February 11, 1949

HOUSING

CHRISTIE STREET HOSPITAL-ACQUISITION BY CITY OF TORONTO

LIB

Milton Fowler Gregg (Minister of Veterans Affairs)

Liberal

Hon. Milton F. Gregg (Minister of Veterans Affairs):

Yesterday the hon. member for Broadview (Mr. Church) asked a question with reference to Christie Street hospital at Toronto. As has been known, arrangements have been under way for some time under which all veteran patients are being transferred from Christie Street hospital to Sunny-brook. This transfer is now rapidly being completed. As the transfer permits, the Christie Street hospital will be turned over to the city of Toronto.

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Topic:   HOUSING
Subtopic:   CHRISTIE STREET HOSPITAL-ACQUISITION BY CITY OF TORONTO
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Joseph Henry Harris

Progressive Conservative

Mr. J. H. Harris (Danforth):

Mr. Speaker, unfortunately the Minister of Veterans Affairs has just retired from the chamber. I had intended asking a question, but in view of his absence I ask that my question be accepted as notice. It has reference to the matter the minister mentioned a moment ago, namely the disposition of an asset at present vested in the Dominion of Canada, Christie Street hospital.

I am asking that in due course the minister, in this House of Commons rather than through the press or through some other body, give a full report with regard to the sale of Christie Street hospital. Perhaps he might go so far as to state the price, what the hospital is to be used for, when the terms of the contract will be made known and the transfer of the property made to the corporation of the city of Toronto. I repeat that information of this kind should emanate from this chamber rather than from the press or some other source.

Topic:   HOUSING
Subtopic:   CHRISTIE STREET HOSPITAL-ACQUISITION BY CITY OF TORONTO
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Some hon. Members:

Order.

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LIB

James Horace King (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

Order. The hon. member knows the rule that he is not permitted to make a statement when asking a question, and that the question should be brief and to the point.

Topic:   HOUSING
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Leslie Alexander Mutch (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Veterans Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. L. A. Mutch (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Veterans Affairs):

Mr. Speaker, I shall draw the hon. member's remarks to the attention of the minister. I am sure that within the next few days the minister will be able to give the information for which the hon. member has asked.

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Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Right Hon. C. D. Howe (Minister of Trade and Commerce):

Mr. Speaker, as this transaction was handled by War Assets Corporation, for which I am responsible, perhaps I may answer the question now. The circumstances are that some time ago Chorley Park was sold to the city of Toronto, and payment of $100,000 was made to the crown. As the documents were being completed, circumstances compelled the Department of National Defence to ask that that sale be cancelled for the time being. This morning I had a conference with the mayor of Toronto, and we agreed that Christie Street hospital would be substituted for Chorley Park in the former transaction. The effect is that we have sold Christie Street hospital to the city of Toronto for $100,000. The sale includes certain beds and utensils which are not required for federal purposes. It is my understanding that the building will be used in part for a hospital and in part for a home for aged persons. Delivery will be made as quickly as final transfer of patients can be made by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Topic:   HOUSING
Subtopic:   CHRISTIE STREET HOSPITAL-ACQUISITION BY CITY OF TORONTO
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Joseph Henry Harris

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Harris (Danforth):

I thank the minister for the information.

Topic:   HOUSING
Subtopic:   CHRISTIE STREET HOSPITAL-ACQUISITION BY CITY OF TORONTO
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REQUEST FOR COMPLETION OF PROJECT IN ALBERTA


On the orders of the day:


SC

Charles Edward Johnston

Social Credit

Mr. C. E. Johnston (Bow River):

I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Reconstruction and Supply. When will he be in position to answer the questions I asked about two weeks ago with regard to housing? They were not long, and only brief answers would be required. I think the minister has the information right in his office in Ottawa.

Topic:   REQUEST FOR COMPLETION OF PROJECT IN ALBERTA
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LIB

Robert Henry Winters (Minister of Reconstruction and Supply)

Liberal

Hon. Robert H. Winters (Minister of Reconstruction and Supply):

I will take the hon. member's question as notice.

Topic:   REQUEST FOR COMPLETION OF PROJECT IN ALBERTA
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EXPORT AND IMPORT PERMITS ACT

REPORT OF OPERATIONS FOR 1948 REMOVAL FROM CONTROL OF A NUMBER OF NEW ITEMS

LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. G. J. Mcllrailh (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Trade and Commerce):

Mr. Speaker, I wish to table the report of the operations for the year 1948 under the Export and Import Permits Act. I wish to table also copies of order in council P.C. 570, dated February 8, 1949, consolidating all outstanding amendments to the list of items under export control, and at the same time removing from control a substantial number

Inquiries of the Ministry of new items. As a result, the number of articles for which export permit is required is reduced from 520 as of January 1, 1948, to 275.

Topic:   EXPORT AND IMPORT PERMITS ACT
Subtopic:   REPORT OF OPERATIONS FOR 1948 REMOVAL FROM CONTROL OF A NUMBER OF NEW ITEMS
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CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS

APPOINTMENT OF GEORGE A. TOUCHE AND COMPANY AS AUDITORS

LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Hon. Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport) moved

the first reading of Bill No. 13 (from the Senate) respecting the appointment of auditors for national railways.

Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   APPOINTMENT OF GEORGE A. TOUCHE AND COMPANY AS AUDITORS
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BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

February 11, 1949