February 25, 1959

CCF

Mr. Fisher

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

1. Has the government engaged the services of C.D. Howe Company Limited for any work since July 1, 1957?

2. If so, what type of work for what departments, to what value, and on what dates?

3. In any such engagements, were the services obtained through tender or negotiation?

Topic:   c. D. HOWE COMPANY LIMITED
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FEDERAL AGENCY DIRECTORS

CCF

Mr. Argue

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

1. Who are the directors of each of the following government agencies, what are their duties, and what administrative powers does each hold: (a) the national research council; (b) the public archives; (c) the defence research board; (d) the national film board; (e) the national library; (f) the national museum?

2. What rank in the government service does each of these directors hold, and what are his qualifications for the position he holds?

Topic:   FEDERAL AGENCY DIRECTORS
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WINTER WORKS PROJECTS, QUEBEC

LIB

Mr. Bourgei

Liberal

1. What was the nature of the projects approved, with amounts and locations, under the winter works program with the province of Quebec?

2. How many persons were employed directly under this program in the province of Quebec on the 1st of February, 1959, and where were they employed?

Motions for Papers MOTIONS FOR PAPERS

Topic:   WINTER WORKS PROJECTS, QUEBEC
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LA HAVE, N. S. POSTMISTRESS


Motion No. 47


LIB

George Roy McWilliam

Liberal

Mr. McWilliam:

For a copy of all correspondence, telegrams and other documents exchanged between the Postmaster General and/or any of his officials or any other person, concerning the termination of services of the postmistress at La Have, Nova Scotia, and the appointment of a successor.

Topic:   LA HAVE, N. S. POSTMISTRESS
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Motion agreed to.


COMBINES INVESTIGATION ACT

BREWERY


Motion No. 48-Mr. Eudes: For a copy of all correspondence exchanged between Canadian Breweries Limited and Western Canada Breweries Limited or counsel on their behalf, and the Minister of Justice and the director of investigation and research under the Combines Investigation Act, or any other person in the Department of Justice, from November 6, 1957 to December 31, 1958, relating to the inquiry into the brewing industry and the prosecution thereof.


PC

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

Progressive Conservative

Hon. E. D. Fulton (Minister of Justice):

Mr. Speaker, Canadian Breweries Limited has now been charged with an offence under the Combines Investigation Act and the case has been set down for trial. The correspondence asked for relates directly to this matter. I must therefore oppose production on the ground that it would be improper to produce such correspondence dealing with a case sub judice. I should add that once the case is disposed of I would have no objection to producing this correspondence.

Topic:   COMBINES INVESTIGATION ACT
Subtopic:   BREWERY
Sub-subtopic:   INVESTIGATION
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PC

Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

In view of the answer given by the minister does the hon. member consent to this motion being withdrawn subject, of course, to the right of restoring it to the order paper?

Order discharged and motion withdrawn.

Topic:   COMBINES INVESTIGATION ACT
Subtopic:   BREWERY
Sub-subtopic:   INVESTIGATION
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NATIONAL MUSEUM

HUMAN AND NATURAL


Motion No. 49-Mr. Argue: For a copy of all correspondence, telegrams, reports and other documents exchanged between any cabinet minister or any of his or her deputies, the civil service commission, and any person or persons, since January 1, 1956, relating to the administration and working conditions of the human history branch and the natural history branch of the national museum of Canada.


PC

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

Progressive Conservative

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

In so far as

the motion refers to correspondence or other documents between ministers, or ministers and officials, or between officials and the civil service commission, or between any other categories of persons in the government service, it relates to material that is privileged in character and would not normally be returnable.

In so far as the motion refers to correspondence or other documents between ministers or persons within the public service and persons outside the public service, there is, I may say, a good deal to table. Much of it contains allegations about employees in the public service, and all these were included in the investigation to which I referred in the house on January 20. To table the documents would involve the risk of giving publicity to allegations which have, in some cases, been found to be unsubstantiated, and in others to be incapable of proof or disproof. Their publication would involve the risk of causing unjustifiable injury to personal and professional reputations. I am not prepared, Mr. Speaker, to be responsible for causing such injury.

Topic:   NATIONAL MUSEUM
Subtopic:   HUMAN AND NATURAL
Sub-subtopic:   HISTORY BRANCHES
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PC

Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

I would remind the minister that this is not a debatable motion. He may rise and say he objects or consents to the motion, but I do not think I can permit him to read a lengthy statement.

Topic:   NATIONAL MUSEUM
Subtopic:   HUMAN AND NATURAL
Sub-subtopic:   HISTORY BRANCHES
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PC

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

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hamilton (Qu'Appelle):

I am simply stating that it is not in the public interest to accept this motion.

Topic:   NATIONAL MUSEUM
Subtopic:   HUMAN AND NATURAL
Sub-subtopic:   HISTORY BRANCHES
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February 25, 1959