June 24, 1954

LIBRARY OF PARLIAMENT

CONCURRENCE IN REPORT OF CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION

LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

I have the honour to lay on the table the report of the civil service commission respecting the transfer of certain employees of the House of Commons to the staff of the library of parliament.

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LIB

John Whitney Pickersgill (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

Hon. J. W. Pickersgill (Secretary of Stale):

Mr. Speaker, if I can have the leave of the house I should like to move:

That the report of the civil service commission respecting the transfer of certain employees of the House of Commons to the staff of the library of parliament, tabled this day, be now concurred in.

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Motion agreed to.


REPORTS AND PAPERS

TABLING OF REPORT OF CANADIAN MARITIME COMMISSION

LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Hon. Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport):

Mr. Speaker, I beg leave to table in manuscript form the seventh report of the Canadian maritime commission covering the period between April 1, 1953, and March 31, 1954.

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PC

Howard Charles Green

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Green:

Will copies be available for members?

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LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. Chevrier:

Yes, just as quickly as they can be printed.

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COLOMBO PLAN

CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE TO MEET IN OTTAWA OCTOBER 4 TO OCTOBER 9

LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, I would like to inform the house at this time that the annual meeting of the Colombo plan consultative committee will be held in Ottawa from October 4 to October 9. Previous meetings have been held in Sydney, London, Colombo, Karachi and New Delhi.

The countries participating in or associated with the Colombo plan now include Australia, Burma, Cambodia, Ceylon, India, Indonesia, Laos, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, the United Kingdom, the United States and Viet

Nam. Dependent territories of the United Kingdom in southeast Asia-the Federation of Malaya, Singapore, Brunei, North Borneo and Sarawak-also fall within the scope of the plan. Thailand and the Philippines have sent observers to some previous meetings of the consultative committee and have been invited to send representatives to the Ottawa meetings.

I am sure hon. members will be glad to know that it is intended that the meetings should be held in this building, with the consent of the Speakers of both houses. It is expected that the opening session, which will be held in this chamber, will be addressed by the Prime Minister (Mr. St. Laurent) and by leaders of some of the visiting delegations.

The Colombo plan, which was framed to cover the six-year period from June 1951 to June 1957, is now in its third year. The consultative committee meets annually to discuss common problems, to review the progress of economic development and basic economic trends in countries of the Colombo plan area, and to survey the contributions which member countries are making to economic development in this region. A progress report by the consultative committee is published at the conclusion of the meetings. I am confident that the Ottawa meeting, like previous meetings, will be of real value to all the Colombo plan countries, and I know that I speak for all members of the house when I say that we are very glad that we shall have the privilege of receiving the members of the committee in Ottawa next fall.

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CELEBRATION OF FEAST OF ST. JEAN BAPTISTE

LIB

Maurice Boisvert

Liberal

Mr. Maurice Boisvert (Nicolel-Yamaska):

Mr. Speaker, I could hardly let the feast of St. Jean Baptiste go by without extending my best wishes to all my French-speaking compatriots in this house. On the occasion of this, their national holiday, I would like to say to all my French-speaking fellow citizens, first how sorry we are to be unable to take part in the celebrations which are now taking place in the province of Quebec and throughout the country, next that we who are at this time sitting in this parliament have now and always have had the greatest

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regard for them, a regard which is inspired by the best traditions of this country and which is such that we never fail to put their interest above everything.

In conclusion I wish to say that this feast is of very great importance for our compatriots. I should therefore like to pray our blessed patron saint to keep them in this confederation of ours, a durable institution which they could not do without.

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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

Normally it would be out of order to extend greetings of this kind and if, in these dying days of the session, I might have proved to be somewhat negligent, I trust St. Jean Baptiste will forgive me. (Text):

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QUESTIONS

C.B.C. TELEVISION STATION, WINNIPEG

CCF

Mr. Thatcher:

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

1. What was the total cost of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's television installation in Winnipeg, including building, transmitter, tower, ground system and studio equipment?

2. Were tenders called for this installation?

3. If so, was more than one received?

4. On what basis was the tender or tenders awarded?

5. Who drew up the specifications for buildings and equipment?

6. Were these specifications checked or reviewed by any outside source or authority?

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Subtopic:   C.B.C. TELEVISION STATION, WINNIPEG
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LIB

Mr. McCann: (Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

1. This project is not completed although the station is already on the air with limited facilities. Orders and contracts have been or will soon be placed for the additional facilities required. Actual disbursements to May 1, 1954, were $153,000.

2. Yes.

3. Yes.

4. On the basis of the lowest quotation meeting the corporation's specifications and requirements.

5. The corporation's architects and engineers.

6. The antenna system has been checked by an outside consulting engineering firm. Structural designs and specifications are approved by municipal authorities concerned.

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June 24, 1954