March 7, 1956

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 from the secretary of the Governor General the following communication:

Sir:

I have the honour to inform you that the Hon. Patrick Kerwin, Chief Justice of Canada, acting as Deputy of His Excellency the Governor General, will proceed to the Senate chamber on Wednesday, the 7th March, at 5.45 p.m., for the purpose of giving the royal assent to certain bills.

Topic:   THE ROYAL ASSENT
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STARRED QUESTIONS

BILINGUALISM REPORT, CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION


Question No. 24


IND

Fernand Girard

Independent

Mr. Girard:

1. Has the civil service commission ever asked for a report on the bilingualism of civil servants of the various departments of the government?

2. If so, on what date?

3. What departments have answered?

4. What is the result of this inquiry?

Topic:   STARRED QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   BILINGUALISM REPORT, CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION
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LIB

Roch Pinard (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. Pinard:

Mr. Speaker, part 1 of this question reads as follows:

Has the civil service commission ever asked for a report on the bilingualism of civil servants of the various departments of the government?

The answer is yes. The commission requested the assistance of each department in providing an indication of the number of bilingual employees.

Part 2 of the question reads:

If so, on what date?

The answer is: On November 25, 1955.

Part 3 of the question reads:

What departments have answered?

Replies were received from the great majority of departments before February 21, 1956, when this question was raised. Since then, all the other departments have sent in their answer.

Part 4 of the question reads:

What is the result of this inquiry?

A number of departments indicated that information of a reasonably accurate nature was not available; others based their reports upon unverified claims as to language qualifications. It should be pointed out that it is not easy to know whether or not an employee is bilingual. In a number of cases, it is

impossible to answer such a question by an unqualified "yes" or "no" because it is a matter of degree requiring a qualitative evaluation. In the light of the information obtained, the commission concluded that it would not be possible to arrive at any reasonably accurate figure as to the proportion of bilingual civil servants.

Topic:   STARRED QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   BILINGUALISM REPORT, CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION
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C.N.R. STATION, SWALWELL, ALTA.

SC

Mr. Johnston (Bow River)

Social Credit

1. Are steps being taken by the Canadian National Railways to close the station at Swalwell, Alberta?

2. If so, for what reason?

Topic:   STARRED QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   C.N.R. STATION, SWALWELL, ALTA.
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LIB

George Carlyle Marler (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. Marler:

Mr. Speaker, the management of the Canadian National Railways advise that the answer to the first part of the question is no.

The reply to part 1 answers part 2.

Topic:   STARRED QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   C.N.R. STATION, SWALWELL, ALTA.
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POST OFFICE BUILDING, BANFF, ALBERTA

SC

Mr. Johnston (Bow River)

Social Credit

What progress is being made towards the completion of the post office at Banff, Alberta, and on what date is it expected the building will be finished?

Topic:   STARRED QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   POST OFFICE BUILDING, BANFF, ALBERTA
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LIB

Robert Henry Winters (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. Winters:

This building is just about completed. It will be officially opened on Friday, March 9.

Topic:   STARRED QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   POST OFFICE BUILDING, BANFF, ALBERTA
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DEPORTATION ORDERS

PC

Mr. Fulton

Progressive Conservative

1. How many orders have been made since January 1, 1946, providing for deportation of persons who (a) were landed immigrants but were not yet Canadian citizens; (b) were or claimed to be Canadian citizens?

2. What are the names and addresses of the persons who will be members of the immigration appeal board?

3. What are the principles which will be followed in deciding whether the board will hold its hearings in Ottawa or elsewhere?

Topic:   STARRED QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   DEPORTATION ORDERS
Sub-subtopic:   IMMIGRATION APPEAL
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LIB

John Whitney Pickersgill (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration)

Liberal

Mr. Pickersgill:

The answer to the first part of the question is that statistics were not kept differentiating orders against visitors and orders against immigrants before January 1, 1952. I think general statistics for the earlier periods have been given in certain returns which were brought down at the last session. From January 1, 1952, until December 31, 1955, 2,553 persons who were landed immigrants but who were not yet Canadian citizens were ordered deported.

Questions

As far as the second question is concerned, without going through all the flies, there would be no means of finding out how many of these people claimed they were Canadian citizens. I think the number is infinitesimally small, but to the extent that anyone made such a claim and it was substantiated he would no longer be subject to the Immigration Act in any way.

As to the names of the members of the immigration appeal board, they are set out in a regulation which appeared in the Canada Gazette of January 23, 1956, volume 90. I shall be glad to send this over to the hon. gentleman.

Topic:   STARRED QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   DEPORTATION ORDERS
Sub-subtopic:   IMMIGRATION APPEAL
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PC

Edmund Davie Fulton

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Fulton:

Could those names appear on the record?

Topic:   STARRED QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   DEPORTATION ORDERS
Sub-subtopic:   IMMIGRATION APPEAL
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LIB

John Whitney Pickersgill (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration)

Liberal

Mr. Pickersgill:

The chairman is Colonel J. Colin A. Campbell, whose home I believe is in St. Catharines but who is at present living in Ottawa. The vice-chairman is Mr. P. T. Baldwin, formerly of the immigration branch in Ottawa and who lives in Ottawa. The other members are Mr. L. A. Chevrier, who is temporarily living at the Lord Elgin hotel in Ottawa and who was formerly with the immigration branch in Montreal; Mr. E. B. Reid, who I believe lives at Stittsville, Ontario, and who was a member of a branch other than the immigration branch of the Department of Citizenship and Immigration prior to his appointment.

In answering the question as to where the board will hold its hearings, this will be settled by the board itself. Every effort will be made to avoid imposing any hardships on appellants.

Topic:   STARRED QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   DEPORTATION ORDERS
Sub-subtopic:   IMMIGRATION APPEAL
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FEDERAL BUREAU OF STANDARDS

CCF

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

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

1. Has consideration been given to the establishing of a federal bureau of standards, so that advice and protection might be given to consumers with respect to the quality of goods sold in Canada?

2. If so, what is the result of such consideration?

3. If not, have representations been received by the government asking that such a bureau be established?

4. From whom have any such representations been received?

5. Will consideration now be given thereto?

Topic:   STARRED QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   FEDERAL BUREAU OF STANDARDS
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March 7, 1956