Charles Edward JOHNSTON

JOHNSTON, Charles Edward

Personal Data

Party
Social Credit
Constituency
Bow River (Alberta)
Birth Date
February 12, 1899
Deceased Date
December 1, 1971
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Edward_Johnston
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=c2d813a5-a966-4bb3-ae3f-2aa943b5d543&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
teacher

Parliamentary Career

October 14, 1935 - January 25, 1940
SC
  Bow River (Alberta)
March 26, 1940 - April 16, 1945
SC
  Bow River (Alberta)
June 11, 1945 - April 30, 1949
SC
  Bow River (Alberta)
June 27, 1949 - June 13, 1953
SC
  Bow River (Alberta)
August 10, 1953 - April 12, 1957
SC
  Bow River (Alberta)
June 10, 1957 - February 1, 1958
SC
  Bow River (Alberta)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 929)


January 30, 1958

Mr. C. E. Johnston (Bow River):

May I

direct a question to the Minister of National Revenue. I have not given him notice of the question, so he may desire to take this as notice. Can he tell the house whether or not the application of the Dinosaur radio station at Drumheller, Alberta, has been received, and whether it will be given favourable consideration?

Topic:   BROADCASTING
Subtopic:   DRUMHELLER, ALBERTA INQUIRY AS TO APPLICA- TION OF RADIO STATION
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January 27, 1958

Mr. C. E. Johnston (Bow River):

Mr. Speaker, may I direct a question to the Minister of Mines and Technical Surveys. According to press reports 82 men were laid off at one of the mines in Drumheller last week, and one of the large mines in Can-more is closing because of lack of orders. Can the minister tell the house what plans the government has in mind for increasing the markets for coal so the distressed coal industry of Alberta may get some relief?

Topic:   ALBERTA
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO GOVERNMENT PLANS TO RELIEVE INDUSTRY
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January 25, 1958

Mr. Johnston (Bow River):

There is one other remark I want to make in regard to this clause. It seems to me it is possibly the most important clause in the bill. One of the things we in this group have been stressing all through this debate is that the farmer should be given a cost-price relationship. I immediately recognize the difficulties that exist in establishing the cost of producing an article. I believe I am right when I say that an advisory committee will be established under the provisions of this bill and will be able to make recommendations to the board and to the minister with reference to the cost-price relationship.

It seems to me that since this is the most important factor contained in the bill, some sort of formula should be adopted. When one communicates with the dominion bureau of statistics to find out what the cost of producing an article is, one finds they have not got that information. It seems to me that since this is so important there will have to be a system of records kept by the dominion bureau of statistics or some other competent body by means of which we can arrive at what would be considered a fair cost-price relationship. I wonder if the government would consider publishing each year a statement which would give the relevant facts in regard to the establishment of a cost price.

The advisory committee is going to make recommendations in regard to this, I suppose to the advisory board, which will make recommendations to the minister, and it will depend on his judgment what the decision will be because he has the ultimate authority. He must make his decision before anything becomes effective under this bill. Surely when the advisory committee makes its recommendations to the board and the board makes its recommendations to the minister, the minister has to draw a conclusion and make a decision, and at that time there must be some definite formula upon which the minister makes his decision. I think it would be quite inconceivable that when these three organizations meet with the minister, he is going to sit there calmly, hear what the advisory committee says, then what the board says, and then come to the conclusion, "Oh, well, the cost of raising a bushel of wheat I guess should be somewhere around about- oh-I think the minister told the house a few years ago 45 cents a bushel"-

Topic:   AGRICULTURE
Subtopic:   MEASURE TO PROVIDE GUARANTEED PRICES FOR CERTAIN COMMODITIES, ETC.
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January 25, 1958

Mr. Johnston (Bow River):

May I ask the

minister another question. Do I take it from what the minister has said that the support

Agricultural Products-Price Stabilization

price will not necessarily be on the top grade? I see he is nodding his head in agreement. That would mean that rather than the support price being applied to choice steers it might be applied to a lower grade. Who decides what the spread shall be between the different grades? Is that a provincial or federal responsibility? It makes a great difference what the spread is. If the support price is set with respect to grade A large eggs, let us say, then who is going to be responsible for maintaining the spread? It might be that a greater spread would exist, and therefore there would be few grade A large eggs and more of the other grades in order to avoid the support price.

Topic:   AGRICULTURE
Subtopic:   MEASURE TO PROVIDE GUARANTEED PRICES FOR CERTAIN COMMODITIES, ETC.
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January 25, 1958

Mr. Johnston (Bow River):

I should like to say something along the same line before the minister answers. I understood the minister to say a few moments ago when replying to the right hon. member for Melville that the purpose of the advisory committee was to advise the government on agricultural problems generally. I think probably the intention is that the advisory committee shall be free at any time to give the minister such advice as they think he should receive but having in mind the way the clause is worded I am inclined to disagree with the minister because he is limiting the functions of the committee. If the clause is carried as it stands the committee will only be permitted to advise the minister on such subjects as are referred to it by the minister or the board. For instance, if the advisory committee decided that woodpulp should come under the legislation and was of the opinion after consulting people in different parts of the country that woodpulp should be given consideration, the advisory committee could not so advise the minister or the board because that subject had not been referred to them first by the minister or the board.

It seems to me the minister is defeating the very purpose he has indicated as the reason for setting up the committee and I believe some consideration should be given by the minister to making a change. I do not have an amendment prepared, but it seems to me it is quite clear that the committee can only make recommendations to the minister of the board on subjects specifically referred to it by the minister or the board. It is just not the case under the wording of the clause that the committee has freedom to make recommendations or discuss matters with the minister as the members of the committee see fit. I suggest that the minister give consideration to changing the wording of the clause so as to give the committee the power to do those things which he said a moment ago it could do.

Topic:   AGRICULTURE
Subtopic:   MEASURE TO PROVIDE GUARANTEED PRICES FOR CERTAIN COMMODITIES, ETC.
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