March 19, 1941

NAT

William Earl Rowe

National Government

Mr. ROWE:

Page the Minister of Agriculture.

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   PRICE OF BUTTER
Sub-subtopic:   REPORTED INTENTION OF GOVERNMENT TO WITHDRAW PEGGED PRICE
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COMMONWEALTH AIR TRAINING


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Charles Gavan Power (Associate Minister of National Defence; Minister of National Defence for Air; Minister of National Defence for Air and Associate Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Hon. C. G. POWER (Minister of National Defence for Air):

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   COMMONWEALTH AIR TRAINING
Sub-subtopic:   CONTRIBUTION OF OTHER PARTNERS IN THE EMPIRE'S EFFORT
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ST. LAWRENCE DEVELOPMENT


On the orders of the day:


IND

Joseph Sasseville Roy

Independent Conservative

Mr. J. SASSEVILLE ROY (Gaspe) (Translation) :

Mr. Speaker, the St. Lawrence development plan having been officially adopted, I wish to ask the Prime Minister (Mr. Mackenzie King) the following question: The tergiversations leading up to the adoption of the plan having been under way since 1936 or 1938, why did the government not submit this important question to the approval of the people at the election of 1940?

National Defence-Number of Recruits

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   ST. LAWRENCE DEVELOPMENT
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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 hope my hon. friend

will pardon me if I do not attempt to answer him in the language in which he has spoken. That I believe would be a courtesy to the language. As I understand his question, it is wholly academic. However, I shall read it over carefully and if I think it requires further answer I shall make it on another occasion.

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   ST. LAWRENCE DEVELOPMENT
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NATIONAL DEFENCE


NUMBER OF RECRUITS WHO HAVE EXPRESSED WILLINGNESS TO ENLIST FOR ACTIVE SERVICE On the orders of the day:


LIB

James Layton Ralston (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Hon. J. L. RALSTON (Minister of National Defence):

On March 17 the hon. member

for Souris (Mr. Ross) asked for a statement of those receiving the thirty-day training, giving the number by military districts of those who had expressed a willingness to volunteer for active service, either in the navy, the army or the air force. I am laying on the table of the house a statement in accordance with my hon. friend's request.

There is one slight discrepancy to which the officers of the department want me to call attention. It has been pointed out that in replying to the hon. member for Parkdale (Mr. Bruce) on March 3, as reported at page 1144 of Hansard, the number of recruits of the first and second training periods who expressed a willingness to volunteer for overseas service was given as 13,736. A comparison between that figure and the figure shown on this statement reveals a difference of seven, which discrepancy is explained by the fact that returns had not then been received from the training centres at Cornwall and Peterborough. Estimates were made instead of getting the actual figures.

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
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NAT

Karl Kenneth Homuth

National Government

Mr. HOMUTH:

Will that statement appear on Hansard?

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
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LIB

James Layton Ralston (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. RALSTON:

I can put it on Hansard, but I would have to read it.

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Take it as read.

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
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LIB

James Layton Ralston (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. RALSTON:

The statement is as follows:

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
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NUMBER OF RECRUITS WHO HAVE EXPRESSED A WILLINGNESS TO ENLIST IN THE ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY, CANADIAN ARMY (ACTIVE FORCE), ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE


Military District District Headquarters 1st Period 9th Oct. to 7th Nov. 1940 2nd Period 22nd Nov. to 21st Dec., 1940 3rd Period 10th Jan. to 8th Feb., 1941 Total RCN CA (AF) RCAF RCN CA (AF) RCAF RCN CA (AF) RCAF RCN CA (AF) RCAFi London, Ont 118 253 516 131 316 583 116 208 513 365 777 1,6122 Toronto, Ont 154 212 545 144 219 684 72 71 230 370 502 1,4593 Kingston, Ont 44 191 233 53 152 406 68 518 458 165 861 1,0974 Montreal, P.Q 75 204 193 63 148 232 74 219 269 212 571 6945 Quebec, P.Q 14 39 23 33 133 66 7 42 58 54 214 1476 Halifax, N.S 176 196 185 118 230 157 154 269 214 448 695 5537 St. John, N.B 07 460 193 65 349 195 53 262 382 185 1,071 77010 Winnipeg, Man 126 228 601 171 364 854 44 110 251 341 702 1,70611 Victoria, B.C 62 57 134 99 41 230 100 57 235 261 155 59912 Regina, Sask 31 104 192 95 840 381 41 519 181 167 1,463 75413 Calgary, Alta 25 77 154 51 90 1S8 23 91 153 99 258 475Total 892 2,021 2,909 1,023 2,882 3,956 752 2,360 2,944 2,667 7,289 9,86919,805 National Defence-Number of Recruits


WAR APPROPRIATION RILL


The house resumed from Tuesday, March 18, consideration in committee of a resolution to provide sums not exceeding $1,300,000,000 for the year ending March 31, 1942, for the carrying out of measures consequent upon the existence of a state of war-Mr. Ilsley-Mr. Fournier (Hull) in the chair.


CCF

Major James William Coldwell

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

Mr. COLDWELL:

Mr. Chairman, there are several questions I should like to ask the Minister of Munitions and Supply (Mr. Howe) in connection with radio broadcasting. On March 29 the Havana agreement comes into effect, and there are some questions which I think should be asked and answered before that date. As far as possible I have endeavoured not to interrupt the line of questioning by other hon. members, but since we seem to be getting toward the end of this debate I am taking this opportunity to ask the questions. The minister may not, at this time, be able to give me all the information I want, but I shall ask the questions and he can give me a reply at his leisure.

In the allocation, as announced some time in February, of broadcasting frequencies or channels to take effect on March 29, in accordance with the so-called Havana agreement of 1937 and subsequent arrangements, I notice that three of the six or seven class 1A clear channels, listed as available for Canada in the north American regional broadcasting agreement, have been allotted to private commercial stations which operate on a power of from

10.000 to 15,000 watts. Inasmuch as the class 1A clear channels envisage the ultimate use of

50.000 watts or more, will this allocation mean the abandonment of the policy which was stated by the minister at Moncton on October 12, 1937? The minister is reported as having summarized the basic policy as follows:

The broadcasting corporation has adopted, as a policy, government ownership and operation of the larger stations. In future private stations will not be allowed to expand beyond 1,000 watts, while existing larger stations will not be permitted t;o increase their present power. The corporation will, however, proceed as rapidly as funds will permit to build a series of high-power stations, which will in themselves give full coverage.

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   WAR APPROPRIATION RILL
Sub-subtopic:   PROVISION FOR GRANTING TO HIS MAJESTY AID FOR NATIONAL DEFENCE AND SECURITY
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March 19, 1941