March 2, 1955

SHIPPING

APPOINTMENT OF ROYAL COMMISSION ON COASTING TRADE

LIB

George Carlyle Marler (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, I beg leave to table a copy in English and in French of order in council P.C. 1955-308 of March 1, 1955, appointing a royal commission on the coasting trade of Canada. The terms of reference will be found in the order in council, but in broad language they direct inquiry into all questions within the jurisdiction of parliament arising out of the water transport of goods and passengers from one place in Canada to another place in Canada, including the great lakes.

Attention is specifically directed to such matters as the relationship between Canada's coasting trade and the shipping and ship building industries, the relation to domestic and international trade generally, the probable effects of the St. Lawrence seaway on the coasting trade, the effects of participation in the coasting trade of vessels or other marine craft not built or registered in Canada, and the desirability, if any, of establishing different policies with respect to the coasting trade for particular parts of Canada.

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PC

Howard Charles Green

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Howard C. Green (Vancouver-Quadra):

Has the Minister of Transport any statement to make in connection with the setting up of the coastal trade commission?

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LIB

George Carlyle Marler (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. Marler:

I made a statement before the hon. member came into the house.

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PC

Edmund Davie Fulton

Progressive Conservative

Mr. E. D. Fullon (Kamloops):

May I ask the

Minister of Transport whether, in the document he tabled today, there is information regarding the personnel of the royal commission to which he referred. If there is not such information, would he give us the names of the personnel now so that hon. members may have the opportunity of knowing who they are?

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LIB

George Carlyle Marler (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. Marler:

In answer to the question, Mr. Speaker, I may say the order in council does contain the names of the members of the commission. I shall immediately send my hon. friend a copy.

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LABOUR CONDITIONS

EMPLOYMENT ON ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY

LIB

Milton Fowler Gregg (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Hon. Milion F. Gregg (Minister of Labour):

Mr. Speaker, to provide a more complete reply to the questions asked by the hon. member for Cape Breton South (Mr. Gillis) on February 10 and by the hon. member for York South (Mr. Noseworthy) on February 24, I should like to table a copy of a consolidation of the regulations of the unemployment insurance commission as sent to all its regional and local offices on the subject of labour supply-St. Lawrence river seaway and power projects.

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BRITISH NORTH AMERICA ACT

AMENDMENT WITH RESPECT TO TENURE OF PLACE IN SENATE

LIB

Frank Sidney Follwell

Liberal

Mr. F. S. Follwell (Hastings South) moved

the first reading of Bill No. 191, to amend the British North America Acts, 1867 to 1952, with respect to the tenure of place in the Senate.

Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.

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QUESTIONS

* ATOMIC WEAPONS

CCF

Mr. Argue:

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

1. Does Canada possess any (a) atomic bombs: (b) atomic weapons of any kind?

2. Does Canada permit the transport of atomic bombs from any foreign country (a) into Canada; (b) through Canada? If so, from what foreign countries?

3. Did any official of the Department of Defence

Production or any other department make any statement regarding the passage of atomic bombs into or through Canada (a) in the week ending January 29. 1955; (b) at any other time since

December 1, 1954?

4. If so, (a) what is the name of the official; (b) to whom did he make the statement; (c) who authorized such a statement to be made?

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LIB

Ralph Osborne Campney (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. Campney:

Mr. Speaker, the first and second parts of this question, dealing respectively with the possession by Canada and the transportation in Canada of atomic bombs and atomic weapons, obviously cannot be answered for security reasons. Furthermore, it would not be in the national interest to give, for the benefit of foreign powers, the information which answers to the questions raised in these two parts would give to such foreign powers, whether those answers were by way of confirmation or denial.

Questions

As regards the third part of the question, I am informed by my colleague the Minister of Defence Production that no authorized statement regarding the passage of atomic bombs into or through Canada has been made by officials of his department since December 1, 1954. Nor has any such statement, to my knowledge, been made by officials of my department. The same applies, as far as I can find out, to other departments of government. The answer which I have just made to part three also takes care of the fourth part of the question.

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CCF

Hazen Robert Argue

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

Mr. Argue:

I wonder whether I might be permitted to ask a supplementary question.

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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

Order. When we come to orders of the day the hon. member may put his question then.

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CCF

Hazen Robert Argue

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

Mr. Argue:

The question I wish to ask the Minister of National Defence is based on his statement that no authorized statement has been made regarding the passage of atomic bombs through Canada. My question is this: Was any unauthorized statement made by any official which led to the January 29 report in the Toronto Daily Star and the Telegram?

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March 2, 1955