March 11, 1942

QUESTIONS


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.) Ain OBSERVERS' SCHOOLS-CIVILIAN CAPTAIN PILOTS


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

Mr. POWER:

In so far as the Department of National Defence for Air is concerned:

1. Civilian pilots are classed as junior or senior pilots and the expression "Captain Pilot" is not employed.

2. These pilots are employed and paid by the civilian companies which operate the schools. As a guarantee against breach or default of the terms of the contract between pilots and the operating companies, the companies deduct and retain a deposit reserve from salary at the rate of $25 per month during the probationary period of from 3 to <1 months. At the conclusion of the probationary period, if the services of the pilot are satisfactory, his salary is increased and the reserve deduction is raised to $50 per month.

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CAMP BORDEN AUDITORIUM

NAT

Mr. McGREGOR:

National Government

1. Is there a theatre or auditorium at Camp Borden?

2. If so, by whom was the building constructed and at what cost?

3. Who operates the said theatre or auditorium and what salary or allowance does he receive therefor?

4. To what organization or persons are the proceeds, if any, from the entertainments in this building, paid?

{Mr. Grrshaw.l

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LIB

Mr. RALSTON: (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

1. Yes, Lee Hall-a large auditorium used by all services at Camp Borden, accommodating 4,000. It was constructed by placing two authorized drill halls back to back and eliminating the centre wall. It is used by day as a drill hall, rifle range and for other military purposes and by night for recreation, entertainment and sports.

2. The building was constructed by this department by day labour at an approximate cost of $80,000.

3. It. is operated by a committee of military officers under the camp commandant. These officers receive no extra pay or allowances for this work.

4. The proceeds are paid into a special fund called the "Camp Borden Special Fund" to be used for the general good of the camp as a whole. The money is used for the benefit of the men of the camp. In the first instance profits were used to pay for moving picture equipment and chairs. Payments have also been made for sports equipment and prizes, and current profits are being used to finance a camp bowling alley building and equipment.

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DOGFISH LIVER AND OTHER FISH OILS

LIB

Mr. REID:

Liberal

1. Did the administrator of oils and fats recently visit the United States in connection with the duties of oils and fats administrator?

2. Were conferences held with United States counterparts dealing with oils and fats administration in the United States?

3. Did the oils and fats administrator discuss the prices of dogfish liver and other fish oils with officials of the United States?

4. Has any information been submitted to the minister or the department by the oils and fats administrator regarding prices being paid United States fishermen for dogfish liver and other fish oils?

5. What salary is being paid to the oils and fats administrator?

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LIB

Mr. ILSLEY: (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

1. Yes.

2. No. Informal conversations.

3. Yes.

4. No.

5. $4,500 per annum as chief research economist, the tariff board. No additional salary as oils and fats administrator.

CONTRACTS FOR STON'F:-ALBERT THIBODEAU

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IND

Mr. LACOMBE:

Independent Liberal

1. Did the Department vf Public Works, during the yeans 1936, 1937, 1938 and 1939 award contracts for supplying stone for public works, to Albert Thibodeau, formerly of Sorel?

2. If so, hotv many such contracts were awarded?

3. In what undertakings was such stone used?

4. In what constituency were the works carried out?

Questions

5. What sum did the government pay for stone supplied by Albert Thibodeau?

6. Were such contracts awarded after calling of tenders ?

7. If so, what are the names of those who submitted tenders and the amount in each ease? r 8. What was the trade or profession of Albert Thibodeau at the time such contracts were executed ?

9. What is his profession at present?

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LIB

Mr. MICHAUD: (Minister of Fisheries)

Liberal

1. No.

2 to 9. Answered by No. 1.

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RADIO RECEIVING LICENCES

NAT

Mr. GRAYDON:

National Government

1. How many radio receiving licences have been purchased by the public since March 31, 1941?

2. What was the amount of the gross fees thus collected?

3. What was the total cost of the said collection?

4. How many persons have been prosecuted since March 31, 1941, for failure to purchase a radio licence?

5. How many were convicted and fined?

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LIB

Mr. HOWE: (Minister of Munitions and Supply)

Liberal

1. 1,590,275.

2. 83,842,451.50.

3. Commissions, $271,323.62; administration, 8154,694.80. Total cost of collections, $426,018.42.

4. 4,545.

5. 4,184 convictions, 3,979 fined.

(Above figures are from 1st April, 1941, to 28th February, 1942.)

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OTTAWA CAR AND AIRCRAFT

SC

Mr. JOHNSTON (Bow River):

Social Credit

1. How much money, if any, has the government invested in the Ottawa Car and Aircraft Company?

2. How much money, if any, has the government loaned to this company?

3. Have any unfinished aircraft been removed from this plant since the beginning of the year 1940?

4. If so, how many and for what reason?

5. Has the government and/or the company sent any men from this factory to a factory in the United States of America?

6. If so, for what purpose, when, at what cost to the government, and what are such men doing at present?

7. What immediate step is the government taking to see that the skilled mechanics who have been laid off from the Ottawa Car and Aircraft Company will be available when work is provided?

8. W7hen does the government anticipate work to be provided for these men?

9. When will this company be put back into full production?

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Subtopic:   OTTAWA CAR AND AIRCRAFT
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LIB

Mr. HOWE: (Minister of Munitions and Supply)

Liberal

1. Capital assistance was authorized by the Department of Munitions and Supply to the Ottawa Car and Aircraft Company for

the procurement of machine tools, equipment and construction, for Canadian account, to the following amounts:

(a) For the manufacture of aircraft component parts-8634,600, of which $388,604 has been paid as of February 28, 1942.

(b) For other munitions-8560,680, of which $141,610 has been paid as of February 28, 1942.

The Ottawa Car and Aircraft Company has never been a prime contractor to the department on aircraft, but is and has been a subcontractor to prime contractors to the department. The company is, however, a prime contractor to the department on munitions.

2. None.

3. No.

4. Answered by 3.

5. (a) No; (b) No information.

6. Answered by 5.

7. 8 and 9. The company has recently received orders for aircraft components as a sub-contractor, and has been awarded a large munitions contract as a prime contractor, which should relieve any unemployment of skilled mechanics in this plant.

To what extent the capacity of the company will be fully taken will depend upon its ability to fulfil present contracts and such other contracts as may be awarded to them..

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ALASKA HIGHWAY COMMISSION

NAT

Mr. BLACK (Yukon):

National Government

1. What are the names of the Canadians and Americans composing the international joint commission appointed to investigate the various routes through Canada and Alaska that a highway from the United States of America to Alaska might follow?

2. Have that international joint commission and the government of the province of British Columbia been for the past three years exploring, investigating and surveying the possible-routes to be followed by said highway, and for that purpose using airplanes, motor cars and railways and employing engineers, surveyors-and others?

3. What expense has been incurred by the Canadian branch of said commission?

4. Were the Canadian members of said commission and the government of British Columbia: consulted by the war committee of the cabinet and by the permanent joint board on defence before the route that it has been publicly announced said highway will follow, was decided upon by the war committee of the cabinet and by the permanent joint defence board?

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March 11, 1942