December 19, 1957

EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

COLOMBO PLAN-STATEMENT ON ALLOCATION OF CANADIAN FUNDS

PC

Edmund Davie Fulton (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration; Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. E. D. Fulton (Acting Secretary of State for External Affairs):

Mr. Speaker, with your permission and the permission of the house I should like, as Acting Secretary of State for External Affairs, to make a short report to the house regarding some recent decisions under our Canadian Colombo plan program in India, Pakistan and Ceylon, and to table a more detailed statement on these matters.

When the Secretary of State for External Affairs spoke in the recent external affairs debate he undertook to provide the house with a report on the allocation of Canadian funds to particular projects in the countries to which we are giving assistance as decisions are made on these matters. Since he did not have time before his departure for the NATO conference in Paris to inform the house that approval had been given for Canadian aid to a number of projects in the Colombo plan area and for aid in a variety of forms, and since he will not return in time to do so before the Christmas adjournment, I wish to take this opportunity to do so on his behalf.

The document to be tabled gives in adequate detail a description of all these projects and I propose to do little more orally than to list them. However, I should emphasize that these programs will be financed by funds already voted by parliament or provided for in the main estimates of the Department of External Affairs for the current year, with the one exception of the Indian program. For India these projects, together with the shipment of $7 million worth of wheat, will take up not only the funds now available, but in addition $5 million of the sums which parliament will be asked to vote for the Colombo plan next year. The authority which has now been given for a number of projects and forms of aid will enable purchasing to go forward over the next six to eight months. By making these decisions now subject of course to parliament voting the necessary funds, we are ensuring that Canadian aid will flow as quickly as possible during the next half year.

In this fashion we are endeavouring to speed up the flow of available aid to India.

I should also mention, before listing the projects, that the great bulk of these goods and materials and the engineering services associated with them will be provided from Canadian sources.

With regard to the program in India, Canada proposes to make available a further $2 million to continue work on the Canada-India reactor; $5 million for the erection of transmission lines as part of the Kundah hydroelectric development near Madras; $3 million for treated wooden railway ties; $120,000 for three cobalt beam cancer therapy units; $65,000 for audio-visual equipment and educational material, and $10.8 million for the supply of industrial metals urgently required by India's metal working industry.

With regard to the program in Pakistan, Canada will provide $1 million for the construction of a transmission line for the Ganges-Kobadak project and $1.6 million for the doubling of the circuit on the Dacca-Chittagong electric transmission line.

With regard to our Colombo plan program in Ceylon, hon. members will recall that of the $2 million available for Ceylon $1 million is being supplied in the form of flour which, when sold, will create counterpart funds for use on a number of projects which will be reported to the house in due course. As far as the other $1 million is concerned, Canada will make available a further $200,000 for the construction of additional transmission lines for the river valley development scheme in eastern Ceylon; $12,500 for remedial equipment for the rehabilitation centre at the University of Ceylon; $640,000 for the continuation of the aerial survey; $14,000 for additional agricultural pest control units; $17,500 for a stand-by radio unit for Colombo airport; $3,000 for X-ray maintenance equipment; $100,000 for further equipment for a technical institute, and $13,000 for a crane for Colombo harbour.

With the permission of the house, Mr. Speaker, I should like at this time to table the detailed statement with regard to these individual projects.

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Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Is it the minister's suggestion that these be printed in Hansard?

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James Ross Fulton

Mr. Fulion:

If hon. members wish, yes.

2576 HOUSE OF

Inquiries of the Ministry

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Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Is the house unanimously

agreed to have this statement which has been tabled printed in Hansard?

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Some hon. Members:

Agreed.

[For text of statement referred to above, see appendix, pages 2642-44.]

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CRIMINAL CODE

AMENDMENT RESTRICTING CAPITAL PUNISHMENT TO CERTAIN OFFENCES

CCF

Harold Edward Winch

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

Mr. Harold E. Winch (Vancouver East) moved

for leave to introduce Bill No. 239, to amend the Criminal Code (capital punishment).

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Some hon. Members:

Explain.

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CCF

Harold Edward Winch

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

Mr. Winch:

Mr. Speaker, the purpose of this bill is to provide that no person shall, except where the offence is treason, levying of war or piracy with violence, be sentenced in Canada to suffer death, but shall suffer life imprisonment. I shall be happy on second reading to give the facts and the reasoning in support of this bill.

Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.

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AGRICULTURE

PRICE STABILIZATION LEGISLATION-REPORTED CHANGE IN BILL


On the orders of the day:


LIB

James Garfield Gardiner

Liberal

Right Hon. J. G. Gardiner (Melville):

should like to ask the Minister of Agriculture if the statement is correct which appears in the press this morning, to the effect that the bill having to do with support prices is to be materially changed before second reading. If that is the case, will the bill be distributed in the new form as soon as possible? If it is to be carried over, as the article suggests, until after the Christmas vacation, will it be possible to have distribution of the bill, if it is to be changed, before we leave for the vacation?

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Douglas Scott Harkness (Minister of Agriculture)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. D. S. Harkness (Minister of Agriculture):

Mr. Speaker, I think the right hon. gentleman knows that any announcements with regard to government decisions or policies will be made in the house in due course, and not as a consequence of either confirming or denying speculative reports in newspapers.

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LIB

George Carlyle Marler

Liberal

Mr. Marler:

That has not been our

experience.

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An hon. Member:

What about television?

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Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

The question is rather like questions which were asked yesterday and which I have been disallowing. However,

the right hon. gentleman asked for information about the time the matter might be brought forward, and I thought perhaps the house leader might have something to say on that matter. If there is no change, I think to be consistent that questions with respect to this bill ought to be reserved until the matter comes before the house, in accordance with the previous ruling.

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December 19, 1957