November 19, 1957

FINANCE

TABLING OF REPORT OF TARIFF BOARD

PC

Donald Methuen Fleming (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Donald M. Fleming (Minister of Finance):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to table copies in English and French of a report which I received yesterday from the chairman of the tariff board. It is the board's report on reference No. 124, fruits and vegetables. The report is accompanied, as is usual, by a transcript of the evidence received by the board at its public hearings.

I know there will be widespread interest in the contents of this report, both on the part of hon. members and on the part of fruit and vegetable growers, processors, and others concerned. For that reason the tariff board, with my approval, gave priority to the completion of this report and a special effort has been made to avoid any delay in tabling it. In that connection I wish to thank my colleague, our gracious Secretary of State (Mrs. Fairclough), for facilitating the prompt printing of the report despite the fact that the Queen's printer was heavily committed on other work.

The tariff board reference arose from the fact that in recent years there had been representations from producers pointing to important changes in techniques of production and methods of distribution, as well as in prices, of fresh fruits and vegetables. It had been suggested that the system of seasonal tariffs was in need of revision. The tariff board was therefore asked to make a study of the items in the Customs Tariff covering fresh fruits and vegetables of a kind grown in Canada and, if such study indicated that amendments to the Customs Tariff were desirable, to prepare a revised schedule of tariff items, with recommendations as to rates of duty. The board was asked also to indicate any consequential amendments which might be required in the tariff items covering the same fruits and vegetables in processed form.

As I have so recently received the tariff board's report, there has not been time for my colleagues and me to make a thorough study of its analysis of the situation and its recommendations as to future action. I am, however, in a position to give the house at

this time some indication of the nature and extent of the proposals contained in the report.

The tariff board received briefs from the Canadian Horticultural Council, processors' representatives, the Canadian Association of Consumers, and others. It held public sittings in Ottawa for three days in July and two days in September. In formulating its recommendations the board appears to have taken account of representations included in the briefs and evidence placed before it at the sittings.

The board's recommendations follow the council's suggestion for the continuation, in principle, of the present statutory provisions for fresh fruits and vegetables. These provisions are intended to give greater protection during the Canadian producers' main marketing season than in the off season. They consist of a basic ad valorem rate of 10 per cent for which may be substituted seasonal specific duties. These seasonal rates have generally a considerably higher ad valorem incidence than the 10 per cent offseason rate. The duration of the application of the in-season rate varies from product to product, depending on the length of the Canadian marketing season.

The tariff board had before it requests from the Canadian Horticultural Council and processors' representatives for 45 changes in the tariff. The requested changes included increases in seasonal specific and other duties, extensions in the periods of application of seasonal duties, the dividing of the application of such duties into two separate periods, and combinations of these forms of tariff protection. The board in its report recommends the adoption in full of the council's proposals in respect of potatoes, asparagus, cauliflower, corn on the cob, lettuce, parsnips, sour cherries, cranberries and prunes. The board further recommends the adoption in part of the proposals in respect of brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, celery, cucumbers, mushrooms, onions, peppers, apricots, peaches and pears. Consequential amendments are recommended in the duties on canned and frozen asparagus, frozen brussels sprouts, canned mushrooms, canned apricots, canned and frozen cherries, cranberry jelly or sauce, canned and frozen peaches, and canned prunes.

Inquiries of the Ministry

In its report the tariff board notes that at the public sittings there were suggestions that there should be recourse to the principle of fixing values for duty purposes. The board, however, made no recommendations on this matter, as being beyond its terms of reference.

The Canadian Horticultural Council submitted a request that an additional duty be charged on vegetables imported prepacked in consumer-size polythene or cellophane bags. In making the request the council stated that the bags, if imported alone, would be dutiable at 20 per cent ad valorem whereas for prepackaged vegetables they were dutiable only in so far as they added to the gross weight of the vegetables. Another reason for the request was that the shipping of vegetables in this form led to a greater degree of trimming and preparation, thereby reducing the ad valorem equivalent of the specific duty.

In the light of its study of these representations the tariff board recommended that an item be inserted in the Customs Tariff to provide that an additional duty be charged on certain vegetables when imported during periods of seasonal specific duty in packages weighing five pounds or less. The vegetables to which this provision would apply are green beans, brussels sprouts, carrots, beets, cauliflower, lettuce, peas, parsnips and corn on the cob.

As I have said, the government has not yet had an opportunity to consider the recommendations presented in the report which I have just tabled. I can, however, assure hon. members that the report will be studied carefully, and that the government will give serious consideration to the tariff board's recommendations. If we decide to take action along the lines of these recommendations we would expect to take the necessary steps in conformity with the general agreement on tariffs and trade.

Topic:   FINANCE
Subtopic:   TABLING OF REPORT OF TARIFF BOARD
Permalink

AGRICULTURE

BUTTER-ANNOUNCEMENT OF CHANGE IN PRICE SUPPORT


On the orders of the day:


PC

Douglas Scott Harkness (Minister of Agriculture)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. D. S. Harkness (Minister of Agriculture):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to announce that the price support on first grade creamery butter has been changed by adding butterfat in any form which the agricultural prices support board may specify. At the same time the government has added to the list of products under import control, butter oil and any other form of butterfat containing 55 per cent or more of butterfat. Butter oil imports have been increased during the past few months, and it has been deemed advisable to control

the imports so that the butter price support program will not be affected.

Topic:   AGRICULTURE
Subtopic:   BUTTER-ANNOUNCEMENT OF CHANGE IN PRICE SUPPORT
Permalink

IMMIGRATION

EDDIE CALLAHAN


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Official Opposition House Leader; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Hon. Lionel Chevrier (Laurier):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the Acting Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. I notice that he is not in his seat. If his parliamentary assistant will take this as notice it will be satisfactory.

The press of this morning carries the news that the Department of Citizenship and Immigration have served a deportation order against one Callahan charged with attempted murder and assault with attempt to maim the returning officer in the constituency of Laurier. The question I would like to ask the minister is whether he will assure the house that the deportation order will not go into effect until such time as the trial of Callahan has been held.

Topic:   IMMIGRATION
Subtopic:   EDDIE CALLAHAN
Sub-subtopic:   REPORTED ISSUANCE OF DEPORTATION ORDER
Permalink
PC

John Borden Hamilton (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. John B. Hamilton (Parliamentary Assistant to the Acting Minister of Citizenship and Immigration):

Mr. Speaker, I understand that according to the same press report it was indicated that there would be an appeal in connection with the order in question. Therefore I do not think I should make any comment on that aspect of the order; but I do understand, sir, that any order of this type remains in abeyance until the trial on the charges takes place before the criminal courts.

Topic:   IMMIGRATION
Subtopic:   EDDIE CALLAHAN
Sub-subtopic:   REPORTED ISSUANCE OF DEPORTATION ORDER
Permalink

LABOUR CONDITIONS

CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY, WINNIPEG REPORTED DISMISSAL FOR FAILURE TO CROSS PICKET LINE


On the orders of the day:


CCF

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

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

Mr. Stanley Knowles (Winnipeg Norih Cenire):

Mr. Speaker, may I direct a question to the Minister of Labour. I wonder whether he is yet in a position to answer my question of last Thursday regarding suspension from service a week ago today of members of a Canadian Pacific Railway switching crew in the Winnipeg area who felt that they could not cross a picket line. When he answers that question will he also say whether he is aware of the press report in last night's Ottawa Citizen that a strike vote has been called among members of the brotherhood of locomotive engineers on the Canadian Pacific Railway, western lines, as a result of picket line incidents of this type?

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY, WINNIPEG REPORTED DISMISSAL FOR FAILURE TO CROSS PICKET LINE
Permalink
PC

Michael Starr (Minister of Labour)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Michael Starr (Minister of Labour):

Mr. Speaker, I wish to assure the hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre that we are

still investigating in order to get a full report on the matter which he brought to my attention in the house last Thursday.

As to the second part of the question, I say that I am not aware of what has happened in the matter to which he referred.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY, WINNIPEG REPORTED DISMISSAL FOR FAILURE TO CROSS PICKET LINE
Permalink
CCF

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

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

Mr. Knowles (Winnipeg North Centre):

Will the minister's investigation include an inquiry into that matter as well?

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY, WINNIPEG REPORTED DISMISSAL FOR FAILURE TO CROSS PICKET LINE
Permalink

TRANS-CANADA PIPE LINES ENTRY PERMITS FOR U.S. EMPLOYEES


On the orders of the day:


November 19, 1957