June 12, 1944

REAL ESTATE

PROPERTIES PURCHASED BY GOVERNMENT IN PRAIRIE PROVINCES

LIB

Thomas Alexander Crerar (Minister of Mines and Resources)

Liberal

Hon. T. A. CRERAR (Minister of Mines and Resources):

I desire to table parliamentary return, reference No. 193, asked for by the hon. member for Lake Centre (Mr. Diefenbaker), a statement showing location of and prices paid for all properties purchased by the government during 1941 to 1943 in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta.

I should like to make this comment, if I may: The preparation of this order involved a great deal of work. I have in mind the possibility of similar questions being asked as to the acquisition of properties under the Veterans' Land Act, with details of purchases, locations and descriptions. A great deal of work would be involved in that; therefore this should not be taken as a precedent.

Topic:   REAL ESTATE
Subtopic:   PROPERTIES PURCHASED BY GOVERNMENT IN PRAIRIE PROVINCES
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CANADIAN FORCES

ANNOUNCEMENT AS TO NEW SYSTEM FOR SUPPLYING CIGARETTES TO PERSONNEL OVERSEAS

LIB

William Pate Mulock (Postmaster General)

Liberal

Hon. W. P. MULOCK (Postmaster General) :

I wish to advise members of the house that, as a result of the combined efforts of the Minister of National Defence, the Minister of National Defence for Air, and myself, a new system has been developed for the sending of cigarettes from Canada to members of the armed forces in Italy which will result in the equivalent of air mail service.

It is hoped soon to have a similar system in operation for the members of our forces serving in Britain and France. The new system of handling cigarettes addressed to members of the forces in Italy goes into effect on June 19, and simply described, involves the sending by air mail of addressed labels, representing cigarettes ordered as at present in Canada to a Mediterranean depot, where they

Canadian Forces

will be drawn against a large reserve of cigarettes which has been built up over a period of time by bulk shipments.

Under the new arrangement, the individual sending the cigarettes is relieved of the possibility of loss between the tobacco company in Canada and the cigarette depot in Italy, as the Post Office Department is assuming responsibility for loss, if any, of the bulk shipments. In addition, it is expected that the new plan will result in a marked speeding up of deliveries. From the standpoint of the mailing public, there is no change in procedure. Orders will be placed in the same manner as at present, either with the tobacconist or direct with the company. When the company receives the order, a label covering each standard package of three hundred cigarettes ordered will be prepared, complete with postage and particulars. The labels will then be recorded by the Post Office Department and sent overseas by air transport. Upon arrival at the tobacco depot, the labels will be attached by members of the postal corps to parcels of the particular brand of cigarettes ordered and will then be dispatched to the addressee. The scheme has a particular advantage in that if any plane carrying labels is lost the labels can be quickly duplicated and the orders filled as if no loss had occurred. Replacement stocks at the depot in Italy will be forwarded in bulk shipment.

I have referred to standard packages of three hundred cigarettes. The efficient operation of the plan makes it necessary to adopt this size of a parcel, and after June 19 all cigarettes forwarded for men overseas must be in this size. The plan will not affect the present practice of certain auxiliaries, associations or other agencies sending bulk shipments of cigarettes for impersonal distribution to units or generally throughout the forces.

Orders for delivery under the new plan will be accepted for Sweet Caporal and Winchesters of the Imperial Tobacco Company, British Consols and Exports of W. C. Macdonald Incorporated; and Buckinghams and Wings of Tuckett Limited.

Persons wishing to order cigarettes from tobacco 'companies other than those mentioned may continue to do so, but in these cases the individual parcels will continue to be handled as at present. These orders also, however, must conform to the three hundred cigarette standard package.

As a further result of the scheme, it is anticipated that later on, possibly within a month, a system will go into effect whereby

members of the armed forces overseas will be able to purchase cigarettes direct from the overseas tobacco depots at the rate of three hundred for the equivalent of one dollar.

CANADIAN WOMEN'S ARMY CORPS PIPE BAND-[DOT] DRESS

On the orders of the day:

Topic:   CANADIAN FORCES
Subtopic:   ANNOUNCEMENT AS TO NEW SYSTEM FOR SUPPLYING CIGARETTES TO PERSONNEL OVERSEAS
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LIB

James Sinclair

Liberal

Mr. JAMES SINCLAIR (Vancouver North):

Mr. Speaker, I have a question to ask the minister of National Defence of interest to all the Canadian Scottish regiments, and one which I believe will be of interest also not only to your Honour, but also to the other seventy hon. members who, like yourself, are either of Scottish birth or of Scottish descent. On Saturday afternoon I had the pleasure of hearing the very excellent pipe band of the Canadian Women's Army Corps when it appeared on parliament hill. I was surprised, however, to find that they were not attired in the dress characteristic of a pipe band. The members of the British Army Women's Corps Pipe Band wear tartan kilts; indeed, any recruits to the corps enlisted in Scotland may wear the kilt. I would ask the minister whether consideration will be given to outfitting in a similar fashion this fine pipe band, made up of members of the Canadian Women's Army Corps.

Topic:   CANADIAN FORCES
Subtopic:   ANNOUNCEMENT AS TO NEW SYSTEM FOR SUPPLYING CIGARETTES TO PERSONNEL OVERSEAS
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LIB

James Layton Ralston (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

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

I can assure my hon. friend that I shall be glad to consult him in the matter. Having been myself a member of a Highland battalion, I agree with him that all possible steps should be taken to see to it that there is strict observance of the dress regulations of the Highland clans.

Topic:   CANADIAN FORCES
Subtopic:   ANNOUNCEMENT AS TO NEW SYSTEM FOR SUPPLYING CIGARETTES TO PERSONNEL OVERSEAS
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NAT

Richard Burpee Hanson

National Government

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

Why should not the minister consult other Scottish members of the house? Why pick out the hon. member for Vancouver North?

Topic:   CANADIAN FORCES
Subtopic:   ANNOUNCEMENT AS TO NEW SYSTEM FOR SUPPLYING CIGARETTES TO PERSONNEL OVERSEAS
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QUESTIONS


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.)


SOUTHERN ALBERTA DROUGHT AREA POLICY

LIB

Mr. GERSHAW:

Liberal

1. Will the government get a report from the P.F.R.A. officers regarding the conditions of the grain and grass crops and the stock watering places in southern Alberta?

2. What steps are being taken to make use of the available water in the streams from the hills and mountains in working out some long term drought area policy in the above area?

Questions

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   SOUTHERN ALBERTA DROUGHT AREA POLICY
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LIB

Mr. CRERAR: (Minister of Mines and Resources)

Liberal

1. Through the field staffs under the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Act and the Prairie Farm Assistance Act, and other departmental officers, the Department of Agriculture is kept informed of the crop and moisture conditions in Alberta. At the present time the district engineers under P.F.R.A. are making a check to determine the extent of the water reserves in the dams and dugouts in the Lethbridge and Medicine Hat areas.

2. It has been recognized for a great many years that the best way to make use of the water supply of the streams of Alberta is by a series of storage reservoirs on, and adjacent to, streams where high flows and flood flows occur periodically, in order that such water can be held over and used beneficially when the stream flows are low.

The dominion reclamation service, recognizing the necessity of storing the high flows, made preliminary surveys of a great many storage sites in the foothills and mountains. The prairie farm rehabilitation organization have access to all of the information and plans made by the reclamation service and it has been the policy, as funds and staff have become available, to make detailed surveys of those various sites.

Until tests have been made to determine foundation conditions it is not possible to determine the feasibility of reservoir sites. This is the information now required in connection with all of those sites which have been already investigated by the reclamation service and the P.F.R.A. The policy of the P.F.R.A. is to continue investigations of storage sites on the mountain streams particularly with regard to foundation conditions.

In addition to these major works, planned for future construction, the sum of $366,384.66 has already been expended in Alberta under the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Act on projects designed to conserve and use the water of rivers and streams in Alberta.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   SOUTHERN ALBERTA DROUGHT AREA POLICY
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R.C.A.F.-EQUIPMENT DEPOTS-STATIONERY AND PRINTING DESTROYED

PC

Alfred Henry Bence

Progressive Conservative

Mr. BENCE:

What was the total cost value of stationery and printing destroyed in R.C.A.F. equipment depots, in each of the provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta, during the twelvemonth period from May 1, 1943, to May 1, 1944?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   R.C.A.F.-EQUIPMENT DEPOTS-STATIONERY AND PRINTING DESTROYED
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LIB

Mr. POWER: (Associate Minister of National Defence; Minister of National Defence for Air; Minister of National Defence for Air and Associate Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

1.

No. 7 equipment depot, Winnipeg,

Man $2,630 42

No. 11 equipment depot, Calgary,

Alta 1,689 60

Total $4,320 02

TMr. Gershaw.]

There is no equipment depot in Saskatchewan.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   R.C.A.F.-EQUIPMENT DEPOTS-STATIONERY AND PRINTING DESTROYED
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CANADIAN ARMY-ACCIDENT ON BIG BEND HIGHWAY, B.C.

NAT

Mr. GREEN:

National Government

1. Has there been any investigation' into the fatal accident which occurred on the Big Bend Highway in British Columbia on or about the 23rd May, 1943, when an army truck crashed through a bridge over the Goldstream creek?

2. If so, what was the result of such investigation?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   CANADIAN ARMY-ACCIDENT ON BIG BEND HIGHWAY, B.C.
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LIB

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

Liberal

1. Yes. The matter is being investigated by a court of inquiry.

2. The result of the investigation is not yet available.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   CANADIAN ARMY-ACCIDENT ON BIG BEND HIGHWAY, B.C.
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June 12, 1944