May 26, 1955

THE ROYAL ASSENT

LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

I have the honour to inform the house that I have received the following communication:

Ottawa, May 26, 1955.

Sir:

I have the honour to inform you that the Honourable Patrick Kerwin, Chief Justice of Canada, acting as Deputy of His Excellency the Governor General, will proceed to the Senate chamber today, the 26th May, at 5.45 p.m., for the purpose of giving the royal assent to certain bills.

I have the honour to be, sir.

Your obedient servant,

J. F. Delaute,

Secretary to the Governor General (Administrative)

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BANKING AND COMMERCE


Fourth report of standing committee on banking and commerce.-Mr. Cannon.


ALBERTA-BRITISH COLUMBIA BOUNDARY LEGISLATION CONFIRMING NORTHERLY PORTION

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George Prudham (Minister of Mines and Technical Surveys)

Liberal

Hon. George Prudham (Minister of Mines and Technical Surveys) moved

the first reading of Bill No. 412 (from the Senate), respecting the boundary between the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia.

Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.

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QUESTIONS

ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY

TORPEDO TUBES

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Mr. Diefenbaker:

Progressive Conservative

1. Did the Canadian Locomotive Company Limited of Kingston receive a contract for torpedo tubes from the Royal Canadian Navy in or about the month of May, 1953, as announced in the Canadian press on the 13th May, 1953?

2. If so, has such contract been completed? If not, to what extent?

3. What was the price per unit, or if a cost plus contract, what were the terms thereof?

4. What is the total expenditure under this contract to date?

5. Was the contract for the above order not previously awarded to another contractor?

6. If so, what was the name of the said company and why was the change made?

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Mr. Dickey: (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Defence Production)

Liberal

1. Yes.

2. No. Contract suspended October 29, 1953, pending service decision on the torpedo for which the tubes are designed.

3. Cost plus 7J per cent on production. Cost plus 5 per cent on self-manufactured tooling.

4. Nil under production contract. (Expenditures on development work have amounted to $251,929.99.)

5. Yes.

6. Dominion Engineering Company Limited. Agreement as to contractual terms could not be reached.

'^NATIONAL REVENUE

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COMMUNICATION OF INFORMATION

CCF

Mr. Knowles: (Whip of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation)

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

1. Did the Minister of National Revenue communicate to the premier and provincial treasurer of Ontario any information concerning any payments or contributions made by the late Mr. James Drohan to Mr. James Dempsey?

2. On what date was such information communicated?

3. Was such information communicated in writing? If not, in what way was it communicated?

4. Was such information requested by the premier and provincial treasurer of Ontario?

5. When and how did the Minister of National Revenue first become aware of the information so communicated?

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James Joseph McCann (Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

Mr. McCann:

Mr. Speaker, this question calls for an oral answer. My answer is the following. The Minister of National Revenue has no right and is expressly forbidden by statute to disclose to anyone not legally entitled thereto the information which he disclosed to the provincial treasurer of Ontario, who was legally entitled thereto. The Minister of National Revenue has not in fact disclosed this information to anyone not legally entitled thereto.

The Minister of National Revenue has never confirmed that all or any part of the alleged information which has been discussed in the press and in and outside the House of Commons in connection with this matter is the same in whole or in part as that which he disclosed to the provincial treasurer of

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Ontario. For him to do so would be a disclosure of information in contravention of the Dominion Succession Duty Act.

The Minister of National Revenue cannot, without making a disclosure forbidden by the statute, either indicate the nature of the information communicated to the provincial treasurer of Ontario or other details, other than to say in reply to the questions of the hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre (Mr. Knowles) and the hon. member for Prince Albert (Mr. Diefenbaker) that the said information was conveyed to the provincial treasurer of Ontario on April 27, 1955.

I suggest, sir, that this also is the answer to the questions put yesterday by the hon. member for Prince Albert.

On the orders of the day:

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CCF

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

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

Mr. Stanley Knowles (Winnipeg North Centre):

May I ask the Minister of National Revenue if he will consider answering the part of my question which asks when and how the Minister of National Revenue first became aware of the information which he communicated to the provincial treasurer of Ontario on April 27?

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James Joseph McCann (Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

Hon. J. J. McCann (Minister of National Revenue):

Mr. Speaker, my full answer is given in the statement which I have given to the house.

On the orders of the day:

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John George Diefenbaker

Progressive Conservative

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

should like to revert to the matter on which the minister just made his statement, to ask him one very simple question to which a categorical yes or no answer can be given without in any way invading any of the secrecy provisions. Did the minister procure the documents in question from the executors of the estate or were they documents in the possession of his department?

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James Joseph McCann (Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

Mr. McCann:

Mr. Speaker, in fairness, I am a poor, uneducated man as far as legal matters are concerned. I ask the hon. member, do you consider it fair to try to trap me into answering questions from one who is supposed to be well trained in the legal profession? In my statement I have given what I believe is a fair, honest answer with reference to the questions asked by the hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre and the hon. member for Prince Albert. If you wish to ask further questions, be good enough to give me notice of them according to the tradition of the house, or put them on the order paper.

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John George Diefenbaker

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

Mr. Speaker, notice was given yesterday, and it is a simple question. Did you get the documents-

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Some hon. Members:

Order.

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May 26, 1955