March 19, 1954

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 United States informed Canada some weeks ago that they considered the food situation in Japan would warrant a gift of wheat and barley under section 550, and asked if we had objections. We said that we were negotiating with Japan and we had objections at that time, but the objections might be removed by further negotiations. Our negotiations reached the point where a commitment by Japan for wheat from Canada in 1954 and 1955 was considered satisfactory. We then told the United States we had no objection to their proceeding with the gift.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO UNITED STATES GIFT TO JAPAN
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CCF

Hazen Robert Argue

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

Mr. Argue:

Would the minister say what the Japanese commitment to buy Canadian wheat is?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO UNITED STATES GIFT TO JAPAN
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. Howe (Port Arthur):

No, I could not say that.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO UNITED STATES GIFT TO JAPAN
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APPLICATION TO DEFENCE CONTRACTS OF SALES OUTSIDE INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENT

PC

John George Diefenbaker

Progressive Conservative

Mr. J. G. Diefenbaker (Prince Albert):

I should like to ask a further question of the Minister of Trade and Commerce. Is he in a position to say the degree to which, as a result of this meeting, it is expected markets will be found for surpluses of wheat; and, in particular, will he find out whether or not the United States is now selling wheat to countries outside the international wheat agreement below prices fixed by the international wheat agreement, and in some cases by accepting foreign currency, or applying credits for wheat sold to defence projects in some of the countries. Would he say something about the wheat situation?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   APPLICATION TO DEFENCE CONTRACTS OF SALES OUTSIDE INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENT
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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):

All I can say about the wheat situation is that while the volume of wheat moving into world export channels is lower than it was a year ago, Canada seems to be holding its share proportionately of the wheat that is being exported to world markets.

The United States makes it a practice to consult us about any sale that is made at other than standard terms, either inside or outside the wheat agreement. We have found that there have been few occasions where we could have any reasonable objection to the proposal that was made to us. Where we have objected to a transaction, satisfactory arrangements have been worked out. I may say I have no knowledge of any sale, either inside or outside the agreement, made on a dollar basis, that has not reflected prices that were generally competitive.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   APPLICATION TO DEFENCE CONTRACTS OF SALES OUTSIDE INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENT
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PC

John George Diefenbaker

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

Would the minister say the nature of the transaction to which objection was raised, and where the United States agreed, after objection was raised, to drop the sale the United States had in mind?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   APPLICATION TO DEFENCE CONTRACTS OF SALES OUTSIDE INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENT
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. Howe (Port Arthur):

Sales under section 550 of the mutual security act which provides that surpluses can be given to countries in need of wheat to meet the disaster of famine needs. The argument was whether the countries were really in need of wheat for such purposes, or whether wheat should be offered to them as a standard commercial transaction.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   APPLICATION TO DEFENCE CONTRACTS OF SALES OUTSIDE INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENT
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FARM STORAGE


On the orders of the day:


CCF

George Hugh Castleden

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

Mr. G. H. Castleden (Yorklon):

I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Trade and Commerce with regard to the prairie farmer who finds himself unable to deliver any of his grain. Is consideration being given to making advances through the wheat board to the farmer on properly stored farm grain, in order to relieve the critical financial situation now developing in the prairie provinces?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   FARM STORAGE
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO PAYMENT
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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 answer is no.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   FARM STORAGE
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO PAYMENT
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COMBINES INVESTIGATION ACT

RESALE PRICE MAINTENANCE


On the orders of the day: Mr. Angus Maclnnis (Vancouver-Kings-wayi: I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Justice. Has the minister seen an editorial in the Financial Times of today's date dealing with recent price fixing legislation passed by this house, and stating that in the case of the vast majority of nationally advertised goods price fixing is still continuing?


LIB

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

Liberal

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

I wish to thank my hon. friend for having given me notice of this question, and also for having sent to me a clipping of this editorial upon which in his notice he had asked me to comment. My first reaction after reading the editorial as a whole was that it did not deserve or require comment. But I think perhaps, out of courtesy to the hon. member for Vancouver-Kingsway, that I might offer this comment.

One of the functions of the present inquiry into loss leader selling is to consider the large number of complaints that have been received about price reductions in the sales of many nationally advertised goods. These price reductions are attributed, by the merchants who have made these complaints, to our federal legislation prohibiting resale price maintenance. I feel, therefore, that these complaints contradict rather conclusively the main contention of the Financial Times editorial.

Topic:   COMBINES INVESTIGATION ACT
Subtopic:   RESALE PRICE MAINTENANCE
Sub-subtopic:   EDITORIAL IN FINANCIAL TIMES
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BRIDGES

BURLINGTON CANAL


On the orders of the day:


PC

Frank Exton Lennard

Progressive Conservative

Mr. F. E. Lennard (Wentworth):

I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Public Works. What progress has been made between the federal government and the Ontario government on plans for construction of the proposed new overhead highway bridge over the Burlington canal at Hamilton beach?

Topic:   BRIDGES
Subtopic:   BURLINGTON CANAL
Sub-subtopic:   PARTICIPATION IN CONSTRUCTION
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March 19, 1954