March 4, 1954

THE ROYAL ASSENT

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 the following letter from the secretary to His Excellency the Governor General:

2nd March, 1954

Sir:

I have the honour to inform you that the Right Honourable Thibaudeau Rinfret, Chief Justice of Canada, acting as Deputy of His Excellency the Governor General, will proceed to the Senate chamber on Thursday, the 4th March, at 5.45 p.m., for the purpose of giving the royal assent to certain bills.

I have the honour to be, sir.

Your obedient servant,

J. F. Delaute,

Secretary to the Governor General. (Administrative)

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PRIVILEGE

MR. FULTON JOHNSTON-WESTERN CANADA PROJECT ALLEGED INCOMPLETE RETURN

PC

Edmund Davie Fulton

Progressive Conservative

Mr. E. D. Fulton (Kamloops):

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a question of privilege. On Tuesday, March 2, there was tabled in the house correspondence and so on in connection with what is known as the Johnston-Western Canada V.L.A. project near Kamloops, British Columbia. This was in compliance with an order of the house issued on February 8.

This order asked for a copy of all letters, telegrams and other correspondence, and memoranda of telephone calls, exchanged between the government or any minister, department, or agency thereof, and any other person or organization outside the dominion government service since June 1, 1953, concerning the allocation of funds for this project.

The return as tabled does not include a letter which I have reason to believe is in the possession of the Minister of Fisheries (Mr. Sinclair). I base my statement in that regard upon an article appearing in the Kamloops newspaper of January 25, which reads as follows:

Notice that a sum of $46,000 was approved and would be included in government estimates to be considered at the present session of parliament was received in Kamloops by Syd. J. Smith in a letter from fisheries minister James A. Sinclair. (Mr. Smith is president of the Liberal association of British Columbia and former M.L.A. for the Kamloops riding.)

And it continues:

The amount approved by the treasury board is specifically earmarked for the improvement and extension of V.L.A. land acquired by the federal government-

-and so on. It would appear that the letter was in detail as to the amount of the item, and what it would be used for. I would point out that the letter is not included in the return tabled the day before yesterday. I would ask the Acting Prime Minister (Mr. Howe) if he will cause the necessary activity in the cabinet to be undertaken which would result in the production of this letter as asked for in the motion passed by the house.

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Subtopic:   MR. FULTON JOHNSTON-WESTERN CANADA PROJECT ALLEGED INCOMPLETE RETURN
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LIB

James Sinclair (Minister of Fisheries)

Liberal

Hon. James Sinclair (Minister of Fisheries):

Mr. Speaker, once again I simply have to reply that personal correspondence I have with friends who are interested in public welfare in Kamloops is not to be produced here as government papers.

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Subtopic:   MR. FULTON JOHNSTON-WESTERN CANADA PROJECT ALLEGED INCOMPLETE RETURN
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PC

Edmund Davie Fulton

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Fulton:

May I ask the Minister of Fisheries whether he regards a letter written by himself on a matter approved by treasury board for the inclusion in the estimates, and therefore confidential until the estimates are tabled, as one which might properly be regarded as personal correspondence.

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LIB

James Sinclair (Minister of Fisheries)

Liberal

Mr. Sinclair:

That is a matter entirely for my decision. The letter I wrote was as one interested in public development in British Columbia to another man who is interested in public development, and had "personal" written across the top.

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PRIVATE BILLS

FIRST READINGS


Bill No. 325, to authorize Niagara Gas Transmission Limited to construct, own and operate an extra-provincial pipe line. -Mr. Hunter. Bill No. 327, for the relief of Lucien L'Esperance, junior.-Mr. Hunter. Bill No. 328, for the relief of Charles Edouard Dubois.-Mr. Hunter. Bill No. 329, for the relief of Donald Clarke Allen.-Mr. Hunter. Bill No. 330, for the relief of Jean Albert Raymond Rasson Desloover.-Mr. Hunter. Bill No. 331, for the relief of Hazel Helena King Featherston.-Mr. Hunter. Bill No. 332, for the relief of Jessie Ruby Dawe Greenslade.-Mr. Hunter.



Questions Bill No. 333, for the relief of Romuald Fregeau.-Mr. Hunter. Bill No. 334, for the relief of Jean Nelson Williams Blampied.-Mr. Hunter. Bill No. 335, for the relief of Horace Gervais.-Mr. Hunter. Bill No. 336, for the relief of Margaret Ann Eddie Casselman.-Mr. Hunter. Bill No. 337, for the relief of Marcel Prud'homme.-Mr. Hunter.


QUESTIONS

INVERNESS COUNTY, N.S.-WHARF AND BREAKWATER

PC

Mr. Nowlan:

Progressive Conservative

1. In each of the calendar years, 1948 to 1953, inclusive, how much money has been expended on the wharf commonly known as "The Block" at cape Rouge, Inverness county, Nova Scotia, for (a) repairs; (b) maintenance; (c) construction or additions thereto?

2. In each of the calendar years, 1948 to 1953, inclusive, how much money has been expended on the breakwater at Margaree Harbour, Inverness county, Nova Scotia, for (a) repairs; (b) maintenance; (c) construction or additions thereto?

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Subtopic:   INVERNESS COUNTY, N.S.-WHARF AND BREAKWATER
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LIB

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

Liberal

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Subtopic:   INVERNESS COUNTY, N.S.-WHARF AND BREAKWATER
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WHEAT BOARD-GRAIN HELD

PC

Mr. Harkness:

Progressive Conservative

1. What amount of wheat, oats and barley was held by the wheat board on the latest date for which figures are available?

2. How much of this grain was: (a) crop year 1952-53; (b) crop year 1951-52; (c) crop year 1950-51?

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Subtopic:   WHEAT BOARD-GRAIN HELD
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LIB

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

Liberal

1. It is not the policy of the Canadian wheat board to disclose its position with respect to holdings of wheat, oats or barley during a current crop year.

2. See answer to No. 1.

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KINGS AND ANNAPOLIS COUNTIES, N.S. WHARVES

March 4, 1954