November 7, 1957

THE ROYAL ASSENT

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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, November 7, 1957

Sir:

I have the honour to inform you that the Honourable Patrick Kerwin, Chief Justice of Canada, acting as Deputy of His Excellency the Governor General, will proceed to the Senate chamber today, the 7th November, at 5.45 p.m., for the purpose of giving royal assent to certain bills.

I have the honour to be, sir,

Your obedient servant, Lionel Massey,

Secretary to the Governor General THE MINISTRY

Topic:   THE ROYAL ASSENT
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ANNOUNCEMENT OF APPOINTMENT OF PARLIAMENTARY ASSISTANT

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John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, by leave of the house I should like to table two copies of order in council P.C. 1957-1456, dated November 6, 1957, appointing John B. Hamilton, M.P., parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration.

Topic:   ANNOUNCEMENT OF APPOINTMENT OF PARLIAMENTARY ASSISTANT
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Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Has the hon. Prime Minister leave to table these documents?

Topic:   ANNOUNCEMENT OF APPOINTMENT OF PARLIAMENTARY ASSISTANT
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Some hon. Members:

Agreed.

Topic:   ANNOUNCEMENT OF APPOINTMENT OF PARLIAMENTARY ASSISTANT
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STANDING COMMITTEES

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John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

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

That a special committee be appointed to prepare and report, with all convenient speed, lists of members to compose the standing committees of this house under standing order 65, the said committee to be composed of Messrs. Cardiff, Chevrier, Gauthier (Portneuf), Green and Hahn.

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Motion agreed to.


POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT

DEVELOPMENTS IN MAIL HANDLING


On the orders of the day:


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William McLean Hamilton (Postmaster General)

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, I should like to make a brief statement which I think might be of some interest to the house.

In recent years it has become increasingly apparent that the development of modern methods of handling of mail by most of the world's post office departments has lagged behind similar developments in other fields. A number of countries are now studying this problem and attempting to develop machinery and equipment, particularly in the electronic field, which would be applicable to the peculiarly difficult and complicated problems involved.

The Canadian post office has done considerable work in this respect, as have the two other nations with which we are most closely associated, Great Britain and the United States. While there have been discussions from time to time among our three countries on specific problems of mail handling, there has not been, to date, a comprehensive joint review of all the work being done in each country, nor a concentrated attempt to develop the close co-operation in research and development which could bring the greatest benefits to all concerned.

When the Postmaster General of the United States, Hon. A. E. Summerfield, was in Ottawa this summer I discussed this question with him and suggested that a joint conference among the three nations referred to would be a good idea. He agreed, and informed me that preliminary discussion had already taken place regarding a visit of some representatives of the British post office to Washington this fall to discuss certain United States' developments in mail handling.

Arising from these discussions between Postmaster General Summerfield and myself, I can now inform the house that a team of five senior officials from our Canadian post office, led by the deputy minister, Mr. G. A. Boyle, will begin at Washington on November 12 a series of meetings over a two-week period with similar representations from the United States and British post offices. I shall also be present for the initial stages of the meeting. Following these meetings the group will proceed to Canada where they will study our Canadian methods and the research on equipment we have in process. Early in the new year Canadian officials will visit Great Britain for a personal study of new equipment there, and at that time may spend a brief period on the continent for the same purpose.

It is anticipated that, arising from these discussions and visits, closer co-operation will

Business of the House arise in the development programs of postal machinery for our three countries, and that the interchange of ideas will enable each nation to concentrate on those areas in which it is farthest advanced and simultaneously benefit from similar progress in other fields by the other nations concerned.

It is also expected that these discussions will ultimately prove of some help to the technical committee of the universal postal union. However, since this committee of 20 nations was set up only in August 1957, it is not expected to have its first meeting for about a year, and there would seem to be substantial advantage to be gained from these immediate discussions of our common problems.

The net result will be a substantial forward move over the next few years in more effective and modern handling of mail in Canada and the other nations concerned.

Topic:   POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT
Subtopic:   DEVELOPMENTS IN MAIL HANDLING
Sub-subtopic:   ANNOUNCE- MENT OF INTERNATIONAL MEETING
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BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

BILL NO. 26, FROM THE SENATE STATEMENT BY MR. SPEAKER

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Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Yesterday a message was received from the Senate informing this house that the Senate had passed the following bill to which the concurrence of this house is desired: Bill No. 26 (Letter J of the Senate) "An act respecting the boundary between the province of Alberta and the Northwest Territories", Votes and Proceedings No. 18. This bill should have appeared this morning on the order paper under the heading "First reading of Senate public bills" in accordance with standing order 152.

As you know, private bills receive an automatic first reading under the terms of standing order 103, subsection 2. I am afraid this bill was taken to be a private bill and consequently was not put on the order paper. However, this stage of the bill is not debatable, and I trust that the house will be prepared to proceed with it today by consent. This bill stands in the name of the Minister of Mines and Technical Surveys (Mr. Comtois).

I suggest that after motions have been disposed of the minister give a brief explanation of the circumstances and ask for consent to proceed with first reading. Is it agreeable to the house that this course be followed?

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Subtopic:   BILL NO. 26, FROM THE SENATE STATEMENT BY MR. SPEAKER
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Some hon. Members:

Agreed.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   BILL NO. 26, FROM THE SENATE STATEMENT BY MR. SPEAKER
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Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

I will then call first reading of Senate public bills, Bill No. 26, letter J of the Senate, entitled "An act respecting the boundary between the province of Alberta and the Northwest Territories".

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   BILL NO. 26, FROM THE SENATE STATEMENT BY MR. SPEAKER
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ALBERTA-NORTHWEST TERRITORIES APPROVAL OF BOUNDARY AS SURVEYED AND MARKED

November 7, 1957