March 13, 1944

CCF

Thomas Clement (Tommy) Douglas

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

Mr. DOUGLAS (Weyburn):

For a copy of all expense accounts, vouchers, receipts and forms A-101 submitted during the period from June 15 to August 15, 1943, by the following persons employed by the Department of Agriculture: J. Walton, E. B. Cressman. R. G. Hobbs. E. J. Flory, J. E. Bergey, P. J. Gormicau. P. M. Johnson, P. M. Buchinski, E. W. Hartle, H. Krienke, Henry Poss, H. Roth,

G. W. Newell, Colbin Erickson, Henry Theissing,

H. A. Boucher, R. F. McGregor.

Topic:   AGRICULTURE-EXPENSE ACCOUNTS OF CERTAIN EMPLOYEES
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NATIONAL DEFENCE-SHERBROOKE, N.S., PROPERTY


Mr. GILL1S: For a copy of all letters, telegrams, communications, exchanged between the Department of National Defence and any person or persons, relating to the renting or leasing of property in Sherbrooke, Nova Scotia, for national defence purposes.


TUNNEL BETWEEN PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND AND THE MAINLAND

NAT

Percy Chapman Black

National Government

Mr. BLACK (Cumberland):

For a copy of all correspondence since the entrance of Prince Edward Island into confederation exchanged between the government of Prince Edward Island and the federal government, in connexion with the proposed building of a tunnel or causeway from Cape Tormentine, New Brunswick, to Prince Edward Island.

Also for a copy of all plans, surveys and estimates of cost with dates of each survey and estimate and by whom made.

(Mr. McGcer.]

Topic:   TUNNEL BETWEEN PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND AND THE MAINLAND
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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:

Could not my hon. friend indicate more precisely the documents he wishes to receive? This return, as will be seen by an examination of the motion, involves going through correspondence in departments at Ottawa back to the year 1873.

My hon. friend knows that almost every year there has been some one or more persons who have felt it their duty to urge the construction of this tunnel. What plans have been made or what estimates have been made I cannot say. But I am sure of this, that it would take a good part of a year to prepare the return in the form in which it is asked for, and the expense involved in preparing it would be very large-some one has just remarked it might equal the cost of the tunnel.

Topic:   TUNNEL BETWEEN PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND AND THE MAINLAND
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NAT

Percy Chapman Black

National Government

Mr. BLACK (Cumberland):

I should like to comply with the wishes of the Prime Minister, but I would point out to him that this involves only the correspondence between the government of Prince Edward Island and the federal government. It deals with only one subject. True, it has been lengthy, but the people of Prince Edward Island have been waiting for the solution of this problem for a long time; it was one of the conditions of confederate" I believe there have not been very many surveys and plans, and the information could be readily gathered and submitted to the house.

I suggest that the motion be allowed to siand over, and if the ministers of the departments concerned consider that the correspondence and information is too voluminous, and is not of special interest at the present time, they might confer with me, and we would reduce the correspondence to the amount required. I must say, however, that a great many people are interested in this matter.

Motion stands.

Topic:   TUNNEL BETWEEN PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND AND THE MAINLAND
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WARTIME HOUSING-RESIGNATION OF VICTOR T. GOOCIN

CCF

Alexander Malcolm Nicholson

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

Mr. NICHOLSON:

For a copy of all letters, telegrams, memoranda, and other documents, in connection with the resignation of Victor T. Goggin, general manager of Wartime Housing.

Topic:   WARTIME HOUSING-RESIGNATION OF VICTOR T. GOOCIN
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MEAT BOARD-TORONTO BEEF SLAUGHTERINGS

PC

Mark Cecil Senn

Progressive Conservative

Mr. SENN:

For a copy of all letters, including copies of orders enclosed, telegrams or other orders of communications, passing between the meat board or any of its members and its officials, on the one hand, and meat packing companies, wholesale butchers or commission merchants, doing business in the city of Toronto, during the months of July and August, 1942, and having reference to the government agreeing to take 20 per cent of all beef slaughterings; also a

Irish Free State

statement showing the number of carcasses so taken, from whom, and at what price in each case.

Topic:   MEAT BOARD-TORONTO BEEF SLAUGHTERINGS
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IRISH FREE STATE

QUESTION OF EXPULSION OF GERMAN AND JAPANESE DIPLOMATIC AND CONSULAR REPRESE NTATIVES


On the orders of the day:


NAT

Gordon Graydon (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. GORDON GRAYDON (Leader of the Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to

address a question to the Prime Minister. Press reports from London would seem to indicate that Prime Minister de Valera appealed to the Prime Minister of Canada in connection with the recent United States demand for a cessation of axis espionage activities in Eire. Will the Prime Minister be good enough to inform the house fully upon this point and table the correspondence or such other communications as may have passed between the governments of Canada and Eire relative thereto?

Topic:   IRISH FREE STATE
Subtopic:   QUESTION OF EXPULSION OF GERMAN AND JAPANESE DIPLOMATIC AND CONSULAR REPRESE NTATIVES
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LIB

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

Liberal

Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, I had anticipated -an inquiry from the leader of the opposition-indeed he was kind enough to give me no-tice of it in advance

and I have prepared a short statement for the information of the house with regard to the reports which have appeared in the press recently concerning representations which have been made to the Irish government by the government of the United States requesting the expulsion of German and Japanese diplomatic and consular representatives from Ireland.

On Friday evening, March 10, the State department in Washington made public the text of the United States note of February 21, and simultaneously the Irish legation in Washington announced -the reply of the Irish Government. On the same date -a newspaper report from London made the statement that Mr. de Valera had appealed to me "to mediate" -in the affair, shortly after the presentation of the United States note.

It -may, perhaps, clarify matters if I say at the outset that the Canadian government has not in any way endeavoured to mediate between the Irish government and the United States government, also that such representations as were received were in the nature of informal confidential conversations.

Shortly after the presentation of the notes, Mr. de Valera sent for Mr. Kearney, our High Commissioner in Ireland, and told him that he considered it would be in the mutual interest of Ireland and the united nations if through the intervention of a friendly nation the notes might be withdrawn. He suggested *Canada might be willing to assume this task

and asked Mr. Kearney to put his request before the Canadian government. Subsequently Mr. Hearne, the High Commissioner for Ireland, resident in this city, came to see me personally. In my reply it was made clear that, as the Canadian government was in full sympathy with the object of the approach made by the United States government, we would not wish to intervene in the matter.

I believe that the informal discussions which took place through Mr. Kearney in Dublin and with Mr. Hearne here were of some help at the time in steadying a difficult situation. Since there were no written- communications exchanged between the Irish and Canadian governments, there are no documents to be tabled.

Mr. de Valera made it very plain that his government had done and would continue to do its utmost to prevent the axis representatives now on its soil from using their position there to secure information which could be used to the disadvantage of the united nations. At the same time, there can be n-o doubt in the minds of any of us here that the axis representatives will not hesitate to abuse the privileges that have been granted- them as diplomatic or consular representatives in Ireland if by such abuse they can in any way injure the united nations.

Topic:   IRISH FREE STATE
Subtopic:   QUESTION OF EXPULSION OF GERMAN AND JAPANESE DIPLOMATIC AND CONSULAR REPRESE NTATIVES
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INCOME TAX

STATUS OF ARMED FORCES PERSONNEL SERVING IN KISKA


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Stanley Howard Knowles (Whip of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation)

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

Mr. S. H. KNOWLES (Winnipeg North Centre):

Mr. Speaker, on February 29. as reported at page 1025 of Hansard, the Minister of National- Defence (Mr. Ralston) said that before long an announcement would be made respecting the income tax status of men who went to Kiska. I refer to the 13th Canadian infantry brigade, which included along with other units the reconstituted first battalion of the Winnipeg Grenadiers. Could the minister or some other member of the government indicate when that announcement might be expected?

Topic:   INCOME TAX
Subtopic:   STATUS OF ARMED FORCES PERSONNEL SERVING IN KISKA
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March 13, 1944