May 28, 1956


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Alistair McLeod Stewart

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

Mr. Alistair Stewart (Winnipeg North):

should like to direct a question to the Minister of Trade and Commerce. Is he in a position yet to answer the question I asked last week about the sales contracts of Trans-Canada Pipe Lines Limited? The minister will remember that I asked whether he had any information about the total amount of sales contracts in terms of millions of cubic feet per annum. ,

Topic:   TRANS-CANADA PIPE LINES-REQUEST FOR TABLING OF AMOUNT OF SALES CONTRACTS
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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):

I have only an approximation. I had our files searched, and I find an approximation made three or four weeks ago that the quantity is about 140 million cubic feet.

Topic:   TRANS-CANADA PIPE LINES-REQUEST FOR TABLING OF AMOUNT OF SALES CONTRACTS
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RYE-REQUEST FOR HANDLING BY WHEAT BOARD


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Edward George McCullough

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

Mr. E. G. McCullough (Moose Mountain):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Trade and Commerce. Has the minister's attention been drawn to a statement attributed to Mr. Zyto, Poland's commercial attache at Ottawa, which appeared in the Leader-Post of May 22, that "if rye had been under the control of the Canadian wheat board Poland would have purchased considerable quantities of that grain"?

Would the government, in view of this statement, give consideration to including the handling of rye by the Canadian wheat board for the next crop year?

Inquiries of the Ministry

Topic:   RYE-REQUEST FOR HANDLING BY WHEAT BOARD
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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 was good enough to give me notice of the question. I have not seen the newspaper dispatch. However, the position regarding rye is that there has not been any difficulty whatever in selling rye as quickly as it has been delivered to the country elevators, and selling it at favourable prices. Whether Poland would or would not have bought rye is a question that I doubt is relevant, since all the rye has been sold as it has been delivered. There are strong reasons why the government does not believe that the handling of rye by the Canadian wheat board is desirable. I see nothing in the Polish situation that would change its views in that direction.

Topic:   RYE-REQUEST FOR HANDLING BY WHEAT BOARD
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CHURCHILL

INQUIRY AS TO POSSIBLE REDUCTION OF RATES


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Edward George McCullough

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

Mr. E. G. McCullough (Moose Mountain):

I should like to address a question to the Minister of Transport. Can the minister state if any consideration has been given by the government to reducing shipping rates through the port of Churchill? If so, what decision has been arrived at?

Topic:   CHURCHILL
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO POSSIBLE REDUCTION OF RATES
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LIB

George Carlyle Marler (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Hon. George C. Marler (Minister of Transport):

I think I should explain to the hon. gentleman that the shipping rates through the port of Churchill are not regulated by the government. As he is probably aware, they are set more or less by agreement among the shipping companies. The government has no part in the setting of the rates so it is not a matter over which the government has control or to which it has given consideration.

Topic:   CHURCHILL
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO POSSIBLE REDUCTION OF RATES
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CCF

Edward George McCullough

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

Mr. McCullough (Moose Mountain):

Has

any consideration been given by the government to the extension of the normal shipping season through the port of Churchill?

Topic:   CHURCHILL
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO POSSIBLE REDUCTION OF RATES
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LIB

George Carlyle Marler (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. Marler:

We have taken some action by way of providing information by means of an aerial patrol as to ice in the Hudson strait. We have taken one or two other steps at Churchill itself. However, I do not think that the length of the shipping season depends on actions that we take but rather on the presence of ice in Hudson atrait and the rate at which insurance on shipping is set for service to Churchill.

Topic:   CHURCHILL
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO POSSIBLE REDUCTION OF RATES
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CHINA-NEGOTIATIONS BY EAST WEST EXPORT IMPORT COMPANY


On the orders of the day:


PC

John George Diefenbaker

Progressive Conservative

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

should like to direct a question to the

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Inquiries of the Ministry by the standing orders which are affected by the disappearance of this notice of motion, as was decided last year. There is a distinction. The one that we are talking about now is not a private member's notice of motion under standing order 48. We are talking about a very serious type of motion which is a preferred one, which is of a privileged character, and that is to challenge the conduct of an officer of this house. I say that this is the course to follow and I do undertake now, unless I die in the meantime, to rule that whenever that motion comes up it will be debatable under routine proceedings. If that motion is put on the order paper I undertake to instruct the Clerk to put it under motions and routine proceedings in the same manner as we decided last year to put other routine proceedings such as motions for concurrence in reports of committees. We would be only 48 hours away, if hon. members wished to take that course, for discussing in a proper manner the conduct of the chairman of the committee of the whole. So it is with regret that I cannot accept the motion.

Topic:   CHINA-NEGOTIATIONS BY EAST WEST EXPORT IMPORT COMPANY
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CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS

FORT ROUGE, WINNIPEG INQUIRY AS TO REBUILDING OF CAR SHOP


On the orders of the day:


May 28, 1956