Right Hon. R. B. BENNETT (Prime Minister) :
Mr. Speaker, I shall take this opportunity to reply to a question asked yesterday by the hon. member for Vancouver Centre (Mr. Mackenzie), in connection with the importation of oil from Russia.
The house will remember that in 1927 there was a termination of relations between Russia and the Dominion government. A short discussion took place in the house with respect to this matter, as reported in Hansard of May 28, 1928, and reference was made thereto on other dates in that year. The custom of the department has been not to make known the names of consignors and consignees of merchandise and at that time there was no prohibition against the importation into this country of oil from Russia. The prohibition applied to coal, wood pulp, pulpwood, lumber and timber of all kinds, asbestos and furs. The prohibition on furs was defined subsequently as applying only to furs partly in a fabricated state. So far as the present importations of oil are concerned, some complaints have been received by the government and investigations have been made and are still being made to determine whether or not the oil in the form and quality in which it was imported constituted a possible violation of the provisions contained in the
agreement to the extent of frustrating the preferences upon oil from the British dominion of Trinidad.
Subtopic: RUSSIAN OIL SHIPMENTS