January 30, 1958

PC

Douglas Scott Harkness (Minister of Agriculture)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. D. S. Harkness (Minisier of Agriculture):

Mr. Speaker, I have not seen the report to which the hon. member refers, but I certainly made no statement along the line that the government considers this legislation a form of unemployment insurance for farmers, or any other such statement.

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Inquiries of the Ministry

Topic:   REPORTED STATEMENT BY MINISTER ON PRICE STABILIZATION LEGISLATION
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CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS

TORONTO


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Stanley Haidasz

Liberal

Mr. Stanley Haidasz (Trinity):

I should

like to ask the Minister of Transport a question. In view of the fact that last week he promised to give very active consideration to the matter of more adequate commuter train service into Toronto from the adjoining suburban municipalities, is he in a position this week to give the House of Commons a report on that consideration?

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   TORONTO
Sub-subtopic:   SERVICE
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PC

George Harris Hees (Minister of Transport)

Progressive Conservative

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

No, Mr. Speaker. I told the hon.

member who asked the question a few days ago that the management of the Canadian National Railways had this matter under consideration.

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   TORONTO
Sub-subtopic:   SERVICE
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PRAIRIE FARM ASSISTANCE

SIZE OF QUALIFYING BLOCK


On the orders of the day:


SC

Peter Stefura

Social Credit

Mr. Peter Stefura (Vegreville):

I should

like to direct a question to the Minister of Agriculture. Owing to the physical features of the land in the northern part of the prairie provinces and also to the climatic conditions that prevail in this region, has the minister or this government given consideration to reducing the size of the qualifying block, in order that a more equitable distribution of the benefits under the Prairie Farm Assistance Act be made available?

The present Prairie Farm Assistance Act, as administered, debars any farmer from qualifying for benefits if such farmer is forced to seek employment in other fields in order to augment his income. Will the minister assure the house that this discriminatory practice against young men wishing to become established on farms will be discontinued?

Topic:   PRAIRIE FARM ASSISTANCE
Subtopic:   SIZE OF QUALIFYING BLOCK
Sub-subtopic:   PART-TIME EMPLOYMENT BY FARMERS
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PC

Douglas Scott Harkness (Minister of Agriculture)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. D. S. Harkness (Minister of Agriculture):

I should like to thank the hon.

member for giving me notice of these two questions. The answer to the first one is this. At present payments are made to farmers in a township, or any rectangular shaped block of at least 18 sections, where the average yield of wheat in the township or block is 8 bushels or less. Payments are also made in any block of at least six contiguous sections having a yield of 8 bushels or less, if a side of the block lies alongside an eligible township. The government is always giving careful consideration to amending the act to make it as equitable as possible to the farmers.

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The answer to the second question is as follows. Farmers are not disqualified or denied assistance under the act or regulations when they take part-time outside employment to supplement their farm income. Only those who have full-time or year-round jobs are ineligible for award.

Topic:   PRAIRIE FARM ASSISTANCE
Subtopic:   SIZE OF QUALIFYING BLOCK
Sub-subtopic:   PART-TIME EMPLOYMENT BY FARMERS
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SC

Solon Earl Low

Social Credit

Mr. Solon E. Low (Peace River):

Mr. Speaker, I have a question for the Minister of Agriculture arising out of his reply to the question asked by the hon. member for Vegreville. Will the minister take a more careful look at the definition of "farmer" as it appears in the Prairie Farm Assistance Act, and also at the way in which that definition is interpreted in the administration of the act, to see if it might not be made a more reasonable definition and a more reasonable interpretation so that realistic consideration could be given to many people who are forced to seek employment off the farms during the coming year?

Topic:   PRAIRIE FARM ASSISTANCE
Subtopic:   SIZE OF QUALIFYING BLOCK
Sub-subtopic:   PART-TIME EMPLOYMENT BY FARMERS
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PC

Douglas Scott Harkness (Minister of Agriculture)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Harkness:

Mr. Speaker, the definition of "farmer" contained in the act has been given very serious consideration by the law officers of the crown, and the interpretation placed upon it at the present time is the result of their advice. Complaints which arise in regard to this matter are chiefly from merchants, teachers and various other people who own farms but who, because they have year-round employment or year-round businesses from which they derive the main portion of their income, are not eligible to receive awards under the Prairie Farm Assistance Act.

As I stated earlier, anyone who takes parttime employment to supplement his income from the farm is eligible. It is those people who have full-time jobs outside farming, or who maintain businesses from which they derive the larger part of their income, who are not eligible for P.F.A.A. payments.

Topic:   PRAIRIE FARM ASSISTANCE
Subtopic:   SIZE OF QUALIFYING BLOCK
Sub-subtopic:   PART-TIME EMPLOYMENT BY FARMERS
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CCF

Edward George McCullough

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

Mr. E. G. McCullough (Moose Mountain):

May I direct a supplementary question to the Minister of Agriculture. Will the minister look into this matter again and check whether his statement that only those farmers who undertake year-round employment off the farms are not eligible for P.F.A.A. assistance is correct, because it seems to be at variance with the facts?

Topic:   PRAIRIE FARM ASSISTANCE
Subtopic:   SIZE OF QUALIFYING BLOCK
Sub-subtopic:   PART-TIME EMPLOYMENT BY FARMERS
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PC

Douglas Scott Harkness (Minister of Agriculture)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Harkness:

Mr. Speaker, I have received a considerable number of complaints with regard to this matter. In every case I have examined I have found that the person complaining did have a full-time job other than farming or a full-time business from which he derived the major portion of his income. I can only repeat once more that those farmers

who take part-time jobs in order to supplement their incomes are qualified and do get prairie farm assistance payments.

Topic:   PRAIRIE FARM ASSISTANCE
Subtopic:   SIZE OF QUALIFYING BLOCK
Sub-subtopic:   PART-TIME EMPLOYMENT BY FARMERS
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CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION

INQUIRY AS TO INTRODUCTION OF AMENDING LEGISLATION THIS SESSION


On the orders of the day: Mr. Stanley Knowles (Winnipeg North Centre): Mr. Speaker, may I direct a question to the Acting Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. Can the minister say whether there will be introduced at this session an amendment to the Canadian Citizenship Act to remove the discrimination which now exists as between natural-born citizens and naturalized citizens in connection with the loss of such citizenship, as was indicated by the Prime Minister on December 2?


PC

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

Progressive Conservative

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

The target date for the end of the session was set at January 31, by which time we had hoped to be finished with all the business. I think it will be obvious to the hon. member as well as to the house that if we had gone on introducing legislation it would have made it fairly impossible to meet that target date. Therefore the question as to introducing that amendment to the citizenship act would, I think, be fairly well taken care of by what I have said. I doubt whether we shall be able to introduce it at this session. However, I have given instructions that in the meantime all questions of loss of citizenship under this section of the act be held in abeyance until such time as we are able to deal with the matter by legislation.

Topic:   CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO INTRODUCTION OF AMENDING LEGISLATION THIS SESSION
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January 30, 1958