May 20, 1942

QUESTIONS


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.)


DESTRUCTION OP BANANAS IN HALIFAX HARBOUR

LIB

Mr. ISNOR:

Liberal

1. Is it a fact that large quantities of bananas were dumped at pier 40 at the port of Halifax, Nova Scotia, on or about May 2, 1942?

2. If so, what steps have been taken to ascertain who was responsible for such action?

3. Has any action been taken to prevent such wastage in the future?

4. Has the national harbours board taken measures to prevent such action by individual firms, ship owners or ship agents?

5. Will the minister responsible take action to make an inquiry into this apparent waste of fruit?

6. Was a free offer of this fruit made to the military authorities at Halifax or Debert?

7. Was a free offer of this fruit made to the naval or Royal Canadian Air Force headquarters at Halifax?

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NAT

Mr. AYLESWORTH:

National Government

1. Is it true that tons of edible bananas were destroyed in the last few months at Halifax harbour?

2. If so, what action has been taken or will be taken by the government to prevent recurrence of this waste?

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CCF

Mr. NICHOLSON:

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

1. Have large quantities of bananas recently been dumped in Halifax harbour?

2. If so, what quantities have been so dumped?

3. Are there any government regulations dealing with the destruction of foods in Canada?

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LIB

Gordon Timlin Purdy

Liberal

Mr. PURDY:

With reference to the alleged dumping of a large quantity of bananas in Halifax harbour, is it the government's intention to hold a full investigation and place the evidence, with a report, before the house?

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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Transport; Minister of Munitions and Supply)

Liberal

Mr. HOWE:

I will make one oral answer to these four questions, all of which concern a shipment of bananas alleged to have been dumped at pier 40 at the port of Halifax.

On April 30 there reached Halifax a cargo of bananas, a considerable portion of which was in an overripe condition and proved to be unsaleable and unshippable. The spoiling appears to have been due to war shipping conditions, causes entirely beyond the control of either the exporter or the importer. I understand that part of the shipment was given away by the owners to certain charitable institutions. None of the shipment was dumped in the harbour proper. The spoiled bananas were removed from the wharf by the harbour board and put in a special dump at pier 40. It may be possible that some of the bananas were removed from pier 40 by truck drivers entirely without the consent of the harbour board. I understand it is reported that some even turned up in the northwest arm. If so, I am assured by the harbour authorities that they were moved by truck drivers or other unauthorized persons from the harbour dump and placed there.

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE-ADMINISTRATION- EMPLOYMENT OP RETURNED SOLDIERS

CON

Mr. DIEFENBAKER:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. How many men have been employed in connection with the administration of the Unemployment Insurance Act in each of the provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta?

2. How many are returned soldiers?

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LIB

Mr. MITCHELL: (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

1. Manitoba 45, Saskatchewan 33, Alberta 45.

2. Manitoba 18, Saskatchewan 15, Alberta 23.

Note.-These figures do not include limited

period nor casual book renewal employees.

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ANNUITIES BRANCH PUBLICATIONS

NAT

Mr. BRUCE:

National Government

1. How many copies of a 16-page booklet from the government annuities branch of the Department of Labour have been circulated throughout Canada?

2. Does the department consider the printing of 16-page booklets at this time and sending them all over the dominion, is justified?

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LIB

Mr. MITCHELL: (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

1. 60,000.

2. During the fiscal year ending March 31, 1942, 4,766 persons took out annuity contracts and approximately $16,000,000 in purchase money was received and the superintendent of annuities attributes considerable of this increase to the circulation of the booklets. It is considered that the issuance is justified by the facts. However, with a view to effecting economy from a monetary standpoint as well as in the use of materials and labour a leaflet, which it is intended should largely take the place of the present descriptive booklet, is now in the hands of the king's printer.

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GASOLINE RATIONING-FARMERS

LIB

James Ewen Matthews

Liberal

Mr. MATTHEWS:

Is it the intention of the government to arrange for any concession to farmers whereby, while remaining under the coupon system, they could secure gasoline by the barrel as heretofore?

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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Transport; Minister of Munitions and Supply)

Liberal

Mr. HOWE:

No. The farmer is allowed to buy gasoline by the drum for his truck but not for his motor car.

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ST. CATHARINES STEEL COMPANY CONTRACTS

CCF

Mr. DOUGLAS (Weyburn):

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

1. What contracts have been let to the St. Catharines Steel Company of St. Catharines, Ontario?

2. What is the total value of these contracts?

3. What articles are being manufactured for the Canadian government or on British account?

4. Are these contracts on a management fee basis, are they cost-plus contracts, or were they given as a result of tender?

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LIB

Mr. HOWE: (Minister of Transport; Minister of Munitions and Supply)

Liberal

1. Six contracts have been let to St. Catharines Steel Products Limited on Canadian

account.

2. The estimated total value of these contracts is $4,454,000.

3. Three types of armour piercing and semiarmour piercing ammunition of a highly technical nature are being manufactured for Canadian account.

4. All of the contracts mentioned in 2 have been let on a target price basis.

Note.-The British government have requested us not to give information regarding United Kingdom contracts placed in Canada.

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May 20, 1942