March 28, 1945

LIB

Mr. MACKENZIE KING: (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

1. The location of Quebec made it particularly well suited as a place for the President of the United States and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, together with their staffs of military and civil advisers, to hold their important conferences concerning the supreme direction of the war. At the time of the first Quebec conference in 1943 the facilities that were available proved to be very satisfactory and contributed in considerable measure to the success of the conference. Accordingly, when the Canadian government received an intimation that developments in the war made a further conference necessary at the end of last summer and that Quebec was the most convenient site, the government invited the president and the prime minister to hold their meeting there. His Excellency the Governor General was graciously pleased to place his quarters in the citadel at the disposal of President Roosevelt and Prime Minister Churchill.

2. 8214,240.68.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   QUEBEC CONFERENCE, 1944
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OTTAWA CAR AND AIRCRAFT-LAY-OFFS

CCF

Mr. KNOWLES: (Whip of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation)

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

1. How many employees were laid off by

Ottawa Car and Aircraft Limited, during each of the following months: December, 1944;

January, 1945; February, 1945?

2. How many employees have been laid off thus far in the month of March, 1945?

3. Are further lay-offs pending?

4. How many veterans of the present war are among those laid off in each of the periods indicated above?

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Subtopic:   OTTAWA CAR AND AIRCRAFT-LAY-OFFS
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LIB

Mr. MARTIN: (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Labour)

Liberal

1. December 1944, none; January 1945, none; February 1945, 11 males, 2 females.

2. 246 males; 77 females. In period December 1, 1944, to March 23, 1945, 100 males and

females dismissed for cause. In period December 1, 1944, to March 23, 1945, 260 males and females left voluntarily.

3. No information.

4. Six.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   OTTAWA CAR AND AIRCRAFT-LAY-OFFS
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FORT NORMAN OIL WELLS

NAT

George Black

National Government

Mr. BLACK (Yukon):

Is the -army of the United States of America discontinuing the following activities now being carried on by it in Yukon and Northwest Territories through the agency of Standard Oil Company:

1. The extraction of oil from wells at Fort Norman in the Northwest Territories?

2. The piping of oil from said wells to a refinery at Whitehorse, Yukon?

3. The operation of said oil refinery?

4. The piping of gasoline from said refinery to Fairbanks, Alaska, and to Watson Lake, Yukon?

5. If so discontinued, will the government of Canada undertake to continue the production of oil and oiil products for the use and benefit of industries and residents of northern Canada?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   FORT NORMAN OIL WELLS
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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

1, 2, 3 and 4.

According to information received from the United States government the answer to these questions is in the affirmative.

5. There are many factors involved in any such decision and these are at present under examination. Any decision with regard to the future use of wartime installations will, of course, not necessarily affect the continuation of commercial oil operations centered at Fort Norman.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   FORT NORMAN OIL WELLS
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ALASKA HIGHWAY

NAT

George Black

National Government

Mr. BLACK (Yukon):

Is it the intention of the government of Canada to maintain and keep open for traffic and public use the highway known as the Alaska highway, within Yukon territory after said highway is surrendered to Canada by the United States of America?

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Subtopic:   ALASKA HIGHWAY
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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

This is a matter to which careful consideration will continue to be given by the government. No definite information can be given at present.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   ALASKA HIGHWAY
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NAT

Mr. BLACK (Yukon):

National Government

1. Are buildings erected at Whiteborsey Yukon, and -along the route of the Alaska highway in Yukon, by or on behalf of the army of the United States for occupancy by personnel of said army and the staff and crews of contractors on said highway to be surrendered to the government of Canada?

2. If so, will said buildings be available for purchase by the public and what will be the method of sale and transfer?

3. Wall an official or officials of the government be located at Whiteho-rse in Yukon with authority to dispose of such buildings in Yukon?

Questions

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   ALASKA HIGHWAY
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LIB

Mr. MACKENZIE KING: (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

1. Such buildings will be acquired by the Canadian government from the United States government on the basis provided in the exchange of notes of November 22 and December 20, 1944, which has been tabled to-day.

2. Those buildings not required by the Canadian government will be offered for sale, in the same manner as Canadian surplus assets, through the machinery established by the government for disposal of war surplus.

3. Local representation will be provided should that prove necessary or useful for the purpose.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   ALASKA HIGHWAY
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GENERAL MCNAUGHTON

NAT

Mr. ROSS (Souris):

National Government

1. On what date was General Andrew McNaughton relieved of his command of Canadian army?

2. Has General Andrew McNaughton been retired from the Canadian army?

3. If so, at what date did retirement become effective ?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   GENERAL MCNAUGHTON
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LIB

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

Liberal

1. 26th December, 1943.

2. Yes.

3. 1st November, 1944.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   GENERAL MCNAUGHTON
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AVAILABILITY OF TRACTORS FOR RETURNED SOLDIERS ENGAGED IN FARMING


Hon. IAN A. MACKENZIE (Minister of Veterans' Affairs): The hon. member for Souris (Mr. Ross) asked a question yesterday with respect to the availability of tractors for soldier settlers. With his permission I should like to file the answer now. The question and the answer follow:


NAT

James Arthur Ross

National Government

Mr. ROSS:

I wish to direct a question to the Minister of Veterans' Affairs, Mr. Mackenzie, and I am sorry that I have not been able to send him notice of it.

It has to do with a return received yesterday which indicates that the V.L.A. board have frozen tractors and a lot of farm machinery for future delivery. A number of our young men who own their own land have not the equipment to work it with and it is late in the season. I ask that equipment be released to men who, having been overseas and discharged, are in a position to pay cash for tractors in order to put their crops in.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   AVAILABILITY OF TRACTORS FOR RETURNED SOLDIERS ENGAGED IN FARMING
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LIB

Ian Alistair Mackenzie (Minister of Veterans Affairs; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE (Vancouver Centre):

Regarding the tractors which have been purchased to meet the minimum requirement of veterans who will become established under The Veterans' Land Act during 1945, I wish to say that steps have already been taken to release all of the tractors which it is felt will not be needed to meet the actual needs

of veterans coming under the act. During this month the following quantities have been released back to the suppliers:

Alberta 82 Manitoba .. 29

Saskatchewan .. 110 Maritimes.. 19

There are no tractors on order for British Columbia, only 100 available for Ontario and 25 for the province of Quebec. It is felt, therefore, that it would not be in the interests of those veterans who will come under the act to release a further quantity. These quantities were released to implement companies in accordance with the arrangement which was made at the time orders were placed for these tractors and the administrator for farm equipment has issued a request to implement manufacturers to reserve such released tractors for the use of veterans who are operating their own farms without government assistance. He has also instructed his rationing officers to see that his request is carried out by implement companies. We feel confident, therefore, that the tractors we have released will find their way into the hands of deserving veterans who are operating their own farms.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   AVAILABILITY OF TRACTORS FOR RETURNED SOLDIERS ENGAGED IN FARMING
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QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS

March 28, 1945