Hon. W. G. Dinsdale (Minister of Northern Affairs and National Resources):
Mr. Speaker, the answers to the four parts of the question are as follows.
1. The only contract which the Department of Northern Affairs and National Resources has with Canadian Marconi Company is one under which the company operates a small heating plant at Great Whale River on behalf of the department.
2. Yes, the clause in question came to the attention of the department when Mr. T. J. Whitfield wrote to me on February 27, 1961.
3. Yes, the department has been informed in writing of one, and has been informed orally of nine others. The department did take steps to have Mr. Whitfield retained in employment by oral representations to an officer of the company. I also wrote to Mr. Whitfield indicating that the area administrator for the department would assist him in his problem. I might add that since Mr. Whitfield left the employ of the company I have endeavoured, without success, to have him visit me here in Ottawa. No action was taken in the other cases as improper relations with Eskimo women were involved.
4. No legal decision has been rendered on these two points. The clause, however, is contrary to the spirit of the government order issued in 1959 removing disabilities against the indigenous population which had existed since 1955 under directives from the former administration. I have written to the Canadian Marconi Company urging a change in the clause to bring the contract into harmony with the policies of the present administration, particularly to remove the absolute bar of contact on a racial basis, but at the same time to deal firmly with improper relations.