May 27, 1965

CANADIAN CENTENNIAL

REPORTED RESIGNATION OF SENIOR MEMBERS OF COMMISSION


On the orders of the day:


PC

Paul Raymond Martineau

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Paul Martineau (Pontiac-Temiscamin-gue):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the Secretary of State. On May 12 last I asked him some information concerning the officials of the centennial commission who had tendered their resignation. I also asked him to give a list of the projects approved up to that time by the centennial commission.

May 27. 1965

I have not yet received answers to those questions. I wonder whether the Secretary of State could tell me when those answers will be provided. Could he also give us today a progress report on the operations of the commission, in view of the interest taken in that matter and especially in view of the concern prevailing because of recent disclosures?

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LIB

Maurice Lamontagne (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

Hon. Maurice Lamontagne (Secretary of State):

Mr. Speaker, I do not think it is possible, during the question period, to give the very impressive list of projects now being carried out by the centennial commission.

Once again, as I have already done on two different occasions, I ask the party whips to make known to me the names of hon. members who might be interested in attending a meeting where we could discuss those plans and projects. Unfortunately, I have not yet received the names of Conservative members.

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PC

Paul Raymond Martineau

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Marlineau:

Mr. Speaker, I wish to ask a supplementary question.

Could the Secretary of State answer the question put to him yesterday by the hon. member for Burnaby-Coquitlam (Mr. Douglas) about Mr. Fisher and give us the formal assurance that the latter will remain as head of the commission?

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LIB

Maurice Lamontagne (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. Lamontagne:

Mr. Speaker, as I said yesterday, the question of Mr. Fisher's resignation was never raised, as far as I can remember.

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NDP

David Orlikow

New Democratic Party

Mr. David Orlikow (Winnipeg North):

supplementary question, Mr. Speaker. I would like to ask the Minister whether, if Mr. Fisher stays on with the title of Commissioner, he will in fact be able to exercise that function and will occasionally be able to see the Minister.

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LIB

Maurice Lamontagne (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. Lamontagne:

Mr. Fisher will be able to see the Minister whenever he wishes.

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Gordon Harvey Aiken

Progressive Conservative

Mr. G. H. Aiken (Parry Sound-Muskoka):

Mr. Speaker, I have a supplementary question for the Secretary of State. In view of the Minister's answer yesterday to the effect that Mr. Fisher is in full charge of the Commission, may I ask him whether this extends to employment of personnel within the Centennial Commission?

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LIB

Maurice Lamontagne (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. Lamontagne:

No, Mr. Speaker, because the Act provides that these appointments have to be approved by the Governor in Council.

Inquiries of the Ministry

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PC

Gordon Harvey Aiken

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Aiken:

Is it not a fact that the cause of the trouble is employment of persons behind Mr. Fisher's back, he not being given any opportunity to comment thereon?

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LIB

Maurice Lamontagne (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. Lamontagne:

I believe there has been full co-operation in this respect, Mr. Speaker.

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Francis Alvin George Hamilton

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Alvin Hamilton (Qu'Appeile):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask a question supplementary to that addressed to the Secretary of State. I am intrigued by his answer because of the fact that the Commissioner of the Centennial Commission has had very little to say about appointments. What assurances did the Minister give the Commissioner that political interference in the handling of appointments and dismissals would cease?

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LIB

Maurice Lamontagne (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. Lamontagne:

Mr. Speaker, there has never been any political interference.

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Some hon. Members:

Oh, oh.

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Francis Alvin George Hamilton

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hamilton:

Mr. Speaker, my second question is this. Is it not true that the Commissioner and the members of the board decided to dispense with the services of one member of the staff, and that this man is now back at work? Who is responsible for bringing him back?

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Maurice Lamontagne (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. Lamontagne:

Mr. Speaker, I am not aware of that situation, but I do know that at one stage Mr. Fisher wanted a man moved from the position he held, and that this man was moved within the last five months.

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May 27, 1965