June 10, 1952

BANKING AND COMMERCE


Fifth report of standing committee on banking and commerce.-Mr. Cleaver.


REFERENCE OF CERTAIN ESTIMATES TO COMMITTEE OF SUPPLY

LIB

Douglas Charles Abbott (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Hon. Douglas Abbott (Minister of Finance):

Mr. Speaker, I move:

That votes 420, 421 and 557, of the main estimates for 1952-53, approved and reported upon this day by the standing committee on banking and commerce, be referred back to the committee of supply.

Topic:   REFERENCE OF CERTAIN ESTIMATES TO COMMITTEE OF SUPPLY
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Motion agreed to.


REPORTS OF COMMITTEES


Third report of standing committee on marine and fisheries.-Mr. Ashbourne. Second report of special committee on redistribution.-Mr. Viau.


BRITISH NORTH AMERICA ACT

LIB

Walter Edward Harris (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration)

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, if I may

refer for a moment to the report on redistribution which has just been presented by the hon. member for St. Boniface (Mr. Viau), we did not ask the Clerk to read the report because it contains the legal description of some 97 constituencies on which the committee has so far been able to agree. It also further recommended to the house a course of action with respect to the presentation of two bills, first a bill to amend the British North America Act to provide for the new rules as indicated in the motion setting up the committee; and second, a representation bill which would have in it the various schedules of constituencies as decided upon.

I am asking leave of the house now for permission to introduce a bill in the form recommended by the committee in its report. I should add that the purpose of this request is to enable us to have the bill printed tonight and available tomorrow, rather than have it printed tomorrow and available the following

day, so that members may see the procedure we have in mind and will have more time to consider the bill. I might add that the report this morning received the unanimous approval of the members of the committee, subject to certain reservations which they made as to the course they would adopt in the house when the bill was presented. I hope to have leave to introduce this bill now.

Topic:   REFERENCE OF CERTAIN ESTIMATES TO COMMITTEE OF SUPPLY
Subtopic:   BRITISH NORTH AMERICA ACT
Sub-subtopic:   AMENDMENT TO READJUST REPRESENTATION IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS
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PC

George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. George A. Drew (Leader of the Opposition):

In consenting to the introduction of first reading of this bill without the customary notice, Mr. Speaker, it is to be understood that this is simply for the purpose of facilitating the redistribution procedure upon which the government has decided, and to which objection has been taken on behalf of the members of this party. Consent to the introduction of the bill at this time is without prejudice to the position that we have taken at various stages that the provinces should be consulted in regard to the details of redistribution.

I place that on record at this time so that there may be no interpretation that, in consenting to this as a matter of procedure, we consent to the general course that is being followed.

Topic:   REFERENCE OF CERTAIN ESTIMATES TO COMMITTEE OF SUPPLY
Subtopic:   BRITISH NORTH AMERICA ACT
Sub-subtopic:   AMENDMENT TO READJUST REPRESENTATION IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS
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CCF

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

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

Mr. Sianley Knowles (Winnipeg Norlh Centre):

Mr. Speaker, I thank the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration (Mr. Harris) for making it clear that we are consenting to the introduction and first reading of this bill today without prejudice to our right in the house to take a position similar to the one that we took in the committee. I have in mind the particular stand I took this morning, which is totally different from that of the leader of the opposition (Mr. Drew). On those terms we are prepared to consent to the introduction and first reading of this bill at this time.

Mr. Harris (Grey-Bruce) thereupon moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 331, to amend the British North America Acts, 1867 to 1951, with respect to the readjustment of representation in the House of Commons.

Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.

Topic:   REFERENCE OF CERTAIN ESTIMATES TO COMMITTEE OF SUPPLY
Subtopic:   BRITISH NORTH AMERICA ACT
Sub-subtopic:   AMENDMENT TO READJUST REPRESENTATION IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS
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REPORTS AND PAPERS

POLYMER CORPORATION LIMITED

LIB

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

Liberal

Right Hon. C. D. Howe (Minister of Trade and Commerce):

Mr. Speaker, I wish to lay

Inquiries of the Ministry on the table the annual report of Polymer Corporation Limited for the year ending March 31, 1952, and also the annual report of the Crown Assets Disposal Corporation for the year ending March 31, 1952. Copies of the Polymer report will be available at the distribution office after tomorrow, and copies of the crown assets report will be at the distribution office as soon as the report can be printed.

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Subtopic:   POLYMER CORPORATION LIMITED
Sub-subtopic:   DISPOSAL CORPORATION
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THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH

REFERENCE TO CELEBRATION OF BIRTHDAY


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Jean-François Pouliot

Liberal

Mr. Jean Francois Pouliot (Temiscouaia):

Yesterday, Mr. Speaker, the guns roared on the occasion of the birthday of Her Majesty the Queen. They roared today, and I inquired from the Department of National Defence what the reason was and I should like the minister to tell the house.

Topic:   THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH
Subtopic:   REFERENCE TO CELEBRATION OF BIRTHDAY
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LIB

Brooke Claxton (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Hon. Brooke Claxton (Minister of National Defence):

Mr. Speaker, in answer to the hon. member for Temiscouata I might say that this is an occasion which has not occurred for a good many years. The guns roared in celebration of the birthday of the consort of the reigning sovereign, as the regulations call for a twenty-one gun salute on that occasion. I am asked to add that the Prime Minister sent a message of congratulations to the Duke of Edinburgh.

Topic:   THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH
Subtopic:   REFERENCE TO CELEBRATION OF BIRTHDAY
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June 10, 1952