January 24, 1958

PC

Sidney Earle Smith (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Smith:

We are prepared to do that, Mr. Speaker. But I reiterate what I said, namely that it would be premature to anticipate what will be done by the council. We are in communication with our partners with respect to this matter.

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   RESOLUTION REQUESTING CONVENING OF ATLANTIC CONFERENCE
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PALESTINE REFUGEES

FURTHER STATEMENT ON PROPOSED ASSISTANCE BY CANADA


On the orders of the day:


PC

Sidney Earle Smith (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Sidney E. Smiih (Secretary of Stale for External Affairs):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to reply to a supplementary question that was addressed to me yesterday by the hon. member for Kootenay West in connection with our proposed additional contribution of $1,500,000 worth of Canadian flour to the United Nations relief and works agency. The hon. member inquired "what ratio of local currency to the dollar value of the Canadian donation of flour is released for rehabilitation in the area".

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I desire to make it clear, Mr. Speaker, that the question of local currency does not arise, because all UNRWA's aid is given directly to the refugees in the form of goods and services. There is thus no system of counterpart funds in local currency such as is the case in some other types of aid programs as, for example, under the Colombo plan.

If I have understood the question correctly, it relates to the extent to which the Canadian special contribution of flour may serve to restore rehabilitation projects, as distinct from relief. Prior to Canada's decision to offer this gift of flour the state of UNRWA's finances, according to the director, was such that while the relief budget could probably be met, this would take all the funds which the director expected to have at his disposal for both relief and rehabilitation. If the financial situation of the agency develops as forecast, all the money which UNRWA will save on food costs as the result of our donations of flour will make possible an equivalent expenditure on rehabilitation projects.

Topic:   PALESTINE REFUGEES
Subtopic:   FURTHER STATEMENT ON PROPOSED ASSISTANCE BY CANADA
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SC

Solon Earl Low

Social Credit

Mr. Solon E. Low (Peace River):

I wonder if the Secretary of State for External Affairs can say if UNRWA is equipped to do rehabilitation work, or is it necessary that such work be done through the governments of the countries where the refugees are located?

Topic:   PALESTINE REFUGEES
Subtopic:   FURTHER STATEMENT ON PROPOSED ASSISTANCE BY CANADA
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PC

Sidney Earle Smith (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Smilh (Hastings-Fronienac):

In reply to that question, Mr. Speaker, I would say yes, UNRWA is. They have the personnel to conduct small scale self-supporting projects, vocational and general education, placement services, and similar projects.

Topic:   PALESTINE REFUGEES
Subtopic:   FURTHER STATEMENT ON PROPOSED ASSISTANCE BY CANADA
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PC

Gordon Knapman Fraser

Progressive Conservative

Mr. G. K. Fraser (Peterborough):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to address a question to the Minister of Trade and Commerce. Will the gift of $1,500,000 worth of flour to the Palestine refugees be provided in such a way that the flour will be bought from the millers of Canada on a capacity producing basis, so that all millers will have an opportunity to participate in the gift?

Topic:   PALESTINE REFUGEES
Subtopic:   FURTHER STATEMENT ON PROPOSED ASSISTANCE BY CANADA
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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, in an instance like this where a gift of flour is being made by Canada I think all the flour mills in the country should have an equal opportunity to participate in supplying the flour that is required, with the proviso that the prices must be reasonable. When we made a gift of flour last fall I think there was participation by most of the flour milling companies in Canada, and I hope a similar arrangement can be worked out for this subsequent gift.

Topic:   PALESTINE REFUGEES
Subtopic:   FURTHER STATEMENT ON PROPOSED ASSISTANCE BY CANADA
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William Moore Benidickson

Liberal Labour

Mr. Benidickson:

Is the minister referring to mills or to companies?

Topic:   PALESTINE REFUGEES
Subtopic:   FURTHER STATEMENT ON PROPOSED ASSISTANCE BY CANADA
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PC

Gordon Minto Churchill (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Churchill:

I should have used the word "companies", I think.

Topic:   PALESTINE REFUGEES
Subtopic:   FURTHER STATEMENT ON PROPOSED ASSISTANCE BY CANADA
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CCF

George Hugh Castleden

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

Mr. G. H. Castleden (Yorkton):

I should like to ask a supplementary question. Are tenders ordinarily asked for in the case of such gifts, or in the case of gifts such as Canada made to Pakistan and Ceylon recently?

Topic:   PALESTINE REFUGEES
Subtopic:   FURTHER STATEMENT ON PROPOSED ASSISTANCE BY CANADA
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PC

Gordon Minto Churchill (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Churchill:

Yes.

Topic:   PALESTINE REFUGEES
Subtopic:   FURTHER STATEMENT ON PROPOSED ASSISTANCE BY CANADA
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CCF

George Hugh Castleden

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

Mr. Casfleden:

And is the lowest tender accepted?

Topic:   PALESTINE REFUGEES
Subtopic:   FURTHER STATEMENT ON PROPOSED ASSISTANCE BY CANADA
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PC

Gordon Minto Churchill (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Churchill:

The gift we made last fall was spread among five companies, I think. I would have to check to be accurate, but I think the lowest tender was declared the price at which they might participate. Having in mind that it was a gift, we did not think it wise to give the business simply to one company. Similarly, I hope in this instance there will be an equitable distribution of the business, because it relates directly to a gift.

Topic:   PALESTINE REFUGEES
Subtopic:   FURTHER STATEMENT ON PROPOSED ASSISTANCE BY CANADA
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CCF

George Hugh Castleden

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

Mr. Casfleden:

Will the minister make a statement to the house as to what prices were paid in the case of the former gift?

Topic:   PALESTINE REFUGEES
Subtopic:   FURTHER STATEMENT ON PROPOSED ASSISTANCE BY CANADA
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PC

Gordon Minto Churchill (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Churchill:

I can get that information.

Topic:   PALESTINE REFUGEES
Subtopic:   FURTHER STATEMENT ON PROPOSED ASSISTANCE BY CANADA
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January 24, 1958