February 2, 1961

COMMITTEES OF THE HOUSE

MINES, FORESTS AND WATERS CONCURRENCE IN FIRST REPORT OF STANDING COMMITTEE


Mr. Erik Nielsen (Yukon) presented the first report of the standing committee on mines, forests and waters, and moved that the report be concurred in. Motion agreed to.


ESTIMATES

CONCURRENCE IN FIRST REPORT OF STANDING COMMITTEE


Mr. Arthur Smith (Calgary South) presented the first report of the standing committee on estimates and moved that the report be concurred in. Motion agreed to.


ANNOUNCEMENT OF SALE TO CHINA

PC

Francis Alvin George Hamilton (Minister of Agriculture)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Alvin Hamilton (Minister of Agriculture):

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to announce that the efforts of the government to sell grain to new markets have resulted in one of the largest single sales ever consummated in the commercial field. Agreement with the China Resources Company of Hong Kong has been reached for the sale and shipment to China during the next few months of 40 million bushels of grain. The break-down is as follows: 750,000 long tons of wheat, equivalent to 28 million bushels; 260,000 long tons of barley, representing 12,133,000 bushels.

The grade of wheat will be mostly No. 2 Manitoba northern, which is the predominant grade available in Canada. There will be a limited quantity of No. 3 Manitoba northern. The barley will be No. 1 feed.

The total value of this sale is approximately $60 million. The wheat and barley will be shipped from the Pacific coast ports of Vancouver, New Westminster, Victoria and Prince Rupert.

The Canadian wheat board negotiated the agreement for the Canadian government. The Canadian grain trade, acting as agents of the Canadian wheat board, will be completing delivery and shipment of the individual cargoes, and will undertake the necessary arrangements in connection therewith.

I know that all Canadians will be pleased at the size of the sale. I would like at this time to pay tribute to my predecessor who was in charge of the wheat board before he became Minister of Veterans Affairs (Mr. Churchill). He made the decision for representatives of the Canadian wheat board to go to China in 1958 and again in the fall of 1960. I have carried on with his plans for the expansion of wheat and flour sales to all parts of the world, but I feel that credit should go where credit is due.

The Canadian wheat board, and all others who helped, deserve our appreciation. The government's policy of accelerated wheat sales is illustrated by the fact that Canada's share of the commercial wheat markets of the world has increased from 30 per cent to 35 per cent.

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PC

Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Order. I hope the minister will permit me to interrupt and remind him that the privilege of the floor to make announcements is limited to factual statements. I do so because I have difficulty from time to time with the comment which follows such statements, which I propose to keep within the same narrow bounds. I just feel that in embarking on an explanation of government policy he ought to have that in mind.

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PC

Francis Alvin George Hamilton (Minister of Agriculture)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hamilton (Qu'Appelle):

Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker, for your advice. I just wanted to keep the record straight.

I am informed that when all commitments are considered the Pacific coast ports will be utilized to full grain capacity until next August, and the heavy movement of western grain during the next few months should have a beneficial result on the Canadian economy generally and more particularly to the workers handling grain, and to the farmers.

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LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin

Liberal

Hon. Paul Martin (Essex East):

Of course all members of the house join with the minister in the satisfaction which undoubtedly must come in the realization of this arrangement with the Chinese mainland, an arrangement which will be of great value to the income position of many farmers in Canada. I am sure the minister will realize that the drop in farm income last year-

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Some hon. Members:

Order.

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LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin

Liberal

Mr. Martin (Essex East):

In any event, this announcement will be very well received by the people of Canada.

Sale of Grain to China

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CCF

Hazen Robert Argue

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

Mr. Hazen Argue (Assiniboia):

The announcement made by the Minister of Agriculture is welcome and important. I trust it is merely a prelude to a continuing expansion of sales of Canadian grain in markets where we have been selling relatively small quantities in recent years. If the minister can do so later on the orders of the day, I should like him to give the house some information as to the price and terms involved, because I think such information is necessary if we are to judge the precise value of this very important transaction.

I express the hope that the minister and the government may raise their sights and attempt to better the target for wheat sales set by the minister at 300 million bushels for the present year. I think it is necessary to get sales above that figure, and if the government is able to conclude further transactions such as the one now concluded I think an improvement in the target should be possible.

This is an announcement of importance. I express the hope that the government will explore the possibility of large sales of wheat to India, where, I suggest, a very large market for Canadian grain is available if the government takes the necessary initiative. In conclusion I would say this is an indication that in an economic sense the government recognizes the existence of the government of China. We suggest that in logic they should now extend this recognition-

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Some hon. Members:

Order.

On the orders of the day:

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PC

James Ernest Pascoe

Progressive Conservative

Mr. J. E. Pascoe (Moose Jaw-Lake Centre):

I should like to address a question to the Minister of Agriculture on behalf of the prairie grain growers. First I want to thank the minister for his announcement of additional grain sales worth $60 million. That is very good news for all Canada. I should like to ask the minister whether the shipments from the Pacific coast ports will also include Saskatchewan and Manitoba wheat as well as wheat within the Pacific shipping area, thus helping wheat delivery quotas in all parts of the three prairie provinces.

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PC

Francis Alvin George Hamilton (Minister of Agriculture)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Alvin Hamilton (Minister of Agriculture):

I do not think there is going to be any change in the wheat board's policy of taking wheat from the areas closest to the ports. I would think most of this particular wheat will some from Alberta, reaching further, I trust, into Saskatchewan.

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BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

INCOME TAX ACT

PC

Donald Methuen Fleming (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Donald M. Fleming (Minister of Finance):

As the leader of the house has announced that in committee of ways and means today or tomorrow we shall be coming to the resolution respecting amendments to the Income Tax Act, may I now give notice of certain amendments which will be moved to the resolution and ask for these to be incorporated in Votes and Proceedings in case we do not come to all of them today.

I have sent mimeographed copies to hon. members opposite and we shall have, I think, an ample supply for use in the house today, but it may be a convenience for hon. members to have on record in Votes and Proceedings such of the amendments as may not be reached in the house today.

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February 2, 1961