March 6, 1951

PC

Edmund Davie Fulton

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Fulton:

I should like to ask a similar question on behalf of the apple growers of British Columbia whose orchards were wiped out in the winter of 1949-50, and who have made representations about it. In view of the question to which the hon. member for Brant-Wentworth (Mr. Charlton) has referred, namely the need for assistance to prairie farmers, will the government now authorize assistance to fruit growers in British Columbia, in accordance with the requests recently made?

Topic:   AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS
Subtopic:   QUESTION OF SUBSIDIES OR OTHER ASSISTANCE TO PRODUCERS
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LIB

Louis Stephen St-Laurent (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Mr. St. Laurent:

Mr. Speaker, the request, as I understand it, was that compensation be paid because certain fruit trees had been destroyed by frost. The number was found not in any way to compare with the disasters that gave rise to assistance from the federal treasury, first of all in connection with the Fraser valley floods, then in connection with the Red river floods, and the two conflagrations at Rimouski and at Cabano. It was found that this could not, by any stretch of the imagination, be regarded as a disaster that it was not within the financial capacity of the province to look after.

Topic:   AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS
Subtopic:   QUESTION OF SUBSIDIES OR OTHER ASSISTANCE TO PRODUCERS
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PC

Gordon Graydon

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Graydon:

Cheese was not destroyed by frost.

Topic:   AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS
Subtopic:   QUESTION OF SUBSIDIES OR OTHER ASSISTANCE TO PRODUCERS
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CCF

Owen Lewis Jones

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

Mr. Jones:

Did the government of British Columbia make representations in regard to the fruit growers, and if so, did they receive that answer?

Topic:   AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS
Subtopic:   QUESTION OF SUBSIDIES OR OTHER ASSISTANCE TO PRODUCERS
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LIB

Louis Stephen St-Laurent (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Mr. St. Laurent:

I would have to look at the correspondence. I know that there were members of the British Columbia legislature who were concerned in the representations made, but without looking at the correspondence I would not like to make a positive answer that there was or was not a request from the British Columbia government. I shall do that and, at another sitting, answer the hon. member's question.

Topic:   AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS
Subtopic:   QUESTION OF SUBSIDIES OR OTHER ASSISTANCE TO PRODUCERS
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CCF

Owen Lewis Jones

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

Mr. Jones:

Another question. In view of the fact that several orchards were completely wiped out, would the government consider making loans at a low rate of interest to these fruit growers?

Topic:   AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS
Subtopic:   QUESTION OF SUBSIDIES OR OTHER ASSISTANCE TO PRODUCERS
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LIB

Louis Stephen St-Laurent (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Mr. St. Laurent:

That would be a new policy that would have to be considered, [Mr. St. Laurent.J

because of its possible repercussions. I think such loans would qualify under the Farm Improvement Loans Act, but it would be at the rate provided in that act.

Topic:   AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS
Subtopic:   QUESTION OF SUBSIDIES OR OTHER ASSISTANCE TO PRODUCERS
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FISHERIES

NEWFOUNDLAND SHORE FISHING


On the orders of the day:


PC

Gordon Francis Higgins

Progressive Conservative

Mr. G. F. Higgins (Si. John's East):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask a question of the Minister of Fisheries. What is the present position of the negotiations with the United Kingdom with respect to the sale of dried salt codfish to Europe for sterling and payment in dollars to the fishermen?

Topic:   FISHERIES
Subtopic:   NEWFOUNDLAND SHORE FISHING
Sub-subtopic:   NEGOTIATIONS WITH UNITED KINGDOM
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LIB

Robert Wellington Mayhew (Minister of Fisheries)

Liberal

Hon. R. W. Mayhew (Minister of Fisheries):

The hon. member for St. John's East was good enough to give me notice of this question in sufficient time for consideration. I did make a statement in the house on February 22 to the effect that the problem referred to by the hon. member was currently under consideration. A fuller statement would not be advisable at this time.

An article dealing with this question appears in today's press and the headline gives a somewhat distorted impression. The movement to market of the 1950 production of salted codfish is proceeding satisfactorily. The current stock position in relation to forward sales would not indicate any likelihood of any carry-over of 1950 fish into the new marketing year. The stock position is, therefore, satisfactory when compared to a year ago. Already exporters are making preliminary arrangements for the movement of the 1951 production. Improvement in price, of course, will depend on supply and demand factors as they develop over the next twelve months.

Topic:   FISHERIES
Subtopic:   NEWFOUNDLAND SHORE FISHING
Sub-subtopic:   NEGOTIATIONS WITH UNITED KINGDOM
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PC

Gordon Francis Higgins

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Higgins:

Is it fair to ask the minister if, in the event of negotiations with the United Kingdom not being satisfactory, a payment will be made to the fishermen similar to the proposed payment to western farmers for wheat?

Topic:   FISHERIES
Subtopic:   NEWFOUNDLAND SHORE FISHING
Sub-subtopic:   NEGOTIATIONS WITH UNITED KINGDOM
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LABOUR CONDITIONS

REPORT AS TO ATTEMPTED SABOTAGE OF INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION AT OSHAWA


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Stuart Sinclair Garson (Solicitor General of Canada; Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Hon. Stuart S. Garson (Minister of Justice):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to refer to two questions which were asked yesterday by the hon. member for St. John's East (Mr. Higgins). The first question was:

Has there been an attempted sabotage of industrial production at Oshawa by communists?

In reply I would state that according to General Motors Company officials, as reported in the press, petty sabotage has taken place in

the General Motors plant in Oshawa. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have been in communication with General Motors Company officials in Oshawa. There is no evidence that such acts of sabotage are attributable to communist efforts.

The next question was:

Has there been a deliberate communist campaign to slow down production and upset the morale of industrial workers engaged in defence production at Oshawa, Ontario?

To that question I would reply that there is no evidence of such a campaign being waged at the present time.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   REPORT AS TO ATTEMPTED SABOTAGE OF INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION AT OSHAWA
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EMERGENCY POWERS ACT

PROVISION FOR ORDERS AND REGULATIONS DEEMED ADVISABLE FOR NATIONAL DEFENCE AND SECURITY

LIB

Louis Stephen St-Laurent (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Right Hon. L. S. St. Laurent (Prime Minister) moved

the third reading of Bill No. 24, to confer certain emergency powers upon the governor in council.

Topic:   EMERGENCY POWERS ACT
Subtopic:   PROVISION FOR ORDERS AND REGULATIONS DEEMED ADVISABLE FOR NATIONAL DEFENCE AND SECURITY
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March 6, 1951