April 12, 1945

NAT

Douglas Gooderham Ross

National Government

Mr. ROSS (St. Paul's):

It is most important that we have some idea of that situation. We have not had a budget brought down," and yet the minister tells us what we are going to do. We do not know how we are going to do it, and it is about time we knew.

Topic:   POST-WAR RECONSTRUCTION MINISTEEIAL STATEMENT OF GOVEBNMENT POLICY AS TO EMPLOYMENT AND INCOME
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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Reconstruction; Minister of Munitions and Supply)

Liberal

Mr. HOWE:

The contents of the budget

cannot be divulged until the budget is brought down. It will be brought down at the first regular session in this calendar year.

Topic:   POST-WAR RECONSTRUCTION MINISTEEIAL STATEMENT OF GOVEBNMENT POLICY AS TO EMPLOYMENT AND INCOME
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CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS

TABLING OF ANNUAL REPORTS

LIB

Joseph Enoil Michaud (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Hon. J. E. MICHAUD (Minister of Transport) :

Mr. Speaker, I desire to lay on the

table the annual report of the Canadian National Railway System for the year ended December 31, 1944; the annual report of the Canadian National (West Indies) Steamships Limited for the year ended December 31, 1944; the annual report of the Canadian National Railways Securities Trust for the year ended December 31, 1944, and the report of the auditors of the Canadian National Railways for the year ended December 31, 1944.

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   TABLING OF ANNUAL REPORTS
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QUESTIONS


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.)


MOBILIZATION ACT-REINFORCEMENTS-ABSENCE WITHOUT LEAVE AND DESERTIONS

NAT

Mr. BRUCE:

National Government

1. How many of the 16.000 draftees lately made available'by order in council for overseas duty are now overseas?

2. Have any of these men served in the 1st Canadian Army on the western front? If so, how many and in what units?

3. How many of these 16,000 are absent without leave?

4. How many of these A.W.O.L. are classed as deserters?

5. Have any of each class covered by questions 3 and 4 been apprehended? If so, how many?

6. How many of these have been tried by a court-martial and what has been the punishment given in each case?

7. Will all of these men be tried by court-martial?

8. Did these A.W.O.L. draftees have their rifles and ammunition with them?

9. If so. have such rifles and ammunition been recovered?

32283-52*

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   MOBILIZATION ACT-REINFORCEMENTS-ABSENCE WITHOUT LEAVE AND DESERTIONS
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LIB

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

Liberal

1. 11,836 N.R.M.A. soldiers have been dispatched to the United Kingdom under the authority of P.C. 8891 as of March 31, 1945.

2. Yes. To determine the numbers who have served and the units in which they have served would require reference to the general officer commanding in chief, First Canadian army. On the recommendation of the military authorities in the United Kingdom, it has been decided not to refer this question to him at present stage of operations. Further, on the recommendation of the military authorities in the United Kingdom, it has been decided not to disclose the names of the units in which they are serving.

3. 3,936 N.R.M.A. soldiers belonging to units which had proceeded overseas were reported absent without leave and have not surrendered or been apprehended.

4. 3,323 N.R.MA. soldiers belonging to units which had proceeded overseas have been struck off strength as deserters pursuant to the findings of courts of inquiry and have not surrendered or been apprehended.

5. Approximately 3,700 N.R.M.A. soldiers of units which have proceeded overseas, who have been reported absent without leave, have surrendered or been apprehended. A breakdown of these, between those who had and those who had not, been struck off strength as deserters, is not available.

6. Seventy N.R.M.A. soldiers have been tried by court-martial on charges of absence without leave or desertion after having been warned for draft overseas. One case was dismissed and in three cases sentence has not been promulgated. In the remaining 66 cases, punishments awarded were:-

14 months imprisonment with hard

labour [DOT] 1

1 year detention 3

8 months detention 1

6 months " 10

150 days detention 7

140 days "

2120 days "

10110 days "

1100 days "

190 days "

560 days "

450 days "

140 days "

230 days "

628 days "

521 days "

120 days "

215 days "

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Questions

7. Not necessarily. The charges that are laid against a soldier and the manner in which he is tried is largely at the discretion of his commanding officer, who has power to deal with many offences either of his own volition or with the approval of the district officer commanding.

8. About 140 men who have been reported as absent without leave were in possession of rifles. None took ammunition.

9. 126 rifles have not been recovered.

Note.-The answers to questions Nos. 3, 4

and 5 apply only to N.R.M.A. soldiers from units which proceeded overseas as units and do not include any absentees among N.R.M.A. soldiers from training centres -who were warned for despatch overseas as reinforcements from such training centres.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   MOBILIZATION ACT-REINFORCEMENTS-ABSENCE WITHOUT LEAVE AND DESERTIONS
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MOBILIZATION ACT-ORDER IN COUNCIL OF NOVEMBER 1944

NAT

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

National Government

1. How many men drafted under the provisions of the National Resources Mobilization Act and sent overseas under the order in council of November, 1944, who did not volunteer for active service, have arrived in the United Kingdom up to March 1, 1945?

2. How many of such men have been sent to the continent up to March 1, 1945?

3. How many of such drafted men volunteered for general service before leaving Canada up to March 1, 1945?

4. How many of such drafted men volunteered for general service after arriving in the United Kingdom and up to March 1, 1945?

5. How many of such drafted men who did not volunteer for active service, either before leaving Canada, or after arrival in the United Kingdom, have been sent to the continent up to March 1, 1945?

0. How many, if any, of such drafted men who did not volunteer for active service either before leaving Canada or after arrival in the . United Kingdom have been in active combat up to March 1, 1945?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   MOBILIZATION ACT-ORDER IN COUNCIL OF NOVEMBER 1944
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LIB

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

Liberal

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   MOBILIZATION ACT-ORDER IN COUNCIL OF NOVEMBER 1944
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ALASKA HIGHWAY-CANOL PROJECT

NAT

Mr. BLACK (Yukon):

National Government

1. Have the costs of construction and maintenance of the Alaska highway and of the Canol project, or any part thereof, been paid by Canada?

2. If so, how much on each and for what?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   ALASKA HIGHWAY-CANOL PROJECT
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LIB

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

Liberal

1. No.

2. Answered 'by No. 1.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   ALASKA HIGHWAY-CANOL PROJECT
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WHITEHORSE OIL REFINERY-USE OF SURPLUS OIL ON STREETS

NAT

George Black

National Government

Mr. BLACK (Yukon):

Will the government of Canada, on the closing down of the oil refinery operated at Whitehorse, Yukon, by Standard Oil Company for the army of the United States, endeavour to arrange with the proper American authorities, that surplus oil at said refinery be made available to the town of Whitehorse for oiling its streets in alleviation of dust nuisance and menace to health, as was done by said authorities in 1944?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   WHITEHORSE OIL REFINERY-USE OF SURPLUS OIL ON STREETS
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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:

Inquiries have been made of the United States authorities as to whether surplus oil will be available for this purpose.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   WHITEHORSE OIL REFINERY-USE OF SURPLUS OIL ON STREETS
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VETERANS'' LAND ACT

April 12, 1945