to make a statement which will clarify the situation?

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Subtopic:   STERLING AREA GOLD AND DOLLAR RESERVES
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LIB

Douglas Charles Abbott (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Hon. Douglas Abbott (Minister of Finance):

I did not hear the broadcast referred to, Mr. Speaker, but it was brought to my attention. It would appear that the broadcast did in some respects inaccurately represent or incorrectly interpret the chancellor of the exchequer's statement in the United Kingdom House of Commons on the sterling area gold and dollar reserves.

The actual position is that the sterling area reserves at March 31 stood at approximately $1,700 million; the March deficit was $71 million as against a February deficit of $266 million, and a January deficit of $299 million. Toward the end of March of this year dollar reserves actually rose, and the chancellor stated that the receipts toward the end of March reflected a revival of confidence in sterling. It had been erroneously reported that the reserves are now at a lower point than immediately before devaluation in September, 1949. In fact, their lowest point was on September 18, 1949, when they stood at approximately $1,320 million.

The chancellor in his statement did point out, however, that it was the current trade and payments position which is in the long run decisive, and that rather than relaxing he indicated that the United Kingdom must redouble its efforts to assure an improvement in the position. He concluded by saying:

It would be a great mistake if we thought we had got through to safe ground.

Topic:   UNITED KINGDOM
Subtopic:   STERLING AREA GOLD AND DOLLAR RESERVES
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MEETING OF INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL


On the orders of the day:


PC

John George Diefenbaker

Progressive Conservative

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

should like ito direct a question to the Minister of Trade and Commerce in connection with a meeting of the international wheat council to take place this month. Will the minister indicate whether the eight representatives from Canada will ask for increased floor and ceiling prices under the new agreement to be negotiated for the ensuing period following the conclusion of the present five-year agreement, as asked by the Canadian Council of Agriculture and the farmers union?

Topic:   MEETING OF INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL
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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):

The delegates from Canada are going to the council, representing one of the exporting countries-I think there are four exporting countries-to negotiate with some fifty importing countries for a price for wheat to be included in the renewal of the agreement. With them are going five advisers representing the five principal farm organizations in western Canada. The delegates are taking with them no special instructions from the government. I presume that they will negotiate for the most favoured position that Canada can hope to obtain, but in any case they will have with them as expert advisers as can be found in western Canada. When the negotiations are completed the Canadian farm organizations will be asked whether or not they wish to enter into a renewal of the agreement, and the government will be guided by their views.

Topic:   MEETING OF INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL
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REPORTED USE OF COLOURING MATTER IN PRODUCTION OF BROWN LOAF


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):

May I direct a question to the Minister of National Health and Welfare? Is he yet in a position to report on the conference which was to have been held on April 1 respecting regulations to make sure that brown bread is whole wheat bread and not white bread dyed brown?

Topic:   REPORTED USE OF COLOURING MATTER IN PRODUCTION OF BROWN LOAF
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LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin (Minister of National Health and Welfare)

Liberal

Hon. Paul Martin (Minister of National Health and Welfare):

Mr. Speaker, to meet the convenience of the industrial firms and the trades concerned, the conference has been postponed until next Tuesday.

Topic:   REPORTED USE OF COLOURING MATTER IN PRODUCTION OF BROWN LOAF
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April 4, 1952