January 13, 1958

PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, that question is one which concerns government policy, to be made known in due course.

Topic:   PENSIONS
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR INCREASES FOR FORMER GOVERNMENT RAILWAY EMPLOYEES
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REGISTERED PENSION PLANS

REQUEST FOR REVISION OF REGULATIONS


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Herbert Wilfred Herridge

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

Mr. H. W. Herridge (Kootenay West):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask the Prime Minister a delayed supplementary question, occasioned by the eagerness of many people, caused, I suppose, by the Liberal convention atmosphere. I must compliment the Prime Minister on his further movement in the direction of the old age pension plan which has been advocated by this group for many years.

Will the Prime Minister take the first practical step in that direction by having the regulations for registered pension plans revised so as to provide for vesting rights in industrial pensions?

Topic:   REGISTERED PENSION PLANS
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR REVISION OF REGULATIONS
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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

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

The hon. gentleman will realize that this question raises a great deal of involved procedure; therefore it is not one, as I see it, which should be answered on an occasion such as this on the orders of the day.

Topic:   REGISTERED PENSION PLANS
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR REVISION OF REGULATIONS
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TRANSPORT

NEWFOUNDLAND


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Leonard T. Stick

Liberal

Mr. L. T. Stick (Trinity-Conception):

Mr. Speaker, may I direct a question to the Minister of Transport. In view of the derailment which took place on the C.N.R. in Newfoundland in the last few days, and in view of other similar occurrences which have taken place all too frequently recently, will the minister have a full investigation made into these derailments and report back to the house?

Topic:   TRANSPORT
Subtopic:   NEWFOUNDLAND
Sub-subtopic:   INTO DERAILMENTS
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PC

George Harris Hees (Minister of Transport)

Progressive Conservative

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

Yes, Mr. Speaker; I will get in touch with the C.N.R. about this matter and let the hon. member know.

Topic:   TRANSPORT
Subtopic:   NEWFOUNDLAND
Sub-subtopic:   INTO DERAILMENTS
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CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION

INDIAN AFFAIRS


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Colin Cameron

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

Mr. Colin Cameron (Nanaimo):

May I

address a question to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. Some days ago, in his

Inquiries of the Ministry absence, I asked a question regarding fires on Indian reserves. I wonder if he is now in a position to answer.

Topic:   CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION
Subtopic:   INDIAN AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO FIRES ON RESERVATIONS
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PC

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

Progressive Conservative

Hon. E. D. Fulton (Acting Minister of Citizenship and Immigration):

Mr. Speaker, I apologize to the hon. gentleman for not having given him an answer earlier. On January 7 he did ask me about a fire on the Musqueam reserve, and another on the Cowichan Indian reserve No. 1.

In the case of the fire at Musqueam, six children lost their lives. The house was located in an isolated area on the reserve and could not be reached from the nearest hydrant, even though 2,000 feet of hose was laid. In the opinion of the Vancouver fire chief the children were all dead when the equipment arrived at approximately 3.25 a.m. on December 24.

In the case of the fire on the Cowichan Indian reserve, five children were burned to death as the result of an overturned lamp. There are arrangements with the city of Duncan fire department to attend fires on a large portion of the reserve adjacent to the town, but unfortunately this particular house was a considerable distance from Duncan and beyond the reach of the fire department's equipment.

Departmental officials in British Columbia are presently continuing their consultation with provincial and municipal authorities to arrange for the extension of additional fire prevention services to reserves adjacent to urban centres.

Topic:   CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION
Subtopic:   INDIAN AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO FIRES ON RESERVATIONS
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CCF

Colin Cameron

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

Mr. Cameron:

A supplementary question, Mr. Speaker. Is the minister's department considering taking steps to improve the general conditions on these reserves to obviate some of these tragedies? I note, for instance, that in one case there is apparently no electric power on the reserve. Is the department considering any program of improvement for these reserves?

Topic:   CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION
Subtopic:   INDIAN AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO FIRES ON RESERVATIONS
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James Ross Fulton

Mr. Fulfon:

Mr. Speaker, there is a plan to improve housing conditions on Indian reserves. Limitation of funds both at the disposal of the department and at the disposal of bands is the main factor in accounting for the fact that progress is not as rapid as would be desired, but it is a part of the current policy of Indian affairs to attempt to improve both the physical conditions and the safety conditions on Indian reserves. As a first measure I have given instructions that these consultations with provincial and municipal authorities are to be pressed to arrange to extend fire protection wherever it is feasible to do so.

Topic:   CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION
Subtopic:   INDIAN AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO FIRES ON RESERVATIONS
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LABOUR CONDITIONS

PROCESSING OF IRON ORE IN CANADA TO RELIEVE UNEMPLOYMENT

January 13, 1958