May 8, 1944

RADIO BROADCASTING-MISS CLAIRE WALLACE

NAT

James Arthur Ross

National Government

Mr. ROSS (Souris):

For a copy of the contract between the war finance committee and/or the C.B.C. and Miss Claire Wallace, together with all correspondence relating thereto, and a report on discussions regarding salary or stipend for broadcasting by the said Claire Wallace on behalf of the war finance committee; also a statement showing the total amount of money paid as salary or stipend, and any and all expenses, including travelling, hotel expenses, honorariums, etc., during the year 1943 and down to date in 1944.

Topic:   RADIO BROADCASTING-MISS CLAIRE WALLACE
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LIB

GASPE OIL-BEARING FIELDS

IND

Joseph Sasseville Roy

Independent

Mr. ROY:

For a copy of all letters, memorandum, telegrams and other documents exchanged between the dominion government and the government of the province of Quebec since 1940 concerning the oil prospects of the Gaspe oilibearing fields and matters related thereto.

Topic:   GASPE OIL-BEARING FIELDS
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FREIGHT CHARGES ON WESTERN WHEAT TO QUEBEC FARMERS

BPC

Pierre Gauthier

Bloc populaire canadien

Mr. GAUTHIER:

For a copy of all correspondence exchanged between the government of the province of Quebec and the dominion government or the

Motions for Papers

federal Department of Agriculture concerning the payment of part of the freight charges on-western wheat to farmers in the province of Quebec, from 1935 to 1944 inclusive.

Topic:   FREIGHT CHARGES ON WESTERN WHEAT TO QUEBEC FARMERS
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FARM LOAN BOARD-S. T. SHABBITS

CCF

Alexander Malcolm Nicholson

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

Mr. NICHOLSON:

For a copy of all letters, telegrams and other documents in possession of the government in connection with the resignation of S. T. Shabbits, an employee of the Canadian farm loan board, in 1944.

Topic:   FARM LOAN BOARD-S. T. SHABBITS
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WESTMINSTER HOSPITAL, LONDON, ONTARIO- DISMISSAL OF HERBERT SIMPSON

CCF

Joseph William Noseworthy

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

Mr. NOSEWORTHY:

For a copy of all correspondence between the Department of Pensions and National Health and Westminster hospital regarding the dismissal of one Herbert Simpson, together with a copy of any reports of any investigation held in connection with said dismissal.

Topic:   WESTMINSTER HOSPITAL, LONDON, ONTARIO- DISMISSAL OF HERBERT SIMPSON
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LIB

Ian Alistair Mackenzie (Minister of Pensions and National Health)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE (Vancouver Centre):

I take objection to this motion. Mr. Simpson, who had been employed by Westminster Hospital, London, Ontario, was dismissed for cause. Westminster hospital is a departmental institution, and its staff are members of the Department of Pensions and National Health. It is not the practice, and it would not be in the public interest, to table any correspondence or report from departmental employees to their superior officers in the same department.

Topic:   WESTMINSTER HOSPITAL, LONDON, ONTARIO- DISMISSAL OF HERBERT SIMPSON
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LIB

Thomas Vien (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Dropped.

Topic:   WESTMINSTER HOSPITAL, LONDON, ONTARIO- DISMISSAL OF HERBERT SIMPSON
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CANADA STEAMSHIP LINES

DAMAGE TO MONTREAL FREIGHT SHEDS BY FIRE


On the orders of the day.


NAT

Gordon Graydon (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. GORDON GRAYDON (Leader of the Opposition):

I have a question I should like to ask the Minister of Justice, under whose jurisdiction comes the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Is an inquiry being instituted into the cause of last Friday's costly fire which damaged the freight sheds of the Canada Steamship Lines on Montreal's waterfront, with the object of ascertaining whether or not factors of sabotage entered into the matter? One reason for asking the question, in addition to that of public interest, was that one eyewitness was alleged to have stated that the fire seemed to have started at three different places at the same time.

Hon. L. S. ST. LAURENT (Minister of Justice): Notwithstanding the fact that these freight sheds were private property, and under the control and in the custody of Canada Steamship Lines, as the owners thereof, because of the extent of the damage and the nature of some of the commodities destroyed, the

inspector of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police at Montreal immediately initiated a full investigation of the circumstances surrounding the fire. He has reported to the commissioner that there is no evidence whatsoever that would be grounds for suspicion of sabotage.

Topic:   CANADA STEAMSHIP LINES
Subtopic:   DAMAGE TO MONTREAL FREIGHT SHEDS BY FIRE
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NAT

Gordon Graydon (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. GRAYDON:

Does the minister know

whether inquiries have been instituted by either the municipal or the provincial authorities?

Mr. ST. LAURENT: I did not inquire as to that. This was an investigation conducted by the inspector of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police at Montreal. He reported that he investigated all clues or indications and that there were no grounds for any suspicion of sabotage.

Topic:   CANADA STEAMSHIP LINES
Subtopic:   DAMAGE TO MONTREAL FREIGHT SHEDS BY FIRE
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INTERNATIONAL FINANCE

BANK FOR INTERNATIONAL SETTLEMENTS

May 8, 1944