January 13, 1954

CENSORSHIP

LIB

Mr. Goode:

Liberal

1. Has the government any knowledge of an order to submit texts of speeches, before delivery, to the police, during the 1953 general election?

2. If so, what were the circumstances?

He said: There has been an exchange of correspondence between the minister and me, and I am fully advised of the position. I thank the minister for his co-operation, and I ask that this question be dropped.

Topic:   ELECTION SPEECHES
Subtopic:   CENSORSHIP
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LIB

THE NATIONAL DEBT

SC

Mr. Johnston (Bow River):

Social Credit

1. What amount of interest has been paid on the national debt up to date?

2. What has been the cost of reservicing the debt up to date?

3. What amount of interest has been paid, during each of the last ten years?

4. What has been the cost of reservicing the debt for each of the last ten years?

Topic:   THE NATIONAL DEBT
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Mr. Benidickson: (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance)

Liberal Labour

1. Fiscal years 1868 to 1953 - $8,045,608,184.29.

2. Fiscal years 1868 to 1953-servicing of public debt, cost of issuing new loans and annual amortization of bond discounts and commissions-$329,219,003.01.

3. Fiscal year ended March 31: 1944,

$242,681,180.44; 1945. $318,994,820.53; 1946, $409,134,501.56; 1947, $464,394,876.26; 1948, $455,455,203.64; 1949, $465,137,957.94; 1950, $439,816,334.54; 1951, $425,217,500.07; 1952, $519,933,150.54(*1; 1953, $451,339,521.22.

(*) Includes $87,510,008.24 required to place interest on public debt on an accrual basis.

4. Servicing of public debt, cost of issuing new loans and annual amortization of bond discounts and commissions on loans:

Fiscal year ended March 31: 1944, $19,457,838.66; 1945, $20,851,590.99; 1946, $28,481,141.53; 1947, $12,816,939.82; 1948, $11,269,583.39; 1949, $10,076,063,66; 1950, $11,023,388.92; 1951, $13,802,798.95; 1952, $11,101,658.85; 1953, $13,579,715.87.

Balance at March 31, 1953, of discount and commissions on loans remaining to be amortized over term of loans-$60,659,578.84.

Questions

Topic:   THE NATIONAL DEBT
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GOVERNMENT COMMUNICATIONS, B.C.-SALE

SC

Mr. Leboe:

Social Credit

1. Has the British Columbia Telephone Company purchased from the federal government any or all of the telephone and telegraph lines and equipment held by the government?

2. If so, what was the purchase price?

3. Was an appraisal of the assets made, and by whom?

4. If this transaction was made, what provision is there for the continuation of employees?

Topic:   GOVERNMENT COMMUNICATIONS, B.C.-SALE
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LIB

Mr. Langlois (Gaspe): (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Transport)

Liberal

1. Approval in principle, subject to negotiation with respect to conditions, has been given to the sale to the British Columbia Telephone Company of the telephone facilities of the British Columbia division, government telegraph and telephone service, excluding the long distance system between Prince George and Prince Rupert.

2. $750,000, subject to the answer to question No. 1.

3. Yes, appraisals were made by the Department of Transport, British Columbia Telephone Company and Canadian National Telegraphs.

4. It is not possible to answer this question now as details are being worked out at this time.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT COMMUNICATIONS, B.C.-SALE
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MARPOLE-SEA ISLAND, B.C. BRIDGE

CCF

Mr. Winch:

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

1. Has the federal government or any department thereof been In consultation with the government

of British Columbia or the city of Vancouver relative to the construction of a bridge between Marpole and Sea island?

2. If so, at what stage are the consultations and what representations, if any, have been made by the government or department with respect to this construction?

Topic:   MARPOLE-SEA ISLAND, B.C. BRIDGE
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LIB

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

Liberal

1. There has been an exchange of correspondence between the minister of public works of British Columbia and the Acting Minister of Public Works, Ottawa, in 1953.

2. The Minister of Public Works inquired if the federal government would make any financial contribution towards the cost of this bridge. The reply was given that it was considered there was no federal responsibility in this matter.

Topic:   MARPOLE-SEA ISLAND, B.C. BRIDGE
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TAXATION AND INCOME-THREE RIVERS AND SHAWINIGAN FALLS, QUE.

PC

Mr. Balcer:

Progressive Conservative

1. What was the total number of declared taxable returns for the taxation year 1951 for the city of Trois-Rivieres, Quebec?

2. For the city of Shawinigan Falls, Quebec?

3. What were the amounts for each of these two cities?

4. What was the total earned Income declared in that taxation year for these two cities?

Topic:   TAXATION AND INCOME-THREE RIVERS AND SHAWINIGAN FALLS, QUE.
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LIB

James Joseph McCann (Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

Mr. McCann:

1, 2, 3 and 4. In so far as individuals are concerned, the following is a statement of the information requested.

1951 Taxation Year

City

Total number of Total amount declared taxable of income

returns declared

Total amount of earned income declared

Trois-Rivieres 7,410

Shawinigan Falls (including Arvida) 8,310

$23,595,000 $22,759,000

$28,526,000 $27,765,000

With respect to corporations, no similar statistical information is maintained by the taxation division.

Topic:   TAXATION AND INCOME-THREE RIVERS AND SHAWINIGAN FALLS, QUE.
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NO. 5 WORKS COMPANY TECHNICAL OFFICER

PC

Mr. Dufresne:

Progressive Conservative

1. Who is the technical officer (administration) of No. 5 works company, R.C.E., Quebec city?

2. When was he appointed?

3. What is his salary?

4. What previous service, if any, had he with the armed forces of Canada?

5. In what civil service category is his position classified?

6. Was the position advertised for public competition?

7. Was any investigation conducted to ascertain if any person serving in No. 5 works company,

IMr. Benidickson.l

R.C.E., was qualified for promotion to the position? If so, what was the result?

8. Since the said appointment, have any senior members of No. 5 works company, R.C.E., resigned?

9. If so, who and for what reason?

Topic:   NO. 5 WORKS COMPANY TECHNICAL OFFICER
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LIB

Mr. Blanchette: (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

1. Mr. Arsene Gerard Leblanc.

2. March 17, 1953.

3. $4,560 per annum.

4. He has had no service with the armed forces of Canada.

5. Technical officer grade 4.

6. Yes.

7. Yes. In accordance with normal practice, the personal qualifications and experience of the staff on strength was reviewed but no one had the qualifications required by the position. An open competition was held in which any person possessing the required qualifications was free to enter.

8. No.

9. Not applicable.

Topic:   NO. 5 WORKS COMPANY TECHNICAL OFFICER
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TRADE AGREEMENTS WITH COMMUNIST COUNTRIES

SC

Mr. Holowach:

Social Credit

1. Do trade agreements exist between Canada and Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria and communist China?

2. If so, what are the principal items of export to these countries?

3. What was the total value of exports to each of these countries, during the past year?

4. How many pounds of aluminum have been sent to these countries, during each of the years 1950, 1951, 1952 and to date in 1953?

5. What was the total value of these shipments of aluminum?

Topic:   TRADE AGREEMENTS WITH COMMUNIST COUNTRIES
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January 13, 1954