October 31, 1967

CANADIAN CONSTITUTION

FEDERAL PARTICIPATION IN PROPOSED PROVINCIAL CONFERENCE


On the orders of the day:


PC

Michael Starr (Leader of the Official Opposition; Official Opposition House Leader; Progressive Conservative Party House Leader)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Michael Slarr (Leader of the Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, I wish to address a question to the right hon. Prime Minister. Will the Prime Minister pay heed to the strong demand from across Canada for federal government leadership and personally attend the confederation of tomorrow conference as a means of showing some interest in a matter which is of concern to all Canadians?

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Lucien Lamoureux (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

Order, please. I wish to bring to the attention of the Leader of the Opposition that the question is obviously couched in the form of an argument. That is not in accordance with the rules. The question should be asked directly.

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Michael Starr (Leader of the Official Opposition; Official Opposition House Leader; Progressive Conservative Party House Leader)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Slarr:

I shall rephrase the question, Mr. Speaker. Will the Prime Minister personally attend the confederation of tomorrow conference that is being held and which is of such great interest to all Canadians?

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Lester Bowles Pearson (Prime Minister)

Liberal

Right Hon. L. B. Pearson (Prime Minister):

No, Mr. Speaker. This, of course, is an interprovincial conference. I do not know of any such conference which has been attended by the prime minister of this country, important though such a conference undoubtedly is. It has been made quite clear by the premier of Ontario that this is an interprovincial conference at which matters of provincial co-operation will be discussed by the governments of the provinces. Perhaps as a result of that discussion the provinces, or some of them, will be able to put on the agenda of the federal-provincial conference in January some subjects that can be discussed there on a federal-provincial basis.

Meanwhile the government will be represented by observers as is customary at provincial conferences. The four federal observers will be Mr. Jean Beetz, assistant secretary of the cabinet; Mr. Carl Goldenberg, special

adviser to the Minister of Justice on constitutional matters; Mr. A. W. Johnson, assistant deputy minister of finance; and Mr. Marc Lalonde, special adviser to the Prime Minister.

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Michael Starr (Leader of the Official Opposition; Official Opposition House Leader; Progressive Conservative Party House Leader)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Starr:

I have a supplementary question, Mr. Speaker. Does the Prime Minister not think Canada's confederation is far too important to be left to officials, and that the sooner he stops making speeches and starts attending these conferences the better it will be for Canada?

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Lucien Lamoureux (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

Order, please.

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Lester Bowles Pearson (Prime Minister)

Liberal

Mr. Pearson:

No one is more concerned with the confederation of Canada than I am.

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Lucien Lamoureux (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

Order, please. I wonder if the Leader of the Opposition does not think his question is more an argument than a question formulated according to the custom of the house.

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PROPOSED INCREASE IN AMOUNT AVAILABLE FOR CASH ADVANCES


On the orders of the day:


NDP

Edward Richard Schreyer

New Democratic Party

Mr. Ed. Schreyer (Springfield):

Mr. Speaker, my question is directed to the Minister of Trade and Commerce. Now that the pattern is clearly emerging according to which grain delivery quotas will not be opened up significantly, can the minister say whether the government is giving immediate attention and consideration to the request for an increase in the amount available to farmers through cash advance legislation?

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Robert Henry Winters (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Hon. Robert Winters (Minister of Trade and Commerce):

Mr. Speaker, this matter has been under consideration at a conference as recently as this morning. We are watching developments, and I may or may not have something more to say on the subject in due course.

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Eldon Mattison Woolliams

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Eldon M. Woolliams (Bow River):

Mr. Speaker, I have a supplementary question for the Minister of Trade and Commerce. In view of the recent statement made by Charlie Gibbings, president of the Saskatchewan wheat pool, would the government consider advancing credit to prospective wheat

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Inquiries of the Ministry importing countries so they could buy wheat now and raise their standard of living, and at the same time improve the Canadian grain situation?

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Robert Henry Winters (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Mr. Winters:

There has been no call for that so far. We have a well developed and well recognized aid program around the world. We also have a very aggressive marketing organization. This has been a highly competitive year in the marketing of wheat, but a pattern is developing for a more orderly market now, and our wheat is moving in a stronger flow than it was a short time ago.

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George Harris Hees

Progressive Conservative

Hon. George Hees (Northumberland):

have a supplementary question, Mr. Speaker. In view of the difficulty which the government or the wheat board are having in marketing our wheat, has the government given consideration to following a policy of cash advances on grain such as was brought into effect by the Conservative government a few years ago under similar circumstances?

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Robert Henry Winters (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Mr. Winters:

Mr. Speaker, we will develop policies to suit the circumstances, but at the moment we are pursuing a very aggressive policy of marketing wheat and I think the activities of the wheat board are bearing some fruit.

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Eldon Mattison Woolliams

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Woolliams:

I have a supplementary question, Mr. Speaker. In view of these remarks would the minister advise the House of Commons of the names of the people representing the wheat board either in Hong Kong or Peking, and does he not feel that his own presence at the negotiating table is important?

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October 31, 1967