March 8, 1957

PC

Howard Charles Green

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Green:

What is the position of the

Canadian government? What does the Canadian government think should be done about this question?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   SUEZ CANAL
Sub-subtopic:   REPORTED IMPOSITION OF TOLLS BY EGYPT
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. St. Laurent (Quebec East):

I do not

believe that what the Canadian government thinks matters very much until some Canadian ship is required to pass through the canal. The Canadian government does think that the proposal made by the principal users is a reasonable proposal. It is now before the Egyptian government and there has not been any answer yet from the Egyptian government.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   SUEZ CANAL
Sub-subtopic:   REPORTED IMPOSITION OF TOLLS BY EGYPT
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PC

Howard Charles Green

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Green:

Does the Prime Minister not

think the fact that Canadian taxpayers have already paid $1 million-

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   SUEZ CANAL
Sub-subtopic:   REPORTED IMPOSITION OF TOLLS BY EGYPT
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LIB

James Joseph McCann (Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

Mr. McCann:

They loaned it.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   SUEZ CANAL
Sub-subtopic:   REPORTED IMPOSITION OF TOLLS BY EGYPT
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PC

Howard Charles Green

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Green:

-to help clear this canal and also the fact that about one-fifth of the members of the United Nations emergency force are Canadians make it important to the Canadian people what stand the Canadian government takes on this question rather than waiting for a Canadian ship to try to get through the canal?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   SUEZ CANAL
Sub-subtopic:   REPORTED IMPOSITION OF TOLLS BY EGYPT
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Mr. Si. Laureni@Quebec Easl

The Prime Minister thinks that the Canadian government has taken a very wise course in making the sum of $1 million available as a loan to the United Nations for the expenses that have been incurred by the United Nations to hasten the clearing of the canal, and the Canadian government feels that it was an extremely wise move to supply the members of the United Nations emergency force that have been supplied; but the Canadian government does not think that force has gone there to wage war against anyone. It has gone there to try to prevent the resumption of hostilities in the region.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   SUEZ CANAL
Sub-subtopic:   REPORTED IMPOSITION OF TOLLS BY EGYPT
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PC

Howard Charles Green

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Green:

Perhaps the Prime Minister

will now let us know the stand of the Canadian government with regard to the proposal that no ship may pass through the Suez canal unless it pays tolls to Nasser?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   SUEZ CANAL
Sub-subtopic:   REPORTED IMPOSITION OF TOLLS BY EGYPT
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Mr. Si. Laureni@Quebec Easl

The Canadian government knows of no such proposal. I have just asserted that the proposal of the principal users has been submitted to the Egyptian government and there has not yet been any answer. I do not know whether these news dispatches which have been broadcast this morning are true or untrue. We have no official information about them.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   SUEZ CANAL
Sub-subtopic:   REPORTED IMPOSITION OF TOLLS BY EGYPT
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CCF

Alistair McLeod Stewart

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

Mr. Alislair Stewart (Winnipeg North):

May

I ask a supplementary question. Will the Prime Minister inform us whether the ships of Israel will have free access to the canal?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   SUEZ CANAL
Sub-subtopic:   REPORTED IMPOSITION OF TOLLS BY EGYPT
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Charles Eugène Parent

Mr. SI. Laurent (Quebec Easl):

I do not

know. All I know is. what the hon. gentleman knows. There have been news dispatches that all ships that pay tolls to the Egyptian authorities would be allowed to pass.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   SUEZ CANAL
Sub-subtopic:   REPORTED IMPOSITION OF TOLLS BY EGYPT
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PC

Gordon Knapman Fraser

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Fraser (Peterborough):

But not those of Israel.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   SUEZ CANAL
Sub-subtopic:   REPORTED IMPOSITION OF TOLLS BY EGYPT
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Mr. Si. Laureni@Quebec Easl

There was another dispatch, not from the same source, that the ships of Israel would not be allowed to pass. In the face of all these contradictory and unconfirmed reports there is no statement that the Canadian government thinks it is proper to make at this time.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   SUEZ CANAL
Sub-subtopic:   REPORTED IMPOSITION OF TOLLS BY EGYPT
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NOTIFICATION TO MILLERS CONCERNING


On the orders of the day:


SC

Frederick George Hahn

Social Credit

Mr. F. G. J. Hahn (New Westminster):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Trade and Commerce, and I regret I have not been able to give him very much notice. Would the minister inform the house what notice was given to the flour mills and by what means they

Inquiries of the Ministry were notified that a subsidy of 8 cents a bushel on wheat would be in effect for March 4 only, and how were such millers advised so they would be in an equal position to bid competitively on the export of flour for that day?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   NOTIFICATION TO MILLERS CONCERNING
Sub-subtopic:   PRICE REBATES
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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):

Mr. Speaker, the action taken was taken by the Canadian wheat board. The Canadian wheat board were good enough to advise me and I assume they advised every flour miller in the country regarding the special price arrangement established for that day only. The special price arrangement for the next day may have been different but in any case the wheat board would undoubtedly keep the millers informed each day as to the daily discount on wheat milled into flour for various markets. It is not the same for all markets; it is 8 cents for one particular market; it is 2 cents for another market; and there is no discount for many markets. That information is supplied by the wheat board in the usual way and I do not think my hon. friend need worry about the subject any more.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   NOTIFICATION TO MILLERS CONCERNING
Sub-subtopic:   PRICE REBATES
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SC

Frederick George Hahn

Social Credit

Mr. Hahn:

Mr. Speaker, a supplementary question. Would the minister discuss with the wheat board what means they used to advise millers in British Columbia that the discount would be in effect for that day only? I understand, and I believe my information is correct, that they were not given notice and therefore were denied an opportunity to compete for that market.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   NOTIFICATION TO MILLERS CONCERNING
Sub-subtopic:   PRICE REBATES
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. Howe (Pori Arthur):

If my hon. friend will write to me and give me the details of a specific complaint I will forward his letter to the Canadian wheat board. When I receive a reply from the Canadian wheat board I will forward it to my hon. friend. I suggest that a much quicker way of obtaining the desired information would be for the flour mill that is complaining to write to the wheat board instead of to my hon. friend.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   NOTIFICATION TO MILLERS CONCERNING
Sub-subtopic:   PRICE REBATES
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REPORTED INCREASE IN IMPORT OF NAILS FROM JAPAN


On the orders of the day:


March 8, 1957