May 30, 1947


Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister) moved that the house go into committee at the next sitting to consider the following resolution: That it is expedient to present a measure to amend the Senate and House of Commons Act to provide an additional annual allowance to the member of the Senate occupying the recognized position of leader of the government in the Senate and the member occupying the recognized position of leader of the opposition in the Senate. He said: His Excellency the Governor General, having been made acquainted with the subject matter of this resolution, recommends it to the consideration of the house. Motion agreed to.


DOMINION COAL BOARD

ADMINISTRATION OF SUBVENTIONS OR SUBSIDIES VOTED BY PARLIAMENT


Right Hon. C. D. HOWE (Minister of Reconstruction and Supply) moved that the house go into committee at the next sitting to consider the following resolution: _ That it is expedient to present a bill to establish a corporation to be known as the dominion coal board to administer subventions or sub-sidies_ relating to coal voted by parliament, to exercise and perform certain other powers, duties and functions. Provision is made further for the advisory functions of the board, for the employment of professional and technical advisers and assistants and their remuneration, and for all expenses of the act to be paid out of moneys appropriated by parliament for the purpose. He said: His Excellency the Governor General, having been made acquainted with the subject matter of this resolution, recommends it to the consideration of the house. Motion agreed to.


MARITIME COMMISSION

PROVISION FOR DUTIES AND FUNCTIONS UNDER CANADA SHIPPING ACT


Right Hon. C. D. HOWE (Minister of Reconstruction and Supply) moved that the house go into committee at the next sitting to consider the following resolution: That it is expedient to present a bill to establish a corporation to be known as the Canadian maritime commission to exercise certain powers and perform certain duties and functions under the Canada Shipping Act, to administer any steamship subvention voted by parliament, and to exercise powers or perform duties and functions under any other act or order of the governor in council. Provision is made further for the advisory functions of the commission, for the employment of professional and technical advisers and assistants and the remuneration thereof, and for all expenses under the act to be paid out of moneys appropriated by parliament for the purpose. He said: His Excellency the Governor General, having been made acquainted with the subject matter of this resolution, recommends it to the consideration of the house. Motion agreed to. Inquiries of the Ministry


PEACE TREATIES

JAPANESE PEACE SETTLEMENT-PRESS REPORT FROM LONDON


On the orders of the day:


PC

Howard Charles Green

Progressive Conservative

Mr. H. C. GREEN (Vancouver South):

I should like to direct a question to the Secretary of State for External Affairs. An Associated Press dispatch from London, published this morning in the Ottawa Citizen, states:

Britain and her four dominions have decided to stage a conference to formulate an empire peace policy for Japan, a dominions office spokesman disclosed today.

In addition to this, there have been dispatches, as the minister knows, during the last week or two with regard to a possible peace conference for Japan. It would be very helpful if the minister could give the house a statement with regard to the question.

Right Hon. L. S. ST. LAURENT (Secretary of State for External Affairs): The first paragraph of the dispatch as cited by the hon. member is certainly inaccurate. Consideration is being given to various proposals for preliminary discussions among the members of the commonwealth on the Japanese peace settlement, but no final decision has yet been taken in regard to any of these proposals. At a convenient time I propose to make a fuller statement of the attitude being taken by this government in respect of the Japanese peace settlement.

Topic:   PEACE TREATIES
Subtopic:   JAPANESE PEACE SETTLEMENT-PRESS REPORT FROM LONDON
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PC

Howard Charles Green

Progressive Conservative

Mr. GREEN:

If I may ask a supplemental question, is the minister in a position yet to say whether or not the reports that the conference will be an eleven-power conference are correct? Apparently the thought is that the eleven nations who fought against Japan would be represented in the conference.

Mr. ST. LAURENT: I cannot say that any determination has been made in that regard. The foreign secretary of the United Kingdom stated recently at Margate that it was his view that these eleven powers should be associated in the preparation of the treaty, and that is a view that is shared by the Canadian government.

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CIVIL SERVICE


VETERANS* PREFERENCE-INQUIRY AS TO PROCEDURE IN CASE OF ERROR On the orders of the day: Mr. LESLIE A. MUTCH (Winnipeg South): I wish to direct a question to the Secretary of State, of which I have given him notice. Has the civil service commission, having assigned to a position in the civil service a veteran who is not entitled to the veterans' preference, the right to require his dismissal in spite of the fact that he has accepted the position in good faith and performed his duties satisfactorily, when they subsequently discover that he should not in the first instance have been accorded the veterans' preference?


LIB

Colin William George Gibson (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

Hon. COLIN GIBSON (Secretary of State):

The hon. member for Winnipeg South was good enough to send me notice of his question. I am informed that the general policy of the civil service commission is that where an error has been made owing to a mistake on the part of the commission, the veteran is not penalized; but where there has been an error owing to a misstatement or wrong information given by the veteran himself, he must assume the responsibility. If the hon. member wishes to give me information concerning any individual case, I shall be very happy to have it investigated.

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PUBLIC WORKS

INQUIRY AS TO BREAKWATER PROJECT AT MORIEN, N.S.


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Clarence Gillis

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

Mr. CLARENCE GILLIS (Cape Breton South):

I wish to direct a question to the

Minister of Public Works. I sent him notice of the question and fully explained it, so I shall be brief. When does the minister's department expect to begin to spend the $300,000 appropriation made last year for the breakwater project at Morien, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia?

Topic:   PUBLIC WORKS
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO BREAKWATER PROJECT AT MORIEN, N.S.
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LIB

Alphonse Fournier (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Hon. ALPHONSE FOURNIER (Minister of Public Works):

Perhaps the hon. member

sent the question before the opening of the house. I have not seen it. If he will just wait until Monday, I shall have all the data.

Topic:   PUBLIC WORKS
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO BREAKWATER PROJECT AT MORIEN, N.S.
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May 30, 1947