May 31, 1948 (20th Parliament, 4th Session)


Thomas Langton Church

Progressive Conservative

Mr. T. L. CHURCH (Broadview):

As a matter of privilege, Mr. Speaker, I should like to call your attention and that of the members of the house to the Canadian international trade fair, a regular world fair in itself, which is being held for two weeks at the Canadian National Exhibition grounds. It was opened by His Excellency the Governor General, Viscount Alexander of Tunis, last Saturday, May 29, at which time you were present, Mr. Speaker, as well as representatives of all parties in the house.
The Canadian international trade fair contains exhibits from all over the world. I desire to congratulate not only the present Minister of Trade and Commerce (Mr. Howe) but his predecessor, the former Minister of Trade and Commerce (Mr. MacKinnon) and his deputy, Mr. M. W. Mackenzie, on the great success of this vast undertaking for the good of the people of Canada. It must have been a great revelation to our governor general, his wife and party; to you, Mr. Speaker; to the government and to all those representing both houses of parliament who attended the opening last Saturday. The exhibits from the dominions and also from Britain, France, Czechoslovakia, China, Brazil and all the countries on the seven seas ivere most outstanding. I wish to thank the board of trade, the Canadian Manufacturers Association, the Canadian National Exhibition authorities, and the mayor and the corporation of the city of Toronto for the co-operation they gave in this great national undertaking.
Yesterday I requested the chairman of the board of education, Mr. George Arnold-and also wired the chairman of the separate school board-to endeavour to secure a half holiday for the children so that they might visit this exhibition. I hope that all our members may see it before the end of next week when the Prime Minister (Mr. Mackenzie King) is to open Sunny brook hospital in Toronto on Saturday, June 12.
Those who were there saw the value of continuing overseas trade with the sterling countries that have done so much in the past to develop the industries of this country and to provide markets for our great agricultural production, both in the overseas dominions and in many other countries of the seven seas; and they also saw the need of furthering such overseas trade accordingly, as this country has now become the fifth country of the world in foreign trade and commerce.

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