May 11, 1933

LIB

Mr. FERLAND:

Liberal

1. How many illustration stations organized and subsidized under the authority of the federal Department of Agriculture are there in each of the nine provinces of Canada?

2. What are the annual grants in connection

with such stations?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   ILLUSTRATION STATIONS
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CON

Robert Weir (Minister of Agriculture)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. WEIR (Melfort):

I. Prince Edward Island 13

Nova Scotia 17

New Brunswick 19

Quebec 54

Ontario 16

Manitoba 15

Saskatchewan 30

Alberta 22

British Columbia 19

Unemployment Relief

2. No annual grants are made. These stations are operated under contract, the department paying an acreage rental and furnishing special supplies when necessary for special experiments or demonstrations.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   ILLUSTRATION STATIONS
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QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS

RADIO STATION CHRC


Mr. LaVE-RGNE: 1. Who are the owners of radio station CHRC in Quebec ? 2. If the owners are a corporate body, who are the directors or associates of said body ? 3. When does the licence of said station expire? , 4. If the licence was renewed, when was it renewed, for how long, and on whose recommendation?


NEW WESTMINSTER HARBOUR COMMISSION

LIB

Mr. REID:

Liberal

1. What lawyer or lawyers have been engaged by, or on behalf of, the harbour commissioners of New Westminster, British Columbia, since October 1, 1932, and up to April 20, 1933?

2. For what specific legal work were they engaged ?

3. What respective amounts have been paid for all legal purposes during the above mentioned months ?

4. What respective amounts are still outstanding for any legal -work done during the above mentioned months?

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   NEW WESTMINSTER HARBOUR COMMISSION
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PICTOU, N.S., RAILWAY PIER

LIB

Mr. DUFF:

Liberal

1. How much was collected by the Department of Marine during the the financial year ending March 1, 1933, for wharfage at what is known as the railway pier, at Pictou, Nova Scotia?

2. How much was due and owing for wharfage at said pier during said period?

3. From whom has said wharfage not been collected though due?

4. Who is the agent representing the department for the collection of -wharfage at said pier and what is his yearly compensation?

5. Is any wharfage collected from the old barge allowed to remain at said pier? If so, -what is due therefrom?

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   PICTOU, N.S., RAILWAY PIER
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UNEMPLOYMENT RELIEF


On the orders of the day:


LAB

Humphrey Mitchell

Labour

Mr. HUMPHREY MITCHELL (East Hamilton):

In a press dispatch in the Hamilton newspapers the story is carried that an agreement has been arrived at between the federal authorities and the provincial authorities in British Columbia to reduce the federal contribution of 33J per cent which is at present being paid to that province in connection with relief to 20 per cent in June, 10 per cent in July, and contributions to cease entirely in August. This report has naturally caused consternation in the larger centres o

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT RELIEF
Sub-subtopic:   AGREEMENTS BETWEEN DOMINION AND PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENTS
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CON

Wesley Ashton Gordon (Minister of Immigration and Colonization; Minister of Labour; Minister of Mines)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. W. A. GORDON (Minister of Labour):

Mr. Speaker, the question of dominion contributions in connection with relief to the provinces is essentially a matter for the provinces to determine. It is gratifying to me, although it may be disappointing to others, to know that conditions are improving throughout Canada. After long conferences with the British Columbia government it was made apparent that the need of that province for contributions towards relief was truly set out and reflected in the agreement between the dominion and the province which was tabled in this house some days ago. The province of Ontario has not indicated the extent to which the dominion may be called upon to contribute with respect to relief in that province. Unquestionably within a short time .they will consult with this government regarding the position of affairs generally. I am hopeful that the contribution will be less than last year. If so it will be very well received by the taxpayers as something about which the province, the individual and all concerned should be extremely happy.

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT RELIEF
Sub-subtopic:   AGREEMENTS BETWEEN DOMINION AND PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENTS
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LAB

Humphrey Mitchell

Labour

Mr. MITCHELL:

The minister said he

hoped the contribution would be less. Would that be on a percentage basis, such as a reduction of 33J per cent or in bulk?

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT RELIEF
Sub-subtopic:   AGREEMENTS BETWEEN DOMINION AND PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENTS
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CON

Wesley Ashton Gordon (Minister of Immigration and Colonization; Minister of Labour; Minister of Mines)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GORDON:

That would be a matter to be determined after conference with the province.

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT RELIEF
Sub-subtopic:   AGREEMENTS BETWEEN DOMINION AND PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENTS
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LIB-PRO

William Gilbert Weir

Liberal Progressive

Mr. W. G. WEIR (Macdonald):

May I

ask a question of the Minister of Labour concerning unemployment relief measures? Provision is made, as I understand it, for the Dominion government to pay one hundred per cent of the relief for single homeless men going into camps. This provision is for men who may congregate in the larger towns and cities. The question I have in mind concerns men of the same class who may be found in rural towns and villages. As they in the same position to have that assistance afforded them? I have in mind also the $5 a month paid to men going on farms. Is there any chance of those men partaking of the same provision as applies to men in cities and larger towns who are going into camps?

Bank Interest Rate

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT RELIEF
Sub-subtopic:   AGREEMENTS BETWEEN DOMINION AND PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENTS
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CON

Wesley Ashton Gordon (Minister of Immigration and Colonization; Minister of Labour; Minister of Mines)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GORDON:

Mr. Speaker, the provision that was made for that class of people falling within the definition "single homeless men" was provided on account of the situation which developed in the western provinces, and particularly the province of British Columbia. In that province by reason of a number of factors, the burden became very great. To put it shortly, the factors were these: Many thousands of single homeless

men, a large percentage of whom arrived in Canada from continental Europe between the years 1927 and 1930 and for whose settlement no adequate provision had been made, drifted into the industrial centres, challenging the Canadian market for Canadian labour. When they found no work in industrial centres they gravitated to the province of British Columbia, and it was said by one person who knows that province very well that having regard to the situation British Columbia was rather cursed than blessed by its climate,-at least for the moment. After the matter had been investigated it was felt that there was a great deal in what had been urged by the province of British Columbia, and by reason of its action in the past some of the responsibility fell directly upon the Dominion government. It was therefore thought desirable and necessary that some added contribution-I say added contribution" meaning something more -should be made with respect to that class of person who was concentrated in British Columbia and that more should be done than had been done in other parts of Canada. This by reason of the fact that the principle upon which relief has been extended is based upon the need, in any locality. Therefore with respect to single, homeless men in that province and in the other western provinces special provision was made. Representations along the same line have not been made from the other provinces. I doubt, in fact I am sure, they could not make out any such case based upon the same facts, because they do not apply. Therefore no provision in the same sense has been made generally throughout Canada. I cannot, of course, forecast the future but I do believe, from the information I personally receive from different sources, that many of these men will shortly be absorbed in various activities. There is no question that business to-day is better and is steadily improving. A glance at the reports even in the press will disclose that in various parts of Canada, as I am sure every member of the house will be pleased to note, workmen are being re-engaged and employed in useful avocations. The question of the disposition of single men in other parts of Canada will have to depend upon the future, and the represen-

tations the provinces may make with respect to the same.

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT RELIEF
Sub-subtopic:   AGREEMENTS BETWEEN DOMINION AND PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENTS
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BANKING COMMISSION


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Samuel William Jacobs

Liberal

Mr. S. W. JACOBS (Cartier):

Mr. Speaker, may I ask the government if there is any truth in the rumour which appeared in the press this week to the effect that Lord Macmillan of the judicial committee of the privy council is about to be appointed to the chairmanship of the proposed royal commission on banking?

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   BANKING COMMISSION
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY IN REGARD TO APPOINTMENTS TO ROYAL COMMISSION
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May 11, 1933