June 17, 1954

EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

VISIT TO OTTAWA BY SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL AND MR. EDEN

LIB

Louis Stephen St-Laurent (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Right Hon. L. S. St. Laurent (Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, I think I should inform the house about the exchange of messages with London concerning the visit by Sir Winston Churchill and Mr. Eden to Washington at the end of next week. As soon as we heard that a date had been set for that visit we made inquiries through the office of the United Kingdom High Commissioner here in Ottawa and through our own High Commissioner in the office of commonwealth relations in London as to the possibility of their coming to Ottawa on the occasion of their visit to this continent.

Yesterday morning I received personally from Sir Winston Churchill a very cordial message in which he said he always enjoyed a conference in Canada but could not make any plans at the present time. Following that message I had this message sent to the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations of the British government:

Having heard that Sir Winston and Mr. Eden are coming to Washington, my colleagues and I would like to assure them that, if it were convenient for them to visit Ottawa on their way back, they would be most warmly welcomed and that we would much appreciate the opportunity of hearing direct from them their appreciation of the present situation.

I quite understand, however, Sir Winston's difficulty about making plans at present for such a visit and I would not like him to feel any embarrassment if circumstances made it necessary for him to decline our invitation at this time.

This morning I received this personal message from Sir Winston which I am glad to communicate to the house:

So glad to get your telegram. I have every hope of coming to Ottawa for a day or a day and a half during the 29th of June, 30th of June and 1st of July, if it is convenient to you. Mr. Eden, to whom I have spoken, will be delighted to come too. I do not want any public meeting but we shall be honoured to meet your cabinet.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   VISIT TO OTTAWA BY SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL AND MR. EDEN
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PC

Howard Charles Green

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Green:

May I ask the Prime Minister whether it would be feasible to have any sort of commonwealth conference at that time in view of the fact that Sir Winston

Churchill will just have completed very important discussions with the President of the United States?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   VISIT TO OTTAWA BY SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL AND MR. EDEN
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Jean-Paul Stephen St-Laurent

Mr. Si. Laurent:

I do not think so, Mr. Speaker. I think this means that we will have an opportunity of hearing from Sir Winston and Mr. Eden their appreciation of the situation as they see it at this time. There would be no opportunity for bringing representatives of other commonwealth countries here, and that would not conform with the tone of this exchange of messages. I understand the visit Sir Winston and Mr. Eden are making to Mr. Eisenhower is an informal personal week-end visit, and that Sir Winston and Mr. Eden hope that it may be possible for them, on their way back, to spend a day or a day and a half here having the same kind of informal discussions with us about the present situation.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   VISIT TO OTTAWA BY SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL AND MR. EDEN
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QUESTIONS

PROPERTY LEASES, C.B.C.

PC

Mr. Diefenbaker:

Progressive Conservative

1. In how many cases has the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation renewed its lease or signed new leases covering buildings and property, since the 1st day of January 1954?

2. Where were such properties located, what was the previous rental and what is the new rate of rentals?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   PROPERTY LEASES, C.B.C.
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LIB

James Joseph McCann (Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

Mr. McCann:

1 and 2. Since January 1, 1954, the corporation has arranged to continue occupancy of space at two locations. A lease for space at 660 Howe street, Vancouver, B.C., was renewed at the same rate of rental as under the previous lease. Negotiations have been concluded with local municipal authorities for a new lease for studio and office space occupied by station CBV in the Palais Montcalm in Quebec city. As already announced locally, the new lease is for 5,858 square feet at a rental rate of $8,000 per annum. The previous lease was for 4,600 feet at a rental rate of $2,500 per annum.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   PROPERTY LEASES, C.B.C.
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GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS

LABOUR RATES

SC

Ernest George Hansell

Social Credit

Mr. Hansell:

On what basis, or what formula is used in determining rates of pay for tradesmen and labourers employed, irrespective of those in the armed services, where contracts do not apply, on buildings coming under the supervision of: (a) Department of Transport; (b) Department of National Defence; (c) Department of Public Works?

Questions

Topic:   GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS
Subtopic:   LABOUR RATES
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LIB

Milton Fowler Gregg (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. Gregg:

The rates of pay of government employees so described is based upon surveys of wage rates paid, in the area of their employment, by private employers to employees engaged in comparable work.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS
Subtopic:   LABOUR RATES
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BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

SATURDAY SITTINGS AND EXTENSION OF HOURS ON AND AFTER JUNE 17

LIB

Louis Stephen St-Laurent (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Right Hon. L. S. St. Laurent (Prime Minister) moved:

That on and after Thursday, June 17, 1954, in addition to the hours of sitting as provided for in special order of the house made May 27, 1954, the house shall also sit from 7.00 o'clock to 8.00 o'clock, p.m., on each sitting day; and that on Saturday, June 19, 1954 and every Saturday thereafter, until the end of the session, the hours of sitting of the house shall in every respect be under the same rules as are provided for other days, and the order of business and procedure on Saturdays shall be the same as for Thursday.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   SATURDAY SITTINGS AND EXTENSION OF HOURS ON AND AFTER JUNE 17
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CCF

Clarence Gillis

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

Mr. Gillis:

Mr. Speaker, may I ask a question arising out of this motion? I would like to ask the Acting Minister of Public Works (Mr. Harris) whether, in view of the fact that the extension of the hours of this house and the inclusion of Saturday sittings will mean that a large percentage of the employees of the house work 60 hours a week as against 38 hours a week in the ordinary civil service, what arrangements are being made by way of compensation for the extra time or for time off? There should be some.

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Subtopic:   SATURDAY SITTINGS AND EXTENSION OF HOURS ON AND AFTER JUNE 17
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LIB

Walter Edward Harris (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Hon. W. E. Harris (Acting Minister of Public Works):

I am not familiar with that matter, Mr. Speaker, but I will ascertain the answer and give it to my hon. friend.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   SATURDAY SITTINGS AND EXTENSION OF HOURS ON AND AFTER JUNE 17
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Motion agreed to.


CONSIDERATION OF SENATE AMENDMENTS TO INCOME TAX ACT

June 17, 1954