December 20, 1957

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Some hon. Members:

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Topic:   MISSION TO UNITED KINGDOM
Subtopic:   REQUESTS FOR STATEMENTS BY MINISTER
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PC

Gordon Minto Churchill (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Churchill:

Mr. Ouimet was a very distinguished and competent member of our mission and was of great assistance to us during the course of our tour. I think perhaps he has not been quoted in full because, as was stated time and time again, we were urging the people in the United Kingdom to take a more active part in the exporting

Topic:   MISSION TO UNITED KINGDOM
Subtopic:   REQUESTS FOR STATEMENTS BY MINISTER
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LIB

George Carlyle Marler

Liberal

Mr. Marler:

I think the minister needs to read the paper again.

Topic:   MISSION TO UNITED KINGDOM
Subtopic:   REQUESTS FOR STATEMENTS BY MINISTER
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BASE METALS

RETALIATION AGAINST UNITED


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Herbert Wilfred Herridge

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

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

Mr. Speaker, I want to address a question to that industrious minister whose modest use of the words, "devotion", duty, destiny and dedication" we all appreciate, the Minister of Trade and Commerce.

Has the government recently received any representations from representatives of employers or employees in the base metal mining industry urging retaliatory measures against the United States threat to increase tariffs on non-ferrous metals? If so, is the government giving consideration to such proposals?

Topic:   BASE METALS
Subtopic:   RETALIATION AGAINST UNITED
Sub-subtopic:   STATES TARIFF INCREASES
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PC

Gordon Minto Churchill (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Gordon Churchill (Minister of Trade and Commerce):

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member caught me off guard, because I did not recognize that his introduction could possibly apply to me. I have not had time to check all the material that has reached the office in my absence, and I am not sure whether such representations have been made.

Topic:   BASE METALS
Subtopic:   RETALIATION AGAINST UNITED
Sub-subtopic:   STATES TARIFF INCREASES
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IMPORT PERMITS FOR COMMODITIES UNDER FLOOR PRICES


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Edward Blake Huffman

Liberal

Mr. E. B. Huffman (Kent, Ont.):

I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Trade and Commerce. I appreciate the fact that the minister has been absent from the house, but the question might be answered by the Minister of Agriculture because it affects his department as well. Has any import permit been issued by the government for the importation of any commodity or commodities that have established floor prices?

Topic:   IMPORT PERMITS FOR COMMODITIES UNDER FLOOR PRICES
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PC

Douglas Scott Harkness (Minister of Agriculture)

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, I do not know to what period the hon. member refers. I would think if he tied his question to a certain period we would be in a better position to answer it. I do not recall any import permits having been issued within the last short period, though there may have been.

Topic:   IMPORT PERMITS FOR COMMODITIES UNDER FLOOR PRICES
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LIB

Edward Blake Huffman

Liberal

Mr. Huffman:

I meant since June 21, under the present government.

Inquiries of the Ministry

Topic:   IMPORT PERMITS FOR COMMODITIES UNDER FLOOR PRICES
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PC

Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Order. That is the sort of question that might very well be put on the order paper, because it is just for general information.

Topic:   IMPORT PERMITS FOR COMMODITIES UNDER FLOOR PRICES
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WHEAT-INQUIRY AS TO NEGOTIATIONS WITH SPAIN AND POLAND


On the orders of the day:


SC

Peter Stefura

Social Credit

Mr. Peter Stefura (Vegreville):

I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Trade and Commerce. For the last two weeks or so we have had trade delegations from Spain and Poland in our country who desire to buy our Canadian wheat. Can the minister tell us what negotiations, if any, have been completed and what was the nature of those negotiations?

Topic:   WHEAT-INQUIRY AS TO NEGOTIATIONS WITH SPAIN AND POLAND
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PC

Gordon Minto Churchill (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Gordon Churchill (Minister of Trade and Commerce):

Mr. Speaker, I think no public announcement should be made with regard to negotiations such as these until they are complete. I have nothing to report to the hon. member at the moment.

Topic:   WHEAT-INQUIRY AS TO NEGOTIATIONS WITH SPAIN AND POLAND
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SC

Peter Stefura

Social Credit

Mr. Stefura:

On December 7 the minister stated that he might consider the acceptance of soft currency from these different countries. Is that being considered in these cases?

Topic:   WHEAT-INQUIRY AS TO NEGOTIATIONS WITH SPAIN AND POLAND
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Gordon Minto Churchill (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Churchill:

Mr. Speaker, I certainly expressed it as "might" and did not express it as "will", as I noticed it in press reports. I said that the acceptance of soft currency to me was equivalent to a loan, and what I was saying in those remarks was that the question of loans might have to be seriously considered in negotiations with certain countries which have not been in the past cash customers for Canadian wheat.

Topic:   WHEAT-INQUIRY AS TO NEGOTIATIONS WITH SPAIN AND POLAND
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December 20, 1957