June 16, 1954

CRIMINAL LAW

CONCURRENCE IN THIRD REPORT OF JOINT COMMITTEE


Mr. D. F. Brown (Essex Wesl) presented the third report of the joint committee of the Senate and the House of Commons on capital and corporal punishment, and moved that the report be concurred in. Motion agreed to.


BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

MUNICIPAL GRANTS ACT

LIB

Douglas Charles Abbott (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Hon. Douglas Abbott (Minister of Finance):

Mr. Speaker, on Monday last, in reply to a question from the Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Drew), the Prime Minister (Mr. St-Laurent) indicated that I would make a statement as to whether it was intended to proceed at this session with the amendments to the Municipal Grants Act. As I stated, I think last week, the government had hoped to be able to proceed with that measure this session, but the legislative program has been heavy, and in view of the fact that the amendments would not be operative until the calendar year 1955, the usual municipal year, no prejudice would be suffered by the measure standing over until the next session.

It would be the government's intention to introduce the measure at the earliest possible moment at that session. There is an item in my estimates of some $3 million for the grants for the calendar year, and when that item is called we shall have an opportunity to discuss the matter and I can indicate, in a general way, the nature of the amendments which the government has in mind.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   MUNICIPAL GRANTS ACT
Sub-subtopic:   STATEMENT ON INTRODUCTION OF AMENDMENTS
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PC

George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, I thought possibly, from the remarks that had been made earlier, there was some anticipation of this. But, on a question of order, I would point out the unsatisfactory result that flows from keeping on the order paper notices that are not carried through. Your Honour has had occasion to rule that, in view of these notices, certain debates which we wished to have in regard 83276-383

to relief for municipalities in connection with excise and sales taxes could not 'be dealt with because of this. I am not suggesting for one moment that the purpose of having this on the order paper was to produce that result. I would point out, however, that this result does follow from having on the order paper items of this kind that are not then proceeded with. It has been on the order paper since March 22, so that we were blocked from what we do regard as a very important provision for relief of the municipalities.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   MUNICIPAL GRANTS ACT
Sub-subtopic:   STATEMENT ON INTRODUCTION OF AMENDMENTS
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PC

James MacKerras Macdonnell

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Macdonnell:

May I ask whether the government believes that municipalities have no urgent needs or whether they are to be allowed to stew in their own juice.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   MUNICIPAL GRANTS ACT
Sub-subtopic:   STATEMENT ON INTRODUCTION OF AMENDMENTS
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LIB

Douglas Charles Abbott (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. Abbott:

My hon. friend's language is always somewhat colourful, only exceeded by that of the hon. member for Eglinton (Mr. Fleming). I do not know that I have any special comment to make on that at the moment, Mr. Speaker.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   MUNICIPAL GRANTS ACT
Sub-subtopic:   STATEMENT ON INTRODUCTION OF AMENDMENTS
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QUESTIONS

FEDERAL SUBSIDIES TO SALT FISH INDUSTRY

LIB

Mr. Balcom:

Liberal

1. Was any financial assistance given to the marketing of salt fish in Newfoundland since confederation but prior to the 1953 production, in the form of subsidies to producers, purchasers of surplus production, or currency conversion?

2. If so, what were the total amounts involved?

3. Did Nova Scotia and the other mainland provinces share in such subsidies, purchases of surplus or currency provisions?

4. If so, to what extent and in what form?

5. What assistance was given to the salt fish industry in 1953 and how was the division made in regard to provinces?

6. Were any subsidies paid on 1953 fish to Nova Scotia, New Brunswick or Prince Edward Island?

7. What federal subsidies were paid on 1953 fish, and to what regions?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   FEDERAL SUBSIDIES TO SALT FISH INDUSTRY
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LIB

Mr. MacNaughi: (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Fisheries)

Liberal

1. Yes.

2. (a) Purchase 1949 production, $82,564.52;

(b) deficiency payments on Labrador 1950 production, $446,120.15; (c) deficiency payments shore 1950 production, $810,105.11.

3. No.

4. Answered by No. 3.

5. The government purchased in 1953 approximately $950,000 worth of salted codfish for relief purposes in Greece and Korea.

Questions

The amounts were: Newfoundland, $500,000; Nova Scotia, $190,000; New Brunswick, $10,000; Quebec, $250,000.

The amounts were based on the carryover of 1952 fish in each province. Deficiency payments were also authorized in Quebec and Newfoundland. The Quebec payments amounted to $37,420. The Newfoundland payments have not yet been made but will approximate $600,000.

6. None.

7. Answered by No. 5.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   FEDERAL SUBSIDIES TO SALT FISH INDUSTRY
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ARMED FORCES

HENDRY REPORT

PC

Walter Gilbert Dinsdale

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Dinsdale:

X. What was the cost of the Hendry report on welfare services for the Canadian armed forces?

2. Where was it carried out and completed?

3. Who defrayed the expenses involved in the preparation of this report?

4. Who has had access to this report?

Topic:   ARMED FORCES
Subtopic:   HENDRY REPORT
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LIB

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

Liberal

1. The sum of $24,220.62 was paid as the cost of a report made for the personnel members committee of the three services by Professor Hendry of the University of Toronto in contract with the defence research board.

2. 1950-51.

3. Defence research board.

4. The staff of the contractor who prepared it and the appropriate officials of the Department of National Defence.

Topic:   ARMED FORCES
Subtopic:   HENDRY REPORT
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VOCATIONAL TRAINING CO-ORDINATION ACT

LIB

Mr. Boisvert:

Liberal

1. Did all the provinces enter into an agreement with the federal government in virtue of the Vocational Training Co-ordination Act, 1942?

2. If so. in what year was an agreement signed with each province?

3. How many disabled persons, in each province and for each year since 1942 to 1954, were provided assistance for rehabilitation training?

Topic:   VOCATIONAL TRAINING CO-ORDINATION ACT
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LIB

Mr. Gregg: (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

1. Yes.

2. (a) Youth training agreement. Nine provinces signed in 1942. Agreement expired 1948.

(b) War emergency training agreement. Eight provinces signed in 1942. Agreement expired 1946. Prince Edward Island signed 1944.

(c) Re-establishment agreement. Nine provinces signed in 1945. Agreement expired 1948.

(d) Vocational schools' assistance agreement. Nine provinces signed in 1945. Newfoundland 1950; Northwest Territories 1953.

(e) Vocational training agreement. Nine provinces signed 1948. Newfoundland 1950, Northwest Territories 1953.

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(f) Apprenticeship training agreement. Seven provinces signed 1944. Newfoundland 1953; Northwest Territories 1953. Quebec and Prince Edward Island have not signed this agreement.

(g) Vocational correspondence courses agreement. Eight provinces signed 1950. Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Northwest Territories have not signed this agreement.

3. There is no record of the number of disabled persons trained under the provisions of the act prior to 1953. During the fiscal year ended March 31, 1954, 511 disabled trainees were reported by the province as follows:- Nova Scotia 28; New Brunswick 92; Quebec 46; Ontario 223; Manitoba 45; Saskatchewan 20; Alberta 38; British Columbia 19.

Topic:   VOCATIONAL TRAINING CO-ORDINATION ACT
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June 16, 1954