June 28, 1943

SC

Ernest George Hansell

Social Credit

Mr. HANSELL:

As this question stands in my name and I happen to be in my seat, perhaps I may have a word. One of the officials approached me with respect to part 5 of the question and explained what the minister has already explained to the house. I can see that the point is not one of public expenditure but rather the question whether the amounts received by the film board) from motion picture companies, as a result of its films being shown, should be made public. I readily understood that perhaps it might not be in the public interest to reveal these figures to the board's competitors who are in the motion picture business. Having been advised that I would receive the information for my personal use, I assumed the same thing would apply to every member, so that the information would not necessarily become public property. Under these conditions I agreed that there should be a reservation with respect to part 5 of the question.

Questions

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   NATIONAL FILM BOARD
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NAT

Gordon Graydon (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. GRAYDON:

I am going to ask the h'on. member and the minister to allow this question to stand. I think there should be opportunity for consideration of the matter. The minister is going entirely too far when he suggests that the national film board shall determine for the House of Commons and the Canadian people what information it is in the public interest to produce. Largely upon that principle I am going to ask the minister to allow the question to stand, so that further consideration can be given to it. I am sure the Prime Minister will agree that we must not lightly create any precedent on a principle of this kind).

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   NATIONAL FILM BOARD
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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:

May I say to my hon. friend that I did not understand that the minister was doing more than giving an expression of the view of the film board as conveyed to him. He did not take the responsibility of saying whether the board was right or wrong. I think my hon. friend the leader of the opposition is quite right in raising the point he does and in asking that the question should stand; later the minister might answer it on his own responsibility.

Question stands.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   NATIONAL FILM BOARD
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ST. HILAIRE, QUE., SUGAR REFINERY- PRIORITIES ON MACHINERY

IND

Mr. DORION:

Independent

1. Did the Minister of Munitions and Supply go to Washington to assist in obtaining priorities on machinery to be used in the installation of a sugar refinery at St. Hilaire, Quebec?

2. If so, (a) on what date; (b) who paid the travelling expenses?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   ST. HILAIRE, QUE., SUGAR REFINERY- PRIORITIES ON MACHINERY
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LIB

Mr. CHEVRIER: (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Munitions and Supply)

Liberal

1. Whilst in Washington on business connected with the war production programme the minister assisted in the matter of obtaining priorities on the machinery to be used in the installation of the sugar refinery at St. Hilaire, Quebec.

2. (a) March 13 or 14; (b) the government of Canada.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   ST. HILAIRE, QUE., SUGAR REFINERY- PRIORITIES ON MACHINERY
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WARTIME PRICES AND TRADE BO.ARD- OTTAWA TEMPORARY BUILDING

PC

Mr. BENCE:

Progressive Conservative

1. On what date was construction commenced on a new temporary building for the wartime prices and trade board in the city of Ottawa?

2. On what date is it anticipated that construction will be completed?

3. What is the anticipated number of manhours that will be used on the construction of the building?

4. What is the estimated number of feet of lumber that will be used in the whole construction ?

5. What is the estimated weight of the nails that will be used in the whole construction?

6. What is the total amount of cement that will be used in the whole construction?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   WARTIME PRICES AND TRADE BO.ARD- OTTAWA TEMPORARY BUILDING
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LIB

Mr. FOURNIER (Hull): (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

1. May 18, 1943.

2. July 28, 1943.

3. 95.500 man-hours.

4. 773,000 feet B.M.

5. 8,810 pounds.

6. 2,500 barrels.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   WARTIME PRICES AND TRADE BO.ARD- OTTAWA TEMPORARY BUILDING
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SHORTAGE OF DOCTORS AND NURSES- CLOSING OF HOSPITALS

CCF

Mr. NICHOLSON:

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

1. Have any hospitals in Canada been closed since the outbreak of ivar as a result of, (a) shortage of doctors; (b) shortage of nurses; (c) for other reasons?

2. If so, how many?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   SHORTAGE OF DOCTORS AND NURSES- CLOSING OF HOSPITALS
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LIB

Mr. McLARTY: (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

1. (a) No official information; (b) no official information; (c) yes.

2. Zeballos, B.C., 9 beds, closed 1942 (Red Cross); War Memorial Hospital, Williams Lake, B.C., 23 beds, closed 1942; Red Cross Outpost Hospital, Armstrong, Ont., 5 beds, closed 1942; Hotel-Dieu de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Que., 44 beds, closed 1941 (privately owned); St. Roch's Hospital, St. Boniface, Man. (contagious diseases); Fort Rae, N.W.T., 87 beds, closed 1942; Vanguard Union Hospital, Vanguard, Sask., 14 beds, closed 1941; Canmore Hospital, Canmore, Alta., 12 beds, closed 1941; Gloucester Hospital, Bathurst, N.B., destroyed by fire, 1941; re-opened as Hotel-Dieu of St. Joseph, 1942.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   SHORTAGE OF DOCTORS AND NURSES- CLOSING OF HOSPITALS
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INTERNMENTS-CAMILLIEN HOUDE

IND

Mr. LACOMBE:

Independent Liberal

1. Is Mr. Camillien Houde detained under section 21 of the defence of Canada regulations?

2. If not, under what statute or regulation?

3. Has Mr. Camillien Houde been officially informed of the reasons for his detention?

4. If so, where and w'hen?

5. Before his arrest, was a charge laid against Mr. Houde?

6. If so, when, and what is the nature of such charge?

Mr. ST. LAURENT:

1. Yes.

2. Answered by No. 1.

3. Yes.

4. In the office of the officer commanding the R.C.M.P. at Montreal, August 3, 1940,

Questions

and in writing forwarded to him at Fredericton, May 22, 1943, immediately after he made a request for a hearing.

5. No information.

6. Answered by No. 5.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   INTERNMENTS-CAMILLIEN HOUDE
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WARTIME PRICES AND TRADE BOARD-EMPLOYEES RECEIVING OVER $3,000 A YEAR ,

PC

Mr. DIEFENBAKER:

Progressive Conservative

1. Who are the employees who receive over $3,000 a year in the employ of the wartime prices and trade board, and where are they located?

2. What honorarium, living or other allowance, and travelling expenses, have been paid to each of the said employees since appointment?

3. Which of said employees are permanent civil servants? Which were appointed under the Civil Service Act?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   WARTIME PRICES AND TRADE BOARD-EMPLOYEES RECEIVING OVER $3,000 A YEAR ,
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NAT

Richard Burpee Hanson

National Government

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

The government ,has scored an almost perfect record in answering questions to-day. I think four out of 43 have been answered. I want to know why the first question on to-day's order paper, which has been standing for six weeks, is not answered. It could have been answered long ago, if proper records are kept at the head office of the wartime prices and trade board.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   WARTIME PRICES AND TRADE BOARD-EMPLOYEES RECEIVING OVER $3,000 A YEAR ,
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LIB

James Lorimer Ilsley (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. ILSLEY:

My parliamentary assistant could answer that better than I, but I suspect that the answer is that the work of compiling and segregating and copying such items as travelling expenses is very onerous. Answering many of these questions takes a good deal of time and is very expensive. I may say that never since I have been in the House of Commons have I seen so many questions requiring long answers asked by an opposition. It is the opposition's right.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   WARTIME PRICES AND TRADE BOARD-EMPLOYEES RECEIVING OVER $3,000 A YEAR ,
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LIB

Olof Hanson

Liberal

Mr. HANSON (York-Sumbury):

And duty.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   WARTIME PRICES AND TRADE BOARD-EMPLOYEES RECEIVING OVER $3,000 A YEAR ,
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LIB

James Lorimer Ilsley (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. ILSLEY:

-but when the government asks, as it did to-day,, that a number of questions stand, it is because of the enormous mass of work which is cast on the government and the overworked staffs of the government in compiling difficult and* long answers to questions.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   WARTIME PRICES AND TRADE BOARD-EMPLOYEES RECEIVING OVER $3,000 A YEAR ,
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June 28, 1943