April 30, 1959

VETERANS AFFAIRS


Second, third and fourth reports of standing committee on veterans affairs-Mr. Dinsdale.


OIL-ANNOUNCEMENT OF REMOVAL OF U.S. RESTRICTIONS ON CERTAIN IMPORTS

PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Progressive Conservative

Right Hon. J. G. Diefenbaker (Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, as the house knows, the United States since July of 1957 has restricted imports of oil, first by what was known as the voluntary oil imports program and, since March 10, 1959, by mandatory controls. This government has consistently maintained and repeatedly emphasized to the government of the United States that we could not recognize that such controls were consistent with the mutual security interest of Canada and the United States and with the economic co-operation which must underlie such a vital common interest.

I am pleased, therefore to be able to tell the house that the United States government has today announced the exemption from import restrictions of crude oil, unfinished oils, and finished petroleum products which enter the United States by pipe line, motor carrier or rail from the country in which they are produced. Under the terms of the United States government decision the exemption will become effective as of June 1 next.

I wish to take this occasion to express the Canadian government's satisfaction at the decision which has been taken and announced by the United States. I am glad to recognize that it is the consequence of a desire on the part of the United States administration to reach agreement with Canada in the solution of a difficult problem.

The exemption will be of direct benefit to the export sales of Canadian crude oil and products. As important, if not more, is the benefit which will follow in terms of a normal, healthy development of the Canadian petroleum industry, which is thus restored to its appropriate place as an important and natural supplier of the North American markets.

In addition to its intrinsic importance for the future of the Canadian oil industry, the decision is also of significance in terms of our general relations with the United States in that it removes a source of distressing irritation and reflects a degree of co-operation and sensible development of resources which is so necessary for the economic prosperity and mutual defence of our two countries.

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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, I am sure all hon. members of the house will have heard with great satisfaction from the Prime Minister of the decision of the United States government to lift the restriction on the export from Canada to the United States of this very important product. We all hope this may be followed by an increase in our exports of oil to the United States and in an encouragement to the development of this industry.

Perhaps I am not right in this assumption, but I assume from the Prime Minister's statement that the action taken by the government of the United States affects Canadian oil and not imports of oil from other countries in this hemisphere. If that assumption is correct perhaps I may be permitted to ask the Prime Minister whether as a result of the discussions and negotiations that have been carried on in Washington, Canada's hands are tied in any way in regard to any action which we may feel obliged to take in the future concerning imports of oil from, say, Venezuela.

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CCF

Hazen Robert Argue

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

Mr. Hazen Argue (Assiniboia):

Mr. Speaker, this announcement by the Prime Minister is a welcome one. I believe that parliament as a whole has supported the representations the government of Canada has made to the United States. We have supported the government in these actions, and we are fully confident of the fact that because parliament spoke with one voice this had some bearing on the important results announced today.

This announcement is of importance to the Canadian oil industry and to the oil industry of western Canada in particular. In recent months there have been serious cut-backs in production. There has been a reluctance on the part of oil companies to continue exploration at a rapid pace. We hope this will restore morale to the oil industry and mean an expanded exploration and development program. We believe it should result in increased markets for Canadian oil.

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Inquiries of the Ministry

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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

Mr. Speaker, the question raised by the Leader of the Opposition I think is answered by the fact that the exception covers the products I mentioned which enter the United States by pipe line, motor carrier or rail from the country in which they are produced.

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NATIONAL DEFENCE

NUCLEAR WEAPONS


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask the Prime Minister whether any agreement has been reached with the United States in regard to the storing and control of nuclear weapons on Canadian soil.

Topic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Subtopic:   NUCLEAR WEAPONS
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO AGREEMENT ON STORING AND CONTROL IN CANADA
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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Progressive Conservative

Right Hon. J. G. Diefenbaker (Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, I am glad to welcome the hon. member's return after his enforced absence from the house. I assure him that the whole subject will be dealt with very shortly on an occasion other than on orders of the day.

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Subtopic:   NUCLEAR WEAPONS
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REQUEST FOR TABLING OF WHITE PAPER IN ENGLISH AND FRENCH


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Maurice Bourget

Liberal

Mr. Maurice Bourget (Levis):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the Minister of National Defence. I understand that he said yesterday the white paper on national defence would be tabled today. I should like to ask him if he would inform the house whether French and English copies of that report will be made available simultaneously.

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George Randolph Pearkes (Minister of National Defence)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. G. R. Pearkes (Minister of National Defence):

Mr. Speaker, the white paper on national defence was placed in the hands of the Clerk of the house today, and it will be distributed to hon. members by the distribution office some time today. Unfortunately, although the translation has been completed, the printing of the French edition is not yet complete. As soon as it is finished it will be distributed to the members.

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ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY REPORTED STATEMENT RESPECTING INADEQUATE FACILITIES


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Hazen Robert Argue

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

Mr. Hazen Argue (Assiniboia):

Mr. Speaker, I wish to direct a question to the Minister of Transport arising out of a report in this morning's Montreal Gazette that a 15,000-ton vessel dented two hull plates, scraped her sides and lost part of her deck railing in

negotiating the canals and locks. Can the minister comment on the statement by Captain MacDermid of the Grace Line freighter Santa Regina to the effect that unless changes are made in the seaway canals and locks, which are so narrow and inadequate, ocean vessels may have to be redesigned to avoid damaging their hulls and superstructures in the cramped facilities of the seaway?

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George Harris Hees (Minister of Transport)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. George H. Hees (Minister of Transport):

Mr. Speaker, I would say it is all a matter of ocean-going skippers becoming as skilled as lake-going skippers in navigating their ships through the seaway.

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April 30, 1959