March 9, 1961

THE CANADIAN ECONOMY

TABLING OF REPORT "PRIVATE AND PUBLIC INVESTMENT IN CANADA OUTLOOK 1961"


Hon. George H. Hees (Minister of Trade and Commerce): Mr. Speaker, I am tabling today the report "Private and Public Investment in Canada-Outlook 1961", which summarizes the results of a recent survey of capital spending intentions. The survey, conducted annually, is designed to cover the anticipated outlays for new plant and equipment, institutional and government facilities and housing. Capital expenditure plans for all sectors of the economy, as outlined in this report, involve total outlays in 1961 of $8,336 million. This anticipated expenditure exceeds actual outlays of last year by more than $100 million and represents a continuation of the high and relatively stable level of capital spending realized in recent years. Within the total program, the principal increases are anticipated in institutional building and government projects. New hospital building in particular will be sharply expanded. There is also the expectation of a somewhat higher level of house building activity. On the other hand, capital outlays by business establishments on the basis of stated intentions will be a little lower than in the preceding year. This reduction reflects mainly a smaller program in the transportation industry, with requirements for both permanent facilities and equipment being down. Outlays by commodity producing industries in total are approximately unchanged; larger expenditures related to natural gas developments are offset by reductions in certain other industries, notably iron and steel. Commercial construction for stores and office buildings is likely to continue at the high rate of 1960. I should like to indicate also that it has been possible to include in this report a breakdown of the capital expenditure figures for provinces and major cities. In preceding years this regional material was not available until some time after the release of the national figures. The regional statistics indicate increased capital programs for 1961 in most of the provinces. In those provinces for which somewhat lower outlays are indicated, notably Manitoba and New Brunswick, unusually large expansion programs were completed last year. The anticipated level of capital spending, if realized, will result in some net increase in demands upon the economy. An increase of 4 per cent in outlays for new construction is indicated. This will involve greater activity in the construction trades and related industries. On the other hand, the 2 per cent reduction in total outlays for machinery and equipment will affect mainly import items. Demands on domestic equipment producers should remain at about the 1960 level. The results of the survey indicate that planned capital outlays, considered in relation to national output, will remain at a high level and will involve the continuing build-up in the capital stock of the economy.


LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

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

It is, of course, difficult to comment on an important statement of this kind which has just been made to the house and which we have had no opportunity to study, especially since it has been made in considerable statistical detail.

The planned capital expenditures, Mr. Speaker, are an important indication each year of the prospects for the economy for the current and forthcoming year. While there has been no opportunity to study the figures given by the minister, it is quite clear from what the minister has said that the plans for capital expenditures in this country this year are not such as to take care of the increased need for employment which will undoubtedly result from the increase in the labour force of this country.

Topic:   THE CANADIAN ECONOMY
Subtopic:   TABLING OF REPORT "PRIVATE AND PUBLIC INVESTMENT IN CANADA OUTLOOK 1961"
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CCF

Hazen Robert Argue

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

Mr. Hazen Argue (Assiniboia):

It is most difficult at this time to comment on the statement made by the minister without having been given any previous notice of it. I would say that I feel the statement is being made at the right time, since the labour estimates

Inquiries of the Ministry will be under discussion soon and we shall have a chance to relate the figures in this statement to the unemployment situation. As I heard the minister's statement I would say that while a small increase in capital outlay is forecast, it seems conclusive from the statement he has made that there will be no major upturn in the economy, certainly not sufficient to provide employment for those now unemployed.

We welcome the minister's statement at this time in relation to the debate about to take place, and will have further comments to make later.

Topic:   THE CANADIAN ECONOMY
Subtopic:   TABLING OF REPORT "PRIVATE AND PUBLIC INVESTMENT IN CANADA OUTLOOK 1961"
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CIVIL SERVICE ACT

MOTION FOR APPOINTMENT OF SPECIAL COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER BILL C-71


On the order: Government notices of motion: March 7-The Minister of Finance-The following proposed motion:- That a special committee be appointed to consider Bill C-71, an act respecting the civil service of Canada, with power to send for persons, papers and records and to report from time to time; That the committee have power to print such papers and evidence from day to day as may be deemed advisable or necessary; That the committee consist of fifteen members to be designated by the house; That the committee be empowered to sit during the sittings of the house; and That standing order 66 be suspended in relation thereto.


PC

Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Pursuant to section 2 of

standing order 21 this government notice of motion stands transferred to and ordered for consideration under government orders at the next sitting of the house.

Topic:   CIVIL SERVICE ACT
Subtopic:   MOTION FOR APPOINTMENT OF SPECIAL COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER BILL C-71
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UNITED NATIONS

ATTENDANCE OF MINISTER


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin

Liberal

Hon. Paul Martin (Essex East):

I should like to direct a question to the Acting Prime Minister. Much as we appreciate the hon. gentleman's presence in this house, Mr. Speaker, I wonder if I could inquire whether it is his intention to participate in this portion of the general assembly of the United Nations. Is he in a position to say what the attitude of the government is regarding the statement made yesterday my Mr. Adlai Stevenson as to the desirability of postponing any disarmament discussion in the general assembly at this time?

Topic:   UNITED NATIONS
Subtopic:   ATTENDANCE OF MINISTER
Sub-subtopic:   DISCUSSION OF DISARMAMENT
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PC

Howard Charles Green (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Howard C. Green (Acting Prime Minister):

I hope to be going to New York in a few days' time. This week has been taken up largely with various discussions among the delegates and also in attempts to iron out

Inquiries of the Ministry the agenda for this resumed part of the assembly session. It is too soon yet to state just what plan will be reached. There has been an attempt to bring about the dropping of such controversial items as those relating to Hungary, Tibet, the U-2 incident and so on. Whether or not there will be any success in that endeavour, I cannot say. The general committee is meeting on Monday, and after that meeting we shall be in a better position to know just what the plans will be for this resumed session. I think there is no doubt that disarmament will be discussed during the session, but at what stage is not yet sure.

Topic:   UNITED NATIONS
Subtopic:   ATTENDANCE OF MINISTER
Sub-subtopic:   DISCUSSION OF DISARMAMENT
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AGRICULTURE

CANNED PORK


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 Agriculture, notice of which I was able to give him just a few moments age. Would the minister comment on a press report that federal government surplus canned pork being distributed in the Windsor area is unfit to eat? Has the government provided any check to test the quality of its canned pork still in storage so that its quality is assured before distribution?

Topic:   AGRICULTURE
Subtopic:   CANNED PORK
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO TESTS OF QUALITY
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PC

Francis Alvin George Hamilton (Minister of Agriculture)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Alvin Hamilton (Minister of Agriculture):

I should like to thank the hon. member for his interest in this matter. I am informed that the canned pork in question was part of a lot of 23,370 cases released at Toronto by the stabilization board to the Ontario department of welfare on April 1, 1960. Early in January, 1961 some 3,000 cases were sent to the social service authorities in Windsor. That agency has been distributing the product to needy people.

Reports that the product was faulty have been checked by officials of my department. They were informed by the office of the Windsor medical officer of health that samples were examined by the provincial health laboratory in Windsor and that the laboratory found no evidence of anything being wrong with the product. However, in view of the incidents of yesterday I have asked my department to check more thoroughly into the procedure followed with regard to this type of distribution.

There were also reports that some of the cans were bulging. Examination of several cans indicated that any evidence of bulging was due to overfilling, but I would have the department look into this further.

Topic:   AGRICULTURE
Subtopic:   CANNED PORK
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO TESTS OF QUALITY
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LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin

Liberal

Hon. Paul Martin (Essex East):

Is the Minister of Agriculture not aware that the ever alert member for Essex East inquired about this matter from the stabilization board this

morning and was told that the question was one entirely within provincial responsibility? Is the minister not aware also that the member for Essex East asked the department to inquire whether or not the 30 million cans of pork which are now within the controlled storage of the Department of Agriculture, although they are already contracted for, might be made available in part to serve the needs of the city of Windsor?

Topic:   AGRICULTURE
Subtopic:   CANNED PORK
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO TESTS OF QUALITY
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March 9, 1961