October 27, 1949

THE ROYAL ASSENT

LIB

Elie Beauregard (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

I have the honour to inform the house that I have received the following communication:

Ottawa, October 27, 1949

Sir:

I have the honour to inform you that the Right Hon, Thibaudeau Rinfret, Chief Justice of Canada, acting as deputy of His Excellency the Governor General, will proceed to the Senate chamber on Thursday, the 27th October, at 5.45 p.m. for the purpose of giving the royal assent to certain bills. I have the honour to be, sir,

Your obedient servant,

J. F. Delaute

Assistant Secretary to the Governor General

this matter, but, as usual, the hon. member for Peel (Mr. Graydon) is ahead of me. Yesterday I had the privilege-we are speaking on a question of privilege-of being the guest of the hon. member for Ottawa West (Mr. Mcllraith) at the Ottawa winter fair. I congratulate the hon. member for Frontenac-Addington (Mr. Aylesworth) upon having won the award he did, with cattle which are almost the equal of those to be found in Fraser Valley. I want to say, through you, Mr. Speaker, that I enjoyed the show very much. May I add that I think the Canadian government would be well advised to have the Royal Canadian Mounted Police continue to put on their musical ride throughout Canada and the United States. It is one of the finest things I have ever seen. It is a credit to Canada, and is one of our greatest tourist attractions.

Topic:   THE ROYAL ASSENT
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OTTAWA WINTER FAIR

PRIVATE BILL

PC

Gordon Graydon

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Gordon Graydon (Peel):

Mr. Speaker, from time to time hon. members rise in the house on questions of privilege to pay tribute to those outside the house who have had important successes in various fields of Canadian activity. I rise to perform an even more pleasant task, namely, to indicate to you and to the house that one of our own parliamentary group, the hon. member for Frontenac-Addington (Mr. Aylesworth), has been successful this week at the Ottawa winter fair in his showing of Jersey cattle, and has won the award given to the premier Jersey exhibitor. I should like to express to him, on behalf of all members, including yourself, sir, our congratulations upon the signal success of Frontenac Jersey farms. They have won in the Jersey class more prizes than any other exhibitor at the Ottawa winter fair.

Topic:   OTTAWA WINTER FAIR
Subtopic:   PRIVATE BILL
Sub-subtopic:   AWARD TO MEMBER FOR FRONTENAC-ADDINGTON
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LIB

Louis Stephen St-Laurent (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Right Hon. L. S. St. Laurent (Prime Minister):

I am sure that all hon. members will feel that a most satisfactory situation exists when members of this house give such a good example to their fellow Canadians by raising the standards of our dairy herds. There are others who are doing likewise in other fields of agricultural production. This is both a good example and an encouraging aspect of our community life.

Topic:   OTTAWA WINTER FAIR
Subtopic:   PRIVATE BILL
Sub-subtopic:   AWARD TO MEMBER FOR FRONTENAC-ADDINGTON
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LIB

George Alexander Cruickshank

Liberal

Mr. G. A. Cruickshank (Fraser Valley):

Mr. Speaker, I had intended to say something on

Topic:   OTTAWA WINTER FAIR
Subtopic:   PRIVATE BILL
Sub-subtopic:   AWARD TO MEMBER FOR FRONTENAC-ADDINGTON
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BRITISH AND FOREIGN BIBLE SOCIETY

PC

Donald Methuen Fleming

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Donald M. Fleming (Eglinton) moved

the first reading of Bill No. 116 (from the Senate) respecting the British and Foreign Bible Society in Canada and Newfoundland. Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.

Topic:   BRITISH AND FOREIGN BIBLE SOCIETY
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QUESTIONS


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.)


PUBLIC DEBT

CCF

Mr. Thatcher:

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

1. By what amount was the over-all Canadian federal debt reduced during the first nine months of 1949?

2. As of October 1, 1949, what was the total Canadian debt?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   PUBLIC DEBT
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LIB

John Ewen Sinclair

Liberal

Mr. Sinclair:

The phrase "over-all debt" is not generally used in classifying the Canadian debt. However, to ensure that the hon. member secures the information he is seeking, the answer which I am now tabling gives the figures for the total liabilities of Canada and also the net debt of Canada.

1. Total liabilities

December 31, 1948 $17,278,514,916.85

September 30, 1949 17,027,764,399.05

$ 250,750,517.80

2. Net debt

December 31, 1948 $11,758,680,442.20

September 30, 1949 11,495,881,920.78

$ 262,798,521.42

Questions

WHEAT PRODUCERS' CERTIFICATES Mr. Diefenbaker:

1. How many wheat producers' certificates issued in each of the years 1940 to 1948, by provinces, are outstanding?

2. What is being done to locate the owners?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   PUBLIC DEBT
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LIB

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

Liberal

1. The following shows outstanding producers' certificates as at September 30, 1949:

1940 crop

Province-Number of producers' certificates (estimate)

Manitoba, 2,500; Saskatchewan, 7,000; Alberta and British Columbia, 7,500; total,

17.000.

1941-42 crop

Manitoba, 1,700; Saskatchewan, 7,000; Alberta and British Columbia, 5,000; total, 13,700.

1943 crop

Manitoba, 5,000; Saskatchewan, 18,000; Alberta and British Columbia, 17,000; total,

40.000.

1944 crop

Manitoba, 4,500; Saskatchewan, 17,000; Alberta and British Columbia, 16,000; total

38.000.

1945 crop

Manitoba, 1,200; Saskatchewan, 3,700; Alberta and British Columbia, 3,100; total,

8.000.

1946 crop

Manitoba, 1,500; Saskatchewan, 6,000; Alberta and British Columbia, 7,500; total,

15.000.

1947 crop (old basis)

Manitoba, 2,500; Saskatchewan, 7,500; Alberta and British Columbia, 6,500; total, 16,500.

1947 crop (new basis)

Manitoba, 4,000; Saskatchewan, 15,000; Alberta and British Columbia, 11,000; total,

30.000.

1948 crop (deliveries to March 31, 1949) Manitoba, 11,000; Saskatchewan, 44,000; Alberta and British Columbia, 35,000; total,

90.000.

2. After producers have had a reasonable time in which to surrender certificates following the announcement of a payment, the payment department endeavours in several ways to get in touch with producers who have not surrendered the producers' certificates concerned. Notices are sent out to producers who, according to the records of the board, hold certificates upon which payment has been authorized. Generally these notices bring a good response in the form of:

(a) The surrender of the certificates concerned;

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(b) Advice that the producers' certificates have been lost;

(c) Advice that the producers certificates are now the property of an estate;

(d) Advice that the producers concerned are located elsewhere.

In the case of certificates which have been lost, the necessary alternative forms are dispatched. The board's legal department gives prompt attention to payments on producers' certificates where estates are involved. The payment department makes the necessary alterations on its records where new addresses of producers concerned are received. Generally the notices sent out by the board have produced satisfactory results.

When the volume of outstanding producers' certificates has been reduced as far as possible by means of notices and the following up of these notices, lists are prepared of the outstanding producers' certificates and these lists are made available to elevator agents at the delivery point concerned, who are in a position to acquaint producers of the payments which are available to them.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   PUBLIC DEBT
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WASHINGTON MONETARY TALKS

CCF

Alistair McLeod Stewart

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

Mr. Siewart (Winnipeg North):

Who are the Canadian representatives on the committee or committees set up as a result of the recent Washington conference?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   WASHINGTON MONETARY TALKS
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LIB

Brooke Claxton (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. Claxion:

No formal committees have been set up as a consequence of the tripartite economic discussions held in Washington in September, 1949. However, there have been informal talks on customs procedures and on the sterling area's dollar expenditures on oil and petroleum. Canada has been represented at these two sets of talks by members of the staff of the Canadian embassy in Washington.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   WASHINGTON MONETARY TALKS
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NEWFOUNDLAND

ASSISTANCE TO SECONDARY

October 27, 1949