June 4, 1948

APPROVAL OF REPORT OF CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION RESPECTING REVISIONS IN CLASSIFICATIONS


The house resumed, from May 3, consideration of the motion of Mr. Gibson (Secretary of State): That the report from the civil service commission respecting revisions in classifications of officials of the House of Commons, laid on the table on Thursday, 29th April, 1948, be concurred in. Motion agreed to.


DEBATES BRANCH-APPOINTMENT OF MISS M. E. BLACK

LIB

Colin William George Gibson (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

Hon. COLIN GIBSON (Secretary of State):

Mr. Speaker, I move:

That the report of the civil service commission relating to the appointment of Miss M. E. Black to the position of permanent clerk in the debates branch of the House of Commons, laid on the table of the house on March 11, 1948, be now approved.

In the report from the civil service commission it is stated:

Miss Black as a sessional employee is receiving $7 per day, or $2,555 per annum. A competition was held to fill the position of principal clerk and Miss Black was the successful candidate. In order that she may not have to suffer a reduction in compensation, it is recommended, under section 59 of the Civil Service Act, that position HC-C-88 be exempt from section 13 of the act in order that Miss Black may be appointed at $2,649 per annum, effective from the date of her appointment, such exemption to apply to the appointment of Miss Black only.

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Motion agreed to.


MORNING SITTINGS

LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister) moved:

That on and after Wednesday, June 9, 1948, until the end of the present session, the house shall meet at eleven o'clock in the morning of each sitting day, and that in addition to the usual intermission at six o'clock p.m., there shall also be an intermission every day from one to three o'clock p.m.

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Motion agreed to.


INCOME TAX ACT

REVISION AND CONSOLIDATION


Hon. DOUGLAS ABBOTT (Minister of Finance) moved that the house go into committee at the next sitting to consider the following resolution: That it is expedient to introduce a measure to revise and consolidate the law respecting the levying of income tax and the administration thereof. 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.


NATIONAL BATTLEFIELDS

QUEBEC-PAYMENT TO COMMISSION OF $1,000,000 OVER PERIOD OF TEN YEARS


Hon. DOUGLAS ABBOTT (Minister of Finance) 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 amend an Act respecting the national battlefields at Quebec, to authorize payment out of the consolidated Tevenue fund of the sum of $1,000,090 over a period of ten years from the first of April, 1948, to the commission for the purposes and subject to the provisions of the Act and to authorize the commission to acquire and hold a certain parcel and tract of land therein described. 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.


FLOOD CONDITIONS

FRASER VALLEY RELIEF AND REHABILITATION COMMISSION


On the orders of the day:


LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, yesterday I informed the house in connection with the Fraser valley floods that it was the intention of the government to appoint a commission to have supervision over the entire situation, which commission would have on it a repre-

Flood Relief in British Columbia

sentative of the government of British Columbia and a representative of the federal government. I am happy to say that the federal government has been fortunate enough to obtain the services of Major General B. M. Hoffmeister as our representative. Hon. members will recall that General Hoffmeister was the officer appointed to command the Pacific forces at the time of the Japanese war. General Hoffmeister will be on loan from the H. B. MacMillan Company, of which he is the vice-president.

I am also happy to announce that Hon. Eric Hamber, former lieutenant governor of British Columbia, has agreed to act on the commission as the representative of the government of British Columbia. These two gentlemen will work together as representatives of our respective governments, and will have the opportunity of communicating directly with the ministers of both governments.

The federal representative on the commission will report to the Minister of Finance, but he will also have direct access to all departments of the federal government. The exact duties of the commission will be outlined more definitely later on.

In connection with the services of the navy, army and air force, General Hoffmeister will be available for consultations with Colonel Snow, commander of the Vancouver area of the Canadian Army, who, under direction from the Minister of National Defence, and with the authority of the provincial government, has been acting as co-ordinator of the agencies fighting the flood. Colonel Snow will remain the military officer in charge, responsible in the ordinary way to the military authorities and to the Minister of National Defence.

Just before coming into the house I received a telegram from Building Products Limited of Montreal, which company apparently has noticed that a commission was being established. This telegram is addressed to the Fraser valley relief and rehabilitation commission. That is the name that was suggested for the commission. It is sent in care of myself and is as follows:

If material required will be happy to donate five carloads of our roofing and siding products to Fraser Valley relief. All freight charges paid by us to destination.

Building Products Ltd.

I should like to express the thanks of the government to Building Products Limited. Their patriotic example is one which, in all probability, will be followed by many other industrial concerns in our country, and if so, such action will be deeply appreciated.

rMr. Mackenzie King.]

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SUBSIDY ON BUTTER TO BRITISH COLUMBIA

LIB

Douglas Charles Abbott (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Hon. DOUGLAS ABBOTT (Minister of Finance):

May I say a word on a related subject? I was informed the day before yesterday that washouts caused by the recent heavy floods had cut off the rail shipments of butter to British Columbia from the prairie provinces, the usual source of butter supplies for that province. Available stocks of butter in British Columbia, we were informed, were inadequate to meet the requirements of hospitals and many other high-rating claimants. It was suggested that the ceiling should be raised to provide for the added cost of flying in the necessary supplies, but that seemed to be inadvisable, and in order to meet this emergency the wartime prices and trade board have been authorized to pay a subsidy up to six cents a pound, or the difference between the cost of air and rail transport, whichever is the lesser, on butter moved by air transport from Lethbridge, Calgary or Edmonton to the isolated areas of British Columbia. This will enable the British Columbia consumers to continue to obtain butter supplies at prices within the price ceiling regulations.

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June 4, 1948