May 24, 1950

LIB

Mr. Garson: (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

1. No.

2. Answered by No. 1.

3. No district court judges can be appointed until the Judges Act is amended to provide the salaries. A bill will be submitted to amend the Judges Act by providing salaries for five judges.

4. Answered by No. 3.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   NEWFOUNDLAND
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MIGRATORY BIRDS CONVENTION ACT

CCF

Mr. Gillis:

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

1. What is the maximum penalty provided by the Migratory Birds Convention Act for infractions of its regulations?

2. What is the heaviest penalty paid under this act in Canada in the past five years?

3. How many convictions have been secured in Canada under this act during the past five years, with names of offenders and fines paid, by provinces?

4. Have any fines been remitted to offenders during the past five years by order in council or under instructions from any official of the responsible department?

5. Have any representations requesting the remission of fines imposed been received from any (a) members of parliament; (b) members of any provincial legislatures; (c) other particular body that might endeavour to pressure the government in this respect?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   MIGRATORY BIRDS CONVENTION ACT
Sub-subtopic:   REMISSION OF FINES
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. Prudham:

On behalf of the Minister of Resources and Development I should like to table the answer to this question with the exception of part of section 3 which asks for the names of persons who have been convicted under the act. I have consulted with the hon. member for Cape Breton South (Mr. Gillis) and he has agreed to withdraw that part of the question on the condition that the list is made available to him or any other hon. member wishing to see it.

The answers follow:

1. The maximum penalty provided by the Migratory Birds Convention Act for infraction of its regulations is a fine of $300, or

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imprisonment for a term of six months, or 2. Where are these houses located by provinces?

both fine and imprisonment as stated. 3- what was the cost Per 111111 for each erouP?

2. The heaviest fine imposed under the Mr. Prudham: The department was unable above act in Canada from April 1, 1945, to to get complete answers to this question, but March 31, 1950, according to the records of such information as is available has been the department, was $100. In many cases the forwarded to the hon, member for St. John's imposition of a fine was accompanied by for- West, and he has agreed to drop the question, feiture of weapons and equipment. The Question dropped, records place no specific value on the goods

confiscated. rates for carrying of freight by trucks

3. From April 1, 1945, to March 31, 1950, departmental records show that 579 convictions were secured under the Migratory Birds Convention Act, distributed territorially as follows: Prince Edward Island, 47; Nova Scotia, 66; New Brunswick, 52; Ontario, 77; Quebec, 250; Manitoba, 8; Saskatchewan, 59; Alberta, 11; British Columbia, 7; Yukon Territory, 2.

In some cases the same person was convicted on the same day of more than one offence, with separate penalties being imposed; such convictions are recorded separately. The names of the offenders are not being tabled with this return, but the list is available to any member wishing to see it. The figures quoted include only convictions secured on information laid by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and do not include convictions secured on information laid by provincial game officers holding the appointment of game officers ex officio under the act. It is not the practice of provincial authorities to report such cases to the federal government.

4. Departmental records indicate that only one fine of $10 imposed for infractions of the Migratory Birds Convention Act has been remitted to an offender during the last five years. Evidence submitted to the Department of Justice after conviction was that a provincial game officer had previously given this offender incorrect information regarding the boundaries of a bird sanctuary in question, and that he had been apprehended while he believed, in accordance with that information, that he was outside the bird sanctuary. On the strength of this evidence his Excellency the Governor General requested that the fine be remitted.

5. No representations requesting remission of fines, other than the one mentioned, imposed under the Migratory Birds Convention Act, have been received by this department during the period since April 1, 1945, from any person or organization.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   MIGRATORY BIRDS CONVENTION ACT
Sub-subtopic:   REMISSION OF FINES
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HOUSING

PC

Mr. Browne (St. John's West):

Progressive Conservative

1. How many houses have been built by co-operative groups during each of the years 1946 to 1949?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   HOUSING
Sub-subtopic:   CONSTRUCTION BY CO-OPERATIVE GROUPS
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SC

Mr. Hansell:

Social Credit

1. Who is responsible for determining rates for carrying freight by truck within each of the provinces?

2. Who is responsible for determining rates for interprovincial freight by trucks?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   HOUSING
Sub-subtopic:   CONSTRUCTION BY CO-OPERATIVE GROUPS
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LIB

Mr. Chevrier: (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

1. Each province has full jurisdiction over intraprovincial traffic on provincial highways.

2. The federal government has claimed the right to exercise jurisdiction over interprovincial highway traffic, but this claim has been disputed by certain provinces.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   HOUSING
Sub-subtopic:   CONSTRUCTION BY CO-OPERATIVE GROUPS
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LEGAL SERVICES

LIB

Mr. Conacher:

Liberal

1. What was the result of the case of Paul C. Gilbert, sued by the crown on October 27,. 1949?

2. What amounts were paid to Douglas McNish and D. W. H. Henry as legal fees?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   LEGAL SERVICES
Sub-subtopic:   DOUGLAS MCNISH AND D. W. H. HENRY
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LIB

Mr. Garson: (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

1. No decision has been given.

2. No legal fees have been paid.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   LEGAL SERVICES
Sub-subtopic:   DOUGLAS MCNISH AND D. W. H. HENRY
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TAX AGREEMENT WITH NEWFOUNDLAND

PC

Mr. Browne (St. John's West):

Progressive Conservative

1. What amounts of money have been paid to the government of the province of Newfoundland since April 1, 1949, by virtue of the recent tax agreement?

2. On what dates were these payments, and what amount on each occasion?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   TAX AGREEMENT WITH NEWFOUNDLAND
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LIB

James Sinclair (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance)

Liberal

Mr. Sinclair:

1 and 2. $4,859,747.46, on March 29, 1950.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   TAX AGREEMENT WITH NEWFOUNDLAND
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ESPIONAGE-NOTEBOOK OF KLAUS FUCHS

PC

Mr. Fulton:

Progressive Conservative

1. Have the Royal Canadian Mounted Police been able to identify all of the 150 persons then resident in Canada, listed in the notebook found as a result of the espionage investigations of 1945 and 1946, containing the name of Klaus Fuchs?

2. If not, how many have they been able to identify?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   ESPIONAGE-NOTEBOOK OF KLAUS FUCHS
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. Garson:

The notebook referred to in the hon. member's question was in fact a pocket address book containing, as the question indicates, the names of 150 persons then resident in Canada. It formed only one item of many thousands of documents seized in the searches made in conjunction with the

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arrest of the spy suspects in 1946. In this mass of material so seized there were many such notebooks, also desk calendars, memo pads, telephone finders, mailing lists, etc., which contained thousands of names, addresses, telephone numbers and miscellaneous entries. All this material was carefully examined, including the notebook in question.

The list of the 150 names referred to was carefully checked to ascertain which of these 150 names, if any, were those of persons who could be suspected of espionage or subversive activity. It was found that a limited number of the persons named belonged to either or both of these groups. In all such cases where positive identification proved possible, the entries were then related to and dealt with on the appropriate investigation files. As some of these investigations are still current, it will be appreciated that it would not be desirable to specify the number of persons identified.

The majority of the entries in this notebook, however, refer to professional people and others of good repute whose loyalty is beyond question.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   ESPIONAGE-NOTEBOOK OF KLAUS FUCHS
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James Ross Fulton

Mr. Fulfon:

How many of the 150 Canadians listed in the notebook found as a result of the espionage investigations of 1945 and 1946 and containing the name of Klaus Fuchs (a) have been in the employ of the dominion government at any time since June, 1945; (b) are now in the employ of the dominion government?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   ESPIONAGE-NOTEBOOK OF KLAUS FUCHS
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. Garson:

This question cannot be

answered with precision in view of the time covered by (a) and the vagueness of the identifying data available in the notebook. It can be said, however, that the number involved was small. With the exception of two persons who appeared before the royal commission on espionage and subsequently relinquished their positions, there can be no reflection upon the loyalty of the other government employees identified.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   ESPIONAGE-NOTEBOOK OF KLAUS FUCHS
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NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL

May 24, 1950