February 24, 1944

FREE RAILWAY TRANSPORTATION FOR MEMBERS OF HIS MAJESTY'S FORCES


Mr. T. L. CHURCH (Broadview) moved for leave to introduce bill No. 6, to amend the railway act.


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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Explain.

Topic:   RAILWAY ACT AMENDMENT
Subtopic:   FREE RAILWAY TRANSPORTATION FOR MEMBERS OF HIS MAJESTY'S FORCES
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NAT

Thomas Langton Church

National Government

Mr. CHURCH:

This bill proposes to amend the Railway Act in order to provide certain concessions in railway fares to our soldiers during this war. At the present time the Railway Act does not provide any special concessions for soldiers; it applies only to civilians. The board of transport commissioners has no power to order any special rates for soldiers. During the last war soldiers were carried for half fare during week-ends and during this war they are carried for half fare on all days. However, the camps are located all across Canada and there should be some body such as the transport commission which should have power over it, to see that fares are reasonable, grant any necessary concessions, and eliminate any discrimination against our soldiers.

Motion agreed to and bill read the first time. QUESTIONS

(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.)

Topic:   RAILWAY ACT AMENDMENT
Subtopic:   FREE RAILWAY TRANSPORTATION FOR MEMBERS OF HIS MAJESTY'S FORCES
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SAINT JOHN-HALIFAX AIR SERVICE

NAT

Mr. HAZEN:

National Government

1. Did the Canadian Pacific Air Lines Limited apply to the government or the board of transport commissioners for permission to institute an air service between Saint John, New Brunswick, and Halifax, Nova Scotia?

2. If so, when was such application received?

3. Did the applicants state when the service would be started if permission were granted?

4. Was an exclusive franchise asked for?

5. Was the request of the company granted?

6. Did the boards of trade of Saint John and Halifax make a joint application to the board of transport commissioners in November last to grant a licence to responsible persons to operate a commercial air service between the two cities?

7. Did the board of transport commissioners grant the licence?

8. Has the governor in council named Saint John, New Brunswick, and Halifax, Nova Scotia, as places between which the board of transport commissioners may license aircraft to transport passengers and goods under the provisions of part 3 of the Transport Act, 1938, and if not, why has it not done so?

9. Is it the intention of the government to establish an air service between Saint John, New Brunswick, and Halifax, Nova Scotia, and if so, when will the service commence to operate?

Topic:   SAINT JOHN-HALIFAX AIR SERVICE
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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Munitions and Supply)

Liberal

Mr. HOWE:

1 and 2. Yes. To the board of transport commissioners, under date November 6, and to the Department of Transport, under date November 11, 1943.

3. No.

4. This point was not raised.

5. No.

6. Yes.

7. No.

8. No. By order in council, P.C. 976, of April 27, 1939, part III of The Transport Act, 1938, was made applicable to transport by air by means of interurban air transport services between "Moneton-St. John-Halifax". Subsequently the Maritime provinces were declared a prohibited flying area under the defence air regulations, and for this reason, said order in council was rescinded by order in council, P.C. 4040, of December 8, 1939.

9. Trans-Canada Air Lines has been authorized by order in council, P.C. 6256, of August 6, 1943, made pursuant to the "Trans-Canada contract" authorized under The Trans-Canada Air Lines Act, 1937, to establish a service between Blissville, N.B., and Halifax which will be placed in operation immediately upon the completion of a radio range now under construction at an intermediate aerodrome on the route between Saint John and Halifax.

Topic:   SAINT JOHN-HALIFAX AIR SERVICE
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PERSONNEL RECRUITED IN ONTARIO AND SHOWN AS RECRUITED IN QUEBEC

NAT

Mr. WHITE:

National Government

1. Have any persons recruited in Ontario since the beginning of the war to date, and sent to Quebec without being given their regimental number, been shown as recruited from Quebec?

2. If so, what is the number of such recruits?

Topic:   PERSONNEL RECRUITED IN ONTARIO AND SHOWN AS RECRUITED IN QUEBEC
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LIB

Mr. MACDONALD (Halifax): (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

1. See answer to question No. 2.

2. There are no records which show the number of persons, if any, recruited in Ontario for Quebec or the number, if any, sent from Ontario to Quebec without being given their regimental number.

The records maintained at national defence headquarters do not give the number of men who may have gone from Ontario to Quebec to enlist. An examination of all the enlistment papers in the military districts of Quebec which would involve a tremendous amount of work, and then would not show those recruited in Ontario but would only show the number of those enlisting in Quebec who gave Ontario as their home address and such men would not necessarily have been recruited in Ontario.

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Questions

Topic:   PERSONNEL RECRUITED IN ONTARIO AND SHOWN AS RECRUITED IN QUEBEC
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BOOKLET "THE COMPLETE FLYING COURSE"- N. ROY HARBEN, D.F.C.


Mr. MeGREGOR: 1. How many copies of the book entitled "The 'Complete Flying Course", by N. Roy Harben, D.F.C., were purchased? 2. What was the date of the original order, and who authorized the purchase? 3. What was the cost per copy? 4. How many copies were distributed, and how was its distribution effected? 5. By whose authority has the salvage officer, J. C. Kelley, called for tenders for 3,844 copies, as per circular No. G.S.,6066? 6. What is the official status of N. Roy Harben, D.F.C.? 7. Was he in the employ of the government? 8. If so, what salary or remuneration did he receive, and is he in the government service at this time?


LIB

Mr. MACMILLAN: (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of National Defence for Air)

Liberal

1. 5,325.

2. 27th January, 1940 by acting air member for organization and training, air commodore now Air Marshal L. S. Breadner.

3. $1.50.

4. 5,191 copies were distributed according to scale of issue for various schools-75 copies to initial training schools, 60 to elementary flying training schools and 105 to service flying training schools.

5. By memorandum of 21st December, 1943 from deputy director of publications concurred in by director of staff duties. Eighty per cent of those offered for sale have been returned from units after being used in training.

6. 7 and 8. When this publication was produced in 1938, Mr. Harben was the owner and [DOT]civilian manager of Air Schools Ltd., Derby, England. His company carried on the elementary training of pilots for the R.A.F.

On the outbreak of war Mr. Harben, a reserve officer of the R.A.F., was brought back to active duty as a wing commander R.A.F. and as such carries on his peacetime profession of training R.A.F. pilots in elementary flying.

He has never been an employee of the Canadian government.

Topic:   BOOKLET "THE COMPLETE FLYING COURSE"- N. ROY HARBEN, D.F.C.
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WARTIME PRICES AND TRADE BOARD-PROSECUTIONS

PC

Mr. BENCE:

Progressive Conservative

1. How many charges were laid in Canada for violation of the wartime prices and trade board regulations and orders, and administrators' regulations and orders in, (a) 1942; (b) 1943?

2. How many of such charges were abandoned before proceeding to trial in, (a) 1942; (b) 1943?

3. What was the total number of convictions obtained as the result of such charges in, (a) 1942; (b) 1943?

4. What was the total amouut of fines collected as the result of such convictions in, (a) 1942; (b) 1943?

5. What was the total amount of lawyers' fees incurred by the government as result of such charges in, (a) 1942; (b) 1943?

Topic:   WARTIME PRICES AND TRADE BOARD-PROSECUTIONS
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LIB

Mr. ABBOTT: (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance)

Liberal

1. The number of persons charged in Canada with alleged violations of wartime prices and trade board regulations and orders including administrators' regulations and orders was: (a) in the year 1942, 1,285; (b) in the year 1943, 3,792.

2. The number of the foregoing charges abandoned before proceeding to trial was:

(a) in the year 1942, 91; (b) in the year 1943, 206.

3. The total number of convictions obtained as a result of such charges was: (a) in the year 1942, 1,107; (b) in the year 1943, 3,369.

4. Total amount of fines collected and deposited to the credit of the receiver general as a result of convictions and charges laid for violation of the wartime prices and trade board regulations and orders was (a) in the year

1942, $53,633 23, (b) in the year 1943, $185,534.61.

5. Total amount of lawyers' fees and disbursements paid by the wartime prices and trade board as a result of charges laid for violation of the wartime prices and trade board regulations (a) in the year 1942, $27,483.46;

(b) in the year 1943, $100,972.54.

Topic:   WARTIME PRICES AND TRADE BOARD-PROSECUTIONS
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ENEMY ALIENS-APPLICATION S FOR NATURALIZATION CERTIFICATES

SC

Mr. SHAW:

Social Credit

1. How many enemy aliens have made application for certificates of naturalization since September 1, 1939?

2. How many such applications have been approved and certificates issued?

3. How many certificates of naturalization have been issued since September 1, 1939, to enemy aliens who made application for naturalization prior to the outbreak of war?

4. How many certificates of naturalization have been issued to enemy alien members of the Canadian armed forces since January 1,

1943, who, (a) made application prior to enlistment; (b) made application following enlistment; (c) made no application?

Topic:   ENEMY ALIENS-APPLICATION S FOR NATURALIZATION CERTIFICATES
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LIB

Mr. McLARTY: (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

1. Statistics are not compiled on the basis of dates of applications for naturalization but only in respect to certificates issued.

2. See answer to No. 1 above.

3. For reason stated in answer to No. 1 it is not possible to state what certificates have been issued in respect to applications prior to the outbreak of war. The certificates issued to former nationals of enemy countries are shown in the following statement:

Questions

Sept. 1/39.. Finland Germany 263

1940.. 477

1941.. 152

1942.. 155 1071943. . 80 146Hungary Italy Roumania Japan362 266 15S 132 222 91 226 126 4. (a) Finland, 2; Germany, 2; Hungary, 2; Italy, 3; Roumania, 2. (b) Finland, 8; Germany, 5; Hungary, 3; Italy, 6. (e) None.

Topic:   ENEMY ALIENS-APPLICATION S FOR NATURALIZATION CERTIFICATES
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METALS CONTROL

February 24, 1944