April 11, 1962

INQUIRY AS TO LEGISLATIVE PROGRAM BEFORE EASTER RECESS


On the orders of the day: Hon. L. B. Pearson (Leader of the Opposition): I wish to ask if the Prime Minister is in a position at this time to deal with the question I asked him yesterday about the order of business and the Easter recess.


PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

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

I would say to the hon. gentleman in answer to his question of yesterday, as to whether I would follow the normal course at this time of the session and inform the house what measures the government hopes to have passed before the Easter recess, as well as their order of priority, that for today,

Inquiries of the Ministry as the house knows, there are three items, Nos. 1, 2 and 3 on the order paper. After having dealt with them we intend to cover the additional list of legislative measures on the order paper.

As to the question of priority-and I am saying this without desire to be in any way provocative-I regret the slow progress being made. After the business announced for today is disposed of, we will deal with the redistribution and Senate measures. Then, as the hon. member for Bonavista-Twillingate pointed out, the supplementary estimates and appropriation bill have to have attention. We shall then be in a position to resume the budget debate.

So far as the business for next week is concerned, that will be announced in due course. At the moment it is proposed that the pre-Easter session, in any event, should conclude on April 19. I am most anxious to secure attention for the items I have mentioned, particularly the redistribution measure and the Senate measure, and then of course the supplementary estimates.

I might add that the Leader of the Opposition asked whether there was anything else to come before the house. Two resolutions will be placed on the order paper in respect of certain recommendations made by the O'Leary commission. They will be under the name of the Minister of National Revenue.

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Lester Bowles Pearson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Mr. Pearson:

In thanking the Prime Minister for his information might I ask him when he expects the house to resume after the Easter recess?

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John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

Well, Mr. Speaker, time will tell.

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Lionel Chevrier (Official Opposition House Leader; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Hon. Lionel Chevrier (Laurier):

As a supplementary question to the Prime Minister, does he intend to put the usual motion on the order paper for the Easter recess?

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John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

I can only say to the hon. gentleman that when we have concluded the matters to which I have referred I think we should have sufficient time to make any motion that will be appropriate, having regard to all the circumstances.

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CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS

NATION-WIDE USE OF BILINGUAL CHEQUES


On the orders of the day:


PC

Joseph Aimé Roger Parizeau

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Roger Parizeau (Lake St. John):

Mr. Speaker, I wish to address a question to the Minister of Transport. Could he inform us whether, following representations made by Conservative members, the Canadian National Railways intend to issue bilingual cheques

throughout this country, thus following the example set by the government of Canada?

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Léon Balcer (Minister of Transport)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Leon Balcer (Minister of Transport):

Mr. Speaker, knowing the untiring interest of the hon. member for Lake St. John in the cause of bilingualism, it gives me great pleasure to inform the house that at my suggestion, the C.N.R. will in future, issue all their cheques in both languages.

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NATIONAL DEFENCE

POLITICAL ACTIVITIES OF MEMBERS OF MILITIA


On the orders of the day: Hon. D. S. Harkness (Minister of National Defence): On Monday, April 9 the hon. member for Kootenay West made certain allegations in the guise of a question in the following form: Does the minister know that the C.O., Lieutenant Colonel Reynolds, and Major Lee, officer commanding the 17th field squadron of the 8th field regiment R.C.E. (militia), demanded that a captain and two N.C.O.'s resign their membership in the New Democratic party and submit proof of their resignations to him in writing? I have now had a report in connection with this matter, and the facts are not just as they may have been made to appear by the question. The situation is as follows. The officer referred to is a chaplain who is attached to the 17th field squadron and who happens to be the local federal candidate for the N.D.P. The only request made to him was that he should refrain from political activity in the armoury. That was all. Such activity, as I stated in the house on Monday, is not permitted on any property occupied by a military unit. I understand that the C.O. has since received a written request from this officer to resign from the militia. The two N.C.O.'s in question are both on full time call-out duty relating to the special militia training courses. A report was received late in March by the C.O. that some effort was being made prior to a military parade to influence other members of the militia unit in favour of the N.D.P. This was considered by the C.O. as being contrary to regulations. It was also drawn to the attention of the C.O. that the senior of the two N.C.O.'s had been elected president of a newly formed New Democratic party club, and that the other N.C.O. had been made chairman of the membership committee in the same club. In view of these circumstances both men were given the option of ceasing their political activities or withdrawing from their duties in the militia. Both have since withdrawn from their active offices in the N.D.P. I think I should make it clear that service regulations forbidding active participation in the affairs of any political organization or party apply to all members of the regular forces whether on or off military establishments. The regulations with respect to members of the reserve forces apply to such activities on service establishments or when engaged in strictly military duties.


NDP

Herbert Wilfred Herridge

New Democratic Party

Mr. H. W. Herridge (Kootenay West):

Mr. Speaker, I was very interested in the minister's report, and I do not believe it is a true report-

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William Heward Grafftey

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Grafftey:

Question.

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Some hon. Members:

Withdraw.

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Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Order. The hon. member has probably temporarily overlooked the rule of the house that the answers which are given to oral questions are not subject to comment. They may be elucidated by further questions, but they cannot be commented upon.

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An hon. Member:

That is right.

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April 11, 1962