September 27, 1945

PARLIAMENTARY ASSISTANTS

ANNOUNCEMENT WITH RESPECT TO APPOINTMENT -VETERANS AFFAIRS

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, may I table

an order in council under which Walter Adam Tucker, Esquire, M.P., has been appointed parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Veterans Affairs, to assist the said minister within and without parliament in such manner and to such extent as the minister may determine.

Topic:   PARLIAMENTARY ASSISTANTS
Subtopic:   ANNOUNCEMENT WITH RESPECT TO APPOINTMENT -VETERANS AFFAIRS
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RAILWAY ACT

POWER TO PROHIBIT SOUND SIGNALS AT CROSSINGS IN OR NEAR CITIES AND TOWNS


Mr. A. R. ADAMSON (York West) moved for leave to introduce bill No. 8, to amend the Railway Act.


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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Explain.

Topic:   RAILWAY ACT
Subtopic:   POWER TO PROHIBIT SOUND SIGNALS AT CROSSINGS IN OR NEAR CITIES AND TOWNS
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Agar Rodney Adamson

Progressive Conservative

Mr. ADAMSON:

The purpose of this bill is to amend sections 308 and 419 of the Railway act.

The amendment .grants power to certain municipalities contiguous to or near large cities to pass by-laws prohibiting the sounding of the statutory crossing whistle at specified grade crossings within the confines of such municipality.

The reason for this amendment is that many townships or villages situated contiguous to major metropolitan areas have now become so built up that they constitute a physical part of the neighbouring city or town.

Railways passing through these built-up areas and whistling at the crossings constitute a nuisance and are a real menace to the health and welfare of the residents of such districts.

Argentina-Canadian Nationals

The amendment is simple in form as it merely adds the words "township or village situated contiguous to or near such city or town" to subsection 2 of section 308 of the Railway act, and the same words to subsection 3, section 419, of the same act, the latter being the penalty clause and' contingent on section 308.

Subsection 2 of section 308 will now read:

"(2) Where a municipal by-law of a city or town, or of a 'township or village situated contiguous to or near such city or town, prohibits such sounding of the whistle or such ringing of the bell in respect of any such crossing or crossings within the limits of such city or town, or township or village, such by-law shall, if approved by 'an order of 'the board, to the extent of such prohibition relieve the company and its employees from the duty imposed by this section."

This does not constitute a blanket order permitting all townships or villages to pass prohibitory by-laws, nor does it embrace all grade crossings in the designated municipality, as each crossing must under the terms of the act be approved by the board of transport commissioners, who must be satisfied as to the safety measures taken at each crossing where the whistle warning is to be dispensed with.

I would mention the case of St. Hilaire Village v. Canadian National Railway, where it is shown that relief can only be obtained by an amendment to the act.

Motion agreed to and bill read; the first time. ARGENTINA

Topic:   RAILWAY ACT
Subtopic:   POWER TO PROHIBIT SOUND SIGNALS AT CROSSINGS IN OR NEAR CITIES AND TOWNS
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PROTECTION OF RIGHTS OF CANADIAN NATIONALS


On the orders of the day:


PC

Gordon Graydon

Progressive Conservative

Mr. GORDON GRAYDON (Peel):

Mr. Speaker, I wish to direct three questions to the Prime Minister in his capacity of Secretary of State for External Affairs. In view of the news emanating from the Argentine, wherein a state of siege is said to have been reimposed yesterday by which most of the people's liberties have been suspended, will the Prime Minister assure the house that every possible precaution is being taken by the Canadian government through our ambassador to see that the rights of Canadian nationals who may be residing in that country are properly protected and preserved?

Topic:   PROTECTION OF RIGHTS OF CANADIAN NATIONALS
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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 (Secretary of State for External Affairs):

The answer is yes.

Topic:   PROTECTION OF RIGHTS OF CANADIAN NATIONALS
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PC

Gordon Graydon

Progressive Conservative

Mr. GRAYDON:

The Prime Minister is unusually brief, and I want to congratulate him upon it. I hope this is the beginning of similar answers of the kind.

Topic:   PROTECTION OF RIGHTS OF CANADIAN NATIONALS
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EXTERNAL AFFAIRS


On the orders of the day:


PC

Gordon Graydon

Progressive Conservative

Mr. GORDON GRAYDON (Peel):

May

I ask the Prime Minister in his capacity of Secretary of State for External Affairs if the Canadian government has given authority and instructions to anyone to represent Canada's point of view in London while the five power foreign ministers' meeting is in progress, and, if so, what position is Canada taking with respect to the plan for adminstration of Japan which I understand is being discussed by the foreign ministers of the larger powers?

Topic:   PROTECTION OF RIGHTS OF CANADIAN NATIONALS
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   COUNCIL OF FOREIGN MINISTERS-CANADIAN PARTICIPATION-ADMINISTRATION OF JAPAN
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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 (Secretary of State for External Affairs):

The Canadian government is represented in London at the present time by the acting high commissioner, Mr. Frederic Hudd. So far as I know, plans for administration of Japan are not on the agenda of the present session of the council of foreign ministers.

I might say that I have had notice of a question which the leader of the C.C.F. party intended to ask, and which relates in part to what my hon. friend has just asked. Perhaps, if-

Topic:   PROTECTION OF RIGHTS OF CANADIAN NATIONALS
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   COUNCIL OF FOREIGN MINISTERS-CANADIAN PARTICIPATION-ADMINISTRATION OF JAPAN
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Mr. COLD WELL@

It would be perfectly .

all right.

Topic:   PROTECTION OF RIGHTS OF CANADIAN NATIONALS
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   COUNCIL OF FOREIGN MINISTERS-CANADIAN PARTICIPATION-ADMINISTRATION OF JAPAN
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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:

-the leader of the C.C.F. will ask his question I might supplement what I have just said to my hon. friend.

Topic:   PROTECTION OF RIGHTS OF CANADIAN NATIONALS
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   COUNCIL OF FOREIGN MINISTERS-CANADIAN PARTICIPATION-ADMINISTRATION OF JAPAN
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September 27, 1945