Right Hon. C. D. Howe (Minister of Trade and Commerce):
I wish to inform the house that the Australian government is undertaking a measure of relaxation in its import restrictions upon canned salmon. This news is important because it signifies the partial reopening of the Australian market to a Canadian export product which has been excluded from there in recent years. Further details on this matter will come from the Australian government.
While the total quantities involved may not be large, this renewed opportunity for trade will undoubtedly be welcomed in British Columbia and elsewhere in Canada as evidence of progress in returning to more normal conditions of world trade. Canned salmon is one of our major export products. Immediately before the war Canada had a market for canned salmon in Australia which amounted to $1J million or $2 million per year. Since then these exports have been much reduced, until in recent years the quantities have become negligible. The Australian decision will, therefore, permit the Canadian industry to return once more to this traditional market.
The house is aware of the fact that the Minister of Finance (Mr. Abbott), accompanied by a delegation of senior officials, attended the commonwealth finance ministers' conference in Sydney, Australia, last month.
Following that conference the Canadian representatives took advantage of the opportunity of discussing trade questions with the Australian government in Canberra.
I desire to extend my vote of thanks to the Minister of Finance.
Subtopic: RELAXATION OF IMPORT
Sub-subtopic: RESTRICTIONS BY AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT