May 28, 1958

PC

Sidney Earle Smith (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Smith (Haslings-Fronienac):

I regret that the hon. member for Skeena did not hear me down at that end of the chamber. My answer was that no consideration had been given to that question. To that answer I will add, in reply to the supplementary question, that I can give no undertaking in that regard.

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

REQUEST FOR CONSIDERATION OF WESTERN REPRESENTATIONS


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Hazen Robert Argue

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

Mr. Hazen Argue (Assiniboia):

I should

like to direct a question to the Minister of Trade and Commerce. I wonder if the minister could say what consideration has been given to the request of the wheat pools and other farm organizations for deficiency payments on grain crops in order to meet current financial difficulties facing western farmers.

Topic:   DEFICIENCY PAYMENTS
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR CONSIDERATION OF WESTERN REPRESENTATIONS
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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, the question of deficiency payments has been before us for some time. I want to assure the hon. member for Assiniboia that the other 47 members

from the prairie provinces, who are now on this side of the house, have an equal concern with him in the problems of prairie agriculture.

Topic:   DEFICIENCY PAYMENTS
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR CONSIDERATION OF WESTERN REPRESENTATIONS
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CCF

Hazen Robert Argue

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

Mr. Argue:

Forty-seven equals one.

Topic:   DEFICIENCY PAYMENTS
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR CONSIDERATION OF WESTERN REPRESENTATIONS
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PC

Gordon Minto Churchill (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Churchill:

They want to ease his

burden a little bit this year. The question of deficiency payments has concerned them. They have spoken to me about it, and it is being studied. I have had a number of papers prepared on this subject by the experts. Again today we have received representations from the interprovincial farm union council with regard to this and other matters. The whole question, which is a complicated one, is receiving very active consideration.

Topic:   DEFICIENCY PAYMENTS
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR CONSIDERATION OF WESTERN REPRESENTATIONS
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CCF

Hazen Robert Argue

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

Mr. Argue:

May I ask a supplementary question. Is the government considering referring this general subject to the standing committee on agriculture so that farm organizations can appear before the committee and submit proposals?

Topic:   DEFICIENCY PAYMENTS
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR CONSIDERATION OF WESTERN REPRESENTATIONS
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PC

Gordon Minto Churchill (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Churchill:

This has not been considered as yet, but the hon. member's suggestion will, I presume, be taken into consideration by the committee.

Topic:   DEFICIENCY PAYMENTS
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR CONSIDERATION OF WESTERN REPRESENTATIONS
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VARIATION IN DELIVERY QUOTAS

ALLOCATION OF BOX CARS


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Douglas Mason Fisher

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

Mr. D. M. Fisher (Port Arthur):

I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Trade and Commerce. Can the minister comment on the wide variation in grain delivery quotas? Can he say what steps are being taken to provide box cars and shipping orders in such a manner as to equalize quotas and facilitate the movement of grain?

Topic:   VARIATION IN DELIVERY QUOTAS
Subtopic:   ALLOCATION OF BOX CARS
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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, I see my hon. friend from Port Arthur is now cast in the role of a representative of the prairie provinces. I can assure him that every year there has been a wide variation in grain delivery quotas, as a result of the fact that shipments from the various ports vary from month to month. If shipments through Vancouver, say, exceed shipments through the St. Lawrence, then quotas in Alberta and western Saskatchewan will be higher than quotas in Manitoba and eastern Saskatchewan. This is not new to the farmers, to the grain trade or to the wheat board. Action is taken by the wheat board and by the railways to provide box cars as shipping orders come forward.

I should like to say this, that on all occasions on which I have received complaints or suggestions from people who think they are not receiving adequate box car allocations and shipping orders I have, in due course, referred

Inquiries of the Ministry those to the wheat board, and prompt replies have been received and prompt action has been taken. I believe everything is being done to equalize quotas across the prairie provinces. I want my hon. friend to rest assured we will continue to take such action as is necessary.

Topic:   VARIATION IN DELIVERY QUOTAS
Subtopic:   ALLOCATION OF BOX CARS
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CCF

Douglas Mason Fisher

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

Mr. Fisher:

Is the minister not aware that for many years the representative of Port Arthur has been interested in this particular matter?

Topic:   VARIATION IN DELIVERY QUOTAS
Subtopic:   ALLOCATION OF BOX CARS
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PC

Gordon Minto Churchill (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Churchill:

Oh, yes, and I am very happy that he has that knowledge. I am sure his contribution to the House of Commons will be enhanced thereby.

Topic:   VARIATION IN DELIVERY QUOTAS
Subtopic:   ALLOCATION OF BOX CARS
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FISHERIES

NEW BRUNSWICK


On the orders of the day:


May 28, 1958