November 6, 1957

STARRED QUESTIONS

SOVIET EARTH SATELLITE

CCF

Mr. Stewart (Winnipeg

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

North):

1. Has the earth satellite been fired in accordance with any agreement arrived at during the international geophysical year?

2. Is the Soviet earth satellite infringing on the air space above Canada?

3. How far vertically does the sovereignty of Canada extend?

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Subtopic:   SOVIET EARTH SATELLITE
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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, the answer to the first part of that question is that there was no formal agreement in connection with the international geophysical year pertaining to the launching of an earth satellite, and in any event the U.S.S.R. has stated that it did not launch the satellite in pursuance of any arrangement in that regard.

With respect to parts 2 and 3 of this question I might answer them together. Under the present generally accepted rules of international law the space above the territory of each nation extends to the upper limits of the atmosphere. Although the Soviet union did not join in the international civil aviation organization convention of 1944 it was decided that every state has complete and universal sovereignty over air space above its territory.

Until recently air space for the purpose of state sovereignty and control had been thought to vary between the heights of 60 and 80 miles. There has been some discussion in regard to this matter recently by those versed in international law. Professor John Cooper of the school of international air law at McGill University recently reported favouring a limit of 300 miles for the air space; however, there has been no determination in this regard. Recent events in science do suggest an early review of the present principles of international law applicable to the question of sovereignty over the air space.

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Subtopic:   SOVIET EARTH SATELLITE
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UNEMPLOYMENT FIGURES, BRITISH COLUMBIA AND CANADA

LIB

Mr. Sinclair

Liberal

1. How many unemployed were registered in (a) British Columbia; (b) Canada, for each of the months of July, August and September, 1957?

2. How many unemployed were registered in (a) British Columbia; (b) Canada, for each of the corresponding months in 1956?

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Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT FIGURES, BRITISH COLUMBIA AND CANADA
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PC

Michael Starr (Minister of Labour)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Michael Starr (Minister of Labour):

Mr. Speaker, the answer to the first part of the question is that the information available from reports of local offices of the unemployment insurance commission pertains to the Pacific region which comprises the Yukon Territory and all but the northeastern part of the province of British Columbia. The number of persons registered for employment at local offices in the Pacific region and in Canada on the dates indicated in July, August and September of 1957 were as follows: Pacific

region Canada

July 18, 1957 31,377 257,186

August 22, 1957 _____ 29,506 248,836

September 19, 1957 .. 29,837 255,896

The answer to the second part of the question is that the figures for comparable dates in 1956 are as follows:

Pacific

region Canada

July 19, 1956 . 19,447 179,251August 23, 1956 . 17,259 168,064September 20, 1956 . . 15,619 f 58,804

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UNEMPLOYMENT FIGURES, QUEBEC PROVINCE

LIB

Mr. St. Laurent (Temiscouala)

Liberal

1. How many unemployed were registered in (a) the province of Quebec; (b) Temiscouata, on August 1, September 1 and October 1, 1957?

2. How many unemployed were registered in (a) the province of Quebec; (b) Temiscouata, on August 1, September 1 and October 1, 1956?

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Michael Starr (Minister of Labour)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Michael Starr (Minister of Labour):

In reply to the first part of the question asked by the member for Temiscouata, the answer is that information is not available for the dates in question. However, the number of persons registered for employment at local offices of the unemployment insurance commission in the province of Quebec on August 1, 1957 was 76,195. On August 29, 1957, the figure was 68,975 and on September 19, 1957, it was 69,227. The answer to part (b) is that information is not available on the number of persons resident in Temiscouata who were registered for employment on these dates. The answer to the second part of the question is that (a) the number of persons registered for employment at local offices of the unemployment

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insurance commission in the province of Quebec on August 2, 1956, was 53,822. On August 30, 1956, the figure was 46,366 and on September 20, 1956, it was 43,653. (b) Information is not available on the number of persons resident in Temiscouata who were registered for employment on these dates.

POST OFFICE DIRECTIVE 9/4 MS

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Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT FIGURES, QUEBEC PROVINCE
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LIB

Mr. Lesage

Liberal

1. Under what statute was Post Office Department directive 9/4 MS dated August 8, 1957, issued?

2. Does the said directive apply to mail contractors strictly during the time they are on duty? In other words, are the mail contractors free to participate in political activity outside the actual performance of their duties?

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Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT FIGURES, QUEBEC PROVINCE
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William McLean Hamilton (Postmaster General)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. W. M. Hamilton (Postmaster General):

Mr. Speaker, the question asked first of all under what statute the Post Office Department directive 9/4 MS dated August 8, 1957, was issued, to which the answer is the Post Office Act, chapter 212, section 6.

The answer to the second part is that it was the intent of such directive that mail contractors refrain from political activity during the performance of their official duties.

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Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT FIGURES, QUEBEC PROVINCE
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WINDSOR AIRPORT-TRANSPORT BUILDING

LIB

Mr. Martin (Essex East)

Liberal

When is it proposed to have the formal opening of the new Department of Transport building at the Windsor airport?

Mr. MacDonald, Parliamentary Assistant, for the Minister of Transport: Mr. Speaker, in the absence of the minister will the hon. member allow this question to stand?

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Subtopic:   WINDSOR AIRPORT-TRANSPORT BUILDING
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Some hon. Members:

Agreed.

Question stands.

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PELEE ISLAND FERRY SERVICE

LIB

Mr. Pickersgill

Liberal

1. Does the government or the maritime commission subsidize a ferry service to Pelee island in lake Erie?

2. Is such ferry service not wholly within the bounds of one province?

3. Does the government subsidize any other ferry or shipping services wholly within a province, and if so, what are they?

4. Does the government subsidize the ferry service between Portugal Cove and Bell island, Newfoundland?

5. If not, what reason is there for a federal subsidy to a ferry In Ontario which does not apply equally to Newfoundland?

Mr. MacDonald, Parliamentary Assistant, for the Minister of Transport: Mr. Speaker, again this question concerns the Department of Transport, and in the absence of the minister I would ask that this question should stand.

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Subtopic:   PELEE ISLAND FERRY SERVICE
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Some hon. Members:

Agreed.

Question stands.

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JAN W OJTALA

LIB

Mr. Pickersgill

Liberal

1. Was a ship's deserter named Jan Wojtala deported from Canada?

2. If so, to what country was he deported?

3. What was the cost to the treasury of his deportation?

4. Was the shipping company not liable for the cost of deportation?

5. If so, why was he not deported by and at the expense of the shipping company?

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Subtopic:   JAN W OJTALA
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November 6, 1957