October 18, 1968

MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE

IND

Lucien Lamoureux (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Independent

Mr. Speaker:

I have the honour to inform the house that a message has been received from the Senate informing this house that the Senate have passed Bill No. C-109, an act respecting the construction of a line of railway in the province of Alberta by Canadian National Railway Company, without any amendment.

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INDIAN LANDS

BRITISH COLUMBIA-PROVISION FOR DISCUSSION AND NEGOTIATION

NDP

Frank Howard

New Democratic Party

Mr. Frank Howard (Skeena) moved

for leave to introduce Bill No. C-121, relating to Indian lands in British Columbia.

He said: Mr. Speaker, the aboriginal title to lands in British Columbia, tribal and community property and other rights, were never extinguished by treaty, purchase or anything else except in one situation. The purpose of this bill is to give parliamentary recognition to the historical fact that the aboriginal and hereditary ownership of the lands still rests in the hands of the native people of British Columbia, and to give the governor in council authority to enter into discussions and negotiations to see that a mutually satisfactory agreement is reached in this respect, thus solving a problem that has existed for many decades.

Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.

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THE CANADIAN ECONOMY

REQUEST FOR WHITE PAPER ON PRICES REVIEW BOARD


On the orders of the day:


PC

Robert Lorne Stanfield (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Robert L. Stanfield (Leader of the Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, I would like to direct a question to the Prime Minister, but before I do perhaps I might be permitted to congratulate him and wish him continued health and every happiness on his birthday.

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Some hon. Members:

Hear, hear.

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PC

Robert Gordon Lee Fairweather

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Fairweather:

How old is he?

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PC

George Harris Hees (Progressive Conservative Party Caucus Chair)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hees:

Will he tell us that by way of a

statement on motions?

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PC

Robert Lorne Stanfield (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Stanfield:

Mr. Speaker, I wish the Prime Minister every happiness as he enters his fiftieth year.

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Some hon. Members:

Oh, oh.

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PC

Robert Lorne Stanfield (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Stanfield:

The question I ask him is a repeat. I want to make it clear that I am not criticizing the Prime Minister, because I find that as I age somewhat my memory is not as good as it used to be. My question arises from the repeated urgings of the governor of the Bank of Canada for some kind of guide lines relating to inflation, contained again in the speech of last night. Would the Prime Minister indicate when the house might expect the promised white paper relating to the proposed prices review board?

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Right Hon. P.-E. Trudeau@Prime Minister

Mr. Speaker, I would be glad to answer this question. I thank the Leader of the Opposition for mentioning my birthday. I was hoping that the occasion would pass unnoticed, because I have never paid much attention to the question of age. I rather thought the same attitude existed on the other side of the house, but I suppose the longer I put off discussing my age, the worse it will get.

My memory has not yet slipped, however, on the point of the white paper on the stabilization of prices, costs and incomes. I had a meeting with the governor of the Bank of Canada this week and we discussed the subject. I was able to finalize in my own mind the action we should be taking on this matter. I think it is fair to speculate that within three weeks such a white paper, or a statement on this subject, will be made by the government.

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PC

Robert Lorne Stanfield (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Stanfield:

I have a supplementary question. Is there no prospect of receiving this white paper before the Minister of Finance presents his budget, as it might be related to the position taken by the minister?

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LIB

Pierre Elliott Trudeau (Prime Minister)

Liberal

Mr. Trudeau:

No, Mr. Speaker. The budget will deal with inflation in the usual way in which fiscal policy is tackled, but our thinking on this kind of stabilization or review board is that inflation has to be attacked by other than budgetary means. In a sense it is unrelated to the budget speech.

October 18, 1968

Inquiries oj the Ministry

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PC

Gerald William Baldwin (Official Opposition House Leader; Progressive Conservative Party House Leader)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. G. W. Baldwin (Peace River):

I have a supplementary question, Mr. Speaker. I wonder if the Prime Minister could indicate whether he feels that the introduction of the budget will not make it even more essential to produce the white paper as soon as possible.

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LIB

Pierre Elliott Trudeau (Prime Minister)

Liberal

Mr. Trudeau:

No, Mr. Speaker. I suggest that after the glee with which the budget will be met we might take much more time in introducing this white paper.

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October 18, 1968