May 3, 1955

FREIGHT RATES

INTERIM REPORT OF TRANSPORT COMMISSION ON EQUALIZATION

LIB

George Carlyle Marler (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, I wish to table copies in English and in French of the interim report of the board of transport commissioners on the equalization of freight rates.

This report is a summary account of what the board has done up to the present in the matter of the equalization of freight rates. Technical details of the class rate equalization have been omitted from this report, but will be found in the board's judgment and order dated March 1, 1954, and the subsequent notes and reasons for judgment dated February 28, 1955.

Topic:   FREIGHT RATES
Subtopic:   INTERIM REPORT OF TRANSPORT COMMISSION ON EQUALIZATION
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REPORTED FREE DISTRIBUTION OF LITERATURE BY SOVIET REPRESENTATIVES


On the orders of the day:


PC

Julian Harcourt Ferguson

Progressive Conservative

Mr. J. H. Ferguson (Simcoe North):

I should like to ask a question of the Prime Minister. Is he aware that literature is being distributed, free, by Soviet representatives to members of parliament bringing very forcibly to the attention of the members the Soviet side of the story-which is incorrect-on matters pertaining to world affairs? If he is aware, has the Prime Minister read the document in question?

Topic:   REPORTED FREE DISTRIBUTION OF LITERATURE BY SOVIET REPRESENTATIVES
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LIB

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

Liberal

Right Hon. L. S. St. Laurent (Prime Minister):

I am not even aware that the document has been received in my office, and I am not aware that it has been received by others, so I cannot give the hon. member any information about it.

Topic:   REPORTED FREE DISTRIBUTION OF LITERATURE BY SOVIET REPRESENTATIVES
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PC

Julian Harcourt Ferguson

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Ferguson:

I will be very glad to see that the Prime Minister receives the document, which is marked, very distinctly, "free".

Topic:   REPORTED FREE DISTRIBUTION OF LITERATURE BY SOVIET REPRESENTATIVES
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POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT

REPORTED THEFT FROM OFFICE IN QUEBEC CITY


On the orders of the day:


PC

J.-Wilfrid Dufresne

Progressive Conservative

Mr. J. Wilfrid Dufresne (Quebec West):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask a question of the Acting Postmaster General. Is he in

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a position to give a statement to the house regarding the theft of around $7,000 from a downtown post office of Quebec city during the last week end?

Topic:   POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT
Subtopic:   REPORTED THEFT FROM OFFICE IN QUEBEC CITY
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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):

The office has reported just recently that their officials and the city police have full details of the robbery. City police and officers of the department are making an investigation.

Topic:   POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT
Subtopic:   REPORTED THEFT FROM OFFICE IN QUEBEC CITY
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COMBINES INVESTIGATION ACT

PULP WOOD-QUESTION AS TO SCOPE OF INQUIRY


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Bona Arsenault

Liberal

Mr. Bona Arsenault (Bonavenlure):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask a question of the Minister of Justice. Could the minister tell us whether the inquiry by the combines investigation branch into the buying of pulp-wood and into prices paid for pulpwood, to farmers and settlers, will be extended beyond the Gatineau district of the province of Quebec, in respect of which district the hon. member for Gatineau (Mr. Leduc) originally raised his complaint?

Topic:   COMBINES INVESTIGATION ACT
Subtopic:   PULP WOOD-QUESTION AS TO SCOPE OF INQUIRY
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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, I wish to thank the hon. member for having given me notice of his intention to ask the question he has just asked. In fairness to the parties involved in an inquiry, and also in the interests of the inquiry itself, it is not the general practice to make statements about an inquiry unless and until a report is made and published. On March 4, therefore, I said in reply to a question by the member for Charlevoix (Mr. Maltais) that it would be impossible to anticipate the districts throughout which the inquiry would extend; and indeed might be detrimental to the inquiry to try to do so.

For these reasons, I can only reply now to the member for Bonaventure that the inquiry will be extended as widely as the information received by the combines branch justifies.

Topic:   COMBINES INVESTIGATION ACT
Subtopic:   PULP WOOD-QUESTION AS TO SCOPE OF INQUIRY
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NATIONAL DEFENCE

DISTANT EARLY WARNING SCREEN

May 3, 1955