June 3, 1961

PC

Donald Methuen Fleming (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Fleming (Eglinton):

Mr. Speaker, when the hon. member offers co-operation, as he has, I would like to meet him half way. Perhaps I may go this far at the moment; I do not propose to bring in the budget next week.

Topic:   THE BUDGET
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO PROBABLE DATE OF PRESENTATION
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EXTERNAL AFFAIRS


On the orders of the day:


PC

Harry Oliver White

Progressive Conservative

Mr. H. O. White (Middlesex East):

Mr. Speaker, I wish to direct a question to the Prime Minister notice of which I have given him. In view of the allegations that United States battleships are moving in preparation to evacuate United States citizens from the Dominican Republic because of possible danger to them, does the Prime Minister wish to comment as to the situation with respect to the safety and welfare of Canadians in that country?

Topic:   THE BUDGET
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   DOMINICAN REPUBLIC-INQUIRY AS TO SAFETY OF CANADIANS
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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, the Department of External Affairs has been in touch with our embassy in the Dominican Republic, and Canadians there are reported to be in no immediate danger. There are some 160 Canadians, of whom two thirds are Protestant and Catholic missionaries. The rest are businessmen and their families. If at any time it becomes apparent that they are in any danger, immediate action will be taken to ensure their safety.

Topic:   THE BUDGET
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   DOMINICAN REPUBLIC-INQUIRY AS TO SAFETY OF CANADIANS
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P.E.I. CAUSEWAY-CHIGNECTO CANAL; REQUEST FOR FEASIBILITY STUDY REPORTS On the orders of the day:


LIB

Hédard-J. Robichaud

Liberal

Mr. H. J. Robichaud (Gloucester):

I wish to address a question to the Minister of Public Works. Can the minister advise the house when he expects to receive reports

on the feasibility studies in connection with the Prince Edward Island causeway and the Chignecto canal project?

Topic:   THE BUDGET
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   TRANSPORT
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PC

David James Walker (Minister of Public Works; Minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation; Minister responsible for National Capital Commission)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. D. J. Walker (Minister of Public Works):

I had been hoping to receive reports on both those projects before my estimates were considered. Replying to the hon. member for Bonavista-Twillingate several months ago, I took it for granted that I would have the reports by this time. However, I have not received the reports yet. I have done my best to hurry them up, but I cannot say exactly when they will be received. As I say, I had hoped to have them before my estimates are considered, but now I do not know whether I shall or not.

Topic:   THE BUDGET
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   TRANSPORT
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AGRICULTURE

MARITIME PROVINCES-INQUIRY AS TO AID TO POTATO GROWERS


On the orders of the day:


LIB

John Whitney Pickersgill

Liberal

Hon. J. W. Pickersgill (Bonavisla-Twillin-gaie):

I wish to direct a question to the parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Agriculture, and ask him whether the department is yet in a position to announce whether the assistance promised to the potato growers of Prince Edward Island by his minister in April has been determined and what form it is to take.

Topic:   AGRICULTURE
Subtopic:   MARITIME PROVINCES-INQUIRY AS TO AID TO POTATO GROWERS
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PC

Warner Herbert Jorgenson (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. W. H. Jorgenson (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture):

This is a matter of government policy to be announced in due course.

Topic:   AGRICULTURE
Subtopic:   MARITIME PROVINCES-INQUIRY AS TO AID TO POTATO GROWERS
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HEALTH AND WELFARE

SALK VACCINE-REPORTED COMPLAINTS ON SHIPMENTS TO AUSTRALIA


On the orders of the day:


PC

Jay Waldo Monteith (Minister of National Health and Welfare)

Progressive Conservative

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

On Wednesday the hon. member for Essex East asked me whether the batch of Salk vaccine recently tested in Australia had been tested in the laboratory of hygiene in my department prior to shipment.

I understand that the Connaught medical research laboratories had previously shipped 100,000 doses of Salk vaccine in finished vials to Australia, and to the best of my knowledge these have already been used. Because of Canadian and other commitments, the Connaught laboratories could only send a further shipment to Australia in bulk, and I believe it is this second lot which was the subject of the newspaper article referred to. To expedite the Australian program, this more recent shipment was sent prior to testing so that all necessary tests could be completed at the same time in both countries.

My department's information is that the Australian tests for safety were unsatisfactory because of illness from another source in their test animal colony, so detailed information was requested from the Connaught laboratories on their own tests. I understand the Connaught tests here were satisfactory, and their results are being sent to Australia. The Connaught laboratories are submitting the details of their tests and samples for this batch to the laboratory of hygiene. Such details are sent to Ottawa only after all the manufacturers' tests have been satisfactorily completed and the vaccine placed in vials. All the laboratory of hygiene tests are carried out on the finished product only.

Topic:   HEALTH AND WELFARE
Subtopic:   SALK VACCINE-REPORTED COMPLAINTS ON SHIPMENTS TO AUSTRALIA
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NORTHERN AFFAIRS

CANADIAN MARCONI COMPANY


On the orders of the day:


June 3, 1961