February 24, 1955

DISTINGUISHED VISITOR-MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF BELGIUM

LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

I have I am sure your permission to note the presence in our galleries of a most distinguished visitor, the minister of foreign affairs of Belgium, Mr. Paul Henri Spaak.

(Translation):

We extend to him the most cordial welcome and wish him a pleasant stay in this country.

(Text):

I need not relate the prodigious career of Mr. Spaak. It is already recorded in history. Suffice it for me to say that we welcome him not only as the outstanding representative of a friendly country but also as one of the greatest diplomats and statesmen of our time. Besides expressing our admiration for his many successful achievements, we pay him a special tribute for his untiring efforts and constant devotion to the cause of world peace.

In asking Mr. Spaak to accept our best wishes we want to assure him of the affection and friendship of the parliament of Canada and of the Canadian people towards his own country and towards the parliament and people of Belgium.

(Translation):

Mr. Spaak, our best wishes and most heartfelt prayers attend you.

(Text):

Topic:   DISTINGUISHED VISITOR-MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF BELGIUM
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QUESTIONS

SPORTS CENTRE, ST. JOHN'S, NFLD.

PC

Mr. Bell:

Progressive Conservative

1. Is the federal government pledged to donate $100,000 toward the erection of a sports centre In St. John's, Newfoundland?

2. If so, is this amount to be paid in instalments and how many instalments?

3. How much money has been paid to date?

4. Did the original plans have to be changed in order to meet government requirements for qualifications?

5. If so, what changes were made?

6. Are similar amounts of money available for other communities in Canada?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   SPORTS CENTRE, ST. JOHN'S, NFLD.
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LIB

Mr. McCubbin: (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

1. No. An agreement under the policy of grants in aid of agricultural exhibition associations in the construction of buildings, similar to those elsewhere, was entered into between the Newfoundland Exhibition Association, Limited, and the government on September 2, 1952, for a grant of up to $100,000 toward the construction of an exhibition building at St. John's, Newfoundland.

2. Yes, in ten annual instalments.

3. $40,000.

4. No.

5. Answered by No. 4.

6. Similar amounts were available to exhibition associations up to December, 1952, when the policy of financial assistance to agricultural exhibitions and fairs was revised.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   SPORTS CENTRE, ST. JOHN'S, NFLD.
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CIVIL SERVICE COMPETITION 54-845

PC

Mr. Diefenbaker:

Progressive Conservative

1. In what newspapers and on what dates was the civil service competition 54-845 in respect of the position of privy council officer advertised?

2. On what date was the competition closed?

3. How many applications were received giving names and addresses of applicants?

4. Has an appointment been made? If so, who has been appointed and at what salary?

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Subtopic:   CIVIL SERVICE COMPETITION 54-845
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LIB

Roch Pinard (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. Pinard:

I have discussed this question with the hon. member for Prince Albert (Mr. Diefenbaker) and he has agreed to drop that part of his question under paragraph 3 concerning the names and addresses of applicants. With this reservation I am tabling the answer now.

1. See attached list of newspapers with dates of advertising.

St. John's, Nfld., Evening Telegram, Jan. 22; Charlottetown, Guardian, Jan. 19; Halifax, Chronicle-Herald, Jan. 19; Saint John, Telegraph-Journal, Jan. 19, Times-Globe, Jan. 19; Montreal, La Presse, Jan. 19, Star, Jan. 19; Quebec, Chronicle-Telegraph, Jan. 19, Le Soleil, Jan. 20, L'Action Catholique, not available; Trois Rivieres, Le Nouvelliste, Jan. 19; Sherbrooke, Tribune, Jan. 19; Ottawa, Citizen, Jan. 18, Journal, Jan. 21, Le Droit, Jan. 19; Toronto, Globe and Mail, Jan. 19, Star, Jan. 18; Hamilton, Spectator, Jan. 19; London, Free Press, Jan. 19; Windsor, Daily Star, Jan. 20; Winnipeg, Free Press, Jan. 19, Liberte et le Patriote, Jan. 22; Regina, Leader-Post, not available; Saskatoon, Star-Phoenix, Jan. 19; Calgary, Herald, Jan. 18; Edmonton, Journal, Jan. 19; Vancouver, Sun, Jan. 20.

Labour Conditions

2. Applications received up to February 4 are being considered.

3. 51 applications were received.

4. No.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   CIVIL SERVICE COMPETITION 54-845
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LABOUR CONDITIONS

UNEMPLOYMENT

CCF

Major James William Coldwell

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

Mr. M. J. Coldwell (Roseiown-Biggar):

Mr. Speaker, I am on my feet before government notices of motion are called because I wish leave to move, seconded by the hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre (Mr. Knowles), the adjournment of the house under standing order 31 for the purpose of discussing a definite matter of urgent public importance, namely the alarming unemployment situation in Canada, as indicated by figures released yesterday, and the need for immediate action by the government to provide jobs.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT
Sub-subtopic:   MOTION FOR ADJOURNMENT UNDER STANDING ORDER 31
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

I am tempted to ask immediately whether the hon. gentleman has leave to introduce such a motion because I feel, as he does, that the figures which were announced show that there might be some urgency for debating the question of unemployment. Today is Thursday, and I do not know exactly what the situation will be tomorrow, at which time we can go into supply without question put. The acting leader of the house might indicate whether there will be opportunity for an early debate by calling, perhaps, the Department of Labour.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT
Sub-subtopic:   MOTION FOR ADJOURNMENT UNDER STANDING ORDER 31
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CCF

Major James William Coldwell

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

Mr. Coldwell:

It has not yet been opened.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT
Sub-subtopic:   MOTION FOR ADJOURNMENT UNDER STANDING ORDER 31
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

Does the hon. member for Rosetown-Biggar wish to add something at this stage?

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT
Sub-subtopic:   MOTION FOR ADJOURNMENT UNDER STANDING ORDER 31
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CCF

Major James William Coldwell

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

Mr. Coldwell:

Mr. Speaker, I suggest that the Department of Labour has not yet been opened. No debate could occur on the estimates of the Department of Labour until the department is in supply.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT
Sub-subtopic:   MOTION FOR ADJOURNMENT UNDER STANDING ORDER 31
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LIB

Walter Edward Harris (Minister of Finance and Receiver General; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Hon. W. E. Harris (Minister of Finance):

Mr. Speaker, as announced in the speech from the throne we intend, of course, to present to the house a bill making major revisions in the Unemployment Insurance Act. It is not on the order paper, and therefore perhaps hon. members would feel that it should not be a factor in your decision. On the other hand, we are quite prepared to present another motion to go into supply at any time that it would be convenient to hon. members opposite, at which time this subject could be debated; and we should be glad to put in the labour department if that

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motion is carried. It is the desire of the government to have at least one or two more items that can go to the committee of supply for consideration.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT
Sub-subtopic:   MOTION FOR ADJOURNMENT UNDER STANDING ORDER 31
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

Would that arrangement meet with the approval of the hon. member for Rosetown-Biggar?

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT
Sub-subtopic:   MOTION FOR ADJOURNMENT UNDER STANDING ORDER 31
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CCF

Major James William Coldwell

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

Mr. Coldwell:

I am not quite sure what the arrangement really is, Mr. Speaker. But this is a matter of some urgency, as I think you yourself suggested. If a debate could be arranged at a convenient date within the next few days the purpose would be served. Otherwise I think we should proceed with the debate this afternoon. I do not want to hold up the other business of the house, provided we have an understanding that this matter can be debated within the next few days. Today is Thursday.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT
Sub-subtopic:   MOTION FOR ADJOURNMENT UNDER STANDING ORDER 31
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LIB

Walter Edward Harris (Minister of Finance and Receiver General; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Mr. Harris:

Mr. Speaker, I think hon. members are aware that there is on the order paper a motion providing for government precedence beginning on Monday. If it would meet with the approval of hon. members I would suggest that we move to go into supply on either Monday or Tuesday if that motion is carried.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT
Sub-subtopic:   MOTION FOR ADJOURNMENT UNDER STANDING ORDER 31
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February 24, 1955