March 22, 1950

CENTRAL MORTGAGE AND HOUSING


. HEIGHTS, VANCOUVER


PC

Mr. Green:

Progressive Conservative

1. What was the cost of building the houses constructed for Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation in what is known as Renfrew heights in the city of Vancouver?

2. What was the cost of servicing this development by installing services, sewers, water, paved roads and other services?

3. Do either of these costs include any allowance for overhead or operating cost of the corporation?

4. If so, what amount?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   CENTRAL MORTGAGE AND HOUSING
Sub-subtopic:   RENFREW
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LIB

Mr. Prudham: (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Resources and Development)

Liberal

1. Building cost, $3,512,578.35; unit cost, $5,994.16.

2.

Sewer, water and

gas 658,610.69

Street lighting ... 2,251.48

Sidewalks, curbs

and gutters .... 144,894.41

Street paving 109,041.09

914,797.67

Land and land improvements (including an amount of $10,000 representing the unexpended portion of the contract to landscape the project) 538,562.02

1,453,359.69

3. Yes. Construction overhead cost is included in building cost.

4. $64,460.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   CENTRAL MORTGAGE AND HOUSING
Sub-subtopic:   RENFREW
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RESTRICTIONS ON CANADIANS WITH DIPLOMATIC STATUS IN U.S.S.R.

PC

Mr. Adamson:

Progressive Conservative

1. How many Canadians are at the present time employed with diplomatic status in the U.S.S.R.?

2. What restrictions are placed on our diplomats in the U.S.S.R.?

3. How are their movements restricted?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   RESTRICTIONS ON CANADIANS WITH DIPLOMATIC STATUS IN U.S.S.R.
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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. Pearson:

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   RESTRICTIONS ON CANADIANS WITH DIPLOMATIC STATUS IN U.S.S.R.
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FREIGHT TONNAGE THROUGH NORTH SYDNEY VIA PORT AUX BASQUES, NFLD.

PC

Gordon Francis Higgins

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Higgins:

What was the total tonnage of freight routed through North Sydney via Port aux Basques in 1949?

1. Four.

2 and 3. The principal restriction on Canadian diplomats in the U.S.S.R. is an order of the Soviet foreign ministry of September 30, 1948, prohibiting foreign diplomats in Moscow from travelling to a very large number of

Questions

places beyond a radius of 50 kilometres from Moscow, and most localities within that area. The list of places includes the Soviet Socialist republics of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldavia, Finno-Karelia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Turkmenia, Uzbekia, Kirghizia, Tajikistan, Kazakstan, and most of the Ukraine and Byelorussia, including Kiev and Minsk, the capitals of the two latter republics, which are, it will be recalled, members of the United Nations.

Some areas still remain accessible to foreign diplomats on condition that advance information about the proposed journey is given to the Soviet foreign ministry. Since the Soviet order was issued some members of the staff of the Canadian embassy in Moscow have been permitted to travel to Yaroslavl and Rybinsk, Kuibishev and Stalingrad.

This seems to be the only formal restriction placed by the Soviet authorities on our diplomats in Moscow but many Soviet administrative requirements, which are unobjectionable in principle, are applied in a restrictive and hampering fashion.

There are also restrictions placed on Soviet citizens in their dealings with all foreigners, including diplomats, such as the decree of December 18, 1947, regulating the relations between Soviet officials and foreigners.

Finally the hostile attitude of the Soviet government and the Soviet press has had the effect of convincing the citizens of the U.S.S.R., with few exceptions, that association with foreigners is dangerous, and hence the usual contacts of diplomats with ordinary people, and even Soviet officials, are greatly restricted.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   FREIGHT TONNAGE THROUGH NORTH SYDNEY VIA PORT AUX BASQUES, NFLD.
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RESTRICTIONS ON CANADIANS WITH DIPLOMATIC STATUS IN CERTAIN EUROPEAN COUNTRIES

PC

Mr. Adamson:

Progressive Conservative

1. How many Canadians are at the present time

employed with diplomatic status in each of the following countries: (a) Hungary: (b) Bulgaria;

(c) Albania; (d) Roumania; (e) Czechoslovakia; (f) Poland: (g) Yugoslavia?

2. What restrictions are placed on them?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   RESTRICTIONS ON CANADIANS WITH DIPLOMATIC STATUS IN CERTAIN EUROPEAN COUNTRIES
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LIB

Mr. Pearson: (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

1. (a) Nil; (b) nil; (c) nil; (d) nil; (e) three; (f) three (g) three.

2. No formal restrictions are placed on our diplomats in Czechoslovakia, Poland and Yugoslavia. But the same considerations mentioned with regard to the U.S.S.R. also apply in varying degrees to Czechoslovakia and Poland. It is not so much a question of carefully spelled out restrictions on our diplomats, as a general campaign by the governments of Poland and Czechoslovakia among their peoples to make it unhealthy for them to

associate with foreigners. For example, the expulsion by the Czechoslovak government of two non-diplomatic members of the air attache's staff in Prague was apparently motivated by a desire to get rid of two foreigners who had built up over two years a small circle of Czech friends.

So far our diplomats have escaped the more drastic treatment which has been recently meted out to some other representatives of the western powers in the satellite countries, but there has been pressure on our locally-employed staff in Czechoslovakia. One Czech clerk at the Canadian legation in Prague failed to report for work one day. All that has been learned of him since then was that he had been "detained by the police" and that he was in the local prison where political offenders are usually held. Another Czech clerk was refused a permit to continue working at the legation.

The cumulative effect is, of course, to isolate the western diplomatic missions from contact with the peoples of the countries where they are stationed, and to restrict very considerably the normal functioning of a diplomatic mission.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   RESTRICTIONS ON CANADIANS WITH DIPLOMATIC STATUS IN CERTAIN EUROPEAN COUNTRIES
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CANADIAN TRADE OR CULTURAL AGENCIES IN CERTAIN EUROPEAN COUNTRIES

PC

Agar Rodney Adamson

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Adamson:

Are there any Canadian trade or cultural organizations operating in any of the following countries: (a) U.S.S.R.; (b) Hungary; (c) Bulgaria; (d)

Albania; (e) Czechoslovakia; (f) Poland: (e)

Yugoslavia?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   CANADIAN TRADE OR CULTURAL AGENCIES IN CERTAIN EUROPEAN COUNTRIES
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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. Pearson:

Canada maintains diplomatic missions in the U.S.S.R., Czechoslovakia, Poland and Yugoslavia. These missions have, among their other duties, the task of trying to develop trade and cultural relations in so far as this is possible in existing conditions with the countries where they are located. Canada does not maintain any missions in Hungary, Bulgaria and Albania.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   CANADIAN TRADE OR CULTURAL AGENCIES IN CERTAIN EUROPEAN COUNTRIES
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PRAIRIE FARM REHABILITATION

SASKATCHEWAN AND MANITOBA

CCF

Mr. Wright:

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

1. Have any surveys been made by P.F.R.A. along the Saskatchewan or Carrot rivers in northeastern Saskatchewan or northwestern Manitoba, with a view to preventing flooding or reclaiming flooded land in these areas?

2. If so, what reports or recommendations to the government were made, as a result of these surveys?

3. If not, will the government give consideration to having this work done?

Topic:   PRAIRIE FARM REHABILITATION
Subtopic:   SASKATCHEWAN AND MANITOBA
Sub-subtopic:   FLOOD PREVENTION AND RECLAMATION
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LIB

Mr. McCubbin: (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

1. Yes, with a view to determining whether land can be reclaimed or flooding prevented.

2. Surveys not yet completed.

3. See answers to Nos. 1 and 2.

Topic:   PRAIRIE FARM REHABILITATION
Subtopic:   SASKATCHEWAN AND MANITOBA
Sub-subtopic:   FLOOD PREVENTION AND RECLAMATION
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MERCHANT MARINE

March 22, 1950