March 24, 1944


Hon. L. R. LaFLECHE (Minister of National War Services): Mr. Speaker, may I table copy of order in council P.C. 2120 of March 24, 1944, appointing Mr. Bernard Keble Sandwell a governor of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Army-Reversion of Owccrs


NAT

Gordon Graydon (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. GRAYDON:

Is Mr. Sandwell to be the new chairman of the board of governors?

Mr. LaFLEC'HE: I cannot answer that

question.

Topic:   RADIO BROADCASTING
Subtopic:   APPOINTMENT OF B. K. SANDWELL AS A GOVERNOR OF C.B.C.
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PRIVATE BILLS

FIRST READINGS-SENATE BILLS


Bill No. 39, respecting the New Brunswick Railway Company.-Mr. Emmerson. Bill No. 40, respecting Gore District Mutual Fire Insurance Company.-Mr. Homuth.


PENSIONS

WIDOWS OF VETERANS OF FIRST WORLD WAR


On the orders of the day: Hon. IAN A. MACKENZIE (Minister of Pensions and National Health): Yesterday the hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre (Mr. Knowles) asked me a question in regard to certain resolutions passed at a recent conference of war widows. I understand these were meant for preliminary discussion, and are to be forwarded to me by the secretary. In regard to the second part of my hon. friend's question, I may state that all representations made receive careful consideration, and government policies in regard to them are being and will be announced from time to time.


CONFERENCE WITH PROVINCES

ACCEPTANCES OF INVITATION


On the orders of the day:


NAT

Gordon Graydon (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. GORDON GRAYDON (Leader of the Opposition):

I desire to direct this question to the Prime Minister: have all nine

provinces accepted the invitation of the government to attend the projected dominion-provincial conference at Ottawa, and, if so, when does the Prime Minister expect to be in a position to announce the date of the conference?

Topic:   CONFERENCE WITH PROVINCES
Subtopic:   ACCEPTANCES OF INVITATION
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO PROBABLE DATE
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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):

All the provinces have

accepted the invitation of the dominion government for a dominion-provincial conference. I am not able at the moment to say at what particular date the conference will be held. There is a good deal of preparatory work to be done, and it is proceeding at the present time. Up to the present it has not been possible to find a date which would be acceptable to all the provinces. But the government is doing its best to have the conference brought into being at the earliest convenience of the provinces generally.

. UNITED NATIONS

RELIEF AND REHABILITATION-INQUIRY AS TO THE DATE AND PLACE OF MEETING OF COUNCIL On the orders of the day:

Topic:   CONFERENCE WITH PROVINCES
Subtopic:   ACCEPTANCES OF INVITATION
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO PROBABLE DATE
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NAT

Gordon Graydon (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. GORDON GRAYDON (Leader of the Opposition):

Reports in the press yesterday would appear to indicate that Canada is to be the second meeting place of the united nations relief and rehabilitation administration and that the meeting is to take place in the month of June. Will the Prime Minister inform the house as to whether or not Canada is to be honoured with such a meeting and, if so, when and where it is likely to be convened?

Topic:   CONFERENCE WITH PROVINCES
Subtopic:   ACCEPTANCES OF INVITATION
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO PROBABLE DATE
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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):

The government has

cordially welcomed the proposal that the council of the united nations relief and rehabilitation administration should hold its next meeting in Canada. I understand that the next meeting is to be held in the month of June, but I am not in a position to say at the moment at what particular date or place the meeting will be held. The council itself will decide that and would be, I think, the appropriate body to make the announcement.

Topic:   CONFERENCE WITH PROVINCES
Subtopic:   ACCEPTANCES OF INVITATION
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO PROBABLE DATE
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CANADIAN ARMY

REVERSION OF ACTIVE SERVICE OFFICERS TO RESERVE FORCE STATUS


On the orders of the day:


LIB

James Layton Ralston (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Hon. J. L. RALSTON (Minister of National Defence):

I desire now to answer the question of the hon. member for Vancouver South (Mr. Green), who inquired yesterday with regard to the retirement of officers in the Pacific command.

The statement that "500 officers are being retired from the active force in the Pacific command" is not accurate. The number from October 1 to February 29 was 115, and the number pending at that time was 35.

Officers are not being returned in groups to reserve force status. Each case is dealt with individually and on its merits.

There have, from October 1 to February 29, been retired 639 officers. That does not include 225 officers who have been retired since July 1943 as being over 60 years of age. The house will understand that this includes those retired from the Pacific command and all others as well. Some have been returned to reserve status at their own request; some have been returned as over age for overseas service, some as below medical category for overseas service. Others are returned to reserve status because no suitable employment can be found for them in the Canadian army.

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Officers' survey and classification boards have been set up to deal with the disposal of officers. Each officer to be returned to reserve status -except those returned at their own request- gets notice of the intention to return him to reserve status, with the reasons upon which the recommendation is based. The notice is given to him by his commanding officer. He is advised that he may, if he so wishes, submit a statement within a period of 14 days from the notice, setting forth any reasons he might have why such recommendation should not be carried into effect. He is also advised by the notice that, if no such statement is received from him by his commanding officer within the 14 days, his commanding officer will forward his recommendation through the usual channels to national defence headquarters. It is also stated in the notice that, if the officer does not wish to submit any reasons against the recommendation, he should state so in writing.

Before notice of the intention to recommend return to reserve status is sent to the particular officer, he will probably have been interviewed by the officers' survey and classification board. If he has not, and expresses the wish to appear before them, he is given an opportunity of doing so and of giving the board all the reasons he can to show why he should not be returned to reserve status. The board has no authority to dispose of an officer. The board simply puts in a recommendation to the district officer commanding or the general officer commanding concerned.

All officers who are returned to reserve status under the procedure by notice which has just been described are paid rehabilitation grant.

Topic:   CANADIAN ARMY
Subtopic:   REVERSION OF ACTIVE SERVICE OFFICERS TO RESERVE FORCE STATUS
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MAPLE PRODUCTS

March 24, 1944