March 26, 1941

QUESTIONS


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.)


NON-INTEREST-BEARING BONDS

LIB

Olof Hanson

Liberal

Mr. HANSON (Skeena):

What is the total amount paid in subscriptions in Canada since the beginning of the

present war to date, in connection with noninterest bearing bonds, showing each province

separately?. Mr. ILSLEY: To March 15,1941 No. of

Province applications AmountBritish Columbia.. ... 351 $3,523,995 15Alberta ... 600 85.647 32Saskatchewan. . . . . .. 418 86,063 93Manitoba .... 2,614 125,023 63Ontario ... 2,991 956,489 00Quebec ... 156 1,188,176 49Nova Scotia . .. 28 6,739 00New Brunswick... ... 62 75,325 15Prince Edward Island .... Yukon ... 1 5,000 00Total ... 7,221 $6,052,459 67

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ST. LAWRENCE WATERWAY-EFFECT ON PORT OF MONTREAL

LIB

Mr. JEAN:

Liberal

1. Before signing the treaty respecting the St. Lawrence waterways as announced by the Right Honourable the Prime Minister on the 19th instant, did the government consult experts as to how the port of Montreal would be affected by the completion of the project?

2. If so, what are the names of such experts?

3. What were the conclusions of each of them?

Questions

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LIB

Mr. CARDIN: (Minister of Transport; Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

1. Yes.

2. The possible effect of the St. Lawrence development on the port of Montreal has been studied by various engineering boards during the past two decades. The joint board of engineers investigated the project in 1924-1926, and the effect of the project proposed at the present time has been examined by the Canadian temporary great lakes St. Lawrence basin committee, the engineers on which were Mr. G. A. Lindsay, Department of Transport; Dr. Olivier Lefebvre, vice-chairman, Quebec Streams Commission; and Dr. T. H. Hogg, chairman and chief engineer of the HydroElectric Power Commission of Ontario.

3. The conclusions of the above are that the provisions of the Canada-United States agreement together with the engineering design of the structures and arrangements for regulation and control are of such a character as to prevent any adverse effect on the port of Montreal.

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*BEAUHARN OIS POWER DEVELOPMENT


Mr. LaCROIX (Quebec-Montmorency): 1. Is there an agreement between the dominion government and the government of the province of Quebec providing for the return to the province of the electrical energy developed from the Beauharnois canal? 2. If so, upon what conditions?


LIB

Pierre-Joseph-Arthur Cardin (Minister of Transport; Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. CARDIN:

I understand the agreement and the correspondence, tabled on Friday, already contain the answer to this question.

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*ST. LAWRENCE WATERWAY-NAVIGATION


Mr. LaCROIX (Quebec-Montmorency): In connection with the St. Lawrence waterways agreement, is there any restriction with reference to vessels from the great lakes continuing their voyages from Montreal to the ocean?


LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

The reply just given by my colleague to the question concerning the Beauharnois power development, would apply to this question.

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TUBERCULOSIS IN WENTWORTH, ONT., CATTLE

LIB

Mr. CORMAN:

Liberal

1. How many cattle were tested in the county of Wentworth for tuberculosis?

2. How many were found to be suffering from the above disease?

3.. What amount of compensation was paid farmers having these diseased cattle?

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LIB

Mr. GARDINER: (Minister of National War Services; Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

1. 19,806.

2. 1,251.

3. $37,358.

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SYDNEY, N.S., AIRPORT

CCF

Mr. GILLIS:

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

1. What was the cost of the site for the airport located at Sydney, Nova Scotia?

2. From whom was the site purchased?

3. Was the land where this airport is located originally crown land?

4. If so, to whom was it sold or transferred? Mr. POWER:

Provincial crown lands, 670 acres...$ 670 00

Militia rifle range, 312 acres (transferred) 1 00

Dominion Coal Co., half interest

192-5 acres 721 88

Mary and Sarah Wallace, i interest

192-5 acres 481 25

Note.-One-sixth interest in this tract has been expropriated but no owner can be found and therefore no money has been paid for it.

John Gillis, guardian of the person of Peter Gillis, unsound mind, \ interest 38-4 acres 72 00

Peter Gillis, Michael Gillis, John Gillis, Katy Ann Gillis, heirs of M.

Gillis, J interest 38-4 acres 216 00

Daniel McMillan right of way 6-08 acres 60 00

Total $2,222 13

use OF IRISH PORTS AND BASES AS A PROTECTION TO EMPIRE SHIPPING

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NAT

Mr. CHURCH:

National Government

1. Has Canada a foreign minister or envoy to the Eire republic in Dublin?

2. If so, who is the acting head, what is his staff, what duties do they perform and what are their respective salaries and other allowances ?

3. Has the government made any representations to Eire as to the loss of Canadian shipping off Eire ports by enemy action, resulting from the refusal of Eire of the use of her ports for defence purposes?

4. Is Eire considered by this government a dominion or a separate republic?

5. What trade commissioners or other Canadian officials are in Eire, where are they located, at what cost, and is there duplication of services ?

6. Has Canada made representations to Eire or to the government of Britain requesting the use of Irish ports and bases as a protection to Canadian and empire shipping against enemy submarines and air bombers?

7. Have empire ships been sunk, and Canadian and British seamen drowned as a result of the lack of protection by the use of Irish ports?

8. What has the government done in the matter, or what action will be taken?

[Mr. Jean.3

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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

I feel I ought to say a word or two about the questions which the hon. member for Broadview (Mr. Church) has asked, and in that connection point out to him and to hon. members of the house that in considering both the placing of questions on the order paper and the replies to be made thereto, it is desirable that we should all have in mind the effect which the questions when asked and when answered may have upon the situation with which the entire British empire is faced at the present time. It is important that we keep in mind particularly the position of the United Kingdom and the government as well as that of our own country in dealing with matters which affect not one part of the empire only, but all parts. If any useful purpose can be served by asking and answering questions, if we can achieve a purpose which will assist the war effort of the British commonwealth, then I think questions might well be asked and should be answered. But if a question is of a character to provoke discussion and is in no way calculated to aid in meeting an existing situation and one which may be very embarrassing, with all due respect I submit that any such question should neither be asked nor answered.

There are one or two questions asked by my hon. friend which I can answer. He asks: "Has Canada a foreign minister or envoy to the Eire republic in Dublin?" I would reply that Canada has no foreign minister in Dublin. There is the office of high commissioner which unhappily, due to the death of the late Mr. John Hall Kelly, is vacant at the present time. At present the acting high commissioner is Mr. E. J. Garland, a former member of this House of Commons. My hon. friend following his first question asks: "If so, who is the acting head, what is his staff, what duties do they perform and what are their respective salaries and other allowances?" I have already given him the name of the acting head. The staff is a small one. It consists of one stenographer, Miss E. O'Malley, grade 3, who receives a salary of $1,560 and an allowance of $250 per annum, and Mr. Chambers, messenger, who receives $465.

I shall have to bring the next question to the attention of the Minister of Trade and Commerce (Mr. MacKinnon). My hon. friend asks: "What trade commissioners or other Canadian officials are in Eire, where are they located, at what cost, and is there duplication of services?" Perhaps this question may be allowed to stand on the order paper to be answered later by my colleague. The hon. member's next question is: "Has the government made any representations to Eire as to the loss of Canadian shipping off Eire ports

by enemy action, resulting from the refusal of Eire of the use of her ports for defence purposes?" To begin with, this question is out of order because it carries with it an implication. It is asked not so much for the purpose of getting information as for the purpose of purporting to give information, which may and probably is wholly incorrect.

The next question asked is: "Has Canada made representations to Eire or to the government of Britain requesting the use of Irish ports and bases as a protection to Canadian and empire shipping against enemy submarines and air bombers?" And next: "Have empire ships been sunk, and Canadian and British seamen drowned as a result of the lack of protection by the use of Irish ports?" What I said a moment ago about a previous question would apply also to these. Then my hon. friend asks: "What has the government done in the matter, or what action will be taken?"

I submit, Mr. Speaker, that to give any replies to these questions, either in the affirmative or in the negative, would serve only to provoke discussion which might prove unfortunate to the relations between Canada and Ireland or create complications as between the United Kingdom and Ireland. I would not wish it to be assumed that the matters which are referred to have not been the subject of careful consideration by representatives of Ireland and our own government. On the other hand, I have no desire to answer questions which might quite unnecessarily occasion further questions or occasion embarrassment in other parts of the empire, with respect to a controversial matter. I think the whole matter is perhaps best left in that position. I am sure that my hon. friend, who is the most loyal of men, will appreciate that it is only because of reasons of great loyalty to the crown that I take the position I do.

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March 26, 1941