April 11, 1935


On the orders of the day: Mr. PIERRE F. CASGRAIN (Charlevoix-Saguenay): In an article appearing in today's newspapers it is stated that the convention of mayors, which met some time ago in Montreal, has sent word to all the mayors of Canada stating that so far they have not received any answer from the dominion government. I think this has reference to the proposal made by that conference that the government should assume the entire cost of unemployment relief. I should like to ask the government if they have an answer to give and, if so, when it will be given.


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Right Hon. S@

I may say, Mr. Speaker, that I sent an answer to Mr. Houde, mayor of Montreal, who is chairman of the continuing committee-*

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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Louder.

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George Halsey Perley (Minister Without Portfolio)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir GEORGE PERLEY:

I sent an answer to His Worship the Mayor of Montreal, who is chairman of the continuing committee of the conference, which I think must have crossed the statement appearing in the press. That answer will have been received by now.

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Joseph Philippe Baby Casgrain

Liberal

Mr. CASGRAIN:

Might I ask the leader of the government if he would be good enough to give the public and the house the answer he has sent the mayor of Montreal. It is in the public interest, I believe.

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George Halsey Perley (Minister Without Portfolio)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir GEORGE PERLEY:

Certainly it will be made public. I have not the letter with me at the moment.

BANK OF CANADA REPORTS On the orders of the day:

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Joseph-Arthur Bradette

Liberal

Mr. J. A. BRADETTE (North Timiskam-ing):

I should like to present a request to

the right hon. leader of the government. In the last four issues of the Canada Gazette there have appeared the weekly reports of the Bank of Canada, in English only. Would the right hon. gentleman be good enough to see if it would be possible to have these reports published in both languages?

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Right Hon. S@

I will cause inquiries to be made of the Bank of Canada, and give the hon. gentleman the information as soon as we obtain it.

DATE OF BY-ELECTIONS On the orders of the day:

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William Lyon Mackenzie King (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Leader of the Opposition):

May I ask the

acting leader of the house whether the report appearing in the press this morning is correct, that the date for the six by-elections to fill vacancies existing in this house has been fixed as August 19?

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George Halsey Perley (Minister Without Portfolio)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Right Hon. SIR GEORGE PERLEY (Acting Prime Minister):

That is quite

correct.

Imports oj Butter

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William Lyon Mackenzie King (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

I should like

to say to the government that I am sure the electors of these constituencies will be tremendously pleased to learn that their only opportunity of being represented in this parliament will come after parliament itself is dissolved.

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THE KING'S SILVER JUBILEE


On the orders of the day:


CON

Edgar Nelson Rhodes (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. E. N. RHODES (Minister of Finance):

Yesterday the hon. member for Swift Current (Mr. Bothwell) made inquiry with respect to the distribution of silver jubilee medals which will be available for public purchase. I find that the master of the Royal Canadian Mint, acting on behalf of the Royal Mint at London, has received a quantity which he has arranged to be distributed through the T. Eaton Company Limited, the Robert Simpson Company Limited, the Henry Morgan Company Limited, the Hudson's Bay Company and Mappin and Webb of Canada Limited.

RUMOURED JUDICIAL APPOINTMENT On the orders of the day:

Mr. PIERRE F. CASGRAIN (Charlevoix-Saguenay): On page I of the Montreal

Gazette of to-day's date I read the following: M.P. slated for bench. Montreal judgeship may go to Sullivan or Duranleau.

Has the government any information to give the house as to wTho is likely to win this race?

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Hugh Guthrie (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GUTHRIE:

No information.

IMPORTS OF BUTTER On the orders of the day:

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Robert Weir (Minister of Agriculture)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. ROBERT WEIR (Minister of Agriculture) :

Mr. Speaker, I should like to make a short statement in reply to questions asked by the hon. member for Laprairie-Napierville (Mr. Dupuis) and the hon. member for Compton (Mr. Gobeil). Imports of butter into Canada from the United Kingdom are not due as suggested by the hon. member for Laprairie-Napierville, to the butter being "exported in transit," if by that the hon. member means shipped from an exporting country on an alternative bill-of-lading. Shipments of butter from exporting countries to the United Kingdom are not diverted to Canada while in transit.

In reply to that part of the hon. member's question as to whether imports from the United Kingdom are due to the fact that the United Kingdom is "producing more butter than they can consume." the answer is in the negative. The reason butter is imported from the United Kingdom is as follows. The tariff on butter entering Canada by direct shipment from New Zealand and Australia is, under the agreements with those dominions, 5 cents per pound while the British preferential rate of tariff applicable to shipments of butter from the United Kingdom is 8 cents per pmind. Six to eight weeks are required to secure delivery in Canada of butter on direct shipment from Australia or New Zealand and deliveries in Canada of butter from the United Kingdom may be secured in about ten days time. For this reason buying from the United Kingdom is less speculative and if imports of butter into Canada during the late winter or spring months are necessary, Canadian importers prefer to pay the higher rate of duty and import from the United Kingdom rather than to risk buying so far ahead as is necessary in order to secure the lower tariff rates on direct shipments from either New Zealand or Australia. Below is a statement showing monthly imports into Canada of butter from the United Kingdom and other countries, and exports from Canada for the eleven months ending February 28, 1935, as requested by the hon. member from Laprairie-Napierville; also similar information for the year ending March 21, 1930. asked for by the hon. member from Compton:

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_______________________________________________Privilege-Mr. McKenzie

Imports of Butter into, and Exports of Butter from Canada, Years Ending March 31st

Imports

Month From United Kingdom From United Kingdom From Other Countries From Other Countries Total Total Exports Lbs. Lbs. Lbs. Lbs. Lbs. Lbs. Lbs. Lbs.1929 1934 1929 1934 1929 1934 1929 1934April 873,264 396,872 1,625,477 320,038 2,498,741 716,910 54,300 13,300May 248,024 34,832 2,395,543 3,352 2,643,567 38,184 110,200 3L600June 90 33,432 423,966 750 424,056 34,182 135,300 51,300July

August

September

October

November

December 350 5,600 5,600 11,200 21,112 8,400 11,216 146,589 383,258 414,950 1,907,870 3,022,730 6,268,028 442 611 628 1,803 1,135 1,051 146,939 388,858 414,950 1,907,870 3,022,730 6,268,028 6,042 611 11,828 22,915 9,535 12,267 142.900 150.900 195,000 150,300 101,700 78,800 43,500 47.800 32,700 64,100 36,900 32.8001930 1935 1930 1935 1930 1935 1930 1935 ,January

February 5,656 5,600 7,537,195 8,037,006 313 544 7,537,192 8,637,006 5,969 6,144 61,300 56,100 35,800 30,000March 1,344 Not available 8,028,091 Not available 8,029,435 Not available 71.S00 Not availableTotal 1,128,072 533,920 40,790,700 330,667 41,919,372 864,587 1,309,400 419,800

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BUTTER RETURNED TO CANADA


On the orders of the day: 'Mr. JEAN FRANCOIS POULIOT (Temis-couata): As the minister is dealing with butter, perhaps he will give me the information asked for in question number 19 of the orders of the day of yesterday. When this matter was under discussion yesterday I directed attention to the fact that this question had been answered twice by the Minister of National Revenue (Mr. Matthews). I do not want another answer from that minister, I would like one from the Minister of Agriculture (Mr. Weir). I should like full information for the period from 1930 up to the present.


CON

Robert Weir (Minister of Agriculture)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. ROBERT WEIR (Minister of Agriculture) :

During the discussion on my estimates I stated that of the butter shipped to tthe United Kingdom from this country something in the neighbourhood of 3,465 boxes had been reshipped to Canada from the old country. These boxes would not appear in the records of the Department of National Revenue because the butter had not changed ownership. I believe the information given on that occasion was correct and as the butter had not changed hands it would not be dutiable when returned to this country. This is all the information I have on the hon. member's question.

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Jean-François Pouliot

Liberal

Mr. POULIOT:

The minister has no further information about the matter.

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April 11, 1935