January 22, 1958

LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Hon. L. B. Pearson (Leader of the Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, following up the remarks of the Prime Minister, may I congratulate the hon. member upon his transfer to the Department of External Affairs, and also express my own appreciation of the fine work he did at the United Nations assembly.

Inquiries of the Ministry NATIONAL RESOURCES

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   THE MINISTRY
Sub-subtopic:   ANNOUNCEMENT OF TRANSFER OF PARLIAMENTARY ASSISTANT TO PRIME MINISTER
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BRITISH COLUMBIA

IMPOSITION OF SPECIAL


On the orders of the day:


LIB

James Allen (Jim) Byrne

Liberal

Mr. J. A. Byrne (Kootenay East):

Mr. Speaker, since there has been such a serious decline in the mining industry in British Columbia in production and certainly in employment over the past few months, I wonder if the Minister of Justice would give consideration to the question I put to him on the orders of the day on November 4, which reads as follows:

Will the minister seek the advice of his law officers and inform the house as to whether British Columbia has a right, under subsection 2 of section 91 of the British North America Act, to impose a special tax on mineral resources, the declared effect of which is to discourage the export of iron ore from that province?

Topic:   BRITISH COLUMBIA
Subtopic:   IMPOSITION OF SPECIAL
Sub-subtopic:   MINERAL TAX
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PC

Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Order. It seems to me that the hon. member's question offends in two respects. First it asks for an opinion of the Minister of Justice on a point of law, and second it deals with the actions of a government other than the government of Canada.

Topic:   BRITISH COLUMBIA
Subtopic:   IMPOSITION OF SPECIAL
Sub-subtopic:   MINERAL TAX
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LIB

James Allen (Jim) Byrne

Liberal

Mr. Byrne:

If there is an infringement of the British North America Act, Mr. Speaker, is it not the responsibility of the Minister of Justice to see that it is corrected?

Topic:   BRITISH COLUMBIA
Subtopic:   IMPOSITION OF SPECIAL
Sub-subtopic:   MINERAL TAX
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PC

Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

That may be, but it is not his responsibility to respond to a question in the house on a point of law.

Topic:   BRITISH COLUMBIA
Subtopic:   IMPOSITION OF SPECIAL
Sub-subtopic:   MINERAL TAX
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COMMUNICATIONS

TELEPHONE RATES


On the orders of the day:


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 Prime Minister arising out of news reports in the press and over the radio this morning. Will the government give favourable consideration to the request of some 35 municipalities in the provinces of Ontario and Quebec for a suspension or setting aside of the rate increases recently granted by the board of transport commissioners to the Bell Telephone Company?

Topic:   COMMUNICATIONS
Subtopic:   TELEPHONE RATES
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR SUSPENSION OF INCREASE
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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, the question raised is one that is receiving the consideration of the government at this time. Further than that I cannot go.

Topic:   COMMUNICATIONS
Subtopic:   TELEPHONE RATES
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR SUSPENSION OF INCREASE
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FINANCE

BRITANNIA MINE, B.C.-REQUEST FOR AMOUNT OF ASSISTANCE PAID


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Jean-Paul Stephen St-Laurent

Liberal

Mr. J. P. St. Laurent (Temiscouaia):

Since the Minister of Justice informed the house

Inquiries of the Ministry on December 17 that the government had decided to subsidize a company controlled in the United States which operates the Britannia mine in British Columbia, could the minister tell the house what payment or payments have been made to keep this mine in operation?

Topic:   FINANCE
Subtopic:   BRITANNIA MINE, B.C.-REQUEST FOR AMOUNT OF ASSISTANCE PAID
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PC

Donald Methuen Fleming (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, I do not know that any payments have been made yet. When the further supplementary estimates are introduced in the house within the next few days there will be an item in those estimates covering the payments that were announced by my colleague the Minister of Justice.

Topic:   FINANCE
Subtopic:   BRITANNIA MINE, B.C.-REQUEST FOR AMOUNT OF ASSISTANCE PAID
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ATOMIC ENERGY

INQUIRY AS TO CONSTRUCTION OF PLANT AT MONROE, MICHIGAN

January 22, 1958