March 1, 1943

GLENCOE, N.S., IRON ORE DEPOSITS

CCF

Mr. GILLIS:

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

1. Did the Department of Munitions and Supply make an investigation into the possibility of developing the iron ore deposits at Glencoe, Inverness county, Nova Scotia? If so, what were the results?

2. How did the ore found there compare with the ore being brought from Newfoundland?

3. What steps are being taken to develop this field?

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LIB

Mr. HOWE: (Minister of Munitions and Supply)

Liberal

1. The Department of Munitions and Supply requested the Department of Mines and Resources to have this deposit investigated and the reports showed that there is no proven tonnage of ore of commercial interest. From the information available, and from previous exploration and development work, and from the geological associations of the ore, the probability of proving any attractive tonnage of commercial ore appears poor.

2. Thus far the exploration made does not indicate an ore body as chemically suitable as Newfoundland ore for the production of iron, nor in quantities which would be reliable and economic as a source of supply.

3. Answered by 1 and 2.

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OPENING OF COAL MINE IN INVERNESS COUNTY, NOVA SCOTIA

CCF

Mr. GILLIS:

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

1. Is the government making a grant to a prospective coal operator, to open a coal mine in Inverness county, Nova Scotia? If so, what is the name of the operator?

2. What is the amount of the grant?

3. What agreement, if any, is there between those proposing to open this mine and the government?

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LIB

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

Liberal

1. No.

2 and 3. Answered by No. 1.

labrador

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IND

Mr. ROY:

Independent

1. Does the government consider the advisability of inviting the British government, in compensation for merchandise supplied by Canada, to secure the return to the dominion of that portion of Labrador which was awarded to Newfoundland by the decision of the privy council ?

2. If so, (a) what action has been taken in that direction; (b) upon what date were the first representations made; (c) what progress has been made in the negotiations?

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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:

With respect to the first part of this question, the answer of course would be that the matter is one of government policy which would be disclosed in due course. I rise not to answer the question in any way, but rather to say to my hon. friend that I am inclined to believe the citizens of Newfoundland rather resent the idea that Labrador belongs to the British government; they regard Labrador as belonging to Newfoundland. Should it come to a question

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of our dominion seeking at any time to secure Labrador, I am sure the people of Newfoundland would expect that the negotiations in the first instance would be with their government rather than with the British government. I mention this because quite a little in the way of editorial comment and opinion expressed in the papers of Newfoundland has been brought to my attention.

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LIB

UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ON SOUTH SHORE OF ST. LAWRENCE

IND

Mr. ROY:

Independent

1. Is there a detachment of the United States air force stationed on the south shore of the river St. Lawrence?

2. If so, (a) what are the concessions, privileges, obligations and conventions under which the arrangements were made between the two governments in this matter; (b) in this connection has Canada granted to the United States any of its territories, and if so, in what form and under what conditions?

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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:

There are on the order paper two consecutive questions by the hon. member which, I submit, should neither be answered nor should they have appeared on the order paper, because even if unanswered they might be interpreted as disclosing information which it would certainly be in the interests of the enemy to have and which would be against our national security.

The first question is, "Is there a detachment of the United States Air Force stationed on the south shore of the river St. Lawrence? The first part of the next question is, "Has the government of the United States constructed certain establishments or bases on the shores of the Saguenay?" There are other questions which arise out of these two, but I think my hon. friend will see that, were I to answer either question in the affirmative, assuming it was correct so to do, I would be disclosing information which should not be disclosed.

* However, to relieve the minds of hon. members I shall make the following statement in regard to what the hon. member has in mind.

As a matter of fact there is no detachment of the United States Air Force stationed on the south shore of the St. Lawrence river, but from time to time and as occasion requires detachments of United States aircraft and personnel operate at various points in Canada with the consent and cooperation of the Cana-

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dian government. The Canadian authorities have cooperated in making Canadian air facilities available to such United States detachments, as part of the agreed arrangements for our own defence. In a number of instances lands have been acquired by the Canadian government for the development of air fields by the United States government for military use under war conditions. In no case has any territory been ceded under any form or under any conditions. The text of our agreement with the United States government for the return at the close of hostilities of facilities in Canada which have been acquired or constructed by the United States during the prosecution of the war was tabled in the House of Commons on February 1 and may be found in the Votes and Proceedings for that date.

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UNITED STATES ESTABLISHMENTS OR BASES ON SAGUENAY RIVER

IND

Mr. ROY:

Independent

1. Has the government of the United States constructed certain establishments or bases on the shores of the Saguenay?

2. If so, (a) what conventions were agreed to prior to the arrangement under which the American government commenced the works, (b) has Canada ceded any of its territory; in what form, and under what conditions?

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LIB

Thomas Vien (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Answered by the reply to the previous question.

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WABANA IRON ORE WORKS

LIB

Moses Elijah McGarry

Liberal

Mr. McGARRY:

Has it come to the attention of the Minister of Munitions and Supply that the Wabana Iron Ore Works has closed down, and will this closure be investigated?

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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Munitions and Supply)

Liberal

Mr. HOWE:

Answered by the minister February 22, 1943, Hansard, page 575.

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PRODUCTION OF MILITARY VEHICLES AND EQUIPMENT IN RELATION TO SHIPBUILDING

NAT

Mr. BRUCE:

National Government

1. Have plans been made for slowing down production of military vehicles, tanks, guns and other fighting equipment coincidental with the expansion of production of ships?

2. If so, when does this go into effect?

3. Will it result in releasing man-power for other work?

4. If so, how much?

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March 1, 1943