February 4, 1955


On the orders of the day:


PC

Carl Olof Nickle

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Carl O. Nickle (Calgary South):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask a question of the Minister of Trade and Commerce. Could the minister explain why no natural gas purchase contracts have, yet been signed between western Canadian gas producers and Trans-Canada Pipe Lines Limited? Is this government prepared to take action to remove the reasons for unwillingness of producers to sign contracts with the pipe-line company?

Topic:   NATURAL GAS
Subtopic:   SIGNING OP CONTRACTS BETWEEN PRODUCERS AND PIPE-LINE COMPANY
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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):

My hon. friend evidently has much more information about the subject than I have. He evidently is in close touch with the people for whom he is asking the question and I suggest he seek information there.

Topic:   NATURAL GAS
Subtopic:   SIGNING OP CONTRACTS BETWEEN PRODUCERS AND PIPE-LINE COMPANY
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PC

Carl Olof Nickle

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Nickle:

I should like to ask a supplementary question. Could the minister explain why eastern Canadian utilities have been and are hesitant to sign gas purchase contracts with Trans-Canada Pipe Lines, and why to date only one contract-amounting to

only about 15 per cent of the hoped for eastern market-has been signed?

Topic:   NATURAL GAS
Subtopic:   SIGNING OP CONTRACTS BETWEEN PRODUCERS AND PIPE-LINE COMPANY
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Some hon. Members:

Order.

Topic:   NATURAL GAS
Subtopic:   SIGNING OP CONTRACTS BETWEEN PRODUCERS AND PIPE-LINE COMPANY
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LIB

Louis-René Beaudoin (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

I would ask the hon. member for Calgary South if, by his question, he is now seeking information?

Topic:   NATURAL GAS
Subtopic:   SIGNING OP CONTRACTS BETWEEN PRODUCERS AND PIPE-LINE COMPANY
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PC

Carl Olof Nickle

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Nickle:

I am.

Topic:   NATURAL GAS
Subtopic:   SIGNING OP CONTRACTS BETWEEN PRODUCERS AND PIPE-LINE COMPANY
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LIB

Louis-René Beaudoin (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

In it he is giving a great deal of information.

Topic:   NATURAL GAS
Subtopic:   SIGNING OP CONTRACTS BETWEEN PRODUCERS AND PIPE-LINE COMPANY
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. Howe (Pori Arthur):

If it is information, Mr. Speaker.

Topic:   NATURAL GAS
Subtopic:   SIGNING OP CONTRACTS BETWEEN PRODUCERS AND PIPE-LINE COMPANY
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PC

Carl Olof Nickle

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Nickle:

If there is no answer, I would like to ask a further supplementary question -and this, I think, is one which the minister could see fit to answer. Is the minister aware that capture by western Canadian gas of a part of the Minneapolis region market in the United States mid-west is in jeopardy because Trans-Canada Pipe Lines is unable at the current federal power commission hearings to show proof of gas purchase contracts, or security of supply and price for American consumers, or to provide complete assurance that its project can be financed?

Topic:   NATURAL GAS
Subtopic:   SIGNING OP CONTRACTS BETWEEN PRODUCERS AND PIPE-LINE COMPANY
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LIB

Louis-René Beaudoin (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

Order. Of course when these questions are being asked, the rules do not provide notice be sent to me. I am not aware of what the questions contain until I hear them.

The hon. member has asked the minister to explain three sets of situations, and he has outlined the situations he wants to have explained. That is not my conception of questions being asked for the purpose of seeking information. The hon. member, by way of supplementary questions, cannot and should not, in my view, question the minister further by supplying a whole list of information on which he wants to have an explanation.

There is a committee of supply in which various departmental policies and administrative measures are discussed, and where questions of the kind the hon. member has in mind can be asked. I feel there are a good many questions which could wait until the committee of supply is established. When the various departments are called there is an opportunity for discussion on the first item, at which time the minister can be asked what is to be done with respect to certain legislative measures. I imagine the hon. member might wait until the committee of supply to have these questions dealt with.

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Topic:   NATURAL GAS
Subtopic:   SIGNING OP CONTRACTS BETWEEN PRODUCERS AND PIPE-LINE COMPANY
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PC

Carl Olof Nickle

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Nickle:

I should like to direct a supplementary question to the Minister of Trade and Commerce. Is the minister now or will

he be shortly in a position to give an explanation or at least a statement to this house concerning the critical matter with respect to natural gas pipe lines to which I have made previous allusion?

Topic:   NATURAL GAS
Subtopic:   SIGNING OP CONTRACTS BETWEEN PRODUCERS AND PIPE-LINE COMPANY
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. Howe (Port Arthur):

Mr. Speaker, I am not in a position to do so at the moment. Whether I will be in the future, I cannot say. But if I make a statement in the future, he will know that I am then ready.

Topic:   NATURAL GAS
Subtopic:   SIGNING OP CONTRACTS BETWEEN PRODUCERS AND PIPE-LINE COMPANY
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CUSTOMS TARIFF

REPORT ON STUDY OF RATES ON IMPORTS OF ETHYLENE GLYCOL


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Frederick Samuel Zaplitny

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

Mr. F. S. Zaplitny (Dauphin):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask a question of the Minister of Finance. Is it the intention of the minister to report to the house on the study of tariff rates by the tariff board on imports of ethylene glycol, requested by the former minister of finance last year. If so, when may the house expect such a report?

Topic:   CUSTOMS TARIFF
Subtopic:   REPORT ON STUDY OF RATES ON IMPORTS OF ETHYLENE GLYCOL
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LIB

Walter Edward Harris (Minister of Finance and Receiver General; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Hon. W. E. Harris (Minister of Finance):

I have not received the report myself, but I shall make inquiries and advise my hon. friend.

Topic:   CUSTOMS TARIFF
Subtopic:   REPORT ON STUDY OF RATES ON IMPORTS OF ETHYLENE GLYCOL
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PRAIRIE FARM ASSISTANCE

REQUEST FOR INFORMATION ON APPLICATION OF ACT IN MANITOBA

February 4, 1955