March 21, 1962

THE ROYAL ASSENT

PC

Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

I have the honour to inform the house that 1 have received the following communication:

Government House, Ottawa, March 21, 1962

Sir:

I have the honour to inform you that the Honourable Robert Taschereau, judge of the Supreme Court of Canada, acting as Deputy to His Excellency the Governor General, will proceed to the Senate chamber on Friday, the 23rd March, at 5.45 p.m., for the purpose of giving the royal assent to certain bills.

I have the honour to be, sir,

Your obedient servant,

Col. A. G. Cherrier,

Assistant Secretary to the Governor General UNITED NATIONS

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TABLING OF CANADA'S REPLY TO INQUIRY RESPECTING SWEDISH RESOLUTION

PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, the government has replied to the inquiry received from the secretary general of the United Nations relating to general assembly resolution No. 1664, XVI, commonly referred to as the Swedish resolution. The reply was contained in a note from the acting permanent representative of Canada to the United Nations to the United Nations secretary general, U Thant, and was delivered this morning. I should like now to have this communication tabled for the information of hon. members.

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PC

Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Has the Prime Minister leave to table the document to which he has referred?

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Some hon. Members:

Agreed.

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QUESTIONS


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.)


ADOPTION OF METRIC SYSTEM OF MEASUREMENTS

LIB

Mr. Badanai

Liberal

In view of considerable interest shown by Canadians favouring the adoption by Canada of the

metric system of measurements instead of the English system, has the government given any consideration to the proposal, or has the government any intention of doing so?

Answer by: Mr. Morris:

The government is aware of the interest expressed from time to time in the adoption by Canada of the metric system of measurements in place of the inch/pound system. The proposal is of course met in part by the fact that metric is already a legal system in Canada and may be used by anyone who finds it beneficial so to do. At such time as it appears that the adoption of metric as the sole system would be advantageous to Canada as a whole, consideration would be given to such change.

^CANADIAN CAR CO.-PRODUCTION OF BOBCAT VEHICLE

Question No. 297-Mr. Fisher:

1. Did the then minister of public works and the Minister of Defence Production meet a delegation from the lakehead in April 1959 (April 8 and 9) regarding the future of the Canadian Car Company plant in Fort William; and, if so, (a) did discussions take place regarding the possibility or probability of having an order placed at the plant in the future for the construction of an armoured fighting vehicle called the "Bobcat" (b) was any estimate given the delegation of an approximate time sequence in the development of the "Bobcat" and the initiation of firm tenders for its construction (c) what problems or difficulties have arisen since 1959 to throw awry such a schedule?

2. If not, is there any likelihood now of the government giving consideration to putting the "Bobcat" into full production and directing any of the production to the Fort William plant?

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Subtopic:   ADOPTION OF METRIC SYSTEM OF MEASUREMENTS
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PC

Raymond Joseph Michael O'Hurley (Minister of Defence Production)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. O'Hurley:

1. A meeting was held with a delegation from the lakehead in April, 1959 at which the future of the Canadian Car Company plant in Fort William was discussed.

(a) Yes.

(b) and (c) No realistic date could be given concerning volume production at this point as the Bobcat was still in the development stage. A prototype was completed in October of 1960 and following user trials it was decided to embark on a further product improvement phase.

2. When the current contract has been completed it is intended that competitive tenders will be invited for the volume requirement.

Questions

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* SMUGGLING BY ARMED FORCES PERSONNEL IN INDO-CHINA

NDP

Mr. Heriidge

New Democratic Party

1. Have any members of the armed forces of Canada been found guilty of smuggling gold and/or opium in, to or from Indo-China since 1954?

2. If so, (a) what are their names, ranks, and present military status (b) what was the charge or what were the charges on which each was found guilty (c) what was the punishment in each case?

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Subtopic:   * SMUGGLING BY ARMED FORCES PERSONNEL IN INDO-CHINA
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PC

Douglas Scott Harkness (Minister of National Defence)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Harkness:

The answers are as follows:

1. Prior to 1961 no charges were laid against any members of the armed forces of Canada relating to alleged smuggling of gold and or opium in, to or from Indo-China. In late 1961 and in early 1962 three persons were charged and convicted summarily in Indo-China. Charges are pending against some other servicemen in respect of the 1961 incidents.

2. (a): Sgt. J. M. Champagne, Sgt. W. B. Gaebel and Cpl. A. J. Hill, (b) and (c): Each was convicted under section 118 of the National Defence Act, conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline. Each was sentenced to a fine of $100 and a severe reprimand and returned to Canada. Consideration is now being given to their compulsory release from the service.

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POST OFFICE CONSTRUCTION, REVENUE RANGE $40,000-$60,000

L L

Mr. Benidickson

Liberal Labour

1. At what localities has the government constructed or provided estimates for the construction of new public buildings to accommodate post offices where annual postal revenues prior thereto had been within the range $40,000 to $60,000 for the five fiscal years 1958-59 to 1962-63 inclusive?

2. What was the actual or anticipated capital cost for each such building (a) for land (b) for building and equipment?

Answer by: Mr. Walker:

1. Ottawa, postal station "E"; Richmond Hill, Ontario; Stoney Creek, Ontario; Roxboro (formerly St. Genevieve), Quebec.

2. (a) Cost of land:

Ottawa postal station "E" .... $64,302 Richmond Hill, Ontario .... 40,000

Stoney Creek, Ontario 24,100

Roxboro (St. Genevieve),

Quebec 17,500

(b) For building and equipment:

Ottawa postal station "E"-

contract cost $301,441.13

lock boxes and fittings .. 755.00

302,196.13

Richmond Hill, Ontariocontract cost 171,118.12

lock boxes and fittings . 1,400.00

172,518.12

Stoney Creek, Ontariocontract cost 79,632.85

lock boxes and fittings .. 212.00

79,844.85

Roxboro (St. Genevieve),

Quebec-1962-63

(estimate) .. 105,000

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QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS

CANADIAN EMBASSY IN FRANCE

PERSONNEL

NDP

Mr. Regier

New Democratic Party

1. What are the names and positions held by each of the people attached to, or assigned to, work with our Canadian embassy in France since January 1, 1954?

2. What were the periods of such responsibilities given there to each such person?

3. Which of these people received promotions during said period of service, and what are the details of each of these promotions?

4. Which of these people are not now in the employ of the federal government, and what was the reason for termination of service in each case?

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Subtopic:   PERSONNEL
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March 21, 1962