May 13, 1953

NATIONAL DEFENCE-DESTRUCTION OF ANTIFREEZE

PC

Mr. Diefenbaker:

Progressive Conservative

1. Was any antifreeze destroyed by the Department of National Defence in Regina, during the last year?

2. If so, what was the quantity in gallons and the value thereof?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE-DESTRUCTION OF ANTIFREEZE
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LIB

Joseph-Adéodat Blanchette (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. Blanchette:

1 and 2. No.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE-DESTRUCTION OF ANTIFREEZE
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OLD AGE SECURITY


On the orders of the day:


PC

James MacKerras Macdonnell

Progressive Conservative

Mr. J. M. Macdonnell (Greenwood):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask a question of the Minister of Finance, and it is this: Has

the minister made the report called for in section 11 (4) of the Old Age Security Act which says:

The Minister of Finance shall annually report to parliament the temporary loans, if any, made to the fund pursuant to this section, and whether, in his opinion, the revenues of the fund are or will be sufficient in the ensuing year to meet the charges on the fund without further loans and, if it appears that the revenues will not be sufficient, he shall state what measures he recommends for the purpose of increasing the revenues of the fund.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   OLD AGE SECURITY
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR ANNUAL REPORT ON TEMPORARY LOANS
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LIB

Douglas Charles Abbott (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Hon. Douglas Abbott (Minister of Finance):

The report has not yet been made.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   OLD AGE SECURITY
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR ANNUAL REPORT ON TEMPORARY LOANS
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PC

James MacKerras Macdonnell

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Macdonnell (Greenwood):

Will it be

made during the period of this session?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   OLD AGE SECURITY
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR ANNUAL REPORT ON TEMPORARY LOANS
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LIB

Douglas Charles Abbott (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. Abbott:

I think it is very doubtful.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   OLD AGE SECURITY
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR ANNUAL REPORT ON TEMPORARY LOANS
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PC

James MacKerras Macdonnell

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Macdonnell (Greenwood):

Supplementary to my first question, I wish to read these words:

The Minister of Finance shall annually report to parliament.

If, in fact, the report is not made before the house prorogues-which, it is hoped, will be in the near future-does the minister consider that this will not be an infraction of this section in the act? In other words how will we have this report made to parliament

unless it is made now? How can we be sure?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   OLD AGE SECURITY
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR ANNUAL REPORT ON TEMPORARY LOANS
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LIB

Douglas Charles Abbott (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. Abbott:

My hon. friend appreciates that the fiscal year ended just a little over a month ago. The question involved, particularly the matter of recommendation to parliament can be answered in this way, that it has not yet been possible for me or for my officials to complete the report called for by the statute, or to include in it the recommendations which are considered appropriate. But the report will be tabled, presumably at the earliest possible moment when parliament reconvenes, and there is nothing in the statute which fixes the term within which the report is to be made, except that it must be made annually.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   OLD AGE SECURITY
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR ANNUAL REPORT ON TEMPORARY LOANS
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PC

James MacKerras Macdonnell

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Macdonnell (Greenwood):

One further

question; when was the last report made?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   OLD AGE SECURITY
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR ANNUAL REPORT ON TEMPORARY LOANS
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LIB

Douglas Charles Abbott (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. Abbott:

There has been no report as yet, because the act had not been in operation for a full year.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   OLD AGE SECURITY
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR ANNUAL REPORT ON TEMPORARY LOANS
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LIB

Douglas Charles Abbott (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. Abbott:

Perhaps I might supplement my answer given to my hon. friend from Greenwood (Mr. Macdonnell) and point out to him that it would not be possible to prepare the report required under the Old Age Security Act until the accounts for the fiscal year ending March 31 have been closed. My information is that will not be for another month or two. He will remember that payments under the act can be made out of the fund until the end of April anyway. However, my information is that the accounts will not be closed until another month or two.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   OLD AGE SECURITY
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR ANNUAL REPORT ON TEMPORARY LOANS
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REPORTED REQUEST BY UNITED STATES OFFICIALS TO LIMIT CANADIAN EXPORTS OF OATS


On the orders of the day:


PC

John George Diefenbaker

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask a question of the Minister of Trade and Commerce, and I beg the indulgence of the house to make reference to a press dispatch by Associated Press from Washington under the dateline of May 10. It is to the effect that the secretary of agriculture, Mr. Benson, has asked Canadian officials to cut down on oats exports to the United States. Senator Young, Republican from North Dakota, told a reporter that he has a letter from Benson telling of this move.

My question is this: Has the Canadian

government any request from the American

Inquiries of the Ministry government to cut down on oat exports, or to limit oat exports to the United States by executive order, or otherwise? If so, what has been the reply of the Canadian government?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   REPORTED REQUEST BY UNITED STATES OFFICIALS TO LIMIT CANADIAN EXPORTS OF OATS
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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):

Mr. Speaker, so far as I can find, no communication has been sent by the United States government to the Canadian government in that regard. There has been difficulty about Canadian oats being delivered in the United States market in very large quantities. Our officers have discussed the situation with the officers of the United States Department of Agriculture, but I am not aware that any conclusion has been reached.

I notice that the last paragraph in the dispatch states this:

Young had asked Benson what action he planned to take. Benson replied that two methods are under study. One would be the use of import quotas on Canadian oats. The other would be asking Canada to limit exports.

I might say that it is the practice of this government to prefer action by Canada rather than action by another government.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   REPORTED REQUEST BY UNITED STATES OFFICIALS TO LIMIT CANADIAN EXPORTS OF OATS
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PC

John George Diefenbaker

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

Is any such action being considered by Canada that would limit exports?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   REPORTED REQUEST BY UNITED STATES OFFICIALS TO LIMIT CANADIAN EXPORTS OF OATS
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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Defence Production; Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Mr. Howe:

Anything I might say about the marketing of oats would be disturbing to those responsible for the marketing of them. I can assure the hon. member that the situation is being taken seriously, and a procedure is being conducted which we hope will be adequate.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   REPORTED REQUEST BY UNITED STATES OFFICIALS TO LIMIT CANADIAN EXPORTS OF OATS
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May 13, 1953