February 9, 1955

CCF

Mr. Argue:

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

1. What are the names and addresses of all persons employed in Saskatchewan in 1954 under (a) the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Act; (b) the Prairie Farm Assistance Act?

2. What sum of money was paid to each of these persons as (a) salary or wages; (b) sustenance; (c) mileage; (d) other allowances?

Topic:   P.F.R.A.-P.F.A.A. EMPLOYEES, SASKATCHEWAN
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MOTIONS FOR PAPERS

QUEEN ELIZABETH HOTEL, MONTREAL

CCF

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

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

Mr. Knowles:

For a copy of any communications, memoranda or briefs received by the government, dated at any time since August 1, 1954, from or on behalf of any organizations, relating to the proposal to lease the new Queen Elizabeth hotel, in Montreal, to the Hilton Hotel chain of the United States.

Topic:   MOTIONS FOR PAPERS
Subtopic:   QUEEN ELIZABETH HOTEL, MONTREAL
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INDIAN AFFAIRS

BUILDING SUPPLIES

PC

John George Diefenbaker

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

For a copy of all letters, telegrams, memos of telephone conversations, in connection with the purchase of lumber and building material and supplies required by the Indian affairs branch in the city of Prince Albert and northern Saskatchewan, in the areas comprised in the federal constituencies of The Battlefords, Meadow Lake and Humboldt-Melfort, during the year 1954, and in particular, a copy of all letters sent to lumber or supply companies, wherein an opportunity to tender was given, and a copy of all tenders or contract offers for lumber and building material and supplies that were made to the department.

Topic:   INDIAN AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   BUILDING SUPPLIES
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LIB

John Whitney Pickersgill (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration)

Liberal

Mr. Pickersgill:

This motion quite obviously asks for all letters, telegrams, memos of telephone conversations and so forth which, if they existed, would in most cases be documents passing between members of the department which are always understood to be privileged documents. There could of course be no objection to going through all the files and looking for any letters from outsiders addressed to the department and no objection to producing them if the hon. member insists upon it. There would be no objection to

providing a copy of all letters sent to lumber or supply companies if the hon. gentleman insists, though it might take some considerable time to look through the various files to make sure they were all covered. Of course we would be very glad to provide a copy of all successful tenders. If, with suitable modifications such as I have suggested, I could meet the hon. member's wishes, I should be very glad to do so, but if there were any insistence upon privileged documents being produced I am afraid the motion would have to be opposed.

Topic:   INDIAN AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   BUILDING SUPPLIES
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

The motion is carried subject to the reservation made by the minister.

Topic:   INDIAN AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   BUILDING SUPPLIES
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CUSTOMS TARIFF

MARKING OP TOYS WITH NAME OF COUNTRY OP ORIGIN

LIB

James Joseph McCann (Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

Hon. J. J. McCann (Minister of National Revenue):

Mr. Speaker, on Thursday last the hon. member for Winnipeg South (Mr. Trainor) raised a question with respect to the marking of imported toys with the country of origin and asked whether I had received complaints from Canadian toy manufacturers that the marking regulations were not being observed. In reply I should like to inform the hon. member that there is at present no marking requirement with respect to imported toys.

Representations have been received periodically for the application of marking regulations to toys, but it is quite a complicated matter because of the extensive variety of toys capable of importation, at least some of which could be practically prohibited importation because of insistence upon this requirement. The department already has the matter under study and it will continue to receive most careful consideration.

Topic:   CUSTOMS TARIFF
Subtopic:   MARKING OP TOYS WITH NAME OF COUNTRY OP ORIGIN
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CANADA ELECTIONS ACT

SUGGESTED AMENDMENT TO ENABLE ALL QUALIFIED ELECTORS TO USE FRANCHISE


On the order: Mr. Mclvor-The following proposed resolution -That, in the opinion of this house, the government should consider the advisability of amending the elections act so as to enable all qualified electors to use their franchise in federal elections.


LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

I see that there is a resolution on the order paper preceding a bill to be introduced by the Secretary of State having to do with what is contemplated in this motion. Therefore the motion will have to be withdrawn from the order paper.

Education EDUCATION

Topic:   CANADA ELECTIONS ACT
Subtopic:   SUGGESTED AMENDMENT TO ENABLE ALL QUALIFIED ELECTORS TO USE FRANCHISE
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EQUALIZING OF OPPORTUNITY

ASSISTANCE TO PROVINCES

CCF

Robert Ross (Roy) Knight

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

Mr. R. R. Knight (Saskatoon) moved:

That, in the opinion of this house, the government should take into consideration the advisability of taking steps to relieve the financial crisis in education, without encroaching in any way on the exclusive jurisdiction of the provinces in this field, by granting financial assistance to the various provinces for the expansion and equalization of educational opportunity across Canada.

He said: Mr. Speaker, I need not attempt to impress upon the house the importance of education nor need I attempt to impress upon the house the need of having a high standard of education in Canada. Neither shall I attempt in my own words to define education, but I should like to quote the words of the essayist, Joseph Addison, who defined education in this way:

Education is a companion which no misfortune can depress, no crisis can destroy, no enemy can alienate, no despotism can enslave. At home a friend, abroad an introduction; in solitude a solace and in society an ornament. It chastens vice, it guides virtue, it gives, at once, grace and government to genius. Without it, what is man? A splendid slave, a reasoning savage.

These words were written about 1700, but I submit that they apply equally well today. This is not the first time that I have debated such a resolution as this in the house, but I intend today to use a somewhat different approach because what I have said before has been recorded many times in the records and it is there for anyone who cares to read.

Let me say at the outset that I advocate nothing here today which would in any way interfere with provincial jurisdiction over the administration or curriculum of education within the provinces. Let me say emphatically that I believe in complete control over education by the provinces, that each province shall set up within its own boundaries such a system of education as its people desire, and that it shall administer it in terms of the constitution without interference from outside. Believing this, and making a plea for federal aid, I have inserted in the body of the resolution itself the words, "without encroaching in any way on the exclusive jurisdiction of the provinces in this field." With respect to previous debates I should like to give a quotation or two.

Topic:   EQUALIZING OF OPPORTUNITY
Subtopic:   ASSISTANCE TO PROVINCES
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

Order. Would the hon. member allow me to interrupt him in order to ask all hon. members to remain as silent as possible. It is very difficult for a member to speak to his resolution when there is so much noise in the house. I am sure that hon. members will want to co-operate.

Education

Topic:   EQUALIZING OF OPPORTUNITY
Subtopic:   ASSISTANCE TO PROVINCES
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February 9, 1955