June 16, 1948

DEPARTMENT OP MINES AND RESOURCES- D. A. MACDONALD

PC

Mr. WHITE (Middlesex East):

Progressive Conservative

1. Is D. A. MacDonald employed by the Department of Mines and Resources as a forester?

2. If so, what is his position?

3. What is his salary ?

4. What are his qualifications?

5. How long has he been with the department?

6. Does he attend conventions on behalf of the department?

7. If so, wrhat conventions has he attended since 1945?

8. Did he return reports to the department from these conventions?

Inquiries of the Ministry

9. Did he suffer an accident *while returning from Calgary in February, 1948?

10. If so, what was the cause of his accident and how long was he off duty?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   DEPARTMENT OP MINES AND RESOURCES- D. A. MACDONALD
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LIB

Mr. MacKINNON: (Minister of Mines and Resources)

Liberal

1. There is a D. A. MacDonald employed by the Department of Mines and Resources as a forester.

2. Acting dominion forester.

3. S6,000 per annum.

4. Graduation in forestry-B.Sc.F.; wide knowledge of forestry and forest conditions throughout Canada.

5. Thirty-four years.

6. Yes.

7. Annual conventions of Canadian Pulp and Paper Association and Canadian Lumbermen's Association.

8. Yes.

9. No.

10. Answered by No. 9.

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Subtopic:   DEPARTMENT OP MINES AND RESOURCES- D. A. MACDONALD
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CANADAIR


On the orders of the day:


PC

Lawrence Wilton Skey

Progressive Conservative

Mr. L. W. SKEY (Trinity):

May I address a question to the Minister of Reconstruction and Supply? Has the minister any information about a contract between Canadair and the British air line regarding the purchase of a considerable number of North Star aircraft?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   CANADAIR
Sub-subtopic:   NEGOTIATIONS WITH B.O.A.C. FOR PURCHASE OF NORTH STAR AIRCRAFT
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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Trade and Commerce; Minister of Reconstruction and Supply)

Liberal

Right Hon. C. D. HOWE (Minister of Reconstruction and Supply):

Negotiations

have been proceeding for a period of some months between Canadair-which as my hon. friend knows, is a private Canadian company -and British Overseas Airways Corporation. I am told that the negotiations are now approaching finality. The Canadian government has been giving Canadair such help as it could. The Canadian government regards it as very important to Canada that we obtain the contract if at all possible; for it means keeping one of our key aircraft plants in active operation. The Canadian plane has a British power plant, which was put in as a measure of co-operation with the British government, and we believe the aircraft is the equal of any aircraft flying today. We are also of the opinion that there are many compelling reasons why the business should come to Canada. However, the contract has not been completed. That is all I can say at the moment.

Mr. S'KEY: It is not true to say that the contract is already lost to a United States company?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   CANADAIR
Sub-subtopic:   NEGOTIATIONS WITH B.O.A.C. FOR PURCHASE OF NORTH STAR AIRCRAFT
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TOURIST INDUSTRY


On the orders of the day:


LIB

James Joseph McCann (Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

Hon. J. J. McCANN (Minister of National Revenue):

Mr. Speaker, on Monday last the hon. member for Muskoka-Ontario (Mr. Macdonnell) asked the following question:

Is it a fact that Canadian officials at the border are instructed to question United States tourists returning to their own country, and to ask them how much money they have spent in Canada and what kind of money it has been? If that is the practice, does the minister consider it wise?

Then further:

Will the minister give definite information later as to whether or not it is the practice?

The questions asked by customs officers at the frontier with respect to the amount of money which the United States tourist has left in Canada have no direct connection with customs, but the action is taken by our customs officers at the request of the Dominion Bureau of Statistics. Two forms are used to report the replies to statistics, and samples of these forms I will hand to the hon. member. The white form E.49 is used where the tourist has been in Canada less than forty-eight hours and where he has not been given a traveller's vehicle permit. The yellow permit form E.50 carries the request for the information on the reverse side.

The customs officer, on completion of the data, is expected to forward to the bureau of statistics either one form or the other for every United States passenger vehicle leaving Canada. The officers are also cautioned in port instructions that where the operator of the vehicle is reluctant to give the information there shall be no insistence, but in such case the form showing the number of persons in the vehicle and the approximate length of time in Canada must in any event be completed.

The officials of the bureau of statistics place considerable value on these returns, and are of the opinion that if the questions are eliminated they will be at a serious loss in compiling their monthly and annual returns.

The bureau gives me the following information:

"This method of obtaining information on tourist expenditures was inaugurated in 1940. It has worked extremely well. Many thousands of tourists answer the questions. The fact that many thousands do not, indicates the voluntary nature of the inquiry. Fifty per cent answer the question. Without this

Inquiries of the Ministry

information, the bureau of statistics cannot make reliable estimates of tourist expenditures. We would only be guessing.

"The information we obtain is used both by ourselves and by the United States government in connection with balance of payments estimates. We have an arrangement with the department of commerce in the United States which is responsible for balance of payments figures in that country.

"We supply them with information on: (a) the expenditure of Americans entering Canada by vehicle; (b) the expenditure of Canadians entering the United States by all means of travel.

"The United States Department of Commerce supplies us with information on the expenditure of Americans entering Canada by train, boat, aeroplane and: bus. They give out a postcard questionnaire which large numbers of Americans complete and send to the Department of Commerce on their return from Canada to the United States. This inquiry is also on a voluntary basis".

LABOUR CONDITIONS seamen's strike on inland waters

On the orders of the day:

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   TOURIST INDUSTRY
Sub-subtopic:   QUESTIONING OF UNITED STATES CITIZENS AS TO EXPENDITURES DURING VISITS TO CANADA
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CCF

Clarence Gillis

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

Mr. CLARENCE GILLIS (Cape Breton South):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Justice. It arises out of a press dispatch this morning suggesting that the dispute between the Canadian seamen's union and the great lakes shipping companies has developed into a condition that appears to be spreading to other industries and leading up to civil war. Has this press dispatch been drawn to the attention of the minister? If so, what steps does his department intend to take to prevent the arming of ships, as indicated by the dispatch? This state of affairs will ultimately lead to what I have suggested, namely, civil -war, if it is allowed to continue.

The minister indicates that the dispatch has not been drawn to his attention. I sent him notice of the question this morning and a copy of the press dispatch.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   TOURIST INDUSTRY
Sub-subtopic:   QUESTIONING OF UNITED STATES CITIZENS AS TO EXPENDITURES DURING VISITS TO CANADA
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LIB

James Lorimer Ilsley (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Right Hon. J. L. ILSLEY (Minister of Justice):

The hon. gentleman's notice has not been brought to my attention, nor have I seen the press dispatch, but I will consider what he has said. I am sure he is familiar with the division of jurisdiction between the provincial and the dominion authorities in matters of this kind.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   TOURIST INDUSTRY
Sub-subtopic:   QUESTIONING OF UNITED STATES CITIZENS AS TO EXPENDITURES DURING VISITS TO CANADA
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SAFETY OF LIFE AT SEA


On the orders of the day: Mr. G. R. PEARIvES (Nanaimo): Mr. Speaker, may I direct a question to the Minister of Transport, notice of which I have sent him? Has 'Canada agreed to the provisions accepted at the international conference on safety of life at sea, recently concluded in England, whereby all passenger ships and all cargo ships of more than 1,600 gross tons should keep a continuous watch, either through a human agency or through a human agency assisted by an automatic listening device? This question is of great interest to radio officers on the British Columbia coast.


LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Hon. LIONEL CHEVRIER (Minister of Transport):

I am unable to give a specific answer to the question, but I can say that Canada has signed the convention for the safety of life at sea, subject to approval by this parliament. I have not received a detailed report from the head of the delegation, but I am informed that the convention will not become effective until 1951, and in any event it cannot be realized until such time as fifteen countries have submitted acceptance twelve months before the date I have mentioned.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   SAFETY OF LIFE AT SEA
Sub-subtopic:   RECOMMENDATIONS OF INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE AS TO KEEPING CONTINUOUS WATCH
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SOCIAL SECURITY


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Angus MacInnis

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

Mr. ANGUS MacINNIS (Vancouver East):

May I ask a question of the Minister of National Health and Welfare? Press reports this morning indicate that the British Minister of National Insurance has been having discussions with other commonwealth countries in regard to reciprocal social security rights. Have discussions been held with the Department of National Health and Welfare of Canada? If so, what has been the result.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   SOCIAL SECURITY
Sub-subtopic:   QUESTION AS TO RECIPROCAL ACTION AMONG COMMONWEALTH COUNTRIES
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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):

There have been exploratory discussions from time to time with various representatives in connection with reciprocal social security benefits. I cannot say more than that at the present time.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   SOCIAL SECURITY
Sub-subtopic:   QUESTION AS TO RECIPROCAL ACTION AMONG COMMONWEALTH COUNTRIES
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EMBARGO ON SHIPMENT TO THE UNITED STATES

June 16, 1948