July 10, 1959

PRIVILEGE

MR. FLEMING, EGLINTON CORRECTION OF STATEMENT IN REPORT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

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Donald Methuen Fleming (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Donald M. Fleming (Minister of Finance):

Mr. Speaker, on a question of privilege, I find that one of the committees of the house, the standing committee on veterans affairs, in submitting its report to the house on July 1 ascribed to me a statement which is not in accord with the information which I communicated to the committee in question. The report of the committee, which is to be found on page 639 of Votes and Proceedings of that day, in paragraph 14 refers to information which is ascribed to me on the present state of the war claims fund, and states that I had told the committee that the sum of $6 million remains in the fund.

That is not a correct statement at all, Mr. Speaker, of the information I communicated to the committee. The information was contained in a letter dated April 10, 1959, which I wrote to the chairman of the committee and which I believe became part of the records of the committee. There I indicated that the combined cash and market value of the bonds held to the credit of the fund at that date was about $4.6 million. I may say further, Mr. Speaker, that since that time there have been, of course, substantial disbursements out of the fund and the balance today is approximately $4 million.

Topic:   PRIVILEGE
Subtopic:   MR. FLEMING, EGLINTON CORRECTION OF STATEMENT IN REPORT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
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ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY WELLAND CANAL STUDY OF EXPANSION OF FACILITIES


On the orders of the day:


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Hazen Robert Argue

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

Mr. Hazen Argue (Assiniboia):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Transport. Will the minister say whether, as a result of congestion in the Welland canal and congestion along the seaway, any study is contemplated to see whether or not the seaway facilities should be expanded or duplicated under certain circumstances?

Topic:   ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY WELLAND CANAL STUDY OF EXPANSION OF FACILITIES
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George Harris Hees (Minister of Transport)

Progressive Conservative

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

Yes, my department is carrying on some studies in that regard.

Topic:   ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY WELLAND CANAL STUDY OF EXPANSION OF FACILITIES
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CCF

Hazen Robert Argue

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

Mr. Argue:

Can the minister give any further explanation and tell us when the study may be completed?

Topic:   ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY WELLAND CANAL STUDY OF EXPANSION OF FACILITIES
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George Harris Hees (Minister of Transport)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hees:

No; I do not know, Mr. Speaker.

Topic:   ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY WELLAND CANAL STUDY OF EXPANSION OF FACILITIES
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TRANSPORTATION

ROYAL COMMISSION


On the orders of the day:


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John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, yesterday a question was asked by the hon. member for Assiniboia in regard to the royal commission on transportation, first with respect to the question of hearings and also with respect to the presentation of reports to parliament.

In so far as sittings are concerned, the Minister of Transport communicated with the chairman of the commission, Mr. McTague, who advised that the intention was to hold sittings across the country, generally in the capitals of the various provinces, and as well to consult fully with the government of each of the provinces relative to the matters submitted to the commission.

In so far as reports are concerned, the regular procedure will of course be followed, namely that in due course a report will be made to the governor in council. That report will be tabled in parliament.

Topic:   TRANSPORTATION
Subtopic:   ROYAL COMMISSION
Sub-subtopic:   STATEMENT ON HEARINGS AND REPORTS TO PARLIAMENT
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CCF

Hazen Robert Argue

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

Mr. Hazen Argue (Assiniboia):

I thank the Prime Minister for his answer. Can he give the house some indication when the series of regional meetings will take place; October or November?

Topic:   TRANSPORTATION
Subtopic:   ROYAL COMMISSION
Sub-subtopic:   STATEMENT ON HEARINGS AND REPORTS TO PARLIAMENT
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John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

In so far as the commencement date is concerned, there has been no determination yet as to that. The desire of the commission is to proceed with the greatest of dispatch and I can say, knowing what Mr. McTague has done to date, that his time has been taken up by the organizational questions that necessarily arise to the end that the commission will be able to report at the earliest possible date consistent with the great responsibilities that rest upon it.

Topic:   TRANSPORTATION
Subtopic:   ROYAL COMMISSION
Sub-subtopic:   STATEMENT ON HEARINGS AND REPORTS TO PARLIAMENT
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Hazen Robert Argue

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

Mr. Argue:

Within the 12-month target period, I take it, set for the commission?

Indian Affairs INDIAN AFFAIRS

Topic:   TRANSPORTATION
Subtopic:   ROYAL COMMISSION
Sub-subtopic:   STATEMENT ON HEARINGS AND REPORTS TO PARLIAMENT
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MACKENZIE DISTRICT

ANNOUNCEMENT OF INQUIRY INTO TREATIES RESPECTING RESERVES

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Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Has the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration leave to revert to motions?

Topic:   MACKENZIE DISTRICT
Subtopic:   ANNOUNCEMENT OF INQUIRY INTO TREATIES RESPECTING RESERVES
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Some hon. Members:

Agreed.

Topic:   MACKENZIE DISTRICT
Subtopic:   ANNOUNCEMENT OF INQUIRY INTO TREATIES RESPECTING RESERVES
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July 10, 1959