October 24, 1957

THE ROYAL ASSENT

PC

Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

I have the honour to inform the house that I have received the following communication:

Ottawa, October 24, 1957

Sir:

I have the honour to inform you that the Honourable Mr. Justice Robert Taschereau, acting as Deputy of His Excellency the Governor General, will proceed to the Senate chamber today, the 24th October, at 5.45 p.m., for the purpose of giving royal assent to a certain bill.

I have the honour to be, sir,

Your obedient servant,

J. F. Delaute,

Secretary to the Governor General (Administrative)

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UNITED NATIONS

TWELFTH ANNIVERSARY OF SIGNING OF CHARTER

PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Right Hon. J. G. Diefenbaker (Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, with the leave of the house may I mention the fact that today is the twelfth anniversary of the signing of the charter of the United Nations. Canadians generally are joining with the other nations of the world in observing the anniversary of an organization which plays such a great role in the world of today. At the entrance to the parliament buildings are displayed the 82 flags of the member nations of the United Nations. The United Nations flag is being flown from the eastern flag pole of the centre block. This day represents an anniversary of an institution that we, as Canadians, believe to be necessary for the preservation and maintenance of peace. To that end Canada, in company with the other member nations, joins in a rededication to its principles.

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Subtopic:   TWELFTH ANNIVERSARY OF SIGNING OF CHARTER
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LIB

Louis Stephen St-Laurent (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Right Hon. L. S. St. Laurent (Leader of the Opposition):

I am sure all hon. members read with interest the statement that was issued by the Prime Minister earlier today in connection with the twelfth anniversary of the coming into force of the charter of the United Nations. We have all listened with some emotion to the references the Prime Minister has made to that anniversary. I think it is fortunate that in this country the Canadian people generally have regarded the attitude of the Canadian government

toward that organization as something that was not the subject of any political partisanship, but that it has the unanimous support of the Canadian people because of the aims and ideals of that great organization.

It is now 12 years since the charter became operative. Not all the hopes of the right hon. gentleman and others who were with me at the time the charter was under discussion at San Francisco have been realized. Nevertheless I think there will be general agreement that it has served a useful purpose, and that it is still one of the main hopes of most of civilized humanity for the maintenance of as peaceful conditions in this troubled world as are possible under the present circumstances.

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Subtopic:   TWELFTH ANNIVERSARY OF SIGNING OF CHARTER
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CCF

Major James William Coldwell

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

Mr. M. J. Coldwell (Rosetown-Biggar):

I am

quite sure that there is unanimity, both in the House of Commons and in the country, regarding the recognition of this day and the signing of the charter of the United Nations. Those of us who had the privilege of being present at the San Francisco conference will remember the great hopes we had for the future under the United Nations charter. Those hopes have not all been realized. Nonetheless, it is better to have had a place where men of diverse views, representing nations with many interests, could get together and talk their problems out than to indulge in a shooting war.

In looking to the future, we can all hope the United Nations will fulfil its functions much better in the future than it has in the past. I have no doubt it has already played a great part in preserving the peace of the world and in bringing help to the underdeveloped countries and the less privileged nations of the world. I have no doubt it will continue to do that, and will serve mankind better in the future than it has in the past.

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SC

Solon Earl Low

Social Credit

Mr. Solon E. Low (Peace River):

I am sure there is unanimity of hopes and wishes, perhaps even of dreams throughout Canada and particularly throughout this house concerning the United Nations. I am very glad to add my voice to those who have already spoken in this chamber today in connection with this twelfth anniversary of the putting in force of the United Nations charter. It is true that the international organization that was born 12 years ago has not fulfilled all the hopes and dreams we had concerning it. There were weaknesses in the charter to begin with, and those weaknesses have

Proposed Legislation

been intensified over the years, in the opinion of many people. Nevertheless it appears to be the only international forum that we have in existence where the nations of the world can meet and talk out their problems rather than resorting to a shooting war.

Recognizing that fact, we all must express the hope that the work of the United Nations will become much more effective in the years ahead.

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Subtopic:   TWELFTH ANNIVERSARY OF SIGNING OF CHARTER
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CRIMINAL CODE

AMENDMENTS WITH RESPECT TO SUBVERSIVE ACTIVITIES

LIB

Wilfrid Lacroix

Liberal

Mr. Wilfrid LaCroix (Quebec-Montmorency) moved

for leave to introduce Bill No. 13, to amend the Criminal Code (subversive activities) .

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Subtopic:   AMENDMENTS WITH RESPECT TO SUBVERSIVE ACTIVITIES
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Some hon. Members:

Explain.

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LIB

Wilfrid Lacroix

Liberal

Mr. LaCroix:

The purpose of the first amendment is to make it a criminal offence for any person to participate in subversive activities with a view to establishing in Canada a totalitarian dictatorship contrary to our democratic way of life.

The purpose of the second amendment is to prevent dissemination through the mails of subversive propaganda.

Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.

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WAR VETERANS ALLOWANCE ACT

AMENDMENTS RESPECTING ALLOWANCES, INCOME, COVERAGE, ETC.

PC

Alfred Johnson Brooks (Minister of Veterans Affairs)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. A. J. Brooks (Minister of Veterans Affairs) moved

that the house go into committee at the next sitting to consider the following resolution, which has been recommended to the house by His Excellency:

That it is expedient to introduce a measure to amend the War Veterans Allowance Act, 1952, to increase the monthly rates of certain allowances and permissible income; to extend the provisions of the act to additional classes of veterans, widows and orphans; and to increase the salaries of the members of the war veterans allowance board.

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Motion agreed to.


PENSION ACT

AMENDMENTS RESPECTING DEPENDANTS, ETC.

PC

Alfred Johnson Brooks (Minister of Veterans Affairs)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. A. J. Brooks (Minister of Veterans Affairs) moved

that the house go into committee at the next sitting to consider the following resolution, which has been recommended to the house by His Excellency:

That it is expedient to introduce a measure to amend the Pension Act to place dependants of persons who served in world war II in a position comparable to that of dependants of persons who served in world war I in cases of disability or

death due to improper conduct; to ensure that pensions may be paid to the dependants of deceased members of the forces resident and domiciled in Newfoundland; to provide for the continuation of disability pensions and widows pensions to the end of the month in which death occurred except in cases where no additional pension for dependants is payable; to provide for the payment of pension to the daughter of a pensioned widower where the domestic establishment is maintained after his death; to provide for an increase in the clothing allowance on account of amputation or use of appliances; to provide for an increase in the allowances for funeral and burial expenses; to remove the limitation on the amount of pension payable to a dependent parent of a deceased pensioner after discontinuance of pension to other dependants; to authorize payment of widows' pensions at current rates upon reinstatement of discontinued pensions; and to remove the limitation on payment of pensions to or in respect of children born after a specified date, or to wives whose marriage to a member of the forces or a pensioner took place after a specified date; such measure to include, in addition, certain consequential and clarifying amendments.

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October 24, 1957