August 2, 1956

COMMONWEALTH OF NATIONS

ANNOUNCEMENT OF ROYAL ASSENT TO LEGISLATION CREATING BRITISH CARIBBEAN FEDERATION

LIB

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

Liberal

Right Hon. L. S. St. Laurent (Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, today Her Majesty the Queen is giving royal assent to United Kingdom legislation enabling the creation of a British Caribbean federation. The federation will not legally come into being until a constitution is adopted and a governor general appointed. Nevertheless, the passage of the Caribbean federation bill is such an important milestone that in those colonies which will eventually comprise the federation, that is to say, Jamaica, Trinidad, the Leeward islands, the Windward islands and Barbados, today is being celebrated as Federation day.

I am sure all hon. members will wish to join with me in expressing, on behalf of the people of Canada, our gratification at the substantial achievement represented by the legislation which is being submitted for royal assent today, and our warmest wishes for the future of the federation.

Topic:   COMMONWEALTH OF NATIONS
Subtopic:   ANNOUNCEMENT OF ROYAL ASSENT TO LEGISLATION CREATING BRITISH CARIBBEAN FEDERATION
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PC

George Alexander Drew

Progressive Conservative

Hon. George A. Drew (Leader of the Opposition):

I know that every hon. member of this house, and I am sure every Canadian, welcomes this historic milestone. I think there is one reason why all of us must feel a sense of the historic significance of what is taking place, and that is the fact that it was from the area of the Caribbean that the first reported knowledge of the new world was brought back to Europe. Christopher Columbus discovered what became known as America first of all by a visit to the Caribbean. Therefore today we are seeing the fulfilment of a great historic event, and I know that every one of us here will wish to the new federation success, happiness, prosperity and a great future within the commonwealth of free nations which we all respect.

Topic:   COMMONWEALTH OF NATIONS
Subtopic:   ANNOUNCEMENT OF ROYAL ASSENT TO LEGISLATION CREATING BRITISH CARIBBEAN FEDERATION
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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE ACT

AMENDMENT EXTENDING PROVISIONS TO PERSONS ENGAGED IN FISHING

LIB

Milton Fowler Gregg (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Hon. Milton F. Gregg (Minister of Labour) moved

that the house go into committee at the next sitting to consider the following resolution, which has been recommended to the house by His Excellency:

That It is expedient to introduce a measure to amend the Unemployment Insurance Act to authorize the unemployment insurance commission with the approval of the governor general in council to make regulations providing for the extension of the act to persons engaged in fishing notwithstanding that they are not employees of other persons, and for including as an employer of a fisherman any person with whom the fisherman enters into contractual or other commercial relationship in respect of his occupation as a fisherman, and also to modify the provisions relating to the requalification requirements for certain subsequent benefit periods and to adjust the duration of regular and seasonal benefits accordingly.

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT EXTENDING PROVISIONS TO PERSONS ENGAGED IN FISHING
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Motion agreed to.


PUBLIC SERVICE

INQUIRY AS TO FILLING OF VACANCY ON CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION


On the orders of the day:


PC

Ellen Louks Fairclough

Progressive Conservative

Mrs. Ellen L. Fairclough (Hamilton West):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to address a question to the Prime Minister. In view of the report which I noticed in the press the other day to the effect that the civil service association has made representations to the Prime Minister for action in the filling of the vacancy on the civil service commission, will the Prime Minister say when he expects to make that appointment?

Topic:   PUBLIC SERVICE
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO FILLING OF VACANCY ON CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION
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LIB

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

Liberal

Righi Hon. L. S. Si. Laurent (Prime Minister):

I hope it will be made very soon. We have had the matter under active consideration. As the hon. lady knows, there are a great many ladies who feel that they would be well qualified to occupy that position. It is a matter to which we have to give serious consideration, because it is never easy to make a proper selection as between so many qualified candidates.

Topic:   PUBLIC SERVICE
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO FILLING OF VACANCY ON CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION
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PC

Ellen Louks Fairclough

Progressive Conservative

Mrs. Fairclough:

I am sure the Prime

Minister is quite correct, but may I take it from his words that the appointment will be a woman?

Topic:   PUBLIC SERVICE
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO FILLING OF VACANCY ON CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. Sf. Laurent (Quebec East):

I sincerely hope so, and we have not been considering anything else.

Topic:   PUBLIC SERVICE
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO FILLING OF VACANCY ON CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION
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STATEMENT ON UNITED STATES

SUBSIDY ON EXPORTS


On the orders of the day:


LIB

James Joseph McCann (Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

Hon. J. J. McCann (Minister of National Revenue):

Mr. Speaker, yesterday I took

notice of a question by the hon. member for

Inquiries of the Ministry Lambton West as to the action being taken by the Department of National Revenue in the light of the announcement of the United States government's policy of subsidizing exports of cotton. Section 6 of the Customs Tariff provides for the application of dumping duty on imported goods of a class or kind produced in Canada where the selling price to the purchaser in Canada is less than the fair market value as sold for home consumption in the country of export. On July 25 instructions were issued to all collectors of customs requiring them to alert their appraisers to the present situation and to require extra vigilance with respect to imports of these commodities. I shall now read the instructions and place them on the table. They are as follows:

Value for Duty Cotton Textiles

For some time, there has been a two-price system in the United States for raw cotton. Manufacturers in that country have been required to pay a price for their supplies of raw cotton that was approximately 6 cents per pound higher than the price at which similar cotton was sold for export.

Beginning August 1, 1956, United States exporters of yarns, fabrics and manufactured articles made from cotton will be eligible to claim an equalization payment from their government based upon the estimated amount of cotton used in the manufacture of the goods and the difference between the United States domestic price and the export price of raw cotton.

This arrangement could enable exporters to sell their products to Canada at prices below the fair market value obtaining on sales in their home market. It will, therefore, be necessary for appraisers to exercise extra vigilance. All entries of goods from the United States containing cotton are to be taken subject to amendment and careful attention is to be given to ensure that invoice descriptions are adequate and certified fair market values are in compliance with the law.

In respect to any importations where the appraiser considers investigation by the department is warranted, a copy of the invoice and, where possible, a sample of the goods are to be promptly forwarded to the department. Samples of fabrics should not be less than 12 square inches in area and should be large enough that the pattern may be identified. In each instance, where invoices are submitted, the importer should be advised that the value is being inquired into and amendment of the entry and any subsequent entries of similar goods may be required at a later date.

Topic:   STATEMENT ON UNITED STATES
Subtopic:   SUBSIDY ON EXPORTS
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WATER RESOURCES

August 2, 1956