June 25, 1942

QUESTIONS


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.)


R.C.A.F.-BUILDINGS ERECTED IN TORONTO HARBOUR AREA

NAT

Mr. CHURCH:

National Government

1. How many sheds or huts have been erected on Toronto harbour improvements, on the north shore of Toronto bay, east of \onge street, by the R.C.A.F. equipment department, under the British empire air scheme, and at what cost?

2. What is the total expenditure?

3. How many are occupied and for what purpose?

4. How many civilian men and women are now employed there and on what work, and who appointed them?

5. How many returned soldiers?

6. Who supplies the guards, and for what period are they on duty, and how many ?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   R.C.A.F.-BUILDINGS ERECTED IN TORONTO HARBOUR AREA
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LIB

Mr. 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

1. Fifty-eight buildings.

2. Total commitment to date, $959,773.36.

3. Nine buildings are occupied by administrative offices, and motor transport section, and the remaining forty-nine buildings are used for the storage of equipment.

4. 840 civilians, consisting of 580 males and 260 females. They are engaged in handling R.C.A.F. equipment received and despatched for distribution among units of No. 1 Training Command.

The appointment of these civilians was made through the medium of the Unemployment Insurance commission, Soldier Welfare Committee, Canadian Corps association, Canadian Legion and Welfare department, City Hall, Toronto.

5. Eighty-five per cent of the male employees are returned soldiers, having served either in 1914-1918 or in the present war.

6. The main guard is supplied by the R.C.A.F. security guard, and in addition ten civilian watchmen form two shifts, from 4 p.m. to 12 p.m. and from 12 p.m. to 8 a.m. on piers 4 and 6.

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Subtopic:   R.C.A.F.-BUILDINGS ERECTED IN TORONTO HARBOUR AREA
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SHIPMENTS OF DRESSED. BEEF TO THE UNITED STATES

LIB

Hugh Bathgate McKinnon

Liberal

Mr. McKINNON (Kenora-Rainy River):

How much dressed beef was shipped to the United States the first five months in 1942 as compared with the first five months in 1941?

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Subtopic:   SHIPMENTS OF DRESSED. BEEF TO THE UNITED STATES
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LIB

James Angus MacKinnon (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Mr. MacKINNON (Edmonton West):

Mr. Speaker, it seemed to me there was no reason why this question could not be immediately answered, but I am advised that the censorship advisory committee has held several meetings recently to consider the question of the publication of statistical information, and, after consultation with the representatives of the United Kingdom and the intelligence branches of the Canadian armed forces, it is deemed inadvisable to release for publication any statistical information during the war period.

I know that in some cases, such as this one, it appears doubtful as to the possible value of this information to the enemy. The authorities, however, take the most serious view of a question of this kind. I assure hon. members that there is no desire whatever to withhold any information from them, and I am prepared to give any hon. member the statistical information he desires for his own personal and confidential use, if accepted by him on that responsibility.

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Subtopic:   SHIPMENTS OF DRESSED. BEEF TO THE UNITED STATES
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NAT

Richard Burpee Hanson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

I want

to register positive dissent from that point of view, especially in relation to a question of this kind, and I believe I shall be sustained by the judgment of the house and the country. What possible good could result to the enemy from giving the information sought in this question? This is the state of mind of bureaucracy. Does it reflect the policy of the government? It would appear that it does. I protest against it.

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Subtopic:   SHIPMENTS OF DRESSED. BEEF TO THE UNITED STATES
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LIB

James Angus MacKinnon (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Mr. MacKINNON (Edmonton West):

I

do not think any further comment from me is necessary. I expressed not only my own personal view, but also the departmental view. It is veiy difficult to know just where to draw the line in respect to giving information which may or may not be useful to the enemy. This rule has been adopted by the censorship committee which has been set up

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Subtopic:   SHIPMENTS OF DRESSED. BEEF TO THE UNITED STATES
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SCRAP IRON AND IRON ORE

NAT

Mr. JACKMAN:

National Government

1. What was the tonnage of scrap iron exported from Canada during 1937-41, inclusive?

2. What were the countries of destination and what was the tonnage sent to each country during each of the above years?

3. How many tons of iron ore were mined in Canada during each of the years 1937-1941, inclusive?

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Subtopic:   SCRAP IRON AND IRON ORE
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LIB

James Angus MacKinnon (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Mr. MacKINNON (Edmonton West):

1 and 2.

Exports of scrap iron by countries, during the calendar years 1937 to 1941.

Questions as Orders for Returns

1937 1938 1939 1940* 1941*

Country (Tons of 2,000 pounds)

United Kingdom

15,824 13,884 8,573 Hong Kong

34 'Newfoundland

8 217 Belgium

629 14 "Germany

821 'Japan

46,948 41,033 46,866 ....Netherlands

55 2,363 7,111 Portuguese Africa

302 .... 64 ....Sweden

34 ....Alaska

2 ....United States

80,804 26,962 30,388 ....Totals

143,977 85,122 93,837

* Years 1940 and 1941-country detail not available.

On September 20, 1939, the exportation of scrap iron was made subject to export permit regulations and no permits have been granted since that date, other than for shipments to the United Kingdom, and a certain quantity to the United States, of a type that could not be utilised in Canada.

3. Year Ton

1937 None

1938 None

1939 123,598

1940 Not published

1941 Not published

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Subtopic:   SCRAP IRON AND IRON ORE
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QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS

WHEAT ACREAGE REDUCTION AND OTHER PRAIRIE FARM ASSISTANCE

SC

Mr. FAIR:

Social Credit

1. In the province of Manitoba, how many Raima have been made for bonus under, (a) wheat acreage reduction regulations; (b) Prairie Farm Assistance Act; (c) prairie farm income regulations?

2. How many of such claims have been passed for payment?

3. How many claims have actually been paid, (a) in full, (b) in part?

4. In the province of Saskatchewan, how many claims have been made for bonus under: (a) wheat acreage reduction regulations; (b) Prairie Farm Assistance Act; (c) prairie farm income regulations?

5. How many of such claims have been passed for payment?

6. How many claims have actually been paid, (a) in full, (b) in part?

7. In the province of Alberta, how many claims have been made for bonus under: (a) wheat acreage reduction regulations; (b) Prairie Farm Assistance Act; (c) prairie farm income regulations?

8. How many of such claims have been passed for payment?

9. How many claims have actually been paid, (a) in full, (b) in part?

10. What amount has been paid under each bonus act or regulation in, (a) Manitoba, (b) Saskatchewan, (c) Alberta?

11. What is the estimated amount still due and to be paid under each act or regulation in, (a) Manitoba, (b) Saskatchewan, (c) Alberta?

12. Has any decision yet been made as to what constitutes, (a) a rancher, (b) primary occupation ?

13. If so, what is it?

14. If not, when will it be made?

15. Has any decision yet been made to pay individual claims to father and son where they are domiciled under one roof but operating their farms as two separate units, and each owning part of the farm machinery?

16. Who are the members of the board of review?

17. Are any of these practical farmers?

18. Who are the members of the treasury board?

19. Is the decision of the board of review binding on the treasury board?

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   WHEAT ACREAGE REDUCTION AND OTHER PRAIRIE FARM ASSISTANCE
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CANADIAN FORCES-HONOURS AND DECORATIONS

NAT

Mr. JACKMAN:

National Government

1. Will a general service medal be issued to those sailors, soldiers and airmen who enlist for active service during the present war, but who are retained in Canada?

2. If so, will the government recognize similarly those soldiers and airmen who enlisted for active service in the great war, but who for reasons beyond their own control were retained within Canada?

3. If not, how many, (a) soldiers, (b) airmen enlisted for active service overseas during the great war, but who, because of uncompleted training prior to the armistice, or being retained in Canada for the purpose of training others, or for home defence, or because of youth or over-age, or otherwise, saw service only in Canada and were not awarded the general service medal, 1914-1918?

4. Of these how many are now serving in the armed forces and have no distinction to show that they served in the great war?

Mobilization Act-Mr. Mitchell

5. How many soldiers or airmen lost their lives in Canada while on active service?

6. How many George Y jubilee medals were awarded in Canada?

7. How many George VI coronation medals were awarded in Canada?

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Subtopic:   CANADIAN FORCES-HONOURS AND DECORATIONS
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WARTIME ADMINISTRATOR, PORT OP HALIFAX

LIB

Mr. ISNOR:

Liberal

1. Has a war-time administrator been appointed for the port of Halifax?

2. If so, what is the name of said administrator?

3. What are his duties?

4. What are his special qualifications for such work ?

5. Where was he employed before his appointment to his present position, and what was his salary?

6. What salary will he receive as war-time administrator at Halifax?

7. Was he allowed any transportation expenses to Halifax? If so, what amount?

8. Will he receive any living or expense allowances? If so, what?

9. Will he be provided with an automobile? If so, state arrangements; if not, state any arrangements entered into with respect to a purchase of automobile, and the taking over of said car at the expiration of period of employment of administrator?

10. What were the reasons for the appointment of such a person to the port of Halifax, (a) was there a lack of proper supervision of harbour facilities; (b) was there a loss of time in the docking of ships; (c) was there inefficiency in the directing of traffic through the port ?

11. Will the administrator's authority rank higher than that of, (a) the controller of loading operations in so far as war-time supplies are concerned; (b) the navy in respect to control and direction of traffic?

12. What, if any, experience has he had in shipbuilding and ship repairs?

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   WARTIME ADMINISTRATOR, PORT OP HALIFAX
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June 25, 1942