May 12, 1953

AGRICULTURE AND COLONIZATION


Second report of standing committee on agriculture and colonization.-Mr. Bater.


COMBINES INVESTIGATION ACT

REPORT OF DIRECTOR

LIB

Stuart Sinclair Garson (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Hon. Stuart S. Garson (Minister of Justice):

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to section 44 of the Combines Investigation Act I beg to table the report of the director of investigation and research as to the proceedings under the Combines Investigation Act for the fiscal year 1952-53. The report I am tabling is the English version. The French version should be available shortly. I did not wish to wait for the French version before tabling the report, lest parliament should adjourn before I received it, in which case the report would go untabled until next fall.

Should parliament in fact adjourn before the French version is in the hands of the joint distribution branch, the joint distribution branch or the combines branch will mail copies to the members who ordinarily receive the French version.

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PC

George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Drew:

I was interested in one

remark made by the Minister of Justice. He said "until next fall". What was the implication in those words?

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LIB

Frederick Gordon Bradley (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. Bradley:

Mr. Speaker-

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PC

George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Drew:

No, I would like to have an

answer.

Right Kon. L. S. St. Laurent (Prime Minister): If I might make an answer that

will meet, at the same time, a suggestion made by the hon. member for Eglinton (Mr. Fleming), which by oversight I did not deal with in answering him before-and that was the suggestion that there might possibly be a special session of parliament in the fall- there is no such intention. It is our intention-and of course, an intention which is always subject to any emergency that may arise-that when the next session is commenced it will be the regular 1954 session of parliament, whether it is commenced before the end of the year or after the end of the year.

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George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Drew:

Without pursuing the matter

further, I would like to ask the Minister of Justice the meaning of his reference to next fall.

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LIB

Stuart Sinclair Garson (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. Garson:

I had understood-and perhaps I am wrong-that we had commenced the regular session, which we are just concluding now, in the fall of 1952, and that there was a general understanding that we would follow that practice from now on.

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Donald Methuen Fleming

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Fleming:

The Prime Minister, in

referring to this subject of a fall session, classified my mention of it as a suggestion. I wish to make it quite clear, and the record will bear me out, that I did not suggest there should by any such session. I mentioned that there had been newspaper reports to that effect and I asked, as a matter of fact, for the assurance that there would not be one, and that it would not enter into calculations with respect to the date of the calling of a general election.

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INQUIRY AS TO TABLING OF REPORTS


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 Justice arising out of the report which he tabled this morning. Has he in his possession any reports of investigations of the type that are supposed to be published within thirty days of their receipt by the minister? Does he anticipate being in position to table such reports in the next very short while?

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Stuart Sinclair Garson (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Hon. Stuart S. Garson (Minister of Justice):

The answer to both questions is in the negative.

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LIB

Stuart Sinclair Garson (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. Garson:

Mr. Speaker, if I could have the unanimous consent of the house I should like to revert to orders of the day in order to correct an answer which I gave this morning. It will be remembered that when I tabled the annual report under the Combines Investigation Act the hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre (Mr. Knowles) asked me whether I had in my possession any reports of investigations of the type that have to be tabled within thirty days and whether I anticipated being in a position to

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Combines Investigation Act table such reports in the next very short while. In replying "no" to each of those questions I was thinking about combines reports and it was only when I saw the question in the Hansard proofs that I realized its generality and that it applied not only to combines reports but to other than combines reports.

Therefore I should like to correct my answer by explaining that I have in my possession a report of the new restrictive trade practices commission relating to the new section of the Combines Investigation Act forbidding resale price maintenance. This report is presently being reproduced in English and in French but it will not be ready for publication before the house rises unless the house sits for another week or so. But it will of course be ready within the thirty days prescribed by the act.

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CCF

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

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

Mr. Knowles:

May I ask a supplementary question? As I listened to the minister reading a transcript of what was said here this morning I must say that I thought I had asked if he expected to be in possession of any report of that nature within the next little while.

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LIB

Stuart Sinclair Garson (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. Garson:

As a matter of fact, that is what I myself understood my hon. friend to say, and I was a bit taken aback by the report in the Hansard proof. I have directed this correction to the report in the Hansard proof. I may say, in reply to my hon. friend's present question whether I expect to be in possession of a report of that nature within the next very short while, that the negative answer that I gave this morning is quite correct in that regard.

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CCF

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

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

Mr. Knowles:

Would the minister permit one other question? Has he received any report from the investigation side with the qualification that in the view of the commissioner the report need not be made public? As the minister knows, there is a section in the act which permits the commissioner to make that kind of a report, leaving it to the minister to decide whether such report should be made public. Has he had any reports of that kind since the act was amended last year?

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LIB

Stuart Sinclair Garson (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. Garson:

I would not like to answer that question without notice. I shall be glad to answer it in the morning. There is a possibility that there might be the odd report of that general kind.

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May 12, 1953