May 23, 1940

QUESTIONS


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.)


NATIONAL REGISTER FOR WAR PURPOSES

NAT

Mr. CHURCH:

National Government

1. Will any steps be taken at once by the government to secure a national register or modern doomsday book or survey of all the people of Canada for war and after the war purposes, and for defence, economic, industrial and other labour purposes?

2. If so, what are they?

3. Will such a proposed register include: (a) man power; (b) industrial power; (c) food power; (d) military and defence power; (e) unemployed; (f) transients?

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

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

This question, like all others that require a statement of government policy, will be answered as the policies of the government are announced. It is not customary to announce government policy in answer to specific questions on the order paper.

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CANADIAN ACTIVE SERVICE FORCE-MEDICAL EXAMINATIONS

NAT

Mr. BRUCE:

National Government

1. How many men of the first division were reexamined before going overseas?

2. Were X-ray examinations made on enlistment?

3. How many men developed chest conditions between enlistment and going overseas?

4. Were all men examined by X-ray before going overseas?

[Mr. MacNicol.l

5. Have all precautions been taken, and records kept so that proper identification may be made later when the question of pensions is being considered?

6. If so, what are they?

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LIB

Mr. ROGERS: (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

1. AH of first division were re-examined before going overseas.

2. All men not X-rayed (chest only) on enlistment have since been X-rayed (chest only).

3. During the period between date of mobilization (September 1, 1939) and 31st December, 1939, there were, among all the troops in Canada, 1,339 cases of chest conditions admitted to hospital, including bronchial pneumonia, pleurisy, asthma, emphysema, tuberculosis of the respiratory system.

4. Yes (chest only).

5. Yes.

6. A radiologists's written report and film for all cases. These reports and films are numbered with the man's number, name, unit and a serial number, and are filed at the record office in Ottawa.

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ALBANY RIVER WATER DIVERSION

NAT

Mr. MacNICOL:

National Government

1. Was any representative of the government of Canada or the province of Ontario requested or authorized to introduce or discuss the diversion of the water of the Albany river watershed at the recent negotiations in Ottawa or Washington in connection with the proposed St. Lawrence river navigation and power project?

2. Was any Canadian representative, at the negotiations referred to above, directed to protest against the present diversion or the increasing of the present diversion of lake Michigan water at Chicago?

3. Was any Canadian representative, at the above referred to negotiations, directed to discuss the relation of lake Michigan to the proposed St. Lawrence navigation and power project?

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LIB

Mr. MACKENZIE KING: (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

1. The question of the utilization of waters diverted into the great lakes and St. Lawrence system from the Albany river watershed has been under discussion between the government of Canada and the government of Ontario for many years. Articles were included in the St. Lawrence treaty signed in 1932 and also in the draft Great Lakes-St. Lawrence treaty put forward by the United States government in 1938, providing for the utilization by Canada for power purposes of all water so diverted into the great lakes system. The question has continued under discussion in subsequent negotiations.

2. The Canadian authorities have made representations on all appropriate occasions

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against the excessive diversion of water from the great lakes through the Chicago sanitary canal. The United States federal government and various lake states have also pressed for its restriction. In the past ten years the diversion has been reduced by more than 5,000 cubic second feet as a result.

3. The question of control of the diversion through the Chicago sanitary canal was dealt with in the St. Lawrence treaty of 1932 and has continued to receive attention in all subsequent negotiations.

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CANADIAN ACTIVE SERVICE FORCE-ENLISTMENTS, DISPOSITION AND MOBILIZATION

NAT

Mr. CHURCH:

National Government

1. How many men have enlisted in Canada by provinces: (a) for overseas; (b) for home defence ?

2. How many men by contingents or divisions

went overseas: (a) in the war of 1914-18;

(b) and have gone to date overseas in this war?

3. How many divisions in this war have so far been mobilized, ami where, and are any otliers contemplated ?

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LIB

Norman McLeod Rogers (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. ROGERS:

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SOLDIERS' CLOTHING IN STORAGE

NAT

Mr. MacNICOL:

National Government

1. What number of soldiers' uniforms were in storage in the Toronto government stores and depots in August of each of the following years: 1936, 1937, 1938, and 1939?

2. What number of soldiers' greatcoats were m storage at above referred to stores and depots in said years?

3. What number of each of the above referred to uniforms and greatcoats were unserviceable in September, 1939. through having been (a) destroyed by moths or (b) other causes?

4. How many pairs of soldiers' boots -were in serviceable condition in the above referred to stores and depots in August, 1939?

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LIB

Norman McLeod Rogers (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. ROGERS:

1936 1937 1938 19391. Breeches

1,444 1,336 876 852Caps

3.389 4,678 2,590 3,861Jackets

9.629 9,349 8,153 7,876Trousers

2,912 2,513 1,911 2.864Puttees

2,210 1,341 2,214 3712. 1936-9,8391937- 9,8421938- 9,0281939- S,5503. (a) Number destroyed by moths-negligible, (b) Average quantities condemned annually as unserviceable through fair wear

and tear.

Breeches 270

Caps .. 750

Jackets 1,250

Trousers 800

Puttees 1,000

Greatcoats 660

4. 2.S90 pairs.

dependents' allowance board

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NAT

Mr. CHURCH:

National Government

1. Who are the members of the soldiers' dependency board, when were they appointed, what are their respective salaries and duties, and what financial or other qualifications had they for such a position?

2. What instructions have been issued to them, and will a copy of same be tabled?

3. (a) How many claims have been passed, and (b) how many are pending settlement?

4. Will the government consider a system for more prompt payment through the chartered banks, the Bank of Canada or other agency?

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Mr. ROGERS: (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

1. The duties of the members of the dependents' allowance board are set out in financial regulations and instructions for (the Canadian active service force. These regulations have been laid on the table of the House and have also been promulgated in the Canada Gazette. >

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Members:

Colonel S. H. Hill-Appointed September 5th, 1939-In business in Quebec prior to 1912. On January 1st, 1912, appointed officer in the permanent active militia; served in France and was wounded there and on return to Canada served as general staff officer at various places. In 1920 was appointed director of physical training and cadet services. In 1933 transferred to London, Ontario, and served for six years as assistant adjutant and quarter master general. Retired on pension April 10th, 1939. Recalled for duty with the dependents' allowance board on September 5th, 1939.

Salary-Difference between permanent force pension and regimental pay of rank-SI ,851.50 p.a.

Lieutenant-Colonel Joseph G. Raymond-Appointed September 20th, 1939-Four years .active service 1914-18 War. In Canada and France company commander and adjutant. Experience in civil life-In bond and insurance business and office management with A. E. Ames & Co., and in business for himself.

Salary-Pay of rank-$4,990.50 p.a.

Mr. Arthur H. Brown-Appointed September 5th, 1939-A lawyer by profession. Holds position of secretary of Canadian Farm Loan Board. Has a wide knowledge of general conditions in Canada.

Salary-Paid by farm loan board. Receives no extra pay.

Flying Officer Walter A. Kenzie-Appointed January 17th, 1940-Lawyer by profession, gave up practice to join the forces. Has had considerable experience in handling cases of a social nature.

Salary-Pay of rank-S3,456.

Lieutenant-Commander Archibald E. For-tington, R.C.N.-Appointed March 14th, 1940- Pay Officer in the navy in the Great M ar. 21 years of service in the dominion civil service, trade and commerce division.

Salary-Pay of rank-$3,686.50.

Chairman, A. MacNamara-Appointed January 17th, 1940-Three years of sendee in Imperial Air Force and Royal Air Force, 191418 War. Twenty-five years with provincial government of Manitoba in administrative positions in Department of Public Works and Labour. Holds position as Deputy Minister of Public Works and Labour of that province and is on loan to the national defence department.

Salary-Receives same salary as paid by the province of Manitoba ($6,000 p.a.), plus a living allowance of $10 a day.

2. Answered by 1.

3. (a) An April 30th, 1940, 66,762 applications for payments on behalf of men in the service were in payment and of this number 16,627 were for insurance premiums only. The balance, 50,135, was the number of payments being made to dependents.

(b) As to the number of applications pending, these applications are received as men are recruited and the number varies from day to day. On April 30th, 1940, there were 802 applications under investigation all of which were of recent date.

4. There is no delay in the dispatch of cheques to dependents. Cheques are mailed so that they reach dependents on the first of each month and are cashed by any bank and many other agencies.

farmers' creditors arrangement act-

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SASKATCHEWAN APPLICATIONS

May 23, 1940