May 14, 1953

QUESTION

THE CORONATION

REPRESENTATIVES OF NOVA

LIB

Mr. Balcom:

Liberal

1. What universities or colleges in Nova Scotia were invited to send representatives on the occasion of the coronation of Her Majesty the Queen?

2. What universities or colleges accepted?

3. Were the representatives from the universities or colleges selected by these institutions or by the government?

4. Are the expenses paid by the government?

Topic:   THE CORONATION
Subtopic:   REPRESENTATIVES OF NOVA
Sub-subtopic:   SCOTIA UNIVERSITIES
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LIB

Mr. Bradley: (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

1. An offer was made to the following universities in Nova Scotia to recommend the names of their representatives and their wives for invitations to attend the coronation in Westminster Abbey: Acadia University, Wolf-ville, N.S.: Mount Saint Vincent College, Halifax, N.S.; Kings University, Halifax, N.S.; College Sainte Anne, Church Point, N.S.; Dalhousie University, Halifax, N.S.; St. Mary's University, Halifax, N.S.; St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, N.S.; Nova Scotia Technical College, Halifax, N.S.

2. St. Mary's University, Halifax, N.S.; St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, N.S.

3. The representatives of these institutions were selected by them.

4. No.

Topic:   THE CORONATION
Subtopic:   REPRESENTATIVES OF NOVA
Sub-subtopic:   SCOTIA UNIVERSITIES
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INQUIRY FOR RETURN

SESSIONAL PAPER NO. 18 REQUEST FOR COMPLETION


On the orders of the day:


PC

Donald Methuen Fleming

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Donald M. Fleming (Eglinton):

Mr. Speaker, yesterday another part of sessional paper No. 18 was tabled. This one is labeled "CC". It is a reply to a question asked by the hon. member for Wentworth. This one is in relation to the purchase of neckties for the armed forces for the period January 1, 1950, to December 31, 1952, and gives a quantity of 1,053,417 and a cost of $337,645.16. May I ask how close the remainder of this sessional paper is to being completed? The various parts of the sessional paper have been tabled in the house in dribs and drabs from time to time. I wonder how close the balance is to being ready.

Topic:   INQUIRY FOR RETURN
Subtopic:   SESSIONAL PAPER NO. 18 REQUEST FOR COMPLETION
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LIB

John Horace Dickey

Liberal

Mr. J. H. Dickey (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Defence Production):

I

am afraid there must be some misunderstanding. The hon. member for Wentworth placed on the order paper 22 or 23 questions, each of which had three parts. They were passed as orders for returns and the orders for returns have been brought down as the information has been collected from the various district offices of the Department of Defence Production. There have been no partial returns except in two instances, I think, where mistakes were found in the original returns and supplementaries were brought down. The return tabled yesterday was a separate return and a complete answer to the question.

Topic:   INQUIRY FOR RETURN
Subtopic:   SESSIONAL PAPER NO. 18 REQUEST FOR COMPLETION
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BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

PROCEDURE IN REGARD TO UNANSWERED QUESTIONS ON ORDER PAPER


On the orders of the day:


PC

George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

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

Might I ask the Prime Minister (Mr. St. Laurent) if there could be an undertaking that the questions which are unanswered will be dealt with in some way? I would point out that some of these questions go back for nearly two months. They are not questions in regard to which any objection has been raised as to form, and they do not seem to entail an undue amount of inquiry. I would think that we should have an undertaking of some kind which will ensure that the returns to these questions will be made available within a reasonable period following the termination of sittings of this house.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   PROCEDURE IN REGARD TO UNANSWERED QUESTIONS ON ORDER PAPER
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LIB

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

Liberal

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

I can assure the Leader of the

Opposition that instructions were given to prepare these returns and answers with all possible dispatch. Returns that are not made in one session of parliament have to be made at the following session of the same parliament; but I understand that does not apply if there is a dissolution of parliament. However, if we are still on this side of the house-*

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   PROCEDURE IN REGARD TO UNANSWERED QUESTIONS ON ORDER PAPER
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Some hon. Members:

Hear, hear.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   PROCEDURE IN REGARD TO UNANSWERED QUESTIONS ON ORDER PAPER
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. St. Laurent:

-we will know that this information is desired, and I have no doubt that the ordinary procedure for making it apparent that the information is required will be adopted by those who have put the

Inquiries of the Ministry questions. It may be, with respect to such questions as cannot be answered, that the questions will have to be placed on the order paper again. However, if we are here we will have had ample notice that the information is required and I would consider that we would be subject to serious reproach if we had not done anything in the meantime to put us in the position of being able to give the answers.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   PROCEDURE IN REGARD TO UNANSWERED QUESTIONS ON ORDER PAPER
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PC

George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Drew:

Mr. Speaker, I would point out that we all recognize that unless there are any unexpected events this is likely to be the last opportunity when these questions can be dealt with. By that I am not speaking about today, because I do not suggest that is a matter that can be determined at this point. But certainly, as far as this session is concerned, there will be no further opportunity to deal with these things. I would point out that the first question remaining unanswered has been on the order paper for two months. The next one has been on the order paper for a month and a half and the next one has been there for over a month. There has been no suggestion that any of these questions raises any serious problems from the point of view of the work involved; and I should think that the impression should not be left that the wish or otherwise of the government to answer questions should be the deciding factor in a case of this kind. If that were accepted as a proposition it would be easy at any time to deny answers to questions that are unanswered, simply by the process of leaving them in this way and having them disappear with the dissolution of parliament. I feel it would be very helpful to the whole process of the house if the Prime Minister would say that these will be accepted as orders for returns and the answers given within thirty days.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   PROCEDURE IN REGARD TO UNANSWERED QUESTIONS ON ORDER PAPER
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. St. Laurent:

No returns can be made except when the house is in session. I would not think it would change the situation at all if these questions were made orders for returns. If they are orders for returns and parliament is dissolved, they lapse. If they are questions that remain unanswered, there has been this notice that the information was desired, and I can assure the Leader of the Opposition that instructions have been given in all departments to prepare the information.

If parliament is to be dissolved there is going to be an election and we do not want to create any grounds for criticism which we can avoid; and we have been trying to act in that way and not be subject to any reproach for having withheld any information. The hon. gentleman says the first question

[Mr. St. Laurent.l

has been on the order paper for two months. Well, it asks what amounts have been spent each year since April 1, 1945, in the counties of (a) Chicoutimi, (b) Lapointe, and (c) Lake St. John by (1) the architectural branch and (2) the engineering branch of the Department of Public Works. Second, for what purposes and what amount in each case for each year. Now the period covers eight years. That involves a lot of work. It is information which hon. members have the right to ask for but they must certainly expect that it will take some time to compile. I am told that instructions were given immediately but the information has to be obtained, it has to be checked, and it has not been possible to complete the return up to the present moment.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   PROCEDURE IN REGARD TO UNANSWERED QUESTIONS ON ORDER PAPER
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PC

John George Diefenbaker

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

Question No. 2 is not in that position.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   PROCEDURE IN REGARD TO UNANSWERED QUESTIONS ON ORDER PAPER
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May 14, 1953