February 28, 1957

COMMITTEES OF THE HOUSE

BANKING AND COMMERCE


Mr. John Hunter (Parkdale) presented the first and second reports of the standing committee on banking and commerce, and moved that the first report be concurred in. Motion agreed to. Fourth report of standing committee on miscellaneous private bills.-Mr. Henderson.


FREIGHT RATES

FEED GRAINS-ANNOUNCEMENT OF INCREASE IN SUBSIDY

LIB

James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Right Hon. J. G. Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture):

Mr. Speaker, before motions are proceeded with I should like to make an announcement with regard to the freight assistance on western feed grains.

The present freight assistance policy establishes four main receiving zones, three in eastern Canada and one in British Columbia. The rate of assistance is calculated on a different formula for each zone. In eastern Canada it is arranged so that the ratio of assistance to freight costs increases as the zones move east.

Zone 1 is old Ontario and western Quebec, in which all points have a common rail freight rate from the lakehead, known as the Montreal freight rate zone. Zone 2 is eastern Quebec beyond the Montreal zone, except the Gaspe. Zone 3 is the Atlantic provinces and the Gaspe. Zone 4 is British Columbia.

The present assistance rates are now fixed in relation to the freight rates prevailing on January 26, 1955, the date of the order. As a result of the recent freight rate increase the assistance bears a lower relation to freight costs than formerly. The comparison, for typical points in each zone, is as follows:

Percentage Freight Assistance of Freight Cost Before After

Freight Increase Freight Increase

Zone 1

41 per cent 37 per centZone 2

57 per cent 51 per centZone 3

72 per cent 65 per centZone 4

54 per cent 48 per cent

It is decided that the rates of assistance be revised so as to restore in each zone approximately the same percentage relation between freight assistance and freight costs as prevailed before the recent freight increase.

Topic:   FREIGHT RATES
Subtopic:   FEED GRAINS-ANNOUNCEMENT OF INCREASE IN SUBSIDY
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PC

Alfred Johnson Brooks

Progressive Conservative

Mr. A. J. Brooks (Royal):

May I ask a

question. Am I to understand that the Atlantic provinces constitute the only region that is getting a higher rate than it had before? If I understand the figures correctly, I think it was 48 per cent and 54 per cent.

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LIB

James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. Gardiner:

That is zone 3. Before the freight increase it was 72 per cent and after the freight increase, 65 per cent. It will be brought to 72 per cent of the present freight.

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NATIONAL REVENUE

STATEMENT ON REQUEST FOR LIST OF BOOKS REFUSED ENTRY INTO CANADA


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 in answer to a question by the hon. member for Peel I undertook to consider his request that I table in the house the number and titles of books prohibited entry into Canada during the last year. The number of such books was 79.

As to my tabling the titles of those publications, I should like to remind the hon. member and the house that when similar requests have been made in the past the house has appreciated the fact that it has been the continued policy of successive governments to not make public the titles of books classified as immoral, indecent or seditious under tariff item 1201, which has been in the tariff since confederation. It has apparently been felt that the government should not be the supplier of a list of selected books of this character. Furthermore, the publication of such titles could serve as a catalogue for persons interested in the clandestine importation, distribution or sale of this kind of literature.

As I have previously explained in the house, when a publication is classified under this item the importer, exporter and publisher are advised of its classification and of their right of appeal to the tariff board or to the exchequer court. As in the past, I would say to the hon. member for Peel that

Inquiries of the Ministry I would be glad to make the list of titles available to him for such use as he may see fit.

With this explanation I would hope the hon. gentleman would agree that it would not be in the public interest to have the list tabled.

Topic:   NATIONAL REVENUE
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PC

John Cameron Pallett

Progressive Conservative

Mr. John Palleit (Peel):

I appreciate the lack of information contained in the minister's answer, and I resent his implication. May I ask if the minister would also indicate to the house how many books have been considered before this embargo was imposed?

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LIB

James Joseph McCann (Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

Mr. McCann:

They have all been considered.

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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

May I suggest that it would be more regular to have questions asked at question time.

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CCF

Herbert Wilfred Herridge

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

Mr. H. W. Herridge (Kootenay West):

should like to direct a question to the Minister of National Revenue having regard to the statement he has just made. Has the minister, in his capacity as censor in chief and literary lord high executioner for Canada, read the books he mentioned in his statement, and if not can he tell us who has?

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LIB

James Joseph McCann (Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

Mr. McCann:

I shall read the hon. member's question in Hansard, and I shall note the designation he has given to me as lord high executioner. He can apply that name closer to home.

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CCF

Stanley Howard Knowles (Whip of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation)

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

Mr. Stanley Knowles (Winnipeg North Centre):

Mr. Speaker, may I direct a supplementary question to the Minister of National Revenue. In view of his statement to the hon. member for Peel that it has never been the practice of the Canadian government to table lists of books, magazines or other publications forbidden entry into Canada because of the immoral or obscene nature of their content, how does he account for the document which our efficient staff has put into my hands since he made this statement, namely sessional paper No. 187, tabled on May 12, 1952, by the then secretary of state, Hon. Mr. Bradley, which is a document of some 52 pages listing books, magazines or other publications forbidden entry into Canada because of the immoral or obscene nature of their contents, under the provisions of tariff item No. 1201?

Topic:   NATIONAL REVENUE
Subtopic:   STATEMENT ON REQUEST FOR LIST OF BOOKS REFUSED ENTRY INTO CANADA
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An hon. Member:

Another mistake. You misled the house.

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LIB

James Joseph McCann (Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

Mr. McCann:

Mr. Speaker, I had forgotten that the document was tabled and I will have to look it up; but strictly speaking, what better advertisement could there be

for indecent, immoral or seditious literature than to give to this house the list of titles of such books?

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February 28, 1957