May 28, 1958


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 would like to direct a question to the Minister of Agriculture who, like his predecessor, I know is always willing to give information. Can the minister inform the house if it is now government policy, under the authority of the Agricultural Stabilization Act, to make deficiency payments where considered necessary for perishable agricultural commodities and provide support prices for durable agricultural commodities?

Topic:   AGRICULTURE
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO DEFICIENCY PAYMENTS AND SUPPORT PRICES
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PC

Douglas Scott Harkness (Minister of Agriculture)

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, I thank the hon. member for giving me notice of this question, which notice I received just before coming into the house. The hon. member seems to be under a misapprehension as to the meaning of "support price" and "deficiency payment". A support price is a minimum payment which is provided under the Agricultural Stabilization Act as far as any particular commodity is concerned.

That minimum price to the farmer is maintained by various methods. One of these methods is by outright purchase, as is done by the stabilization board in the case of butter. A second method is to make a deficiency payment. That method is used with respect to a considerable number of commodities recently put under support under the stabilization act. It applies to wool, sugar beets and so on. A third method is by means of a flat payment. This is really the type of payment for which the western pools are asking with regard to wheat, oats and barley, although they refer to it as a deficiency payment. Actually what they are asking for is a flat payment. There are various other methods

Inquiries of the Ministry that could be used in order to maintain a support price. I think that explanation is an answer to the question.

Topic:   AGRICULTURE
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO DEFICIENCY PAYMENTS AND SUPPORT PRICES
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CCF

Herbert Wilfred Herridge

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

Mr. Herridge:

Because of my previous ignorance will the minister say whether, When any payment is made with respect to apples, that will be a deficiency payment or a support price payment?

Topic:   AGRICULTURE
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO DEFICIENCY PAYMENTS AND SUPPORT PRICES
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PC

Douglas Scott Harkness (Minister of Agriculture)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Harkness:

I thought my explanation would have removed any misapprehension as to what a support payment is compared with a deficiency payment, but apparently the hon. member still suffers from it. A support price for apples may be maintained, depending on what the circumstances are and what seems to be the most practical means of handling the situation, either by the stabilization board purchasing the apples or by paying a deficiency payment or by making a flat payment.

Topic:   AGRICULTURE
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO DEFICIENCY PAYMENTS AND SUPPORT PRICES
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CCF

Herbert Wilfred Herridge

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

Mr. Herridge:

We need a dictionary in connection with this legislation.

Topic:   AGRICULTURE
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO DEFICIENCY PAYMENTS AND SUPPORT PRICES
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MAPLE SUGAR AND PULPWOOD

REQUEST FOR FLOOR PRICES


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Samuel Boulanger

Liberal

Mr. Samuel Boulanger (Drummond-Arihabaska):

Mr. Speaker, will the Minister of Agriculture advise the house if it is the intention of the government to establish floor prices on maple sugar and pulpwood?

Topic:   MAPLE SUGAR AND PULPWOOD
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR FLOOR PRICES
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PC

Douglas Scott Harkness (Minister of Agriculture)

Progressive Conservative

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

In so far as maple sugar is concerned, I replied to a similar question last week and the hon. member will find the answer in Hansard. In so far as pulpwood is concerned, we are giving some consideration to that matter but to date we have made no decision.

Topic:   MAPLE SUGAR AND PULPWOOD
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR FLOOR PRICES
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NATIONAL DEFENCE

NORAD-VISIT TO OTTAWA OF GENERAL PARTRIDGE


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Harold Edward Winch

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

Mr. Harold E. Winch (Vancouver East):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the Minister of National Defence, but in his absence and as there are no parliamentary assistants perhaps the house leader would answer or take it as notice. Is it correct that General Partridge, commander of the North American air defence command, will be or is in Ottawa to bring Canadian military leaders up to date on air defence plans for North America? If so, is it the minister's intention to give similar enlightenment-on non-security matters, of course-to the house?

Topic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Subtopic:   NORAD-VISIT TO OTTAWA OF GENERAL PARTRIDGE
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PC

George Clyde Nowlan (Minister of National Revenue)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. George C. Nowlan (Aciing Minister of National Defence):

Mr. Speaker, as acting minister in the absence of the minister who was called away for the afternoon I will take the question as notice. I presume the minister will be back tomorrow and will give an answer on his return.

Topic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Subtopic:   NORAD-VISIT TO OTTAWA OF GENERAL PARTRIDGE
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EXTERNAL AFFAIRS


On the orders of the day:


PC

Sidney Earle Smith (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Sidney E. Smith (Secretary of State for External Affairs):

Mr. Speaker, yesterday while I was not in the house the hon. member for Skeena addressed a question to me. That question related to the exchange of parliamentary delegations between the Soviet union and Canada. In answer I may say that no consideration has been given to that matter.

Topic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   RUSSIA-STATEMENT ON SUGGESTED EXCHANGE OF PARLIAMENTARIANS
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CCF

Frank Howard

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

Mr. Frank Howard (Skeena):

My question is a supplementary one to the Secretary of State for External Affairs. In putting it I might say that I did not hear too clearly the answer he gave to the question I asked yesterday. My question was not whether the government had given any consideration to this question of an exchange of parliamentary delegations, but rather will they undertake to do so.

Topic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   RUSSIA-STATEMENT ON SUGGESTED EXCHANGE OF PARLIAMENTARIANS
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May 28, 1958