January 14, 1958


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Frank Howard

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

Mr. Frank Howard (Skeena):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Labour, if I may. I wonder if the minister would indicate to the house what steps are being taken by the government to institute one of its major planks in the election campaign, namely full employment.

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PC

Michael Starr (Minister of Labour)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Michael Starr (Minister of Labour):

Yes, Mr. Speaker. I think this gives me an opportunity at this moment, in answer to a question of that nature, to say what this government has done to alleviate the unemployment situation with which we found ourselves confronted on June 21 when we were sworn in as the government.

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Some hon. Members:

Oh, oh.

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PC

Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

I have grave doubts about the propriety of the question. It is not one which can be dealt with by a concise answer, as the house is about to discover and, with the consent of the minister, I will declare the question out of order.

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PC

Michael Starr (Minister of Labour)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Starr:

Mr. Speaker, if I were to tell the house all the things this government has done to alleviate unemployment it would take me half an hour, but I am prepared to proceed with consent.

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CCF

Alfred Claude Ellis

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

Mr. Ellis:

With what results?

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PC

Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Order. As I have ruled the question out of order I think the minister will not find it necessary to proceed with his answer, which would undoubtedly develop into the debate which I have already disallowed.

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DEFICIENCY PAYMENTS TO WESTERN

FARMERS


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Thomas Speakman Barnett

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

Mr. Barnett:

Mr. Speaker-

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PC

Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Order. I recognize the right hon. member for Melville. I will see the hon. member for Comox-Alberni presently.

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LIB

James Garfield Gardiner

Liberal

Right Hon. J. G. Gardiner (Melville):

Mr. Speaker, I want to ask a question supplementary to one which was answered last week. I am not just certain whether it should be addressed to the Minister of Trade and Commerce or the Minister of Finance. A question was asked with respect to whether deficiency payments were likely to be paid on grain from past crops. My understanding is that the answer given was that consideration was being given to the matter. Is consideration being given to the possibility of making such payments, if they are made, on seed grain as well as other grain used for milling purposes?

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Gordon Minto Churchill (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, representations were made to the Prime Minister and the members of the wheat committee of the cabinet yesterday by representatives of the western wheat pools with regard to deficiency payments. No decision was reached at that meeting as to what might be done and, as I recall, no mention was made of seed grain.

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LIB

James Garfield Gardiner

Liberal

Mr. Gardiner:

May I ask if the minister will give consideration to deficiency payments on seed grain as well as the other grain?

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PC

Gordon Minto Churchill (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Churchill:

Yes.

Inquiries of the Ministry

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CCF

Hazen Robert Argue

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

Mr. H. R. Argue (Assiniboia):

I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Trade and Commerce arising out of the presentation made yesterday to the cabinet by the three western wheat pools, asking for deficiency payments to solve the price-cost squeeze which is crippling western grain growers. Can the minister say when an announcement about a deficiency payment may be made, so this method may be used to alleviate the serious agricultural depression on the prairies?

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Gordon Minto Churchill (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Churchill:

Mr. Speaker, we already had a question on deficiency payments earlier this afternoon. However, if repetition is desirable, may I say that the hon. member is asking for a very quick decision when the representations were only made yesterday afternoon.

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January 14, 1958