January 23, 1958

PC

George Harris Hees (Minister of Transport)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hees:

Make it short. Cut it down.

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Subtopic:   REQUESTS FOR STATEMENTS BY MINISTER
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LIB

George James McIlraith

Liberal

Mr. Mcllraith:

Mr. Speaker, would the minister tell the house whether or not he spoke from a written text when he made his speech at Cardiff?

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PC

Gordon Minto Churchill (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Churchill:

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to have reference to my speech at Cardiff. The speech I made at Cardiff-

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LIB

John Whitney Pickersgill

Liberal

Mr. Pickersgill:

Another speech.

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PC

Gordon Minto Churchill (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Churchill:

-was made at a banquet held in a banquet hall there, and I was replying to a toast to Canada.

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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. Chevrier:

Is that the same kind of banquet the Minister of Transport attended?

I hear that was quite a banquet.

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PC

Gordon Minto Churchill (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Churchill:

I made no mention during that speech to any of these questions the hon. member has raised. He will have to be much more specific in his question if he is really looking for information.

Mr. W. M. Benidickson (Kenora-Rainy

River): Mr. Speaker, may I ask a supplementary question with respect to the minister's visit to Cardiff and the question of privilege raised by the Minister of Trade and Commerce. Is it not so, as reported, that when the delegation was taken to the huge s+eel plant at Cardiff members of the delegation found that this British firm had virtually a full order book with respect to sheet plate but was very anxious to sell tinplate to the delegation?

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SC

Frederick George Hahn

Social Credit

Mr. Hahn:

They were on a sightseeing tour.

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PC

Gordon Minto Churchill (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Churchill:

Mr. Speaker, I believe the hon. member for Kenora-Rainy River is referring to the Margam steel works at Cardiff, one of the most advanced and perhaps the largest steel works in the British empire.

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

George Carlyle Marler

Liberal

Mr. Marler:

How about answering the question?

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. Speaker, my hon. friends appear to require quite a bit of information with regard to the work of the Canadian trade mission in England, because they have been so confused about it. The Margam steel works management made no attempt-and I repeat, made no attempt-to sell tinplate to any member of the Canadian trade mission to my knowledge. They were quite aware that tinplate was being produced here in Canada and was in adequate supply..

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PC

Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Is the Leader of the Opposition rising with a question on the same subject? Does he have a supplementary question?

Inquiries of the Ministry

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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Hon. L. B. Pearson (Leader of the Opposition):

It is on the same subject, Mr. Speaker. May I ask the Minister of Trade and Commerce if he has any comment to make on an article which appeared in the Toronto publication Saturday Night, issue of January 18, entitled, "The United Kingdom Trade Mission-What did it Achieve?" by Donald R. Gordon, which includes the following paragraph, and I quote from the article:

Politics was seen as a disruptive influence.

"This whole thing was just a political powder keg", a representative of one national trade organization said. "It wasn't a trade mission-It was a political campaign."

Topic:   MISSION TO UNITED KINGDOM
Subtopic:   REQUESTS FOR STATEMENTS BY MINISTER
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An hon. Member:

Give us a travelogue.

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PC

Gordon Minto Churchill (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Churchill:

Mr. Speaker, are hon. members asking for a travelogue?

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LIB

John Whitney Pickersgill

Liberal

Mr. Pickersgill:

Heaven forbid.

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PC

Gordon Minto Churchill (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Churchill:

I did see the article in Saturday Night. I think it was very carelessly written. I think it was written by someone who is also a C.B.C. commentator, but of that I am not quite sure. The statement to which the Leader of the Opposition refers I think is completely inaccurate. The mission was a trade mission. Its purpose was to develop trade between our two countries, and there was no political significance whatsoever attached to it.

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INQUIRY AS TO EXTENSION OF CREDIT TO CZECHOSLOVAKIA


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Hugh Alexander Bryson

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

Mr. H. A. Bryson (Humboldl-Melfori):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Trade and Commerce. Is it the intention of Canada to extend substantial credits to Czechoslovakia for the purpose of purchasing an estimated 10 million bushels of Canadian wheat, as reported recently in a United States trade report?

Topic:   INQUIRY AS TO EXTENSION OF CREDIT TO CZECHOSLOVAKIA
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January 23, 1958