March 9, 1961

PC

Francis Alvin George Hamilton (Minister of Agriculture)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hamilton (Qu'Appelle):

Supplies of pork now in storage are, as the hon. member said, committed, not in part but in toto. To follow the hon. member's suggestion would mean that we would have to buy pork back or at least cancel the contract for it and I feel we should let our sales commitments go forward and sell the pork rather than make inroads on these stocks. If we are going to enter upon a distribution policy I think that should be done on a planned basis rather than on an ad hoc basis.

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

PACIFIC PRESS LIMITED


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Frank Howard

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

Mr. Frank Howard (Skeena):

I wish to address a question to the parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Justice and ask him whether any further investigations are being made by the combines investigation branch into the operations of Pacific Press Limited of Vancouver, or whether any court actions have been undertaken or are contemplated as a result of the report of the restrictive trade practices commission concerning the production and supply of newspapers in Vancouver and elsewhere in British Columbia.

Topic:   COMBINES
Subtopic:   PACIFIC PRESS LIMITED
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO STATUS OF INVESTIGATION
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PC

Thomas Miller Bell (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Thomas M. Bell (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice):

I shall have to take the question as notice and see that a reply is given as soon as possible.

Topic:   COMBINES
Subtopic:   PACIFIC PRESS LIMITED
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO STATUS OF INVESTIGATION
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EXTERNAL AFFAIRS


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Herbert Wilfred Herridge

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

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

wish to direct a question to the Acting Prime Minister. In view of the fact that the dynamic and forward looking British Columbia federation of labour has considered proposals for sending a fact finding delegation to Cuba, will the minister inform the house whether the government has any objection whatever to a fact finding group going on such a mission?

Topic:   COMBINES
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   PROPOSED LABOUR DELEGATION FROM B.C.
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PC

Howard Charles Green (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Progressive Conservative

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

There is no objection of which I am aware.

Topic:   COMBINES
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   PROPOSED LABOUR DELEGATION FROM B.C.
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On the orders of the day:


PC

George Harris Hees (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Progressive Conservative

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

Yesterday the honourable and alert member for Essex West directed a question to me concerning a report that a group of bakers in the United States was seeking to impose a tariff against the importation of Canadian made bread.

Canadian bread enters the United States free of customs duty. Its duty free status is bound under our trade agreement with the United States. Therefore a tariff could not be imposed on Canadian bread without our knowledge. We are aware of the bill in congress seeking a tariff on bread, to which the hon. gentleman referred. We are watching the progress of the bill, and if and when the time comes to make representations the house may accept our assurance that the views of the Canadian government will be made known to the United States government.

Topic:   COMBINES
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   REPORTED U.S. LOBBY FOR TARIFF AGAINST CANADIAN BREAD
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LIB

John Whitney Pickersgill

Liberal

Hon. J. W. Picliersgill (Bonavisia-Twillingale):

I have a supplementary question, Mr. Speaker. Could I ask the minister whether bread is a custom made article or shelf goods?

Topic:   COMBINES
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   REPORTED U.S. LOBBY FOR TARIFF AGAINST CANADIAN BREAD
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PC

George Harris Hees (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hees:

Mr. Speaker, it just depends on the particular baker.

Topic:   COMBINES
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   REPORTED U.S. LOBBY FOR TARIFF AGAINST CANADIAN BREAD
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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE

ALLEGED ABUSES BY APPLICANTS FOR BENEFITS


On the orders of the day:


PC

John Chester MacRae

Progressive Conservative

Mr. J. C. MacRae (York-Sunbury):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Labour, of which I have given him notice. In view of the present widespread abuse of the unemployment insurance fund in this country, whereby many thousands of men and women are drawing unemployment insurance when there is work for them in the industries which they follow, will the minister advise the house what steps the government is taking to correct this situation?

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
Subtopic:   ALLEGED ABUSES BY APPLICANTS FOR BENEFITS
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PC

Michael Starr (Minister of Labour)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Michael Starr (Minister of Labour):

Mr. Speaker, there has been a general tightening up in the administration of the unemployment insurance fund. Regulations regarding casual employment and contract of service provisions are being strictly enforced. The addition of more than 40 enforcement officers to the staff has made it possible to extend spot checking operations.

As a result of these measures the incidence of fraud has been reduced. I might say that fraud or misrepresentation, when discovered,

Inquiries of the Ministry is speedily dealt with and punishment is meted out in accordance with the terms of the act.

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
Subtopic:   ALLEGED ABUSES BY APPLICANTS FOR BENEFITS
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LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin

Liberal

Hon. Paul Martin (Essex East):

I have a supplementary question, Mr. Speaker. Since the Minister of Labour is now indicating what the government is going to do about abuses under the Unemployment Insurance Act, can he give the house some indication as to when we may expect the government to bring forward its proposals to replenish the fund?

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
Subtopic:   ALLEGED ABUSES BY APPLICANTS FOR BENEFITS
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March 9, 1961