March 15, 1950

RESPONSIBILITY FOR BURNS


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

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

Yesterday the hon. member for Peterborough West (Mr. Fraser) addressed a question to me with reference to the recent theft of certain radium needles from the national research council. In stating the question he made certain allegations-that the theft was due to gross negligence and lack of proper handling and storage of the radium needles by this government.

As I stated in the house on March 10 last, a specially-constructed receiving depot had

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been built at the back of the main building to hold shipments of radium needles for a brief period. I explained why the separate building is needed. These facilities have been considered adequate for a number of years, and it does not seem that there is any question of negligence. However, as I also stated in the house on Friday last, the incident does prove that the receiving hut is not burglar-proof. With reference to the young boy who had been in possession of the needles, the health officer of the city of Ottawa has already announced that a medical examination of the boy showed no evidence of radium burns. As for the two small marks the Lamirande boy found on his thumb, Dr. Day has stated: "One of them was merely a cut in the healing stage. The other was a small callosity on the end of his thumb, and there was only a slight possibility that it was a radium burn. Burns are almost never evident within ten days, and the thumb mark appeared too soon".


SPEECH FROM THE THRONE

CONTINUATION OF DEBATE ON ADDRESS IN REPLY


The. house resumed, from Monday, March 13, consideration of the motion of Mr. F. H. Larson for an address to His Excellency the Governor General in reply to his speech at the opening of the session, and the amendment thereto of Mr. Drew, and the amendment to the amendment of Mr. Coldwell.


PC

George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. George A. Drew (Leader of ihe Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, I was prompted to re-enter the debate at this time by the very remarkable speech of the Minister of Fisheries (Mr. Mayhew) the day before yesterday.

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Some hon. Members:

Hear, hear.

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PC

George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Drew:

I am interested to know that his speech meets with approval of some of the members on the government side of the house, because I was under the impression that it did. I was also under the impression that it represents a great deal more than the casual view suggested by the minister himself when he read a prepared text. However, before I deal with that speech I wish to review the motion before the house, and the amendments on which votes will be taken soon-I hope.

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Some hon. Members:

Oh, oh.

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PC

George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Drew:

Yes, and may I say, in response to the interjection, that it will be taken when the Liberal members have decided that they have made enough speeches.

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An hon. Member:

They have not made half as many as you.

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PC

George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Drew:

Do not let there be any suggestion that this delay is caused for any other 55946-491

The Address-Mr. Drew reason. There have been forty Liberal speeches so far, and the indication is there will be a great many more.

I mention this now only for the purpose of reminding hon. members of the House of Commons that any delay is entirely due to the fact that hon. members on every side of the house have exercised their right to speak. And I suggest that instead of questioning the right of members to speak, it is very commendable that they do feel freer to speak than apparently they did in the past.

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Some hon. Members:

Oh, oh.

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PC

George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Drew:

I cannot imagine any better evidence of the intelligence which has gone into some of this debate than the laughter which accompanied my last remark.

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LIB

Jean Lesage

Liberal

Mr. Lesage:

You lack a sense of humour.

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PC

George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Drew:

This debate has wandered over a very wide field.

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An hon. Member:

Here we go again.

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March 15, 1950