April 10, 1957

PC

Ellen Louks Fairclough

Progressive Conservative

Mrs. Fairclough:

May I ask the minister

if that is the policy of the department with regard to all other installations across the country?

Topic:   STARRED QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY RESPECTING DECISION TO DISBAND MOUNT HOPE STATION
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LIB

Ralph Osborne Campney (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. Campney:

No, Mr. Speaker. Every

case is decided on its own merits. I do not feel that we would be justified in spending over $1 million a year to maintain that particular airport for the sole purpose of maintaining a reserve squadron.

Topic:   STARRED QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY RESPECTING DECISION TO DISBAND MOUNT HOPE STATION
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INDUSTRY

POLYMER CORPORATION AND ATOMIC ENERGY LIMITED


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 Prime Minister. In view of the statement made yesterday that the Minister of Trade and Commerce would inform the Prime Minister at the appropriate time concerning Mr. Barrington's status as a fulltime, salaried official of the Polymer Corporation, can the Prime Minister say whether he now has that information?

Inquiries of the Ministry

Right Hon. L. S. St. Laurent (Prime

Minister): The Minister of Trade and Commerce did inform me that Mr. Barrington is a full-time employee of the Polymer Corporation, and he also added that he was going to discuss with him the matter in connection with which these questions have arisen.

Topic:   INDUSTRY
Subtopic:   POLYMER CORPORATION AND ATOMIC ENERGY LIMITED
Sub-subtopic:   ACTIVITIES OF PRESIDENTS
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CCF

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

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

Mr. Knowles:

Is the Prime Minister aware of the fact that Mr. W. J. Bennett, who is on salary as full-time president and head of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, Eldorado Mining and Refining Limited and Northern Transportation Company Limited-three crown corporations-is, according to the financial books and directories on these matters, a director of Investors Mutual of Canada Limited? Does he think it appropriate for the top man in uranium in this country to be connected with an investment firm?

Topic:   INDUSTRY
Subtopic:   POLYMER CORPORATION AND ATOMIC ENERGY LIMITED
Sub-subtopic:   ACTIVITIES OF PRESIDENTS
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. St. Laurent (Quebec East):

I would wish to ascertain whether or not the information upon which the hon. gentleman bases his information is correct. I will endeavour to ascertain whether or not it is correct and to have an answer tomorrow.

Topic:   INDUSTRY
Subtopic:   POLYMER CORPORATION AND ATOMIC ENERGY LIMITED
Sub-subtopic:   ACTIVITIES OF PRESIDENTS
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PC

Donald Methuen Fleming

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Donald M. Fleming (Eglinton):

Is the

Prime Minister aware, as a result of his conversations with the Minister of Trade and Commerce since yesterday on this matter or otherwise, that the managing director of Polymer Corporation has been listed in the directory of directors as a director of Moneta Porcupine Mines Limited, Leitch Gold Mines Limited and Buffalo Ankerite Gold Mines Limited?

Topic:   INDUSTRY
Subtopic:   POLYMER CORPORATION AND ATOMIC ENERGY LIMITED
Sub-subtopic:   ACTIVITIES OF PRESIDENTS
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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.

Topic:   INDUSTRY
Subtopic:   POLYMER CORPORATION AND ATOMIC ENERGY LIMITED
Sub-subtopic:   ACTIVITIES OF PRESIDENTS
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PC

Donald Methuen Fleming

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Fleming:

Does the Prime Minister not think that to be a relevant consideration that should engage the attention of the government, having regard to the fact that the official in question is referred to as a fulltime executive officer of this crown corporation?

Topic:   INDUSTRY
Subtopic:   POLYMER CORPORATION AND ATOMIC ENERGY LIMITED
Sub-subtopic:   ACTIVITIES OF PRESIDENTS
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. St. Laurent (Quebec East):

Mr. Speaker, I evidently do not read these directors' directories as closely as do some hon. members of the house. I have answered that I was not aware that that was the situation. I must confess that I do not make it my business to inquire about all members of the civil service, as to whether they have any other interests or connections. When any serious question is brought to my attention I endeavour to investigate it. That is what I will do in this case.

Topic:   INDUSTRY
Subtopic:   POLYMER CORPORATION AND ATOMIC ENERGY LIMITED
Sub-subtopic:   ACTIVITIES OF PRESIDENTS
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PC

William Earl Rowe

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Rowe:

It is a good job you have an opposition.

Inquiries of the Ministry

Topic:   INDUSTRY
Subtopic:   POLYMER CORPORATION AND ATOMIC ENERGY LIMITED
Sub-subtopic:   ACTIVITIES OF PRESIDENTS
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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

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

Instead of dealing with hypothetical questions, possibly the Prime Minister will simply answer this question.

Topic:   INDUSTRY
Subtopic:   POLYMER CORPORATION AND ATOMIC ENERGY LIMITED
Sub-subtopic:   ACTIVITIES OF PRESIDENTS
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?

Some hon. Members:

Oh, oh.

Topic:   INDUSTRY
Subtopic:   POLYMER CORPORATION AND ATOMIC ENERGY LIMITED
Sub-subtopic:   ACTIVITIES OF PRESIDENTS
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An hon. Member:

Give us the facts.

Topic:   INDUSTRY
Subtopic:   POLYMER CORPORATION AND ATOMIC ENERGY LIMITED
Sub-subtopic:   ACTIVITIES OF PRESIDENTS
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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

Does the Prime Minister approve of a full-time servant of a crown corporation acting as a director of private corporations at the same time? Does he approve it or does he not?

Topic:   INDUSTRY
Subtopic:   POLYMER CORPORATION AND ATOMIC ENERGY LIMITED
Sub-subtopic:   ACTIVITIES OF PRESIDENTS
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. St. Laurent (Quebec East):

Mr. Speaker, that is not a question of fact; and I am not required to express in the house opinions on hypothetical questions.

Topic:   INDUSTRY
Subtopic:   POLYMER CORPORATION AND ATOMIC ENERGY LIMITED
Sub-subtopic:   ACTIVITIES OF PRESIDENTS
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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister has already said it is not hypothetical, because he said the Minister of Trade and Commerce was discussing this matter with this gentleman. I say this to the Prime Minister again. As Prime Minister of this country, does he approve of that kind of thing? That is not hypothetical: that is very direct.

Topic:   INDUSTRY
Subtopic:   POLYMER CORPORATION AND ATOMIC ENERGY LIMITED
Sub-subtopic:   ACTIVITIES OF PRESIDENTS
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. St. Laurent (Quebec East):

When I have the facts that the Minister of Trade and Commerce is endeavouring to obtain for me I will answer the question, in the light of those facts, whether that conduct is commendable or is something which should not take place.

Topic:   INDUSTRY
Subtopic:   POLYMER CORPORATION AND ATOMIC ENERGY LIMITED
Sub-subtopic:   ACTIVITIES OF PRESIDENTS
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April 10, 1957