April 21, 1943

VICTORIA, B.C., NAVAL HOSPITAL

NAT

Mr. BRUCE:

National Government

1. Has the existing naval hospital at Victoria, B.C., been enlarged recently?

2. If so, how many additional beds will the enlargement provide?

3. What will be the cost of the enlargement,

including equipment? [DOT]

4. Was an offer made by the authorities of the municipally-owned Jubilee hospital, at Victoria, to the Department- of National Defence, to build an additional wing which would accommodate 250 beds at a cost of $250,000?

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Subtopic:   VICTORIA, B.C., NAVAL HOSPITAL
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LIB

Mr. MacDONALD (Kingston City): (Minister of National Defence for Naval Services)

Liberal

1. Ihe naval service has no hospital at Victoria, B.C. but has a sick bay at Esquimalt

naval barracks. This sick bay was enlarged in June, 1942. The wartime committee on hospitalization has also approved the design of a 250-bed hospital proposed for erection on the Royal Roads property for which plans are at present being perfected.

2. The enlargement [DOT] of sick bay at Esquimalt provides for 64 additional beds. Four emergency beds can also be set up in the sunroom as well as one fracture bed.

3. The cost of the sick bay extension including diesel electric power unit is $41,797.50. Cost of the equipment including estimated cost of linen, crockery, clothing, etc., was $10,552.41.

4. A letter was received from the superintendent, Royal Jubilee hospital, Victoria, B.C., in July, 1942, suggesting the addition of a wing to that hospital for accommodation of personnel of the fighting forces, such new- wing to be erected at the expense of the Department of National Defence, with the use, at cost, of the facilities of the Royal Jubilee hospital in the matter of kitchens, operating rooms,. laboratories, X-Ray equipment and power plant. The letter contained an estimate of the cost of the proposed wing at $250,000. The letter was considered by the naval board and by the chiefs of staff committee. The chiefs of staff committee re-affirmed its previous decision that "decentralization of hospital facilities is-most desirable. The offer from the superintendent of the Royal Jubilee hospital, Victoria, B.C., was therefore not further dealt with, in view of the decision reached.

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Subtopic:   VICTORIA, B.C., NAVAL HOSPITAL
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IMMIGRATION FROM BRITISH ISLES

LIB

Mr. BRUNELLE:

Liberal

1. How many persons were admitted to Canada from the British isles in each fiscal year since September 1, 1939, as (a) immigrants;

(b) non-immigrants?

2. How many were, (a) British subjects; (b) aliens?

3. How many were, (a) adult males; (b) adult females; (c) children under eighteen?

4. How many entered at, (a) Canadian ports; (b) United States ports?

5. How many women and children were temporarily admitted as evacuees from the British isles ?

6. On attaining military age, are the evacuees required to return to Britain or, if not, what becomes of them?

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Subtopic:   IMMIGRATION FROM BRITISH ISLES
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LIB

Thomas Alexander Crerar (Minister of Mines and Resources)

Liberal

Mr. CRERAR:

Questions

1, 2 and 3. Immigrants N on-immigrants Adult Adult Children Adult Adult Childrenmales females under 18 males females under 18Sept. 1/39-Dec. 31/39- British .... 226 361 170 491 291 89Alien ... 14 14 12 9 7 5British ... 311 630 436 1,688 2,595 6,457Alien ... 34 46 29 134 139 87Calendar year, 1941- ' British ... 103 201 115 783 649 343Alien ... 14 8 2 66 25 13Calendar year, 1942- British ... 121 378 150 247 564 286Alien ... 10 8 7 33 27 84. Immigrants through Canadian ports 4. Yes. between September 1, 1939, and December 31, 5. Not determined.1942, 8,761. 6. Answered by No. 5.

Immigrants through United States ports

between September 1. 1939, and December 31, ' KAMOUliASKA ELECT0RAL district ration office 1942, 2,537. Mr. LIZOTTE:

5. 4,099 women and 7,175 children under 18, were temporarily admitted via Canadian ocean ports between September 1, 1939, and December 31, 1942.

6. No. Evacuees are not required to return to Britain on attaining military age. A number have returned before attaining that age; others have enlisted in the Canadian services. Those who reside in Canada for one year become subject to Canadian service regulations.

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Subtopic:   IMMIGRATION FROM BRITISH ISLES
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HALIFAX HARBOUR-FAIRVIEW ENTRANCE

LIB

Mr. ISNOR:

Liberal

1. What steps, if any, have been taken by the Department of Transport to improve the so-called bottleneck at Fairview entrance into the city of Halifax?

2. Have any representations been made to the Department of Transport in this regard since January 1, 1943?

3. If so, by whom?

4. Are any plans under consideration at present for improving this railway underpass?

5. If improvements are undertaken, will they be financed solely by the Department of Transport (railways), or as a joint expenditure?

6. If a joint expenditure, what parties will be included?

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Subtopic:   HALIFAX HARBOUR-FAIRVIEW ENTRANCE
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LIB

Mr. MICHAUD: (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

1. An engineer from the department visited the site and has prepared a report outlining what he considers should be done.

2. Yes.

3. A resolution was passed by the house of assembly of Nova Scotia on March 31, 1943, requesting the government of Canada to investigate the situation.

1. Is there a ration office in the electoral district of Kamouraska?

2. If so, at what place, and in what premises?

3. Who is in charge of such office?

4. By whom was he recommended for such position?

5. What is his salary?

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Subtopic:   HALIFAX HARBOUR-FAIRVIEW ENTRANCE
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LIB

James Lorimer Ilsley (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. ILSLEY:

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1 and 2. There is no ration office in the electoral district of Kamouraska. However, there is a local ration board located in the municipal secretary's office, village of St. Pascal.

3. Mr. C. A. Blondeau, the local ration board secretary., is in charge of this office.

4. Mr. Blondeau was recommended for this position by a motion of the local ration board.

5. Mr. Blondeau's salary is $240 per annum.

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Subtopic:   HALIFAX HARBOUR-FAIRVIEW ENTRANCE
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BASIC TRAINING CENTRES-PROMOTIONS ANI) INTERCHANGE OF OFFICERS

NAT

Mr. DESMOND:

National Government

1. On what basis are promotions granted in our basic training centres?

2. Has the interchange of officers from one centre to the other proven beneficial to training?

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Subtopic:   BASIC TRAINING CENTRES-PROMOTIONS ANI) INTERCHANGE OF OFFICERS
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LIB

Mr. RALSTON: (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

1. Promotions at basic training centres are based on the selection of suitable, qualified personnel to fill vacancies which occur within the authorized establishment. Promotions are recommended by the officer commanding the training centre and are made in^ the first place to acting rank. In accordance with training policy, officers and other ranks with field experience are brought in

Questions

as instructors for a temporary tour of duty. Any acting higher rank held during such tour of duty would be relinquished on return to their own formations or units.

2. Yes.

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Subtopic:   BASIC TRAINING CENTRES-PROMOTIONS ANI) INTERCHANGE OF OFFICERS
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WARTIME INFORMATION BOARD-COMMUNICATIONS WITH WASHINGTON

PC

Mr. DIEFENBAKER:

Progressive Conservative

1. Does the war information board operate a private wire and teletype service between Ottawa and Washington, D.C.?

2. If so, what has been the cost to operate the same, including salaries, rentals, etc., monthly since the said board commenced using such facilities?

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Subtopic:   WARTIME INFORMATION BOARD-COMMUNICATIONS WITH WASHINGTON
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LIB

Mr. MACKENZIE KING: (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

1. No.

2. See answer to No. 1.

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Subtopic:   WARTIME INFORMATION BOARD-COMMUNICATIONS WITH WASHINGTON
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APPOINTMENT TO THE SENATE OF MEMBER OF QUEBEC LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL


Mr. LaCROIX (Quebec-Montmoreney): 1. Was Mr. Pamphile R. DuTremblay requested to resign as member of the legislative council of the province of Quebec, before his appointment to the Senate? 2. Is the governor in council approving the fact that a person may be at the same time a member of the Senate at $4,000 per year, and of the legislative council at $3,000 per year? 3. Did negotiations take place between the premier of the province of Quebec, and the Prime Minister of Canada, with respect to the dual offices held by Mr. DuTremblay?


LIB

Mr. MACKENZIE KING: (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

1. No.

2. There is no legal obstacle to a member of the legislative council of the province of Quebec being at the same time a member of the Senate. A number of senators through the years have continued to hold office as members of the legislative council of Quebec.

3. No.

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Subtopic:   APPOINTMENT TO THE SENATE OF MEMBER OF QUEBEC LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
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WARTIME HOUSING LIMITED-KINGSTON

April 21, 1943