February 15, 1938 (18th Parliament, 3rd Session)


Thomas Langton Church

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. T. L. CHURCH (Broadview):

I should like to ask the Minister of Labour (Mr. Rogers) a question, of which he has been given notice. Hon. members from Toronto have been receiving batches of letters from

what is known as the Housewives' Association of Toronto with regard to the high cost of food and all other necessities. Will the minister consider setting up a committee during the life of this parliament to study the question? I know there are limitations under the decisions, and this matter may be considered to be partly under the jurisdiction of the provinces, but we have the provisions of our criminal code with respect to restraint of trade and combines; and the various groups which I have described are holding meetings to fix prices. I do not ask the minister to reply to-day, but perhaps he will take this as notice.
Hon. NORMAN McL. ROGERS (Minister of Labour): Mr. Speaker, the hon. member for Broadview (Mr. Church) was kind enough to give me notice of this question, but as I received it only a short time ago I do not think he will expect a final answer at this time. I shall be very glad to bring this matter of increased prices of commodities, particularly those entering into domestic budgets, to the attention of the commissioner under the Combines Investigation Act and inform the hon. member as soon as possible as to what action, if any, can be taken under dominion jurisdiction to deal with the complaints to which he has referred.

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