May 5, 1950

PRISONERS OF WAR

REFERENCE TO ANSWER TO QUESTION ON MAY 4

PC

George Randolph Pearkes

Progressive Conservative

Mr. G. R. Pearlces (Nanaimo):

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a question of privilege affecting myself and other members of the house. Yesterday I was informed that an answer had been given to a question I had placed on the order paper concerning Canadian prisoners of war. The question was in two parts. The first dealt with numbers and the second with the total man days Canadians had been detained.

The answer to the first part was complete, but the information I asked for in the second part was denied, the statement being made that this information could be obtained only by a review of each of the files of the 9,552 prisoners of war. Representations have been made to me and to other members of the house that Canadian prisoners of war be paid one dollar for each day of their internment, similar to the amount that it is claimed was paid in the United States. Without knowledge as to the total number of man days Canadians were detained, it is impossible to assess how practical this suggestion is. Therefore I would request that the question be replaced on the order paper, and that I be given the information I desire.

Topic:   PRISONERS OF WAR
Subtopic:   REFERENCE TO ANSWER TO QUESTION ON MAY 4
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TRADE AND COMMERCE

TABLING OF BOOKLETS PREPARED BY DEPARTMENT

LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, I should like to lay on the table two booklets prepared by the Department of Trade and Commerce, the first of which is entitled "Canadian Industrial Development Manual" and the second "Expand With Canada". These booklets were prepared for distribution abroad. The information contained therein is designed to assist foreign businessmen in the establishment of industries in this country, and also to further the expansion of the export trade to Canada. Hon. members may be interested in looking over these examples of Canadian publicity designed for our markets abroad.

Topic:   TRADE AND COMMERCE
Subtopic:   TABLING OF BOOKLETS PREPARED BY DEPARTMENT
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PUBLIC WORKS

UNEMPLOYMENT

LIB

George Prudham (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Resources and Development)

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, on May 1 the hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre (Mr. Knowles) inquired about the answers given to a set of questions asked by him. The answers appear at page 1569 of Hansard. The hon. member suggested that some of the answers are contradictory, and referred particularly to the answer to the second question. That question was:

When was this survey made, on what date were the results thereof reported, and to whom?

The answer given was:

From April to September, 1949. The results were summarized in the annual report of the Department of Reconstruction and Supply for the fiscal year ending March 31, 1949, page 506, tabled in parliament on November 14, 1949.

This answer is correct. However, I appreciate the point raised by the hon. member. The survey was made between the dates mentioned, which were after the end of the fiscal year covered by the report. Annual reports tabled by departments are prepared after the year has ended. By the time the report for the Department of Reconstruction and Supply had been prepared, the survey referred to was completed, and therefore a reference to it was made in the introduction to the report which was tabled on November 14, 1949.

Topic:   PUBLIC WORKS
Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT
Sub-subtopic:   SURVEY OF GOVERNMENT PROJECTS
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CCF

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

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

Mr. Knowles:

Should not that reference to the pages in the report be "pages 5 and 6" rather than "page 506"? It is only a sixteen-page booklet.

Topic:   PUBLIC WORKS
Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT
Sub-subtopic:   SURVEY OF GOVERNMENT PROJECTS
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LIB

George Prudham (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Resources and Development)

Liberal

Mr. Prudham:

It should be "pages 5 and 6" of the report.

Topic:   PUBLIC WORKS
Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT
Sub-subtopic:   SURVEY OF GOVERNMENT PROJECTS
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Donald MacInnis

Mr. Maclnnis:

I should like to ask the

Minister of Resources and Development a question arising out of the answer his parliamentary assistant gave to the hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre. He said that the report of the department for the fiscal year ending March 31, 1949, contained information with respect to a survey that had been made between April and September of that year. Is it understood that the reports of departments contain information beyond the dates which

Public Works

they are supposed to cover? This is a peculiar situation, and hon. members ought to be advised as to the facts.

Topic:   PUBLIC WORKS
Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT
Sub-subtopic:   SURVEY OF GOVERNMENT PROJECTS
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LIB

Robert Henry Winters (Minister of Resources and Development)

Liberal

Hon. Robert H. Winters (Minister of Resources and Development):

In his answer to the hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre the parliamentary assistant said clearly that the reference to the survey was made only in the introduction to the report for the year ending March 31, 1949.

Topic:   PUBLIC WORKS
Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT
Sub-subtopic:   SURVEY OF GOVERNMENT PROJECTS
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CCF

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

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

Mr. Knowles:

I should like to ask the Minister of Resources and Development to take a further look at this whole matter. I do not think the answers tally.

Topic:   PUBLIC WORKS
Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT
Sub-subtopic:   SURVEY OF GOVERNMENT PROJECTS
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COMMITTEES OF THE HOUSE

STANDING ORDERS-CONCURRENCE IN FIRST REPORT OF STANDING COMMITTEE

LIB

Matthew MacLean

Liberal

Mr. Matthew MacLean (Cape Breton North and Victoria) moved:

That the first report of the standing committee on standing orders, presented to the house on Wednesday, May 3, 1950, be concurred in.

Topic:   COMMITTEES OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   STANDING ORDERS-CONCURRENCE IN FIRST REPORT OF STANDING COMMITTEE
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Motion agreed to.


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