December 18, 1962

CANADIAN CENTENNIAL

INQUIRY AS TO APPOINTMENT OF COMMISSION


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Charles Mills (Bud) Drury

Liberal

Mr. Charles M. Drury (St. Antoine-Westmount):

I wish to address a question to the Prime Minister. Some time ago in answer to a question concerning the nomination of commissioners to the centennial commission the Prime Minister expressed the hope that he could get some unnamed gentleman on the payroll very soon. In view of the right hon. gentleman's impending departure for the sunny south, could he make an announcement soon?

Topic:   CANADIAN CENTENNIAL
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO APPOINTMENT OF COMMISSION
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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, there is not going to be any departure to the sunny south. There is simply going to be an absence for a few days on official business. As to the hon. member's question, I can only say that the appointment is about to be made.

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Topic:   CANADIAN CENTENNIAL
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO APPOINTMENT OF COMMISSION
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FINANCE

LACK OF FRENCH CANADIANS AMONG SENIOR OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVES


On the orders of the day:


SC

Maurice Côté

Social Credit

Mr. Maurice Cote (Chicoutimi):

Mr. Speaker, I wish to direct a question to the Minister of Finance (Mr. Nowlan).

Could the minister tell the house when it will be possible to rectify the gross injustices that exist in the industrial development bank, Where there are only two French Canadians among sixteen directors and only one French Canadian senior officer out of thirteen in the general manager's office in Montreal?

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Topic:   FINANCE
Subtopic:   LACK OF FRENCH CANADIANS AMONG SENIOR OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVES
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PC

George Clyde Nowlan (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. George C. Nowlan (Minisier of Finance):

I have no personal knowledge of this matter. The industrial development bank has branches in various places, and I have no idea how the personnel is divided in particular areas.

I will be very glad to take a look at the matter and discuss it with the hon. member as soon as I get the information.

Topic:   FINANCE
Subtopic:   LACK OF FRENCH CANADIANS AMONG SENIOR OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVES
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DEFENCE PRODUCTION

REPORTED INTENTION OF U.S. TO REDUCE FOREIGN DEFENCE PURCHASES


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Paul Theodore Hellyer

Liberal

Hon. Paul Hellyer (Trinity):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Defence Production. Has the Canadian government made any formal representations to the government of the United States with respect to the decision of defence secretary McNamara to reduce foreign purchases for the United States defence department and his personally supervising and deciding on all orders over $100,000?

Topic:   DEFENCE PRODUCTION
Subtopic:   REPORTED INTENTION OF U.S. TO REDUCE FOREIGN DEFENCE PURCHASES
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LIB

Donat Raymond

Liberal

Hon. Raymond O'Hurley (Minisier of Defence Production):

Mr. Speaker, this question has been followed very closely and there has been a full discussion with Mr. McNamara and Mr. Rusk on just this question of production sharing and the other questions relating to research and development activities of the United States government here in Canada.

Topic:   DEFENCE PRODUCTION
Subtopic:   REPORTED INTENTION OF U.S. TO REDUCE FOREIGN DEFENCE PURCHASES
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STATEMENT ON FURTHER SALE TO CHINA


On the orders of the day:


NDP

Thomas Rodney Berger

New Democratic Party

Mr. Thomas R. Berger (Vancouver-Burrard):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask a question of the Minister of Agriculture. Can the minister advise the house, in so far as he is free to do so, with regard to the details of the most recent contract which the wheat board has negotiated with the government of China for the sale of wheat to that country?

Topic:   STATEMENT ON FURTHER SALE TO CHINA
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PC

Francis Alvin George Hamilton (Minister of Agriculture)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Alvin Hamilton (Minister of Agriculture):

Mr. Speaker, I have been waiting for some time for that question to be asked from the official opposition. I am very glad to be able to give that information.

The recent contract was for 870,000 long tons of wheat. The amount is roughly 34 million bushels. The estimated value is approximately $65 million. This is part of the long term agreement. This is the seventh contract under the agreement which, as hon. members know, allows for purchase of up 27507-3-175J

Inquiries of the Ministry to 187 million bushels of wheat. This particular contract brings the total contract under that long term agreement up to 145 million bushels.

As previously, payment will be made in sterling. The terms are 25 per cent cash and 75 per cent on 365 days' credit with interest. This is an extension of three months from the previous credit terms granted. This transaction was completed within the $100 million credit guarantee made by the government to the wheat board in order to facilitate the sale of grain to China.

The wheat under this latest contract will be shipped from west coast ports, including Prince Rupert, during the first half of the calendar year 1963. I hope the railways and all those concerned will co-operate in meeting the heavy orders that will be moving through the west coast in the next few months.

Topic:   STATEMENT ON FURTHER SALE TO CHINA
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LIB

Hazen Robert Argue

Liberal

Mr. Hazen Argue (Assiniboia):

Mr. Speaker, I wonder if I might ask a supplementary question.

Topic:   STATEMENT ON FURTHER SALE TO CHINA
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December 18, 1962