July 15, 1959

COMMITTEES OF THE HOUSE


Twenty-second report of standing committee on miscellaneous private bills-Mr. McCleave. Third report of standing committee on agriculture and colonization-Mr. Stanton.


STARRED QUESTIONS

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE

MINUTES OF INVESTMENT COMMITTEE MEETINGS

LIB

Mr. Caron

Liberal

1. On what dates, since January 1, 1958, are there formal minutes reporting meetings of the investment committee of the unemployment insurance fund?

2. Which members of the committee were recorded as present on the occasions of each of such meetings?

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
Subtopic:   MINUTES OF INVESTMENT COMMITTEE MEETINGS
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Donald Methuen Fleming (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, the answer to these two questions is as follows; I will combine questions 1 and 2 in my answer. July 21, 1958, by letter signed by all three members. October 1, 1958; Mr. Coyne, Mr. Taylor, Mr. Cushing. January 9, 1959; Mr. Coyne, Mr. Taylor, Mr. Cushing. February 2, 1959; Mr. Coyne, Mr. Taylor, Mr. Cushing. March 18, 1959; Mr. Beattie, Mr. Taylor, Mr. Cushing. April 21, 1959; Mr. Coyne, Mr. Taylor, Mr. Cushing.

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
Subtopic:   MINUTES OF INVESTMENT COMMITTEE MEETINGS
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FUEL TENDERS, PUBLIC BUILDING, SHERBROOKE, N.S.

LIB

Mr. McWilliam

Liberal

1. Were tenders called within the past year for the supply of fuel to the public building at Sherbrooke, Guysborough county, Nova Scotia?

2. If so, how many bids were received, in what amounts and which person was the successful bidder?

Topic:   FUEL TENDERS, PUBLIC BUILDING, SHERBROOKE, N.S.
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John Angus MacLean (Minister of Fisheries)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. J. A. MacLean (Acting Minister of Public Works):

Mr. Speaker, the answer to the first question is yes; public tenders were called on April 24, 1959. The answer to the second question is that three bids were received, as follows: R. W. Anderson, $21.47 per ton; Albert E. Whidden, $21.90 per ton; Sears and McIntosh, $22 per ton. The contract was awarded to R. W. Anderson, of Sherbrooke, Nova Scotia, the lowest bidder, for 20 tons of Acadia oil treated lump coal.

Topic:   FUEL TENDERS, PUBLIC BUILDING, SHERBROOKE, N.S.
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FEDERAL BUILDING SITE, NEW GLASGOW, N.S.

LIB

Mr. McWilliam

Liberal

1. Were lands purchased by the Department of Public Works as a site for a federal building in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia?

2. If so, were tenders called for this land?

3. What bids were received?

4. Who was the successful bidder?

Topic:   FEDERAL BUILDING SITE, NEW GLASGOW, N.S.
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John Angus MacLean (Minister of Fisheries)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. J. A. MacLean (Acting Minister of Public Works):

Mr. Speaker, the answer to the first question is that the department has approved the acquisition of property in the end of the Town block, bounded by East River road, Donald and Temperance streets. Action is being taken by the Department of Justice toward completion of the transactions. The answer to the seond question is no, and questions 3 and 4 are answered by answer No. 2.

Topic:   FEDERAL BUILDING SITE, NEW GLASGOW, N.S.
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C.N.R. LAND SALES, TURCOT YARD, MONTREAL


Question No. 115


LIB

H.-Pit Lessard

Liberal

Mr. Lessard:

1. Has any land belonging to the Canadian National Railways, in the Turcot yard, Montreal, been sold since January 1, 1957, to individuals, corporations or companies?

2. If so, how many parcels have been sold and what are the names of the persons, corporations or companies acquiring same?

3. What was the sale price in each case?

Topic:   C.N.R. LAND SALES, TURCOT YARD, MONTREAL
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George Harris Hees (Minister of Transport)

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, the management of the Canadian National Railways advise me that the answer to part 1 is no. Parts 2 and 3 are, of course, answered by the answer to part 1.

Topic:   C.N.R. LAND SALES, TURCOT YARD, MONTREAL
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CARCINOGEN RESEARCH

LIB

Mr. Martin (Essex East)

Liberal

1. Can the Minister of National Health and Welfare inform the house whether research is being carried on regarding the presence of a cancer-producing agent known as carcinogen, reported to be found in wax milk cartons?

2. If so. will the minister state what conclusions have been reached as a result of such research?

Topic:   CARCINOGEN RESEARCH
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Jay Waldo Monteith (Minister of National Health and Welfare)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. J. W. Monteith (Minister of National Health and Welfare):

Mr. Speaker, in answer to the first question, research has been carried out in the United States on the chemical and biological aspects of a substance found in crude petroleum, the basic material employed in the manufacture of the wax used for milk cartons. This substance, known as dibenzanthracene, has been termed a carcinogen by scientists working on the experimental production of tumours in mice

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2. It has been reported that two out of 50 samples of waxes examined contain dibenzanthracene in amounts of the order of one part per million and one half part per billion of the wax. While the substance has produced tumours when administered to mice it has not been shown to produce cancer in men and the chemical has not been detected in milk held in wax milk cartons. I am advised that while the findings are not final, no indications of a health hazard have been found.

Topic:   CARCINOGEN RESEARCH
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July 15, 1959