March 9, 1954

TABLING OF CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION REPORT

LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

I have the honour to lay upon the table of the house a copy of a report of the civil service commission respecting the permanent appointment of certain employees of the House of Commons.

Topic:   TABLING OF CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION REPORT
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PRIVATE BILLS

FIRST READINGS-SENATE BILLS


Bill No. 341, for the relief of Michele Grignon Ferguson.-Mr. Hunter. Bill No. 342, for the relief of Emile Groulx. -Mr. Hunter. Bill No. 343, for the relief of Doreen Jeannette Yvonne Sarah Mary Dorothy Sibley Cowans.-Mr. Hunter. Bill No. 344, for the relief of Muriel Spencer Campbell.-Mr. Hunter. Bill No. 345, for the relief of Yetta Frumkin Binder.-Mr. Hunter. Bill No. 346, for the relief of Vera Mary Drummond Stafford.-Mr. Hunter. Bill No. 347, for the relief of Alice Beatrice Cutler Murdoch.-Mr. Hunter. Bill No. 348, for the relief of Maartje Stelling McLachlan.-Mr. Hunter. Bill No. 349, for the relief of Wilfred Roy Fricker.-Mr. Hunter. Bill No. 350, for the relief of Dorothy Adelaide Jorbahn Rosburg.-Mr. Hunter. Bill No. 351, for the relief of Joseph Bernard Bertrand.-Mr. Hunter. Bill No. 352, for the relief of Ann McKinnon Archibald Barnes.-Mr. Hunter. Bill No. 353, for the relief of Joseph Gerard Arthur Valmore Tremblay.-Mr. Hunter.


EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

RECOGNITION OF RED CHINA


On the orders of the day:


PC

George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, I would like to direct a question to the Secretary of State for External Affairs. Has he been able to confirm the statement by the Prime Minister

(Mr. St. Laurent) in regard to the recognition of communist China, and, if so, has he any comment to make?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   RECOGNITION OF RED CHINA
Sub-subtopic:   GOVERNMENT
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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Hon. L. B. Pearson (Secretary of Stale for External Affairs):

Mr. Speaker, by lunch time no reply had been received to our telegraph message requesting the actual text of what the Prime Minister is reported to have said in the Philippines, and in Korea.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   RECOGNITION OF RED CHINA
Sub-subtopic:   GOVERNMENT
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REPORTED VISIT OF PRIME MINISTER TO WASHINGTON

PC

John George Diefenbaker

Progressive Conservative

Mr. J. G. Diefenbaker (Prince Albert):

Mr. Speaker, I would like to direct a question to the Secretary of State for External Affairs. Is he prepared to say whether there is any foundation in a newspaper report today to the effect that the Prime Minister on his return will immediately go to Washington to discuss with President Eisenhower what he has seen on his world tour?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   REPORTED VISIT OF PRIME MINISTER TO WASHINGTON
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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Hon. L. B. Pearson (Secretary of Stale for External Affairs):

Mr. Speaker, I know of no foundation for that newspaper report.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   REPORTED VISIT OF PRIME MINISTER TO WASHINGTON
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ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Colin Cameron

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

Mr. Colin Cameron (Nanaimo):

Mr. Speaker, I would like to direct a question to the Minister of Justice. Is the minister aware that the person or persons charged by him with the duty of investigating the alleged leak in Victoria, B.C., from R.C.M.P. files failed to contact or interview Reeve Casey of Saanich, the person who was, in the first place, responsible for the allegation that there had been a leak from the R.C.M.P. files; and is the minister, in view of this circumstance, prepared to have a further investigation made of the matter?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE
Sub-subtopic:   INVESTIGATION OF ALLEGED LEAK FROM FILES, VICTORIA, B.C.
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LIB

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

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, I wish to thank the hon. member for having given me notice of this question. I am aware that the persons charged with the investigating of the alleged leak of information in Victoria did not interview Reeve Casey, and I am also aware of the reason they did not do so, namely that the only occasion on which any member of the R.C.M.P. was in contact with Reeve Casey

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Inquiries of the Ministry in relation to this matter was a considerable time after Mr. Marshall was released by the Victoria public library board.

The federal government does not permit or condone the giving of information by the R.C.M.P. to private citizens from its special branch flies. Our investigation has established that there was no disregard or violation of this policy by the R.C.M.P. in respect of the person named. This language, Mr. Speaker, I believe, is quite clear, but lest there should be any misapprehension concerning it may I state the same facts in another way. The federal government forbids the giving of information to private citizens from its special branch files. In the present case the federal government is satisfied that no member of the R.C.M.P. gave information to anyone concerning Mr. Marshall from its special branch files.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE
Sub-subtopic:   INVESTIGATION OF ALLEGED LEAK FROM FILES, VICTORIA, B.C.
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LABOUR CONDITIONS


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Angus MacInnis

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

Mr. Angus Maclnnis (Vancouver-Kings-way):

Mr. Speaker, I would like to direct a question to the Minister of National Defence. Has the minister received a protest from labour organizations in British Columbia regarding the reduction of rates of pay for certain classes of work in the naval dockyard at Esquimalt? If so, will the minister comment on this protest?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   NAVAL DOCKYARD, ESQUIMALT PROPOSED PAY REDUCTIONS
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March 9, 1954