January 15, 1958

PUBLIC ACCOUNTS


TABLING OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS AND AUDITOR general's REPORT


PC

Donald Methuen Fleming (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Donald M. Fleming (Minister of Finance):

Mr. Speaker, may I inform the

house that I have this morning tabled the annual report of the Auditor General and the public accounts in two volumes, English version, for the fiscal year ended March 31, 1957. I am sorry the French version of the report is not available yet and may not be available for another two or three weeks, due to the problem of translation and printing, but in view of the importance of the documents it was thought desirable that it should be tabled now without waiting until the French version was ready to be tabled.

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LIB

John Whitney Pickersgill

Liberal

Hon. J. W. Pickersgill (Bonavisia-Twillin-gaie):

Mr. Speaker, I wonder whether I could ask the Minister of Finance if it is his intention to make the usual motion to refer these documents to the public accounts committee.

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PC

Donald Methuen Fleming (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Fleming:

Mr. Speaker, I think any such motion would have little meaning at this stage of the session. My hon. friend is aware that such a motion is normally made in the regular session of the year of tabling. If we were meeting in a normal session this would be the 1958 session and the tabling would take place early in that session. We are engaged in what we hope are the concluding days of the second session of 1957, and I think such a motion should properly be reserved until parliament convenes in the regular session of 1958.

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LIB

John Whitney Pickersgill

Liberal

Mr. Pickersgill:

Needless to say I have no desire to press this point, because I am sure there is nothing wrong with the public accounts which are the accounts for our administration.

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PC

Donald Methuen Fleming (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Fleming:

Mr. Speaker, may I add to

what I said earlier concerning the tabling of the public accounts. I have received a note asking if copies of the accounts are available for distribution. They are, Mr. Speaker; arrangements were made that copies will be available for distribution this morning upon request to hon. members and to the press gallery.

On the orders of the day:

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CCF

Stanley Howard Knowles

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

Mr. Stanley Knowles (Winnipeg North Centre):

Mr. Speaker, may I direct a question to the Minister of Finance. Does the report of the Auditor General for the fiscal year 1956-57 which he tabled today contain reference to any unusual transactions or irregularities requiring comment by the government? If so, has such comment been prepared?

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PC

Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Order. I submit to the hon. member for his consideration that he is asking for information which is readily available to all hon. members by perusing the document. It seems to me the question is not in order.

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CCF

Stanley Howard Knowles

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

Mr. Knowles (Winnipeg North Centre):

will ask my question after I have seen the document.

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STARRED QUESTIONS

ATOMS FOR PEACE TREATY

SC

Mr. Hansell

Social Credit

1. Was a treaty signed making Canada a partner in the "atoms for peace"? If so, when was this signed and by whom?

2. Who are the other signatories to the pact?

3. Was this brought before parliament for approval?

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PC

Sidney Earle Smith (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Sidney E. Smith (Secretary of Slate for External Affairs):

Mr. Speaker, the answer to the first part of the question is yes; Canada is a party to the convention establishing the statute of the international atomic energy agency signed at New York on October 26, 1956. The signatories for Canada were: Mr. M. H. Wershof, in his capacity as head of the Canadian delegation to the conference on the statute of the international atomic energy agency; Mr. W. J. Bennett, as deputy head of the delegation; and Dr. R. A. MacKay, then permanent representative of Canada to the United Nations in New York.

In answer to the second part of the question, may I say that there are 77 other signatories, that is 78 including Canada. I could read the list, Mr. Speaker, but since it is rather long I wonder whether I might be permitted to present it to the Clerk to be printed in Hansard, as part of my answer?

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PC

Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Has the hon. member leave

to have this part of his answer printed?

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Some hon. Members:

Agreed.

Questions

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Sidney Earle Smith (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Smith (Hasiings-Fronlenac):

The list is as follows:

List of signatories, other than Canada, to the convention establishing the statute of the international atomic energy agency:

Albania Korea

Afghanistan Laos

Argentina Lebanon

Australia Liberia

Austria Libya

Belgium Luxembourg

Bolivia Mexico

Brazil Monaco

Bulgaria Morocco

Burma Netherlands

Byelorussia New Zealand

Cambodia Nicaragua

Ceylon Norway

Chile Pakistan

China Panama

Colombia Paraguay

Costa Rica Peru

Cuba Philippines

Czechoslovakia Poland

Denmark Portugal

Dominican Republic Roumania

Ecuador Spain

Egypt Sudan

El Salvador Sweden

Ethiopia Switzerland

France Syria

Federal Republic of Thailand

Germany Turkey

Guatemala Ukraine

Haiti Union of South Africa

Honduras Union of the Soviet

Hungary Socialist Republics

Iceland United Kingdom

India United States

Indonesia Uruguay

Iran Vatican City

Israel Venezuela

Italy Vietnam

Iraq Japan Yugoslavia

The answer to the third part of the question is yes; the convention was approved by resolution of the House of Commons on April 12, 1957.

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C.B.C.-REGULATION OF PRIVATE STATIONS

SC

Mr. Hansell

Social Credit

1. Has the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation written to any independent radio or T.V. stations in the past year to the effect that those stations have (a) broken any of the regulations: (b) were not living up to their contractual obligations with the licensing authorities?

2. If so, how many and to what stations?

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George Clyde Nowlan (Minister of National Revenue)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. G. C. Nowlan (Minister of National Revenue):

The answer to the first question

is yes.

The answer to the second question is that there were letters sent to 74 different independent radio stations from the commission complaining of their having broken regulations or not having lived up to their contractual obligations. The great majority of these infractions, Mr. Speaker, were of a very minor nature and were corrected immediately after the attention of the company had been drawn to the violation. I am in the

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hands of the house, but frankly I would prefer not to give the names of these different stations because I do not think it would be fair to them to have publicized the minor violations they have committed.

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January 15, 1958