June 26, 1954

SC

Ernest George Hansell

Social Credit

Mr. Hansell:

I am about, Mr. Speaker, to give the shortest speech in history. We concur.

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

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

May I be permitted to say that these short speeches are sometimes very effective and very pleasant. I want to thank hon. members for their words of appreciation. I know that they are directed not only to myself but also to my deputy and the deputy chairman of committees-

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Some hon. Members:

Hear, hear.

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

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

-as well as the Clerk of the House, the deputy clerk and the officials working under them, who have shown loyalty at all times and have given effective service to all hon. members. I thank all hon. members for their co-operation.

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THE ROYAL ASSENT


A message was delivered by Major C. R. Lamoureux, Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, as follows: Mr. Speaker, the Honourable the Deputy Governor General desires the immediate attendance of this honourable house in the chamber of the honourable the Senate. Accordingly, Mr. Speaker with the house went up to the Senate chamber. In the Senate chamber, the Deputy Governor General was pleased to give, in Her Majesty's name, the royal assent to the following bills: An act for the relief of Francis Walsh. An act for the relief of Hilda Anne Darke Marshall. An act for the relief of Claude Raphael Sacchitelle. An act for the relief of Isabel Mary Peebles Brown Macartney-Filgate. An act for the relief of Wilfrid Lavoie. An act for the relief of Joseph Edgar Emilien Landry. An act for the relief of Joseph Victor Gerard Fontaine. An act for the relief of Jeanne Robert Hotte. An act for the relief of Heneault Champagne. An act for the relief of Leopold Ruel. An act to provide diplomatic and consular immunities for commonwealth representatives in Canada. An act respecting the construction of lines of railway by Canadian National Railway Company from St. Felicien to Chibougamau and from Chibougamau to Beattyville, all in the province of Quebec, and from Hillsport on the main line of the Canadian National Railways to Manitouwadge lake, both in the province of Ontario. An act respecting criminal law. An act to amend the Customs Tariff. An act to amend the National Harbours Board Act. An act to amend the Criminal Code (race meetings). An act respecting banks and banking. An act to amend the Income Tax Act. An act to authorize the provision of moneys to meet certain capital expenditures of the Canadian National Railways system during the calendar year 1954, and to authorize the guarantee by Her Majesty of certain securities to be issued by the Canadian National Railway Company. An act to incorporate Canadian Slovak League. An act to provide for allowances for disabled persons. An act to amend the Pipe Lines Act. An act to repeal the National Physical Fitness Act. An act to amend the Judges Act. An act respecting benefits for members of the Canadan forces. An act to amend the Excise Tax Act. An act respecting extra-provincial motor vehicle transport. An act to amend the Pension Act. An act to amend the Atomic Energy Control Act. An act to amend the Veterans' Land Act. An act to amend the Public Service Superannuation Act. To these bills the royal assent was pronounced by the Clerk of the Senate in the following words: In Her Majesty's name, the Honourable the Deputy Governor General doth assent to these bills. Then the Speaker of the House of Commons addressed the Deputy Governor General as follows: May it please Your Honour: The Commons of Canada have voted supplies required to enable the government to defray certain expenses of the public service. In the name of the Commons, I present to Your Honour the following bill: An act for granting to Her Majesty certain sums of money for the public service of the financial year ending the 31st March, 1955. To which bill I humbly request Your Honour's assent. To this bill the Clerk of the Senate, by command of the Deputy Governor General, did thereupon say: In Her Majesty's name, the Honourable the Deputy Governor General thanks her loyal subjects, accepts their benevolence, and assents to this bill.


PROROGATION OF PARLIAMENT


After which the Deputy Governor General was pleased to close the first session of the Prorogation of Parliament twenty-second parliament of Canada with the following speech: Honourable Members of the Senate: Members of the House of Commons: As I bring the present session to a close, the political tension throughout the world is a grim reminder that the first concern of the government must be the maintenance of the necessary strength to deter aggression while we continue to strive for the establishment of peace in the world. Our country is meeting every commitment we have made for our national defence and for international projects for relief, rehabilitation, technical assistance and the economic advancement of other peoples materially less fortunate than our own. Our external trade continues at a high level. Although there is still in western Canada a huge volume of wheat resulting from three successive record crops, our grain exports continue to exceed the ten year average. You have approved a trade agreement with Japan designed to assist in developing our growing trade with that country. Trade agreements have also been concluded, for the first time, with Spain and Portugal which, with improved arrangements with Italy and Brazil, should assist us in the recovery of historic markets in those countries. In recognition of the growing importance of our northern territories, you enacted legislation establishing the Department of Northern Affairs and National Resources. We all rejoiced at the recent decision of the Supreme Court of the United States which removed the last serious legal obstacle to the development of the St. Lawrence project and which now clears the way for actual construction of both the navigation facilities and the power installations. The Pipe Lines Act was amended to give jurisdiction to the board of transport commissioners over all companies authorized to construct or operate interprovincial or international oil or gas pipe lines and most of the difficulties in the way of the building of a pipe line to transport natural gas from Alberta to Ontario and Quebec have been overcome. You enacted a measure to authorize the Canadian National Railway Company to extend its lines in northern Quebec and northern Ontario. The National Housing Act was revised and provision made to increase and broaden the supply of mortgage money so that more people with moderate incomes would be able to find facilities to assist them in building their own homes. As required by law you made the decennial revision of the Bank Act at the present session and extended the charters of the eleven chartered banks for a period of ten years. Among the amendments made were those which permit a bank to make loans on the security of insured mortgages and to make small loans on the security of household goods and chattels. The Quebec Savings Banks Act and the Bank of Canada Act were also revised. In further recognition of the services of Canada's veterans of two world wars and of Korea you have made amendments to the War Service Grants Act; the Veterans Land Act; and the Children of War Dead (Education Assistance) Act; the Veterans Benefit Act; and the Pension Act. You enacted a measure to provide for a federal contribution to the payment in co-operation with the provincial governments of pensions to disabled persons in need over the age of eighteen years. This legislation is a further instalment in the long-range social security program of the government. During this session you completed the revision of the Criminal Code. 6342 HOUSE OF Supply-Citizenship and Immigration To meet the situation created by the decision of the courts that extra-provincial highway transport was under the jurisdiction of this parliament, you enacted a measure to provide for the regulation in agreement with the provincial authorities of interprovincial and international highway transport by provincial agencies established to regulate highway transport within the several provinces. Other measures which you enacted included: the Ontario-Manitoba Boundary Act 1953; the United Kingdom Financial Agreement Act 1953; an act respecting the national battlefields at Quebec; the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Convention Act; the Export and Import Permits Act; Fire Losses Replacement Account Act; the Canadian Forces Act 1954; an act respecting inventions by public servants; and an act to provide diplomatic and consular immunities for commonwealth representatives in Canada. Amendments have been made to the Animal Contagious Diseases Act; the Explosives Act; the Telegraphs Act; the National Parks Act; the Customs Act; the acts respecting the Northwest Territories; the Senate and House of Commons Act; the Salaries Act; the Members of Parliament Retiring Allowances Act; the Patent Act; the Post Office Act; the Export Credits Insurance Act; the Emergency Gold Mining Assistance Act; the Department of Transport Act; the Radio Act; the Public Service Superannuation Act; the Judges Act; the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act; the Navigable Waters Protection Act; the Canadian Citizenship Act; the Vocational Training Co-ordination Act; the Research Council Act; the National Harbours Board Act; the Opium and Narcotic Drug Act; the Atomic Energy Control Act; the Excise Tax Act; the Excise Act; the act respecting the superannuation of government employees transferred to crown corporations; the Income Tax Act; and the Customs Tariff. Members of the House of Commons: I thank you for the provision which you have made for all essential services for the current fiscal year. Honourable Members of the Senate: Members of the House of Commons: In relieving you from attendance upon your parliamentary duties I pray that Divine Providence may guide and bless you. This concluded the first session of the twenty-second parliament. [The following items were passed in committee of supply]:


DEPARTMENT OF CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION


A-Department- 56. Departmental administration, $340,230.



Citizenship- 57. Citizenship registration branch, $221,654. 58. Citizenship branch, $697,031. Immigration branch- 59. Administration of the Immigration Act, $968,610. 60. Field and inspectional service, Canada, including $10,000 for grants to immigrant welfare organizations, $5,691,266. 61. Field and inspectional service, abroad, $1,835,259. 62. To provide, subject to the approval of treasury board, for trans-oceanic and inland transportation assistance for immigrants, including care en route and while awaiting employment, $500,000. Indian affairs branch- 63. Administration, $427,964. Indian agencies- 64. Operation and maintenance, $2,239,261. 65. Construction or acquisition of buildings, works, land and new equipment, $647,309. Reserves and trusts- 66. Operation and maintenance, $228,050. 67. Acquisition of land, $10,000. Welfare of Indians- 68. Operation and maintenance, $1,936,950. 69. Construction or acquisition of buildings, works, land and new equipment, $962,524. 70. Grants to agricultural exhibitions and Indian fairs, $7,350. 71. Fur conservation, $318,030. Education- 72. Administration, operation and maintenance, $7,401,323. 73. Construction or acquisition of buildings, works, land and new equipment, $3,824,200. 74. Grant to provide additional services to Indians of British Columbia, $100,000. B-National gallery of Canada- 75. Administration, operation and maintenance, including industrial design division, $252,185. 76. Payment to the national gallery purchase account for the purpose of acquiring works of art in conformity with section 8 of the National Gallery Act, $130,000. National film board- 245. Administration, production and distribution of films and other visual materials, $3,211,060. 246. Construction or acquisition of equipment, $220,223.


END OF SESSION

June 26, 1954