February 11, 1937

LIB

Thomas Alexander Crerar (Minister of Mines and Resources)

Liberal

Mr. CRERAR:

Mr. Speaker, the question cannot be answered in the form in which it appears on the order paper. No reserves have been surrendered by Indians on account of mineral rights. If the hon. member has reference, as I expect he has, to what mineral rights may have been given by lease on the reserve, it can and will be answered in that form.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   SURRENDER OF RESERVES BY INDIAN BANDS
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QUESTION PASSED AS ORDER FOR RETURN

CCF

Mr. HEAPS:

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

1. Have any contracts been awarded during the past five years to the Woods Manufacturing Company Limited, of Hull, Quebec?

2. If so, what wrs the total value of such contracts?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   QUESTION PASSED AS ORDER FOR RETURN
Sub-subtopic:   WOODS MANUFACTURING COMPANY LIMITED-CONTRACTS
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COMBINES INVESTIGATION ACT

PROVISION FOR ADMINISTRATION BY COMMISSIONER UNDER MINISTER OF LABOUR


Hon. NORMAN McL. ROGERS (Minister of Labour) moved that the house go into committee at the next sitting to consider the following proposed resolution: That it is expedient to introduce a measure to amend and consolidate the Combines Investigation Act and amending act of 1935, to provide for the administration of the act under the Minister of Labour by an officer to be known as the commissioner of the combines act, for the investigation of alleged combines by the commissioner, and for the appointment of such a commissioner, special commissioners and assistants; and to provide salaries, remuneration and expenses therefor. He said: His Excellency the Governor General, having been made acquainted with the subject matter of this resolution, recommends it to the favourable consideration of the house. Motion agreed to.


WESTERN FEED CONDITIONS


On the orders of the day:


SC

John Horne Blackmore

Social Credit

Mr. J. H. BLACKMORE (Lethbridge):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to inquire of the Minister of Agriculture (Mr. Gardiner) whether anyone has directed his attention to the serious condition which has developed throughout southern Alberta. On account of the deep and drifted snow and long continued cold weather there has come about a dangerous scarcity of feed and water which threatens the destruction of thousands of breeding stock which are highly essential to the economic well being of Canada. If the minister's attention has been drawn to this matter, would he mind telling the house what measures have been taken to meet the emergency?

Topic:   WESTERN FEED CONDITIONS
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LIB

James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Hon. J. G. GARDINER (Minister of Agriculture):

Mr. Speaker, about two weeks ago the officials of the rehabilitation organization of this government in the west wired me stating that difficulties were being experienced by owners of a considerable number of cattle located in the southern portion of Alberta who as yet have not come definitely under the arrangements made previously in connection with direct relief. There was not sufficient feed shipped into this area during the earlier part of the season to take care of the cattle. I immediately wired the representatives of the department in the west and asked them to make a complete investigation of the situation and report both here and to the

Farm Rehabilitation-Mr. Gardiner

government at Edmonton. A few days later I had a wire from the Minister of Agriculture in Alberta, and I wired him in reply indicating what had been done from this end and suggesting that he wire us later informing us what he considered the condition to be. I understand the situation is now being handled by our organization in cooperation with the provincial organization in Alberta. .

Topic:   WESTERN FEED CONDITIONS
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GRAIN MARKETING

ANSWER TO QUESTION ON FEBRUARY 3 AS TO AGREEMENT BETWEEN WHEAT BOARD AND WINNIPEG GRAIN EXCHANGE


On the orders of the day: Hon. NORMAN McL. ROGERS (Acting Minister of Trade and Commerce): Mr. Speaker, on Monday last the leader of the opposition (Mr. Bennett) took exception as a question of privilege to an answer given on February 3 to a question asked by the hon. member for Qu'Appelle (Mr. Perley). The answer was in the following terms: 1, 2, 3. The subject to which this question relates, namely, the marketing of Canadian grains abroad, is now being investigated by the royal grain inquiry commission, which has not yet reported to the government. As Acting Minister of Trade and Commerce I am responsible for that answer. I regret the suggestion that there has been any discourtesy to the hon. member for Qu'Appelle, as none was intended in the answer given. I have examined the records in relation to this matter and I agree with the leader of the opposition that the answer as originally given, while the facts were correctly stated, was not happily expressed. I have revised and expanded the answer to the question, and with the permission of the house I should like to place upon the records a correction of the original answer, as follows: 1. Yes. To exporters only. 2. Made without knowledge or advice of wheat committee of the cabinet. 3. Cancelled without knowledge or advice of the wheat committee of the cabinet on December 20, 1935, because the wheat board considered it advisable to do so.


CANADA GAZETTE


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Louis Édouard Fernand Rinfret (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

Hon. FERNAND RINFRET (Secretary of State):

Mr. Speaker, on Tuesday evening, February 9, the hon. member for Kindersley (Mr. Elliott) put a question to me in committee of supply with reference to the circulation of The Canada Gazette. I have this information to give to the house. On February 10 the distribution of The Canada Gazette

stood at 557 copies free and 569 copies on subscription. The complimentary distribution includes copies sent to senators and members of the House of Commons on request, to registrars under the Bankruptcy Act as provided for by statute, to the library list as provided for by P.C. 1471, and to the daily newspapers. Subscriptions include copies sent to various departments in Ottawa and requested on departmental requisitions. Other copies are paid for at the rate of $8 per year by the public in general.

Topic:   CANADA GAZETTE
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HOME IMPROVEMENT LOANS

PROVISION TO ENCOURAGE REPAIR OF RURAL AND URBAN DWELLINGS


Hon. CHARLES A. DUNNING (Minister of Finance) moved the third reading of Bill No. 11, to increase employment by encouraging the repair of rural and urban homes. Motion agreed to, and bill read the third time and passed.


PRAIRIE FARM REHABILITATION ACT

February 11, 1937