May 15, 1958

INDIAN ACT

AMENDMENT TO GIVE INDIANS RIGHT TO VOTE IN FEDERAL ELECTIONS

CCF

Frank Howard

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

Mr. Frank Howard (Skeena) moved

for leave to introduce Bill No. C-7, to amend the Indian Act.

Topic:   INDIAN ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT TO GIVE INDIANS RIGHT TO VOTE IN FEDERAL ELECTIONS
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Some hon. Members:

Explain.

Topic:   INDIAN ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT TO GIVE INDIANS RIGHT TO VOTE IN FEDERAL ELECTIONS
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CCF

Frank Howard

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

Mr. Howard:

The purpose of the bill is to give native Indians the right to vote in federal elections without any infringement on their hereditary or aboriginal rights, and is to be taken in conjunction with the bill standing in my name on the order paper immediately following this one.

Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.

Topic:   INDIAN ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT TO GIVE INDIANS RIGHT TO VOTE IN FEDERAL ELECTIONS
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CANADA ELECTIONS ACT

AMENDMENT TO PROTECT VOTING RIGHTS OF INDIANS

CCF

Frank Howard

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

Mr. Frank Howard (Skeena) moved

for leave to introduce Bill No. C-8, to amend the Canada Elections Act.

Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.

Topic:   CANADA ELECTIONS ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT TO PROTECT VOTING RIGHTS OF INDIANS
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ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY REPORTED STATEMENT IN WASHINGTON WITH RESPECT TO TOLLS


On the orders of the day:


LIB

William Hector McMillan

Liberal

Mr. W. H. McMillan (Welland):

Mr. Speaker, I would like to direct a question to the Minister of Transport. Yesterday I asked him a question concerning shipping toll charges on the St. Lawrence seaway and he replied as set out in yesterday's Hansard at page 65.

While he was replying to my question the president of the St. Lawrence seaway development corporation in Washington made the statement that tolls on the seaway had in effect been agreed upon and would be made public on July 1. May I ask the minister why he was not aware of this decision, and why decisions of this kind must always emanate from Washington?

Topic:   ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY REPORTED STATEMENT IN WASHINGTON WITH RESPECT TO TOLLS
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PC

George Harris Hees (Minister of Transport)

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, the decision on tolls is a joint one between Canada and the

United States. It has been studied jointly by the tolls committees of both countries. To my knowledge the discussions are still proceeding, no firm decision has been reached and the statement I made yesterday is correct.

Topic:   ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY REPORTED STATEMENT IN WASHINGTON WITH RESPECT TO TOLLS
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COLUMBIA RIVER

REPORTED STATEMENT BY MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS


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 a question of the Minister of Northern Affairs and National Resources, and I do so because I am unable to see through the greenery. In view of the fact that the Minister of Public Works, when addressing the 41st annual meeting of the British Columbia division of the Canadian Manufacturers' Association at Vancouver on April 29, is reported as saying:

It won't be long, I hope, before we'll be starting on the Columbia, a billion dollar project, and my hope is based on the trend-

-would the minister inform the house of the developments in these negotiations which give cause for hope, and also give the house a definitive explanation of the word "trend" as used by the Minister of Public Works in his statement?

Topic:   COLUMBIA RIVER
Subtopic:   REPORTED STATEMENT BY MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS
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PC

Francis Alvin George Hamilton (Minister of Northern Affairs and National Resources)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Alvin Hamilton (Minister of Northern Affairs and National Resources):

Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the hon. member for Kootenay West for giving me notice of his question. I am not altogether clear from the question as to the negotiations to which he refers, but I think he probably means negotiations with the government of British Columbia or the United States government or through the international joint commission.

I would suggest that it would be well if we left a statement in this regard for a few weeks until certain developments are completed, at which time I could give the house a much more thorough statement than I could make at the present time.

As to the reference to the word "hope", we all know the Minister of Public Works is an optimist and I am very glad to share that optimism with him. I, too, am very hopeful that things will be progressing on the Columbia river. As for a definitive explanation of the word "trend", I am not sure

Inquiries of the Ministry whether my hon. friend has reference to trends in national development or whether he refers to political trends.

Topic:   COLUMBIA RIVER
Subtopic:   REPORTED STATEMENT BY MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS
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EXTERNAL AFFAIRS


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Harold Edward Winch

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

Mr. Harold E. Winch (Vancouver East):

Mr. Speaker, I would like to direct a question to the Secretary of State for External Affairs. Has the minister's attention been drawn to the report in this morning's Globe and Mail and Gazette that the central intelligence agency of the United States alleges it has a memorandum quoting the late E. Herbert Norman as saying that he feared he would be called before a royal commission and would have to implicate 60 or 70 others? If so, could the minister inform this house whether such a proposal for a royal commission was considered by the government, or whether the appointment of a royal commission is now being considered to clarify the situation from the Canadian viewpoint?

Topic:   COLUMBIA RIVER
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   ALLEGED U.S. MEMORANDUM CONCERNING THE LATE E. HERBERT NORMAN
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May 15, 1958