February 22, 1937

CON

Mr. HYNDMAN:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. How many commissions appointed by the present government are there in Canada at the present time?

2. What different matters are they inquiring into?

3. What has been the cost of each to date?

4. What have the legal fees of each commission amounted to up to the present time?

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   ROYAL COMMISSIONS
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LIB

Louis Édouard Fernand Rinfret (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. RINFRET:

This question is similar to question number 15, in the name of the hon. member for Broadview (Mr. Churoh), which was allowed to stand to-day as an order for return. I ask that this one also be allowed to stand, both questions to be answered together.

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   ROYAL COMMISSIONS
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MOTIONS FOR PAPERS

MONT JOLI, QUE., POSTMASTER

CON

Edgard Jules Wermenlinger

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. WERMENLINGER:

For a copy of the report of the investigation relating to the dismissal of Etienne Levesque, postmaster at Mont Joli, Rimoueki county.

Topic:   MOTIONS FOR PAPERS
Subtopic:   MONT JOLI, QUE., POSTMASTER
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WHARFAGE DUES AND CHARGES

LIB

Wilfrid Gariépy

Liberal

Mr. GARIEPY:

For a copy of all regulations, resolutions, orders in council, passed by the government since September 1, 1936 to date, relative to wharfage dues, and all charges in connection with wharves or properties belonging to the national ports, or to any other port or wharf owned, administered or controlled by the government or the national harbours board.

Topic:   WHARFAGE DUES AND CHARGES
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EUROPEAN WAR PENSIONS TO GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES

SC

Otto Buchanan Elliott

Social Credit

Mr. ELLIOTT (Kindersley):

For a return showing:

1. The complete list of European war pensions paid to government employees in Ottawa, with class rating.

2. In what department employed, and at what salary or wage.

3. The complete list of army officers holding permanent appointments, with their officia. title, who are receiving European war pensions.

4. What salary, separate from pensions, is paid to each.

Topic:   EUROPEAN WAR PENSIONS TO GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES
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LIB

Charles Gavan Power (Minister of Pensions and National Health)

Liberal

Mr. POWER:

I submit that it would be almost impossible to comply with an order such as this. I have before me an extract from page 590 of Hansard of February 15, 1934, dealing with a question almost identically the same which had been asked by the hon. member for Drummond-Arthabaska (Mr. Girouard). In 1933 a return had been brought down by the then Secretary of State (Mr. Cahan), and when the question was repeated in 1934 the hon. gentleman said:

Mr. Cahan: A year ago the hon. member made a similar inquiry and an order for return was made. It has been impossible

Farm Placement Scheme

during the year to obtain anything like a satisfactory return to that order, although to-day I have laid on the table of the house the best information we could obtain. During the present session I have laid on the table of the house sixteen portfolios containing the names of between 99,000 and 100,000 persons receiving pensions. To ascertain who of all those in the public service of Canada are receiving such pensions is impossible by mere comparison of names. It means that each department must send to every employee in the public service, permanent or temporary-

Mr. Bennett: Including those in foreign

countries.

Mr. Cahan: -to ascertain whether that

person is one of those 99,000 or 100,000 persons whose names are mentioned in the sixteen portfolios I produced. It is impossible to answer the question now, and the departments report that it is impossible to prepare an answer in less than ten or twelve months or perhaps more. Therefore I ask the hon. gentleman if he would drop that question under the circumstances.

In view of the fact that an attempt has been made already to secure similar information which it was found impossible to obtain at the end of one year, I suggest that the hon. member drop his request for this order.

Topic:   EUROPEAN WAR PENSIONS TO GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES
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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

I desire to point out that the return showing the names of all persons in this country receiving pensions was filed after much consideration. I think the original motion was made by Mr. Lucas.

Topic:   EUROPEAN WAR PENSIONS TO GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES
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LIB

Charles Gavan Power (Minister of Pensions and National Health)

Liberal

Mr. POWER:

No, by Mr. Garland of Bow River.

Topic:   EUROPEAN WAR PENSIONS TO GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES
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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

I thought it was Mr. Lucas. In answering the question it was necessary to table sixteen portfolios. The suggestion was made at that time that any hon. member who had any particular name in mind could refer to the return in order to obtain the information he desired. It was only after much consideration and grave doubt that this return of the names of all those receiving pensions in Canada was filed.

Topic:   EUROPEAN WAR PENSIONS TO GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES
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LIB

Jean-François Pouliot

Liberal

Mr. POULIOT:

The present government will decide for itself.

Question dropped.

Topic:   EUROPEAN WAR PENSIONS TO GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES
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GERMAN REPARATIONS

SC

Otto Buchanan Elliott

Social Credit

Mr. ELLIOTT (Kindersley):

For a return showing:

1. What amounts, if any, were paid as reparations to Canada by Germany under annex I to section 1 of part VIII of the treaty of Versailles: (a) to civilians; (b) to civilian corporations; (c) to Armenians; (d) to ex-prisoners of war.

2. If the fund has been depleted.

3. What balances remain to be allotted.

4. Under what status the fund is presently held.

Topic:   GERMAN REPARATIONS
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LIB

Louis Édouard Fernand Rinfret (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. RINFRET:

I shall endeavour to give the hon. gentleman the information he seeks, but I must make a reservation in connection with the way in which his question is put. These reparations were not paid by Germany exactly as the hon, member suggests in his question, nor were the payments distributed in the manner indicated. However, I shall endeavour to give the hon. gentleman exact information covering the subject.

Topic:   GERMAN REPARATIONS
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Motion agreed to.


ST. ANN'S, ONT., POSTMASTERSHIP


On the orders of the day:


February 22, 1937