February 3, 1939

SINGLE TRANSIENTS IN TORONTO

SC

Mr. BLACKMORE:

Social Credit

1. With respect to the 500 transient, single, young men under 25 years of age in Toronto, whose case was brought to the attention of parliament recently, what steps should these boys take now in order to get means of sustenance?

2. Whose responsibility are these boys: Toronto's, Ontario's or Ottawa's?

3. If a combination of all three, whom should the boys approach to register their needs?

4. Is there a definite office in Toronto at which they can make known their plight and request assistance? If so, where is it, and what is the procedure for them to follow?

5. What government is responsible for taking the initiative for giving them help?

6. What sort of assistance will be given: '(a) during the first day; (b) during the first week?

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LIB

Mr. ROGERS: (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

1. The matter of single transient young men under 25 years of age was brought to the attention of the house on January 20 following the arrest of some of these men. At that time it was stated that information available was to the effect that the matter was receiving the attention of the provincial government (Hansard, page 189). Any persons in need of assistance in the city of Toronto should make application to the city relief office.

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2. Under agreement the dominion is assisting the province of Ontario by contributing to the cost to the province and its municipalities of food, fuel, clothing and shelter (or any of them) supplied to individuals in necessitous circumstances, but it is the responsibility of the local authorities, under provincial regulation, to determine to whom and to what extent such assistance shall be granted.

3 and 4. Answered by No. 1.

5 and 6. Answered by No. 2.

* TORONTO HOUSEWIVES LEAGUE-COMPLAINTS

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RESPECTING HIGH COST OP LIVING

CON

Mr. CHURCH:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. What action, if any, has been taken by the Department of Labour with respect to the petitions and complaints of the Toronto Housewives League and others respecting the high cost of living, presented in the house in 1938?

2. Were any prosecutions instituted, or investigations made into combinations in restraint of trade and into trusts and combines in Canada? If so, what were they?

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LIB

Norman McLeod Rogers (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. ROGERS:

The hon. member asked

a question regarding this matter in the house in February last and in my answer of February 17 I stated that "if there are grounds for believing that trade combinations are fixing prices to the detriment of the public, the provisions of the Combines Investigation Act may be invoked in the regular manner by the hon. member's correspondents or others who know of the existence of such combinations." The act was not so invoked and no investigation was made.

In reply to the second question I may say that investigations under the Combines Investigation Act are being made continuously. Prosecution proceedings as a result of the recent report on tobacco have been commenced in Alberta, the investigation relating to corrugated boxes will be completed shortly, and the British Columbia fruit investigation is in progress. These are the principal matters at present receiving attention.

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NEW CUSTOMS OUTPORTS

LIB

Mr. FERLAND:

Liberal

1. Were any outports in Canada organized into ports during the last three years?

2. If so, what are the names of such new ports?

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LIB

Mr. ILSLEY: (Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

1. 10.

2. Amos, Que.; Coutts, Alta.; Farnham, Que.; Edmundston, N.B.; Lacolle, Que.; Pacific Highway, B.C.; Trail, B.C.; Walker-ville, Ont.; West Toronto, Ont.; Victoria-ville, Que.

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NATIONAL DEBT

SC

Mr. FAIR:

Social Credit

1. What is the amount of Canada's national debt as at March 31, 1938?

2. What are the names of the creditors to whom we owe this debt, and what amount is due each?

3. What amount of interest was paid on the national debt in the fiscal year 1937-38: (a) in Canada; (b) outside Canada?

4. On the basis of payments made to date, how long will it take to pay off our national debt?

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LIB

Mr. DUNNING: (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

1. Total liabilities of the Dominion of Canada at March 31, 1938, amounted to 83,540,237,614.54, of which 83.314,558,031.86 represented unmatured funded debt and treasury bills. The net debt (total liabilities less active assets) -as of the same date was $3,101,667,570.25.

2. It is not possible to answer this question as only approximately 40 per cent of the funded debt is in the form of registered bonds. Moreover, there are over 160,000 registered holders of bonds payable in Canada only.

3. Interest on the gross interest-bearing debt (funded and unfunded): (a) $101,780,368.73; (b) $30,337,052.85.

4. The paying off of the debt of Canada is dependent on the budgetary policy of the government and, therefore, as it is not the practice to answer questions relating to policy, the question should be dropped.

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RADIO LICENCES

CON

Mr. GRAYDON:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. How many radio receiving licences have been issued during the current fiscal year in Canada?

2. How many persons have been convicted and fined during the current fiscal year for failure to obtain such licences?

3. What is the total amount collected during

this fiscal year from the sale of radio receiving licences ? -

4. How much did it cost to effect such

collections ? .

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LIB

Mr. HOWE: (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

1. 1,162,800,

2. 1,410.

3. $2,679,216.01.

4. Commissions $194,581.35 and administration $81,264.74.

(All figures for the current fiscal year to the 31st of December, 1938.)

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RURAL MAIL ROUTES

CON

Mr. GRAYDON:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. How many rural mail routes in Canada have been opened for tender during the calendar year 1938?

Questions

2. How many were renewed during the same period ?

3. What is the average mileage covered by rural mail carriers in Canada?

4. What is the average contract price per mile per year of Canadian rural mail routes?

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LIB

Mr. McLARTY: (Postmaster General)

Liberal

1. 479 (including 146 new routes).

2. 750.

3. 21'18 miles per trip (as on 31st March, 1938).

4. S32.54 per mile per annum based on six trips per week (as on 31st March, 1938).

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DELISLE, SASK., MAIL SERVICE

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Mr. COLD WELL:

1. Who has the contract for the mail service between Delisle post office and Canadian National railway station?

2. Who had the contract to December 31,

1938? .

3. What amount did he receive for his services ?

4. What amount is the present tenderer to receive?

5. Why was the change, if any, made?

6. Upon whose recommendation was the

change, if any, made?

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February 3, 1939