TABLING OF NOTE TO U.S. GOVERNMENT RESPECTING RESTRICTIONS ON IMPORTS
Hon. Donald M. Fleming (Minister of Finance): Mr. Speaker, I should like to table the text of a note delivered to the department of state at Washington on January 15 by the Canadian ambassador concerning the restrictions imposed by the United States government on imports of Canadian oil.
Some hon. member says "Read it". I can read it if it is the wish of hon. members.
LEAD, ZINC AND COPPER INQUIRY AS TO STEPS TO PROTECT CANADIAN INTERESTS
On the orders of the day:
Mr. J. A. Byrne (Kootenay East):
Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask a question of the Minister of Finance. Would the minister care to table the protests which the government has made to the United States authorities respecting the proposed tariff on lead and zinc?
Hon. Donald M. Fleming (Minister of Finance):
There have been no notes or written submissions to the United States government on that score, certainly since the present government came into office; but, as I have indicated in reply to questions earlier this session, it has been a matter on which there has been frequent oral exchange of views. I pointed out that we made strong representations on this subject at the meeting of the Canadian-United States continuing committee on trade and economic matters in Washington in October. It has been mentioned frequently since then. The United States administration is very well aware of the position of the Canadian government with regard to this threatened action.
Mr. H. W. Herridge (Kootenay Wesi):
wish to ask a supplementary question of the Minister of Finance. In view of the great seriousness of this situation and the threat it offers to the mining industry of Canada, does
he think their present representations, methods and procedures are sufficient and adequate?
Yes, Mr. Speaker. Our views have been put before the United States authorities through the proper channels, and we have every reason to know that those views are fully understood in Washington. They have been put forward with very great vigour. There are two possible courses of action that might be taken at Washington with regard to this matter. One might be through congress and the other might be through the executive. Naturally, with our deep concern over this situation and the action which has been threatening now for some time, the house may be assured that we shall continue to watch the situation vigilantly.
Mr. H. R. Argue (Assiniboia):
I wish to ask a supplementary question. I wonder whether the minister has had brought to his attention the threatened increase in the duty on Canadian copper going into the United States. If so, have representations been made with regard to copper and other commodities?
I am not aware of any recent threat.
The threat was made
I have not had any communication on that subject. We shall certainly look into it.
Mr. Speaker, I might inform the minister that the press reports that legislation has been introduced in congress to bring this about.
INQUIRY AS TO ACCEPTANCE OF STERLING FOR SURPLUS AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS
On the orders of the day:
Mr. Irvin Sluder (Swift Current-Maple Creek):
Mr. Speaker, I should like to submit a question to the Minister of Trade and Commerce pursuant to my question of January 13, with reference to the increased competition for the disposal of farm surpluses by other exporting countries and their acceptance of sterling. I would therefore ask if the present government is also prepared to accept sterling in payment for Canadian agricultural surpluses, as it advocated when it was the opposition on this side of the House of Commons.
Inquiries of the Ministry
And you opposed on the other side.