November 23, 1949

QUESTIONS


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.)


CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS-REPRESENTATION OF WESTERN CANADA ON BOARD OF DIRECTORS

CCF

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

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

1. Has consideration been given by the government since the appointment of Mr. William Parker to replace Mr. E. J. Young, or since October 26, 1949 to representations from the Winnipeg chamber of commerce asking that western Canada be given increased and equitable representation on the board of directors of the Canadian National Railways?

2. If so, what is the result of such consideration?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS-REPRESENTATION OF WESTERN CANADA ON BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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LIB

Mr. Winters: (Minister of Reconstruction and Supply)

Liberal

1. Since the appointment of Mr. William Parker, no further consideration has been

given by the government to the request of the Winnipeg chamber of commerce for increased representation for western Canada on the board of directors of the Canadian National Railway Company, as the Canadian National-Canadian Pacific Act, 1936, provides that the board of directors of the Canadian National Railway Company shall consist of seven directors, and it is not the intention of the government to amend this act at the present time.

2. See answer to No. 1.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS-REPRESENTATION OF WESTERN CANADA ON BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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DEPARTMENT OF FISHERIES

LIB

Mr. Isnor:

Liberal

1. Has the Department of Fisheries a branch dealing with oceanography?

2. If so (a) where is it located; (b) what is the name of the person in charge; (c) how many persons are employed in this work?

3. Have any members of the branch done work on the Atlantic coast? If so, at what places?

4. Has work been carried out on the Pacific coast? If so, at what places?

5. Have exploration surveys been carried out in the Arctic? If so, of what nature?

6. Is it planned in the near future to expand the oceanographic operations of the east (Atlantic) and west (Pacific) coasts?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   DEPARTMENT OF FISHERIES
Sub-subtopic:   OCEANOGRAPHY
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LIB

Mr. MacNaughl: (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Fisheries)

Liberal

1. The fisheries research board, as the scientific arm of the Department of Fisheries, has carried out investigations in the field of oceanography, both on the Atlantic and the Pacific coasts, for many years, particularly in connection with the studies of the biological aspects of oceanography.

During the late war the oceanographers of the board worked closely with the Royal Canadian Navy and the national research council in the field of physical-chemical oceanography. From this work the Canadian joint committee consists of representatives of the Royal Canadian Navy, the national research council and the fisheries research board, and the hydrographic and meteorological services co-operate in the work of the committee.

2. (a) The function of the joint committee is the further co-operative oceanographic research in Canada, to define policy and to direct the work of the two oceanographic groups. The Atlantic group is located at the Atlantic biological station, St. Andrews, N.B. The Pacific group is located at the Pacific biological station, Nanaimo, B.C.

(b) Mr. H. B. Hachey, chief oceanographer, St. Andrews, N.B.

(c) Four persons in the Atlantic group and six in the Pacific group, as on November 15, 1949.

3. Yes. The Atlantic group, following the planned program of the joint committee and with the assistance of vessels and personnel

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supplied by the Royal Canadian Navy, the national research council, the Department of Fisheries and the hydrographic and meteorological services, have made oceanographic observations in the gulf of St. Lawrence and the Scotian shelf.

4. Yes. The Pacific group, following the planned program as in (3) and with similar assistance, have made oceanographic observations on a number of points off the British Columbia coast, including Chatham sound, strait of Georgia and Alberni canal. Observations were also taken at a number of shore stations, and off Swiftsure banks.

5. Yes. By the fisheries research board in Ungava bay, where an investigation of the fisheries resources of the eastern Arctic has been in progress since 1947.

Oceanographic observations were also made in Hudson bay during the Royal Canadian Navy cruise there in 1948.

During the summer of 1949 oceanographic observations were made during a joint United States Navy-Royal Canadian Navy cruise in the Bering sea.

6. Yes. As soon as trained oceanographic personnel and ships are available.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   DEPARTMENT OF FISHERIES
Sub-subtopic:   OCEANOGRAPHY
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BELL TELEPHONE COMPANY

PC

Mr. Church:

Progressive Conservative

1. What action, if any, will be taken by the government to prevent the Bell Telephone Company imposing a surtax of ten per cent on all bills?

2. Is it within the powers of the transport board at present to allow the Bell Telephone Company to take this action now?

3. What action has or will be taken in the matter?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   BELL TELEPHONE COMPANY
Sub-subtopic:   APPLICATION FOR INTERIM INCREASE IN RATES
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LIB

Mr. Winters: (Minister of Reconstruction and Supply)

Liberal

1. The company's application for an interim increase of 10 per cent will be duly heard by the board of transport commissioners in accordance with the provisions of the Railway Act.

2. Yes.

3. See answer to No. 1.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   BELL TELEPHONE COMPANY
Sub-subtopic:   APPLICATION FOR INTERIM INCREASE IN RATES
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QUESTION PASSED AS ORDER FOR RETURN

FILMS FOR GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS

PC

Mr. Diefenbaker:

Progressive Conservative

1. What is the total expenditure in each of the years 1946 to 1949 for the production and processing of films for any government department or departments by commercial firms, giving particulars of the said commercial firms and the amount paid to each?

2. Did the national film board make any decision during said years that it considered the use of commercial firms for the production of films advisable in the public interest? If so, in what case or cases, on what date or dates did it so decide and for what reason in each case?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   FILMS FOR GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS
Sub-subtopic:   PRODUCTION BY COMMERCIAL FIRMS
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MOTION FOR PAPERS

CENTRAL MORTGAGE AND HOUSING CORPORATION

LIB

Jean-François Pouliot

Liberal

Mr. Pouliol:

For a chart of the Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation, indicating positions, grades, names and salaries.

Topic:   MOTION FOR PAPERS
Subtopic:   CENTRAL MORTGAGE AND HOUSING CORPORATION
Sub-subtopic:   EMPLOYEES
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UNEMPLOYMENT

BRITISH COLUMBIA-REPRESENTATIONS FROM LEGION AND LABOUR ORGANIZATIONS


On the orders of the day:


November 23, 1949