January 18, 1957

CCF

Robert Ross (Roy) Knight

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

Mr. R. R. Knighi (Saskaioon):

Mr. Speaker, while not committing myself at the moment to any general views on censorship, in view of the fact that a voluntary committee of some sort has been operating in Ottawa in the scrutiny of various publications at places

Inquiries of the Ministry where these things are sold, would the minister inform me if that committee has ahy authority from the dominion government or anyone else to prevent people from displaying such literature upon their counters?

Topic:   NATIONAL REVENUE
Subtopic:   ACTION TO PROHIBIT ENTRY OF SALACIOUS LITERATURE
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LIB

James Joseph McCann (Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

Mr. McCann:

There are two different sets of circumstances involved in that question. The matter of entry into Canada of literature which is sexual or salacious comes under the Department of National Revenue, customs; the matter of literature which is on sale in stores and which is circulated through the Post Office Department comes within the jurisdiction of that department. I presume that any prosecutions made are probably made in the first instance because the mails are being used for the circulation and transportation of such literature and would come under some other regulation with respect to the exposure and sale. That does not have to do with the Department of National Revenue.

Topic:   NATIONAL REVENUE
Subtopic:   ACTION TO PROHIBIT ENTRY OF SALACIOUS LITERATURE
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CCF

Robert Ross (Roy) Knight

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

Mr. Knighi:

Apparently the minister did not hear my question, at least he did not answer it. I asked specifically if the voluntary committee or committees which I understand are operating in Ottawa at the moment in examining certain types of literature at the places where such items are sold have any authority from anyone to say to the dealer that he must not exhibit such publications for sale.

Topic:   NATIONAL REVENUE
Subtopic:   ACTION TO PROHIBIT ENTRY OF SALACIOUS LITERATURE
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LIB

James Joseph McCann (Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

Mr. McCann:

I am unable to answer that question because I do not know under what authority that committee acts. If it is a voluntary committee I would think that it has no authority and should bring any such matters to the attention of whatever department is concerned, either the Department of National Revenue, customs and excise, or the Post Office Department.

Topic:   NATIONAL REVENUE
Subtopic:   ACTION TO PROHIBIT ENTRY OF SALACIOUS LITERATURE
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POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT

ACTION TO PROHIBIT ENTRY OF SALACIOUS LITERATURE


On the orders of the day:


PC

Michael Starr

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Michael Starr (Ontario):

I would like, Mr. Speaker, to address a question to the Postmaster General.

What precautions, if any, are taken by the Post Office Department to prevent entry into Canada of salacious and indecent literature?

Topic:   POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT
Subtopic:   ACTION TO PROHIBIT ENTRY OF SALACIOUS LITERATURE
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LIB

Hugues Lapointe (Postmaster General; Minister of Veterans Affairs)

Liberal

Hon. Hugues Lapointe (Postmaster General):

Mr. Speaker, the Post Office Department does not set itself up as a censoring body. Such literature, or objects in parcels, found to be passing through the mails would be stopped, and are not delivered should the matter come

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Inquiries of the Ministry to the attention of the post office. The literature would be destroyed and so would certain objects for whose carriage the mails are being used. But there is no body in the Post Office Department which is set up particularly to exercise censorship of the mails. It must be understood that most of this type of material would arrive under seal and could not be observed by the post office unless the parcel or envelope were opened. In many cases this is done at the port of entry by the customs officers in the normal exercise of their duties, and when it is found to be that type of material it is then referred to the Post Office Department and we do the investigation as to the source and the addressee.

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Topic:   POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT
Subtopic:   ACTION TO PROHIBIT ENTRY OF SALACIOUS LITERATURE
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PC

J.-Wilfrid Dufresne

Progressive Conservative

Mr. J. Wilfrid Dufresne (Quebec Wesi):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask the Postmaster General another question. Does the minister intend to rid us of that mass of literature and propaganda which clutters our postal boxes every day and comes from the Russian embassy?

Topic:   POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT
Subtopic:   ACTION TO PROHIBIT ENTRY OF SALACIOUS LITERATURE
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LIB

Hugues Lapointe (Postmaster General; Minister of Veterans Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. Lapointe:

Mr. Speaker, if the hon. member will allow me, as Postmaster General, to open his mail, particularly his first class mail which is sealed and stamped, I shall be very happy to make sure that no propaganda reaches him.

Topic:   POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT
Subtopic:   ACTION TO PROHIBIT ENTRY OF SALACIOUS LITERATURE
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PC

J.-Wilfrid Dufresne

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Dufresne:

Another question, Mr. Speaker. Would the minister keep an eye on the Russian embassy's propaganda which we receive every day in sealed envelopes? The hon. minister knows perfectly well what I mean.

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Topic:   POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT
Subtopic:   ACTION TO PROHIBIT ENTRY OF SALACIOUS LITERATURE
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AIR TRANSPORT

STATEMENT ON ARRANGEMENTS FOR EMERGENCY LANDINGS IN UNITED STATES


On the orders of the day:


LIB

George Carlyle Marler (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Hon. George C. Marler (Minister of Transport):

Yesterday the hon. member for Lambton West (Mr. Murphy) asked whether the bilateral agreement between Canada and Mexico required a pilot to land in the United States should one or more of his engines fail to operate. The answer to the question is that the bilateral agreement contains no such requirement.

Topic:   AIR TRANSPORT
Subtopic:   STATEMENT ON ARRANGEMENTS FOR EMERGENCY LANDINGS IN UNITED STATES
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PC

Joseph Warner Murphy

Progressive Conservative

Mr. J. W. Murphy (Lambton West):

May I

address a supplementary question to the Minister of Transport with regard to the arrangements made when planes fly from Canada to a foreign country across another foreign country? In the event of motors going out of commission or other mechanical

trouble, and the aircraft being required to land, are the passengers obliged to stay in the plane?

Topic:   AIR TRANSPORT
Subtopic:   STATEMENT ON ARRANGEMENTS FOR EMERGENCY LANDINGS IN UNITED STATES
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LIB

George Carlyle Marler (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. Marler:

Mr. Speaker, I think that question involves the regulations of the country in which the plane would be compelled to land. I think I should tell the hon. member that practically all the western nations permit aircraft to land when they are in distress. I take it, however, that entry into that country is provided for by its own immigration laws.

Topic:   AIR TRANSPORT
Subtopic:   STATEMENT ON ARRANGEMENTS FOR EMERGENCY LANDINGS IN UNITED STATES
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BRIDGES

NUNS' ISLAND-STATEMENT ON COMMENCEMENT OF CONSTRUCTION

January 18, 1957