March 25, 1968

HOUSING

INQUIRY AS TO INTEREST RATE FOR 1968 SECOND QUARTER


On the orders of the day:


PC

Richard Albert Bell

Progressive Conservative

Hon. R. A. Bell (Carleton):

Mr. Speaker, in the absence of the President of the Treasury Board may I direct my question to his parliamentary secretary. In view of the urgent need of house builders to make their spring plans, is the parliamentary secretary yet in a position to advise the house what the National Housing Act rate will be for the second quarter of 1968? Does he anticipate that it will be 9 per cent or more?

Topic:   HOUSING
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO INTEREST RATE FOR 1968 SECOND QUARTER
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LIB

James Edgar Walker (Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Treasury Board)

Liberal

Mr. J. E. Walker (Parliamentary Secretary to President of the Treasury Board):

Mr. Speaker, I anticipate bringing this question to the attention of the minister.

Topic:   HOUSING
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO INTEREST RATE FOR 1968 SECOND QUARTER
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UNITED NATIONS

CANADIAN REPRESENTATION AT CONFERENCE ON TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT


On the orders of the day:


PC

Douglas Scott Harkness

Progressive Conservative

Hon. D. S. Harkness (Calgary North):

Mr. Speaker, in the absence of the Secretary of State for External Affairs I will direct my question to the Prime Minister. Who is Canada's chief representative in New Delhi, at the United Nations conference on trade and development which has been going on there now for the past month and which the Minister of Trade and Commerce and subsequently the Minister of Labour attended for short periods? Can the Prime Minister inform us whether any definite plans have been agreed to at this conference to improve the trade position of the underdeveloped countries?

Topic:   UNITED NATIONS
Subtopic:   CANADIAN REPRESENTATION AT CONFERENCE ON TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT
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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Prime Minister)

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, I speak subject to correction but I believe the delegation is now being headed by the deputy minister of trade and commerce. However, I will check this and give my hon. friend the information regarding the personnel of the delegation. I know there have been long and difficult discussions on the subject of ways and means to assist underdeveloped countries. Perhaps I might be in a position to make a short report on that tomorrow, too.

March 25, 1968

Inquiries of the Ministry [Translation]

Topic:   UNITED NATIONS
Subtopic:   CANADIAN REPRESENTATION AT CONFERENCE ON TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT
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LABOUR RELATIONS

MONTREAL-SETTLEMENT OF STRIKE OF DOCK WORKERS


On the orders of the day:


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Mr. J.-A. Mongrain@Trois-Rivieres

Mr. Speaker, I should like to put a question to the right hon. Prime Minister, and I apologize for not having sent him notice thereof.

In view of the fact that, in the last few days newspapers have advised us that serious unrest threatens the ports on the St. Lawrence, can he tell us whether he has any information to give the house on this matter this afternoon?

Topic:   LABOUR RELATIONS
Subtopic:   MONTREAL-SETTLEMENT OF STRIKE OF DOCK WORKERS
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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Prime Minister)

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, perhaps I could ask the Minister without Portfolio, who has been following this question over the week end, to make a short report on it.

Topic:   LABOUR RELATIONS
Subtopic:   MONTREAL-SETTLEMENT OF STRIKE OF DOCK WORKERS
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LIB

Bryce Stuart Mackasey (Minister Without Portfolio)

Liberal

Hon. B. S. Mackasey (Member of the Administration):

Mr. Speaker, I am sure the house will be pleased to know that at 2.30 p.m. today at Montreal Judge Allan Gold announced the signing of an agreement between the International Longshoremen's Association and the Shipping Federation of Canada which ensures peace on the three ports of the St. Lawrence river for the balance of the year.

Topic:   LABOUR RELATIONS
Subtopic:   MONTREAL-SETTLEMENT OF STRIKE OF DOCK WORKERS
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LIB

William Warren Allmand

Liberal

Mr. Warren Allmand (Notre-Dame-de-Grace):

A supplementary question, Mr. Speaker, to the Minister without Portfolio. Does this include any settlement of the disputed sections in the Picard report which were outstanding at the beginning of the year?

Topic:   LABOUR RELATIONS
Subtopic:   MONTREAL-SETTLEMENT OF STRIKE OF DOCK WORKERS
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LIB

Bryce Stuart Mackasey (Minister Without Portfolio)

Liberal

Mr. Mackasey:

Mr. Speaker, both parties have agreed voluntarily to submit to arbitration on these contentious points. A decision clarifying all these points will be rendered by the conciliation board, which will remain in existence in some form for the next nine months.

Topic:   LABOUR RELATIONS
Subtopic:   MONTREAL-SETTLEMENT OF STRIKE OF DOCK WORKERS
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PC

David Vaughan Pugh

Progressive Conservative

Mr. D. V. Pugh (Okanagan Boundary):

supplementary question, Mr. Speaker. Will the Minister without Portfolio now assure the house that he is taking steps to see that shipping surcharges on exports are immediately reduced to their pre-strike amounts? The minister well knows of my interest in British Columbia fruit shipments off-shore, the surcharges that were placed on them and the troubles we have had since.

Topic:   LABOUR RELATIONS
Subtopic:   MONTREAL-SETTLEMENT OF STRIKE OF DOCK WORKERS
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LIB

Bryce Stuart Mackasey (Minister Without Portfolio)

Liberal

Mr. Mackasey:

I thank the hon. member for his question. He has shown much interest in this subject matter, having discussed it with me in private. I shall investigate further this afternoon and report back to him tomorrow.

Topic:   LABOUR RELATIONS
Subtopic:   MONTREAL-SETTLEMENT OF STRIKE OF DOCK WORKERS
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March 25, 1968