June 15, 1944

EXCHANGES OF NOTES

CANADA-NEWFOUNDLAND-LANDING OF SALT AND FISH FOR TEMPORARY STORAGE

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 wish to

table an exchange of notes between Canada and Newfoundland recording permission for

Criminal Code

Canadian fishing vessels to land salt and fish in Newfoundland for temporary storage in bond during the calendar 3-ear 1944, dated respectively at St. John's, May 1, 6 and 15, 1944. Treaty series 1944, No. 14.

Topic:   EXCHANGES OF NOTES
Subtopic:   CANADA-NEWFOUNDLAND-LANDING OF SALT AND FISH FOR TEMPORARY STORAGE
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CAN ADA-BR AZIL-CULTURAL RELATIONS

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):

On June 5 the leader of

the opposition asked me a question with regard to an announcement that had been made with respect to the exchange of notes between Brazil and Canada on cultural relations. I now beg to table an exchange of notes between Canada and Brazil constituting an agreement for the promotion of cultural relations between the two countries, dated at Rio de Janeiro, May 24, 1944. Treaty series 1944, No. 15.

Topic:   CAN ADA-BR AZIL-CULTURAL RELATIONS
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CANADIAN WHEAT BOARD

REFERENCE TO AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE OF REPORT FOR CROP YEAR 1942-43

LIB

James Angus MacKinnon (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Hon. J. A. MacKINNON (Minister of Trade and Commerce) moved:

That the report of the Canadian wheat board for the crop year 1942-43 be referred to the standing committee on agriculture and colonization.

Topic:   CANADIAN WHEAT BOARD
Subtopic:   REFERENCE TO AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE OF REPORT FOR CROP YEAR 1942-43
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Motion agreed to.


CRIMINAL CODE

AMENDMENTS-THEFT FROM POST OFFICE-FRAUD IN SALES OF MILITARY STORES-APPEALS FROM SUMMARY CONVICTIONS IN QUEBEC


Hon. L. S. ST. LAURENT (Minister of Justice) moved for leave to introduce bill No. 139, to amend the Criminal Code. He said: The purpose of this bill is to provide three amendments to the Criminal Code. The first is to do away with the provision under which the minimum sentence for theft of an article from a post office is three years' imprisonment. We are taking out the minimum because it has been found by experience that in a great many cases it is difficult to get a conviction when the conviction would necessarily entail a minimum penalty of three years. The second is to increase the maximum penalties provided for defrauding the government in sales to the government of miltary stores. The maximum penalty was two years imprisonment or a fine of $5,000. It is proposed to increase that maximum to three years and a maximum fine of $50,000. The third is to substitute the Superior Court of Quebec for the Court of King's Bench for the hearing of appeals from summary convictions. The Court of King's Bench is the court which hears criminal cases with a jury. The sittings of that court in the rural districts are quite infrequent, sometimes more than a year elapsing between one sitting and the next, but the Court of King's Bench is presided over by the same judge who presides over the superior court, which is the high court of original jurisdiction. The amendment would substitute the superior court for the Court of King's Bench so that appeals from summary convictions would be more speedily disposed of. It has been found in some cases that when appeals were taken from summary convictions, the appeal was abandoned when the court sat many months after the appeal was entered. This amendment will be in the interests of the expeditious administration of justice, because appeals may be heard at the ordinary term of the high court in each rural district.


NAT

Thomas Langton Church

National Government

Mr. CHURCH:

Mr. Speaker, when a similar amending bill was before the house last year the minister said he would consider suggestions from the bar and chief constables' associations and my own proposals to curb highway motor accidents-

Topic:   CRIMINAL CODE
Subtopic:   AMENDMENTS-THEFT FROM POST OFFICE-FRAUD IN SALES OF MILITARY STORES-APPEALS FROM SUMMARY CONVICTIONS IN QUEBEC
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?

Some hon. MEMBERS:

Order.

Topic:   CRIMINAL CODE
Subtopic:   AMENDMENTS-THEFT FROM POST OFFICE-FRAUD IN SALES OF MILITARY STORES-APPEALS FROM SUMMARY CONVICTIONS IN QUEBEC
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NAT

Thomas Langton Church

National Government

Mr. CHURCH:

-and other matters of criminal negligence. -

Mr. SPEAKER. Order. Leave is being asked by the Minister of Justice to introduce this bill. Does the hon. member wish to speak to it?

Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.

Topic:   CRIMINAL CODE
Subtopic:   AMENDMENTS-THEFT FROM POST OFFICE-FRAUD IN SALES OF MILITARY STORES-APPEALS FROM SUMMARY CONVICTIONS IN QUEBEC
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QUESTIONS


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.)


BOARD OF PHYSICAL FITNESS

NAT

Mr. CHURCH:

National Government

1. Who are the members of the board of physical fitness to administer the act herein of 1943, by provinces or otherwise, and what provinces are now under it?

2. Who are the chief officers and what are their qualifications, salaries, living allowances, travelling expenses and all other emoluments?

3. Are any of them returned soldiers of this or the last war and in what theatres of war did they actually serve?

4. Why are not these positions reserved exclusively for those who were overseas in a combatant area?

5. Who selected them, how were they appointed and what are their duties?

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Subtopic:   BOARD OF PHYSICAL FITNESS
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Mr. MACKENZIE (Vancouver Centre): (Minister of Pensions and National Health)

Liberal

1. Members of the national council on physical fitness: W. A. Wellband, Regina, * Sask.; A. A. Burridge, Hamilton, Ont.; Dr.

J. Gilbert. Quebec, Que.; J. Mathison, Vancouver, B.C.; J. H. Ross, Calgary, Alta.; Dr.

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W. C. Ross, Halifax, N.S.; M. Brewer, Fredericton, N.B.; R. W. Youmans, Winnipeg, Man.; Major I. Eisenhardt, Ottawa, Ont.

Agreements under the National Physical Fitness Act have been signed by authorities of the following provinces: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island. _

2 and 3. Of the members of the national council on physical fitness, Mr. W. A. Well-band had service in France and Dr. W. C. Ross had service in England during the great war. They receive travelling expenses while attending meetings at Ottawa.

Of full-time paid officers, there is only one. Major Ian Eisenhardt, army sports officer, has been seconded from the Department of National Defence to the Department of Pensions and National Health as national director of physical fitness, effective June 1, 1944.

Major Eisenhardt is a graduate of universities of Rennes, France and Copenhagen, Denmark. The field of physical education has been his life's study and work. From 1932 to 1935, he was supervisor of playgrounds for the city of Vancouver; from 1934 to 1940, he was director of physical education for the province of British Columbia; from 1940, he has served as an infantry officer and, during the last year, was given the responsibility of developing an army sports programme for the Canadian soldier, a programme which has been accepted by army authorities. His salary is $5,000 per year, and he is allowed actual expenses while travelling on duty.

4. It was in the public interest to make an immediate appointment and Major Eisenhardt was selected from a group engaged in the field of sports, games and recreation, as the person whose training and experience, together with his actual achievements, qualified him best for the post.

5. Appointment : by order in council on the recommendation of the Minister of Pensions and National Health; duties: to develop a national physical fitness programme in conjunction with the provinces, which will eventually improve the general state of health of all Canadians.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   BOARD OF PHYSICAL FITNESS
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June 15, 1944