February 19, 1957

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Mr. Van Horne

1. Was the aircraft carrier Magnificent partly dismantled at Halifax before leaving for Egypt?

2. If so, what was the extent of the dismantling?

3. What was the cost?

Answer by: Hon. R. O. Campney (Minister of National Defence):

1. Yes, to a limited degree.

2. Dismantling was limited to the removal of certain armament, together with associated ammunition. This allowed an additional 237 tons of supplies to be carried to the United Nations emergency force.

3. $3,753.45.

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Prairie Farm Assistance Act

Topic:   ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   AIRCRAFT CARRIER "MAGNIFICENT"
Sub-subtopic:   DISMANTLING
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APPENDIX


In, the matter of the Prairie Farm Assistance Act being Revised Statutes of Canada, 1952, Chapter 213, and In the matter of an Application to Her Majesty by and with the advice and consent of parliament of the Dominion of Canada to submit a bill for an Act to amend the Prairie Farm Assistance Act, being Revised Statutes of Canada, 1952, Chapter 213 and the regulations under the Prairie Farm Assistance Act approved by Order in Council P.C. 1954-2023 of the 22nd day of December, 1954. Whereas the rural municipality of Oakland have been requested by the farmers of the municipality to prepare a brief on certain sections of the said Prairie Farm Assistance Act and regulations thereof outlining certain recommendations and amendments to same and to present to the said council the said brief for endorsement and approval and if approved to present same to the councils of the surrounding municipalities for their consideration. Now therefore the following are the contents of the brief to be submitted to the said municipality: 1. Section 6(c) of the Prairie Farm Assistance Act being Revised Statutes of Canada, 1952. chapter 213, provides, Where the board has determined that an area is eligible for award and a rectangular block of sections of land outside such area having an area of not less than one-half a township is determined by the board to have an average yield of eight bushels of wheat or less per acre such block of sections of land is eligible for award as though it were a complete township. The rural municipality of Oakland submits that due to the usual irregularity of the locations of the crop damage and/or failure, this section does not give relief to many farmers who may suffer crop damage and/ or failure but who may not be located in the rectangular block as provided by this section and respectfully request that this subsection be amended to read: That section 6(c) be amended by striking out the word "rectangular" where it appears in the second line thereof and substituting therefor the word "irregular" and by striking out the words "one-half township" where they appear in the fourth line thereof and substituting therefor the words "six sections". 2. Section 3(2B) of the said act provides, If the average yield of wheat in the township is found by the board to be more than four and not more than eight bushels per acre the award shall be $1.50 per acre and The municipality respectfully submits that with the increased price of farm machinery and equipment and the increased cost of operating a farm the rate should be increased to bring it in line with the maximum provided in the 1939 act and respectfully request that this subsection be amended to read, That section 3(2B) be amended by striking out the words "$1.50" where they appear in the fourth line thereof and substituting therefor the words "$3.00". 3. Section 3(2c) of the said act provides, If the average yield of wheat in the township is found by the board to be not more than four bushels per acre the award shall be $2.50 per acre. The municipality respectfully submits that with the increased price of farm machinery and equipment and the increased cost of operating a farm the rate should be increased to bring it in line with the maximum provided in the 1939 act and respectfully request that this subsection be amended to read, That section 3(2c) be amended by striking out the words "$2.50" where they appear in the third line thereof and substituting therefor the words "$5.00". 4. Section 3 (3b) of the said act provides, "With respect to more than two hundred acres of cultivated land of the farm or" The municipality respectfully submits that the present day farmer has become a large land owner and is continually expanding and as such contributes that much more and the municipality respectfully submits that this subsection be amended to read, That the section 3 (3b) be amended by striking out the word "two" where it appears in the first line thereof and substituting therefor the word "three". 5. The municipality respectfully submits that there are cases where the farmer is receiving assistance under this act for cultivated land which is not self supporting and for this reason the purpose of the act is being exploited and respectfully submits that there be a subsection added to section 3 of the said act restricting any award under this act to farmers whose lands affected are not self supporting and to define and classify the type of land which will be eligible for assistance. 6. The municipality respectfully submits that due to the usual irregularity of the locations of the crop damage by hail that any individual farmer in any area that suffers loss of crop through hail be qualified for assistance under the said act provided he comes within the provisions of section 3 of the said act and respectfully submits that there be a subsection added to section 6 of the said act to provide that if a farmer or a group of farmers lose their crop or a portion thereof by hail then the individual farmers Prairie Farm Assistance Act in that area should be eligible for assistance under the said act. 7. The municipality respectfully submits that in determining the assistance to be given to farmers under this act consideration should be given not only to the yield and grade of the grain but also to the loss in expenses to the farmer in salvaging his crop and respectfully submits that there be a subsection added to section 3 of the said act to provide for assistance for such loss. 8. The municipality respectfully submits that when the department pays the farmer the assistance to which he is entitled to under the said act that the department attach to each cheque a statement showing how the department and/or board arrived at the amount awarded to each farmer.



Wednesday, February 20, 1957


February 19, 1957