October 3, 1949

BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

THANKSGIVING DAY ADJOURNMENT

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Mr. W. Chester S. McLure@Queens

I rise on a question of privilege, Mr. Speaker. Monday next, October 10, will be Thanksgiving day. In common with many others, I feel sure that the Prime Minister has a good deal to be thankful for, and I was wondering whether he would permit the members of this house to have next Monday as a holiday.

Right Hon. L. S. St. Laurent (Prime

Minister): The Prime Minister is always susceptible to any suggestion that comes from the other side of the house. I take it that the applause means that there are several in the house who agree with the suggestion which has been made. If it appears to be the desire of the house, the government will take the necessary steps to see to it that when the house adjourns on Friday night it stand adjourned until three o'clock the following Tuesday.

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Subtopic:   THANKSGIVING DAY ADJOURNMENT
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QUESTIONS


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.)


DELIVERIES UNDER BRITISH AGREEMENT


4. The average price obtained on the bushels recited in part 3 was $2.22471 per bushel, basis No. 1 northern in store Fort William/Port Arthur or Vancouver. 5. Wheat sold to millers for manufacture of flour for domestic consumption in Canada was as follows: Crop year 1946-47, 53,615,866 bushels; crop year 1947-48, 49,342,532 bushels; crop year 1948-49, 39,281,098 bushels. 6. Such wheat was sold at the following prices: Crop year 1946-47, approximately 29,041,927 @ $1.25, approximately 24,573,939 @ $1.55; crop year 1947-48, 49,342,532 @ $1.55; crop year 1948-49, 39,281,098 @ $2.00. Notes on 6: 1. All prices basis No. 1 northern in store Fort William/Port Arthur or Vancouver. 2. In addition to the above prices, the board recovered carrying charges of approximately 31 cents per bushel from August 1, 1946 to July 31, 1948, and 5 cents per bushel from August 1, 1948 to July 31, 1949.


OLD AGE PENSIONS

CCF

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

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

1. What is the average monthly amount on account of the basic old age pension now being paid in each province?

2. What supplementary amounts are now being paid by each province?

3. What medical or other additional services are now being provided to old age pensioners by each province?

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Subtopic:   OLD AGE PENSIONS
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SC

Mr. Fair:

Social Credit

1. What quantity of wheat was delivered under the British wheat agreement during the crop year 1948-49?

2. At what price per bushel was this wheat sold?

3. During the same period what quantity of "class II'' wheat was sold?

4. What was the average price per bushel obtained?

5. During each of the crop years 1946-47, 1947-48 and 1948-49, what quantity of wheat was sold to millers for Canadian consumption as flour?

6. At what price per bushel was such wheat sold?

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Subtopic:   OLD AGE PENSIONS
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LIB

Mr. Mcllraith: (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

1. Wheat delivered under the Canada-United Kingdom wheat agreement as wheat or flour for 1948-49 amounted to 146,342,80225 bushels.

2. $2 per bushel, basis No. 1 northern in store Fort William/Port Arthur or Vancouver, plus 5 cents per bushel carrying charges.

3. During the same period approximately 74,013,774 bushels were sold as wheat or flour at class II prices.

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Subtopic:   OLD AGE PENSIONS
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LIB

Mr. Martin: (Minister of National Health and Welfare)

Liberal

1. As at June 30, 1949:

Province

Alberta

British Columbia

Manitoba

New Brunswick

Nova Scotia

Ontario

Prince Edward Island. .

Quebec

Saskatchewan

Northwest Territories ..

Old Age Blind

$32.23 $29.98

29.29 29.31

37.86 38.55

30.15 38.85

30.24 38.47

37.06 37.64

26.42 28.63

28.94 29.68

37.12 38.78

28.75 30.00

Note: At the end of the quarter April 1 to June 30, 1949, all provinces had not completed the work of adjusting pensions in accordance with the provisions of new agreements bringing into operation the amendments to the Old Age Pensions Act passed at the last session of parliament. The average pension paid in Newfoundland and the Yukon

Questions

Territory as at June 30, 1949, is not yet available. Information for the quarter July 1 to Sept. 30, 1949, will not be completed before October 31.

2. According to information furnished by the provinces, supplemental allowances are being paid as follows: Alberta, $7.50 a month; British Columbia, $10 a month; Manitoba, nil; New Brunswick, nil; Newfoundland, nil; Nova Scotia, nil; Ontario, nil; Prince Edward Island, nil; Quebec, nil; Saskatchewan, $2.50 a month subject to a means test; Northwest Territories, additional assistance may be authorized if required; Yukon Territory, $10 a month.

3. According to information furnished by the provinces, additional benefits are provided to pensioners as follows:

(a) Medical services. Medical services for pensioners and certain dependents are provided by British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan. Ontario provides medical services for pensioners only.

(b) Dental and optical services. Alberta and Saskatchewan provide dental and optical services.

(c) Hospital services. British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan have plans under which pensioners are given free hospital care. In other provinces pensioners receive whatever hospital services are available to persons unable to pay.

(d) Homes for the aged. Ontario and British Columbia offer assistance to municipalities for the purpose of constructing homes for aged persons.

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Subtopic:   OLD AGE PENSIONS
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INDIANS

ALBERTA

SC

Mr. Shaw:

Social Credit

1. What arrangement has been in effect for the hospitalization and treatment of Indians in the Rocky Mountain House district of Alberta?

2. Has the Department of Indian Affairs or any other branch of government or any official thereof been negotiating with medical and hospital authorities at Rocky Mountain House for the hospitalization and treatment of Indians in that district?

3. If so, what has been the result of such negotiations?

4. What provision has been made to provide such services to the Indians after September 30, 1949?

Topic:   INDIANS
Subtopic:   ALBERTA
Sub-subtopic:   HOSPITALIZATION AND MEDICAL TREATMENT
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LIB

Mr. Martin: (Minister of National Health and Welfare)

Liberal

1. There are 125 in the Rocky Mountain House band of the Sunchild Cree Indians (treaty Indians) who live on a reserve thirty miles from Rocky Mountain House. There is also a group of 200 Chippewa Indians (nontreaty) who wander in the foothills. So far as is possible in the light of their highly nomadic life, the same facilities are extended to both groups by the directorate of Indian health services.

(Mr. Martin.]

The medical care of these people has been provided by a doctor of Rocky Mountain House on a fee-for-service basis. The doctor has seen patients in his office and has attended them in Rocky Mountain hospital. It has not been convenient to him to attend on the reserve.

A local dentist has provided dental services on a fee-for-service basis,

2 and 3. The doctor's accounts for professional services have been paid in accordance with the prevailing schedule of fees which is applied uniformly across Canada where professional attention is provided on a fee-for-service basis. However the doctor has not been satisfied with the schedule of fees. In June 1948 the directorate of Indian health services offered to pay him a per annum stipend if this would be more agreeable to the doctor but he did not reply to this offer. Recently he signified his intention to cease services to Indians except as private patients.

The rate paid to the Rocky Mountain hospital is $5 per day for adults and $1.25 for newborn children. This rate was established May 1, 1948, and has not been under discussion since that time.

4. There is every reason to believe that arrangements for hospitalization at Rocky Mountain House are satisfactory. The Indian health service regional superintendent in Alberta is continuing to negotiate with local physicians for the provision of professional services.

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Subtopic:   ALBERTA
Sub-subtopic:   HOSPITALIZATION AND MEDICAL TREATMENT
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COLLECTIVE SECURITY-PACIFIC AREAS

PC

Mr. Church:

Progressive Conservative

1. Has the government given any consideration to the creation of a Pacific pact?

2. If so, what action has been taken?

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LIB

Mr. Claxion: (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

1. Yes.

2. The information requested in this part of the question was supplied by the Secretary of State for External Affairs in a statement given by him which appears in Hansard of September 16, 1949, on page 14.

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NATIONAL HEALTH

October 3, 1949