December 18, 1957

LEAD AND ZINC

STATEMENT CONCERNING STEPS


On the orders of the day:


PC

James MacKerras Macdonnell (Minister Without Portfolio)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. J. M. Macdonnell (Acting Minister of Trade and Commerce):

Yesterday the hon. member for Kootenay West asked a question from which I read the following:

In view of the serious threat to the economy of the base metals industry in the proposed increase in the tariff on lead and zinc entering the United States . . . will the minister inform the house of the definitive steps being taken by the government to protect Canadian interests?

I was asked this question some days ago, and explained that there was constant contact with the United States government. I think all I can add to what I have previously said is that our embassy in Washington has this matter constantly in mind and is constantly in touch. As a matter of fact, the Department of Trade and Commerce had their last communication with the embassy this morning. I think I can assure the house that every effort is being made to omit nothing that can assist this situation.

Topic:   LEAD AND ZINC
Subtopic:   STATEMENT CONCERNING STEPS
Sub-subtopic:   TAKEN TO PROTECT CANADIAN INTERESTS
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SC

Frederick George Hahn

Social Credit

Mr. F. G. J. Hahn (New Wesfminsler):

Might I ask a supplementary question of the Acting Minister of Trade and Commerce. I regret I did not have time to give him notice, so perhaps he may wish to take this question as notice. In view of the widespread interest in the problems facing the base metals industry would the minister consider making a statement regarding the present position in which the industry finds itself?

Topic:   LEAD AND ZINC
Subtopic:   STATEMENT CONCERNING STEPS
Sub-subtopic:   TAKEN TO PROTECT CANADIAN INTERESTS
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PC

James MacKerras Macdonnell (Minister Without Portfolio)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Macdonnell:

After having heard the question of my hon. friend I think I had better take it as notice.

Topic:   LEAD AND ZINC
Subtopic:   STATEMENT CONCERNING STEPS
Sub-subtopic:   TAKEN TO PROTECT CANADIAN INTERESTS
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AUTOMOBILES

STATEMENT ON EXPORTS TO ASIAN COUNTRIES


On the orders of the day:


PC

James MacKerras Macdonnell (Minister Without Portfolio)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. J. M. Macdonnell (Acting Minister of Trade and Commerce):

While I am on my

feet may I answer two other questions, one from the hon. member for Essex West, who asked:

Is any consent of the government of the United States required for the export of automobiles from Canada to communist China?

The answer is that the consent of the United States is not required before an export permit is granted for the shipment of automobiles to communist China.

Inquiries of the Ministry

Topic:   AUTOMOBILES
Subtopic:   STATEMENT ON EXPORTS TO ASIAN COUNTRIES
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U.S. RESTRICTIONS ON CANADIAN EXPORTS TO COMMUNIST CHINA


On the orders of the day:


PC

James MacKerras Macdonnell (Minister Without Portfolio)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. J. M. Macdonnell (Acting Minister of Trade and Commerce):

Mr. Speaker, on the same day the hon. member for Kootenay East asked this question:

Under the existing Canadian-American defence agreements, could a United States company prevent one of its Canadian subsidiaries from accepting orders for non-strategic materials-for example, automobiles-from the republic of China?

The answer to that question is that the United States government has no legal or formal power of control over the activities of subsidiaries of United States companies in Canada and there is no agreement between the two governments to that effect. The only way in which it could affect the exports of these subsidiaries is through its influence with parent companies. Since the Canadian government would not be a party to any arrangement of this kind if it were made, I cannot give any answer on that subject.

Topic:   U.S. RESTRICTIONS ON CANADIAN EXPORTS TO COMMUNIST CHINA
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LIB

Donald Ferguson Brown

Liberal

Mr. D. F. Brown (Essex West):

May I

submit a supplementary question. Would it be appropriate, therefore, for a large United States company having an affiliate in Canada to prohibit a Canadian exporter from exporting to communist China on the ground that it, the company, is not in a position to furnish a quotation because of policies of the United States government?

Topic:   U.S. RESTRICTIONS ON CANADIAN EXPORTS TO COMMUNIST CHINA
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An hon. Member:

Order paper.

Topic:   U.S. RESTRICTIONS ON CANADIAN EXPORTS TO COMMUNIST CHINA
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LIB

Donald Ferguson Brown

Liberal

Mr. Brown (Essex West):

This is because of regulations issued by the treasury department-

Topic:   U.S. RESTRICTIONS ON CANADIAN EXPORTS TO COMMUNIST CHINA
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PC

Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Order. I think the hon. member has completed his question.

Topic:   U.S. RESTRICTIONS ON CANADIAN EXPORTS TO COMMUNIST CHINA
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LIB

Donald Ferguson Brown

Liberal

Mr. Brown (Essex West):

Not quite, Mr. Speaker. I have just about done so. If you will permit me to complete it, I shall be glad.

Topic:   U.S. RESTRICTIONS ON CANADIAN EXPORTS TO COMMUNIST CHINA
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Some hon. Members:

Order.

Topic:   U.S. RESTRICTIONS ON CANADIAN EXPORTS TO COMMUNIST CHINA
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PC

Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

It seems to me that the hon. member has completed his question and is now proceeding to give facts which are not necessary to the answering of the question.

Topic:   U.S. RESTRICTIONS ON CANADIAN EXPORTS TO COMMUNIST CHINA
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December 18, 1957