January 18, 1957


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 Notre Dame de Grace (Mr. Hamilton) asked if I could inform the house when construction is expected to begin on the Nuns' island bridge in the Nlontreal area.

I have made inquiries of the national harbours board and it is not possible to specify the date when construction is expected to begin but the board advises that the surveys and the preparation of plans have reached a point which will permit tenders to be called this spring for the first stage of the construction of the bridge.

Topic:   BRIDGES
Subtopic:   NUNS' ISLAND-STATEMENT ON COMMENCEMENT OF CONSTRUCTION
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FINANCE

STATEMENT ON REQUIREMENT FOR CASH DEPOSITS BY STOCKBROKERS


On the orders of the day:


L L

William Moore Benidickson (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance)

Liberal Labour

Mr. W. M. Benidickson (Parliamentary Assisianf io the Minister of Finance):

Mr. Speaker, yesterday the hon. member for Cartier (Mr. Crestohl) asked the Minister of Finance whether stockbrokers are required to maintain deposits with the superintendent of insurance, the Department of Finance or with the Bank of Canada as required in the case of banks or insurance companies.

No deposits are required by the federal government from stockbrokers or investment dealers, but a large number of these are provincially incorporated and all are subject to the various securities commissions provided by the laws of a number of the provincial governments.

Topic:   FINANCE
Subtopic:   STATEMENT ON REQUIREMENT FOR CASH DEPOSITS BY STOCKBROKERS
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PRIVILEGES AND ELECTIONS

INQUIRY RESPECTING STUDY OF REDISTRIBUTION BY COMMITTEE


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 ask a question of the Secretary of State? Can the Secretary

of State tell us what is the present position with respect to the study of redistribution recommended by the committee on privileges and elections the year before last? Is the minister aware that redistribution by an independent commission has now been effected by the province of Manitoba? Will something be done about this matter by this parliament at this session?

Topic:   PRIVILEGES AND ELECTIONS
Subtopic:   INQUIRY RESPECTING STUDY OF REDISTRIBUTION BY COMMITTEE
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LIB

Roch Pinard (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

Hon. Roch Pinard (Secretary of State):

Mr. Speaker, the factual report which the committee asked the government to prepare was sent to me at the end of the last session. It was not tabled then because it was received in the dying days of the session. I do not think it will be the view of the government that this matter should be considered this year by the committee on privileges and elections.

Topic:   PRIVILEGES AND ELECTIONS
Subtopic:   INQUIRY RESPECTING STUDY OF REDISTRIBUTION BY COMMITTEE
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CCF

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

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

Mr. Knowles:

Mr. Speaker, may I

direct a supplementary question to the Secretary of State? In the light of the view frequently expressed by the former member for Quebec South and others that redistribution should be studied well in advance of the decennial redistribution, why does the government not feel that something should be done about this matter at this session rather than leaving it until closer to the actual time of the next decennial redistribution?

Topic:   PRIVILEGES AND ELECTIONS
Subtopic:   INQUIRY RESPECTING STUDY OF REDISTRIBUTION BY COMMITTEE
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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, do you think that is a question that should be asked on the orders of the day? It seems to me we are taking a great deal of time with matters that are not urgent and that do not seem to be directly suggested for the purpose of really eliciting information.

Topic:   PRIVILEGES AND ELECTIONS
Subtopic:   INQUIRY RESPECTING STUDY OF REDISTRIBUTION BY COMMITTEE
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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

We are not getting very much.

Topic:   PRIVILEGES AND ELECTIONS
Subtopic:   INQUIRY RESPECTING STUDY OF REDISTRIBUTION BY COMMITTEE
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CCF

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

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

Mr. Knowles:

Does that prevent the Secretary of State from answering my question?

Topic:   PRIVILEGES AND ELECTIONS
Subtopic:   INQUIRY RESPECTING STUDY OF REDISTRIBUTION BY COMMITTEE
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

I think great latitude has been taken by hon. members who have been asking questions. There is a great tendency on the part of hon. members to initiate miniature debates on certain matters at question time, but I have always felt, especially recently, that as long as the house bears with the type of question that is being asked and ministers provide the replies it is better to leave it at that without any intervention on my part. But any hon. member who takes an honest look at the rules will see that our question period transgresses the rules as they are today and as they perhaps should be applied. If they were applied the question period would be a very short period indeed.

Canada Council

(Translation):

Topic:   PRIVILEGES AND ELECTIONS
Subtopic:   INQUIRY RESPECTING STUDY OF REDISTRIBUTION BY COMMITTEE
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INQUIRY AS TO DELAY IN TRANSLATING COMMITTEE REPORTS


On the orders of the day:


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John (Jack) Henry Horner

Mr. J. C. Van Horne (Resfigouche-Madawaska):

Mr. Speaker, I have a question for the hon. Secretary of State. Would the minister tell us if steps have been taken this year to expedite the translation into French of committee reports, so as to avoid the six to seven weeks' delay which occurred in former years?

Topic:   INQUIRY AS TO DELAY IN TRANSLATING COMMITTEE REPORTS
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LIB

Hédard-J. Robichaud

Liberal

Mr. Robichaud:

You were hardly ever here; how can you know about it?

Topic:   INQUIRY AS TO DELAY IN TRANSLATING COMMITTEE REPORTS
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January 18, 1957