March 3, 1954

BANKING AND COMMERCE


Third report of standing committee on banking and commerce.-Mr. Croll.


CRIMINAL LAW

ANNOUNCEMENT OF SETTING UP OF ROYAL COMMISSION ON DEFENCE OF INSANITY

LIB

Stuart Sinclair Garson (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Hon. Stuart S. Garson (Minister of Justice):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to

announce that an order in council has been passed setting up a royal commission to inquire into and report upon the question whether the criminal law of Canada relating to the defence of insanity should be amended in any respect and, if so, in what manner and to what extent.

The membership of the said commission will be Hon. James Chalmers McRuer, chief justice of the high court of justice of Ontario, chairman; Dr. Gustave Desrochers, assistant superintendent of St. Michel hospital, and a member of the faculty of medicine at Laval University, Quebec, P.Q., vice-chairman; Her Honour Judge Helen Kinnear, county court judge for the county of Haldimand, Ontario; Dr. Robert O. Jones, professor of psychiatry at Dalhousie University, Halifax, N.S.; and Joseph Harris, Esquire, of Winnipeg.

Topic:   CRIMINAL LAW
Subtopic:   ANNOUNCEMENT OF SETTING UP OF ROYAL COMMISSION ON DEFENCE OF INSANITY
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QUESTIONS

POST OFFICE-NIGHT DIFFERENTIAL

CCF

Mr. Knowles: (Whip of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation)

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

1. Has there been in effect in the Post Office Department a night differential in favour of employees obliged to be on duty between the hours of 5 p.m. and 7 a.m.? If so. what have been the terms of such a night differential?

2. Has any such night differential been discontinued, or is it being discontinued, in connection with the institution of the five-day 40-hour week amongst post office employees? If so, for what reason?

3. Have any protests been received against the abolition of said night differential, and is consideration being given to maintaining the said night differential?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   POST OFFICE-NIGHT DIFFERENTIAL
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LIB

Mr. Kirk (Shelburne-Yarmouth-Clare): (Parliamentary Assistant to the Postmaster General)

Liberal

1. Yes. Seven hours night duty has been accepted in lieu of eight hours.

2. Yes. It is proposed to implement the five-day 40-hour week for all shifts.

3. No formal representations have been received, but reports of a meeting in Vancouver indicate some confusion. Night differential as previously applied disappears with the adoption of the five-day 40-hour week, but the department recognizing the inconvenience of night work has recommended a cash allowance for night duty at points where the five-day 40-hour week goes into effect.

The cash allowance for the additional one and a half hours worked and the inconvenience will be approximately $6 per worker per week for full-time night duty.

Employees will also have the benefit of one more day free from duty each week. In other words their hours of duty will be confined to five days instead of six as at present.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   POST OFFICE-NIGHT DIFFERENTIAL
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VESSEL "LA HAVE"

PC

Mr. Nowlan:

Progressive Conservative

1. Where is the vessel known as La Have, presently based?

2. Is the La Have now commissioned, and if so, for what purpose?

3. What was the purchase price for the La Have when originally acquired by the Canadian government?

4. What has been the total amount of money expended by the Canadian government or any department thereof in connection with the said La Have since its acquisition, and for what purpose or purposes have the said moneys been expended?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   VESSEL "LA HAVE"
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LIB

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

Liberal

1. The La Have is based at Halifax, N.S.

2. The La Have has been commissioned as a Canadian naval auxiliary vessel attached to the naval research establishment, Dartmouth, N.S., and is used for oceanographic and hydrographic research.

3. $60,000.

4. (a) $499,370.98; (b) purchase price,

$60,000.00; refit 1952, $39,363.72; operating costs (1952-53), $58,410.00; operating costs (1953-54), $35,112.00; conversion costs to Dec. 31, 1953, $306,485.26.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   VESSEL "LA HAVE"
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SUCCESSION DUTY-CAPITALIZATION OF PENSION

PC

George Stanley White

Progressive Conservative

Mr. White (Hastings-Fronlenac):

Is a pension payable to a widow of a member of the forces under the provisions of the Pension Act capitalized for succession duty purposes?

Topic:   SUCCESSION DUTY-CAPITALIZATION OF PENSION
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LIB

James Joseph McCann (Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

Mr. McCann:

I shall answer this question orally. The answer is yes.

Questions

Topic:   SUCCESSION DUTY-CAPITALIZATION OF PENSION
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WHEAT PRICE REDUCTION-CONSULTATION

CCF

Hazen Robert Argue

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

Mr. Argue:

Was any consultation held between the Canadian wheat board and any farm organization or between any department or official of the government and any farm organization before the price of wheat at Fort William-Port Arthur was reduced by 7 cents per bushel?

Topic:   WHEAT PRICE REDUCTION-CONSULTATION
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LIB

John Horace Dickey (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Defence Production)

Liberal

Mr. Dickey:

No.

Topic:   WHEAT PRICE REDUCTION-CONSULTATION
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WHITEHORSE, YUKON-TYPHOID FEVER

LIB

Mr. Simmons:

Liberal

1. In view of a reported case of typhoid fever at Whitehorse, Yukon, will the Department of National Health and Welfare co-operate with local authorities in taking steps to combat any danger of an epidemic?

2. If so, what action has been and will be taken by the department in this connection?

Topic:   WHITEHORSE, YUKON-TYPHOID FEVER
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March 3, 1954