May 17, 1972

ELECTORAL BOUNDARIES READJUSTMENT ACT

AMENDMENT TO EXTEND POPULATION VARIATION IN RESPECT OF CERTAIN RIDINGS

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John Mercer Reid

Liberal Labour

Mr. John M. Reid (Kenora-Rainy River) moved

for leave to introduce Bill C-212, to amend the Electoral Boundaries Readjustment Act (rules).

May 17, 1972

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Topic:   ELECTORAL BOUNDARIES READJUSTMENT ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT TO EXTEND POPULATION VARIATION IN RESPECT OF CERTAIN RIDINGS
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Lucien Lamoureux (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Independent

Mr. Speaker:

Is it the pleasure of the House that the hon. member shall have leave to introduce the said bill?

Topic:   ELECTORAL BOUNDARIES READJUSTMENT ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT TO EXTEND POPULATION VARIATION IN RESPECT OF CERTAIN RIDINGS
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Some hon. Members:

Explain.

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John Mercer Reid

Liberal Labour

Mr. Reid:

Mr. Speaker, this bill will enable the representation commission to extend the variation in the rules that permits the 21 ridings in schedule III of the Canada Elections Act to be treated differently from other ridings. Instead of the 25 per cent variance now provided with regard to the population of these ridings, the representation commission would be entitled to depart from the electoral population quota to the extent of 50 per cent for the 21 large ridings in schedule III.

Topic:   ELECTORAL BOUNDARIES READJUSTMENT ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT TO EXTEND POPULATION VARIATION IN RESPECT OF CERTAIN RIDINGS
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Motion agreed to, bill read the first time and ordered to be printed.


QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.)


SUPPLEMENTARY RETIREMENT BENEFITS ACCOUNT

NDP

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

New Democratic Party

1. What was the total amount contributed (a) by employees (b) by the government to the Supplementary Retirement Benefits Account during the period April 1,1970 to March 31,1971?

2. What was the total amount paid out of the Supplementary Retirement Benefits Account, during the period April 1, 1970 to March 31, 1971, in the form of pension supplements and to how many individuals were such pension supplements paid at any time during that period?

3. What was the balance at credit in the Supplementary Retirement Benefits Account as at March 31,1971?

Topic:   QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER
Subtopic:   SUPPLEMENTARY RETIREMENT BENEFITS ACCOUNT
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Hon. C.M. Drury@President of the Treasury Board

Table I of the Report on the Administration of the Supplementary Retirement Benefits Act for the fiscal year ending March 31, 1971 as tabled in Parliament on March 29, 1972 is hereby presented in answer to all three parts of the question.

Supplementary Retirement Benefits Account 1970-71

Receipts

Contributions-Members of the Plans* $12,842,714.17

Matching Contribution-Government 12,329,433.25

-Other 521,074.39

Interest 163,631.61

Total $25,856,853.42

Disbursements

Annuities** $19,056,718.94

Withdrawal of Contribution 189,706.77

Net Transfer to Other Pension Funds 23,788.49

Total $19,270,214.20

Excess of Receipts over Disbursements (Balance March 31, 1971)***

'Those making contributions include Members of Parliament, the Public Service, the Armed Forces and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

[DOT]'Numbers of individuals to whom these supplemental annuities were paid during the period was approximately 73,000.

[DOT][DOT][DOT]Since 1970-71 was the first year of the operation of the account, this figure is the total balance at credit at March 31, 1971.

Topic:   QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER
Subtopic:   SUPPLEMENTARY RETIREMENT BENEFITS ACCOUNT
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CNR-PENSION FUNDS

NDP

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

New Democratic Party

1. What was the total amount of money in the books of the pension funds of the Canadian National Railways as at (a) December 31,1969 (b) December 31, 1970 (c) December 31, 1971?

2. What rate of interest was earned on these funds during (a) 1969 (b) 1970 (c) 1971?

3. What amount of interest was credited to these funds during the years ending (a) December 31, 1969 (b) December 31, 1970 (c) December 31,1971?

4. What amount of money was added to these funds from employee contributions during the years ending (a) December 31, 1969 (b) December 31,1970 (c) December 31,1971?

5. What amount of money was added to these funds as regular or current contributions by the Canadian National Railways during the years ending (a) December 31, 1969 (b) December 31, 1970 (c) December 31,1971?

6. What amount of money was added to these funds in any other way by the Canadian National Railways during the years ending (a) December 31, 1969 (b) December 31,1970 (c) December 31,1971?

7. Is money owed to the above funds by the Canadian National Railways and, if so, how much and what arrangements are being made to meet such debt?

8. What was the total amount paid out of the above funds in pensions during the years ending (a) December 31,1969 (b) December 31,1970 (c) December 31,1971?

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Subtopic:   CNR-PENSION FUNDS
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LIB

Gérard Duquet (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. Gerard Duquet (Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Transport):

The Management of Canadian National Railways advises as follows:

1. The total amounts of the investments, cash and other current assets in the books of the Pension Trust Funds were: As at 31 December 1969, $789,349,551; As at 31 December 1970, $818,203,051; As at 31 December 1971, $870,758,014.

2. To calculate the yield we have used Statistics Canada formula and the information requested in Question (1) and (3). Under this formula, the investment is deemed to be: Opening Investments etc., plus closing Investments, etc. less Earnings. On this basis, the yield is: 1969, 5.61 per cent; 1970, 3.05 per cent; 1971, 5.55 per cent.

3. Net earnings on investments of the Pension Trust Funds were: Year ended 31 December 1969, $41,835,484; Year ended 31 December 1970, $23,984,003; Year ended 31 December 1971, $45,103,796.

4. The amount of money added to these funds from employees' contributions were:

Employees'

Contributions Refunds Net

Year ended 31 December 1969 27,663,135 Year ended 31 December 1970 29,883,023 Yearended31 December 1971 36,848,878

4,759,081 22,904,054 4,533,904 25,349,119 6,196,345 30,652,533

5. The amount added to these funds as regular or current contributions by Canadian National Railways was: Year ended December 31, 1969, $31,297,991; year ended December 31, 1970, $32,634,760; year ended December 31, 1971, $39,494,641.

6. Payments by Canadian National Railways against the Unfunded Liabilities in accordance with the Pensions Benefits Standards Act: Year ended December 31, 1969, $326,422; year ended December 31, 1970; $600,152; year ended December 31, 1971, $2,326,714.

7. As at December 31, 1971 Canadian National Railways owed the fund $2,681,944. This represents the normal monthly clearance paid off in January 1972 arising from Company and employee contributions less pensions paid and refunds.

8. Total amounts of the pensions paid out of the Pension Trust Fund were: Year ended December 31,1969, $50,335,506; year ended December 31, 1970, $53,714,534; year ended December 31, 1971, $65,022,721.

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Subtopic:   CNR-PENSION FUNDS
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CMHC-COMMITMENT FOR RICHMOND SQUARE HOUSING COMPLEX

PC

Mr. Ryan

Progressive Conservative

1. What was the total commitment of CMHC to the developers of the Richmond Square CMHC housing complex?

2. What amount of the loan has been advanced?

3. Are the mortgage payments in arrears and, if so, in what amount?

4. For what reason has the part of the complex which does not appear to have settled not been completed and occupied?

5. Has a decision been taken to condemn or demolish the project in whole or in part?

6. What firms have been developing the project and are any of them in bankruptcy as a result of Richmond Square errors in planning, engineering and inspection?

7. Is a lawsuit in progress with respect to the Richmond Square development and, if so, who are the plaintiffs and the defendants?

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Subtopic:   CMHC-COMMITMENT FOR RICHMOND SQUARE HOUSING COMPLEX
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LIB

Stanley Ronald Basford (Minister of State for Urban Affairs)

Liberal

Hon. Ron Basford (Minister of State for Urban Affairs):

1.

The total commitment of Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation for the Richmond Square housing project is $2,308,500.

2. The total amount advanced on the loan to date is $1,324,681.14.

3. The loan is not yet on repayment and mortgage payments are not, therefore, in arrears.

4. The apartment building functions with common elements of heat, water, electricity and elevators. The faults that have caused part of the building to settle must be rectified before the sound part is completed and occupied.

5. No.

6. The project has been developed by Stanton Wright and Gino Bottero carrying on business in partnership under the firm name and style of Chesterfield Realty Limited. This firm, or its principals, are not in bankruptcy.

7. An action was commenced on May 4, 1971, in the Supreme Court of Ontario by Chesterfield Realty Limit-

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ed, as Plaintiffs, against Turland Construction Limited, J. T. Donald and Company Limited, and Jack N. Grosman.

Topic:   QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER
Subtopic:   CMHC-COMMITMENT FOR RICHMOND SQUARE HOUSING COMPLEX
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COST OF ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY

PC

Mr. Coates

Progressive Conservative

1. What has been the cost to date of constructing the St. Lawrence Seaway?

2. Of the total cost, how much has been recovered by the federal treasury?

3. What is the rate of interest charged by the federal government on the outstanding loans?

4. What is the total amount of accumulated interest on the loans made by the federal government to the St. Lawrence Seaway Authority and what is the outstanding indebtedness of the Authority at the present time of both principal and interest?

5. What were the total receipts of the Authority from tolls for each of the years since the Seaway has been in operation?

6. Is it the intention of the federal government to alter, in any manner, the system of repayment of the outstanding obligations of the Seaway Authority?

Topic:   QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER
Subtopic:   COST OF ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY
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May 17, 1972