April 27, 1950

LIB

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

Liberal

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

I wish to thank the hon. member for having given me notice of his question. May I say

first of all that one of the alleged facts upon which the hon. member's question is based is incorrect. The announcement to which he refers was not a joint statement, but one issued solely by the attorney general of British Columbia, as is clear from its opening sentence.

My hon. friend asks whether the federal government considers this Doukhobor situation a state of civil insurrection. There has been no occasion for the federal government to form an opinion on this point. The point has never been discussed between the attorney general of British Columbia and myself, and it will be noticed that in his press statement there is no allegation that the problem in question amounts to civil insurrection. Such recognition is not necessary to the planning or working out of this joint program. It has been possible for us to co-operate in an effective way without any consideration of this point.

As the statement by the Hon. Mr. Wismer indicates, we supplied Mr. F. G. Mead, a former high officer in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, as a member of a two-man committee "to advise the British Columbia government as to the action necessary to stop these crimes"-and when I use these words I am quoting from Hon. Mr. Wismer's statement. That is to say, Mr. Mead was to advise on the law enforcement aspect of the Doukhobor problem in British Columbia, which is a provincial responsibility.

At the same time Mr. Mead was to act as an adviser to our government on the custodial care of the Doukhobors in the federal penitentiaries, which is our federal responsibility. So acting he will be a liaison between the two governments to assist in harmonizing and co-ordinating provincial actions on law enforcement and federal actions with regard to the custodial care of Doukhobor prisoners in federal penitentiaries.

In this way we are managing, on a friendly and co-operative basis, to achieve a very considerable measure of co-ordination in our respective efforts. This I think will be further assisted by the fact that the British Columbia government has taken power to enter into a contract with this government to have the Royal Canadian Mounted Police look after the policing work of the province of British Columbia, as that force has been doing successfully in several other provinces for some years past.

Topic:   DOUKHOBORS
Subtopic:   UNLAWFUL ACTS IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
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PC

Howard Charles Green

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Green:

May I ask the minister when that contract comes into effect-in other words, when the mounted police will be taking over?

Topic:   DOUKHOBORS
Subtopic:   UNLAWFUL ACTS IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. Garson:

The contract is in process of negotiation at the present time, and the answer to the hon. member's question will depend upon the course of those negotiations and upon the length of time it will take to deal with all the necessary preliminary matters in an arrangement of this kind which will determine when the contract will be in effect.

Topic:   DOUKHOBORS
Subtopic:   UNLAWFUL ACTS IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
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PC

Howard Charles Green

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Green:

It will be some months yet?

Topic:   DOUKHOBORS
Subtopic:   UNLAWFUL ACTS IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. Garson:

Yes.

Topic:   DOUKHOBORS
Subtopic:   UNLAWFUL ACTS IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
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FLOOR PRICES

QUESTION AS TO ARRANGEMENTS WITH CANADIAN BEEKEEPERS COUNCIL


On the orders of the day:


PC

Harry Oliver White

Progressive Conservative

Mr. H. O. White (Middlesex East):

I should like to ask a question of the Minister of Agriculture. What arrangements have been made between the Canadian beekeepers council and the agricultural prices support board as to a floor price for the 1949 honey crop; and what are the agreed upon floor prices, if any?

Topic:   FLOOR PRICES
Subtopic:   QUESTION AS TO ARRANGEMENTS WITH CANADIAN BEEKEEPERS COUNCIL
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LIB

James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Right Hon. J. G. Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture):

The honey council has not asked me for floor prices on honey this year. I have discussed with them the possibility of an advertising campaign, but beyond that I have not had discussions with them.

Topic:   FLOOR PRICES
Subtopic:   QUESTION AS TO ARRANGEMENTS WITH CANADIAN BEEKEEPERS COUNCIL
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INDIANS

AREA NORTHWEST OF CHURCHILL


On the orders of the day:


CCF

William Scottie Bryce

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

Mr. William Bryce (Selkirk):

I should like to ask a question of the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. Can the minister tell the house what steps are being taken to supply food to the Indians three hundred miles northwest of Churchill, who are on the verge of starvation?

Topic:   INDIANS
Subtopic:   AREA NORTHWEST OF CHURCHILL
Sub-subtopic:   QUESTION AS TO FOOD SUPPLY
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LIB

Walter Edward Harris (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration)

Liberal

Hon. W. E. Harris (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration):

I received notice of

this question only as I entered the chamber, and I am asking for a report. However, I believe I can answer by stating that I am not aware that there are any Indians facing starvation at the present time. My department keeps a very close eye on them, and looks after them better than that.

Topic:   INDIANS
Subtopic:   AREA NORTHWEST OF CHURCHILL
Sub-subtopic:   QUESTION AS TO FOOD SUPPLY
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CCF

William Scottie Bryce

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

Mr. Bryce:

May I tell the minister that one of the army medical officers has reported Indians as being in that condition.

27. 1950 1931

Inquiries of the Ministry LABOUR CONDITIONS

Topic:   INDIANS
Subtopic:   AREA NORTHWEST OF CHURCHILL
Sub-subtopic:   QUESTION AS TO FOOD SUPPLY
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PRINTING BUREAU EMPLOYEES

OPPORTUNITY TO APPEAR BEFORE PRINTING COMMITTEE


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Stanley Howard Knowles (Whip of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation)

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

Mr. Stanley Knowles (Winnipeg North Centre):

I should like to ask a question of the Secretary of State (Mr. Bradley). I realize that his absence is due to illness; however, I sent notice to his office in the hope that some minister would answer it. Has the Secretary of State received a request from the Ottawa typographical union for an opportunity to appear before the committee of the house on printing to deal with matters of concern to employees of the printing bureau? If so, will the Secretary of State consider making arrangements for a meeting of that committee so that this request can be granted?

Topic:   PRINTING BUREAU EMPLOYEES
Subtopic:   OPPORTUNITY TO APPEAR BEFORE PRINTING COMMITTEE
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April 27, 1950