February 18, 1948

PC

George Black

Progressive Conservative

Mr. BLACK (Yukon):

When will the government build the federal building at Whitehorse, Yukon, for which plans and estimates were prepared two years ago?

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LIB

Alphonse Fournier (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. FOURNIER (Hull):

Sketch plans and estimates only were prepared in 1946 for use in determining the magnitude of the project. The whole question of when projects such as this one shall be proceeded with is one that depends largely on the supply of labour and materials, which, at present, are being directed primarily to veterans' housing, and, secondly, to the expansion of industry.

The priority that is given to the construction of new public buildings is very low. The present policy is to restrict new construction to an absolute minimum and to proceed only with maintenance and repairs of existing structures. At a later date, when the aforementioned

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demands have been satisfied, attention will be given to the construction of new public buildings.

This is the policy that is being followed with relation to new buildings throughout the country. As the building at Whitehorse is a new project, it is felt that it should remain in the deferred class as there is no greater urgency for this particular structure than for others of a similar nature throughout the country.

Topic:   WHITEHORSE FEDERAL BUILDING
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R.C.A.F.-RESCUE ACTIVITIES

LIB

Mr. WINKLER:

Liberal

1. In the last year, in how many rescue attempts employing aeroplanes, did the Royal Canadian Air Force participate?

2. How many were rescued?

3. Were lives lost in attempting rescue? If so, how many?

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LIB

Mr. LAPOINTE: (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

1. 41 (Period 11th February, 1947, to 11th February, 1948).

2. Four persons. In addition 10 lost marine vessels (number of personnel aboard unknown) were located by R.C.A.F. aircraft.

3. No.

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NATIONAL FILM BOARD-"EYES ON CANADA"

CCF

Mr. BENTLEY:

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

1. Has the Canada Carries On release, "Eyes on Canada" been banned in the United States of America ?

2. If so, on what grounds?

Topic:   NATIONAL FILM BOARD-"EYES ON CANADA"
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LIB

Mr. WINTERS: (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

1. No. The Canada Carries On film "Eyes on Canada" is the January release in the series. Normally the Canada Carries On films are exhibited in Canada before being exhibited in the United States. It is expected that the usual bookings for the film will be made in the United States. No ban has been placed on this film in the United States or elsewhere.

2. See answer to No. 1.

Topic:   NATIONAL FILM BOARD-"EYES ON CANADA"
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INTERNATIONAL BILL OF RIGHTS

CCF

Mr. KNOWLES: (Whip of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation)

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

1. Has a copy of the international bill of rights, which was approved by the commission on human rights, at its meeting in Geneva, been received by the Canadian government?

2. Has Canada been asked for comments on this international bill of rights before it is submitted to the general assembly of the united nations ?

3. Have such comments been given?

4. If so, what is the nature thereof and will parliament be given an opportunity to express itself on this matter?

Mr. ST. LAURENT: I presume that this question will be dropped in view of the answer given by the Prime Minister on Friday last

to an oral question put by the hon. member for Lake Centre on the orders of the day.

iMr. KNOWLES: Yes, it was answered.

Topic:   INTERNATIONAL BILL OF RIGHTS
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LIB

EXPORTS AND IMPORTS, VARIOUS COUNTRIES

PC

Harold Aberdeen Watson Timmins

Progressive Conservative

Mr. TIMMINS:

What was the amount of our exports and imports respectively, in the year 1947, with each of the following countries: Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Haiti, Panama, El Salvador, Switzerland, U.S.S.R., United States of America and its possessions, Venezuela?

Topic:   EXPORTS AND IMPORTS, VARIOUS COUNTRIES
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. McILRAITH:

Calendar year 1947 Import Export

(Thousands of dollars)

Cuba $ 23,751 S 7,502Dominican Republic 8,186 1,914Guatemala 9,488 1,630Haiti 227 1,366Panama 2,107 1,882Salvador 1,342 665Switzerland 11,941 14,196Russia (U.S.S.R.) .. 181 4,866United States 1,947,679 1,034.226Alaska 744 300Virgin Islands 16 160Guam - 199709 3,299Puerto Rico 270 2,605Venezuela 46,688 12.989

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NORMAN WELLS-WHITEHORSE PIPE LINE

PC

Mr. BLACK (Yukon):

Progressive Conservative

1. What disposition is being made of the pipe fine laid during the last world war from Norman Wells, N.W.T. to Whitehorse, Yukon?

2. What disposition is being made of the oil

refinery erected at Whitehorse, Yukon, during the last world war? .

3. Wore said pipe and said refinery imported to Canada? If so, from where?

4. If said pipe and/or said refinery are remaining in Canada for use elsewhere than in Yukon will the purchasers or users thereof be charged customs or other duties thereon as on other foreign goods?

5. Are customs or other duties or charges being or to be charged or made to the users in British Columbia and Yukon, Canada, of piping imported and installed in British Columbia and Yukon during said last world war known as Canol project No. 2, and remaining in use there, as on foreign goods?

Mr. ST. LAURENT:

1. The United States government sold it in October, 1947, to the L. B. Foster Company, Pittsburgh, Pa., and the Albert and Davidson Corporation, Brooklyn, N.Y.

2. The United States government sold it, in August, 1947, to Imperial Oil Limited, Toronto.

3. Yes. The United States.

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IS, 1948


Questions 4. Under the exchange of notes of November 7 and December 30, 1946 (tabled in parliament on December 9, 1947), and at its request, the United States government was authorized to transfer ownership of these facilities without the latter 'being subject to import duties or excise taxes, it being considered desirable to facilitate the disposal of these facilities by the United States government as it had had to expend considerable sums in their construction. 5. The United States government has made no similar request with regard to this pipe line since it still has title to it. In the circumstances, if and when the pipe line is leased or rented by the United States government for any period to a private individual or corporation, customs duties and excise taxes will be required to be paid.


GENEVA AGREEMENTS-SHIPMENT OF CATTLE TO UNITED STATES

CCF

Mr. BENTLEY:

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

1. Into what classifications are the beef cattle which will be allowed into the United States of America from Canada under the new trade

agreements, divided?

2. Which, if any, classes will be allowed into the United States through (a) public markets; (b) private sales?

Topic:   GENEVA AGREEMENTS-SHIPMENT OF CATTLE TO UNITED STATES
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February 18, 1948