March 21, 1939

INQUIRY FOR RETURN


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, the hon. member for

Broadview (Mr. Church) inquired about a return which was passed by this house on January 12 in reply to his question as follows:

1. Have any steps been taken by the government to secure a national register for Canada for defence or economic or industrial or labour purposes ?

There were other questions to the same effect. I might say in reply that all the departments interested were communicated with by the Secretary of State's department and that a return was tabled on February 8 last containing all the information we have on this subject. Since the hon. member for Broadview has on a couple of occasions asked whether we could supply him with additional information, I must state to him to-day that all the information was tabled in the return of February 8.

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   INQUIRY FOR RETURN
Sub-subtopic:   QUESTION OF PREPARING NATIONAL REGISTER FOR DEFENCE, ECONOMIC OR OTHER PURPOSES '
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CON

Thomas Langton Church

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CHURCH:

Mr. Speaker, the government's reply to my inquiry as to what is the national policy for defence, for food power, economic matters and other matters referred to in my question was contained in one small paragraph. It gives no information whatever concerning economic power, man power, food power, military and defence power or a register of unemployment. The various ministers have not answered the question. We shall wait till doomsday before anything is done, or until the dictators arrive in Canada.

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   INQUIRY FOR RETURN
Sub-subtopic:   QUESTION OF PREPARING NATIONAL REGISTER FOR DEFENCE, ECONOMIC OR OTHER PURPOSES '
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BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

INQUIRY AS TO FURTHER LEGISLATION


On the orders of the day:


CON

Robert James Manion (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. R. J. MANION (Leader of the Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, I would ask the Prime Minister (Mr. Mackenzie King) if he is prepared to tell us what further legislation is likely to be brought down before the end of the session. I ask it because of his own remarks some time ago regarding the end of the session. I think it would be of interest if he could tell us, and if he is not prepared to do so to-day, perhaps he may be in a position to give an answer to-morrow.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO FURTHER LEGISLATION
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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):

I shall be very happy to give a reply to my hon. friend, but possibly he might allow me until Monday to make a statement, by which time I hope to be able to have exact information.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO FURTHER LEGISLATION
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SUBVERSIVE PROPAGANDA

REQUEST FOR INVESTIGATION INTO ACTIVITIES INIMICAL TO CANADIAN INSTITUTIONS


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Abraham Albert Heaps

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

Mr. A. A. HEAPS (Winnipeg North):

I should like to direct the following question to the Minister of Justice (Mr. Lapointe). In view of the vast amount of propaganda being

Privilege-Mr. Lacombe

carried on in Canada designed to undermine our democratic institutions and also to foster religious and racial hatreds, much of which emanates from abroad, will the government undertake a thorough public investigation into all forms of such propaganda?

Topic:   SUBVERSIVE PROPAGANDA
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR INVESTIGATION INTO ACTIVITIES INIMICAL TO CANADIAN INSTITUTIONS
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LIB

Ernest Lapointe (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Right Hon. ERNEST LAPOINTE (Minister of Justice):

Mr. Speaker, the hon. gentleman kindly sent me a copy of the question he intended to ask, and I wish to give this answer. There is no doubt that some propaganda along the lines suggested by the hon. gentleman is being carried out in certain parts of Canada. More particularly certain scurrilous and offensive publications are doing their utmost to undermine democratic institutions. One of their methods is to abuse parliament and slander public men. They have not been interfered with, mostly because of their insignificance and to avoid giving them a publicity which they relish. In some cases it would seem that they are the tools of foreign agencies interested in their destructive work. We are keeping a pretty careful watch over their activities, and we are prepared to protect Canadian laws and institutions, if needed.

I personally believe that a public investigation, whether by a parliamentary committee or a royal commission, might become desirable as to the existence, the activities and the financial support of all associations or societies which are carrying on subversive work, inimical to the institutions of Canada, and the suggestion of my hon. friend will be duly considered as to opportunity, time and form of such possible investigation.

Topic:   SUBVERSIVE PROPAGANDA
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR INVESTIGATION INTO ACTIVITIES INIMICAL TO CANADIAN INSTITUTIONS
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NATIONAL DEFENCE

REPORTED GERMAN NEGOTIATIONS FOR ATLANTIC AIR BASES


On the orders of the day:


LIB

David James Hartigan

Liberal

Mr. D. J. HARTIGAN (Cape Breton South):

I would ask the Minister of National Defence (Mr. Mackenzie), in view of reports to-day that Germany is negotiating with Iceland for a seaplane base in the north Atlantic, and Canada's vulnerability to attack from the air on the Atlantic seaboard, whether our air defence on the Atlantic seaboard should not be speeded up to completion without waiting for any interdepartmental committee or anything of that sort. The very latest report states that Germany is negotiating with Denmark for an aeroplane base on the Atlantic.

Topic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Subtopic:   REPORTED GERMAN NEGOTIATIONS FOR ATLANTIC AIR BASES
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LIB

Ian Alistair Mackenzie (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Hon. IAN MACKENZIE (Minister of National Defence):

I have not seen the dispatch to which my hon. friend alludes, but I can assure him that very aggressive steps will be taken during this present year for the development of airports on the Atlantic coast.

PRIVILEGE-Mr. LACOMBE

Topic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Subtopic:   REPORTED GERMAN NEGOTIATIONS FOR ATLANTIC AIR BASES
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SPEECH DELIVERED BY THE HON. MEMBER FOR DORCHESTER AT MONTREAL ON MARCH 17, 1939

March 21, 1939