July 29, 1940

HOME DEFENCE

NAT

Mr. CHURCH:

National Government

1. What do military duties known as home defence consist of in this war, for which men are to be trained on land, sea and in the air, after registration in Canada?

2. Will it be in coordination or cooperation with Britain?

3. Does it include defence of Canada's neutrality from those who wish to use Canadian ports and territory for unneutral acts against another friendly power, as set out and defined by the government in the debate of 1938 on defence estimates ?

4. Will voluntary enlistment for overseas be affected by this registration act?

5. Does home defence include defence of Canada outside three miles of Canada's territorial waters, or defence of Prance's islands in the St. Lawrence, or defence of Iceland, Greenland or the West Indies?

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LIB

Mr. RALSTON: (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

1. As stated by Mr. Gardiner in the house on July 12, 1940 (see Hansard, page 1591), men called up under the National Resources Mobilization Act will be available for defence of Canada in Canada and everything pertaining to the military portion of that defence is included in the military duties.

2. Yes, as part of the whole war effort of the Dominion.

3. Yes.

4. No.

5. Not as regards enlistment for Military Service for home defence.

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COST OF ESTIMATING WHEAT YIELD

SC

Mr. JOHNSTON (Bow River):

Social Credit

1. What was the financial cost of estimating the average bushel yield of wheat per acre in the prairie provinces and the Peace River block in British Columbia?

2. How much was paid in wheat bonus to farmers, covering the same areas?

3. How much was collected from farmers under the one per cent levy?

4. How much was borrowed from the Finance department to help pay the wheat bonus?

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LIB

Mr. CASGRAIN: (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

1. Cost to date of Prairie Farm Assistance Act in respect to the 1939 crop season: $273,595.62.

It is not possible to segregate the costs involved in estimating the average yields of wheat.

2. Amount paid to date: $9,713,511.99.

3. Collected to June 27: $2,219,781.55.

4. Advances authorized from consolidated revenue fund: December 14, 1939, $5,000,000. February 29, 1940, additional amount required, not to exceed a maximum of $4,000,000.

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RECRUITING OF MINE WORKERS

CON

Mr. ADAMSON:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Are the recruiting officers accepting mine workers before the national registration scheme is completed and we have taken stock of our man-power resources?

2. What action has the government taken to the formation of a special pioneer corps of miners who would be trained together so that their specialized knowledge of rock, explosives and demolition work could be used to the best advantage ?

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LIB

Mr. RALSTON: (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

1. If the question refers to men highly skilled in mining operations, and with an extensive knowledge of their trade, then they may be enlisted by recruiting officers before the National Registration scheme is completed, provided they are recruited to fill vacancies in the establishment of a unit requiring such qualifications.

2. A special unit, No. 1 Tunnelling Company, has been formed in England from Canadian personnel selected from units overseas, and by the recent enlistment in Canada of 116 miners and diamond drillers.

The number of actual miners required in all engineer and pioneer units, which have been authorized to date, other than the No. 1 Tunnelling Company, amount to approximately 70, with reinforcements estimated at 25 to 30 per year. Specialized knowledge of rock, explosive and demolition work would be an asset to such units.

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TUBERCULOSIS TESTS FOR CATTLE

NAT

Mr. BLACK (Cumberland):

National Government

1. In what counties of the province of Nova Scotia have tuberculosis tests for cattle been made since 1925?

2. How many such tests have been made, stating (1) the counties in which each such test was made, (2) the date when each such test was made, (3) the number of cattle tested in each such test, and (4) the number and percentage of reactors found in each such test?

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3. In what counties or areas have such tests counties of Cape Breton island? If so, what

been authorized but not yet carried out? action has been taken?

4. Has any request been made by the government of Nova Scotia for such tests in the Mr. GARDINER:

1 and 2.

No. of

Counties tested times

since 1925 tested

Annapolis 1

Antigonish 2

Colchester 2

Cumberland 2

Digby 1

Guysborough 1

Halifax 1

Hants 1

Kings 1

Lunenburg 1

Pictou 2

Queens 1

Shelburne 1

Yarmouth 2

No. of Percen-

Dates of cattle tage oftesting tested reactorsApril and May, 1928 .. 14.584 2-6Nov./27 to Feb./28 .. 14,103 10Jan. to Apr./40 .. 13,282 0-2Oct./27 to Mar./28 .. 22,459 4-5May/39 to Sept./39 .. 25,035 0-44Oct./27 to Jan./28 .. 23.770 1-7Nov./38 to June/39 .. 25,030 0-49Jan. to May/28 .. 10,485 0-39Nov. and Dec./27 .. 6,924 0-17Feb. to Apr./28 . 10,725 3-0Feb. to May/28 .. 16,587 4-1(Retest in progress.) May to July/28 .. 17,532 2-5June to Aug./28 ,. 17,024 2-0Sept./27 to Jan./28 . 21.513 1-2Aug./39 to May/40 .. 21 $30 0-15Apr. and May/28 . 3,650 1-6Feb. and Mar./28 ,. 3,415 0-6Sept./27 to Feb./28 . 8,325 2-2Oct./38 to Jan./39 . 9,708 0-13. By order in council P.C. 2355, Dec. 15, 1927, initial testing of all cattle in Nova Scotia, except the island of Cape Breton, was authorized. Retesting by counties is in progress and the counties of Yarmouth, Cumberland, Colchester, Antigonish and Pictou have been completed.4. Yes, but no formal application in accordance with the restricted area regulations has been received.

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MUNITIONS PLANTS

CCF

Mr. COLDWELL:

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

1. How many munitions plants financed by the governments of Canada and/or Great Britain have been or are being established?

2. How many of such plants are being or are to be operated by the department?

3. How many are being or are to be operated under arrangement with private interests?

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LIB

Mr. HOWE: (Minister of Munitions and Supply)

Liberal

1. Eight.

2. Three. (Arsenals, operated by Department of National Defence.)

3. Five.

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SOLDIER MAIL

NAT

Thomas Langton Church

National Government

Mr. CHURCH:

Will the government give consideration to carrying free, through the post office, letters 95826-129i

of soldiers serving in Canada's army, navy and air force, for the period of the war, and also other classes of soldier mail?

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LIB

William Pate Mulock (Postmaster General)

Liberal

Mr. MULOCK:

The government has given consideration to this question.

All letters from soldiers in a theatre of war have been carried free from the time of the arrival of Canada's troops overseas.

The following concessions as variations from civil rates, have also been made,-

A special reduced rate of 12 cents per pound up to 11 pounds has been secured for parcels sent to the Canadian troops in the United Kingdom.

This special rate of 12 cents per pound has been extended to parcels for H.M. ships and H.M.C. ships abroad, as well as parcels for members of the official auxiliary services such as the women's auxiliary territorial service and the women's auxiliary air force, if addressed to units serving in the United Kingdom.

A reduced rate of 10 cents per pound has also been arranged for parcels posted to members of the Canadian troops in Newfoundland.

Ordinary letters, not exceeding two ounces in weight, posted to Canada by Canadian troops at Canadian army field post offices in

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the United Kingdom are accepted free of postage. If posted at a civil post office, the regular postage rates to Canada would apply.

As a result of negotiations entered into with the authorities in the United Kingdom and Newfoundland, concessions have been obtained under which gift parcels for Canadian soldiers will be admitted into these countries duty free.

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WEIGHING OF RAILROAD CARS

LIB

Mr. DOUGLAS (Weybum):

Liberal

1. How many railroad ears were weighed empty to check the marked weight for the fiscal years 1938-39 in (a) western Canada, (b) eastern Canada?

2. How many cars so weighed were found (a) to be marked over, and (b) to be marked under, and what action ivas taken by the Department of Trade and Commerce to have such errors corrected?

3. Has the Department of Trade and Commerce cheeked coal or coke in carload lots in the fiscal years 1938-1939 and, if so, what results were obtained?

4. Has the department received any complaints regarding the weights of carloads of coal or coke during the same period? If so, from whom, and what action, if any, was taken regarding these complaints?

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LIB

Mr. MacKINNON (Edmonton West): (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

1. The number of cars weighed empty by weights and measures service, Department of Trade and Commerce, to check the marked weights is as follows:

For the fiscal year ending March 31, 1938: (a) Western Canada, 129; (b) Eastern Canada, none.

For the fiscal year ending March 31, 1939: (a) Western Canada, 131; (b) Eastern Canada, none.

2. The number of cars so checked found to be marked:

(a) over the actual weight: For the fiscal year ending March 31, 1938, 9; for the fiscal year ending March 31, 1939, 21.

(b) under the actual weight: For the fiscal year ending March 31, 1938, 81; for the fiscal year ending March 31, 1939, 62.

Cars showing over 300 pounds error were restencilled by railway company.

3. No.

4. None.

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July 29, 1940