January 13, 1954

VACANCIES

LIB

Louis-René Beaudoin (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

I have the honour to inform the house that I have received communications from several members notifying me that the following vacancies have occurred in the representation, viz.:

Of Joseph-Celestin Nadon, Esquire, member for the electoral district of Gatineau, by decease.

Of Paul-Emile Cote, Esquire, member for the electoral district of Verdun, consequent upon his acceptance of an office of emolument under the crown.

Accordingly I have issued my warrant to the chief electoral officer to make out new writs of election for the said electoral districts.

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THE LATE J. C. NADON TRIBUTE TO THE LATE MEMBER FOR GATINEAU

LIB

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

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, you have just officially acquainted us with the fact that it is now necessary to elect a new member for the electoral district of Gatineau. A few hours after we had separated to spend Christmas and New Year's day with our families, we heard the sad news of the death of our colleague, Joseph Celestin Nadon, member for Gatineau.

This premature and unexpected death, which took place on December 17 last, has not only deeply affected the members of his family and his electors, but, no doubt, every member of this house who had come to know Mr. Nadon and to appreciate him since his election to this house in 1949.

Mr. Nadon was born at Ste. Famille d'Aumond, on January 11, 1899.

At Maniwaki, where he spent the greatest part of his life, and throughout Gatineau county, he took an active part in numerous social organizations where he always distinguished himself by his activity and devotion. He was elected to the Quebec legislative assembly in 1939 and re-elected in 1944. In October 1949 when a by-election was held

he was elected to the House of Commons and re-elected at the last general election.

Mr. Nadon was appreciated by the electors of Gatineau county as well as by all those who knew him for his untiring activity, his good judgment and his great devotion to the welfare of his fellow citizens. He was a hard and conscientious worker whose persevering efforts brought him great success in business; in politics he always showed the same activity and the same steadfastness of purpose, never neglecting a request or sparing his efforts to render all possible services.

My first personal contacts with Mr. Nadon go back to the period when he was mayor of Maniwaki and I was practising law in Quebec city. We spent long months together to straighten out property deeds at Maniwaki. It was land that had been part of an Indian reserve and that had been surrendered to the crown. The surrender had naturally been made with the agreement of the federal government and the latter had issued deeds to the occupants. Now, as a result of a decision of the privy council in a case that will be remembered by several members who invoked its authority, it was decided that when land was abandoned by an Indian band, the right of property passed to the crown in the right of the province where the said lands were located. That caused rather deep anxiety among the land owners of Maniwaki. Through untiring efforts that lasted several months, Mr. Nadon succeeded in obtaining the co-operation of the two governments to settle the matter for those land owners and ensure them that the validity of their deeds could never be contested.

That is only one example of Mr. Nadon's efforts on behalf of his fellow citizens.

I am sure that all hon. members of the house join me in paying tribute to a man who faithfully devoted himself to the welfare of all his fellow citizens and in expressing our sincere and deep sympathy to his wife and children.

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PC

George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

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

I know that every member of the house, Mr. Speaker, will join with the remarks of the Prime Minister in extending to Madame Nadon, and the family of the late member for Gatineau, the sympathy of all those with

The late J. C. Nadon

whom he has been associated since he entered this house in 1949. At that time, when he came here, following the appointment of the present Clerk of the House, he established a wide circle of friends, and to all of us it was a great shock to learn of the sudden and tragic death that removed him from the house. As has been pointed out by the Prime Minister (Mr. St. Laurent), like so many other members he served his own community well and in many capacities before entering the House of Commons. As mayor, chosen by his own people, he had been closely associated with their lives.

In addition to the very deep sympathy we all express to his family, there is also our sympathy to the community with which he has been so long associated.

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CCF

Major James William Coldwell

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

Mr. M. J. Coldwell (Roselown-Biggar):

Mr. Speaker, my colleagues and I join with the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition in expressing to the late Mr. Nadon's family our sympathy in the loss they have sustained. I noted by the press the day after the house rose for the Christmas adjournment that Mr. Nadon had passed away.

It is always a very sad occasion when we have to record the passing of one of our colleagues in the house. Mr. Nadon came here in 1949 after, as the Prime Minister has said, serving his community as mayor and in many other capacities. While here he enjoyed the friendship of many members in the house. On behalf of those associated with me I extend to the Prime Minister, the government and the Liberal party our sympathy in the loss of one of their colleagues, and to the family our deep sympathy in the loss they have sustained.

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Solon Earl Low

Social Credit

Mr. Solon E. Low (Peace River):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to say on behalf of the group I represent that we are always very sorry when a fellow member in the house passes. We get to know some members better than others, it is true; but, just the same, we do form here splendid fellowships and do not like to see them broken.

In this instance we understand that Mr. Nadon was a good public servant and well loved by his own people. We therefore extend our sympathy now to his family in their sad bereavement, and to the Prime Minister and the members of the Liberal party our sympathy in their loss of a good follower and supporter in the House of Commons.

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MACHINERY AND APPARATUS

EXEMPTIONS OF COMMODITIES FROM EXCISE TAX ACT

LIB

James Joseph McCann (Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to the order

of the house of December 7, 1953, on the motion of the hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre (Mr. Knowles) concerning exemptions of machinery and apparatus as provided for in schedule III to the Excise Tax Act, I am now submitting a copy of a general resume which the Minister of National Revenue authorized the deputy minister to issue on October 20, 1945, seven days after the exemption was provided for in the budget speech.

This most comprehensive list, which embraces approximately twelve pages of foolscap, did not of course attempt to cover all industries. However, it did define items on which requests for decisions had been made in the intervening period of seven days, and provided a general policy for officers of the department and those affected to follow.

Having regard to the large number of items of machinery and apparatus used in the manufacturing and producing industries of Canada, the hon. member will appreciate the great diversity of articles on which information has to be supplied. The department does not keep separately in its files correspondence dealing with specific requests for interpretations; and the amount of time necessary to examine all correspondence dealt with since January 1, 1951, in order to abstract that dealing with this particular question, would require placing a considerable part of the staff of my department on this work, added to which would be the stenographic help necessary in order to make copies of these lists concerned.

On the ground of economy it is hoped the hon. member will accept the information I am tabling as essentially a compliance with his request. I now wish to table this report.

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CCF

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

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

Mr. Stanley Knowles (Winnipeg North Centre):

May I ask the minister whether the summary which he has now tabled in response to an order of the house of December 7 includes anything that might be called a "copy of any general definition of machinery and apparatus made by the Minister of National Revenue in conformity with the requirements of schedule III to the Excise Tax Act"?

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LIB

James Joseph McCann (Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

Mr. McCann:

It does not include what

might be called a general definition, because we find that it is impossible to give a general definition of the many tens of thousands of articles of machinery and apparatus. These have been ad hoc decisions.

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PRIVATE BILLS

FIRST READINGS-SENATE BILLS


Bill No. 119, for the relief of Esther Smilo-vitch Benjamin.-Mr. Croll. Bill No. 120, for the relief of Shirley Ann Slayton Dubuc.-Mr. Weir. Bill No. 121, for the relief of Grace Mary Harrison Laycock.-Mr. Weir. Bill No. 122, for the relief of Lawrence Druxerman.-Mr. Croll. Bill No. 123, for the relief of Shirley Catherine Bradley Boyd.-Mr. Croll. Bill No. 124, for the relief of Ferdinand Nunes, otherwise known as Ferdinand Numes. -Mr. Weir. Bill No. 125, for the relief of Sarah Este-phanie Debonnaire Johnson.-Mr. Weir. Bill No. 126, for the relief of Sarah Ida Rishikof Neidik.-Mr. Croll. Bill No. 127, for the relief of Harold Goldstein.-Mr. Croll. Bill No. 128, for the relief of Mary Kathleen Hayes MacDonald.-Mr. Croll. Bill No. 129, for the relief of Dorothy Elizabeth Brewin Lovegrove.-Mr. Weir. Bill No. 130, for the relief of Barbara Jean White Simpson.-Mr. Weir. Bill No. 131, for the relief of Donald George Kirk.-Mr. Weir. Bill No. 132, for the relief of Joseph Wil-mott Albert Parmenter.-Mr. Weir. Bill No. 133, for the relief of Margaret Agnes Dupont Legault.-Mr. Croll. Bill No. 134, for the relief of Jack Merson. -Mr. Croll. Bill No. 135, for the relief of Philip George Ralph Anley.-Mr. Croll. Bill No. 136, for the relief of Rebecca Joyce Isobel Hahn Vengroff.-Mr. Croll. Bill No. 137, for the relief of Mary Szabow-ska Skowron, otherwise known as Marie Szabowska Skowron.-Mr. Croll. Bill No. 138, for the relief of George Arthur Crittenden.-Mr. Croll. Bill No. 139, for the relief of Evangeline Emma Bonner Dancsak.-Mr. Croll. Bill No. 140, for the relief of Reginald George Silversides.-Mr. Weir. Bill No. 141, for the relief of John Partridge.-Mr. Croll. Bill No. 142, for the relief of Jacques La-bonte.-Mr Weir. Bill No. 143, for the relief of Laura Solow Schwartz.-Mr. Croll. Bill No. 144, for the relief of Leona Kup-rasz Veremchuk.-Mr. Croll. Bill No. 145, for the relief of Mary Bernice Patricia Mullins Coristine.-Mr. Weir. Bill No. 146, for the relief of Evelyn Saxe Harris.-Mr. Croll. Bill No. 147, for the relief of Catharina Elizabeth van de Casteel Fortune.-Mr. Weir. Bill No. 148, for the relief of Hazel Viola Christena Darey Moore.-Mr. Weir. Bill No. 149, for the relief of Leontine Pelletier Lamothe.-Mr. Croll. Private Bills-Divorce Bill No. 150, for the relief of Lillian Hazel Welch Alexander.-Mr. Croll. Bill No. 151, for the relief of Therese Perrier Langlois_Mr. Croll. Bill No. 152, for the relief of Anita Eleanor London Lewy.-Mr. Croll. Bill No. 153, for the relief of Norma Patricia Cooke Campbell.-Mr. Croll. Bill No. 154, for the relief of Alexandra Morgoci Cucu.-Mr. Croll. Bill No. 155, for the relief of Daisy Helen Dean Harpes.-Mr. Croll. Bill No. 156, for the relief of Gerald Gaudet.-Mr. Croll. Bill No. 157, for the relief of Genevieve Mary Emily McGuire Carragher.-Mr. Croll. Bill No. 158, for the relief of Sydney Silver-man.-Mr. Croll. Bill No. 159, for the relief of Joseph Lucien Nadon.-Mr. Croll. Bill No. 160, for the relief of Patricia Louise Noseworthy St. Laurent.-Mr. Croll. Bill No. 161, for the relief of Joseph Octave Leopold Richer.-Mr. Croll. Bill No. 162, for the relief of George Gerald Patterson.-Mr. Croll. Bill No. 163, for the relief of Marcel Berube. -Mr. Croll. Bill No. 164, for the relief of Gertrude MacDonald Watt.-Mr. Croll. Bill No. 165, for the relief of Claire Pierrette Desrochers Dixon.-Mr. Croll. Bill No. 166, for the relief of Fernand Laurin.-Mr. Croll.


QUESTIONS

CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS

PURCHASES

PC

Mr. Brooks:

Progressive Conservative

1. What quantity of coal for use by the Canadian National Railways was purchased and shipped per month in 1952 and to date in 1953, to the following points: Chipman, South Devon, Napudogan, Langley and Edmundston in the province of New Brunswick, and Estcourt, Monk and Armagh, in the province of Quebec?

2. How much was purchased per month for the above periods, (a) from New Brunswick sources; (b) from Nova Scotia; (c) from other sources?

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LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. Chevrier:

Mr. Speaker, I have a statement I should like to make on this question. It will be noted that the question asks for the quantity of coal for use by the Canadian National Railways purchased and shipped per month in 1952 and to date, in 1953, to eight consuming points in New Brunswick and Quebec.

The management of the Canadian National Railways inform me that only at considerable clerical expense and at great inconvenience to themselves could the information

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requested be produced. Should this work be undertaken, the management feel that they would be faced with requests for similar information in respect of every other coalconsuming point in the system. The railways point out that this compilation would place a heavy burden upon the staff, and that it could not be done without extra expense being incurred. I hope the hon. member will appreciate the information that the railways have passed on to me, and that under the circumstances he will see fit to drop the question.

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January 13, 1954