Willis Merwyn (Merv) JOHNSON

JOHNSON, Willis Merwyn (Merv), B.S.A., B.A.

Parliamentary Career

August 10, 1953 - April 12, 1957
CCF
  Kindersley (Saskatchewan)
June 10, 1957 - February 1, 1958
CCF
  Kindersley (Saskatchewan)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 60)


January 31, 1958

Mr. W. M. Johnson (Kindersley):

I should like to address a question to the Minister of Transport arising out of the statement of the

Minister of Trade and Commerce respecting the appointment of Mr. Bracken to investigate the box car situation. Can the minister assure the house that the powers granted the Canadian wheat board to allocate box cars under the Transport Act, which act established the office of transport controller, will not be allowed to expire in May, which I understand is the expiry date with respect to that section of the act having to do with the transport controller?

Topic:   ANNOUNCEMENT OF INQUIRY INTO ALLOCATION OF BOX CARS
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January 25, 1958

Mr. Johnson (Kindersley):

Mr. Chairman, is there not an amendment already before the committee?

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

Mr. Johnson (Kindersley):

I think the

Minister of Agriculture must have had something to do with the drafting of the Conservative agricultural program which was used during the last election campaign because they seem to have been able to have put words into it which could not be defined. The minister is asking the house to put in the term "cost of production". What do they

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Agricultural Products-Price Stabilization mean? On a previous occasion I asked for the definition of that term to be placed in the act so that hon. members would know what the term "cost of production" meant. I am certain that the farm organizations would recommend to the minister that the term "cost of production" be defined.

I think we have an amazing situation where the minister is putting into the act a term which he admitted is very important -and which I agree is very important-but which he refuses to define in the definition clause. Failing that, I think I will ask the minister to give to me and to members of the farm organizations his definition of the term "cost of production" so that we shall at least have some common ground to start with. Can the minister give the definition of "cost of production"?

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

Mr. Johnson (Kindersley):

I should like to make one or two comments in the same connection. I feel it is rather important, when we come to the point of repealing an act which has been in force for 13 years and

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Agricultural Products-Price Stabilization replacing it by another bill, that we be absolutely certain in our own minds that the bill we are introducing as a replacement will meet the requirements and needs of the Canadian people. Many of us have an appreciation of the old Agricultural Prices Support Act during the years of the Liberal administration, and we became very distrustful of phrases appearing in acts which sound very hopeful or which, in the words of the Prime Minister, give promise of a hope.

We have taken a challenging stand on this legislation in the hope that we could improve it so it would be the best possible bill to present to the Canadian people. We discussed the measure at the resolution stage, and as has been pointed out nine amendments were introduced. I think the other amendments which were introduced at this stage would have made the bill an even better bill. I think it is of importance that, once this bill has been proclaimed, consideration should be given to the recommendations made by members in this chamber, and that every factor of the farmers' cost of production be taken into consideration. That is the best the bill will do. We wanted to have some factors written into it which would be of a more binding nature than those in the old Agricultural Prices Support Act and which would, in fact, guarantee the farmer a fair share of the national income, thus meeting his cost of production. We hoped that something like that would be written into the bill. I feel that we can hope for the best.

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

Mr. Johnson (Kindersley):

No, Mr. Chairman. May we call it one o'clock?

At one o'clock the committee took recess.

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