April 7, 1941

FIRST REAMNGS-SENATE BILLS


Bill No. 30, for the relief of John Hubert Fox.-Mr. Abbott. Bill No. 31, for the relief of Dorothy Jean Fletcher.-Mr. Whitman. Bill No. 32, for the relief of Lillian Bald Ellison.-Mr. Bercovitch. Bill No. 33, for the relief of Clavell Filliter Stroud-Mr. Abbott. Bill No. 34, for the relief of Mary Marion Grey McKay.-Mr. Abbott. Bill No. 35, for the relief of Frances Goldberg Joseph.-Mr. Bercovitch. * Bill No. 36, for the relief of Alice Weill Sedlack.-Mr. Boucher. Bill No. 37, for the relief of Marguerite Marie Rita Duchesneau Goulet.-Mr. Abbott. Bill No. 38, for the relief of Edna Irene Yertaw.-Mr. Mcllraith. Bill No. 39, for the relief of Gordon Alexander Cowan.-Mr. Bercovitch. Bill No. 40, for the relief of Marion Cameron MacLaurin Nelson.-Mr. Bercovitch. Bill No. 41, for the relief of Kenneth Grier Thornton.-Mr. Abbott. Bill No. 42, for the relief of Hubert Earl Roberts.-Mr. Macmillan. Bill No. 43, for the relief of Annie Elizabeth Cunningham Wheatley.-Mr. Abbott. Bill No. 44, for the relief of Dorothy Theresa Downard Street.-Mr. Abbott. Bill No. 45, for the relief of John Greig.- Mr. Bercovitch. Bill No. 46, for the relief of Lloyd Charles Edward Francis Fulford.-Mr. Bercovitch. Bill No. 47, for the relief of Joseph Gaston Yvano Rene Dupuis.-Mr. Hill. Bill No. 48, for the relief of Audrey Alexine Stephenson Smyth.-Mr. Bercovitch. Bill No. 49, for the relief of Lillian Shapiro Denenberg.-Mr. Bercovitch. Bill No. 50, for the relief of David Rain-ville.-Mr. Abbott. Bill No. 51, for the relief of Hortense Bien-venue.-Mr. Bercovitch. Bill No. 52, for the relief of Evelyn May Grey Ladouceur.-Mr. Mcllraith. Bill No. 53, for the relief of Marie Jeanne Germaine Grenier Legendre.-Mr. Hill. Bill No. 54, for the relief of Marie Adeline Alice Miron Lefebvre.-Mr. Bercovitch. Bill No. 55, for the relief of Helenorah Keturah Donowa Harris.-Mr. Roebuck. Bill No. 56, for the relief of Henry John Barrington Nevitt.-Mr. Bercovitch. Bill No. 58, for the relief of Pauline Myrtle Barr Gauld.-Mr. Mcllraith. Bill No. 59, for the relief of Marie Alice Veillet Piche.-Mr. Boucher.


QUESTIONS


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.)


NATIONAL REGISTRATION

NAT

Mr. BRUCE:

National Government

1. How many clerks were engaged for the national registration?

2. Were they engaged on a temporary basis?

3. Were they required to pass a civil service examination?

4. How many of these were men and how many women?

5. How many so engaged are getting exemption from military training?

6. How many men between the ages of twenty and twenty-one and betw-een twenty-one and forty?

7. Could this work be done, (a) by war veterans over the age of forty, or, (b) by men who are too old for military service?

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Subtopic:   NATIONAL REGISTRATION
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LIB

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

Liberal

1. 815, working under the direction of the bureau of statistics. The numbers employed varied greatly from time to time, from 389 in September and 572 in October to a maximum of 815, being reduced in March to 511. The work of approximately 350 of these will be completed soon.

2. Yes.

3. They were certified by the civil service commission.

4. 328 men; 487 women.

5. None.

6. Between the ages of twenty and twenty-one, 55; between the ages of twenty-one and forty, 159.

7. (a) Yes, if available and otherwise qualified; (b) Yes, if available and otherwise qualified.

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WAR-TIME PRICES AND TRADE BOARD

PC

Mr. BOUCHER:

Progressive Conservative

1. Have any prosecutions been laid by or on behalf of the war-time prices and trade board pursuant to its powers under the act to amend the Special War Revenue Act, 1940, or the War Exchange Conservation Act, 1940?

2. If so, what was the result of each such prosecution?

3. What other actions have been taken by the war-time prices and trade board under the aforementioned statutes to prevent unjustified increases in price?

4. Has any increase in price been discovered which is greater than the amount of the tax paid?

5. If so, in what commodities?

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LIB

Mr. McLARTY: (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

1. No.

2. Answered by No. 1.

3. 4 and 5. A notice to all manufacturers, importers and distributors in Canada was sent out by the war-time prices and trade board on August 12, 1940, and a second notice on December 27, 1940, calling attention to the requirement of the board that no profit or "mark-up" may be taken on the tax, and that no person may take advantage of the import prohibitions or restrictions to increase prices in Canada.

Investigations by auditors of the board have revealed that some wholesalers when calculating their resale prices treated the war exchange tax as an addition to their laid-down cost and took their usual gross profit or "mark-up" on that amount. Some of the commodities affected were dental supplies, artificial teeth, automobile accessories, patent medicines, hospital supplies, workmen's tools, stationery, and builders' hardware. When this incorrect method of establishing selling prices was brought to their attention, the distributors concerned immediately changed their selling prices to comply with the requirements of the board.

Questions

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COMBINES INVESTIGATIONS

NAT

Mr. STOKES:

National Government

1. How many reports have been made since October 23, 1935, by the commissioner under the Combines Investigation Act?

2. What action has been taken with respect to each such report?

3. How many prosecutions have been instituted since October 23, 1935, under the Combines Investigation Act?

4. What was the result of each such prosecution?

5. Were counsel engaged to conduct such prosecutions?

6. If so, what were their names and what amount by way of retainer fee, living allowances or travelling expenses has been paid or agreed to be paid to each such person?

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LIB

Mr. McLARTY: (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

1. Seven, since his appointment April 15, 1937, in addition to making more or less extensive inquiries into approximately one hundred other cases.

2. In four of the principal cases, after extensive preliminary inquiries, no combine was found to exist, and no report was published. In the other three cases the reports and the evidence taken in the investigations were remitted to the attorneys general of the provinces concerned.

3. Two prosecutions under the Combines Investigation Act and three under section 498 of the criminal code.

4. One prosecution under the Combines Investigation Act is not concluded, one resulted in an acquittal. One prosecution under section 498 of the criminal code resulted in conviction of all accused, and fines of $161,500 were imposed. This judgment is now under appeal. One prosecution under section 498 of the criminal code was stayed at the instance of the provincial attorney general, and one has not been brought to trial.

5. Yes, counsel engaged by dominion in respect of three prosecutions.

6. Fees Disbursements

J. C. McRuer, K.C.-

1939- 40

S 3.375 00 $ 97 231940- 41

11,681 25 1,210 69

R. M. Fowler-

1939- 40 1,787 50

1940- 41 3,187 50 48 83

J. L. McLennan-

1939- 40

3,625 00 10 621940- 41

3,677 00 17 25

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RENT CONTROL

PC

Mr. BENCE:

Progressive Conservative

1. In what communities is rent control effective?

2. What principles govern the decision to introduce rent control in any particular community?

Questions

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LIB

Mr. McLARTY: (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

1. The provisions of P.C. 3998 of December 15, 1939, making it an offence to charge prices that are higher than are reasonable and just for any necessary of life were extended to cover the rentals of all housing accommodation in Canada by P.C. 4616 of September 11, 1940. Orders of the war-time prices and trade board have been issued fixing maximum rents for housing accommodation in the following municipalities:

Nova Scotia: Halifax, Armdale, Buckingham Station, Dutch Settlement, Fairview Station, Falkland, Jollimore, Melville; Dartmouth and Woodside; New Glasgow, Trenton, Stellarton and Westville; Sydney.

Quebec: Brownsburg; Thetford Mines;

Valleyfield, Bellerive, Nouveau-Salaberry, Ste. Cecile, St. Timothee and the parishes of Grande lie, Ste. Cecile and St. Timothee.

Ontario: Allandale and Barrie; Kingston and Portsmouth; Ottawa, Eastview, New Edinburgh, Overbrook, Rockcliffe, Westboro and Woodroffe; Parry Sound, Nobel, and the townships of McDougall and Foley; Trenton, Windsor; Pembroke and the townships of Pembroke, Stafford, Alice and Petawawa.

Manitoba: Brandon.

Saskatchewan: Swift Current.

Alberta: Calgary.

British Columbia: Vancouver and North Vancouver; Victoria, Esquimalt, Saanich, Oak Bay and View Roya; Nanaimo, Nanaimo District, Mountain District and Wellington District; Prince Rupert; New Westminster.

Under the authority of the board, the rentals administrator has fixed maximum rentals in individual cases elsewhere.

2. The decision to fix maximum rentals in a particular community is based upon a consideration of such factors as the following: representations by the municipal council and by other representative local organizations; the volume and nature of complaints received by the rentals administrator; information

secured by the board relating to present and impending movements of population related to the expansion of war industries and the location of military establishments; statistical information received from both federal and municipal sources relating to the supply of housing accommodation, the trend in vacancies, etc.; the opinion of the rentals administrator resulting from personal visits to the area under consideration and consultation with representative bodies and organizations.

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CANADIAN WHEAT IN STORAGE IN UNITED STATES

CCF

Mr. NICHOLSON:

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

1. How many bushels of Canadian wheat are in storage in the United States?

2. How much was paid for storage on grain in the United States during the year 1940?

3. How much was paid in freight on grain shipped over American railways during the year 1940?

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LIB

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

Liberal

1. The total number of bushels of Canadian wheat in storage and in-transit in the United States at March 28, 1941: 44,040,711 bushels, as reported by the board of grain commissioners for Canada.

2. The amount paid for storage on grain in the United States during the year 1940 would have to be obtained from all exporters and shippers of grain in Canada, and assembled, and therefore is not available.

3. Freight paid on grain shipped over American railways during the year 1940 would have to be obtained from all exporters and shippers of grain in Canada, and assembled, and therefore is not available.

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RAW SUGAR-SHIPMENTS FROM REFINERIES

April 7, 1941