March 23, 1955

CCF

Major James William Coldwell

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

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

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Justice. I am sorry I have not given him notice. Has the government received notice that the Chaput case will be heard at the next session of the supreme court? If so, does the federal government intend to intervene in this case as it did in the Alberta press act case to defend the basic and fundamental right of Canadian citizenship to enjoy freedom of worship, assembly, speech and person?

Topic:   CHAPUT CASE
Subtopic:   QUESTION OF FEDERAL
Sub-subtopic:   INTERVENTION
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LIB

Stuart Sinclair Garson (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Hon. Stuart S. Garson (Minister of Justice):

Mr. Speaker, we are aware that the Chaput case will be heard at the next sitting of the Supreme Court of Canada. But since my hon. friend has given me no notice of his question, and I am under the impression that in the Chaput case we have received a notice from the supreme court itself, I should like to make a statement tomorrow covering this point.

Topic:   CHAPUT CASE
Subtopic:   QUESTION OF FEDERAL
Sub-subtopic:   INTERVENTION
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POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT

MAIL COURIERS


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Henry Byron McCulloch

Liberal

Mr. H. B. McCulloch (Pictou):

I should like to direct a question to the Acting Postmaster General or his parliamentary assistant, arising out of the recent withdrawal of certain scheduled trains in Nova Scotia. Will the minister give consideration to the position of mail couriers where contract rates paid are related to the frequency of train service with a view to avoiding reductions in rates during the term of the contract because of the withdrawal of trains?

Topic:   POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT
Subtopic:   MAIL COURIERS
Sub-subtopic:   TRAINS IN NOVA SCOTIA
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LIB

John Whitney Pickersgill (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration)

Liberal

Hon. J. W. Pickersgill (Aciing Postmaster General):

Mr. Speaker, if I caught the hon. member's question correctly it has to do with the reduction in the schedules of trains carrying mails in certain parts of Nova Scotia. This matter is already being considered by the department, and every endeavour will be made to work out arrangements which will be fair to the rural mail couriers.

Topic:   POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT
Subtopic:   MAIL COURIERS
Sub-subtopic:   TRAINS IN NOVA SCOTIA
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DELAY IN DELIVERY OF LETTER TO UNITED KINGDOM


On the orders of the day:


PC

Gordon Knapman Fraser

Progressive Conservative

Mr. G. K. Fraser (Peterborough):

I should like to direct a question to the Postmaster General or, in his absence, to the parliamentary assistant. Should it take 25 days for a

Inquiries of the Ministry letter from Ontario to reach the United Kingdom? I have had complaints from the United Kingdom in regard to this matter, and I wonder why there should be this delay.

Topic:   DELAY IN DELIVERY OF LETTER TO UNITED KINGDOM
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LIB

Thomas Andrew Murray Kirk (Parliamentary Assistant to the Postmaster General)

Liberal

Mr. T. A. M. Kirk (Parliamentary Assistant to the Postmaster General):

Will the hon. gentleman be kind enough to produce the cover to see whether or not the letter was mailed on the day it was supposed to have been mailed.

Topic:   DELAY IN DELIVERY OF LETTER TO UNITED KINGDOM
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PC

Gordon Knapman Fraser

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Fraser (Peterborough):

It was mailed on February 8 and delivered there on March 5.

Topic:   DELAY IN DELIVERY OF LETTER TO UNITED KINGDOM
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LIB

Thomas Andrew Murray Kirk (Parliamentary Assistant to the Postmaster General)

Liberal

Mr. Kirk (Shelburne-Yarmouth-Clare):

Will the hon. gentleman be kind enough to let me have the cover so that the department can look into the matter.

Topic:   DELAY IN DELIVERY OF LETTER TO UNITED KINGDOM
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AIRPORTS

INQUIRY AS TO EXTENT OF FIRE


On the orders of the day: Mr. John Pallet! (Peel): Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask the Minister of Defence Production if he has any information that he can give to the house today as to the cause and the effect of the fire which took place yesterday at Malton?


LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Defence Production; Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Right Hon. C. D. Howe (Minister of Defence Production):

Mr. Speaker, I have not received a detailed report on the results of the fire. 1 do not know what was the cause of the fire. We lost four aircraft, a considerable amount of test equipment and a hangar. However I am told that the loss will not delay the new program in hand, although it will delay some adjusting work on planes presently being produced.

Topic:   AIRPORTS
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO EXTENT OF FIRE
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PC

Douglas Scott Harkness

Progressive Conservative

Mr. D. S. Harkness (Calgary North):

should like to ask the Minister of Defence Production a supplementary question. Were any of the planes that were lost the property of the crown in the right of Canada or had they been secured with funds advanced by the government to A. V. Roe Canada Limited?

Topic:   AIRPORTS
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO EXTENT OF FIRE
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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Defence Production; Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Mr. Howe (Port Arthur):

I may say that the planes belonged to the crown. Certain of the test equipment was also the property of the crown and other of the test equipment was the property of Avro. The Avro equipment was insured, but the crown property, following the normal practice, was not insured. I had a quick estimate made of whether the department would have been ahead had we made a practice of insuring crown property and I find that that would not have been the case, that we have saved a great deal of money through the policy of government carrying its own insurance on its own property.

Topic:   AIRPORTS
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO EXTENT OF FIRE
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PC

Douglas Scott Harkness

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Harkness:

Did the government adopt any fire protection methods to safeguard that equipment when it was not insured?

Topic:   AIRPORTS
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO EXTENT OF FIRE
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March 23, 1955