May 8, 1944


On the orders of the day:


NAT

Gordon Graydon (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. GORDON GRAYDON (Leader of the Opposition):

I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Finance. The Montreal Gazette in its news columns to-day reports:

War or no- war, the Bank for International Settlements will hold its 14th annual meeting on May 22 at its headquarters in Switzerland.

The report states that representatives of the allied nations will attend the meeting, as well as banking representatives of the axis group. I desire to, inquire of the government if the Bank of Canada is a member of the Bank for International Settlements and, if so, is it the policy of the government to have the Bank of Canada, under the present circumstances, represented at this meeting. I would further like to know if the Canadian government or the Bank of Canada has any deposits or any financial interest of any kind in the Bank for International Settlements.

Topic:   INTERNATIONAL FINANCE
Subtopic:   BANK FOR INTERNATIONAL SETTLEMENTS
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LIB

James Lorimer Ilsley (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Hon. J. L. ILSLEY (Minister of Finance):

I would like to ask my hon. friend to let this question stand and I will give him an answer to-morrow.

Topic:   INTERNATIONAL FINANCE
Subtopic:   BANK FOR INTERNATIONAL SETTLEMENTS
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CANADIAN FORCES

CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTORS-FORT OSBORNE BARRACKS, MILITARY DISTRICT NO. 10


On the orders of the day-:


LIB

Ralph Maybank

Liberal

Mr. RALPH MAYBANK (Winnipeg South Centre):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct

a question to the Minister of National Defence, and in order to do this I should like to

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give some information which has been sent to me by way of telegram. I have received a number of telegrams to-day from Winnipeg alleging that serious assaults have been perpetrated upon persons in military district No. 10, at the Fort Osborne barracks. The persons alleged to have been assaulted are said to be conscientious objectors of the sect known as Jehovah's Witnesses. I would ask the minister if he is already informed as to these allegations and whether he can at the moment make any statement with respect to them. If he is not informed, will an investigation be made and a statement given later?

Topic:   CANADIAN FORCES
Subtopic:   CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTORS-FORT OSBORNE BARRACKS, MILITARY DISTRICT NO. 10
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LIB

James Layton Ralston (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

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

I may say that I have had

several communications, probably from the same sources as those from which the communications to my hon. friend emanated. I think several of the telegrams referred to the same individuals. I immediately gave instructions to the adjutant general to have a full inquiry made, to work by telephone if necessary, and to carry on whatever investigation might be required in order to probe to the bottom the allegations which were made in these communications.

Topic:   CANADIAN FORCES
Subtopic:   CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTORS-FORT OSBORNE BARRACKS, MILITARY DISTRICT NO. 10
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MOUNTED POLICE

KILLING OP MAN CHARGED WITH CONSPIRING TO COMMIT AN INDICTABLE OFFENCE


On the orders of the day: Mr. JEAN-FRANCOIS POULIOT (Temis-couata): Mr. Speaker, this -morning a news item appeared in all the papers to the effect that a draftee or conscript was killed by a member of the mounted police in the county of Levis, near Quebec city. I should like to know if the government has been informed whether this conscript was armed at the time he was shot and, if so, what was his weapon? If the government cannot give this information to-day, I shall be thankful if they will give it to-morrow. Hon. L. S. ST. LAURENT (Minister of Justice): As soon as this matter was brought to my attention I asked for information from the commissioner of the mounted police and I was informed that this man was being pursued because he had been charged with conspiring to commit an indictable offence under section 573 of the criminal code. They had been searching for him for several months and having obtained information that he was in the vicinity of St. Lambert, a patrol was sent out to locate him at 3 a.m. yesterday. Upon arrival at the spot it was found that he was not there, but when the patrol returned about 5.30 yesterday morning he was found in bed. When they proceeded to the chamber he 100-1701 jumped out through a window and started to run away. The constables pursued him and fired four or five shots in the air without his slowing down his pace at all. They then fired twice at the ground to one side of the fleeing man, and they saw him fall. They ran up to him and found that unfortunately a bullet had richocheted and struck him. They immediately called for' transportation to take him to the hospital but before they reached the hospital he died.


LIB

Jean-François Pouliot

Liberal

Mr. POULIOT:

But he was carrying no weapon at that time?

Mr. ST. LAURENT: I did not inquire into that point. I presume that had he been found in possession of a weapon it would have been mentioned in the report. There was nothing in the report to indicate that he was carrying a weapon.

Topic:   MOUNTED POLICE
Subtopic:   KILLING OP MAN CHARGED WITH CONSPIRING TO COMMIT AN INDICTABLE OFFENCE
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LIB

Jean-François Pouliot

Liberal

Mr. POULIOT:

Will the minister be kind enough to secure that information?

Mr. ST. LAURENT: Certainly.

Topic:   MOUNTED POLICE
Subtopic:   KILLING OP MAN CHARGED WITH CONSPIRING TO COMMIT AN INDICTABLE OFFENCE
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HOUSING

QUESTION AS TO PLAN FOR CONSTRUCTION OF LOW RENT DWELLINGS IN WINNIPEG


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, I should like to ask a question of the Minister of Finance, of which I gave notice earlier to-day. In view of the telegram sent to the minister on Saturday by the clerk of the council of the city of Winnipeg will the minister indicate whether a plan for the construction of low rent dwellings, such as has been announced for Montreal and Toronto, will be available for Winnipeg? Will the minister see to it that details of the Montreal and Toronto plans are furnished to the Winnipeg city council?

Topic:   HOUSING
Subtopic:   QUESTION AS TO PLAN FOR CONSTRUCTION OF LOW RENT DWELLINGS IN WINNIPEG
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LIB

James Lorimer Ilsley (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Hon. J. L. ILSLEY (Minister of Finance):

I know of no plan whieh has been worked out in Toronto. However, a plan has been worked out in Montreal by a group of public spirited citizens there. If a similar group in Winnipeg will do the same thing and make such suggestions as they see fit to the Department of Finance, they would of course be considered. I want to say that it is hard to answer yes or no to the question asked by the hon. gentleman because the Montreal plan is adapted to conditions in Montreal and it might be very misleading if I were to say that if exactly the same plan were suggested for Winnipeg the reaction of the Department of Finance would be favourable. Certainly a plan following the general principle of the Montreal plan would receive consideration, I would hope favourable consideration, but it would depend upon the particulars of the plan itself.

Winnipeg Packing Plants

With regard to the particulars of the plan, I may say that I received the telegram from the city clerk of Winnipeg referred to by the hon. gentleman. I have prepared a somewhat long letter which I propose to send which gives or directs him to all the necessary information about the Montreal plan.

Topic:   HOUSING
Subtopic:   QUESTION AS TO PLAN FOR CONSTRUCTION OF LOW RENT DWELLINGS IN WINNIPEG
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HO.GS CONGESTION AT WINNIPEG PACKING PLANTS


On the orders of the day:


May 8, 1944