February 2, 1955

CCF

Mr. Thatcher:

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

1. As at January 1, 1955, what farm products did the government, including any branch, corporation or agency thereof, have in storage?

2. What was the total original cost of each such product?

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LIB

Mr. Gardiner: (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

1. Butter and eggs.

2. Butter-$42,156,820.93; eggs-$925,297.20.

INCOME TAX APPEAL NO. 227 Mr. Knowles:

1. When did the appellant company in income tax appeal board case No. 227, heard in November, 1954, actually purchase the property referred to in the judgment of the board concerning this case?

2. Were any contracts awarded by the federal government, or any department or agency thereof, to the appellant company or to its subsidiary, as referred to in the said judgment, at any time prior to the purchase of the property in question?

3. If so, what was the nature of such contracts?

4. Are any contracts between the appellant company or its subsidiary and the federal government, or any department or agency thereof, now under consideration?

5. Have any members of the federal government, or any officials or representatives of the federal government or any department or agency thereof, been entertained at the property referred to in the judgment, at any time?

6. If so, who?

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LIB

James Joseph McCann (Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

Mr. McCann:

Mr. Speaker, this question calls for an oral answer. The answer to the first part of the question is May 13, 1952.

With respect to the second part of the question, I would ask that the words "at any time" be clarified. That could go back to the beginning of time or to confederation. There should be some limit within which we would have to make an inquiry as to whether or not

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there had been any contracts. If the hon. gentleman would signify a reasonable time we shall attempt to give an answer.

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CCF

Stanley Howard Knowles (Whip of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation)

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

Mr. Knowles:

Would the minister go back to the time when the company was incorporated?

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LIB
CCF

Stanley Howard Knowles (Whip of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation)

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

Mr. Knowles:

I take it that the minister does; he was the respondent in the case.

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LIB

James Joseph McCann (Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

Mr. McCann:

No, I do not know when it was incorporated.

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PC

Donald Methuen Fleming

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Fleming:

The Secretary of State can tell him that quite easily.

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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

Perhaps that part of the question can stand and the minister and the hon. member may get together in order to define what they mean by "at any time".

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LIB

James Joseph McCann (Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

Mr. McCann:

The answer to the third part of the question depends upon the answer to the second part.

The answer to No. 4 is "no."

Then as to Nos. 5 and 6, we have made a great number of inquiries and so far have not been able to find anyone who has been entertained at this place.

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NARCOTIC DRUG PROBLEM

LIB

Mr. Philpott:

Liberal

1. What has happened with respect to the conference which the attorney general of British Columbia proposed to convene with the provinces of Ontario and Quebec and the federal government to discuss the narcotic drug problem?

2. Has the federal government made any suggestion for consideration with the province of British Columbia respecting the establishment of a treatment centre for narcotic drug addicts?

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LIB

Mr. Robertson: (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of National Health and Welfare)

Liberal

1. The attorney general of British Columbia wrote to the Minister of National Health and Welfare on November 18 enclosing a copy of a letter which he had sent to the attorneys general of Ontario and Quebec and to the Minister of Justice. In this communication he suggested a conference to be held in Toronto or in Ottawa prior to the end of 1954 to consider a joint study of the drug problem for the purpose of developing an approach to the treatment of narcotic addiction on what would be virtually a national scale.

On November 30, the Minister of National Health and Welfare advised the attorney general of British Columbia that he would be very glad to have representatives of the Department of National Health and Welfare attend any meeting he might arrange. The minister also took this opportunity to point

out that even though federal responsibility would seem to lie in the field of legal distribution and enforcement, the federal government had felt for some time that the solution of the drug problem was one that would not wholly be met by enforcement. The minister pointed out the steps that he had initiated some two years previously in which he raised with the ministers of health of all the provinces of Canada the desirability of some study of the narcotic problem with a view to the establishment of suitable treatment facilities and procedures.

2. On December 3, 1954, the Minister of National Health and Welfare again wrote to the attorney general of British Columbia suggesting that the federal government would be prepared to consider arrangements whereby the William Head quarantine station on Vancouver island could be made available to the province for operation by it as a treatment centre for drug addicts in the province of British Columbia. The minister also suggested that some financial assistance might be provided under the federal hospital construction grant to take care of part at least of any alterations that might be required in order to make the premises suitable to the province for the purpose of a treatment centre.

The minister has had no reply to either communication and is still waiting word from the attorney general of British Columbia with respect to the date and place of the conference suggested, as well as with respect to the proposal made respecting the William Head quarantine station.

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SAINT JOHN, N.B. TRANSFER OF FISHERIES SERVICES

PC

Mr. Bell:

Progressive Conservative

1. Has the Department of Fisheries transferred during the past year, and/or does it contemplate transferring any of its services or facilities from Saint John?

2. If so, how many employees are involved?

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LIB

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

Liberal

1. No service or facility has been transferred from Saint John during the past year, nor is such action contemplated in the immediate future.

2. Answered by No. 1.

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POST OFFICE SITE, NORTH BATTLEFORD

CCF

Mr. Campbell:

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

1. Has the Department of Public Works acquired a site for a post office in North Battleford?

2. If so, will the building be proceeded with this

year?

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LIB

Mr. Bourgel: (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

1. No.

2. Answered by No. 1.

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February 2, 1955