March 10, 1954

NATIONAL DEFENCE

RIFLES TESTED

PC

Gordon Minto Churchill

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Churchill:

What rifles or weapons, other than the Belgian FN and the British EM2, have been examined and tested by the Department of National Defence as possible substitutes for the Lee-Enfield?

Topic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Subtopic:   RIFLES TESTED
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LIB

Joseph-Adéodat Blanchette (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. Blanchette:

The Department of National Defence has either tested, or has participated in and has full data on, tests of the Ml (Garand) rifle, the T44 and the T47, all of which were designed in the United States of America.

Questions

Topic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Subtopic:   RIFLES TESTED
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IRON ORE AND STEEL, CANADA-JAPAN

PC

Mr. Green:

Progressive Conservative

1. What quantity of iron ore was exported to Japan from British Columbia, in each of the months of the years 1952 and 1953?

2. What quantity of steel was imported into Canada from Japan during each of the said months?

Topic:   IRON ORE AND STEEL, CANADA-JAPAN
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LIB

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

Liberal

1. Exports are not recorded by province of origin in Canadian trade statistics. The exports of iron ore to Japan through customs ports in the province of British Columbia were as follows:

Tons of 2,000 pounds

Month 1952 1953

January 49,398

February

19,803 ....March

30,154 136,214April

10,416 94,645May

96,659 88,345June

85,663 53,597July

141,505 119,985August

10,417 88,653September ....

143,409 October 167,721November

160,708 December

95,577 159,488

2. Imports of steel** from Japan were as follows:

Tons of 2,000 pounds

Month 1952 1953January .... 1,726 105February .... 822 10March

2,288 430April .... 4,688 114May

7,386 157June .... 1,996 174July .... 1,549 1,897August

1,113 33September

1,057 369October

782 560November

440 303December .... 450 583

** Includes bars, rods, plates, sheets, strip, and structural shapes.

Topic:   IRON ORE AND STEEL, CANADA-JAPAN
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RUSSIA AND CANADA

DIPLOMATIC

PC

Mr. Fullon:

Progressive Conservative

1. How many diplomatic representatives and and members of staff does Canada maintain in Russia, including military, etc., attaches?

2. What are the restrictions on their freedom of movement and freedom of access to sources of information in Russia?

Questions

3. How many diplomatic representatives and members of staff does Russia maintain in Canada, including military, etc., attaches?

4. What are the restrictions on their freedom of movement and freedom of access to sources of information in Canada?

Topic:   RUSSIA AND CANADA
Subtopic:   DIPLOMATIC
Sub-subtopic:   REPRESENTATIVES
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LIB

Mr. Pinard: (Parliamentary Assistant to the Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

1. Diplomatic representatives: Ambassador; Two foreign service officers; Military attache; Air attache.

Administrative staff: Five (four external affairs, one national defence).

Locally engaged staff: Nine.

2. The Canadian embassy is required to notify the Soviet foreign ministry in advance, in writing, of any trip to be taken by a Canadian member of the staff beyond a 40 kilometre radius from Moscow. In addition to this general requirement of notification, there are still substantial areas of the U.S.S.R. which foreigners are not allowed to visit at all. These areas include most border zones of the U.S.S.R., much of the Ural industrial area, the western area of the Ukraine, and some districts in the immediate vicinity of Moscow.

The total out of bounds area, although still large, is very much smaller than it was before June, 1953, when the number of prohibitions was greatly reduced. For example, foreigners may now visit many parts of the central Asian republics of the U.S.S.R. which were prohibited territory before June, 1953.

The Canadian embassy has access to those sources of information which are available to the general public, and the opportunity for discussions with Soviet officials.

3. Fifteen diplomatic representatives and fifteen non-diplomatic members of the staff.

4. The Soviet embassy must notify the Canadian government of any trip more than 75 miles from the city limits of Ottawa to be taken by any Soviet personnel connected with the embassy. This notification must be received by the Department of External Affairs (or the Department of National Defence in the case of trips by service attaches) at least 48 hours before the proposed time of departure from Ottawa. The notification is submitted on a special form calling for full details of the proposed trip.

The Soviet embassy has access to those sources of information which are available to the general public, and the opportunity for discussions with Canadian officials.

Topic:   RUSSIA AND CANADA
Subtopic:   DIPLOMATIC
Sub-subtopic:   REPRESENTATIVES
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CANADIAN ACTIVE ARMY REGIMENTS

PC

Mr. Churchill:

Progressive Conservative

1. What are the infantry regiments of the Canadian active army?

2. When were these regiments originally formed?

3. What are the battle honours of each regiment?

Topic:   CANADIAN ACTIVE ARMY REGIMENTS
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LIB

GRAIN MARKETINGS BY PRODUCERS

PC

John George Diefenbaker

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

How many bushels of (a) wheat; (b) oats; (c) barley, were marketed by producers in the prairie provinces through line elevators or through other facilities of the wheat board, in each of the months of June and July and the first nine days of August, in each of the years 1951, 1952 and 1953?

Topic:   GRAIN MARKETINGS BY PRODUCERS
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. Dickey:

Producers' marketings of grain are compiled on a weekly basis by the board of grain commissioners for Canada. According to the records of the board, and for the periods of time that most closely correspond with the periods referred to in the question, producers marketed the following quantities of wheat, oats and barley:

June 1-June 28 June 29-July 31 Aug. 1-Aug. 9 .

May 30-June 26 June 27-July 31 Aug. 1-Aug. 7 .

May 29-June 25 June 26-July 31 Aug. 1-Aug. 6 .

Topic:   GRAIN MARKETINGS BY PRODUCERS
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RUSSIA AND CANADA

TRADE REPRESENTATIVES

PC

Mr. Fulton:

Progressive Conservative

1. How many trade representatives does Canada maintain in Russia, including Canadian members of staff?

2. What are the restrictions on their freedom of movement and freedom of access to sources of information in Russia?

3. How many trade representatives does Russia maintain in Canada, including Russian members of staff?

4. What are the restrictions on their freedom of movement and freedom of access to sources of information in Canada?

Topic:   RUSSIA AND CANADA
Subtopic:   TRADE REPRESENTATIVES
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March 10, 1954