July 26, 1955

SUSPENSION OF STANDING ORDER 7

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):

Last evening there was some question about the hours of sitting, and I should like to move, by leave:

That the provisions of standing order 7 in relation to the hour of adjournment be suspended for this day's sitting.

Topic:   SUSPENSION OF STANDING ORDER 7
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Motion agreed to.


ATOMIC ENERGY

CONTAMINATION OF HEAVY WATER AT CHALK RIVER PLANT


On the orders of the day:


PC

Howard Charles Green

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, is the Minister of Trade and Commerce in a position to give the house a report on the damage to the NRX reactor at Chalk River?

Topic:   ATOMIC ENERGY
Subtopic:   CONTAMINATION OF HEAVY WATER AT CHALK RIVER PLANT
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LIB

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

Liberal

Right Hon. C. D. Howe (Minister of Trade and Commerce):

Yes. The account that was given to the press last evening is quite correct. In doing some experimental work for another country, we were testing out a uranium rod with a new type of insulation. There was a leak in the insulation, and the heavy water became contaminated. It is a matter of perhaps two weeks to get rid of the contamination. The physical structure of the pile was not injured, but it is necessary to close down for two weeks for purposes of decontamination. No one was injured; in fact I understand that no one in the plant knew what had happened.

Topic:   ATOMIC ENERGY
Subtopic:   CONTAMINATION OF HEAVY WATER AT CHALK RIVER PLANT
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COMBINES INVESTIGATION ACT

REQUEST FOR INVESTIGATION INTO SUGAR INDUSTRY


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Major James William Coldwell

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

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

Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask a question of the Minister of Justice. Is the minister now in a position to answer my question of July 13, when I ask him if he would consider an investigation into the Canadian sugar industry?

Topic:   COMBINES INVESTIGATION ACT
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR INVESTIGATION INTO SUGAR INDUSTRY
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LIB

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

Liberal

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

Yes. I might say in reply to the hon. member's question that the combines branch maintains

general surveillance over the acquisition by one company of another, where there are few companies in an industry, or where the proportion of trade accounted for by the parties to the acquisition is large.

In accordance with this practice the combines branch is making the usual preliminary and informal inquiries to ascertain whether the transaction to which my hon. friend referred may raise a question under the Combines Investigation Act.

Topic:   COMBINES INVESTIGATION ACT
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR INVESTIGATION INTO SUGAR INDUSTRY
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PASSAMAQUODDY PROJECT

INQUIRY AS TO PARTICIPATION IN ECONOMIC FEASIBILITY SURVEY


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Andrew Wesley Stuart

Liberal

Mr. A. W. Stuarl (Charlotte):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask a question of the Secretary of State for External Affairs. Would the minister care to comment on recent press dispatches regarding action being taken by the government of the United States to complete the survey in connection with the Passamaquoddy tidal project?

Topic:   PASSAMAQUODDY PROJECT
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO PARTICIPATION IN ECONOMIC FEASIBILITY SURVEY
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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Hon. L. B. Pearson (Secretary of Stale for External Affairs):

Mr. Speaker, my hon. friend was good enough to give me notice of his question. The situation in regard to this matter seems to be as follows. While the United States Senate has approved the expenditure of $3 million to determine the economic feasibility of the Passamaquoddy project the rules committee of the House of Representatives recently deferred further action until the next session of congress.

As I have said to the house on previous occasions, if as a result of the passage of this resolution the United States government wishes to request the international joint commission to undertake a survey, the Canadian government would be prepared to give sympathetic consideration to a proposal for a joint reference to the commission by both governments. A joint reference would have the effect of indicating that Canada is interested and co-operative and not merely giving reluctant consent.

Topic:   PASSAMAQUODDY PROJECT
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO PARTICIPATION IN ECONOMIC FEASIBILITY SURVEY
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CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS

REPORTED FURTHER LAY-OFFS AT WINNIPEG

July 26, 1955