May 31, 1960

CIVIL DEFENCE

STATEMENT RESPECTING EMERGENCY MEASURES ORGANIZATION


Righl Hon. J. G. Diefenbaker (Prime Minister): Mr. Speaker, I should like to make a statement in connection with the emergency measures organization. Hon. members will recall that some months ago the government adopted the policy of arranging for regional, federal administration in Canada should a major war occur, to work in co-operation with provincial governments and tie in with the regional army commands. The plan is to provide in each province a centre from which a small core of federal, provincial and army personnel can direct emergency operations within the province, even in the presence of radioactive fall-out, the loss of normal means of communication and possibly the destruction of some provincial capitals. Continuity of government is essential to our survival as a nation, and the need of guidance and control by civilian authority will be more than ever vital to our people should Canada find itself in war. Moreover, the army has responsibility for emergency communications, for the attack warning system, for prediction of fall-out patterns, and for a number of other important survival services. These responsibilities make it necessary to have a centre in each province where, given reasonable protection against fall-out, the army can meet its military commitments and carry out the survival and support functions it has been assigned. The government, in assessing physical requirements for meeting the federal civilian responsibilities and for those falling on the army, believes that they should be met from the same emergency centre in each province, recognizing as it does the very important role of the provinces in respect of the more localized wartime responsibilities falling on them. While the regional governmental centres will be provided and administered by federal authorities, the plan is to make suitable provision for a nucleus of the provincial government and officials in each regional centre. In this way the province concerned would use the facilities there to aid in meeting its own wartime role, and would work in close association with federal authorities in so doing. Regional centres will be established speedily in each of the provinces. There will be some variation in their size and character, depending on a number of factors including the size of the population to be served, the likelihood of the provincial capital coming under direct attack, and particularly the emergency communications system and its technical requirements. The centres will be limited in size but will be sufficient to ensure the required operational capability. In some provinces construction will be necessary, while in others modification of existing buildings may suffice to meet the requirement. The principal need is adequate protection against radioactive fall-out, the same peril against which the government is encouraging householders to protect themselves by means of suitable basement shelters. Immediate action is being taken to provide the required structures, and details regarding provincial participation in their use will be the subject of discussion with provincial authorities forthwith. In making this announcement at the present time, Mr. Speaker, I underline and emphasize what I said on an earlier occasion when this plan had its inception, namely that I do not want anyone to interpret the announcement at this time as indicative of any change in the peaceful relationship of our country with other countries.


EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

PC

Howard Charles Green (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Howard C. Green (Secretary of Stale for External Affairs):

Mr. Speaker, yesterday I outlined to the house the assistance that had been given by Canada to Chile. Since then we have received a request from the Chilean government through the Canadian embassy in Santiago that the two R.C.A.F. North Stars which were due to reach there this morning should be used for airlifting supplies from Santiago to the stricken area in the south of Chile, as larger planes cannot land in the latter area. The government through the Department of National Defence has arranged for this to be done. In addition the R.C.A.F. will be flying to Chile at once a second mobile

Inquiries of the Ministry field hospital as well as drugs and other medical supplies. I believe there will be three further R.C.A.F. North Stars used for this purpose.

I am also glad to be able to announce that the government has decided to make a gift of $1 million worth of flour to the Chilean government for use in feeding disaster victims. Arrangements are now being made by the departments concerned to have this flour shipped to Chile just as quickly as possible.

Topic:   CIVIL DEFENCE
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   CHILE-ANNOUNCEMENT OF FURTHER ASSISTANCE TO EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS
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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Hon. L. B. Pearson (Leader of ihe Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, I am sure all members of the house will have welcomed the announcement by the minister that it is going to be possible to do more for our friends in Chile than was originally announced. This has been a terrible disaster, as the minister knows better than any of us, having just been there, and anything the government can do to help our friends at this time will certainly be warmly supported by us.

Topic:   CIVIL DEFENCE
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   CHILE-ANNOUNCEMENT OF FURTHER ASSISTANCE TO EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS
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COMPANIES ACT

INQUIRY AS TO PROPOSED UNIFORM LEGISLATION


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Douglas Mason Fisher

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

Mr. D. M. Fisher (Pori Arthur):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the Acting Secretary of State. It arises from a speech given by the Ontario deputy provincial secretary indicating that there will be a new companies act that will be uniform across the country with federal legislation, and setting out some of the points in the act. Can the Acting Secretary of State tell us whether it is indeed true that the proposals for revision have been completed and are now in everyone's hands; and can he indicate whether the general public and the house will have these proposed changes made available to them?

Topic:   COMPANIES ACT
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO PROPOSED UNIFORM LEGISLATION
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PC

Léon Balcer (Secretary of State of Canada; Solicitor General of Canada)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Leon Balcer (Acting Secretary of State):

Mr. Speaker, I have not read the press report to which the hon. member has referred, but I will read it and give an answer tomorrow.

Topic:   COMPANIES ACT
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO PROPOSED UNIFORM LEGISLATION
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TRANSPORT

GREAT SLAVE LAKE


On the orders of the day:


PC

Walter Clarence Henderson

Progressive Conservative

Mr. W. C. Henderson (Cariboo):

I should like to direct a question to the Prime Minister. Can the Prime Minister say whether the government expects to receive the report of the royal commission inquiring into the route

of the proposed railway to Great Slave lake in time to permit a decision to be made and the project commenced this year?

Topic:   TRANSPORT
Subtopic:   GREAT SLAVE LAKE
Sub-subtopic:   COMMISSION REPORT ON PROPOSED RAILWAY
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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

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

I understand the report is nearing completion, but at this time I cannot hazard a guess as to when it will be produced. I can assure the hon. member for Cariboo that as soon as it is received the government, of course, will give immediate consideration to that report.

(Translation):

Topic:   TRANSPORT
Subtopic:   GREAT SLAVE LAKE
Sub-subtopic:   COMMISSION REPORT ON PROPOSED RAILWAY
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CANADIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION

PROGRAM "PREMIER PLAN"


On the orders of the day:


PC

Jean-Noël Tremblay

Progressive Conservative

Mr. J. N. Tremblay (Roberval):

I should like to direct a question to the Minister of National Revenue or, in his absence, to his parliamentary secretary.

Could the minister obtain the following information from responsible C.B.C. officials.

Has the C.B.C. authorized Mr. Gerard Pelletier, of Montreal, to interview, on the program "Premier Plan" presented on the French T.V. network last Sunday evening, May 29, at 10.30 p.m., certain experts who took the opportunity, in commenting on the collapse of the recent summit conference, to praise the socialist doctrine and system?

Topic:   CANADIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION
Subtopic:   PROGRAM "PREMIER PLAN"
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO COMMENTS ON SUMMIT CONFERENCE
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May 31, 1960