February 22, 1955

PC

Wallace Bickford (Wally) Nesbitt

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Nesbiit:

Yes.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   BRITISH COMMONWEALTH
Sub-subtopic:   REFERENCE TO PRESS REPORT OF REMARKS BY A. D. P. HEENEY
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. St. Laurent:

That is also quite true but I think it is a far from complete statement of the value to us all of commonwealth relationships.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   BRITISH COMMONWEALTH
Sub-subtopic:   REFERENCE TO PRESS REPORT OF REMARKS BY A. D. P. HEENEY
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AGRICULTURE

NOXIOUS WEEDS


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Willis Merwyn (Merv) Johnson

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

Mr. W. M. Johnson (Kindersley):

I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Agriculture. Is the minister aware of the fact that Macedonian toad flax is being advertised for sale as a flower? In view of the persistence of toad flax as a noxious weed in many areas of Canada, what steps does the minister propose to take to stop it?

Topic:   AGRICULTURE
Subtopic:   NOXIOUS WEEDS
Sub-subtopic:   SALE OF MACEDONIAN TOAD
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LIB

James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Right Hon. J. G. Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture):

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member for Kindersley was kind enough to send me a copy of his question. In reply I wish to state that the control of weeds is a provincial and municipal responsibility.

I am advised by the botany division of the central experimental farm that they have never collected a specimen of Macedonian toad flax in Saskatchewan that they are sure of. They do not know if Macedonian is definitely a weed threat. There is no legislation that forbids a seed house selling a plant such as Macedonian toad flax. It is an ornamental flower.

Common toad flax is the danger in Saskatchewan. It is native to Canada. Funds are made available by the federal Department of Agriculture to the University of Saskatchewan in connection with its control. Our officials are very much aware of the common toad flax problem. There is no federal legislation to control unless it gets into commercial seed. They do not know if Macedonian is definitely a weed threat.

Topic:   AGRICULTURE
Subtopic:   NOXIOUS WEEDS
Sub-subtopic:   SALE OF MACEDONIAN TOAD
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IMMIGRATION

REPORTED ILLEGAL ENTRY INTO CANADA OF UNDESIRABLES FROM UNITED STATES


On the orders of the day:


PC

William McLean Hamilton

Progressive Conservative

Mr. W. M. Hamilton (Notre Dame de Grace):

I wish to ask a question of the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. Since Montreal police have confirmed that a large number of notorious American thugs have

entered Canada illegally and are currently resident in and around Montreal, is there no process by which the Department of Citizenship and Immigration can locate and deal with such undesirables?

Topic:   IMMIGRATION
Subtopic:   REPORTED ILLEGAL ENTRY INTO CANADA OF UNDESIRABLES FROM UNITED STATES
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LIB

John Whitney Pickersgill (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration)

Liberal

Hon. J. W. Pickersgill (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration):

Mr. Speaker, just before I came into the house I received a notice from the hon. gentleman that he was going to ask the question he has just put in the house. I anticipated a question of this nature. Like the hon. member for Notre Dame de Grace, I had advice of the report in the Montreal Star. I made immediate inquiries of the appropriate officials of my department.

Topic:   IMMIGRATION
Subtopic:   REPORTED ILLEGAL ENTRY INTO CANADA OF UNDESIRABLES FROM UNITED STATES
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PC

William McLean Hamilton

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hamilion (Notre Dame de Grace):

Was

it in the Star?

Topic:   IMMIGRATION
Subtopic:   REPORTED ILLEGAL ENTRY INTO CANADA OF UNDESIRABLES FROM UNITED STATES
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LIB

John Whitney Pickersgill (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration)

Liberal

Mr. Pickersgill:

I am advised that somewhat similar reports were brought to the attention of the R.C.M.P. and the immigration branch of the Department of Citizenship and Immigration, and that an investigation has been under way for some time to see whether there has been any violation of the laws which the federal government has the responsibility of enforcing; and that, of course, includes the Immigration Act.

I do not think there is anything useful I can add to this answer until this investigation has been completed.

Topic:   IMMIGRATION
Subtopic:   REPORTED ILLEGAL ENTRY INTO CANADA OF UNDESIRABLES FROM UNITED STATES
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CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS

LAY-OFFS REFERENCE TO ANSWERS GIVEN BY MINISTER


On the orders of the day:


CCF

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

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

Mr. Stanley Knowles (Winnipeg North Centre):

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a question of privilege. Yesterday the Minister of Transport (Mr. Marler), on behalf of the Canadian National Railways, dealt with certain questions-a set in my name and a set in the name of the hon. member for Prince Albert (Mr. Diefenbaker)-regarding lay-offs on the Canadian National Railways. The house will recall that our questions were not answered in the way we felt they should be answered.

My question of privilege is this. Last year a similar question was answered on three different occasions. On January 22, 1954, as recorded at page 1356 of Hansard, the parliamentary assistant to the then minister of transport indicated that at that time 800 employees had been laid off by the Canadian National Railways. On February 11, 1954, as recorded at page 1983 of Hansard, the then minister of transport indicated that the number had risen to 1,500. On May 20, 1954, as recorded at pages 4901 and 4902 of Hansard,

Inquiries of the Ministry the then minister of transport indicated that another 600, in addition to the 1,500, had been laid off. I hope that the present Minister of Transport will take note of this question of privilege and will see if he cannot get from the Canadian National Railways an answer supplementary to the figures that were given to us last year. In other words, can he not get from the Canadian National Railways up-to-date information, corresponding to the figures we were given last year, as to the numbers that have now been laid off?

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   LAY-OFFS REFERENCE TO ANSWERS GIVEN BY MINISTER
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LIB

George Carlyle Marler (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Hon. George C. Marler (Minister of Transport):

Mr. Speaker, all I should like to say in reply to my hon. friend is that my understanding of the information given on previous occasions, those to which my hon. friend has referred, is that it was in connection with the shops and was not as general as the question which I attempted to answer yesterday. However, I shall be very glad to confer with my hon. friend and also the hon. member for Prince Albert (Mr. Diefenbaker) to see if we can furnish in convenient form information that we possess which is of the kind that they desire to have.

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   LAY-OFFS REFERENCE TO ANSWERS GIVEN BY MINISTER
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PC

John George Diefenbaker

Progressive Conservative

Mr. J. G. Diefenbaker (Prince Albert):

Arising out of the question of privilege of the hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre (Mr. Knowles), I want to refer particularly to one portion of the reply given yesterday by the Minister of Transport to the question I asked to which the hon. member made reference. My question was:

How many section and maintenance men of the Canadian National Railways have been laid off by (a) regions; (b) divisions, since the first day of January, 1955?

This question was answered in part as follows:

This is another question which cannot be answered completely without the assignment of a special staff.

I should like to ask the minister this question. Does Canadian National Railways not keep a record as to the number of section and maintenance men laid off which would obviate the necessity of this large or special staff in order to compile the total?

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   LAY-OFFS REFERENCE TO ANSWERS GIVEN BY MINISTER
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February 22, 1955