July 8, 1942

HOUSING

NAT

Thomas Langton Church

National Government

Mr. CHURCH:

Will any action be taken to provide necessary housing accommodation in large cities, (a) for war workers in industry; (b) for soldiers' families; (c) to improve the housing situation among toilers in industry?

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J. B. COYNE

NAT

Mr. McGREGOR:

National Government

1. What position has J. Bogus Coyne, K.C., now of Ottawa, formerly of Winnipeg, held with the government, or any of its boards or commissions ?

2. What has been paid him in each position as salary, living allowances, travelling and all other expenses?

3. Are any members of his family working for the government, or any of its commissions? If so, how many and what is the total sum paid each of them?

4. Are any of them returned soldiers, or did any serve in the great war or this present war?

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CHARGES AGAINST COLONEL DREW-HONG KONG COMMISSION

NAT

Mr. CHURCH:

National Government

1. Has a prosecution been ordered by the Minister of Justice, against Colonel George A. Drew', of Toronto, by bill of indictment or information, and before whom, aDd on what charge ?

2. What law officer of the crown recommended it?

3. Was the Attorney General of Ontario consulted about the case?

4. Under whose authority is the enforcement of federal laws?

5. Who is the prosecutor in this case?

6. What is the total detailed cost of the inquiry held under the Public Inquiries Act in the Hong Kong case?

7. Who has been retained to prosecute the case, and why not legal officers of the Department of Justice.

8. How many prosecutions, by provinces, have been laid for injury done to recruiting under this section of the defence of Canada regulations, or other statute or rule, since the war began?

Topic:   CHARGES AGAINST COLONEL DREW-HONG KONG COMMISSION
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IMPORTS OP CANNEL COAL PROM UNITED STATES

SC

Mr. BLACKMORE:

Social Credit

1. How many tons of cannel coal were imported from Kentucky into Canada in each of the years 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, and up to the end of June in 1942?

2. How much foreign exchange has it cost

Canada to purchase this coal in each of the years above mentioned? .

Topic:   IMPORTS OP CANNEL COAL PROM UNITED STATES
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MOTIONS FOR PAPERS ' EMPLOYMENT IN GOVERNMENT SERVICES OP MEN OP MILITARY AGE

NAT

Thomas Langton Church

National Government

Mr. CHURCH:

^For a^return showing-1. How many men of 17 to 45 years old, of military age, are now employed in each government department, under each separate ministry, and each separate commission, under the control of each ministry.

2. How many have been released to the three forces of his majesty for enlistment.

3. How many have been replaced by women, or by members of the women's army.

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PUBLIC SERVICE-DEPARTMENT COSTS-NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES, 1938-1942

NAT

Thomas Langton Church

National Government

Mr. CHURCH:

For a return showing-1. The cost of operating, during the fiscal periods ending March 31, in each of the years, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, the following departments and branches of government: agriculture, auditor general's office, chief electoral officer's office, civil service commission, external affairs, finance, fisheries, governor general and lieutenant governor, insurance, justice, labour, mines and resources, national defence, national revenue, pensions and national health, post office, prime minister's office, privy council office, public archives, public printing and stationery, public works, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, secretary of state, and munitions and supply, including salaries and wages paid to executives and clerical staffs.

2. The number of employees in each of the above departments, in the years 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941 and 1942, and the total salaries paid.

3. The number of employees engaged by permanent commissions under the federal government, (a) civil-for the above years; (b) war

by years since established.

4. The total number of staff and employees of all departments and commissions in existence in 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941 and 1942.

Topic:   PUBLIC SERVICE-DEPARTMENT COSTS-NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES, 1938-1942
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LIB

James Lorimer Ilsley (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. ILSLEY:

Practically all of the information. asked for in this motion is contained in the auditor general's reports, or other reports; and if the motion is passed it would be only on the distinct understanding that it would be answered simply by reference to those reports. Perhaps my hon. friend does not want that, but if he does not I would have to ask that the motion be not passed.

Topic:   PUBLIC SERVICE-DEPARTMENT COSTS-NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES, 1938-1942
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NAT

Richard Burpee Hanson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

The objection really is, I assume, to the amount of labour involved. It seems to me, in scanning the motion, that the only branch omitted from it is the legislative branch of the House of Commons. The hon. member might confer with the minister, and perhaps they

Motions for Papers

may be able to reach some arrangement. I realize that it would be a tremendous job to get all this information and put it in concrete form. I should like to see some of the information brought down; I am sure the hon. member wants something concrete, so I would ask him to consult with the minister.

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NAT

Thomas Langton Church

National Government

Mr. CHURCH:

I would ask the minister to give me the pages in the auditor general's report. The information is not in that report, nor is there any reference in that report to any commission. This is purely special pleading by the minister, trying to keep the public from getting the facts.

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LIB

James Lorimer Ilsley (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. ILSLEY:

I will write the hon. gentleman.

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NAT

Thomas Langton Church

National Government

Mr. CHURCH:

That is what it is; and the minister is very expert at that, too.

Motion stands.

Topic:   PUBLIC SERVICE-DEPARTMENT COSTS-NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES, 1938-1942
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HONG KONG COMMISSION

NAT

Thomas Langton Church

National Government

Mr. CHURCH:

For a complete copy of the records and of all the evidence given before the royal commission, appointed under the Public Inquiries Act, regarding the Hong Kong expeditionary force, together with all papers, letteis, telegrams, and other correspondence relating thereto, and a copy of the addresses of counsel in the case, other than that already tabled.

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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

I have already given the house, on two or three occasions, the reason why much of the information asked for in this motion cannot be given. The order asks for a complete copy of the record and of the evidence given before the royal commission regarding the Hong Kong expeditionary force. The record, as my hon. friends must know, includes many communications from the British government to the Canadian government and other communications that are of the most confidential character and which could not possibly be disclosed without giving to the enemy information which should not be given. The commissioner, the chief justice of Canada, has embodied in an appendix to the report those parts of the evidence which he regarded as essential and in the public interest to publish; and _ I should think the known standing of the Chief Justice of Canada, who was commissioner in that inquiry, should be sufficient reason for the acceptance of his statement that the information which is essential is included in the report.

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July 8, 1942