January 18, 1957

PENSIONS

REQUEST FOR INCREASE IN PENSIONS OF SUPERANNUATED CIVIL SERVANTS


On the orders of the day:


PC

John George Diefenbaker (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. J. G. Diefenbaker (Leader of the Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to address a question to the Prime Minister. It arises out of the rather optimistic statement made by the Minister of National Health and Welfare yesterday that the amount of old age pensions might be increased. Can the Prime Minister assure the house that any increase in that regard to meet the continuing depreciated value of the dollar will be extended to the superannuation payments to retired civil servants, members of the armed forces and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police?

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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):

Mr. Speaker, I think the Leader of the Opposition is a little bit premature in expressing his curiosity about what will be the decisions of the government and the recommendations it will make to parliament. I can assure him that all matters of public interest receive careful consideration, and when decisions have been reached they are announced in the forms that are traditional in constitutional assemblies.

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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

I then ask the Prime Minister whether the interpretation placed on the optimistic words of the Minister of National Health and Welfare yesterday is well founded because, after all, the minister chose to indicate that something was going to be done; and he having indicated that, certainly I think I have the right to ask whether similar treatment is going to be extended to those whom I have mentioned that find themselves in a serious plight.

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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. St. Laurent (Quebec East):

The hon. gentleman heard the minister's words and he is entitled to whatever interpretation he feels he should put upon them. I am not going to attempt to interpret them at this time because I do not think that would be proper.

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PC

George Harris Hees

Progressive Conservative

Mr. George H. Hees (Broadview):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the Prime Minister arising out of the answer he gave to a question asked by the

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Leader of the Opposition. Is it not true that an indication has been given to Liberal members that an increase will be put through and was the suggestion not made that they make speeches asking for an increase for use in the election campaign?

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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. St. Laurent (Quebec East):

No, Mr. Speaker.

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IMMIGRATION

C. G. HANNA INQUIRY AS TO REQUEST FOR ENTRY TO CANADA


On the orders of the day:


PC

George Randolph Pearkes

Progressive Conservative

Mr. G. R. Pearkes (Esquimalt-Saanich):

Mr. Speaker, may I ask the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration whether Christian G. Hanna has been permitted to land in Canada, and is the minister prepared to give further consideration to his desire to become a resident of this country?

Topic:   IMMIGRATION
Subtopic:   C. G. HANNA INQUIRY AS TO REQUEST FOR ENTRY TO CANADA
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LIB

John Whitney Pickersgill (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration)

Liberal

Hon. J. W. Pickersgill (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration):

Mr. Speaker, I am advised that a lawyer in British Columbia has applied for a writ of habeas corpus, addressed to the master of the vessel on which this man is, and the application for the writ is to be heard, I believe, today. We thought it desirable to have my department represented by counsel as an observer.

Topic:   IMMIGRATION
Subtopic:   C. G. HANNA INQUIRY AS TO REQUEST FOR ENTRY TO CANADA
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EAST ASIA

POLICY REGARDING ADMISSIBILITY OF IMMIGRANTS


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Owen Lewis Jones

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

Mr. O. L. Jones (Okanagan Boundary):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to address a question to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. Could the minister inform the house if an agreement has been reached between Canada and East Asian governments on future policy in regard to admitting immigrants from those countries to Canada?

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Subtopic:   POLICY REGARDING ADMISSIBILITY OF IMMIGRANTS
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LIB

John Whitney Pickersgill (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration)

Liberal

Hon. J. W. Pickersgill (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration):

If the hon. member's question relates to the revision of the agreement with India, that matter is still under negotiation and I hope will be settled very shortly.

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OLD ORDER AMISH SETTLERS

January 18, 1957