February 19, 1959

PC

George Randolph Pearkes (Minister of National Defence)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Pearkes:

Mr. Chairman, the bill that will be introduced if the resolution is adopted will be a relatively short one dealing with several unrelated matters. The first matter to be dealt with in the proposed bill is an amendment to the National Defence Act to facilitate the integration or unification of certain of the operations of the Canadian forces. It is the view of the government that this integration or unification, where practical, would result in both economy and efficiency of operation. As you know, in recent months steps have been taken to integrate the medical and chaplain services. The possibility of integration of other operations is under careful study.

National Defence Act

The second subject dealt with in the bill is the question of rules of evidence at trials by court martial. A codification of the Canadian law of evidence applicable to courts martial has been prepared and authority will be sought to introduce this code.

The next subject is a proposal to introduce additional safeguards on the imposition of the penalty of death by courts martial. These safeguards wil be similar to those in effect under civil law.

Perhaps the most important provision of the bill is the proposed amendment to replace the court martial appeal board by court martial appeal courts. If the proposal is adopted members of the services will have the right to have their appeals heard by a tribunal comparable to the provincial courts of appeal which hear appeals of persons convicted under the Criminal Code. Furthermore, the right of appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada would be enlarged so that service offenders would have the same right of appeal to that court as persons convicted in the criminal courts whose appeals have been disallowed by provincial courts appeal. The crown would be given the same right of appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada as it has in ordinary criminal cases.

The bill would also change the French version of the name of the Royal Canadian Air Force.

These amendments, Mr. Chairman, are designed to provide for a more equitable application of service discipline and to improve the administration of the Canadian forces. I therefore recommend the resolution to the committee for its favourable consideration.

Topic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENTS RESPECTING COURT MARTIAL APPEAL BOARD, ETC.
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LIB

Paul Theodore Hellyer

Liberal

Mr. Hellyer:

Mr. Chairman, it is now ten o'clock.

Progress reported.

Topic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENTS RESPECTING COURT MARTIAL APPEAL BOARD, ETC.
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BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Official Opposition House Leader; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Mr. Chevrier:

I have great pleasure in welcoming the Minister of Public Works back to the house and I tell him that, notwithstanding the fact that the Minister of Trade and Commerce has done a very creditable job in his absence we are delighted to see him return. Perhaps he will tell us what the business is for tomorrow and also for next week while he is on his feet.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
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PC

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

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Green:

I thank the hon. member for Laurier for his very kind remarks. I must say that I was a little reluctant to leave the sunshine and the crocuses on the west coast. However, it is very nice to be back with so many friends.

Tomorrow we shall start with the resolution which was under debate at ten o'clock.

Business of the House

Then we will take item No. 6 on today's order paper, the resolution concerning the National Housing Act; then item No. 3, the resolution concerning the Trans-Canada Highway Act; then item No. 2, the resolution having to do with the Fisheries Improvement Loans Act; then item No. 7 on today's order paper, the resolution concerning the Federal-Provincial Tax-Sharing Arrangements Act; and then item No. 9, the resolution preceding

a measure to provide for the appointment of parliamentary secretaries to ministers. Monday will be private members' day. I am afraid I cannot give any further information about next week at the moment. We may be able to arrange for an external affairs debate.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
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It being three minutes after ten o'clock the house adjourned, without question put, pursuant to standing order.


ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS


The following answers, deposited with the Clerk of the house, are printed in the official report of debates pursuant to standing order 39:


TAX RENTAL AGREEMENT PAYMENTS

CCF

Mr. Argue

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

1. What was the amount of the payment to be made to each province under the tax rental agreement as estimated by the federal government in January, 1958?

2. What is the federal government's estimated payment to each province to be as of the present?

3. What is the difference in these two estimates for each province?

Answer by: Hon. Donald M. Fleming (Minister

of Finance):

1. On January 27, 1958 there was tabled in the house an illustrative table of the effect on the then current payments to the provinces of the increase in the standard individual income tax rate. This table was based on the latest estimates available for 1957-58 individual income tax collections, 1957 corporation profits, and the average of succession duties 1955-56 to 1957-58. It did not purport to be an estimate of payments for the 1958-59 fiscal year.

The illustrative table indicated that the provinces would have received the following payments in 1957-58 if the standard individual income tax rate had been 13 per cent and Atlantic provinces adjustment grants

had been made:

(In thousands of dollars)

Newfoundland $ 25,214

Prince Edward Island .... 6,636

Nova Scotia 36,691

New Brunswick 30,990

Quebec 197,861

Ontario 238,326

Manitoba 35,755

Saskatchewan 36,552

Alberta 48,231

British Columbia 61,825

2. The estimated benefits to the provinces under the Federal-Provincial Tax-Sharing Arrangements Act (including the Atlantic provinces adjustment grant) for the fiscal year 1958-59 were as of February, 1959:

(In thousands of dollars)

Newfoundland $ 24,213

Prince Edward Island 6,719

Nova Scotia 34,595

New Brunswick 29,518

Quebec 186,390

Ontario 227,850

Manitoba 33,202

Saskatchewan 33,885

Alberta 45,836

British Columbia 64,090

Questions

3. The above two sets of figures are not strictly comparable as the same standard tax rates are applied to different base years. The former indicates what the provinces might have received if the increased standard individual income tax rate and the Atlantic provinces adjustment grants had applied to the fiscal year 1957-58, and the latter indicates what the provinces are now eligible to receive under the same formula in the 1958-59 fiscal year.

Topic:   ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   TAX RENTAL AGREEMENT PAYMENTS
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FERRY SERVICE, PORTUGAL COVE-BELL ISLAND NEWFOUNDLAND

CCF

Mr. Argue

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

1. Has the contract for the construction of a ferry to operate between Portugal Cove and Bell island, Newfoundland, provided for the 1958-59 estimates, been yet offered for tender?

2. If so, on what date?

3. Has the contract been awarded?

4. H so, (a) to what company and on what date; (b) what was the amount of its tender?

5. What other companies tendered for this contract, and what was the amount of each tender?

6. Is the vessel now under construction?

7. If not, when is construction to commence?

Answer by: Hon. George H. Hees (Minister

of Transport):

1 and 2. Tenders were invited, the closing date being January 22, 1959.

3. No.

4. Answered by 3.

5. Tenders received and amounts shown hereunder:

Ferguson Industries Ltd., Pictou, N.S.

Halifax shipyards

Saint John Dry Dock Co. Ltd.,

Saint John, N.B.

6. No.

7. As soon as the contract is awarded.

Topic:   ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   FERRY SERVICE, PORTUGAL COVE-BELL ISLAND NEWFOUNDLAND
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END OF VOLUME I

HOUSE OF COMMONS DEBATES


House of Commons deflates



Speaker: The Honourable Roland Michener Thursday, January 15, 1959


SECOND SESSION-TWENTY-FOURTH PARLIAMENT-OPENING


The parliament which had been prorogued on the sixth day of September, 1958, met this day at Ottawa for the dispatch of business.


STANDING ORDERS

CONCURRENCE IN FIRST REPORT OF STANDING COMMITTEE

February 19, 1959