April 2, 1951

TRANSFER OF DUTIES

DOMINION COAL BOARD

LIB

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

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, I beg leave to table

copies of orders in council under the Public Service Rearrangement and Transfer of Duties Act, as follows: P.C. 1482 of the 22nd of March, 1951, transferring to the Minister of Mines and Technical Surveys the powers of the Minister of Trade and Commerce with respect to the dominion coal board; also P.C. 1483 of March 22, 1951, transferring to the Minister of Defence Production the remaining powers and authorizations with respect to unfinished business vested in the Minister of Trade and Commerce in respect of former munitions and supply activities.

Topic:   TRANSFER OF DUTIES
Subtopic:   DOMINION COAL BOARD
Sub-subtopic:   ACTIVITIES
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THE BUDGET

ANNOUNCEMENT OF PRESENTATION ON TUESDAY, APRIL 10

LIB

Douglas Charles Abbott (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Hon. Douglas Abbott (Minister of Finance):

Mr. Speaker, I desire to announce that, subject to the usual reservations as to unforeseen contingencies, I intend to bring down the budget a week from tomorrow night, at eight o'clock.

Topic:   THE BUDGET
Subtopic:   ANNOUNCEMENT OF PRESENTATION ON TUESDAY, APRIL 10
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EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

LIB

Jean Lesage (Parliamentary Assistant to the Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. Jean Lesage (Parliamentary Assistant to the Secretary of State for External Affairs):

Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the Secretary of State for External Affairs I beg leave to table the following report: Canada

and the United Nations, 1950.

Topic:   THE BUDGET
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   REPORT ON CANADA AND THE UNITED NATIONS,
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CANADIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT

AMENDMENTS WITH RESPECT TO REVOCATION OF CITIZENSHIP, ETC.

LIB

Walter Edward Harris (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration)

Liberal

Hon. W. E. Harris (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration) moved

the first reading of Bill No. 172 (from the Senate) to amend the Canadian Citizenship Act.

Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.

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Topic:   CANADIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENTS WITH RESPECT TO REVOCATION OF CITIZENSHIP, ETC.
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QUESTIONS


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.)


PORT OF SHELBURNE, N. S.

LIB

Mr. Smith (Queens-Shelburne):

Liberal

1. What use was made of the port of Shelburne, Nova Scotia, by the navy, army, and air force, during world war II?

2. Is Shelburne harbour of sufficient size, depth of water, etc., to be considered a safe all-year anchorage for naval ships of all sizes and in large numbers?

3. During world war II, what expenditures were made at Shelburne in respect of (a) real estate; (b) buildings and furnishings; (c) marine railway; (di) other construction and installation?

4. In respect of each of the above, what has been (a) retained by the Department of National Defence; (b) disposed of?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   PORT OF SHELBURNE, N. S.
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LIB

Mr. Campney: (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

1. Navy: used as a refitting base; army coastal defences with heavy and light antiaircraft batteries located for the ports protection; Air force: seaplane base and land wireless telegraphy station.

2. Yes.

3. (a) Real estate, $26,112.37; (b) Buildings

and furnishings, $3,359,784.22; (c) Marine

railway, $451,390.00; (d) Other construction and installations, $1,885,373.76.

4. (a) Retained by the Department of National Defence:

i. All lands comprising the naval base, including the former Royal Canadian Air Force seaplane base and1 the former army hospital property.

ii. The 3,000 ton marine railway.

iii. Certain buildings and facilities have been repossessed by the Royal Canadian Navy. These include: main wharf; magazines; oil and gas line pump houses; dockyard administration building; cafeteria and one barrack block; shipwright shop; other minor buildings.

iv. The army has retained 277.68 acres of land in the vicinity of Shelburne.

v. Four former naval base buildings turned over to the army are now occupied by the reserve force.

(b) Disposed of by the Department of National Defence:

i. Boom defence property located in the town of Shelburne, part returned to the former department of mines and resources, and part declared surplus to Crown Assets Disposal Corporation.

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ii. Former Colin King residence, used during war in conjunction with the boom defence site, declared surplus to Crown Assets Disposal Corporation.

iii. All naval buildings and other naval facilities not listed under 4 (a) were declared surplus to Crown Assets Disposal Corporation.

iv. 88 former army buildings located on various army sites in the vicinity of Shelburne declared surplus to Crown Assets Disposal Corporation.

v. Salvation Army hostel recently declared surplus and sold to the Canadian Legion by Crown Assets Disposal Corporation.

vi. Wireless telegraphy station declared surplus to Crown Assets Disposal Corporation.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   PORT OF SHELBURNE, N. S.
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HIGHLANDS NATIONAL PARK

LIB

Mr. MacLean (Cape Breton North and Victoria):

Liberal

1. Was any action taken during the year 1950 in respect to improvements to the Cape Breton Highlands park?

2. If so, what type of work was undertaken, and what is the estimated cost of same?

3. What amount was spent on (a) roadwork; (b) bridges; (c) piers; (d) tourist cabins?

4. Will further work along same lines be undertaken during 1951?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   HIGHLANDS NATIONAL PARK
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LIB

Mr. Winters: (Minister of Resources and Development)

Liberal

1. Yes.

2. For the fiscal year 1950-51:

(a) Reconstruction and preparation for hard-surfacing of 15-5 miles of the Cabot trail; shaping and gravelling of 18-5 miles of the Cabot trail; construction of three bridges on the Cabot trail. Estimated cost, $1,038,572.

(b) Construction of 15 tourist cabins with

water and sewer facilities and one warden's cabin. Estimated cost $67,840. [DOT]

(c) Landscaping, extension of fire trails, construction of patrol cabin, erection of two 40-foot lookout towers, completion of gravity water supply system, completion of bowling green, construction of forest telephone to fire lookout towers, and improvements to picnic grounds. Estimated cost $13,202.

3. Up to March 15, 1951:

(a) and (b) Road work and bridges, $970,202.57; (c) piers, nil; (d) tourist cabins, $46,902.33.

4. Yes.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   HIGHLANDS NATIONAL PARK
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FUNDY NATIONAL PARK

April 2, 1951