March 5, 1953

QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS

NATIONAL DEFENCE

MOTOR VEHICLE REPAIRS

PC

Mr. Macdonnell (Greenwood):

Progressive Conservative

1. What are the names and addresses of all persons, business or companies, engaged by any branch of the Department of National Defence and/or Defence Production since January 1, 1950, for the purpose of repairs, maintenance, alteration, overhauling, storage or inspection of motor vehicles, where the amount paid by the department concerned was more than $1,000?

2. What were the total payments made in each case?

Topic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Subtopic:   MOTOR VEHICLE REPAIRS
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P.W.D. DREDGE 110

PC

Mr. Fulton:

Progressive Conservative

1. What are the particulars of the item for P.W.D. dredge No. 110 and miscellaneous equipment sold to Marine Industries Ltd., for $5,100, as surplus crown assets, as shown at page 20 of the Crown Assets Disposal Corporation report for 1950-51?

2. What was the original cost of acquisition of this item?

3. Were tenders invited for the purchase of this item?

Orders for Returns

Topic:   P.W.D. DREDGE 110
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OTTAWA-BUILDINGS SOLD AS SURPLUS CROWN ASSETS

PC

Mr. Fulton:

Progressive Conservative

1. What are the particulars of the buildings and appurtenances at Elgin and Argyle streets, Ottawa, sold to C. E. Bouchard, for $10,000, as surplus crown assets, as shown at page 21 of the Crown Assets Disposal Corporation report for 1950-51?

2. What was the original cost of acquisition of these buildings and appurtenances?

3. What had they been used for?

4. Were tenders invited for the purchase of these items?

Topic:   OTTAWA-BUILDINGS SOLD AS SURPLUS CROWN ASSETS
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ADVERTISING AGENCIES, BRITISH COLUMBIA FEDERAL EXPENDITURES

PC

Mr. Diefenbaker:

Progressive Conservative

1. What is the total amount of expenditure by the federal government to advertising agencies in British Columbia, during each of the fiscal years, 1949-50, 1950-51, 1951-52, and to February 28, 1953?

2. Of this amount, how much was received by O'Brien Advertising Limited of Vancouver?

Topic:   ADVERTISING AGENCIES, BRITISH COLUMBIA FEDERAL EXPENDITURES
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LABOUR CONDITIONS

STRIKE OF GRAIN HANDLERS


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Arthur Laing

Liberal

Mr. Arthur Laing (Vancouver South):

Mr. Speaker, I would like to address a question to the Minister of Labour in connection with the grain handlers' strike on the Pacific coast. In the event of a joint request of management and labour, would he be prepared to appoint a mediator, and would he be prepared to bring the house up to date on the latest events in the dispute?

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   STRIKE OF GRAIN HANDLERS
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO MEDIATION BY DEPARTMENT OF LABOUR
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LIB

Milton Fowler Gregg (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Hon. Milton F. Gregg (Minister of Labour):

I thank the hon. member for having given me warning of this question.

I should add that the hon. member for Kindersley (Mr. Larson), the hon. member for Vancouver East (Mr. Maclnnis), as well as others from the wheat growing and wheat shipping points of western Canada, have shown concern over this matter.

It would be fair, I think, to both parties in the dispute to reply that they have taken the position publicly that they are willing to negotiate at any time with a view to settling the dispute. The union has addressed a letter to such effect, I understand, to the Vancouver representative of my department in connection with an offer of mediation by a Saskatchewan farm union council. Counsel acting for the grain companies has stated to third parties that the companies are prepared to consider any new proposals by the men and that mediation by any other agency than my department would serve no good purpose as such outside agency would have no knowledge of the background of labour relations and the present position of the parties.

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Inquiries of the Ministry

Hon. members, I think, must keep in mind that my department has already provided in this dispute all available conciliation services, and, in fairness to my officers, I must say that any indication by the parties to them that further mediation by my department is desired has been so indirect as to constitute no real approach for further assistance.

We are, however, in spite of that, watching this situation closely and will be happy to intervene again at the first sign that such intervention will bear fruit.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   STRIKE OF GRAIN HANDLERS
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO MEDIATION BY DEPARTMENT OF LABOUR
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INCOME TAX

SUGGESTED EXEMPTION OF CONTRIBUTIONS TO QUEBEC EDUCATION FUND


On the orders of the day:


PC

Léon Balcer

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Leon Balcer (Three Rivers):

I would

like to direct a question to the Minister of National Revenue. My question is: Will the government consider amending the income tax regulations so as not to impose income tax on contributions to the Quebec education fund.

Topic:   INCOME TAX
Subtopic:   SUGGESTED EXEMPTION OF CONTRIBUTIONS TO QUEBEC EDUCATION FUND
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LIB

James Joseph McCann (Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

Hon. J. J. McCann (Minister of National Revenue):

Mr. Speaker, although the hon.

member for Three Rivers (Mr. Balcer) was good enough to give me notice of his question, I wish to defer answering it until such time as I have had an opportunity of conferring with my colleague, the Minister of Finance, and with my own officials.

Topic:   INCOME TAX
Subtopic:   SUGGESTED EXEMPTION OF CONTRIBUTIONS TO QUEBEC EDUCATION FUND
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March 5, 1953