July 1, 1955

LIB

Louis Stephen St-Laurent (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Mr. St. Laurent:

I will have to ascertain that. There was one transaction with Czechoslovakia, I believe, where there was a guarantee given under the export credits organization and payment was duly made 50433-351

Inquiries of the Ministry under the terms as agreed. In order to make a positive answer to the Leader of the Opposition, I will ascertain whether the negotiations have been formally completed. I understand that they have not been formally concluded, but they are proceeding in a manner which leads us to believe they will be concluded.

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PC

George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Drew:

May I ask the Prime Minister if, having regard to the experience of the Ming Sung transaction, the government will reconsider the advisability of this course and the desirability of employing any loans that are to be used for sales of this kind, to sell our wheat to friendly governments rather than communist governments which deny to their own people any information that would be helpful to us in building up good will.

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LIB

Louis Stephen St-Laurent (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Mr. St. Laurent:

As long as the government has the responsibility for administration, it will take that responsibility and when it has made a decision it will not reconsider because the Leader of the Opposition suggests that it should. The government has the responsibility for making deals which it feels are in the interests of the Canadian economy. If it makes mistakes, it will submit to the consequences of those mistakes.

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PC

George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Drew:

We should not become Santa Claus to communist governments.

ILater.'l

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SC

Solon Earl Low

Social Credit

Mr. Solon E. Low (Peace River):

Can the

minister explain to the house the cost of the insurance that is being carried by the Export Credits Insurance Corporation in connection with the sales to Poland?

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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):

Well, I have not the details of the cost of the particular transaction, but the proposal is that 15 per cent of the purchase price will be paid by the government of Poland, and the remainder will be financed in the normal way by bank credit.

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SC

Solon Earl Low

Social Credit

Mr. Low:

What I wanted to ask the minister was the cost to Canada of the insurance which is being carried by the Export Credits Insurance Corporation.

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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

Mr. Harris:

I will get that.

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PC

John Borden Hamilton

Progressive Conservative

Mr. John B. Hamilton (York West):

Mr. Speaker, I wonder whether I might ask a supplementary question of the Prime Minister in connection with the question asked by the Leader of the Opposition. In connection with the proposed deal with the communist government of Poland, will the Prime Minister consider that it may put that government in a very strong bargaining position in connection with the Polish art treasures?

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Some hon. Members:

Question.

Inquiries of the Ministry

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LIB

Louis Stephen St-Laurent (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Mr. St. Laurent:

The government considered all the factors that could have any bearing at all upon the proposal to purchase the large quantities of wheat for which it did not seem probable that it would be easy to find an alternative market.

bye

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PROTEST AGAINST EXTENSION OF IMPORT

RESTRICTION BY UNITED STATES


On the orders of the day:


CCF

William Scottie Bryce

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

Mr. William Bryce (Selkirk):

I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Trade and Commerce or, in his absence, to his parliamentary assistant. Will the minister strongly protest the two-year extension by the United States of its import restrictions on rye?

Topic:   PROTEST AGAINST EXTENSION OF IMPORT
Subtopic:   RESTRICTION BY UNITED STATES
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LIB

John Horace Dickey (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Defence Production)

Liberal

Mr. J. H. Dickey (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Trade and Commerce):

That question will be brought to the minister's attention and taken as notice.

Topic:   PROTEST AGAINST EXTENSION OF IMPORT
Subtopic:   RESTRICTION BY UNITED STATES
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NATIONAL REVENUE

SASKATOON


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Alexander Malcolm Nicholson

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

Mr. A. M. Nicholson (Mackenzie):

I should like to direct a question to the Minister of National Revenue. Has the minister had an opportunity to review again the letter from His Worship the Mayor of Saskatoon to the Minister of National Revenue, on June 9, requesting that donations solicited by the various service organizations in Saskatoon to build housing for elderly citizens on a nonprofit basis, be exempt from taxation? Has the minister been able to give a favourable reply to Mayor McAskill's letter of June 22 and the city solicitor's letter of June 21?

Topic:   NATIONAL REVENUE
Subtopic:   SASKATOON
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR TAX EXEMPTION ON HOUSING DONATIONS
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July 1, 1955