March 19, 1956


Motion No. 47-Mr. Murphy (Lambion West): For a copy of all agreements and leases, from 1947 to date, between any department of the federal government and all lessees of Indian lands or other lands and waters in the county of Kent, particularly concerning fishing and hunting privileges and rights, and for a map or maps showing such leased areas.


LIB

John Whitney Pickersgill (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration)

Liberal

Mr. Pickersgill:

I wonder whether this motion could be allowed to stand until the hon. member who is moving it is here.

Topic:   KENT COUNTY-HUNTING AND FISHING
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LIB

INQUIRY FOR RETURN


FLOOD DAMAGE, SASKATCHEWAN 1 On the orders of the day:


CCF

Edward George McCullough

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

Mr. E. G. McCullough (Moose Mountain):

rise on a question of privilege. On February 6 I had a return for all correspondence, telegrams, memoranda or documents exchanged between the federal government or any department thereof and the premier of Saskatchewan or any department of the Saskatchewan government from June 1, 1955, to date in respect of flood damage in Saskatchewan during 1955. My information, sir, is that there is other correspondence between the department of agriculture in Saskatchewan and this government. I wonder whether I might have a more complete return.

Topic:   INQUIRY FOR RETURN
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CCF

Edward George McCullough

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

Mr. McCullough (Moose Mountain):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Agriculture arising out of the question of privilege which I raised earlier. Would the minister be prepared to table a wire from the minister of agriculture for Saskatchewan to him dated September 21 and his reply of September 29; also a letter from the minister of agriculture for Saskatchewan dated October 6 and the minister's reply of October 11?

Topic:   INQUIRY FOR RETURN
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LIB

James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Right Hon. J. G. Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture):

Mr. Speaker, when the question of privilege was raised I did! not consider that it had to do with me or my department. The order that was issued, I think, was provided for through the Secretary of State (Mr. Pinard) and I am sure that everything that is on our file will be referred there to be reported when the order is brought down.

Topic:   INQUIRY FOR RETURN
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CCF

Edward George McCullough

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

Mr. McCullough (Moose Mountain):

Mr. Speaker, this correspondence has to do with flood damage. I wonder whether the Prime Minister (Mr. St. Laurent) would take notice of the situation and provide a complete answer to my question?

Topic:   INQUIRY FOR RETURN
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

The hon. member for Moose Mountain (Mr. McCullough), who knows what correspondence he has in mind, could put on the order paper another notice of motion asking precisely for those documents.

Topic:   INQUIRY FOR RETURN
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WATER POLLUTION

ELDORADO MINING, PORT HOPE-STATEMENT ON ACTION TAKEN


On the orders of the day:


PC

Howard Charles Green

Progressive Conservative

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

I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Trade and Commerce. Have any

complaints been received about pollution caused by the waste material at the refinery of Eldorado Mining and Refining Limited at Port Hope? If so, could the minister give the house a statement?

Topic:   WATER POLLUTION
Subtopic:   ELDORADO MINING, PORT HOPE-STATEMENT ON ACTION TAKEN
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Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Defence Production; Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, so far as I know the government has received no complaints. However, complaints were filed with Eldorado Mining and Refining. Some ten days ago the Toronto Telegram published a statement about the situation and in the light of that article I asked Eldorado for a statement which I will now read.

The radioactive hazard in the residues of the Port Hope refinery is quite negligible. If the residues were ingested, the result would undoubtedly be harmful. However, it has always been the practice to dump the residues in a fenced area, which prevents access by the public. There is, however, an arsenic content in the residues which has given some trouble. Up until about a year ago the refinery residues were dumped in an area a few miles north of Port Hope. The effects of weathering have caused a leaching of some part of the arsenic content of the residues and this has found its way into an adjacent stream.

Late last summer protests were received from farmers whose farms bordered on this stream. It was claimed that the waters of the stream had an adverse effect on livestock. While it was the opinion of the management of the Port Hope refinery that the drought which prevailed in the district last summer was mainly responsible for the poor condition of livestock, the possibility of harmful effects from arsenic was also recognized. Accordingly, a settlement was made with the several farmers who made claims against the company. These settlements were arranged through the company's legal adviser in Port Hope.

The residue area referred to in the previous paragraph has not been used for the past twelve months. A new dumping area is now in use which is located on the shore of lake Ontario. I understand that the permanent and summer residents in the vicinity of the new area were proposing to hold an indignation meeting because of alleged hazards. As noted above, there is no radioactive hazard in the residues. Moreover, since the new refining process went into operation last June the arsenic hazard has been eliminated since the arsenic residue is now in an insoluble form; that is to say, it cannot be leached by weathering.

Inquiries of the Ministry FLOODS

Topic:   WATER POLLUTION
Subtopic:   ELDORADO MINING, PORT HOPE-STATEMENT ON ACTION TAKEN
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SASKATCHEWAN

STATEMENT ON ACTION


On the orders of the day:


LIB

James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Right Hon. J. G. Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture):

Mr. Speaker, on February 28 the hon. member for Yorkton directed a question to me as to what action has been taken to prevent a recurrence of the floods on the Assiniboine river in the Kamsack area in Saskatchewan. In reply I may say that no action has been taken by the Department of Agriculture to prevent the recurrence of floods along the Assiniboine river at Kamsack in Saskatchewan as this is considered to be the responsibility of the provincial government and so far as the Department of Agriculture is concerned no application for assistance in this regard has been made by the provincial authorities.

Topic:   SASKATCHEWAN
Subtopic:   STATEMENT ON ACTION
Sub-subtopic:   TAKEN IN KAMSACK AREA
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TRANSPORT

March 19, 1956