March 20, 1956

PRIVATE BILLS

REFERENCE OF CERTAIN PETITIONS TO COMMITTEE ON STANDING ORDERS

LIB

William James Henderson

Liberal

Mr. W. J. Henderson (Kingston) moved:

That the petitions for private bills of the Maritime Stock Breeders' Association, Trans-Prairie Pipelines of Canada, Ltd., Esther Pheobe Brunger Abels, Rosa-Anna Rose Crombie, Adam Forbes, Martha Hope MacDougall Fortier, Geraldine Isabella Johnson Mole, Hugh Oliver Semper and Phyllis Elizabeth Jardine Williams, together with the clerk of petitions' reports thereon of March 15 and 19, be referred to the standing committee on standing orders for such recommendations as may be deemed advisable.

Topic:   PRIVATE BILLS
Subtopic:   REFERENCE OF CERTAIN PETITIONS TO COMMITTEE ON STANDING ORDERS
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Motion agreed to.


NATIONAL DEFENCE

MANNING AND OPERATION OF EARLY WARNING LINES

LIB

Paul Theodore Hellyer (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. P. T. Hellyer (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of National Defence):

In accordance with the practice of informing the house about current developments in continental air defence, I should like to make a statement on the manning and operation of the early warning lines in the Canada-United States air defence system.

In consultation with the United States government it has now been agreed that the distant early warning line should be manned and operated for the next three years by a civilian contractor, to be selected by the United States government. The Canadian government has reserved the right to undertake any part or all of the manning and operation of the Canadian section of this line after the expiration of the three-year period.

A United States-Canadian military group will be located at each main station in the D.E.W. line and will have control of the purely military functions of the line.

With reference to the mid-Canada line, investigations are now being made by the Canadian government to see whether it is practicable to have the technical maintenance and manning of this line also undertaken by a civilian contractor.

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Subtopic:   MANNING AND OPERATION OF EARLY WARNING LINES
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PC

Howard Charles Green

Progressive Conservative

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

Will these contractors be Canadian contractors or United States contractors?

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LIB

Paul Theodore Hellyer (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. Hellyer:

I am not sure, but I presume it would possibly be a United States contractor. In any event, if the United States government have the selection of the contractor that would be something they would have to decide.

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PC

Howard Charles Green

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Green:

Has the Canadian government no voice whatever in the selection of these contractors?

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Subtopic:   MANNING AND OPERATION OF EARLY WARNING LINES
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LIB

Paul Theodore Hellyer (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. Hellyer:

In this particular case the statement covers the matter. The United States government has the responsibility for the selection of the contractor.

ILater:1

On the orders of the day:

Mr. M. J. Cold well (Rosetown-Biggar): Mr. Speaker, I wish to ask the Prime Minister a question which is supplementary to those asked by the hon. member for Vancouver-Quadra (Mr. Green). Are there any other agreements of the same nature as the one dealing with the distant early warning line, allowing United States contractors appointed by the United States government to take over? I should like to ask this question also. Are those contractors and their employees subject to Canadian statutes and laws or is there some agreement with regard to the legal standing of those people?

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Subtopic:   MANNING AND OPERATION OF EARLY WARNING LINES
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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):

The question of the hon. member is so all-embracing that in order to be perfectly sure of the accuracy of every part of the answer I might give, I prefer to take it as notice.

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Subtopic:   MANNING AND OPERATION OF EARLY WARNING LINES
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CCF

Major James William Coldwell

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

Mr. Coldwell:

All right.

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Subtopic:   MANNING AND OPERATION OF EARLY WARNING LINES
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PC

Howard Charles Green

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Green:

Would the Prime Minister consider tabling the agreement or agreements?

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Subtopic:   MANNING AND OPERATION OF EARLY WARNING LINES
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. St. Laurent (Quebec East):

We will consider the hon. member's suggestion that the agreements be tabled. We shall have to consider it in the light of the security arrangements that exist between ourselves and the United States in connection with these early warning lines.

ILater:]

On the orders of the day:

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Subtopic:   MANNING AND OPERATION OF EARLY WARNING LINES
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CCF

Thomas Speakman Barnett

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

Mr. T. S. Barnett (Comox-Alberni):

I should like to direct a question to the Prime Minister, supplementary to the question asked by

Inquiries of the Ministry the member for Rosetown-Biggar. When he gives his reply, will the Prime Minister indicate what arrangements in respect to unemployment insurance coverage will be in effect with respect to the employees to whom the hon. member for Rosetown-Biggar referred?

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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. Si. Laurent (Quebec East):

I will take note of the hon. gentleman's desire to have that information.

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EXTERNAL AFFAIRS


On the orders of the day:


CCF

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

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

Mr. Stanley Knowles (Winnipeg North Centre):

Mr. Speaker, may I direct a question to the Secretary of State for External Affairs. Can the minister inform the house what stand Canada is taking on the Anglo-French disarmament proposal reported from London in today's press?

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Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO CANADA'S POSITION ON ANGLO-FRENCH DISARMAMENT PROPOSAL
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March 20, 1956