April 21, 1950

COMMITTEES OF THE HOUSE

RAILWAYS AND SHIPPING


Mr. Hughes Cleaver (Hallon) presented the third report of the special committee on railways and shipping owned, operated and controlled by the government, and moved that the report be concurred in. Motion agreed to.


EXTERNAL AFFAIRS


Mr. J. A. Bradette (Cochrane) presented the first report of the standing committee on external affairs, and moved that the report be concurred in. Motion agreed to.


BANKING AND COMMERCE-EXTERNAL AFFAIRS RAILWAYS, CANALS AND TELEGRAPH LINES- CHANGES IN PERSONNEL

LIB-PRO

William Gilbert Weir (Chief Government Whip; Whip of the Liberal Party)

Liberal Progressive

Mr. W. G. Weir (Porlage-Neepawa) moved:

That the name of Mr. Byrne be substituted for that of Mr. Laing on the standing committee on banking and commerce.

That the name of Mr. Goode be substituted for that of Mr. Laing on the standing committee on external affairs.

That the name of Mr. Smith (Calgary West) be substituted for that of Mr. Black (Cumberland); that the name of Mr. Pearkes be substituted for that of Mr. Murphy; that the name of Mr. Higgins be substituted for that of Mr. Hatfield, and that the name of Mr. Harkness be substituted for that of Mr. McLure, on the standing committee on railways, canals and telegraph lines.

Topic:   COMMITTEES OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   BANKING AND COMMERCE-EXTERNAL AFFAIRS RAILWAYS, CANALS AND TELEGRAPH LINES- CHANGES IN PERSONNEL
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Motion agreed to.


TRADE AND COMMERCE

PUBLIC AND PRIVATE INVESTMENT IN CANADA

LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, I desire to lay on the table a report issued by the Department of Trade and Commerce entitled, "Public and Private Investment in Canada, Outlook 1950", as well as a report issued by the same department entitled, "Supply of Building Materials in Canada, Outlook 1950".

Topic:   TRADE AND COMMERCE
Subtopic:   PUBLIC AND PRIVATE INVESTMENT IN CANADA
Sub-subtopic:   SUPPLY OF BUILDING MATERIALS
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BANKRUPTCY ACT

STATEMENT AS TO PROBABLE DATE OF PROCLAMATION

LIB

Stuart Sinclair Garson (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Hon. Stuart S. Garson (Minister of Justice):

On April 17 the member for Eglinton (Mr. Fleming) asked a question as to when the Bankruptcy Act, 1949, would be proclaimed. At that time I said the matter was under consideration with the new superintendent of bankruptcy, and that an announcement would be made in due course. I should like to make that announcement now.

The Bankruptcy Act, 1949, received royal assent on December 10, 1949. Since that time the bankruptcy branch of the Department of Justice has been engaged in the preparation of a draft of general rules to be made by the governor in council under the act. This draft consists of a large number of rules, tariff items and forms. All the official receivers and registrars in bankruptcy were asked in December, 1949, for their comments and suggestions in connection with this draft, and replies are still being received from them. On April 13 last copies of this draft were sent to certain bankruptcy court judges and officials who were requested to let the superintendent of bankruptcy have their comments before May 1 next.

Various interested parties and organizations have made representations concerning these rules, which have raised questions of policy which will have to be settled before the final form of the rules is decided upon. When the general rules have been settled and have been passed by the governor in council, we propose to have them printed and distributed to all the trustees and to officials of the bankruptcy courts in sufficient time for these officials to familiarize themselves with the act and the rules before the act is proclaimed.

At the present time we consider that the earliest date on which it would be appropriate to proclaim the Bankruptcy Act, 1949, would be July 1, 1950.

Topic:   BANKRUPTCY ACT
Subtopic:   STATEMENT AS TO PROBABLE DATE OF PROCLAMATION
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STEAMSHIP INSPECTION


REGULATIONS TO IMPLEMENT KELLOCK REPORT ON "noronic" DISASTER


LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Hon. Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport):

On December 8 last, Mr. Speaker, I indicated to the house that the recommendations of the commissioner in the investigation

Steamship Inspection

of the Noronic disaster would be incorporated in the regulations of the steamship inspection service of the Department of Transport. On my instructions, departmental officers immediately applied themselves to this task, and late in December proposed regulations incorporating the recommendations of the commissioner were circulated to all ship owners to whom the new regulations would apply. Since the beginning of the year the steamship inspection board has had occasion to meet with representatives of the industry, not only in Ottawa but also on the Pacific coast.

It is the right of the public to demand reasonable protection when travelling by ship, and after most serious consideration, and on the advice of the board of steamship inspection and other officers of my department, it was decided to use the international convention for the safety of life at sea as a guide in the preparation of regulations to implement the Kellock report.

The convention to which I refer was held in London in 1948. It was composed of technical experts of almost all the maritime nations of the world, and I am sure no recognized authority would assert that the provisions of this convention do not afford the protection to which the public is entitled.

The recommendations made by the commissioner are to be implemented as far as conditions will permit. On existing ships the period of time between now and the placing of these ships in commission is too short to allow complete compliance with all the regulations; however, the principal requirements will be implemented and as 'many of the others as time will permit. No passenger ship will be allowed to enter into service without complying with the new regulations to the extent which is practicable.

Several ship owners have already taken steps to implement many of the commissioner's recommendations. One firm on the Pacific coast has had fire-resisting bulkheads and several other additional items of equipment fitted in one of its ships, and arrangements are being made for similar changes on another of their vessels. An eastern company operating on the St. Lawrence river and great lakes has arranged, before placing four of its ships in commission this summer, to have fire-resisting bulkheads, a partial sprinkling system, public address system, fire detection system, fire alarm system and manually supervised patrol system fitted throughout each of its four ships.

In the application of the regulations, care will be taken to avoid the necessity of curtailment of services. Decisions in these matters

will, consistent with safety, be made by the board of steamship inspection and not by any individual steamship inspector.

In all forms of passenger transportation, be it by air, rail, or water, there is always, of course, an element of hazard, and conditions are and will continue to be frequently reviewed in order to limit these hazards as much as possible. I am satisfied that passengers on board Canadian ships will be receiving a much greater amount of protection under the new regulations. These have been approved by order in council P.C, 1896, of April 12, 1950, copy of which I now table.

Topic:   STEAMSHIP INSPECTION
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PC

Howard Charles Green

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Green:

Will there not be an opportunity for the members of the house to give consideration to these regulations? As the minister will recall, I suggested that some weeks ago. As yet we have had no chance to see these regulations. It was my understanding that we would be given an opportunity to review them. There is also involved the question of amendments to the Canada Shipping Act. Are there to be any amendments at this session? Can the minister answer these two questions?

Topic:   STEAMSHIP INSPECTION
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LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. Chevrier:

With reference to the first question, may I say there will be ample opportunity, as I indicated heretofore, for discussion of the steamship regulations.

Topic:   STEAMSHIP INSPECTION
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April 21, 1950