May 15, 1946

CCF

Mr. ARGUE:

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

1. What qualifications are necessary for an applicant wishing to obtain land under the Veterans Land Act, in the Regina district?

2. Who are the members of the board in review established under the Prairie Farm Assistance Act?

3. What are the qualifications of each member for the position?

4. What are their respective occupations?

5. What number of applications for payment under the Prairie Farm Assistance Act in the Regina area have been reviewed by the board?

6. Of these, how many were approved?

Coal

Topic:   VETERANS LAND ACT-PRAIRIE FARM ASSISTANCE ACT-REGINA DISTRICT
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PROPERTY OF FRENCH NATIONALS IN CANADA

BPC

Mr. HAMEL:

Bloc populaire canadien

1. What is the value of the property of French nationals administered by the custodian?

2. Since what date has this property been in the hands of the custodian, and when will same be handed back to its owners?

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MOTIONS FOR PAPERS

SOLWAY AND SONS-PURCHASE OF STORAGE BATTERIES, ETC.

CCF

Alistair McLeod Stewart

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

Mr. STEWART (Winnipeg North):

For a copy of all correspondence, reports, recommendations and other documents exchanged between Solway & Sons, Toronto, and any government department, from July, 1945, to 30th April, 1946, with respect to purchase, sale and disposition of storage batteries, scrap or otherwise.

Topic:   MOTIONS FOR PAPERS
Subtopic:   SOLWAY AND SONS-PURCHASE OF STORAGE BATTERIES, ETC.
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EMPLOYMENT CONDITIONS, CAPE BRETON ISLAND-REPORT OF DR. CURRIE

CCF

Clarence Gillis

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

Mr. GILLIS:

For a copy of the report of Doctor A. W. Currie, on the matter of unemployment conditions on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.

Topic:   EMPLOYMENT CONDITIONS, CAPE BRETON ISLAND-REPORT OF DR. CURRIE
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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Reconstruction and Supply)

Liberal

Mr. HOWE:

The report in question is one from an officer of the Department of Reconstruction and Supply to his minister, and as such is privileged. I have no objection to my hon. friend seeing the contents of the report for his own information, but I do not think we can establish the principle that reports of that type must be tabled in the house. I therefore ask that the motion be dropped.

Motion dropped.

Topic:   EMPLOYMENT CONDITIONS, CAPE BRETON ISLAND-REPORT OF DR. CURRIE
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NEW ORDERS IN VIEW OF SHORTAGE OF SUPPLIES


On the orders of the day:


PC

Frank Exton Lennard

Progressive Conservative

Mr. F. E. LENNARD (Wentworth):

I wish to ask a question of the Minister of Reconstruction. In view of the order issued by him yesterday banning the use of bituminous coal to heat office buildings, stores, schools, theatres and public buildings in Ontario and Quebec, may I ask him why the heat is still on in these parliament buildings?

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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:

It is due to the Conservative party's activities.

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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Reconstruction and Supply)

Liberal

Hon. C. D. HOWE (Minister of Reconstruction) :

The Department of Reconstruction and Supply is able to exercise control over certain government institutions but it has no overriding authority with respect to the parliament buildings.

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PC

Lawrence Wilton Skey

Progressive Conservative

Mr. L. W. SKEY (Trinity):

Will the Minister of Reconstruction make a statement to the house giving information on changes made in the government's coal policy yesterday?

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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Reconstruction and Supply)

Liberal

Mr. HOWE:

I shall be glad to make a statement later. The position is, however, that the situation is deteriorating very rapidly. It is now over five weeks since any coal has been received from the United States into the provinces of Ontario and Quebec and it is not likely that any considerable shipments will be received for another month. Existing supplies are not sufficient to see us through, and therefore a determined effort is being made to spread out existing supplies as far as possible. The order made public yesterday is the first in a series that will probably be necessary before adequate supplies can be obtained.

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PC

Percy Chapman Black

Progressive Conservative

Mr. P. C. BLACK (Cumberland):

May I ask the minister whether he is in a position to make a statement regarding coal conditions in Nova Scotia, and whether a survey has been made of their capacity to produce and ship to * central Canada? I am quite sure that if an appeal were made to the workmen and operators, in view of what they have received from central Canada in years gone by in the way of markets, there would be a whole-hearted response to the dire needs of central Canada at the present time.

Mr. HOW'E: I shall be very glad to consider an appeal. I am happy to say that production of coal in Nova Scotia is stepping up. Apparently a greater number of men are returning to the mines. Coal is being shipped from Sydney to St. Lawrence ports and is being very helpful in the situation. We should like to get the last pound of Nova Scotia coal which that province can spare. I will ask the officers to explore the possibilities of a special appeal.

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SC

John Horne Blackmore

Social Credit

Mr. J. H. BLACKMORE (Lethbridge):

May I ask the Minister of Reconstruction and Supply if the government have taken steps to see that coal is taken out of the various strip mines which were opened in Alberta during recent years?

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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Reconstruction and Supply)

Liberal

Mr. HOWE:

Arrangements have been made or are being made to operate all the strip mines that have been developed during the - war years. We have been making every effort to get the last pound of coal that it is possible to have mined in Alberta.

The Supreme Court

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THE SUPREME COURT

May 15, 1946