March 25, 1941

WAR SAVINGS COMMITTEE

EE VIEW OP OPERATIONS AND RESULTS, 1940-41

LIB

James Lorimer Ilsley (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Hon. J. L. ILSLEY (Minister of Finance):

I desire to lay on the table a letter from Mr. W. H. Somerville, joint national chairman of the war savings committee, to which is appended a review of the operations and results from May, 1940, to March, 1941.

This is the first report I have made to parliament on the results of the war savings drive conducted last month.

Topic:   WAR SAVINGS COMMITTEE
Subtopic:   EE VIEW OP OPERATIONS AND RESULTS, 1940-41
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ST. LAWRENCE WATERWAY INQUIRY AS TO CONSULTATION WITH PROVINCES BEFORE SIGNING OP AGREEMENT


On the orders of the day:


SC

John Horne Blackmore

Social Credit

Mr. J. H. BLACKMORE (Lethbridge):

I should like to direct the following question to the Prime Minister. Did the Prime Minister or the government consult the government of each of the nine provinces to ascertain its views with respect to the signing of the treaty between the United States and Canada in connection with the St. Lawrence seaway power project?

Topic:   ST. LAWRENCE WATERWAY INQUIRY AS TO CONSULTATION WITH PROVINCES BEFORE SIGNING OP AGREEMENT
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LIB

Ian Alistair Mackenzie (Minister of Pensions and National Health)

Liberal

Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE:

KING (Prime Minister): The answer is in the

negative.

Topic:   ST. LAWRENCE WATERWAY INQUIRY AS TO CONSULTATION WITH PROVINCES BEFORE SIGNING OP AGREEMENT
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REPORTED INCREASE IN PRICES OF CERTAIN GRADES IN NOVA SCOTLA


On the orders of the day: Mr. GORDON B. ISNOR (Halifax): I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Labour, as the minister having jurisdiction over the war-time prices and trade board. Is he aware that while prices of coal from Inverness, Bras d'Or, Indian Cove, Drummond and other independent mines have not been altered, Halifax prices of all soft coals produced by the Dominion Coal company and subsidiaries have been increased by 25 cents per ton to Halifax consumers? This being so, what action if any does the minister propose to take in the matter?


LIB

Norman Alexander McLarty (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Hon. N. A. McLARTY (Minister of Labour):

The hon. member was kind enough to give me notice of his intention to ask this question, and a few moments ago I obtained the information in connection with it.

I am not in a position to deal with the several mines referred to in his question, the respective coal operators and the variation of prices. But I believe the answer would be this. A little time ago a conciliation board granted wage increases amounting to a very substantial sum to the Dominion Coal company. I believe that now the operators are suggesting a proposal under which there will be some increase in the prices of certain grades of coal. This matter at present is receiving the consideration of the fuel administrator and the war-time prices and trade board, to determine whether such increases are justified.

Topic:   REPORTED INCREASE IN PRICES OF CERTAIN GRADES IN NOVA SCOTLA
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YOUNG COMMUNIST LEAGUE

SUBVERSIVE MATERIAL ALLEGED TO HAVE BEEN MAILED TO UNIVERSITY STUDENTS


On the orders of the day:


NAT

Herbert Alexander Bruce

National Government

Hon. H. A. BRUCE (Parkdale):

I should like to direct the attention of the Minister of Justice to a circular letter entitled "Student Beacon" issued by the Toronto district young communist league, which is being mailed to university students and which contains subversive material intended to interfere with our war effort. Have the Royal Canadian Mounted Police been made aware of the activities of this young communist league and, if so, what means have been taken to suppress it?

Topic:   YOUNG COMMUNIST LEAGUE
Subtopic:   SUBVERSIVE MATERIAL ALLEGED TO HAVE BEEN MAILED TO UNIVERSITY STUDENTS
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LIB

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

Liberal

Right Hon. ERNEST LAPOINTE (Minister of Justice):

I will give my hon. friend an answer to-morrow.

Topic:   YOUNG COMMUNIST LEAGUE
Subtopic:   SUBVERSIVE MATERIAL ALLEGED TO HAVE BEEN MAILED TO UNIVERSITY STUDENTS
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ARMY CANTEENS

INQUIRY AS TO REPORT OF COMMITTEE REVIEWING REGULATIONS


On the orders of the day:


SC

Frederick Davis Shaw

Social Credit

Mr. F. D. SHAW (Red Deer):

Yesterday the Minister of National Defence stated that a committee is at present engaged in inquiring into the regulations governing the operation of army canteens. I believe he stated

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also that he would make inquiries as to the date when this report might be expected and made available. In view of this I would ask the minister three questions:

1. Has the minister any further information as to when the report may be expected?

2. Has this committee authority to effect changes in the regulations as they at present exist?

3. When the report is finally tabled will the regulations, as they are at present or as amended, be tabled together with the report?

Topic:   ARMY CANTEENS
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO REPORT OF COMMITTEE REVIEWING REGULATIONS
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LIB

James Layton Ralston (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

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

As to the first question I must confess to my hon. friend and the house that I have not had an opportunity to ascertain what progress has been made. It will be necessary to communicate with Mr. Macdonnell, at Toronto, and the matter slipped my mind. With regard to tabling the report, of course the report will be received by the department, where it will be considered and the disposition to be made of it will be decided. My hon. friend will understand that the committee has power to recommend but not to make changes in the regulations until the matter has been considered by the government.

Topic:   ARMY CANTEENS
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO REPORT OF COMMITTEE REVIEWING REGULATIONS
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March 25, 1941