December 19, 1951 (21st Parliament, 5th Session)

PC

Gordon Minto Churchill

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Churchill:

Mr. Speaker, I was reviewing the course of this session and I noticed that on October 9, when we commenced, the speech from the throne mentioned the fact that legislation would be brought down based on this report of the MacQuarrie committee. On October 15 the Prime Minister, in his remarks to the house as reported at page 41 of Hansard, said:
... I can say that as regards immediate additional measures to curb inflation, while others may develop, the only one we are prepared to submit at this time is the one that will arise out of this report of the combines committee with respect to resale prices.
I do not think that is going to have a very substantial effect on the index of the cost of living . . .
Following that, and much later, the committee was appointed to review the MacQuarrie committee report. Then we had the report of that committee submitted to this house. Finally on Monday, December 17, the bill was brought to our attention; and at that time an endurance contest commenced.

Topic:   COMBINES INVESTIGATION ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT TO FORBID THE FIXING OF SPECIFIC OR MINIMUM RESALE PRICES
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