December 3, 1953

DIPLOMATIC INSTRUMENTS

LIB

Roch Pinard (Parliamentary Assistant to the Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. Roch Pinard (Parliamentary Assistant to the Secretary of State for External Affairs):

Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the Secretary of State for External Affairs (Mr. Pearson) I beg leave to lay on the table the following international agreements:

The first two are multilateral agreements. The first is an agreement on German external debts signed at London, February 27, 1953, English and French texts. The next is a final act of the United Nations opium conference, signed at New York June 23, 1953, English and French texts.

Then there are the following bilateral agreements: An exchange of notes between Canada and the United Kingdom, constituting an agreement extending the double taxation agreement of June 5, 1946, with respect to income tax, to Southern Rhodesia; signed at Ottawa on February 27 and April 9, 1953; English and French texts.

An exchange of notes between Canada and the United States of America constituting an agreement concerning the sealing of mobile radio transmitting equipment, signed at Washington March 9 and 17, 1953; English and French texts.

An exchange of notes between Canada and France constituting an agreement providing for the entry into force of the convention for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to succession duties, signed at Paris March 16, 1951, and signed at Ottawa May 28, 1953; English and French texts.

An exchange of notes between Canada and France constituting an agreement providing for the entry into force of the agreement regarding the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income, signed at Paris March 16, 1951, and of the codicil to this agreement signed at Ottawa October 6, 1951, signed at Ottawa May 28, 1953; English and French texts.

An exchange of notes between Canada and the United Kingdom constituting an agreement extending the double taxation agree, ment of June 5, 1946, with respect to income

tax, to the colony of Dominica, signed at Ottawa June 30 and July 21, 1953; English and French texts.

An exchange of notes between Canada and Mexico constituting an agreement for the operation of air services between and beyond their respective territories, with schedule, signed at Mexico city, July 27, 1953; English, Spanish and French texts.

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STATEMENT AS TO DELIVERIES AND QUOTAS

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, I would like to take this opportunity of reporting on the progress of grain deliveries in the prairie provinces and advising the house of certain quota changes which will become effective at an early date. I am glad to report that up until the close of business on December 1, producers' deliveries of all grains in the west amounted to about 259 million bushels. With some space now available in country elevators in all three provinces and with car loadings running at a high level, I am confident that the objective of grain deliveries for the August-December period will be realized. With actual deliveries of about 260 million bushels up to Deceember 2, I am confident that producers will have the opportunity of marketing well over 300 million bushels by the close of the present calendar year.

I would now like to advise the house that the Canadian wheat board is today announcing an increase in delivery quotas to take effect on December 14. I might add that this fall and especially during the past few weeks the railway companies, in co-operation with the transport controller and the Canadian wheat board, have been endeavouring to provide sufficient space at all delivery points to enable producers to complete delivery of their initial quota and the supplementary quota for oats, along with deliveries for which special permits have been issued by the board.

Although this objective is not entirely reached yet, considerable progress has been made and at many points the required space has been provided along with some excess space. The railway companies have been requested to continue preferential car supply at delivery points where space is still required

Inquiries of the Ministry for delivery quotas presently in effect and it is anticipated that these remaining points will be taken care of before the end of the present month. Having this fact in mind and the possibility of a change in weather and road conditions, the wheat board considers it desirable that an increase in delivery quotas should take place at the earliest possible date.

The increase in delivery quotas which is being announced by the board today provides for a second quota of two bushels per specified acre at all delivery points effective on December 14. The second delivery quota is subject to a minimum delivery of 300 bushels; that is, under the second quota producers may deliver two bushels per specified acre or 300 bushels, whichever is the higher.

I think the provision of minimum deliveries under quotas this year is very important. Members will recall that under the initial quota the minimum delivery of 500 bushels was provided for and this was later increased to 700 bushels. With the provision of a minimum delivery of 700 bushels against the initial quota and the minimum delivery of 300 bushels against the second quota, all producers have now been authorized to deliver a minimum of 1,000 bushels of grain under the combined initial and second quotas.

While the new delivery quota will not become effective until December 14, the board has made provision whereby elevator agents at delivery points which now have adequate space may apply to the board for earlier permission to accept deliveries from local producers up to two bushels per specified acre, these deliveries applying against the second quota which will become effective on December 14.

I might also add that the transport controller has announced the lifting of the suspension of the operation of car order books effective from December 14, 1953. The house will recall that the car order book was suspended on October 19, 1953, as a measure to facilitate the shipment of grain and grades of grain required to meet market requirements. As from December 14 the operation of car order books will again be restored.

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PC

Douglas Scott Harkness

Progressive Conservative

Mr. D. S. Harkness (Calgary North):

should like to ask a question of the Minister of Trade and Commerce based on the statement he has just made in regard to quotas. Could the minister tell us his estimate as to what proportion of farmers have already delivered their quota of three bushels an acre? I ask that question in view of the fact that such a large proportion had not delivered their quota some three weeks ago when I left Calgary.

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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. Howe (Port Arthur):

Mr. Speaker, great progress has been made since my hon. friend left Calgary. I do not know that I can give the proportion, but I will look into the possibility of doing so. Points that have not delivered the quota are a matter of record, and I am told there will be very few left by the 15th of this month, which is not so very far away.

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CHURCHILL

INQUIRY AS TO INCREASED STORAGE


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Robert Ross (Roy) Knight

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

Mr. R. R. Knight (Saskatoon):

I would like to ask the Minister of Trade and Commerce a question of which I have given him notice. Is it the government's intention to increase grain storage capacity at Churchill, and if so when and to what extent?

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Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO INCREASED STORAGE
Sub-subtopic:   FACILITIES
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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, all I can say is that the government's intentions in that regard will be made known as and when the estimates are tabled in the house.

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Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO INCREASED STORAGE
Sub-subtopic:   FACILITIES
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ST. JOHNS ROYAL MILITARY COLLEGE REFERENCE TO ARTICLE IN "LE DEVOIR"


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Auguste Vincent

Liberal

Mr. Auguste Vincent (Longueuil):

Mr. Speaker, I would like to ask the hon. Minister of National Defence (Mr. Claxton) whether he has seen the item published on December 2 in Le Devoir of Montreal, which contends that the province of Quebec may lose St. Johns Royal Military College. Could the minister reply to my question and tell us what the situation is?

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LIB

Brooke Claxton (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Hon. Brooke Claxton (Minister of National Defence):

Mr. Speaker, I have read the article which states:

We are about to lose St. Johns Military College.

There is no truth in that statement. There is not one word of truth in that article, which was prompted by a mere change in administration.

Until now, the St. Johns Royal Military College has been administered by the army, but in order to permit each branch of the armed forces to look after the administration of its own school, as is the case for Royal Roads College, which is administered by the navy, and the Kingston Royal Military College, which is administered by the army, we have transferred the administration of St. Johns Royal Military College from the army

to the air force. That is the only change that has been made and we have no other change in mind.

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PC

J.-Wilfrid Dufresne

Progressive Conservative

Mr. J. W. Dufresne (Quebec West):

Mr. Speaker, I wish to ask an additional question of the minister concerning St. Johns Royal Military College. Could the Minister of National Defence tell us what is the purpose of this change from the army to the air force, and who will be the next commanding officer?

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LIB

Brooke Claxton (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. Claxton:

Mr. Speaker, I have already explained it. It is desirable for each branch of the armed forces to be responsible for the administration and expenditures of only one military college. It is much better to make each branch of the service responsible for only one college, rather than to entrust the army with the administration of two colleges, leaving the air force with none.

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PC

J.-Wilfrid Dufresne

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Dufresne:

Just another question, Mr. Speaker. I asked the Minister of National Defence whether he knew the name of the new commanding officer who would be appointed.

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LIB

Brooke Claxton (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. Claxton:

The commanding officer is the same, Colonel Lahaie, who is there at the present time. With regard to the commanding officer, there is no change.

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VETERANS LAND ACT

December 3, 1953