March 20, 1951

FEDERAL-PROVINCIAL CONFERENCE FEDERAL AID TO EDUCATION CORRESPONDENCE WITH PROVINCES

LIB

Louis Stephen St-Laurent (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Right Hon. L. S. St. Laurent (Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, an order was made

on the 14th instant in connection with a motion of the hon. member for Saskatoon (Mr. Knight) for the production of correspondence with the government of Saskatchewan dealing with federal aid to education. On looking at the files I find that that correspondence was all tabled on May 23, 1950, and was added as an appendix to Hansard of that date. Perhaps that declaration might be taken in lieu of a new tabling of these same letters.

While I am dealing with this kind of subject, may I say that my attention has been called to the fact that I made too inclusive a statement on Friday with respect to correspondence with the government of Manitoba.

I tabled a letter, which was the only letter which had not yet been tabled. In doing so I said that the letters tabled on January 29 had been printed as an appendix to Hansard. I find that is not so. They were tabled and they had been distributed at the time of the dominion-provincial conference, and had received a lot of publicity at that time. However they constituted a quite voluminous collection of letters, and there was no order made that they be printed as an appendix to Hansard.

Topic:   FEDERAL-PROVINCIAL CONFERENCE FEDERAL AID TO EDUCATION CORRESPONDENCE WITH PROVINCES
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TRANS-CANADA AIR LINES TABLING OF AUDITORS REPORT

LIB

George James McIlraith (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Mr. G. J. Mcllrailh (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Trade and Commerce):

Mr. Speaker, I wish to table the auditors report to parliament of accounts of Trans-Canada Air Lines for the year ended December 31, 1950.

Topic:   TRANS-CANADA AIR LINES TABLING OF AUDITORS REPORT
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NATIONAL HARBOURS BOARD

TABLING OF ANNUAL REPORT

LIB

Frederick Gordon Bradley (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

Hon. F. G. Bradley (Secretary of State):

Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the Minister of Transport (Mr. Chevrier), and in pursuance of the National Harbours Board Act, I wish

to table, in manuscript form, the annual report of the national harbours board for the calendar year 1950.

It is expected that printed copies will be ready shortly, and as soon as they are received they will be made available for distribution.

Topic:   NATIONAL HARBOURS BOARD
Subtopic:   TABLING OF ANNUAL REPORT
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REPORTED ARREST OF FIVE MISSIONARY SISTERS BY CHINESE COMMUNISTS


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Jean-François Pouliot

Liberal

Mr. Jean Francois Pouliot (Temiscouata):

Mr. Speaker, may I ask the Secretary of State for External Affairs if he has any more information since yesterday about the five nuns who have been arrested in China? This matter interests, very much, many people in Canada.

Topic:   REPORTED ARREST OF FIVE MISSIONARY SISTERS BY CHINESE COMMUNISTS
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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

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

Well, Mr. Speaker, I have not very much by way of additional information, but the information I have I shall give to the hon. member and the house. It is as follows-

Topic:   REPORTED ARREST OF FIVE MISSIONARY SISTERS BY CHINESE COMMUNISTS
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Edmund Davie Fulton

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Fulton:

Why did you not give it to me yesterday?

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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. Pearson:

I did not give it to the hon. member yesterday because I did not have it yesterday. However, I have it today for the hon. member for Temiscouata, and other hon. members.

Attacks have recently been made in the Chinese communist press in Canton, Peking and Hong Kong against Canadian nuns of the Order of the Immaculate Conception who conduct the Orphanage of the Holy Child in Canton.

Typical charges made against the nuns are as follows:

1. Far from pursuing acts of charity they are guilty of inhuman acts against the children in their charge.

2. The orphanage is a typical example of an imperialist charity organization, operation of which would not be tolerated by the Chinese people.

3. Since the communist liberation of Canton the orphanage had admitted a total of 2,251 infants, of whom 2,116, or 94 per cent, have died in the institution to date.

Inquiries of the Ministry

4. This mortality rate reflects fully on the irresponsible attitude adopted by the sisters in caring for the infants.

This information, which we received from unofficial sources-that is the information as to these charges-has been confirmed by telegram from our high commissioner in London, who secured the confirmation from the United Kingdom authorities, who of course are represented in China.

A letter from the orphanage in Canton, dated March 5, has been received by the Mother Superior in Montreal. The nuns reported that the orphanage had been taken over by the Chinese authorities and that the Canadian nuns were to be deported to Hong Kong. There has been no official confirmation of newspaper reports of their arrest. The United Kingdom foreign office has been requested by the Canadian government to ask the United Kingdom charge d'affaires in Peking to do everything possible to assist these nuns who apparently have been the victims of grotesque and unfounded charges.

Topic:   REPORTED ARREST OF FIVE MISSIONARY SISTERS BY CHINESE COMMUNISTS
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AUDIBILITY OF DEBATE

HOURS OF SITTING


On the orders of the day:


PC

Gordon Graydon

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Gordon Graydon (Peel):

Mr. Speaker, I have a question to ask, but I am not sure whether it should be addressed to the Prime Minister or to Your Honour. It arises out of the statement made a few days ago by Your Honour with respect to audibility of debate and the acoustics of this chamber, a statement with which I fancy everyone is in complete agreement.

I suggest, sir, that during the Easter recess, or shortly afterward, you have some kind of plebiscite taken among the members of the House of Commons to see if something cannot be done about the inhuman hours we work, particularly at night. I think an attempt should be made to reach an agreement among members under which the sitting hours could be changed to the satisfaction of all members.

I suggest that Your Honour, and perhaps the Prime Minister and some others, might give this matter consideration and see if we cannot come to some agreement on it.

Topic:   AUDIBILITY OF DEBATE
Subtopic:   HOURS OF SITTING
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LAKE ONTARIO

STORM DAMAGE-REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE OF HAMILTON HARBOUR COMMISSION


On the orders of the day:


March 20, 1951