May 24, 1961

LIB

Mr. Forgie

Liberal

What was the total cost of the Borden commission including the printing of the report?

Topic:   COST OF BORDEN COMMISSION
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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

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

The answer is $443,557.61.

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CHRIS DOBSON

LIB

Mr. Mitchell

Liberal

1. Is Chris Dobson employed full time in the public service of Canada?

2. If so, (a) what is his position (b) what are the duties (c) what is the salary?

3. Is this Chris Dobson the same person who appeared, under the name of Chris Bryant, on the Wally Koster C.B.C.-T.V. show on Sunday, May 7?

4. If so, did he receive any remuneration for this appearance?

5. Has he made any other stage and/or television appearances, either in Canada or the United States, while in the public service? If so, on how many occasions, and what absences from his duties were involved?

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

Progressive Conservative

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

The answers are as follows:

1. Yes.

2. (a) Associate private secretary to the Minister of Justice.

(b) Preparing briefs on subjects requested by the minister; handling minister's correspondence related to various areas of minister's responsibilities, and other duties pertaining to the minister's office as assigned.

(c) $6,500.

With respect to parts 3, 4 and 5 the detailed information requested here is not in my possession. Mr. Dobson before his appointment as my assistant private secretary apparently undertook as a hobby the developing, together with a friend, of a variety act or skit for the entertainment of their friends. This eventually led to their appearance before larger audiences and from time to time their endeavours earned them a fee. All this was done in Mr. Dobson's spare time. This spare time activity was continued on an occasional basis since he joined my staff.

Being satisfied in every respect with the manner in which Mr. Dobson has carried out his duties, being satisfied that his other activities have not interfered in any way with the performance of those duties, and being satisfied that he is a person of excellent character and conduct and a proper person to be employed in the public service of Canada, I have not concerned myself with the details of his private life.

Topic:   CHRIS DOBSON
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C.B.C. BROADCASTS REPRESENTATIONS BY SECRETARY OF STATE

LIB

Mr. McMillan

Liberal

1. Have any representations been made by the Secretary of State to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation either by letter, telephone, or conversation, with regard to any television program broadcast or proposed to be broadcast?

2. If so, when, and how were they made, what was the nature of these representations, and to what program were they referring?

Starred Questions

Topic:   C.B.C. BROADCASTS REPRESENTATIONS BY SECRETARY OF STATE
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Léon Balcer (Minister of Transport)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Leon Balcer (Minister of Transport):

The answer to part 1 of this question is no, and part 2 is answered by the answer to part 1.

Topic:   C.B.C. BROADCASTS REPRESENTATIONS BY SECRETARY OF STATE
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C.B.C. BROADCASTS REPRESENTATIONS BY AGRICULTURE MINISTER

LIB

Mr. Clermont

Liberal

1. Have any representations been made by the Minister of Agriculture to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation either by letter, telephone, or conversation, with regard to any television program broadcast or proposed to be broadcast?

2. If so, when, and how were they made, what was the nature of these representations, and to what program were they referring?

Topic:   C.B.C. BROADCASTS REPRESENTATIONS BY AGRICULTURE MINISTER
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Francis Alvin George Hamilton (Minister of Agriculture)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Alvin Hamilion (Minister of Agriculture):

1 am informed that our information division is in day to day touch with private and C.B.C. stations about information and slides that the stations want for programs, but no representations, written or verbal, have ever been made about anything to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. For my own part, there have been no representations to the C.B.C. except that on one occasion I did compliment a camera crew on a very fine agricultural program which I pointed out would do a great deal to bring about better understanding between farmers and city people.

Topic:   C.B.C. BROADCASTS REPRESENTATIONS BY AGRICULTURE MINISTER
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POLAR SHELF HELICOPTER SERVICE EQUIPMENT

LIB

Mr. Chevrier (Official Opposition House Leader; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

1. In its answer to starred question No. 189, Hansard of March 15, 1961, page 3006, the Department of Mines and Technical Surveys listed the following equipment required of the contractor to perform the helicopter service on the continental polar shelf: "4 Sikorsky S-55 helicopters equipped with float landing gear; 1 Sikorsky S-55 helicopter equipped with wheel landing gear; 1 Bell 47 G2A helicopter equipped with skid and float landing gear". When operations on the polar shelf were started in 1961, did the contractor have the above named equipment on the job?

2. Were the Sikorsky S-55's and the Bell 47 G2A's equipped with skid and float landing gear as required?

Topic:   POLAR SHELF HELICOPTER SERVICE EQUIPMENT
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Paul Comtois (Minister of Mines and Technical Surveys)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Paul Comlois (Minister of Mines and Technical Surveys):

In answer to the hon. member for Laurier, I must first indicate that my answer on March 15, 1961, Hansard page 3006, listed, at his request, the helicopter and equipment requirements for both the polar continental shelf project and a topographical survey project in 1961. Question No. 346 does not reflect my previous answers accurately. The 1961 requirements for the polar continental shelf project only are as follows: 2 Sikorsky S-55 helicopters equipped with float landing gear, 1 Sikorsky S-55 helicopter equipped with wheel landing gear, 1 Bell 47 G2A helicopter equipped with skid and float landing gear. In the light of

Starred Questions

the above, I now submit the following answers to the two specific questions.

1. It was not necessary that the contractor have the helicopter equipment on the job when operations on the polar shelf project started in 1961 as such equipment was not required until a later date.

2. The four helicopters supplied to this project in 1961 were equipped in accordance with the requirements listed in my answer to question No. 189, part 1.

Topic:   POLAR SHELF HELICOPTER SERVICE EQUIPMENT
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NARCOTIC DRUGS, B.C. PENITENTIARIES

LIB

Mr. Howard

Liberal

1. Since January 1, 1957, have any narcotic drugs been found (a) in the possession of an inmate in the British Columbia penitentiary (b) in the possession of a staff member or employee in the British Columbia penitentiary, or (c) on any of the British Columbia penitentiary reserve lands, or in or near any of the penitentiary buildings; and, if so, how many said inmates or said employees were found to be in possession, and in how many instances were narcotic drugs found upon the said lands or in or near any of the said buildings with the date of each such find?

2. What volume of such drugs, by type, were found in the possession of each said inmate or employee or were found in or near the said buildings?

3. What penalty, if any, was meted out to each said inmate, or said employee?

4. Have any of the inmates or employees been suspected of being in possession of such drugs; and, if so, in how many instances?

Topic:   NARCOTIC DRUGS, B.C. PENITENTIARIES
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Edmund Davie Fulton (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, the information necessary to be obtained to reply to this question is quite detailed, and I have not yet got it complete. Since I imagine it would be desired to have the information before next Wednesday, I suggest that this question be made an order for return. I think I will be able to table the return before the end of the week, or very shortly thereafter. Otherwise it would have to wait until next Wednesday when starred questions come up again.

Topic:   NARCOTIC DRUGS, B.C. PENITENTIARIES
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Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Order for return.

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NORTHERN AFFAIRS CONTRACTS WITH CANADIAN MARCONI

LIB

Mr. Howard

Liberal

1. Has the Department of Northern Affairs and National Resources any contracts with Canadian Marconi Company; and, if so, how many, what is the purpose of each, and what is the location at which the particular work is being carried out?

2. Has the department had occasion to check

the contracts of employment which the said Canadian Marconi Company enters into with its employees; and, if so, has it been discovered that the following clause is contained within the said contracts of employment: "Native and Eskimo

villages are considered out of bounds and personnel are prohibited from fraternization or association with the native populations except in special circumstances. Infringement of these orders is cause for discharge."?

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3. Has the department any knowledge of persons who have been so discharged pursuant to the clause mentioned in question number 2; and, if so, how many such persons have been so discharged, and has the department taken any steps to have these persons reinstated in the employ of the Canadian Marconi Company; and, if so, what steps, with what results?

4. Has the department had occasion to investigate whether or not the clause referred to in question number 2 is in violation of the Canadian Bill of Rights and/or of the Canada Fair Employment Practices Act; and, if so, what has been discovered as a result of the said investigation, and have any steps been taken to have Canadian Marconi Company comply with the above-mentioned statutes; and, if so, what steps, with what results?

Topic:   NORTHERN AFFAIRS CONTRACTS WITH CANADIAN MARCONI
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May 24, 1961