June 29, 1951

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George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Drew:

Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Trade and Commerce, or the Minister of Defence Production (Mr. Howe), has introduced exactly the type of smear tactics that he has been criticizing.

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Some hon. Members:

Oh, oh.

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Some hon. Members:

Withdraw.

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Elie Beauregard (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

Order. The hon. member has now used the word "smear", to which he objected as being unparliamentary.

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Ming Sung Industrial Company

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George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Drew:

In view of your ruling, Mr. Speaker, I withdraw that word. But since the minister has seen fit to adopt tactics that introduced discussion which is in no way related to this present discussion, may I say that I would simply refer back to his remarks yesterday when, with all the claim that he should be exempt from any reference to his family, he used a most despicable expression which was intended to relate to my own.

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Some hon. Members:

Oh, oh.

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PUBLIC ACCOUNTS


Fifth report of standing committee on public accounts.-Mr. Picard.


MING SUNG INDUSTRIAL COMPANY

CORRESPONDENCE WITH GOVERNMENT OF HONG KONG-EXEMPTIONS FROM PROVISIONS OF SHIPPING ACT

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

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, may I answer the question .put to me yesterday by the hon. member for Lake Centre (Mr. Diefenbaker) about the dates of the exemption from certain regulations of the ships of the Ming Sung company. The return to the order shows that the exemption in Canada was made on May 16, and was notified to the trade commissioner on May 16, 1950. The correspondence dealing with that is in the return. I added verbally that doubts had been raised subsequently as to the sufficiency of that exemption, in view of the terms of the shipping regulations of 1899 of the government of Hong Kong, and that, at the request of the Canadian government, the government of the United Kingdom had had exemption under those regulations issued subsequently.

The doubt was first expressed in a confidential letter from a law officer of the government of Hong Kong to our trade commissioner on October 13, 1950. The regulations of Hong Kong were amended either on January 4 or January 5, 1951, and then on January 5, 1951, that exemption from those orders was issued by the Hong Kong administration.

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John George Diefenbaker

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

During the period from May 13, 1950, to January 4, 1951, were these ships operating under the exemption made by the cabinet directive of May, 1950?

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

Liberal

Mr. St. Laurent:

I will not say from what date, but from shortly after May 16 some of them were operating, and there was no exemption other than the Canadian exemption until January 5, 1951.

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George Randolph Pearkes

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Pearkes:

Arising out of the Prime Minister's statement about the exemption to

Inquiries of the Ministry the Ming Sung company, may I ask him if any exemptions have been granted by the Canadian government other than those tabled the other day and dated May 1950?

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

Liberal

Mr. St. Laurent:

No exemptions of any *other nature for these ships. I am not sure whether they have been renewed in the meantime or not, or whether the original .exemptions are in force at the present time. There has been no change in the situation, and it may be that to avoid any change there has been some renewal of exemptions which might have expired. I shall endeavour to check and to find out if they have been renewed. I know there is an application pending at the present time for renewal by the Hong Kong government, because its exemption was originally for a period of six months from January 5, 1951.

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George Randolph Pearkes

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Pearkes:

No enlargement of the scope of those exemptions has been made?

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

Liberal

Mr. Si. Laurent:

No; the exemptions are those covered by the order in council of May 5, 1950, and those of May 16, 1950, described by the Minister of Transport.

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INQUIRY FOR RETURN

CAMPBELLTON, N.B.,-CROSS POINT, QXJE., BRIDGE


On the orders of the day:


June 29, 1951