December 10, 1945

CCF

Mr. McCUAIG:

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

1. What was the cost of constructing the Eastend irrigation project at Eastend, .Saskatchewan?

2. What amount of land was bought in connection with this project?

3. What price was paid per acre?

4. What has been the administration cost to date of this project?

Motions for Papers

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   EASTEND, SASK., IRRIGATION PROJECT
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MAPI.E CREEK, SASK., MILITARY CAMP


Mr. McCUAI-G: 1. What was the total construction cost of the military camp at Maple Creek Saskatchewan? 2. How many men were stationed there in each of the years, 1941 to 1945? 3. What was the total maintenance and administration cost in each of the above years?


MOTIONS FOR PAPERS

CHANCE BROTHERS AND RESEARCH ENTERPRISES LIMITED

PC

Herbert Alexander Bruce

Progressive Conservative

Mr. BRUCE:

For a copy of the agreement made between Chance Brothers and Research Enterprises Limited, on June 1, 1941, and a copy of any subsequent agreements made between these parties.

Topic:   MOTIONS FOR PAPERS
Subtopic:   CHANCE BROTHERS AND RESEARCH ENTERPRISES LIMITED
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EXPLOSION AT BEDFORD BASIN NAVAL MAGAZINE

PC

Percy Chapman Black

Progressive Conservative

Mr. BLACK (Cumberland):

For a copy of all orders in council, legal opinions, correspondence and other documents in the possession of the departments of National Defence for Naval Service, Justice and Solicitor General, in connection with the inquiry into claims for damages resulting from the explosion at the naval magazine at Bedford Basin, Nova Scotia, in July, 1945. Also a statement showing, all claims submitted; payments recommended; claims rejected, and total expenses of the inquiry.

Mr. MAY'HEW: Negotiations are still going on in connection with the settlement of claims at Halifax. It would be impossible to give the hon. member a complete answer at the present time. If there is any specific matter upon which he would like information, we will try to get it, but it would take some months to give the complete information, even after all claims had been settled. I would ask that this motion be dropped and rewarded.

Topic:   EXPLOSION AT BEDFORD BASIN NAVAL MAGAZINE
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PC

Percy Chapman Black

Progressive Conservative

Mr. BLACK (Cumberland):

I will accept the offer of the parliamentary assistant,

provided that I get a statement of the total claims for compensation and of those which have been settled already. I am anxious to get the instructions that were forwarded to the board of inquiry by the solicitor general's department. I am particularly interested in a claim for 129 pounds of broilers. This shipment was delayed and the chickens were completely spoiled. This wTas a loss just as definite as if you had put your hands-

Topic:   EXPLOSION AT BEDFORD BASIN NAVAL MAGAZINE
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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Order.

Topic:   EXPLOSION AT BEDFORD BASIN NAVAL MAGAZINE
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PC

Percy Chapman Black

Progressive Conservative

Mr. BLACK (Cumberland):

-into the farmer's pocket and took out the money.

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LIB
LIB

Robert Wellington Mayhew (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance)

Liberal

Mr. MAYHEW:

What the hon. member has proposed will be taken into consideration and if it is possible to give the information, it will be done'. The motion should be dropped.

Topic:   EXPLOSION AT BEDFORD BASIN NAVAL MAGAZINE
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PC
PC

Percy Chapman Black

Progressive Conservative

Mr. BLACK (Cumberland):

I would ask for the partial return, but I do want a copy of the instructions from the solicitor general's department to the board of inquiry or whatever it is styled.

Mr. ST. LAURENT: There is no solicitor general's department; there is a Department of Justice in which there is a Minister of Justice and a Solicitor General. The Department of Justice could not and would not be disposed to table copies of any opinions delivered to another department, That would be quite contrary to the principle of professional secrecy between a client and his solicitor. If there is an opinion which it is sought to have tabled by the client who received the opinion, that might be another matter, but I would not like the impression to get about that the Department of Justice, upon being consulted by other departments of government, does not with respect to opinions it gives observe the rule of professional secrecy that prevails, in all domains everywhere with respect to relations between a client and his solicitor. [DOT]

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PC

Percy Chapman Black

Progressive Conservative

Mr. BLACK (Cumberland):

I do not think the explanation given by the Minister of Justice covers this case. I have here the original letter from H. G. Cochrane, the administrator of the Halifax explosion claims. I should like to quote one short paragraph, as follows:

We have a number of eases similar to the one mentioned in your letter-

That is the case of Joseph Waurock of Oxford. -

-involving loss on shipments of perishable

goods-

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LIB

James Horace King (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

I am sorry to interrupt the hon. gentleman. I have allowed a certain latitude in the debate, but it is against the rules, because a motion for the production of papers is not debatable.

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PC

Percy Chapman Black

Progressive Conservative

Mr. BLACK (Cumberland):

I am not

attempting to debate it. If you will allow me to read this other sentence-

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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Order.

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LIB

Robert Wellington Mayhew (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance)

Liberal

Mr. MAYHEW:

So far as the order in council goes, the information will be given to the hon. gentleman.

Motions jor Papers

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December 10, 1945