April 2, 1947

PRIVILEGE

MR. MATTHEWS-EMERGENCY POWERS BILL- OMISSION OF NAME FROM DIVISION LIST ON APRIL 1

LIB

James Ewen Matthews

Liberal

Mr. J. E. MATTHEWS (Brandon):

On a matter of privilege I wish to point out that neither in the Votes and Proceedings nor in yesterday's Hansard does my name appear as having voted in the vote which was taken yesterday. I was in my place, as I usually am, and I had no hesitation in voting to sustain your ruling, Mr. Speaker.

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Subtopic:   MR. MATTHEWS-EMERGENCY POWERS BILL- OMISSION OF NAME FROM DIVISION LIST ON APRIL 1
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NEWFOUNDLAND

DELEGATION FROM NATIONAL CONVENTION TO VISIT CANADA


Right Hon. L. S. ST. LAURENT (Secretary of State for External Affairs): I should like to inform the house that the national convention of Newfoundland recently passed a resolution expressing a desire to send a delegation to Ottawa to ascertain from the Canadian government what fair and equitable basis may exist for federal union of Canada and Newfoundland. The resolution requested the Governor of Newfoundland to inquire whether the Canadian government would receive a delegation for this purpose. Through our high commissioner in St. John's,, the government has now received this communication from the Governor of Newfoundland. We have replied that we shall be happy to receive a delegation from the national convention of Newfoundland at a. mutually convenient date. We said that the Canadian government is of the opinion that the questions to be discussed with the delegation are of such complexity and of such significance for both countries that it is essential to have a complete and comprehensive exchange of information and a full and careful exploration by both parties of all the issues involved, so that an accurate appreciation of the position may be gained on each side. Yesterday, upon being informed that the Canadian government is willing to receive a delegation, the national convention elected six of its members in addition to its chairman to serve on the delegation which, in due course, will proceed to Ottawa, The chairman of the national convention is the Honourable F. G. Bradley, K.C., and I understand that the other members elected are: Mr. T. G. W\ Ashbourne; Mr. C. H. Ballam; the Reverend Newfoundland



L. Burry; Mr. G. F. Higgins, K.C.; the Honourable R. B. Job; and Mr. J. R. Smallwood. The national convention has also elected a delegation which is to proceed to England to discuss with the government of the United Kingdom the question of the financial and fiscal relationships which may be expected between the United Kingdom and Newfoundland under various possible forms of future government. This delegation is to be received in London on April 29. We understand that the national convention desires that the visit of its delegation to Ottawa should take place after the convention has received replies to the inquiries which it proposes to address to the government of the United Kingdom. It is therefore expected that our meetings with the delegation from the national convention will take place at a mutually convenient date subsequent to the conclusion of the discussions which are to take place in London. The government is confident that the friendship and cooperation which have marked our relations with Newfoundland will provide a firm basis for discussions with a delegation from the national convention. The delegation will, I feel sure, be warmly welcomed in Ottawa. I will endeavour from time to time to keep the house informed of developments.


WITHDRAWAL OF NOTICE OF MOTION FROM ORDER PAPER


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Loran Ellis Baker

Liberal

Mr. L. E. BAKER (Shelburne-Yarmouth-Clare):

Air. Speaker, there appears on the order paper of today, as No. 24 under notices of motions, the following proposed resolution under my name:

That, in the opinion of this house, if the constituent assembly of Newfoundland desires to enter into discussion with the government of Canada as to the terms on which Newfoundland might enter confederation, the government should at once proceed to enter discussions to explore the conditions on which Newfoundland might enter confederation.

I was delighted to hear the statement which the Secretary of State for External Affairs made to the house, and since the matter has been completely covered I would ask leave to withdraw the motion. Taking the long term view, I consider that it will be in the strategic, economic and political interest of both countries if this union can be brought about.

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PC

Gordon Graydon

Progressive Conservative

Mr. GRAYDON:

That is a speech. That is not the way I was treated yesterday.

Motion withdrawn.

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CANADIAN COMMERCIAL CORPORATION ACT

PURCHASES FOR DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL DEFENCE


Right Hon. J. L. ILSLEY (for the Minister of Trade and Commerce) moved the first reading of Bill No. 134 (from the senate) to amend the Canadian Commercial Corporation Act. Motion agreed to and bill read the first time. PRIVATE BILLS


FIRST READINGS-SENATE BILLS


Bill No. 135, for the relief of Violet Olive Magdalene Allchin Clark-Mr. Maybank. Bill No. 136, for the relief of Victor Reid Murray Mr. Maybank. Bill No. 137, for the relief of Agnes Jane Irwin Everitt Dixon-Mr. Maybank. Bill No. 138, for the relief of Peter Samuel Rosen-Air. Maybank. Bill No. 139, for the relief of Rose Waselevsky Balakirsky-Air. Maybank. Bill No. 140, for the relief of Sophie Wener Finestone-Mr. Maybank. Bill No. 141, for the relief of Norma Sharp Chapman-Mr. Maybank. Bill No. 142, for the relief of Douglas Wilson Bradshaw-Air. Maybank. Bill No. 143, for the relief of Muriel Amelia Dufty Rochet-Mr. Maybank. Bill No. 144, for the relief of Ethel Ornstein Pfeffer-Mr. Maybank. Bill No. 145, for the relief of Hilda Katz Delnick-Mr. Maybank. Bill No. 146, for the relief of Emilienne Grinsell Daoust-Mr. Maybank. Bill No. 147, for the relief of Alice Hamilton Peck Stevenson-Air. Maybank. Bill No. 148, for the relief of Doris Victoria Bellisle Page-Mr. Alay-bank. Bill No. 149, for the relief of Sydney Beaver -Mr. Maybank. Bill No. 150, for the relief of Gladys Kathleen. Wilkins Todd-Mr. Maybank. Bill No. 151. for the relief of Norma Elizabeth Jane Murray Hanko-Mr. Maybank. Bill No. 152, for the relief of Bernadette Mayford Roy-Mr. Alaybank. Bill No. 153, for the relief of Ellen Irene Gertrude Preston Hastie-Mr. Maybank.


QUESTIONS


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.)


WAR ASSETS-DEBERT, N.S.-LUMBER

PC

Air. BROOKS:

Progressive Conservative

1. Is the lumber salvaged from the Bebert camp, Nova Scotia, being sold at present through war assets corporation?

Questions

2. If not, by whom is it being sold?

3. Is preference being given in purchasing to war veterans?

4. How much lumber was salvaged?

5. How much lumber has been sold to veterans and at what price?

6. How much lumber has been sold to parties other than veterans?

7. Is any of the lumber being sold outside the province of Nova Scotia?

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Subtopic:   WAR ASSETS-DEBERT, N.S.-LUMBER
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April 2, 1947