March 3, 1938

CIVIL SERVICE COMMITTEE

CHANGES IN PERSONNEL

LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister) moved:

That the names of Messieurs Hartigan and Tucker be substituted for those of Messieurs Beaubien and Donnelly on the special select committee appointed to inquire into the operation of the Civil Service Act and all matters pertaining thereto.

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Subtopic:   CHANGES IN PERSONNEL
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Motion agreed to.


QUESTIONS


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.)


DTJFFIELD BUILDING, HAMILTON, ONT.

CON

Mr. LENNARD:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Is the building known as "The Duffield

Building" at Hamilton, Ontario, still leased by the federal government? .

2. If so, what is the yearly rental of this building?

3. To what use is it being put this winter?

4. Is any revenue being derived from it?

5 What was the cost of maintenance for the twelve months ending December 31, 1937?

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Subtopic:   DTJFFIELD BUILDING, HAMILTON, ONT.
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LIB

Mr. CARDIN: (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

1. Yes. The five year lease expires April 1, 1938.

2. $20,000.

3. Building presently vacant.

4. No.

5. $2,655.58.

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Subtopic:   DTJFFIELD BUILDING, HAMILTON, ONT.
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KINISTINO, SASK., INDIAN SCHOOL

CCF

Mr. COLDWELL:

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

1. What was the cost of building the Indian school on the Ivinistino Indian reserve, No. 91, in the Pleasant Dale municipality?

2. Were tenders called? If so, what was the amount of each tender?

3. To whom was the contract awarded?

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Subtopic:   KINISTINO, SASK., INDIAN SCHOOL
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LIB

Mr. CRERAR: (Minister of Mines and Resources)

Liberal

1. $4,962.13.

2. No. .

3. Work done by day labour under direction of departmental engineer.

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Subtopic:   KINISTINO, SASK., INDIAN SCHOOL
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SASKATCHEWAN RELIEF-FEED AND FODDER

SC

Joseph Needham

Social Credit

Mr. NEEDHAM:

1 Was the direct relief in Saskatchewan, of feed and fodder for 1936 and 1937 up to April 1, cancelled?

2. If so, why were not farmers notes returned? .

3. Was the twenty per cent of rural municipalities' share also cancelled?

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Subtopic:   SASKATCHEWAN RELIEF-FEED AND FODDER
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LIB

Charles Avery Dunning (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. DUNNING:

This question calls for information which is entirely the business of the province of Saskatchewan. It is not on record here, so far as I can learn.

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Subtopic:   SASKATCHEWAN RELIEF-FEED AND FODDER
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AMALGAMATIONS AND MERGERS

CON

Thomas Alfred Thompson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. THOMPSON:

How many corporations have been granted letters patent by the Secretary of State for Canada between the years 1921 to 1937 inclusive where powers were granted for amalgamation or merger of it with other corporations, or where powers were granted to it to acquire the business of more than one corporation or business then in existence?

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Subtopic:   AMALGAMATIONS AND MERGERS
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LIB

Louis Édouard Fernand Rinfret (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. RINFRET:

12.548 letters patent and supplementary letters patent have been issued by the Secretary of State during the period from January 1, 1921, to December 31, 1937.

The principal objects of each company incorporated are set out in the notice published in the " Canada Gazette " in respect of each incorporation. Each company incorporated under the Companies Act has, as ancillary and incidental to the purposes or objects set forth in the letters patent or supplementary letters patent, the power, unless such power is expressly excluded by the letters patent or supplementary letters patent,

to purchase or otherwise acquire and undertake all or any of the assets, business, property, privileges, contracts, rights, obligations and liabilities of any other company or any society, firm or person carrying on any business which the company is authorized to carry on, or possessed of property suitable for the purposes of the company, (s. 14 of "The Companies Act, 1934.")

Mr. Wegenast in his book on " Canadian Companies" (1931) at page 164 says:

It was formerly considered important that the charter should set out in detail every line of activity in which the company might wish to engage, and the enumeration of powers gradually assumed the more or less stereotyped forms which are to be found in Palmer's Precedents. These precedents were so uniformly

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used as models that in 1907 the Ontario legislature incorporated them bodily in its Companies Act. ... In 1924 a similar section was brought into the dominion act.

Similar incidental powers are conferred by the companies acts of nearly all the provinces of Canada.

It will be observed, therefore, that few applications for letters patent now ask specific authority in the letters patent in respect to taking over business of other companies, since such acquisition comes within the ancillary and incidental powers.

To examine the 12,548 letters patent and supplementary letters patent issued during the period indicated would require the services of a legal officer for many months, since the interpretation of the language used in the applications could not be entrusted to the regular clerical staff.

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Subtopic:   AMALGAMATIONS AND MERGERS
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WILLIAM H. CALDWELL

CON

Mr. LENNARD:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Was William H. Caldwell, inspector at the south pier, Burlington channel, until September 22, 1937, employed by the government for the remainder of the year? If so, where?

2. How many days during each of the months of October, November and December, 1937, was he employed?

3. How many hours a day was he employed, and under whose supervision?

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Subtopic:   WILLIAM H. CALDWELL
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March 3, 1938