July 1, 1942

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:

Whatever information we

can.

Topic:   MOTIONS FOR PAPERS
Subtopic:   R.CJV.F.-CASUALTIES IN CANADA
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LIB

Georges Parent (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Is it the pleasure of the

house to adopt the motion, subject to the reservations indicated by the minister? Carried.

Topic:   MOTIONS FOR PAPERS
Subtopic:   R.CJV.F.-CASUALTIES IN CANADA
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CANADIAN FORCES-MEN DISCHARGED OR STRUCK OFF STRENGTH

NAT

James Arthur Ross

National Government

Mr. ROSS (Souris):

For a return showing the number of persons by military districts and/or provinces who have been discharged or struck off the strength of, (a) the navy, (b) the army, (c) the air force by reason of (1) medical unfitness, (2) desertion, (3) other causes, and, in the case of military districts Nos. 4 and 5, and/or the province of Quebec, showing the number in each category (i) of French-Canadian origin, (ii) of origin other than French Canadian.

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LIB

James Layton Ralston (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. RALSTON:

With regard to the

portion which asks for the number in each category of French-Canadian origin, and of origin other than French Canadian, as was indicated in the house before, so far as the army is concerned the attestation papers do not show racial origin. The only thing that can be done-and I must say it is a laborious process, but if the hon. member who is making this motion thinks it will serve any real public interest we will endeavour to have it done-is to go over every attestation paper and every card in order to examine the names of those who are there and ascertain as best we can from the name itself whether that person is likely to be of certain racial origin. It certainly is a very inaccurate method of doing it, but that is the only thing which can be done. Perhaps my hon. friend would let the motion stand for a day, so that he could consider that particular part of the question.

Topic:   CANADIAN FORCES-MEN DISCHARGED OR STRUCK OFF STRENGTH
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NAT

James Arthur Ross

National Government

Mr. ROSS (Souris):

Will that be changed to "French-speaking" rather than "French-Canadian origin"?

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LIB

James Layton Ralston (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. RALSTON:

"French-speaking" would not help us. There is nothing in the attestation papers, so far as I know, to indicate whether the soldier is English-speaking or French-speaking. I think I am correct when I say that the name is the only general method in which one can get an indication, and that has been used with regard to the return brought down last week. I am indicating to the house that it does not give the information asked for. Perhaps the hon. gentleman does not regard it as of such importance, in the public interest, as to preclude his allowing it to stand for a day.

Topic:   CANADIAN FORCES-MEN DISCHARGED OR STRUCK OFF STRENGTH
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NAT

James Arthur Ross

National Government

Mr. ROSS (Souris):

We will let it stand for a day.

Topic:   CANADIAN FORCES-MEN DISCHARGED OR STRUCK OFF STRENGTH
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LIB

James Layton Ralston (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. RALSTON:

Yes.

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LIB

BRITISH PURCHASES IN CANADA-PRICES-FUTURE ANNOUNCEMENTS WITH RESPECT TO SALES


On the orders of the day:


NAT

Ernest Edward Perley

National Government

Mr. E. E. PERLEY (Qu'Appelle):

I desire to direct two or three questions to the Minister of Trade and Commerce. I informed him that I would ask these questions, and I think he is prepared to answer. On June 8 the minister read a cable he had sent through the high commissioner's office in London asking him to get permission from the British ministry of food to divulge the price of Canadian wheat. The public are anxious to get this information-

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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Order.

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NAT

Ernest Edward Perley

National Government

Mr. PERLEY:

-and there is no reason why it should not be given. My first question is this: Is the minister prepared to say

whether he has received a reply to that cable?

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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Order.

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NAT

Ernest Edward Perley

National Government

Mr. PERLEY:

The minister has been given notice of the question and is prepared to answer.

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LIB

Georges Parent (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

The question is in such form that in my opinion it should be placed on the order paper. The fact that a minister is prepared to reply to such questions on the orders of the day does not alter the fact that to put the question in this form and at this stage of the proceedings is against the niles of the house. The hon. gentleman should [DOT] put it on the order paper.

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NAT

Ernest Edward Perley

National Government

Mr. PERLEY:

I have another question to direct to the minister. It is pursuant to a question asked the other day. How many million bushels of Canadian wheat have already been paid for-

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LIB

Georges Parent (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Order.

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July 1, 1942