Right Hon. J. G. Diefenbaker (Prime Minister):
Mr. Speaker, I have to announce the appointment of a royal commission to inquire into and report upon the situation of, and the prospects for, the industries in Canada producing motor vehicles and parts thereof. So that the house may understand the ambit and authority of the royal commission, with the permission of the house I might set out the particulars.
The commission will be asked to report upon:
(a) the present and prospective competitive position of the Canadian automotive industry, in Canadian and export markets, as compared with automotive industries of other countries;
(b) the relations between the companies producing motor vehicles and parts in Canada and parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies in other countries and the effect of such relations upon production in Canada;
(c) the special problems and competitive position of the industries in Canada producing parts for motor vehicles, and the effects thereof upon the production of vehicles in Canada;
(d) the ability of the Canadian industry to produce and distribute economically the various types of motor vehicles demanded or likely to be demanded by the Canadian consumers; and
(e) measures that could be taken by those in control of the industries producing motor vehicles and parts therefore in Canada, by the labour unions concerned, and by parliament and the government to improve the ability of such industries to provide increased employment in the economic production of vehicles for the Canadian market and export markets.
After consideration it was decided that one commissioner would properly discharge the responsibilities of this office. I am very pleased to be able to report that Vincent W. Bladen, M.A., F.R.S.C., dean of the faculty of arts of the University of Toronto, has undertaken this reponsibility. Dean Bladen, I am sure, is known to hon. members in all
parts of the house as an authority on economics, having been the former head of the department of economics of the University of Toronto and chairman of the institute on industrial relations in that department.
Dean Bladen will start work at once. There will be no delay whatsoever. He will commence this afternoon an examination of the records already available in the departments, and will be in a position to proceed without any delay into a full and complete investigation of the matters set out in the order in council which will be tabled later today.
Subtopic: AUTOMOBILES-ANNOUNCEMENT OF APPOINTMENT OF ROYAL COMMISSION