February 4, 1953

LIB

Mr. Gregg: (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

1. No, not specifically arising out of the consideration of the amount of money in the unemployment insurance fund; however, as a result of reports from the unemployment insurance commission and representations from labour union federations, the committee recommended to the government at its meetings in July 1951 and April 1952 certain changes in the act and concurred in changes recommended by the unemployment insurance commission in certain regulations.

2. (a) The reduction of the waiting period by three days.

(b) Amendment of section 35 (1) (b) to give the commission power by regulation to defer the waiting period when a benefit year terminates during a period when the claimant is unemployed.

(c) The increase in the scale of benefit rates raising the maximum rate for a beneficiary with a dependent from $21 to $24, with comparable increases in other rates, with no increase in contribution rates.

(d) The period during which supplementary benefit may be paid to be extended from March 31 to April 15.

3. The unemployment insurance commission recommended these changes to the government and they were put into effect by act of parliament assented to on July 4, 1952. In addition, the commission by regulation provided for the postponement of the waiting period where a benefit year commences within fourteen days of the termination of the previous benefit year and where the claimant was employed for less than six days during that two-week period; and another regulation provided for the payment of benefit during a holiday shut-down of more than one week where no pay was received from the employer.

4. Answered by No. 3.

5. No, the unemployment insurance commission and the advisory committee have found the problem most difficult of solution but are now giving it further consideration.

6. 7 and 8. Answered by No. 5.

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QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS

FORD MOTOR CO. AIRCRAFT WING PANELS

PC

Mr. Fulion:

Progressive Conservative

1. Was any contract, sub-contract, agreement, sub-agreement or arrangement whatsoever let or

Orders for Returns

entered into at any time by (a) the government of Canada or any department or agency thereof; or (b) by Canadair Limited, to or with the Ford Motor Company of Canada for production, manufacture or any other process or stage of production or manufacture of main wing panels or other parts of (i) F86 Sabre jets by whatever mark, number or letter the same may have been described; or (ii) T33 training aircraft?

2. If so, (a) when was the contract, sub-contract, agreement, sub-agreement, or arrangement let or entered into; (b) for how many units; (c) what was the total amount of money involved or to be involved, in each case?

3. Were any units produced under such contract, sub-contract, agreement, sub-agreement, or arrangement? If so, how many?

4. Is the contract, etc., still in effect?

5. If so, when is delivery expected to start?

6. If not, when was it cancelled?

7. If cancelled, by whom was it cancelled, upon whose instructions, and for what reasons?

8. Did the government, or any department or agency thereof, or any other person or corporation, supply or pay for any plant or equipment for the purposes thereof, the cost of which is charged or will be charged to the dominion treasury? If so, what was or will be the cost?

9. Has any other money been paid by or on account of the government, or is any other money or payment of any sort to fall due which will ultimately be chargeable to the dominion treasury, by virtue of such contract, etc. and/or its cancellation?

10. Have any claims been made by the Ford Company against (a) the government of Canada or any department or agency thereof; (b) Canadair Limited, in respect of such contract, etc. and/or cancellation?

11. If so. (a) for how much; (b) how much has been paid?

12. Has any such contract, etc., as referred to in part one hereof been let to or entered into with any other person or corporation, or are negotiations with respect thereto being carried on, by (a) the government of Canada or any department or agency thereof; or (b) Canadair Limited?

13. If so, to or with whom?

ENAMEL AND HEATING PRODUCTS LTD.__________

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Subtopic:   FORD MOTOR CO. AIRCRAFT WING PANELS
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EMPENNAGES

PC

Mr. Fulion:

Progressive Conservative

1. Was any contract, sub-contract, agreement, sub-agreement or arrangement whatsoever let or entered into at any time by, (a) the government of Canada or any department or agency thereof or (b) Canadair Limited, to or with Enamel and Heating Products Limited, Sackville, New Brunswick, for production, manufacture or any other process or stage of production or manufacture of empennages or other parts of (i) F86 Sabre jets by whatever mark, number, or letter the same may have been described; or (ii) T33 training aircraft?

2. If so, (a) when was the contract, sub-contract, agreement, sub-agreement, or arrangement let or entered into; (b) for how many units; (c) what was the total amount of money involved or to be involved, in each case?

3. Were any units produced under such contract, sub-contract, agreement, sub-agreement or arrangement? If so, how many?

4. Is the contract, etc., still in effect?

5. If so, when is delivery expected to start?

6. Did the government, or any department or agency thereof, or any other person or corporation, supply or pay for any plant or equipment for the purposes thereof, the cost of which is charged

Inquiries of the Ministry or will be charged to the dominion treasury? If so, what was or will be the cost?

7. Has any money been paid by or on account of the government, or has any money, claim or payment been made by any other person or corporation which will eventually be chargeable to the dominion treasury, by virtue of such contract, etc.? Ii so, how much?

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Subtopic:   EMPENNAGES
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NATIONAL FILM BOARD

HEAD OFFICE

PC

Mr. Fulton:

Progressive Conservative

1. Has a site been acquired, or have arrangements or negotiations for the acquisition thereof been commenced, for a head office or central administrative location for the national film board? If so, (a) at what location; (b) how large; (c) on whose authority; (d) for what price?

2. Have any plans, sketches or other preparations whatsoever been made for the erection of a building on the site? If so, what are the particulars of the type and amount of accommodation, and are these matters still being considered, or have they been decided on?

3. Have any expenditures been made to date in connection therewith apart from the amount paid, if any, for the site? If so, how much, for what purpose or purposes, and on what authority?

4. Is authority being asked for further commitments or expenditures during this fiscal year? If so, how much, for what purpose or purposes, and under what item in the estimates?

5. What is estimated to be the final total cost of the complete project as envisaged?

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Subtopic:   HEAD OFFICE
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POSSIBLE IMMIGRATION TO CANADA OF REFUGEES


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Daniel (Dan) McIvor

Liberal

Mr. Daniel Mclvor (Fort William):

Mr. Speaker, with your permission I would like to ask the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration (Mr. Harris) a question. Has the minister made any plans or does he intend to make any plans to make it possible for those left destitute by floods in the old lands to come to Canada? Is the door to Canada wide open to those people?

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LIB

Walter Edward Harris (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration)

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member for Fort William (Mr. Melvor) telephoned me regarding this subject a short time ago. As everyone would expect of him, he was warm-hearted and concerned about the people who at the moment have been left homeless.

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An hon. Member:

As we all are.

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LIB

Walter Edward Harris (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration)

Liberal

Mr. Harris:

We have given consideration

to the problem and while it will be true that a great many of those people will want to continue their lives where they are, there will be some who will find it impossible to do so. There may even be among them some who had before this disaster contemplated' emigrating to Canada. We have directed the offices abroad today that the assisted passage scheme, which is now open

to the single worker or head of the family, should be broadened to include dependents of the worker as well.

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Some hon. Members:

Hear, hear.

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LIB

Walter Edward Harris (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration)

Liberal

Mr. Harris:

This will make it possible for the head of the family to come to Canada with his dependents without depleting his already depleted resources by the payment of somewhat heavy transportation costs.

If the circumstances as we learn them would indicate that some other step can be taken to aid those who would like to come to Canada at this time, we shall give consideration to it, bearing in mind the fact that people from the United Kingdom, Belgium and the Netherlands have been migrating to Canada since the war in goodly numbers and that they are the best of citizens when they come here.

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LIB

Daniel (Dan) McIvor

Liberal

Mr. Mclvor:

Mr. Speaker, that is very good and I say "thanks".

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PC

William Joseph Browne

Progressive Conservative

Mr. W. J. Browne (St. John's West):

Mr. Speaker, I would like to ask a supplementary question there. I notice that the chancellor of West Germany the other day said that he was expecting that some of the refugees from East Germany were likely to go to Canada. Has that been considered?

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LIB

Walter Edward Harris (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration)

Liberal

Mr. Harris:

Mr. Speaker, I presume my

hon. friend was not present when the hon. member for Kamloops (Mr. Fulton) raised that matter the other day. My answer at ithat time was that we had not heard of the proposal, and that is still the answer.

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February 4, 1953