January 31, 1958 (23rd Parliament, 1st Session)


Frederick Samuel Zaplitny

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. Zaplilny:

I would like to take advantage of the minister's suggestion that I raise the question of the revolving fund under this item. I would like to say that I appreciate the help he is giving with respect to the proposed housing program which he intends to carry out, and I am sure it will be welcome, but I would like to mention two or three of the things upon which I would like information. I am sure it would be useful to have these on the record.
Firstly, I would like him to define the revolving fund as clearly as he can so that we will know exactly what he means by this term. Secondly, I would like him to tell us whether there are any other funds which could be made available for the purpose of making advances for the establishing of industry on Indian reserves and also on what basis, or from what sources funds could be made available; whether they are repayable, and if so on what terms, and over what period of time. I would also like him to tell us whether there are any officials or officers of the Indian department who specialize in this type of work; that is, in helping the Indians themselves and setting up and organizing their local industry and giving them technical knowledge and assistance. These are not specific questions requiring specific answers but are simply laying the groundwork of the type of thing I-and I am sure hon. members of the committee-would like to know about the revolving fund.

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