April 12, 1962

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Douglas Scott Harkness (Minister of National Defence)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Harkness:

I have confidence in the information I was given.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Sub-subtopic:   POLITICAL ACTIVITIES OF MEMBERS OF MILITIA
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NDP

Herbert Wilfred Herridge

New Democratic Party

Mr. Herridge:

Make it outside the house. [Later:]

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Sub-subtopic:   POLITICAL ACTIVITIES OF MEMBERS OF MILITIA
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NDP

Herbert Wilfred Herridge

New Democratic Party

Mr. Herridge:

Mr. Speaker, I wish to address another question to the Minister of National Defence. In view of the minister's statement yesterday that service regulations forbidding active participation in the affairs of any political organization apply to members of the reserve forces only in regard to political activities on service establishments or when engaged in strictly military duties, has the minister instructed Lieutenant Colonel Reynolds, commanding officer of the 8th field regiment, R.C.E. to rescind his order to Sergeant McSeveney and Corporal Nichol to resign from the Creston New Democratic party club?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Sub-subtopic:   POLITICAL ACTIVITIES OF MEMBERS OF MILITIA
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Douglas Scott Harkness (Minister of National Defence)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Harkness:

Mr. Speaker, as I indicated yesterday the situation was as reported. I have no information that, as alleged by the

hon. member on April 9, the chaplain of the regiment and the two N.C.O.'s were asked to resign their membership in the New Democratic party. The allegation made by the hon. gentleman is completely incorrect. The chaplain was asked only to refrain from engaging in political activities in the armouries and among personnel when in uniform. The two N.C.O.'s were asked to stop their political activities while they were on call out serving full time with the Canadian army.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Sub-subtopic:   POLITICAL ACTIVITIES OF MEMBERS OF MILITIA
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NDP

Herbert Wilfred Herridge

New Democratic Party

Mr. Herridge:

A supplementary question. As the minister is incompletely and inaccurately informed would he further investigate this matter?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Sub-subtopic:   POLITICAL ACTIVITIES OF MEMBERS OF MILITIA
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Douglas Scott Harkness (Minister of National Defence)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Harkness:

Mr. Speaker, I think the situation is that the hon. member has been unmasked in attempting to make political capital out of an incident which occurred and he does not have sufficient good judgment now to keep quiet.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Sub-subtopic:   POLITICAL ACTIVITIES OF MEMBERS OF MILITIA
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Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Order. I think both hon. members would do well not to lecture each other.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Sub-subtopic:   POLITICAL ACTIVITIES OF MEMBERS OF MILITIA
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NDP

Herbert Wilfred Herridge

New Democratic Party

Mr. Herridge:

I rise on a question of privilege, Mr. Speaker.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Sub-subtopic:   POLITICAL ACTIVITIES OF MEMBERS OF MILITIA
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Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

If the hon. member has a question of privilege I shall hear him.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Sub-subtopic:   POLITICAL ACTIVITIES OF MEMBERS OF MILITIA
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NDP

Herbert Wilfred Herridge

New Democratic Party

Mr. Herridge:

The minister has no right to say that I am making political capital out of this incident. I wish to see justice done to Canadian citizens and their rights preserved. No one in the militia should be given an order like that by a colonel of another political persuasion.

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Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Sub-subtopic:   POLITICAL ACTIVITIES OF MEMBERS OF MILITIA
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PARLIAMENT BUILDINGS

EAST BLOCK


On the orders of the day:


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V. Florent Dubois

Progressive Conservative

Mr. V. F. Dubois (Richmond-Wolfe):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask the Minister of Public Works a question.

Is the minister aware that the vast majority of posters, inscriptions, etc. in the east block are printed in one language only?

Topic:   PARLIAMENT BUILDINGS
Subtopic:   EAST BLOCK
Sub-subtopic:   USE OF BILINGUAL SIGNS
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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):

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to inform the hon. member for Richmond-Wolfe that on March 22 last, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, the hon. member for St. Hyacinthe-Bagot (Mr. Ricard) addressed a letter to me pointing out that anomaly.

Following that letter, I gave necessary instructions to have all inscriptions replaced by bilingual ones.

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Topic:   PARLIAMENT BUILDINGS
Subtopic:   EAST BLOCK
Sub-subtopic:   USE OF BILINGUAL SIGNS
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William Harold Hicks

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Harold Hicks (Fraser Valley):

I wish to direct a question to the Minister of Public Works. I should like to inquire whether provision is being made in the renovation of the west block or elsewhere for the use of a lounge by hon. members' secretaries, as we are making streetwalkers of these-

Topic:   PARLIAMENT BUILDINGS
Subtopic:   EAST BLOCK
Sub-subtopic:   USE OF BILINGUAL SIGNS
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?

Some hon. Members:

Oh, oh.

Topic:   PARLIAMENT BUILDINGS
Subtopic:   EAST BLOCK
Sub-subtopic:   USE OF BILINGUAL SIGNS
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William Harold Hicks

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hicks:

-pardon me; I did not mean it that way.

Topic:   PARLIAMENT BUILDINGS
Subtopic:   EAST BLOCK
Sub-subtopic:   USE OF BILINGUAL SIGNS
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Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

I suggest that the hon. member communicate with the Speaker.

Topic:   PARLIAMENT BUILDINGS
Subtopic:   EAST BLOCK
Sub-subtopic:   USE OF BILINGUAL SIGNS
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William Harold Hicks

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hicks:

I apologize for that expression, Mr. Speaker. I meant of course that they have to walk in the streets instead of having a place to rest during the noon hour.

Topic:   PARLIAMENT BUILDINGS
Subtopic:   EAST BLOCK
Sub-subtopic:   USE OF BILINGUAL SIGNS
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April 12, 1962