September 1, 1972

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An hon. Member:

Answer the question.

Topic:   REQUEST THAT REGULATIONS BE CHANGED TO ENABLE
Subtopic:   PAYMENTS TO CERTAIN UNEMPLOYED IN B.C. FOREST PRODUCTS INDUSTRY
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LIB

Bryce Stuart Mackasey (Minister of Manpower and Immigration)

Liberal

Mr. Mackasey:

I will answer the question-of adopting certain regulations that put into the hands of the poor more money than the opposition think these people should be getting. On the other hand I am being accused of passing regulations that deny others payments to which it is said they are entitled. I will certainly look into that situation, Mr. Speaker.

Topic:   REQUEST THAT REGULATIONS BE CHANGED TO ENABLE
Subtopic:   PAYMENTS TO CERTAIN UNEMPLOYED IN B.C. FOREST PRODUCTS INDUSTRY
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PC

George Harris Hees

Progressive Conservative

Hon. George Hees (Prince Edward-Hastings):

Mr. Speaker, I have a supplementary question. Will the minister advise the House when the government intends to inform the provinces of its plans for a winter works program for the forthcoming winter in view of the fact that unemployment is rising steadily?

Topic:   REQUEST THAT REGULATIONS BE CHANGED TO ENABLE
Subtopic:   PAYMENTS TO CERTAIN UNEMPLOYED IN B.C. FOREST PRODUCTS INDUSTRY
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IND

Lucien Lamoureux (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Independent

Mr. Speaker:

Order, please. Perhaps this question might be asked later. I doubt that it is a supplementary. It is of course, definitely related, but perhaps the Chair should recognize the hon. member later for that question.

Topic:   REQUEST THAT REGULATIONS BE CHANGED TO ENABLE
Subtopic:   PAYMENTS TO CERTAIN UNEMPLOYED IN B.C. FOREST PRODUCTS INDUSTRY
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REQUEST FOR REPORT ON CURRENT FINANCIAL STATE OF ACCOUNT

PC

Sylvester Perry Ryan

Progressive Conservative

Mr. S. Perry Ryan (Spadina):

Mr. Speaker, my supplementary is to the Minister of Manpower and Immigration. Is there anything to prevent the minister from giving a full report on the current financial state of the unemployment insurance account? If there is nothing to prevent him, will the minister make such a report to the country immediately?

Topic:   REQUEST FOR REPORT ON CURRENT FINANCIAL STATE OF ACCOUNT
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LIB

Bryce Stuart Mackasey (Minister of Manpower and Immigration)

Liberal

Hon. Bryce Mackasey (Minister of Manpower and Immigration):

It is impossible to calculate precisely the revenues which the Unemployment Insurance Commission will receive.

Topic:   REQUEST FOR REPORT ON CURRENT FINANCIAL STATE OF ACCOUNT
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PC

George Harris Hees

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hees:

The nearest million will do.

Topic:   REQUEST FOR REPORT ON CURRENT FINANCIAL STATE OF ACCOUNT
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LIB

Bryce Stuart Mackasey (Minister of Manpower and Immigration)

Liberal

Mr. Mackasey:

This is because the new law is so structured that the revenues from income tax, employer contributions and employee contributions will not be turned over to the department until next April at the end of the fiscal year. I thought everybody understood this. If they do not, I am quite prepared to answer any questions they wish to ask. If the rate of unemployment is under-

Topic:   REQUEST FOR REPORT ON CURRENT FINANCIAL STATE OF ACCOUNT
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IND

Lucien Lamoureux (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Independent

Mr. Speaker:

Order, please. We shall return to this obviously interesting and important subject later. I think we should attempt to complete the first series of questions now. I shall return to the hon. member for Spadina and the hon. member for Hamilton West in a short while.

September 1, 1972

Topic:   REQUEST FOR REPORT ON CURRENT FINANCIAL STATE OF ACCOUNT
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THE CANADIAN ECONOMY

INCREASE IN COST OF FOOD-SUGGESTED INQUIRY INTO PRICE SPREADS

NDP

David Lewis

New Democratic Party

Mr. David Lewis (York South):

Mr. Speaker, I have a question for the Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs. In view of the alarming increase in the price of food, particularly food consumed in the home as distinct from restaurants, hotels and so on, is the hon. gentleman considering or has he already decided, I hope, to institute a thorough inquiry into the price spreads between what the farmer gets and what the consumer has to pay?

Topic:   THE CANADIAN ECONOMY
Subtopic:   INCREASE IN COST OF FOOD-SUGGESTED INQUIRY INTO PRICE SPREADS
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LIB

Robert Knight Andras (Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs)

Liberal

Hon. Robert K. Andras (Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs):

Mr. Speaker, the pricing of food, in the sense that distributors engaged in selling food might be involved in a combine, is a subject of constant review by my department. We watch price increase in that light.

Topic:   THE CANADIAN ECONOMY
Subtopic:   INCREASE IN COST OF FOOD-SUGGESTED INQUIRY INTO PRICE SPREADS
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NDP

David Lewis

New Democratic Party

Mr. Lewis:

Investigating the matter in the light of possible combines is surely not necessarily relevant to a rise in food prices which can take place in the absence of a combines situation. I therefore wish to ask the minister whether the department is studying the very large increases in the profits of the supermarkets and food processing companies. Would the minister also advise us whether any attempt is being made to study the cost of advertising and promotion which adds to the increase in food prices? Is the department making any study of these areas, aside from combines, which obviously attach to the increase in food prices?

Topic:   THE CANADIAN ECONOMY
Subtopic:   INCREASE IN COST OF FOOD-SUGGESTED INQUIRY INTO PRICE SPREADS
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LIB

Robert Knight Andras (Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. Andras:

Mr. Speaker, the answer, generally, is yes.

Topic:   THE CANADIAN ECONOMY
Subtopic:   INCREASE IN COST OF FOOD-SUGGESTED INQUIRY INTO PRICE SPREADS
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NDP

David Lewis

New Democratic Party

Mr. Lewis:

If the answer is yes, can the minister inform the House whether there is a report being prepared and, if so, by whom it is being prepared and whether he intends to publish that report?

Topic:   THE CANADIAN ECONOMY
Subtopic:   INCREASE IN COST OF FOOD-SUGGESTED INQUIRY INTO PRICE SPREADS
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LIB

Robert Knight Andras (Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. Andras:

The way this would operate would be that we would exercise our mandate in the department if the evidence from these continuing studies indicated there were contraventions of the combines act.

Topic:   THE CANADIAN ECONOMY
Subtopic:   INCREASE IN COST OF FOOD-SUGGESTED INQUIRY INTO PRICE SPREADS
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INCREASE IN COST OF FOOD-CONSULTATION WITH RETAILERS AND WHOLESALERS TO PREVENT FURTHER RISE

PC

David Samuel Horne MacDonald

Progressive Conservative

Mr. David MacDonald (Egmont):

With respect to the serious increase in food prices expected this fall, particularly in urban Canada, have the minister or his senior officials been in touch with the major grocery chains or with the wholesale suppliers to determine whether they are willing to take joint action to head off this very serious inflation in the cost of food?

Topic:   INCREASE IN COST OF FOOD-CONSULTATION WITH RETAILERS AND WHOLESALERS TO PREVENT FURTHER RISE
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September 1, 1972