June 13, 1950

RADIO BROADCASTING

SECOND REPORT OF SPECIAL COMMITTEE


Second report of special committee on radio broadcasting.-Mr. Maybank.


REFERENCE OF CERTAIN ESTIMATES TO COMMITTEE OF SUPPLY

LIB

Alphonse Fournier (Minister of Public Works; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Hon. Alphonse Fournier (Minister of Public Works) moved:

That votes 267 and 268 of the main estimates 195051, approved and reported upon by the special committee on radio broadcasting this day, be referred back to the committee of supply.

Topic:   REFERENCE OF CERTAIN ESTIMATES TO COMMITTEE OF SUPPLY
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Motion agreed to.


EUROPEAN ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION ACCEPTANCE BY CANADA OF INVITATION TO ESTABLISH WORKING RELATIONSHIP

LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Hon. L. B. Pearson (Secretary of State for External Affairs):

I wish to lay on the table two copies of the text of the invitation from the secretary general of the organization for European economic co-operation, inviting the Canadian government to become associated with the work of that body, and the text of Canada's acceptance of this invitation.

Topic:   REFERENCE OF CERTAIN ESTIMATES TO COMMITTEE OF SUPPLY
Subtopic:   EUROPEAN ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION ACCEPTANCE BY CANADA OF INVITATION TO ESTABLISH WORKING RELATIONSHIP
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JAPANESE PROPERTY

LIB

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

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, consequent upon a number of complaints of Canadian citizens of Japanese origin who resided in British Columbia in 1941 that their real and personal property had been disposed of by the custodian of alien enemy property at prices less than the fair market value, the government, as soon as possible after the cessation of hostilities, by order in council P.C. 1810 dated July 18, 1947, as amended, appointed Mr. Justice H. I. Bird of the appellate division of the Supreme Court of British Columbia as a royal commissioner under the Inquiries Act to conduct an inquiry. Mr. Justice Bird's report was received in due course and I am tabling it now.

The government will provide compensation totalling $1,222,829.16 in accordance 55946-224i

with those of the commissioner's recommendations which fall within the terms of reference. For this purpose it will bring down, at the present session, a supplementary estimate.

The commissioner also felt it incumbent upon him to deal with several claims which, strictly speaking, were outside the terms of reference and which he has dealt with in sixteen special reports. The government intends to carefully consider these special claims and the commissioner's special reports are before the treasury board for this purpose at the present time. These claims total approximately $150,000.

I wish at this stage publicly to express to Mr. Justice Bird the government's appreciation of the service rendered by him during the two years and four months which he has devoted exclusively to this important work, carried through, as it has been, in the most painstaking and comprehensive manner.

Mr. Justice Bird's report dealt with a total of 1,434 claims relating to residential, farm and business properties; household effects; agricultural tools and equipment; stock in trade and trade fixtures; fishing vessels, gear and nets and motorcars and trucks, which had been vested in the custodian and had been sold by him. These claims related to 7,086 parcels of real and personal property, and involved filing of 8,996 exhibits. After a number of claims had been rejected and withdrawn, the report finally recommends payment to 1,300 Canadians of Japanese origin of various amounts totalling $1,222,829.16.

Having regard to these facts, and also to the difficulties encountered in eliciting the necessary information from many claimants who were not familiar with the English language, the monumental nature of the task with which the commissioner was faced at once becomes apparent. Only his unlimited patience and clear thought have made possible the report which reflects so much credit upon himself.

In his report Mr. Justice Bird makes complimentary references to the good faith and sincerity with which the custodian of alien property discharged his duties. He also pays tribute to the efficient and co-operative manner in which counsel for the claimants and for the commission carried out their duties, and it is quite apparent that without

Inquiries of the Ministry such co-operation, the report which is now being tabled could not have been as good as it is.

Topic:   REFERENCE OF CERTAIN ESTIMATES TO COMMITTEE OF SUPPLY
Subtopic:   JAPANESE PROPERTY
Sub-subtopic:   REPORT OF MR. JUSTICE BIRD ON CLAIMS WITH RESPECT TO PROPERTIES SOLD BY CUSTODIAN
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PC

Donald Methuen Fleming

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Fleming:

Does the report of the commissioner the minister has tabled include also the sixteen reports the minister indicates are now before treasury board relating to matters outside the scope of the report?

Topic:   REFERENCE OF CERTAIN ESTIMATES TO COMMITTEE OF SUPPLY
Subtopic:   JAPANESE PROPERTY
Sub-subtopic:   REPORT OF MR. JUSTICE BIRD ON CLAIMS WITH RESPECT TO PROPERTIES SOLD BY CUSTODIAN
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. Garson:

No, it does not. As I indicated in my statement, these are simply communications to the government apart altogether from the terms of reference.

Topic:   REFERENCE OF CERTAIN ESTIMATES TO COMMITTEE OF SUPPLY
Subtopic:   JAPANESE PROPERTY
Sub-subtopic:   REPORT OF MR. JUSTICE BIRD ON CLAIMS WITH RESPECT TO PROPERTIES SOLD BY CUSTODIAN
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PC

Donald Methuen Fleming

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Fleming:

Will the government consider tabling those also?

Topic:   REFERENCE OF CERTAIN ESTIMATES TO COMMITTEE OF SUPPLY
Subtopic:   JAPANESE PROPERTY
Sub-subtopic:   REPORT OF MR. JUSTICE BIRD ON CLAIMS WITH RESPECT TO PROPERTIES SOLD BY CUSTODIAN
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. Garson:

When we have had an opportunity to consider them with treasury board, and to dispose of them, we shall be glad to consider tabling them.

Topic:   REFERENCE OF CERTAIN ESTIMATES TO COMMITTEE OF SUPPLY
Subtopic:   JAPANESE PROPERTY
Sub-subtopic:   REPORT OF MR. JUSTICE BIRD ON CLAIMS WITH RESPECT TO PROPERTIES SOLD BY CUSTODIAN
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FEED GRAINS

FREIGHT ASSISTANCE


On the order for motions: High! Hon. J. G. Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture): At yesterday's sitting the hon. member for Souris (Mr. Ross) commented on a return which had been made to an order of the house, dated May 3, 1950, with respect to freight assistance on western feed grain. It would appear that the hon. member wished to obtain a list of the companies to whom freight assistance payments were made in 1948 and 1949, together with the actual amounts paid. Through a misunderstanding of the question this information was not supplied, [DOT] In the public accounts for 1948-49 all freight assistance payments in excess of $5,000 were listed. Some items from these lists were placed on Hansard by the hon. member. In the forthcoming public accounts for 1949-50 similar lists will be published. The comptroller of the treasury has furnished the appropriate copy sheets for the public accounts, and these are now being tabled for the information of the hon. member. I am requesting the hon. member to note that the information is not complete, because only payments of $5,000 and more are listed. Payments of less than $5,000 were made to 167 companies. These can be produced if the hon. member wishes, but some time will be required to prepare the list. One further point might be noted, and that is that the reports are for the fiscal years, not calendar years. To classify the payments by calendar years would require some time, and would delay the presentation of the information.



The list of companies to whom freight assistance payments in excess of $5,000 on western feed grain were made in 1949-50 is lengthy, and to obviate the necessity of reading it I would request the permission of the house to table the list to be added to the return.


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Some hon. Members:

Agreed.

Topic:   FEED GRAINS
Subtopic:   FREIGHT ASSISTANCE
Sub-subtopic:   PAYMENTS OF $5,000 OR MORE, FISCAL YEAR 1949-50
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June 13, 1950