December 9, 1953

HIGHWAY, BANFF TO BANFF PARK

SC

Mr. Johnston (Bow River):

Social Credit

1. Is a four-lane highway being constructed between the east gate of Banff national park and the town of Banff?

2. If not, how many lanes?

3. What is the width of each lane?

4. What is the width of the shoulders, if any?

5. What is the average cost per mile for subgrade rebuilt to trans-Canada specifications?

[Mr. Bourget.l

Cement in Bags, 1947-52

1949 1950 1951 1952- - - 504,400- - - 2,416,49227,604,768 27,681,652 28,220,656 29,088,96418,397,288 21,254,084 21,752,404 22,308,1006,009,232 6,569,248 6,158,448 6,451,1806,638,012 6,358,852 6,599,636 7,546,1765,016,956 5,103,468 5,300,104 5,766,84063,666,256 66,967,304 68,031,248 74,082,1526. What is in (a) 1953; the average cost per mile for base laid (b) prior to 1953? 7. What is the average cost of asphaltic surfacing laid in (a) 1953; (b) prior to 1953?8. How many different contracts were let?9. To whom were contracts awarded?10. What was the original price of each?11. How much additional money if any, has been given to each?12. What is the time limit on each contract?

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Subtopic:   HIGHWAY, BANFF TO BANFF PARK
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LIB

Mr. Bourgei: (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

1. No.

2. Two.

3. 12 feet.

4. 10 feet.

5. $47,725, inclusive of culverts but exclusive of bridges.

6. (a) $23,225; (b) no base course completed prior to 1953.

7. (a) Nil; (b) nil.

8. Four.

9. (1) Williams & Carrothers Ltd., Vancouver, B.C. Construction of 4-2 miles of subgrade and base course and the construction of abutments for the Carrot creek bridge.

(2) Williams & Carrothers Ltd., Vancouver, B.C. Construction of three concrete box culverts.

(3) Standard Gravel & Surfacing of Canada Limited, Calgary, Alberta. Construction of 5 [DOT] 1 miles of subgrade and base course.

(4) J. A. Shannon Construction, Taber, Alberta. Construction of the Forty Mile creek bridge.

10. Contracts were awarded on a firm unit price basis. The originally estimated cost of each contract was:

(1) Williams & Carrothers Ltd., $191,993.24.

(2) Williams & Carrothers Ltd., $12,000.

(3) Standard Gravel & Surfacing of Canada Limited, $239,441.

(4) J. A. Shannon Construction, $24,794.

11. Quantity variations in actual construction increased estimated payments on contracts as follows:

(1) Williams & Carrothers Ltd. Construction of subgrade base course and abutments for the Carrot creek bridge, $49,766.95.

(2) Williams & Carrothers Ltd. Construction of three concrete box culverts, $861.75.

(3) Standard Gravel & Surfacing of Canada Limited. Construction of sub grade and base course, to date, nil.

(4) J. A. Shannon Construction. Construction of Forty Mile creek bridge, to date, nil.

Questions

12. (1) Williams & Carrothers Ltd. Construction of subgrade and base course original time limit 31st October, 1952, extended to 31st August, 1953.

(2) Williams & Carrothers Ltd. Construction of three concrete box culverts, time limit 31st March, 1953.

(3) Standard Gravel & Surfacing of Canada Limited. Construction of subgrade and base course, original time limit 31st October, 1953, extended to 15th June, 1954.

(4) J. A. Shannon Construction. Construction of the Forty Mile creek bridge, original time limit 31st October, 1953, extended to 30th November, 1953.

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Subtopic:   HIGHWAY, BANFF TO BANFF PARK
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POLIOMYELITIS

CCF

Mr. McCullough (Moose Mountain):

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

1. How many cases of poliomyelitis were there in each province during each of the years 1951, 1952, and up to 1st December, 1953?

2. How many patients have died in each province from poliomyelitis in the above periods, and how many suffered serious after-effects?

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Subtopic:   POLIOMYELITIS
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LIB

Mr. Robertson: (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of National Health and Welfare)

Liberal

1.

Province 1951 1952 1953 (to Nov. 28)5 4 221*23 57 10216 57 5751 427 81274 125 4621,701 705 2,039*50 839 2,34992 1,205 1,06859 740 1,28792 596 773- 1416

* To November 21.

2.

Province 1951 1952 1953 (to Nov. 28)

10

2 2 123 6 62 11 210 12 14101 46 724 25 7112 90 692 79 926 40 25- 9- - -

Cases suffering serious after-effects are not reported by the provinces to the dominion bureau of statistics, or to the Department of National Health and Welfare.

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Questions

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Subtopic:   POLIOMYELITIS
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MICROWAVE RELAY, MONTREAL-QUEBEC

PC

Mr. Balcer:

Progressive Conservative

1. Has the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation constructed a microwave relay cable to be used for the transmission of television programs between the city of Montreal and the city of Quebec?

2. If so, to whom was the contract awarded?

3. At what price?

4. When was such work started and when will it be completed?

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Subtopic:   MICROWAVE RELAY, MONTREAL-QUEBEC
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LIB

Mr. McCann: (Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

1. No. The corporation does not construct facilities for the network transmission of its radio and television programs. This transmission service is supplied to the corporation bycommon carrier companies in accordance with operating contracts awarded on a competitive basis.

2, 3 and 4. See answer to No. 1.

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Subtopic:   MICROWAVE RELAY, MONTREAL-QUEBEC
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PRICE AND COST OF PRODUCTION

LIB

Mr. Balcom:

Liberal

1. What was the average price, per bushel, paid for wheat in the years 1930, 1935, 1940, 1950, 1951 and 1952?

2. What was the average cost of production during each of the above years?

3. What was the cost of living index for each of the years covered in question one?

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Subtopic:   PRICE AND COST OF PRODUCTION
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LIB

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

Liberal

1.

Average Price per Bushel of No. 1 Northern Wheat, basis in store Fort William-Port Arthur or Vancouver.

Crop Year beginning Aug. 1 Sales for Domestic Use All Countries Sales for Expor Within provisions of International Wheat Agreement ; Class II1$ $ $ $0.641 0.641 - -0.85$ 0.85$ - -0.74 0.74 - -1.911* - 1.911 2.12$1.821s - 1.821s 2.3311.81$4 1.751s 2.16|1 Outside the provisions of the international wheat agreement.2 Exclusive of carrying charge of 6 cents per bushel, effective June 15, 1951.

8 Exclusive of carrying charge of 6 cents per bushel.

4 Exclusive of carrying charge of 6 cents per bushel for period August 1, 1952-May 19, 1953, inclusive.

2. Information not available.

3. The consumer price index, on the base 1949 = 100, for specified years was:

1930

75 *31935

59 *91940 [DOT]71950

102 *91951 *71952 *5

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Subtopic:   PRICE AND COST OF PRODUCTION
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MARGARINE

SALES TAX

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Mr. Maclnnis:

1. Is a 10 per cent federal sales tax collected on the sales of margarine?

2. On what other foods, if any, Is a 10 per cent federal sales tax collected?

3. Is the government giving consideration to the abolition of the federal sales tax on margarine?

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Subtopic:   SALES TAX
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LIB

Mr. McCann: (Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

1. Yes, except on sales in Newfoundland.

2. It is not possible to list foodstuffs which are subject to the sales tax.

The following foods are, however, exempt. Foods not specifically exempted are taxable.

Barley; bread; butter; cheese; cream; eggs, egg albumen and egg yolks; glucose; honey; ice; lactose; lard; rice; salt; shortening; soups; split peas; sugar; yeast; yogurt;

Bakers' cakes and pies including biscuits; cookies or other similar articles;

Cereal breakfast foods not including beverages;

Cooking oil and salad oils, not including mayonnaise or salad dressing;

Drinks prepared from milk or eggs;

Fish and edible products thereof;

Flour including pastry, cake, biscuit, and similar mixes;

Foods prepared and sold exclusively for feeding infants;

Fruit, fresh, canned, frozen, preserved, dried or evaporated;

Grain grits and meals;

Ice cream;

Jams, jellies, marmalades, and preserves;

Malt syrup, except when sold for beverage purposes;

Maple syrup, corn syrup; table syrups; molasses;

Meats and poultry, fresh, cooked, canned, frozen, smoked or dried;

Milk, including buttermilk, condensed milk, evaporated milk, and powdered milk;

Peanut butter;

Prepared whipping cream;

Spaghetti, macaroni and vermicelli;

Vegetables, fresh, canned, frozen or dehydrated, not including pickles, relishes, catsup, sauces, olives, horseradish, mustard, and similar goods;

Vegetable juices; fruit juices which consist of at least ninety-five per cent of pure juice of the fruit;

Materials to be used exclusively in the manufacture or production of the aforementioned foodstuffs.

3. This is a matter of government policy.

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Subtopic:   SALES TAX
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PUBLIC SERVICE

INCREASE, 1953

SC

Mr. Low:

Social Credit

1. How many persons were added to the federal civil service, during 1953?

2. Of these, how many were returned soldiers of world war I and world war II?

Topic:   PUBLIC SERVICE
Subtopic:   INCREASE, 1953
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LIB

John Whitney Pickersgill (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. Pickersgill:

1 and 2. 23,889 persons were appointed in the classified service during the period January 1 to October 21, 1953, 675 being entitled to veterans preference for world war I and 3,164 to veterans preference for world war II.

These figures, however, are not proper indications of "additions" to the civil service, as the majority of them are replacements, or appointments for seasonal or limited terms of employment. As of December 31, 1952 the classified service numbered 129,136; as of September 30, 1953 (the most recent date available) it numbered 131,960. There were accordingly 2,824 additions to the classified service in that period.

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Subtopic:   INCREASE, 1953
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December 9, 1953