January 29, 1958

EXTERNAL AFFAIRS


Second report of standing committee on external affairs.-Mr. White.


STARRED QUESTIONS

CANADIAN FLAG

RECOMMENDATIONS OF PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE

SC

Mr. Hansell

Social Credit

1. Has the government considered the recommendations of the joint parliamentary committee of 1946 on a design for a distinctive Canadian flag?

2. If so, have steps been taken by the government to bring down legislation implementing the committee's recommendations?

Topic:   CANADIAN FLAG
Subtopic:   RECOMMENDATIONS OF PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE
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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, the answer to question No. 1 is no, and the answer to the second part of the question is that no consideration has been given in this regard.

Topic:   CANADIAN FLAG
Subtopic:   RECOMMENDATIONS OF PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE
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UNEMPLOYMENT FIGURES, ONTARIO


Question No. 61


LIB

William James Henderson

Liberal

Mr. Henderson:

1. How many unemployed were registered in (a) the province of Ontario; (b) the areas served by the Toronto, Hamilton, Windsor, North Bay and Pembroke offices, respectively, of the unemployment insurance commission, on or about the 9th day of January, 1958?

2. How many unemployed were registered in (a) the province of Ontario; (b) the areas served by the Toronto, Hamilton, Windsor, North Bay and Pembroke offices, respectively, of the unemployment insurance commission on or about the 9th day of January, 1957?

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT FIGURES, ONTARIO
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PC

Michael Starr (Minister of Labour)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Michael Slarr (Minister of Labour):

Mr. Speaker, the answer to the question asked by the hon. member for Kingston is as follows. The numbers of persons registered at January 9, 1958, and at January 10, 1957, at local offices of the unemployment insurance commission in the province of Ontario and at local offices serving the areas of Toronto, Hamilton, Windsor, North Bay and Pembroke were:

January January

9, 1958 10, 1957

Province of Ontario .... 241,926 151,079Toronto .... 55,364 38,351Hamilton .... 19,159 9,875Windsor .. .. 16,246 8,277North Bay ... . 3,063 1,895Pembroke 1,674

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT FIGURES, ONTARIO
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COST OF TRADE MISSION TO U.K.

LIB

Mr. McMillan

Liberal

What is the cost to the Canadian taxpayer to date, of the recent buying mission of some 50 persons and staff to the United Kingdom, and what further costs are anticipated?

Topic:   COST OF TRADE MISSION TO U.K.
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PC

Gordon Minto Churchill (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Gordon Churchill (Minisier of Trade and Commerce):

Mr. Speaker, the answer to this question is not yet available, as all the accounts have not been received. With regard to further costs, we will have to pay for the printing of the report which is in course of preparation.

Topic:   COST OF TRADE MISSION TO U.K.
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PC

Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

The question stands.

Topic:   COST OF TRADE MISSION TO U.K.
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AUDITOR GENERAL'S REPORT, 1957 SECTION 61

CCF

Mr. Castleden

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

With reference to section 61 of the Auditor General's report, 1957:

1. What is the name of the firm which received the $119,200 contract to build a naval vessel for the Department of Defence Production?

2. Were tenders called for this contract through advertising?

3. What officers of the department signed the progress certificate under which the contractor was paid for work?

4. What was the total amount paid to the contractor under this contract?

5. Was the contract finally cancelled?

6. If so, what percentage of the work was completed at time of cancellation?

7. What is being done with the incompleted vessel?

Topic:   AUDITOR GENERAL'S REPORT, 1957 SECTION 61
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PC

Howard Charles Green (Minister of Defence Production; Minister of Public Works; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Progressive Conservative Party House Leader)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Howard C. Green (Minister of Public Works):

Mr. Speaker, there are seven parts to this question, the answers to which are as follows;

1. Withey's Shipyard Limited, Silva Bay, Gabriola island, B.C.

2. The original requirement, of which this vessel is a part, covered seven harbour craft and four clearance diving vessels. Tenders were invited on the total requirement on August 7, 1951. After examination of the tenders it appeared that the specifications for the clearance diving vessels were less than adequate. Accordingly on October 1, 1951, tenders were recalled for the seven harbour craft only, and contracts subsequently awarded for such vessels.

The specifications for the clearance diving vessels were rewritten. Rather than recalling tenders the clearance diving vessels were allocated, such allocation being made on the recommendation of the Canadian maritime commission and limited to those companies

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who had tendered successfully on the harbour craft. The contract for the vessel in question was awarded on April 25, 1953.

3. No officers of this department signed the progress certificates. The progress certificates were signed by the responsible naval overseeing officers of the Department of National Defence.

4. $99,102.55.

5. Yes, with work being stopped on January 13 ,1956.

6. It is impossible to define precisely the over-all percentage of work which was completed at the time of cancellation. Materials had been ordered of which approximately 80 per cent were delivered. Construction of hull, decks and bulkheads had been completed. Outfitting had only commenced. Installation of engines and associated equipment had not commenced. An over-all estimate of completion of 50 per cent of total work appears reasonable.

7. The vessel was transferred for completion to H.M.C. Dockyard, Esquimalt, B.C.

Topic:   AUDITOR GENERAL'S REPORT, 1957 SECTION 61
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R.C.M.P. FILES ON MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT

CCF

Mr. Fisher

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

1. Has the Royal Canadian Mounted Police any files, inoperative or otherwise, on members of the present House of Commons?

2. If so, how many, by provinces?

Topic:   R.C.M.P. FILES ON MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT
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January 29, 1958