March 19, 1954 (22nd Parliament, 1st Session)

CCF

Hazen Robert Argue

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. Argue:

Before the parliamentary assistant replies to the hon. member for Greenwood I should like to comment on the statement that has just been made. If the hon. member for Greenwood and the members of the Conservative party are so strongly opposed to clause 5, it seems to me that the thing for them to do, in order to be consistent, is to call for a vote and to record their opposition to clause 5. If such a vote were called I think I would be prepared to support clause 5, because when I asked the parliamentary assistant last evening whether subclause (a) or subclause (b) was now being used, he replied that (b) was being used in the case of import control of butter. If this section were being used only for such a purpose, I think it would be of sufficient value to be retained. Of the stability measures the government has used in recent years one of the few that have really worked has been this program in relation to stabilizing butter prices. If this section should be taken out, I ask the parliamentary assistant whether that means that the government would then have no power to control the importation of butter into Canada. If that should be the situation-

Topic:   EXPORT AND IMPORT PERMITS ACT
Subtopic:   EXTENSION OF CONTROL OF STRATEGIC MATERIALS
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