April 23, 1969

ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS

COMMITTEES OF THE HOUSE


Seventh report of Standing Committee on Miscellaneous Estimates, in English and in French-Mr. Fernand-E. Leblanc (Laurier). Fourth report of Standing Committee on Privileges and Elections-Mr. Ovide Laflam-me (Montmorency). [Editor's Note: The text of the foregoing reports appears in today's Votes and Proceedings.]


QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.)


ST ANBURY-FIELD INDIAN TAXATION REPORT

PC

Mr. Simpson

Progressive Conservative

1. Who participated in the preparation of the Stanbury-Field Report on the taxation of Indians in British Columbia?

2. How much was paid in salary and expenses to each of these persons?

3. What terms of reference were given to those preparing the report?

4. When the investigation was initiated, was it the intention of the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development to release the Report and, if not, for what reason?

5. When was the Report submitted to the Department?

6. Do portions of the Report contain confidential information on individuals?

7. Is it the intention of the government to table the report without any such confidential details included?

8. Is it the intention of the government to initiate similar analyses of taxes paid by Indians of other provinces to their provincial governments?

Topic:   QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER
Subtopic:   ST ANBURY-FIELD INDIAN TAXATION REPORT
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LIB

Joseph Jacques Jean Chrétien (Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development)

Liberal

Hon. Jean Chretien (Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development):

1. Professor D. B. Fields, Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration, University of British Columbia; Mr. W. T. Stanbury, Department

of Economics, University of British Columbia; D. P. Squarey and Associates, Vancouver, B.C.

2. Contract for study was between Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Professor D. B. Fields in the amount of $20,365 including all salaries and expenses of those associated with the study.

3. The terms of reference for the report were as follows:

"The project shall consist of a study and quantitative assessment of the financial significance of the special status of Indians as taxpayers in the province of British Columbia and without limiting its scope in any way shall include a general analysis of present and potential taxes levied on Indians, the nature and cost of services rendered to Indians at present and future trends, the growing significance of taxes paid by non-Indian lease-holders of Indian lands, the tax implications of an increase in business activities on Indian reserves, and significant changes in income and spending patterns of Indians including their potential to pay income tax if they were subject thereto."

4. No prior decision was made respecting release of the report.

5. September 21, 1968.

6. Yes.

7. It is not the intention of the Department to table the report.

8. No decision has been made.

Topic:   QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER
Subtopic:   ST ANBURY-FIELD INDIAN TAXATION REPORT
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CAPE BRETON, N.S., MINES SUBSIDIES

RA

Mr. Lambert (Bellechasse)

Ralliement Créditiste

1. What was the total amount spent by the Government of Canada during the years 1967 and 1968 in subsidies to mines in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia?

2. What was the total number of tons subsidized, and at what price per ton?

3. At what price is the coal from such mines sold by the company?

4. What is the cost of production per ton?

5. How many workers are employed by the coal industry in Cape Breton?

6. What is the hourly salary of the miners?

Topic:   QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER
Subtopic:   CAPE BRETON, N.S., MINES SUBSIDIES
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LIB

Yves Forest (Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Mr. Yves Forest (Parliamentary Secretary to President of the Privy Council):

I am informed by the Department of Energy, Mines

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Questions

and Resources, the Dominion Bureau of Statistics, and the Department of Labour as follows: 1. $25,501,319.22 for fiscal year

1967-68; nil since April 1968 except for certain holdback and adjustment amounts owing on coal shipped prior to April 1, 1968. No breakdown of these further payments is available until final accounting and auditing are completed.

2. 2,865,693.89 tons in fiscal year 1967-68 at an average subvention cost of $8.90 per ton.

3. Actual selling prices are matters between vendors and purchasers. Except where there have been public announcements of the terms of individual contracts, available information regarding such prices has been confidentially received, is not amenable to averaging and cannot be disclosed without contravention of Section 15 of the Statistics Act.

It can, however, be stated that 1967-68 price ranges for various kinds, sizes and qualities of Cape Breton coal, f.o.b. mines, as reported by the mining companies, ran from a low of $7.00 per ton for certain types to a high of $18.15 for others. The average value of the coal, f.o.b. mines, although not a selling price, can also be given. As compiled by the Dominion Bureau of Statistics from reports required of the producers, this was $14.05 per ton in 1967.

4. The latest available information for all Nova Scotia coal mines is the annual survey of the Dominion Coal Board for 1967. This report indicates that the average total cost per ton for the production and distribution of Nova Scotia coal in 1967 was $13.98.

5. During the year 1967, the average number of employees in the coal mining industry in Cape Breton, N.S., was 4,920.

6. As of October 1, 1968, the average hourly rate of pay in Cape Breton coal mines for miners on an incentive or production basis was $2.63 per hour for an eight-hour day.

Topic:   QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER
Subtopic:   CAPE BRETON, N.S., MINES SUBSIDIES
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NEWFOUNDLAND-ADVANCES TO C.M.H.C.

PC

Mr. Marshall

Progressive Conservative

Under the section on Loans, Investments, and Advances in the Estimates for 1969/1970, L175, how much money is allocated the Province of Newfoundland in (a) advances to CMHC in respect of housing and land development projects undertaken jointly with the governments of the provinces (b) advances to CMHC in respect of loans to municipalities for the construction or expansion of sewage treatment projects (c) advances to CMHC in respect of loans made to assist in the implementation of an urban renewal scheme?

Topic:   QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER
Subtopic:   NEWFOUNDLAND-ADVANCES TO C.M.H.C.
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LIB

Paul Theodore Hellyer (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Hon. Paul Hellyer (Minister of Transport):

Vote L175 of the Corporation's Estimates for 1969/1970 includes the following estimated requirements to meet outstanding commitments for the Province of Newfoundland: (a) $2,000,000; (b) $100,000; (c) $500,000.

Topic:   QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER
Subtopic:   NEWFOUNDLAND-ADVANCES TO C.M.H.C.
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PROGRAM IN TEACHING ENGLISH TO ESKIMOS

NDP

Mr. Orlikow

New Democratic Party

1. What program, if any, has been devised to assist teachers who have the task of teaching Eskimo children English?

2. Do they attend special in-service training courses before beginning teaching English?

3. If so, for how long and who conducts the courses?

Topic:   QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER
Subtopic:   PROGRAM IN TEACHING ENGLISH TO ESKIMOS
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LIB

Joseph Jacques Jean Chrétien (Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development)

Liberal

Hon. Jean Chretien (Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development):

1. In 1968, all Northwest Territories and Arctic Quebec schools concerned were supplied from Ottawa with the NEW Let's Begin English Kit prepared by Curriculum Section specialists. This included seven reference books for teachers, records, filmstrip, charts, objects and other material. At the same time, each regional library was supplied with a recommended set of professional references on second language instruction. A 16mm film series prepared by the Centre for Applied Linguistics, Washington, D.C., was obtained and used in teacher education services. Commercially prepared remedial and developmental materials and equipment were also purchased and sent to selected schools for use and appraisal.

In 1968, manuscripts for 16 northern-oriented developmental readers were prepared for non-graded use at the primary level. Text was articulated with the prerequisite oral English program described above. These readers are now being illustrated and printed with a target date of October 1, 1969. Related materials for reading readiness, spelling, and handwriting were also prepared. These materials were added to previous listings of supplementary reading books and guidebooks for teachers.

In 1968, the first draft of a northern preschool program was also prepared-a program intended to involve an informal transition from vernacular languages to English as a second language. Related to this, a revised approach to the duties and training of bilingual classroom aides was prepared.

2 and 3. Second language teaching is one of the components of the Orientation Course given to all teachers before they commence teaching in the North.

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Most materials used in second language instruction were developed at summer workshops attended by northern teachers. Until 1967, summer courses involving curriculum specialists and experienced teachers as staff were conducted by the Education Division. Teacher consultants who are experienced in second language teaching visit new teachers in their classrooms and assist in teacher workshops during the school year.

Reliance is now placed on the availability of one common basic program for introducing English as a second language in northern schools. Reliance is also placed on the increased number of university and Department of Education summer courses in second language teaching. These courses are normally of five to six weeks duration.

C.M.H.C. INDEBTEDNESS ON HOUSING Quetsion No. 1,459-Mr. Caouelle:

1. What amount does Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation owe to the government with regard to the various Acts on housing?

2. What interest rate does Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation pay to the government for these loans?

Topic:   QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER
Subtopic:   PROGRAM IN TEACHING ENGLISH TO ESKIMOS
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LIB

Paul Theodore Hellyer (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Hon. Paul Hellyer (Minister of Transport):

1. $3,846,319,427.00 at December 31, 1968.

2. Interest rates at which the Corporation borrows from the government are established quarterly by the Minister of Finance. The interest rates, therefore, on its debt structure are very numerous and vary from 2 per cent to 1\ per cent, depending on when the loan was made and the term of the loan. For the quarter ending December 31, 1963, the rates were: 10-15 years, 6-1146 per cent; 15-20

years, 6J per cent; 20 years or more, 6-u/lf; per cent.

Topic:   QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER
Subtopic:   PROGRAM IN TEACHING ENGLISH TO ESKIMOS
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PUBLIC SERVANTS LANGUAGE TRAINING

PC

Mr. Dinsdale

Progressive Conservative

1. How many public servants have successfully completed language training at public expense?

2. How many who were enrolled failed to complete the course?

3. What is the estimated total cost of salaries, for those attending this course for the time spent away from their employment, since the course was started?

Topic:   QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER
Subtopic:   PUBLIC SERVANTS LANGUAGE TRAINING
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April 23, 1969