June 28, 1946

CANADIAN CITIZENSHIP

ACT TO BE PROCLAIMED JULY 1 AND BECOME EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1


On the orders of the day:


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, among the bills to which royal assent was given yesterday afternoon was the act respecting Canadian citizenship. The government has felt that hon. members would no doubt like to have this symbol of nationhood associated with the seventy-ninth anniversary of confederation, which comes on Monday next.

The government has therefore decided to have the bill proclaimed on July 1 of this year. I might say however that while the bill will be proclaimed on that day, its provisions will not go into effect until January 1, 1947. A number of technical matters have to be worked out in connection with the provisions of the bill, and as this cannot be done either here or in our offices abroad in that brief space of time, it has seemed appropriate to fix January 1, 1947, as the date upon which the provisions of the act will come into force.

Topic:   CANADIAN CITIZENSHIP
Subtopic:   ACT TO BE PROCLAIMED JULY 1 AND BECOME EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1
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PRIVILEGE

MR. MACKENZIE KING-REFERENCE TO ARTICLE IN "FINANCIAL POST" OF JUNE 29


On the orders of the day:


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, my attention has been drawn to an article appearing in the issue of the Financial Post, dated June 29, and which is headed, "Canada 'Another Belgium' in U.S. Air Bases Proposal? Hear Washington Insists Dominion's Northern Frontier be Fortified-'Atomic Age Maginot Line' is Feared". This wholly misleading article contains so many serious inaccuracies that I am bound to take exception to it in the strongest terms. Amongst other things the article alleges that a virtual ultimatum from the United States calling on Canada to fortify her northern frontier is reported to have hastened my return from England this month.

It- is, of course, absurd to imagine that the government of the United States would present anything that could, by any stretch of the imagination, be described as an ultimatum, and there is no foundation whatever for this allegation. It is also untrue, as claimed in the article, that the United States government has

Veterans Affairs-Women's Services

presented a plan for northern air bases. In view of what I have said, I perhaps need hardly add that my return from the United Kingdom was in no way influenced by any such imagined developments.

It is a fact, of course, that the permanent joint board on defence is charged with studying the defences of North America which includes our northern frontiers. The extent to which their vulnerability may or may not have been increased by reason of technological developments in recent years, and the measures which should be adopted for their protection are proper subjects of study by the board. The board is therefore examining them, and would be remiss in its duties if it did not.

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Subtopic:   MR. MACKENZIE KING-REFERENCE TO ARTICLE IN "FINANCIAL POST" OF JUNE 29
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VETERANS AFFAIRS

ENTITLEMENT OF CERTAIN WOMEN'S SERVICES TO REHABILITATION BENEFITS, ETC.


Mr. W. A. TUCKER (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Veterans Affaire) moved the second reading of bill No. 200, respecting benefits for persons who served in the Women's royal naval services and the South African military nursing service. Motion agreed to and the house went into committee, Mr. Macdonald (Brantford City) in the chair. On section 1-Short title.


CCF

Clarence Gillis

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

Mr. GILLIS:

I was of the opinion that all the auxiliary services were to be brought within the scope of existing legislation for the benefit of veterans and that this matter is now in the hands of a subcommittee of the veterans affairs committee. I understood it was intended to bring in an all-inclusive bill to cover all auxiliary services. Why is it that this bill is introduced while the subcommittee is studying the matter?

Topic:   VETERANS AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   ENTITLEMENT OF CERTAIN WOMEN'S SERVICES TO REHABILITATION BENEFITS, ETC.
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LIB

Walter Adam Tucker (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Veterans Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. TUCKER:

What the bon. member

has said is correct; the intention is to try to embody in one, bill whatever has to be done in regard to those who were not actually members of the armed services. However, these personnel are in a slightly different position. They were deemed to be members of the armed services until it was found that the South African military nursing service was not a part of the armed services of that country and because of that technicality the members of that service were not entitled to the benefits they would have been entitled to had they been members of the armed services. The hon. member will remember that last session the veterans affairs committee recommended that an order in council be passed giving them

those rights, and it was of course understood that a bill would be introduced to embody those rights in legislation by parliament.

With regard to the women's royal naval service personnel, it was found that because of a naval rule of the United Kingdom these women could not be considered as members of the armed services as were the members of the women's auxiliary air force and the women's branch of the British army. These particular women therefore were not able to get the benefits of our legislation which extended to those who had joined His Majesty's forces other than Canadian, and the bill is to take care of this situation. As I explained at the resolution stage, it is the intention to try to get legislation before the committee and have a recommendation from the committee this session if possible in connection with the other groups not actually members of the armed forces.

Topic:   VETERANS AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   ENTITLEMENT OF CERTAIN WOMEN'S SERVICES TO REHABILITATION BENEFITS, ETC.
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CCF

Clarence Gillis

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

Mr. GILLIS:

I am quite satisfied with the bill. I was simply calling attention to the fact that the case of the women who served with the V.A.D., the Red Cross and other auxiliary services was being considered by the veterans affaire committee. I did not want the impression to get abroad that we were granting rights to only two classes of women who had served and were neglecting others Who deserve consideration. I want to make it clear that the subcommittee of the veterans affairs committee is now considering an allinclusive bill which will include the other categories.

Topic:   VETERANS AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   ENTITLEMENT OF CERTAIN WOMEN'S SERVICES TO REHABILITATION BENEFITS, ETC.
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LIB

Leslie Alexander Mutch

Liberal

Mr. MUTCH:

As chairman of the subcommittee which is considering other civilian personnel with respect to war service benefits, I should like to try to make it clear why these two groups are being considered now. The committee recommended that an order in council be passed to assure these benefits to these women. I think the hon. gentleman who has just spoken will remember that the matters referred to the subcommittee had to do with those who had not yet been granted any rights. The duty of the subcommittee is to recommend to the main committee such benefits as they can agree upon. There is no question at all of the others being ignored; their position has been considered and is being seriously considered, and in the course of time a report will be made to the main committee.

Topic:   VETERANS AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   ENTITLEMENT OF CERTAIN WOMEN'S SERVICES TO REHABILITATION BENEFITS, ETC.
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PC

Thomas Langton Church

Progressive Conservative

Mr. CHURCH:

I agree with the principle of this bill dealing with the South African nursing service and the women's royal naval services, but there is one question I should like to ask. Is the committee considering the provision of nursing services which are so

Soldier Settlement

badly needed for soldiers in their homes, and in civilian hospitals? The former hon. member for Parkdale pointed out when he was here that even at Sunnybrook nursing services may later have to be used to aid soldier families. I was on the board of the Toronto general hospital for years and I know that recently they have had to close down one or two floors because of the scarcity of nurses. Is anything being done to provide nursing services for soldiers and their families?

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Subtopic:   ENTITLEMENT OF CERTAIN WOMEN'S SERVICES TO REHABILITATION BENEFITS, ETC.
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LIB

Walter Adam Tucker (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Veterans Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. TUCKER:

We have so much on the agenda that if I were to try to deal with it all it would take the whole of the afternoon. As has been explained, we have eleven bills still to be reported to the house. I think the question the hon. member asked would come more properly under the estimates of the Department of National Health and Welfare.

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Subtopic:   ENTITLEMENT OF CERTAIN WOMEN'S SERVICES TO REHABILITATION BENEFITS, ETC.
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Thomas Langton Church

Progressive Conservative

Mr. CHURCH:

We had a large meeting in Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, recently attended by several thousand soldiers who complained that they cannot get housing, nurses or anything. I would like to see the committee do something to provide the services and accommodation which the soldiers need.

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Subtopic:   ENTITLEMENT OF CERTAIN WOMEN'S SERVICES TO REHABILITATION BENEFITS, ETC.
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PC

Douglas King Hazen

Progressive Conservative

Mr. HAZEN:

Was this bill considered by the veterans affairs committee? I was not a member of the committee, and I do not know what the procedure was.

Topic:   VETERANS AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   ENTITLEMENT OF CERTAIN WOMEN'S SERVICES TO REHABILITATION BENEFITS, ETC.
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LIB

Walter Adam Tucker (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Veterans Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. TUCKER:

It was considered by the veterans affairs committee and recommended -I hesitate to say unanimously, but I believe it was unanimously-to the house in exactly the form in which it appears to-day.

Topic:   VETERANS AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   ENTITLEMENT OF CERTAIN WOMEN'S SERVICES TO REHABILITATION BENEFITS, ETC.
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June 28, 1946