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

CCF

Hazen Robert Argue

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

Mr. Argue:

I am not too sure whether I know what indirect law is as opposed to direct law; but in any event, if this clause is passed, I think it will be law. As it reads, it says that the government has power under this act to set up an import control list to carry out the purposes of the Agricultural Prices Support Act. I am not a lawyer but, speaking as a producer, if this type of law achieves a useful purpose, namely to stabilize prices for the dairy industry with regard to butter, it would seem to me that we should be extremely careful in tampering with it and that we should not oppose it. If, without this section, there should be no law that would control the importation of butter into Canada, it would mean chaos to the dairy industry. Production goes up in spring and early summer; and with a surplus of butter, the price would go down at an alarming rate. Following that event, with the drop in production of butter in the wintertime, the price of butter would go up probably by a similar amount and we would have the old cyclical fluctuations in butter prices that I think have
been of value neither to the producer nor to the consumer. My question to the parliamentary assistant therefore is this. Is this section necessary in order to carry out the government's program to stabilize butter prices?

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