July 7, 1947 (20th Parliament, 3rd Session)

LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Reconstruction and Supply)

Liberal

Mr. HOWE:

Mr. Speaker, it is impossible to answer this question, in its present form, but perhaps I can give the information my hon. friend desires. The question refers to the ship Huascaran, which was delivered to Canada by Germany as part of the reparations. The ship was reported to be available at a German harbour in a damaged condition. The government had no convenient means of taking charge of the ship in a German harbour; therefore it was turned over to War Assets Corporation and tenders were called for, with reserve bid by the government in the amount shown by the reparations commission. The ship was purchased by a Canadian firm, was repaired in Germany and then moved to Britain for further repairs, and has now been delivered in Canada. The ship has been surveyed and is found capable of carrying 600 immigrants. The survey was made at the request of the present owners, who propose to convert the ship at their own expense for carrying immigrants. The Department of Mines and Resources will cooperate to the extent of furnishing the immigrants, provided that the ship will accept immigrants at such points as are nominated . by the department.

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