May 7, 1952

LIB

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

Liberal

1. Yes. The government made a gift of

500,000 bushels of wheat to the Canadian Red

Cross Society as a contribution to famine relief in Greece. The Canadian Red Cross Society arranged for the milling of the wheat in Canada and the transportation of the flour to an ocean port. The Greek war relief fund of Canada arranged through the Greek War Relief Association Inc., U.S.A., to have carriage charges from a United States port to Greek ports defrayed by the government of the United States under the Mutual Security Act.

2. 203,250 bags of the gift flour were carried aboard the Ocean Navigator which sailed on April 11, 1952. The remainder of the shipment, 3,059 bags, were loaded on the Linden-wood. Victory which is reported to have sailed on April 19.

3. The Ocean Navigator sailed from Portland, Maine and the Lindenwood Victory from the port of New York.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE-PROFESSIONAL GROUPS
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QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS

CROP YEAR 1950-51

SC

Mr. Fair:

Social Credit

1. During the crop year 1950-51, what quantity of the following grades of wheat were purchased by each elevator company: No. 1 Northern, No. 2 Northern, No. 3 Northern, No. 4 Northern, No. 5, No. 6 feed; No. 1 Northern tough, No. 2 Northern tough, No. 3 Northern tough, No. 4 Northern tough. No. 5 tough, No. 6 tough, feed tough; No. 1 Northern damp, No. 2 Northern damp, No. 3 Northern damp, No. 4 Northern damp, No. 5 damp, No. 6 damp, feed damp?

2. What quantity of each of the above grades was in possession of each company concerned at August 1, 1950?

3. What quantity of each of the above grades was sold and delivered by each company, during the crop year 1950-51?

4. What quantity of each grade remained in the elevators or in possession of each company at the 31st July, 1951?

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   CROP YEAR 1950-51
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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Defence Production; Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Mr. Howe:

Return tabled.

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   CROP YEAR 1950-51
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CAMPBELLTON, N.B.-CROSS POINT, QUE., FERRY

IND

Mr. Dube:

Independent Liberal

1. Was a contract awarded for the operation of a ferry between Campbellton, New Brunswick and Cross Point, Quebec?

2. If so (a) on what date; (b) to whom; (c) how many tenders were received and from whom; (d) what were the specifications of the ferry boat; (e) what is type of construction; (f) what are the rates and schedule; (g) what is the amount of subsidy; (h) on whose recommendation was the contract awarded?

3. Is wharf construction or dredging necessary with the type of ferry specified in contract?

4. If so, what is the estimated cost in this connection?

5. Was a recommendation made to the cabinet regarding the awarding of this contract? If so, by whom?

6. At what date does contract call for ferry to be in operation?

Orders for Returns

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   CAMPBELLTON, N.B.-CROSS POINT, QUE., FERRY
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LEGAL SERVICES-MANITOBA LAWYERS

CCF

Mr. Bryce:

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

1. What moneys have Manitoba lawyers received from the dominion government for legal fees, expenses, etc., during the years 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950 and 1951?

2. What are the names of the lawyers and the amounts received?

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   LEGAL SERVICES-MANITOBA LAWYERS
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FOREIGN EXCHANGE CONTROL BOARD EMPLOYEES

CCF

Mr. Thatcher:

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

1. How many employees were working for the foreign exchange control board as at June 30, 1951?

2. On what date was the board discontinued?

3. How many employees were dismissed when the board discontinued operations?

4. How many were absorbed into other departments, and of these, what are their names, salaries, and present occupations?

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   FOREIGN EXCHANGE CONTROL BOARD EMPLOYEES
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GOVERNMENT PURCHASES OF OVERALLS


Mr Fraser: 1. How many pairs of overalls were bought by the different departments of the government or agencies of the government during the years (a) 1950; (b) 1951; (c) the first four months of 1952? 2. From what firms or individuals were these overalls bought? 3. What quantity was bought from each firm or individual? 4. What was the cost of overalls purchased from each firm or individual?


RADIO STATION CJNT

LIB

Mr. Viau:

Liberal

1. Is there a radio station CJNT in the city of Quebec?

2. If so, is it privately owned or affiliated with the C.B.C.?

3. What are the names of its directors?

4. If affiliated with the C.B.C., under what class?

5. Was it added to any network of the C.B.C. for commercial programs in 1950 and 1951 upon request of any sponsor?

6. If so, how much did it receive from the C.B.C. in 1950 and 1951 for commercial network service on the basis of a network card rate?

7. What other revenue did it receive from the C.B.C. in 1950 and 1951?

Topic:   RADIO STATION CJNT
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MOTIONS FOR PAPERS

MOUNTED POLICE

PC

John George Diefenbaker

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

For a copy of all the evidence taken on an investigation on alleged misconduct of F. D. Miller of Edmonton, Alberta, formerly of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and a copy of all correspondence since the 1st of September, 1950, to date, that passed between the department and the said Miller and counsel on his behalf, asking for rehearing and readjudication.

Topic:   MOTIONS FOR PAPERS
Subtopic:   MOUNTED POLICE
Sub-subtopic:   DISMISSAL OF F. D. MILLER
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. Garson:

Mr. Speaker, there is a precedent for the refusal to produce evidence such as that covered by the motion of my hon. friend. This is reported on page 1669, volume II, of Hansard of the session 1939.

Motions for Papers

There is no precedent for the production of such evidence. It is not in the public interest to establish such a precedent by tabling a copy of the evidence as requested by the hon. member.

The right of the commissioner, acting under the authority given to him by the act and under the general supervision of the minister, to engage and discharge personnel at his discretion has over the years proved to be one of the principal factors in maintaining a high level of discipline and efficiency within the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Any suggestion that that authority may be questioned would weaken the whole fabric of discipline and control. Likewise, to set a precedent which would allow the examination in a public way of the proceedings of the trial of disciplinary offences would be detrimental to the best interests of the force and the general membership of the force.

Most members of the force are frequent witnesses in criminal cases, as well as being required to make arrests and to exercise such other authority as is given to them by law. To publish infractions of discipline, most of which are of a technical or service nature, would affect adversely the position of the member as a peace officer and leave him open to innuendos and attacks which are out of all proportion to the offence for which he may have at one time been found guilty and punished.

The strict, even severe, standards of discipline insisted upon by the force are well known and are accepted by recruits when they are engaged as well as by older members each time they re-engage. The reputation the force enjoys and is striving successfully to maintain in the face of recent substantial expansion is based very largely on adherence to these standards.

Topic:   MOTIONS FOR PAPERS
Subtopic:   MOUNTED POLICE
Sub-subtopic:   DISMISSAL OF F. D. MILLER
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PC

John George Diefenbaker

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

Mr. Speaker, may I add a word to what the minister has said? Certainly no one would want to prejudice the discipline of the force; on the other hand, as I see it, precedent must give way to the possibility of injustice. Above everything else, in the preservation of the liberty of the subject it should never be possible for officers to place themselves in a position where injustice may be done to an individual.

Your Honour is aware of the famous English case of Archer-Shee. In that instance the navy department took a similar stand, and it was many years before Sir Edward Carson was able to secure justice for that man. In order to secure justice this man is prepared to allow the record to be produced regardless of any innuendo that it may contain, and if the minister will not alter

his stand and allow the matter to be reconsidered, I must ask for a vote of the house. If a department of the government can deny a review by parliament to an individual who says that there has been gross injustice, then a serious situation is indicated.

Topic:   MOTIONS FOR PAPERS
Subtopic:   MOUNTED POLICE
Sub-subtopic:   DISMISSAL OF F. D. MILLER
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May 7, 1952