July 17, 1947

WAR ASSETS-RIFLES, BAYONETS AND SCABBARDS

LIB

Robert Henry Winters

Liberal

Mr. WINTERS:

What quantities of rifles, bayonets, and scabbards-broken down by provinces-have been sold to date by the War Assets Corporation? 83166-3701

Topic:   WAR ASSETS-RIFLES, BAYONETS AND SCABBARDS
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LIB

George James McIlraith (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Reconstruction and Supply)

Liberal

Mr. McILRAITH:

The following service rifles, bayonets' and scabbards have been disposed of by War Assets Corporation in

the provinces indicated:

Province Rifles Bayonets Scabbards

Quebec 3518

Ontario 718 .. ..

British Columbia . 236

Nova Scotia .. .. 16 ..

Saskatchewan .. . 557 561

A large proportion of the rifles listed above have been made available to recognized educational institutions on an indefinite loan basis for training purposes. All such releases are made by War Assets Corporation with the approval of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Department of National Defence.

In regard to the disposal of service type small arms in general, which is made in consultation with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Department of National Defence as stated above, such equipment is only sold or released on an indefinite loan basis when requested and the corporation does not attempt to sell this type of equipment in the open market.

Topic:   WAR ASSETS-RIFLES, BAYONETS AND SCABBARDS
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INFANTILE PARALYSIS

NUMBER OF CASES REPORTED-STEPS TO REDUCE INCIDENCE


On the orders of the day:


PC

Gordon Graydon

Progressive Conservative

Mr. GORDON GRAYDON (Peel):

I

should like to direct a question to the Minister of National Health and Welfare, of which I gave him notice. In view of the fact that this is the season in which Canadian fathers and mothers generally stand in considerable fear of the dread malady, infantile paralysis, I was wondering whether the minister could give the house some information as to the number of cases recorded at the present time. What, step is the department taking in conjunction and collaboration with the provincial governments to try to reduce the incidence of this disease if possible?

Topic:   INFANTILE PARALYSIS
Subtopic:   NUMBER OF CASES REPORTED-STEPS TO REDUCE INCIDENCE
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LIB

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

Liberal

Hon. PAUL MARTIN (Minister of National Health and Welfare):

The hon. gentleman did give me notice yesterday of his question. We have established communication with each province, and periodically, three times a week as a matter of fact, we receive a report from them by telegram as to the actual number of cases in the various provinces. Of course my hon. friend will realize that constitutionally the matter of

Inquiries of the Ministry

communicable diseases is under the jurisdiction of the provinces. The last summary is as follows: British Columbia, 42, and thirtyfour of these cases are from Vancouver; Saskatchewan, 5; Alberta, 6 up to July 5; Manitoba, 2; Ontario, 19; Quebec, 21. Montreal has had two local and five outside cases only since January of 1947; New Brunswick, 3; Nova Scotia, 4 and Prince Edward Island, 1.

It is early in the epidemic season for forecasting, and one can only say that few areas as yet are showing abnormally high rates. One of these is Vancouver. The incidence of paralysis as yet in the Vancouver cases is reported as being minimal.

Our role is to aid the provinces. It is thought, both by the provinces and by ourselves, at the moment that the most effective way of extending it is by the extension of information. To that end we have arranged for the distribution of a pamphlet called "Polio Facts", which contains valuable information for lay people about the disease. We are also giving attention to the mobilization, in conjunction with the provinces, of polio emergency volunteers for use in highly epidemic areas. These lay volunteers have been found useful by the national foundation for infantile paralysis in the United States, and in Canada in the Montreal health department. The basic information about this has been forwarded to British Columbia and to the other provinces within the last few months. We have accelerated what we feel to be our special field, that of research, and to this end we have strengthened the virus section of our laboratory of hygiene here in Ottawa.

Topic:   INFANTILE PARALYSIS
Subtopic:   NUMBER OF CASES REPORTED-STEPS TO REDUCE INCIDENCE
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H.M.C.S. "MICMAC" COLLISION WITH FREIGHTER "YARMOUTH COUNTY" OUTSIDE HALIFAX HARBOUR


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Brooke Claxton (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Hon. BROOKE CLAXTON (Minister of National Defence):

The house will have

learned with deep regret of the collision that occurred yesterday about 1 p.m. between the destroyer Micmac and the freighter Yarmouth County in a fog outside Halifax harbour. Messages of sympathy, with which I am sure hon. members join, have been sent to the next of kin of the five men who were killed and the six who are missing. The collision is being investigated by a naval board of inquiry and by civil authority.

Topic:   H.M.C.S. "MICMAC" COLLISION WITH FREIGHTER "YARMOUTH COUNTY" OUTSIDE HALIFAX HARBOUR
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FOREIGN EXCHANGE

REQUEST FOB STATEMENT AS TO PRESENT POSITION


On the orders of the day:


PC

James MacKerras Macdonnell

Progressive Conservative

Mr. J. M. MACDONNELL (Muskoka-Ontario):

I venture to ask the Minister of Finance whether he would at this time say something with regard to the question of United States exchange.

Topic:   FOREIGN EXCHANGE
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOB STATEMENT AS TO PRESENT POSITION
Sub-subtopic:   CURRENCY DEPRECIATION
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LIB

Douglas Charles Abbott (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Hon. DOUGLAS ABBOTT (Minister of Finance):

I said some time ago I did not think it was desirable that there should be too frequent statements as to our exchange position. I made an extended statement on the question in the .course of my budget speech about two and a half months ago. In that speech I said I did not consider that our exchange position could be appreciably improved by currency depreciation. That still holds good today. I have heard frequent rumours that the Canadian dollar was to be devalued. These rumours are completely without foundation and I think I should say now that I have no intention of recommending any such action to my colleagues.

Topic:   FOREIGN EXCHANGE
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOB STATEMENT AS TO PRESENT POSITION
Sub-subtopic:   CURRENCY DEPRECIATION
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NEWSPRINT-THE ARGENTINE


On the orders of the day:


PC

Gordon Graydon

Progressive Conservative

Mr. GORDON GRAYDON (Peel):

I

should like to direct a question either to the Minister of Trade and Commerce or to the, Secretary of State for External Affairs, both of whom might have something to do with the inquiry I intend to make. I would ask the government whether their attention has been drawn to a dispatch from Buenos Aires yesterday in which the information came that:

No more foreign exchange for newsprint imports will be allotted until further notice, the government announced in the Argentine yesterday.

May I ask the ministers whether any representations are being made or have been made by this government to the Argentine government in connection with this matter, and also to what extent our trade in Canada will be affected by this new regulation?

Topic:   NEWSPRINT-THE ARGENTINE
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LIB

James Angus MacKinnon (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Hon. J. A. MacKINNON (Minister of Trade and Commerce):

No representations

have been made either to us or by us of which I have any knowledge, and it is too early to say what effect if any it may have on our trade in newsprint between the two countries.

Supply-Veterans Affairs

Topic:   NEWSPRINT-THE ARGENTINE
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July 17, 1947