December 9, 1960

CUBA-RESTRICTIONS ON STRATEGIC EXPORTS


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 a question arising out of the presence in our country of an official trade mission from Cuba. The question is, does the government propose to control in any way the export of strategic materials to that country?

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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, in so far as strategic materials are concerned, the course to be followed will be that followed in other similar cases, namely that the strategic nature thereof shall at all times be taken into consideration.

I think I should add that the presence of a group from Cuba to which the hon. member refers does not mean that the Canadian government will fix or determine the volume of trade between Canada and that country, because Canada is not a state trading country. The opportunities for normal trade exist, and the outcome of the trade mission, subject of course to strategic materials, will depend on the decisions of individual Canadian businessmen and the prospective purchasers.

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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Mr. Pearson:

May I ask the Minister of Trade and Commerce a question arising out of the Prime Minister's reply to my question a moment ago. Is it the intention of the government to include Cuba in the list of countries to which export controls are applied in respect of strategic materials?

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PC

George Harris Hees (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. George H. Hees (Minister of Trade and Commerce):

There is no change contemplated with regard to export control at the present time, or to provide for other than the export controls which have been in existence in the past.

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COLUMBIA RIVER

REPORTED REJECTION BY B.C. OF FINANCIAL CO-OPERATION


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Herbert Wilfred Herridge

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

Mr. H. W. Herridge (Kootenay West):

In

view of newspaper reports to the effect that the premier of British Columbia has rejected

the offer of financial co-operation with the government of British Columbia in the development of the Columbia river basin in Canada, would the Secretary of State for External Affairs care to comment on these newspaper reports?

Topic:   COLUMBIA RIVER
Subtopic:   REPORTED REJECTION BY B.C. OF FINANCIAL CO-OPERATION
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PC

Howard Charles Green (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Howard C. Green (Secretary of State for External Affairs):

Mr. Speaker, the

premier of British Columbia is quite a good horse trader. The statement, as reported in the Globe and Mail this morning, indicates that he is asking that the federal government take a second look at the problem. In addition, he has made some statements which are rather far of the mark.

For example, he is reported as saying that the federal government is trying to interfere in the development of British Columbia resources, and again that the federal government would be making a loan to the province of British Columbia.

The facts are that the federal government has offered to enter into a joint program with the province for the development of this self-liquidating project. This is the actual fact of the situation. Further, the federal government must make the treaty with the United States and, under that treaty, will be obliged to enter into a covenant to build various dams in British Columbia. This means that we shall be obliged to have an agreement between the federal government and the province of British Columbia which will bring about compliance with the terms of the treaty. In other words this is a three-party deal, with the federal government in the middle between the United States government and the province of British Columbia.

The Minister of Justice and the Minister of Agriculture and, I believe, the Minister of Northern Affairs and National Resources are in Victoria now negotiating with ministers from the British Columbia government. I have no doubt that all these different factors will be given consideration at this conference. The meetings commenced yesterday and they are continuing today.

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Subtopic:   REPORTED REJECTION BY B.C. OF FINANCIAL CO-OPERATION
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CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS

FREIGHT SHIPMENTS-PROPOSED BY-PASSING OF NORTHWESTERN ONTARIO


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Hubert Badanai

Liberal

Mr. Hubert Badanai (Fort William):

I wish to direct a question to the Minister of Transport. Notice of intention to ask this question was sent to his office yesterday. Is the minister aware of a proposal to have express freight

Inquiries of the Ministry shipments by rail from southwestern Ontario to western Canada go through the United States, thus by-passing northwestern Ontario? If so, can the minister assure the house that before such a proposal is approved the cities of Fort William and Port Arthur will be given an opportunity to study and appraise whether such a move would affect employment of railway workers?

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Subtopic:   FREIGHT SHIPMENTS-PROPOSED BY-PASSING OF NORTHWESTERN ONTARIO
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PC

Léon Balcer (Minister of Transport)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Leon Balcer (Minister of Transport):

I am not aware of any such proposal, but I have made inquiries of the management of the C.N.R. and as soon as I have any information on the matter I shall be glad to communicate it to the house,

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HOUSING

N.H.A.-REQUEST FOR LOWERING INTEREST RATE


On the orders of the day:


LIB

John Richard Garland

Liberal

Mr. J. R. Garland (Nipissing):

I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Public Works. Since housing contracts awarded in November, 1960 are down more than 25 per cent from November, 1959, will the government give immediate consideration to lowering the National Housing Act interest rate?

Topic:   HOUSING
Subtopic:   N.H.A.-REQUEST FOR LOWERING INTEREST RATE
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December 9, 1960