June 14, 1950

QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT

EMPLOYEES AT GANDER, NFLD.

CCF

Mr. Noseworihy:

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

1. How many employees has the Department of Transport at Gander, Newfoundland?

2. What kind of work do they perform?

3. How many hours a week do they work?

4. What is the hourly rate of wages in the several work categories?

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT
Subtopic:   EMPLOYEES AT GANDER, NFLD.
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COUNT JACQUES DE BERNONVILLE

IND

Mr. Gagnon:

Independent

1. Does the file relating to Major de Bernonville contain any evidence or information supplied by Jean Bradley, of Montreal?

2. Is the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, or the Department of Immigration, or any other agency of the federal government, in possession of any information on the said Jean Bradley?

3. If so, when was he admitted into Canada?

4. Is Jean Bradley his real name?

5. What is his nationality by birth?

6. Was he a member of the Red brigades during the Spanish civil war?

Topic:   COUNT JACQUES DE BERNONVILLE
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MOTIONS FOR PAPERS

CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS

PC

Joseph Warner Murphy

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Murphy:

For a copy of all contracts for the construction of the whole or any part of the Canadian National freight sheds at Point Edward, Ontario.

Motions for Papers

Topic:   MOTIONS FOR PAPERS
Subtopic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Sub-subtopic:   POINT EDWARD, ONT., FREIGHT SHEDS
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LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. Chevrier:

The information sought by

this motion is the same as that asked for in the question on the same subject that has just been dropped. Therefore I submit with deference that it should not pass, and perhaps the hon. member will consent to its withdrawal.

Topic:   MOTIONS FOR PAPERS
Subtopic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Sub-subtopic:   POINT EDWARD, ONT., FREIGHT SHEDS
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LIB

Elie Beauregard (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

Dropped.

Topic:   MOTIONS FOR PAPERS
Subtopic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Sub-subtopic:   POINT EDWARD, ONT., FREIGHT SHEDS
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S. S. "KINGSTON"

CCF

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

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

Mr. Knowles:

For a copy of all correspondence in the possession of the government relating to the sale of the former S.S. Kingston; also all correspondence relating to the refitting of this boat, also relating to any plans for putting it in operation again, including a copy of any correspondence protesting against putting this boat in operation again.

Topic:   S. S. "KINGSTON"
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LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. Chevrier:

The Department of Transport has no information on file regarding the sale of S.S. Kingston. If the ship had been sold, there would be a transfer of registry in the department, and there is no such transfer or no indication of a transfer. The information I have, and I cannot control it, is that the vessel at present is being broken up for scrap. Under the circumstances perhaps the hon. gentleman will withdraw his question.

Topic:   S. S. "KINGSTON"
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LIB

NIAGARA DIVERSION TREATY

CANADA-UNITED STATES APPROVAL OF RATIFI- CATION AND OF AGREEMENT BETWEEN CANADA AND ONTARIO

LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

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

That it is expedient that the houses of parliament do approve the ratification, without reservation, of the Niagara diversion treaty between Canada and the United States of America, signed at Washington on February 27, 1950, and do approve an agreement between Canada and Ontario with respect to the said Niagara diversion treaty, signed at Toronto on March 27, 1950, and that this house do approve same.

Topic:   NIAGARA DIVERSION TREATY
Subtopic:   CANADA-UNITED STATES APPROVAL OF RATIFI- CATION AND OF AGREEMENT BETWEEN CANADA AND ONTARIO
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PC

George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Drew:

Mr. Speaker, a situation has arisen which affects the privileges of and is a matter of great concern to all members of the house. The motion just moved, concerning which the minister will be explaining the subject matter to the house, is one of considerable importance, because it is more than just a question of the diversion of power water at Niagara. It relates to a proposal that the Prime Minister (Mr. St. Laurent) has very properly been pressing, the development of international power resources generally. In addition to this extremely important question, the next order of business involves probably the most important legislation that has been presented to the house during this session. Five committees are meeting today, three of them this morning. Without raising

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Niagara Diversion Treaty any question at the moment about the circumstances which have led to this congestion of business, I submit that, while in respect to certain matters coming before' us it is relatively easy to allocate to a limited number of members the task of dealing with them, the two resolutions I have mentioned are of such importance that every member should be permitted to be in the house to hear the explanations of the ministers concerned, and to take such part in the debates as may be regarded as appropriate.

With three committees actually called to meet at the present time, namely, banking and commerce, public accounts and radio broadcasting, and with others to meet later today, I submit that on subjects of this kind it is almost an affront to our responsibility as members that we should be called upon to leave the chamber when discussion of them is about to take place. Therefore I hope the house will concur in the motion I present that meetings of all committees be suspended until this afternoon.

Topic:   NIAGARA DIVERSION TREATY
Subtopic:   CANADA-UNITED STATES APPROVAL OF RATIFI- CATION AND OF AGREEMENT BETWEEN CANADA AND ONTARIO
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. Fournier (Hull):

I have no objection to the suggestion, but it is a matter for the committees themselves. We have no authority in that regard. We would be ready to agree to it.

Topic:   NIAGARA DIVERSION TREATY
Subtopic:   CANADA-UNITED STATES APPROVAL OF RATIFI- CATION AND OF AGREEMENT BETWEEN CANADA AND ONTARIO
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June 14, 1950