March 27, 1947

LIB

Robert McCubbin

Liberal

Mr. McCUBBIN:

What steps are being taken by the government to bring into operation any changes in the Old Age Pension regulations recommended by tlie interprovincial board in November, 1946, pending amendments to the Old Age Pensions Act during the present session?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   OLD AGE PENSIONS
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LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin (Minister of National Health and Welfare)

Liberal

Mr. MARTIN:

Subsection 2 of section 19 of the Old Age Pensions Act provides that no regulation by reference to which any agreement with a province has been made shall be altered except with the consent of such province or in accordance with the provisions of the regulations to which it has agreed. The changes recommended by the interprovincial old age pensions board in November, 1946 are now being considered by the governments

External Affairs

concerned. They must be approved by the lieutenant governors in council of the provinces and by the governor in council before they can be brought into force.

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Subtopic:   OLD AGE PENSIONS
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FAMILY ALLOWANCES

LIB

Mr. BREITHAUPT:

Liberal

1. What provision has been made in the administration of family allowances to see that the money is spent for the purpose intended?

2. How many cases were investigated during the month of January, 1947?

3. How many family allowances accounts are in pay to administrators and trustees, as a result of information obtained through welfare investigations?

4. What steps have been taken to implement the requirement that a child must be in regular school attendance or receive equivalent training in order to receive family allowances?

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Subtopic:   FAMILY ALLOWANCES
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LIB

Mr. MARTIN: (Minister of National Health and Welfare)

Liberal

1. Welfare supervisors are employed in each family allowances regional office. As part of their duties they are responsible for investigating possible eases of misuse of allowances. In some instances this is done by the regional office staff, in others through the provincial welfare department or through private agencies. Working agreements with the provincial welfare departments have been made with Nova Scotia, British Columbia, Manitoba and Ontario. In New Brunswick the child caring agencies are dealt with directly. If the investigation reveals misuse of allowances arrangements are made to appoint a third party administrator who is responsible for seeing that the money is spent for the benefit of the child.

2. (i) through provincial welfare departments, 175; (ii) through other agencies, 41; (iii) by regional office staff, 100; total, 3.16.

3. As of January 31, 1947, there were 172 accounts in pay to administrators and trustees.

4. In each province arrangements have been made with the provincial school authorities to notify the family allowances regional office when the school attendance of a child becomes unsatisfactory. Upon, receipt of this information appropriate action is taken to suspend allowances until attendance becomes satisfactory.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   FAMILY ALLOWANCES
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QUESTION PASSED AS ORDER FOR RETURN

CCF

Mr. BENTLEY:

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

1. Did the federal government invest any money in a briquetting plant at Bienfait, Saskatchewan? If so, when and how much was so invested?

2. What was the total cost of the said plant?

3. Was any of the money so invested by the federal government repaid?

4. Was any interest paid to the federal government on account of this investment?

5. Has the property been sold?

6. If so, (a) to whom; (b) when; (c) how much did the federal government receive from the proceeds of its sale?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   QUESTION PASSED AS ORDER FOR RETURN
Sub-subtopic:   BIENFAIT, SASK., BRIQUETTING PLANT
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EXTERNAL AFFAIRS


On the orders of the day: Right Hon. L. S. ST. LAURENT (Secretary of State for External Affairs): Mr. Speaker, hon. members will recall that on March 25 I indicated that announcements of diplomatic appointments to Mexico and Australia would be made today, and I have pleasure in informing the house that Mr. Kenneth Alfred Greene, O.B.E. has been appointed as High Commissioner for Canada in Australia. Mr. Greene has been prominent in the business and community life of the capital for some years. During the first world war he served in the Canadian armed forces, and during the second he took a leading part in the organization of a number of bodies engaged in war work. In addition, Mr. S. D. Pierce is to succeed Doctor Hugh L. Keenleyside as Canadian Ambassador in Mexico. Hon. members know that Mr. Pierce has had a distinguished career in academic work, in private business and as a war-time public servant. Until his appointment, Mr. Pierce was chief of the economic division of the Department of External Affairs. In addition, Doctor Henry Laureys, formerly Canadian Ambassador in Peru, is to be Canadian minister in Norway and Denmark, with the personal rank of ambassador. Doctor Laureys in 1940 became the first High Commissioner for Canada in the Union of South Africa, where he served until 1944, when he w^as appointed Canada's first ambassador in Peru. Before entering the public service, Doctor Laureys had a distinguished academic career in the field of international economic and commercial studies.


PC

Gordon Graydon

Progressive Conservative

Mr. GRAYDON:

May I ask the minister how many vacancies that now leaves in the senior diplomatic service abroad?

Mr. ST. LAURENT: I believe the only one that could be called a vacancy is that in respect of Peru. I had hoped that that appointment might be announced today, but the agrement

Inquiries oj the Ministry

of the Peruvian government has not yet been received. It is expected at any time, and as soon as it is received the appointment will be announced.

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Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   DIPLOMATIC APPOINTMENTS-AUSTRALIA, MEXICO, NORWAY AND DENMARK
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CCF

Major James William Coldwell

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

Mr. COLDWELL:

I understood the minister to say that one gentleman had been appointed minister to Norway and Denmark, with the personal rank of ambassador.

Mr. ST. LAURENT: Yes.

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Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   DIPLOMATIC APPOINTMENTS-AUSTRALIA, MEXICO, NORWAY AND DENMARK
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CCF

Major James William Coldwell

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

Mr. COLDWELL:

What is the difference?

Mr. ST. LAURENT: The gentleman had been ambassador to Peru. He retains his personal rank of ambassador; but as our missions in Norway and Denmark are still legations, he can be accredited only as a minister.

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Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   DIPLOMATIC APPOINTMENTS-AUSTRALIA, MEXICO, NORWAY AND DENMARK
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PC

Gordon Graydon

Progressive Conservative

Mr. GRAYDON:

Does that mean any difference in salary?

Mr. ST. LAURENT: No.

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Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   DIPLOMATIC APPOINTMENTS-AUSTRALIA, MEXICO, NORWAY AND DENMARK
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LIB

James Horace King (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

May I ask hon. members in the chamber to be kind enough to moderate their voices. At the beginning of every sitting there is so much conversation going on that it is difficult to follow what is being said by hon. members who are speaking. Hon. members will realize that we do not need so much a loudspeaker system' in the chamber as we do silence.

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Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   DIPLOMATIC APPOINTMENTS-AUSTRALIA, MEXICO, NORWAY AND DENMARK
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LIB

George Alexander Cruickshank

Liberal

Mr. CRUICKSHANK:

That is in line with the question I was going to ask, Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the apex of the Liberal party. We are afraid our names may have been mentioned to some of these positions, because, without amplifiers we could not hear a word that was being said.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   DIPLOMATIC APPOINTMENTS-AUSTRALIA, MEXICO, NORWAY AND DENMARK
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PC

Gordon Graydon

Progressive Conservative

Mr. GRAYDON:

You can take that for granted.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   DIPLOMATIC APPOINTMENTS-AUSTRALIA, MEXICO, NORWAY AND DENMARK
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CAliTIER BY-ELECTION On the orders of the day:


CCF

Thomas John Bentley

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

Mr. T. J. BENTLEY (Swift Current):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask a question of the Minister of Justice, of which I gave notice rather late. Will the minister inform the house what measures he proposes to take to ensure a free election in Montreal-Cartier?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   DOMINION ELECTIONS
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LIB

James Lorimer Ilsley (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Right Hon. J. L. ILSLEY (Minister of Justice):

Mr. Speaker, I have no reason to think that there will be any disturbances, or that if there were any they would not be properly dealt with by the usual law enforcement agencies.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   DOMINION ELECTIONS
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SUGAR BEETS

March 27, 1947