February 6, 1967

CANADIAN CONFEDERATION

TABLING OF CORRESPONDENCE RESPECTING CONFERENCE PROPOSED BY ONTARIO

LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Prime Minister)

Liberal

Right Hon. L. B. Pearson (Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to table an exchange of letters between myself and the premier of Ontario regarding the latter's suggestion for a meeting to discuss confederation.

Topic:   CANADIAN CONFEDERATION
Subtopic:   TABLING OF CORRESPONDENCE RESPECTING CONFERENCE PROPOSED BY ONTARIO
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NDP

Stanley Howard Knowles (N.D.P. House Leader; Whip of the N.D.P.)

New Democratic Party

Mr. Knowles:

Are you both in favour of it?

Topic:   CANADIAN CONFEDERATION
Subtopic:   TABLING OF CORRESPONDENCE RESPECTING CONFERENCE PROPOSED BY ONTARIO
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LIB

Lucien Lamoureux (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

Has the right hon. Prime Minister leave to table the documents?

Topic:   CANADIAN CONFEDERATION
Subtopic:   TABLING OF CORRESPONDENCE RESPECTING CONFERENCE PROPOSED BY ONTARIO
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Some hon. Members:

Agreed.

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Subtopic:   TABLING OF CORRESPONDENCE RESPECTING CONFERENCE PROPOSED BY ONTARIO
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MR. JUSTICE LANDREVILLE CONCURRENCE IN FIRST REPORT OF SPECIAL JOINT COMMITTEE

LIB

Ovide Laflamme

Liberal

Mr. Ovide Laflamme (Quebec-Montmo-rency) moved:

That the first report of the special joint committee of the Senate and the House of Commons respecting Mr. Justice Landreville, presented to the house on Thursday, February 2, 1967, be concurred in.

Topic:   MR. JUSTICE LANDREVILLE CONCURRENCE IN FIRST REPORT OF SPECIAL JOINT COMMITTEE
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Motion agreed to.


QUESTIONS


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.)


FRENCH SPEAKING TEACHERS IN PENITENTIARIES

LIB

Mr. Lachance

Liberal

1. Is it true that the inmates in the Kingston penitentiary, of whom 30 per cent are French speaking, cannot benefit from the services of any French speaking teacher?

2. If so, does the government intend to correct this situation soon?

3. Does the same situation exist in the other penitentiary institutions in Canada?

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Subtopic:   FRENCH SPEAKING TEACHERS IN PENITENTIARIES
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LIB

Lawrence T. Pennell (Solicitor General of Canada)

Liberal

Hon. L. T. Pennell (Solicitor General):

1.

There are three teachers on the staff of the

Kingston penitentiary, of whom one can converse reasonably well in French, but not to the extent of being able to teach in French. The services of part time bilingual teachers are available on request; however, no such request has been received from inmates. Correspondence courses are available to all inmates in both French and English. The stated percentage of 30 per cent of French speaking inmates needs clarification, inasmuch as this percentage estimate is based on the inmate's family name and not on the language spoken on a day to day basis. A large number of the inmates thus categorized were raised in Ontario and use the English language as a matter of choice.

2. Yes. The next teacher vacancy, which will occur by virtue of the retirement of any one of the teachers now on staff, will be advertised, stating bilingualism as a requirement.

In any event, it is usually possible to transfer a French speaking inmate from an English speaking institution to a French speaking institution, where he so requests.

3. Yes, a similar situation exists at Dorchester penitentiary where French speaking inmates form 23 per cent of the total inmate population.

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Subtopic:   FRENCH SPEAKING TEACHERS IN PENITENTIARIES
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FUNDS IN PUBLIC SERVICE SUPERANNUATION ACCOUNT

NDP

Mr. Knowles (N.D.P. House Leader; Whip of the N.D.P.)

New Democratic Party

1. What was the total amount of money in the Public Service Superannuation Account as at (a) March 31, 1964 (b) March 31, 1965 (c) March 31, 1966?

2. What rate of interest does the government pay for the use of this money?

3. What amount of interest was credited to the Public Service Superannuation Account during the fiscal years ending (a) March 31, 1964 (b) March 31, 1965 (c) March 31, 1966?

4. What was the total amount paid out of the Public Service Superannuation Fund during the fiscal years ending (a) March 31, 1964 (b) March 31, 1965 (c) March 31, 1966?

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Subtopic:   FUNDS IN PUBLIC SERVICE SUPERANNUATION ACCOUNT
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LIB

Mitchell William Sharp (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Hon. Mitchell Sharp (Minister of Finance):

1. Balance in superannuation account as of

(a) March 31, 1964, $1,856,407,622; (b) March 31, 1965, $2,161,828,358; (c) March 31, 1966, $2,390,383,091.

February 6, 1967

Questions

2. Interest is credited to the superannuation account on the last day of each quarter in every fiscal year, calculated at the rate of 1 per cent of the balance to the credit of the account on the last day of the preceding quarter.

3. Interest credited to the superannuation account during fiscal years ending (a) March 31, 1964, $71,756,270; (b) March 31, 1965, $78,715,785; (c) March 31, 1966, $89,499,085.

4. Total amounts paid out of the superannuation account during the fiscal years ending (a) March 31, 1964, $56,807,908; (b) March 31, 1965, $64,160,629; (c) March 31, 1966, $69,906,914.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   FUNDS IN PUBLIC SERVICE SUPERANNUATION ACCOUNT
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ACCEPTANCE OF SANITARY CODE BY RAILWAYS

LIB

Mr. Reid

Liberal

With respect to the Department of National Health and Welfare's national sanitary code applicable to Canadian railways, has this code been accepted and implemented fully by all railroads in Canada and, if not, what parts of the code have not been implemented by what railways?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   ACCEPTANCE OF SANITARY CODE BY RAILWAYS
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LIB

Allan Joseph MacEachen (Minister of National Health and Welfare; Minister of Amateur Sport)

Liberal

Hon. A. J. MacEachen (Minister of National Health and Welfare):

The potable water regulations for common carriers which have been in effect under successive orders in council since 1923 are being implemented without significant difficulties. It is generally recognized that water and ice made available on common carriers for consumption by the public are safe and free from harmful bacteria and chemicals. From time to time, sanitary officers of the Department of National Health and Welfare detect deviations from the practices or equipment specified in the regulations. These are brought to the attention of the railway authorities and corrective action as prescribed by the department is carried out by them.

In 1966 a set of additional standards was developed by the Department of National Health and Welfare after consideration of the views of the Canadian Railway Association and representatives of employee organizations, and recommended for implementation. Implementation is proceeding as older equipment is being replaced by new, or as governed by negotiation between labour and management. It is anticipated that complete implementation will require a considerable time. No detailed inventory of progress is maintained in the Department of National Health and Welfare.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   ACCEPTANCE OF SANITARY CODE BY RAILWAYS
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February 6, 1967