November 24, 1970

ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS

POST OFFICE

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John Cole

Hon. Jean-Pierre Cole (Minister wilhoul Portfolio):

Mr. Speaker, I would like to table, in both official languages, copies of a report on the establishment of mail delivery services to private homes in some localities.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   POST OFFICE
Sub-subtopic:   REPORT ON ESTABLISHMENT OF HOME DELIVERY SERVICE
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ORAL QUESTION PERIOD

THE CANADIAN ECONOMY

PC

Robert Lorne Stanfield (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, has the Minister of Finance yet made any decision on whether he will produce an early budget with a view to indicating the measures that the government proposes to take to fight unemployment and get the economy moving forward?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   THE CANADIAN ECONOMY
Sub-subtopic:   EARLY BUDGET WITH MEASURES TO FIGHT UNEMPLOYMENT
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LIB

Edgar John Benson (Minister of Finance)

Liberal

Hon. E. J. Benson (Minister of Finance):

Mr. Speaker, no such decision has been made at this time.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   THE CANADIAN ECONOMY
Sub-subtopic:   EARLY BUDGET WITH MEASURES TO FIGHT UNEMPLOYMENT
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PC

Robert Lorne Stanfield (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Stanfield:

May I ask the Minister of Finance whether he proposes to make an early decision and bring some plans forward shortly, or are we to go through the winter unemployment first before he decides to move?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   THE CANADIAN ECONOMY
Sub-subtopic:   EARLY BUDGET WITH MEASURES TO FIGHT UNEMPLOYMENT
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LIB

Edgar John Benson (Minister of Finance)

Liberal

Mr. Benson:

Mr. Speaker, as usual-

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   THE CANADIAN ECONOMY
Sub-subtopic:   EARLY BUDGET WITH MEASURES TO FIGHT UNEMPLOYMENT
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IND

Lucien Lamoureux (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Independent

Mr. Speaker:

Order, please.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   THE CANADIAN ECONOMY
Sub-subtopic:   EARLY BUDGET WITH MEASURES TO FIGHT UNEMPLOYMENT
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LIB

Edgar John Benson (Minister of Finance)

Liberal

Mr. Benson:

As usual-

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   THE CANADIAN ECONOMY
Sub-subtopic:   EARLY BUDGET WITH MEASURES TO FIGHT UNEMPLOYMENT
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IND

Lucien Lamoureux (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Independent

Mr. Speaker:

Order, please.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   THE CANADIAN ECONOMY
Sub-subtopic:   EARLY BUDGET WITH MEASURES TO FIGHT UNEMPLOYMENT
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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):

Apart from deciding whether to bring in a budget, has the government decided to decide on whether to get the economy moving?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   THE CANADIAN ECONOMY
Sub-subtopic:   EARLY BUDGET WITH MEASURES TO FIGHT UNEMPLOYMENT
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INVESTIGATION OF STEEL PRICE INCREASES

NDP

Thomas Clement (Tommy) Douglas

New Democratic Party

Mr. T. C. Douglas (Nanaimo-Cowichan-The Islands):

Mr. Speaker, last week when the Steel Company of Canada announced price increases ranging up to 5.3 per cent I asked the Prime Minister whether he would consider asking the steel companies to withhold any increases until an investigation had been made in order to decide whether these increases were justified. The Prime Minister said he would consider the proposal. Has he given consideration to that suggestion, and what decision has been reached?

Topic:   INVESTIGATION OF STEEL PRICE INCREASES
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LIB

Pierre Elliott Trudeau (Prime Minister)

Liberal

Right Hon. P. E. Trudeau (Prime Minister):

I am afraid not, Mr. Speaker. I asked that the question be followed up, but I have not given consideration to any suggestion which might have come my way. I have not seen any yet.

Topic:   INVESTIGATION OF STEEL PRICE INCREASES
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NDP

Thomas Clement (Tommy) Douglas

New Democratic Party

Mr. Douglas (Nanaimo-Cowichan-The Islands):

Since Algoma Steel has announced that it is raising its prices and other steel companies have indicated that they will follow suit, and in view of the announcement yesterday indicating that the profits of the four leading steel companies have increased by 27.8 per cent in the first nine months of this year, will the Prime Minister undertake to have this profit position investigated to see whether or not any price increase at all was required by the steel industry of Canada?

Topic:   INVESTIGATION OF STEEL PRICE INCREASES
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LIB

Pierre Elliott Trudeau (Prime Minister)

Liberal

Mr. Trudeau:

It was my understanding, subject to correction, that the Prices and Incomes Commission said it would investigate these rises in prices.

Topic:   INVESTIGATION OF STEEL PRICE INCREASES
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NDP

Thomas Clement (Tommy) Douglas

New Democratic Party

Mr. Douglas (Nanaimo-Cowichan-The Islands):

Will the Prime Minister urge the steel companies to withhold these price increases until the Prices and Incomes Commission has completed its report, and will that report be made public?

Topic:   INVESTIGATION OF STEEL PRICE INCREASES
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LIB

Pierre Elliott Trudeau (Prime Minister)

Liberal

Mr. Trudeau:

Mr. Speaker, as I answered in the first part of my reply, it depends on what consideration has been given. The element which I think would need to be elucidated is whether or not these prices increases are compatible with the principles accepted earlier this year by all that sector of the economy, to wit, whether they would increase the margin between their price increases and the cost increases. I do not as yet have that information. I know that their costs rose considerably because of the labour factor, but I am not aware of the increase or otherwise of the discrepancy.

Topic:   INVESTIGATION OF STEEL PRICE INCREASES
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November 24, 1970