June 21, 1950

CCF

Mr. Thatcher:

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

1. Has the Department of Health and Welfare received requests from hospital associations asking for changes in the hospital construction grant formula?

2. H so, how many, and what are the names of each association and the change or changes suggested by each of them?

Topic:   HEALTH GRANTS-HOSPITAL CONSTRUCTION
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LIB

Mr. Martin: (Minister of National Health and Welfare)

Liberal

1. Yes.

2. 6.

Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities:

Claimed that the present grant formula restricting federal contribution to $1,000 and $1,500 per bed, with the proviso that the grant shall not exceed one-third of the total cost, is unsuited to the needs of the province in that it requires, for full utilization of the grant, additional bed construction at an annual rate in excess of financial capacity of the province.

Recommended a more flexible formula by removing these specific references to net increase in beds and permitting the matching of provincial grants without restriction in the maximum federal contribution.

Recommended that the range of qualifying expenditures be broadened to include nurses' quarters, nurses' training facilities, laboratories, X-ray departments, and other facilities essential to modern and efficient services. Saskatchewan Urban Muncipalities Association:

Resolution passed at annual convention of Urban Municipalities Association, and forwarded to Paul Martin on October 19, 1949:

"Whereas under an order in council P.C. 3403, pertaining to the federal policy of grants to hospitals, as recommended by the Minister of National Health and Welfare under section 4B whereby grants are made for increasing the bed capacity, with no provision for auxiliary hospital buildings or replacing of buildings condemned by the provincial department of public health;

"Therefore be it resolved that the Minister of National Health and Welfare give consideration to including in order in council P.C. 3403, section 4B, grants for replacement of auxiliary hospital buildings and buildings condemned by the department of public health as outlined above, and further that the

federal government be requested to increase the grants per bed in order to meet cost of construction."

Manitoba Hospital Association:

Recommended that in cases where hospital buildings are demolished and replaced by new hospital construction, grants made under such circumstances include all beds constructed and not net bed gain only.

Requested that the possibility of setting aside some of the grant for training of hospital personnel be explored.

Recommended that grants be made for construction of additional nurses' beds on the same basis as set forth in the regulations for patients' beds, and that in the case of other facilities, grants be made on a square foot basis similar to the provision for health units.

Associated Hospitals of Alberta:

Resolution passed at the 1949 convention of the Associated Hospitals of Alberta, and forwarded to Hon. Paul Martin on November 22, 1949:

"Whereas some hospitals are discouraged from modernizing their hospitals by building auxiliary services or are loath to build to increase the number of beds when the hospital construction grants are to apply only to the net increase in the number of hospital beds;

"And whereas an increase in the number of hospital beds also means an increase in all service departments, including nurses' homes, boiler plants, etc;

"And whereas lack of adequate accommodation for nurses tends to decrease the number of nurses in training and to prevent some hospitals from getting an adequate staff of nurses;

"Therefore be it resolved that we petition the dominion government to extend hospital construction grants to all phases of general hospital construction, and particularly for nurses' home construction."

Maritime Hospital Association:

Resolution passed at the annual meeting of the Maritime Hospital Association, and forwarded to Hon. Paul Martin on September 19, 1949:

"Whereas the federal health plan aims to provide adequate hospitalization for patients requiring it, and

"Whereas it is absolutely necessary to have nurses to care for the patients hospitalized under this plan, and

"Whereas it is impossible for municipalities to pay the complete cost of erecting nurses' residences:

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"Be it resolved that the Maritime Hospital Association make representation to the provincial and federal departments concerned with a view to having the present construction grants extended to include construction of any and all buildings necessary for the proper maintenance of a hospital unit and with particular reference to nurses' residences."

Canadian Hospital Council:

Recommended use of the grant for construction of accommodation for nurses in training.

Topic:   HEALTH GRANTS-HOSPITAL CONSTRUCTION
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CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS

NEWFOUNDLAND

PC

Mr. Higgins:

Progressive Conservative

1. Have plans been made by the Canadian National Railways to purchase any rolling stock for that part of its system situated in Newfoundland?

2. If so, for what rolling stock?

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   NEWFOUNDLAND
Sub-subtopic:   ROLLING STOCK
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LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. Chevrier:

The Canadian National Railways advise as follows:

1. Yes.

2. Mail cars, 3; Baggage cars, 3; Express refrigerators, 10; Sleeping cars, 6; Automobile cars, 25; Boxcars, 60; Air dump cars, 20; Jordan spreader, 1; 50-ton locomotive crane, 1.

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   NEWFOUNDLAND
Sub-subtopic:   ROLLING STOCK
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WAGE EARNERS AND UNEMPLOYED, 1931-49

CCF

Mr. Jones:

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

1. What was the estimated total number of wage earners in Canada, in each year from 1931 to 1949?

2. What was the number of unemployed in Canada for each of the above years?

Topic:   WAGE EARNERS AND UNEMPLOYED, 1931-49
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LIB

Mr. Mitchell: (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

1. Number of wage and salary workers in Canada for each year from 1931 to 1949:

1931 2,573,000

1932 2,498,000

1933 2,398,000

1934 2,570,000

1935 2,518,000

1936 2,559,000

1937 2,680,000

1938 2,704,000

1939 2,724,000

1940 2,768,000

1941 2,817,000

1942 3,102,000

1943 3,237,000

1944 3,251,000

1945 3,206,000

1946 3,104,000

1947 3,233,000

1948 3,364,000

1949 3,496,000

The data for the years 1940 and 1942-1945 inclusive are approximations only based on "the best available information. All figures refer to June of each year.

2. Number of unemployed in Canada for each year from 1931 to 1949:

1931 440,000

1932 627,000

1933 681,000

1934 524,000

1935 509,000

1936 458,000

1937 327,000

1938 400,000

1939 395,000

1940 450,000

1941 200,000

1942 130,000

1943 75,000

1944 60,000

1945 70,000

1946 126,000

1947 91,000

1948 82,000

1949 103,000

Prior to 1940, the above data only refer to unemployed persons who usually worked for wages and salary. Thus, certain groups of unemployed persons, such as young people seeking jobs for the first time, are excluded. Figures for the years 1940 to 1945 inclusive are approximations based on the best available information. Data for the remaining years are based on a sample labour force survey conducted by the dominion bureau of statistics. All figures refer to June of each year.

Topic:   WAGE EARNERS AND UNEMPLOYED, 1931-49
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MACAULAY, NICOLLS, MAITLAND BUILDING, VANCOUVER, B.C.

PC

Mr. Green:

Progressive Conservative

1. From what persons, firms and corporations were tenders received for alterations for various government departments in the Macaulay. Nicolls, Maitland building, Howe and Hastings streets, Vancouver, British Columbia, as called for by advertisement dated on or about May 12, 1950?

2. To what persons, firms and corporations were blue prints and specifications of the work supplied?

3. What were the amounts set out in the different tenders as the price for doing such work?

Topic:   MACAULAY, NICOLLS, MAITLAND BUILDING, VANCOUVER, B.C.
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LIB

Mr. Fournier (Hull): (Minister of Public Works; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

1. G. D. McLean and Associates Ltd., M. Kampferer; Dawson & Hall Ltd.

2. Dawson & Hall Ltd., Vancouver; Jarvis Electric Co., Vancouver; M. Kampferer, Vancouver; G. D. McLean and Associates Ltd., Vancouver; Nova Electric Ltd., Vancouver; C. J. Oliver & Son, Vancouver.

3. G. D. McLean and Associates Ltd., $21,669; M. Kampferer, $27,741; Dawson & Hall Ltd., $29,800.

Topic:   MACAULAY, NICOLLS, MAITLAND BUILDING, VANCOUVER, B.C.
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ABBOTSFORD, B.C., POST OFFICE

PC

Mr. Green:

Progressive Conservative

1. Has a contract been let for the construction of a post office building at Abbotsford, British

Columbia?

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2. If so, to what firm?

3. At what price?

Topic:   ABBOTSFORD, B.C., POST OFFICE
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LIB

Mr. Fournier (Hull): (Minister of Public Works; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

1. Yes.

2. Allan & Viner Construction Company Limited.

3. $102,000.

Topic:   ABBOTSFORD, B.C., POST OFFICE
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LADNER, B.C., POST OFFICE

PC

Mr. Green:

Progressive Conservative

1. Has the government purchased a site for a post office at Ladner, British Columbia?

2. If so, as of what date, and from whom was it purchased?

3. What was the price of such site?

4. Were any valuations of the site obtained prior to such purchase?

5. If so, from whom, and what were the respective amounts thereof?

Topic:   LADNER, B.C., POST OFFICE
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LIB

Mr. Fournier (Hull): (Minister of Public Works; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

1. Yes.

2. Purchase of site from Edgar C. Dunning was authorized by order in council P.C. 2583, dated June 10, 1948.

3. $9,500.

4. Yes.

5. (a) Samuel C. Cory; (b) $10,000.

Topic:   LADNER, B.C., POST OFFICE
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WHITE ROCK, B.C., POST OFFICE

PC

Mr. Green:

Progressive Conservative

1. Has the government purchased a site for a post office at White Rock, British Columbia?

2. If so, as of what date, and from whom was it purchased?

3. What was the price of such site?

4. Were any valuations of the site obtained prior to such purchase?

5. H so, from whom, and what were the respective amounts thereof?

Topic:   WHITE ROCK, B.C., POST OFFICE
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June 21, 1950