December 20, 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:

Government House,

Ottawa, December 20, 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 20th December, at 12.45 p.m., for the purpose of giving the royal assent to certain bills.

I have the honour to be, sir,

Your obedient servant,

J. F. Delaute,

Secretary to the Governor General (Administrative)

Topic:   THE ROYAL ASSENT
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POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT

POSTAGE STAMPS

PC

William McLean Hamilton (Postmaster General)

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, I have a brief announcement in connection with stamps. The previous administration decided early this year to eliminate certain identifying marks known as plate numbers on the corner of each sheet of postage stamps sold. While this action was designed to avoid confusion and delays in the public sale of stamps by those collectors who desired special selections to be made by post office clerks, it had the unfortunate effect of denying to those same people the opportunity of pursuing their hobby of collecting corner plate blocks of stamps.

I have been impressed by the representations from these collectors and others, and in accordance with the government's policy of operating as efficiently as possible while still giving due weight to the interests of those who are affected by government action, I have decided on an amendment to the decision of the previous government in this matter.

Therefore, while plate numbers will no longer appear on those sheets of stamps sold at post offices throughout the country, thus eliminating a cause of annoyance and delay to those purchasing stamps for ordinary use, sheets bearing such a designation will be available for sale to any interested collector, at the face value of the stamps, through the philatelic section of the Post Office Department at Ottawa.

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Since stamps are designed and printed a considerable time in advance of their issue, it will not be possible to apply this new treatment to certain issues designed by the previous administration which were too far advanced in production for it to be applied. However, the new system will enable all collectors who are interested in this branch of the philatelic hobby to continue their collections as in the past, and is yet another indication of the desire of the Post Office Department to offer satisfactory service to every Canadian.

Topic:   POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT
Subtopic:   POSTAGE STAMPS
Sub-subtopic:   STATEMENT ON ELIMINATION OF CORNER BLOCKS
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SHIPPING

GROUNDING OF C.G.S. "BAFFIN" STATEMENT ON REQUEST FOR PUBLIC INQUIRY


On the orders of the day:


PC

Paul Comtois (Minister of Mines and Technical Surveys)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Paul Comiois (Minisier of Mines and Technical Surveys):

Mr. Speaker, I wish to make the following statement:

Requests have been made by some hon. members of the house for a public inquiry to be made on the stranding of our hydrographic ship Baffin, which accident happened in July last off the coast of Nova Scotia. A similar request has been made by correspondence to my colleague the Minister of Transport.

In view of these circumstances I wish to inform the house that I have requested my colleague the Minister of Transport to take the necessary steps to conduct a formal investigation under the Canada Shipping Act into the circumstances surrounding the accident.

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Topic:   SHIPPING
Subtopic:   GROUNDING OF C.G.S. "BAFFIN" STATEMENT ON REQUEST FOR PUBLIC INQUIRY
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CCF

Douglas Mason Fisher

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

Mr. D. M. Fisher (Pori Arthur):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Transport. Will this formal investigation into the bad day at Black rock be a public investigation or a public inquiry?

Topic:   SHIPPING
Subtopic:   GROUNDING OF C.G.S. "BAFFIN" STATEMENT ON REQUEST FOR PUBLIC INQUIRY
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PC

George Harris Hees (Minister of Transport)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. George H. Hees (Minister of Transport):

Yes, Mr. Speaker.

Topic:   SHIPPING
Subtopic:   GROUNDING OF C.G.S. "BAFFIN" STATEMENT ON REQUEST FOR PUBLIC INQUIRY
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LABOUR CONDITIONS

ACCELERATED WORKS PROJECTS TO PROVIDE WINTER EMPLOYMENT


On the orders of the day:


PC

George Harris Hees (Minister of Transport)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. George H. Hees (Minister of Transport):

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to inform the house that the Canadian National Railways today announced an accelerated works project involving an expenditure of $3,500,000. The work being undertaken will be included in the Canadian National Railways 1958 budget. The government has given advance

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Inquiries of the Ministry approval to these projects in order that the work may provide winter employment.

The accelerated works program includes equipment conversion work to be carried out in the railway shops at Moncton, New Brunswick; London, Ontario; Calder, Alberta; and Port Mann, British Columbia; enlargement of railway yards at Corner Brook, Newfoundland, and Moncton, New Brunswick; railway spur construction at Atikokan, Ontario; and the construction of portable railway dwellings. This program will provide approximately 1,062,000 man hours of work for approximately 600 men during the winter months.

I should also like to inform the house that a request has been forwarded to the Department of Public Works to proceed as early as possible to call for tenders for the construction of a new marine agency building at Halifax, and also for the second stage in the wharf construction program in the Saint John, New Brunswick agency.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   ACCELERATED WORKS PROJECTS TO PROVIDE WINTER EMPLOYMENT
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LIB

George Carlyle Marler

Liberal

Hon. George C. Marler (St. Antoine-West-mounl):

I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Transport. He spoke earlier of the special projects being undertaken by Canadian National Railways. In view of the fact there are some 38,000 unemployed in Montreal, is it the intention of the railway company to proceed more rapidly with the construction program at the Cote de Liesse yard and other works in the Montreal area?

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   ACCELERATED WORKS PROJECTS TO PROVIDE WINTER EMPLOYMENT
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PC

George Harris Hees (Minister of Transport)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hees:

That is a question, the answer to which I do not think the hon. member would expect me to have at my finger tips. I shall make inquiries of the management of Canadian National and answer as soon as possible.

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Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   ACCELERATED WORKS PROJECTS TO PROVIDE WINTER EMPLOYMENT
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LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin

Liberal

Hon. Paul Martin (Essex East):

The other day the Minister of Transport was kind enough to give us a review of some projects he was carrying on in his department, and he did so again this morning. Would he give consideration now to whether or not it is possible to carry out the program he has in mind for the Windsor airport at once, at a time when it may provide some work? I do not know whether or not that can be done, but I would ask the minister if he would mind looking into this and giving me a reply tomorrow.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   ACCELERATED WORKS PROJECTS TO PROVIDE WINTER EMPLOYMENT
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PC

George Harris Hees (Minister of Transport)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hees:

Yes, I shall be glad to look into the matter and give an answer soon.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   ACCELERATED WORKS PROJECTS TO PROVIDE WINTER EMPLOYMENT
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LIB

Donald Ferguson Brown

Liberal

Mr. D. F. Brown (Essex West):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Northern Affairs and National

Resources. Under the policy as announced yesterday by the minister for providing work for the unemployed, is it the intention of the government to set up these work camps for unemployed persons in central Canada as well as in the west and north?

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   ACCELERATED WORKS PROJECTS TO PROVIDE WINTER EMPLOYMENT
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December 20, 1957