May 19, 1952

PC

Gordon Graydon

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Graydon:

May I ask one question before the debate ends, of either the Minister of Finance or the Minister of Mines and Technical Surveys. In your opinion what is the future of gold mining? You know the picture behind it. I think we are entitled to know just what the picture is, because there has been a good deal of debate here tonight. You two experts over there ought to be able to answer the question I am asking.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   EMERGENCY GOLD MINING ASSISTANCE ACT
Sub-subtopic:   EXTENSION OF APPLICATION TO YEARS
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LIB

George Prudham (Minister of Mines and Technical Surveys)

Liberal

Mr. Prudham:

I think the gold mining industry is going to survive. I just recently returned from a very interesting and educational trip into northwestern Quebec. The Minister of National Revenue and the hon. member for Villeneuve (Mr. Dumas) were also in the party. I was very much pleased to see the thriving communities, the modern towns with every convenience, paved streets and beautiful public buildings and permanent homes. The mines are practically all in operation. Of course, there are casualties. You always have casualties in the mining industry. Mining is always a wasting industry but we saw many new mines coming into production. We saw two or three on that short trip. One thing that is perhaps overlooked by some hon. members is the fact that the government gives a three-year exemption of taxes on new mines. A great many of them are taking advantage of that and are bring new mines into production.

The engineers are a fine group of young businessmen, as fine a group as you will find anywhere in Canada. They are applying their energy and skill to developing better methods of production, better methods of

Gold Mining

treating the ores, and they are developing new economies. I think they are going to pull the industry through.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   EMERGENCY GOLD MINING ASSISTANCE ACT
Sub-subtopic:   EXTENSION OF APPLICATION TO YEARS
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PC

Gordon Graydon

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Graydon:

You think it will go back to where it was?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   EMERGENCY GOLD MINING ASSISTANCE ACT
Sub-subtopic:   EXTENSION OF APPLICATION TO YEARS
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LIB

George Prudham (Minister of Mines and Technical Surveys)

Liberal

Mr. Prudham:

Well, your opinion is as good as mine. I think it will.

Resolution reported, read the second time and concurred in.

Mr. Prudham thereupon moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 242, to amend the Emergency Gold Mining Assistance Act.

Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   EMERGENCY GOLD MINING ASSISTANCE ACT
Sub-subtopic:   EXTENSION OF APPLICATION TO YEARS
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BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. Fournier (Hull):

Tomorrow we will take up the resolution standing in the name of the

Prime Minister to provide for the establishment of a national library; then the resolution to amend the Canada Grain Act; then Bill No. 194, to amend the Aeronautics Act; Bill No. 224, respecting the Canadian forces. There are three bills in the name of the Minister of Justice: Bill No. 63, to amend the Prisons and Reformatories Act; Bill No. 196, to amend the Supreme Court Act and Bill No. 197, to amend the Interpretation Act. If we have time we will take up the resolution to approve the supplementary extradition convention.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
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At eleven o'clock the house adjourned, without question put, pursuant to standing order.



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