Frederick George HAHN

HAHN, Frederick George

Personal Data

Party
Social Credit
Constituency
New Westminster (British Columbia)
Birth Date
November 3, 1911
Deceased Date
February 5, 1963
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Hahn_(politician)
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=c7ae0236-fd24-4936-904c-ad8d3b4f9214&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
business executive, merchant, principal, teacher

Parliamentary Career

August 10, 1953 - April 12, 1957
SC
  New Westminster (British Columbia)
June 10, 1957 - February 1, 1958
SC
  New Westminster (British Columbia)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 203)


January 31, 1958

Mr. Hahn:

Is that a mathematical formula?

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OF CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION
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January 31, 1958

Mr. Hahn:

Before the minister leaves this point, may I say this: according to the latest

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Supply-Citizenship and Immigration statistical report, the number of Indian children attending public schools in British Columbia, as a matter of fact, this applies to both public and private schools outside of the reserves-was in 1955 almost equal to similar schools throughout Canada. I am wondering how that compares today with what I have for 1955.

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OF CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION
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January 31, 1958

Mr. Hahn:

Mr. Chairman, I was very

interested in the remarks made by the hon. member for Selkirk with regard to item No. 72 of the estimates of the Department of Citizenship and Immigration. The hon. gentleman raised one or two questions which give me some concern in my own riding where there are several Indian bands in the region. The remarks he made with regard to hospitalization are highly applicable in my own riding as well, and I shall not devote any time to discussing that subject.

However, in discussing the first item yesterday two questions were raised which also are of concern to me, and before dealing with the main topic I wish to speak about I propose to deal with these questions. I am thinking now of the question of Indian leases, especially for tracts of land that are adjacent to the larger cities. In my area one band gave a 20-year lease to a group of contractors who are building summer huts that are not in keeping with the standard of the homes that others in the community have built.

The result is that some difficulty has been created, and the municipal authorities are unhappy about the present state of affairs. They inquire what could be done to bring these temporary homes on the Indian lands more in keeping with the homes built in the summer resort area, homes which have been built to last for a long period of time. Some very fine homes have been constructed, but those on the Indian property are, of course, by no means up to this standard and the situation is causing some concern to the municipal authorities.

Another question I wish to raise has to do with the amount paid by the department to local school boards for educating Indians in their areas. I understand the minister will be dealing with this question later. In particular I am interested in knowing how much the provincial government of British Columbia is to receive in compensation for the sums it expends to help keep these schools

in operation. I understand that my province carries more than its share of the task of supporting these local operations, and I am interested in learning what share the province can expect from the Indian affairs branch toward defraying the cost of educating the Indian children of the community.

My main purpose in rising at this time is to draw the minister's attention to a difficulty which has been created as a direct result of the action of his colleague the Minister of Fisheries in preventing fishing between Pattullo bridge, or New Westminster bridge, and Mission bridge. For centuries the Indians have fished these waters for commercial purposes, but three or four years ago the Minister of Fisheries saw fit to change the regulations so as to make it illegal for any commercial fishing to be done in the area I have mentioned.

This has caused the Langley band, in particular, a great deal of difficulty. I realize there are not many Indians in the band, but those who are in it use gill net boats and find themselves being forced out to sea if they wish to do any commercial fishing to get the money necessary for their livelihood. The difficulty is not that they are prevented from catching enough fish for domestic purposes; they are permitted to do that. But they require cash, as does every other individual, in order to carry on, and they are very concerned about the fact that during the season when they would normally be fishing on a commercial basis in their own area they are not permitted to do so.

The question of reopening this area to commercial fishing is being considered at the present time by the Department of Fisheries, but I understand the Indian affairs branch has not been consulted in this matter. I suggest to the minister and to his departmental officials that they should make some inquiries with regard to the difficulties which the Langley Indians are experiencing in order to discover what effect, if any, it would have on the livelihood of these people if the river were reopened to this band. I urge the minister to make representations to his colleague if, after discussion with the Indians, he finds that such a move would be of value to them. The privilege of fishing these waters has been denied to them only in recent times, and their views with regard to the reopening of these waters for commercial fishing should be taken into consideration.

I do not think their request is unreasonable. They ask only that they should be permitted to fish at the same time as the seiners are catching fish out in the bay. They feel they should have the right to take some of the

Supply-Citizenship and Immigration fish without being obliged to go out to sea, a way of fishing which would require much better and more seaworthy vessels than this band possesses, and which would involve them in an expense too great for them to meet.

The officials of the Department of Fisheries suggest that this is a question of conservation. I have discussed this matter with the Indians and they have assured me that at no time have they ever interfered with the requirements of the international sockeye salmon commission which has been in charge of conservation arrangements. They gave the commission no difficulty, neither did the commission cause the Indians any difficulty. The Indians are law-abiding and they respect the need to preserve the fishery, knowing this is necessary if they are to enjoy it in future years. They are quite prepared to accept the idea of conservation, but I wonder whether the minister could not persuade the Department of Fisheries to take another look at this matter and give these Indians the consideration for which they are asking.

Topic:   CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR CONTINUATION OF BRANCH LINE PASSENGER SERVICE
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January 30, 1958

Mr. F. G. J. Hahn (New Westminster):

Mr. Speaker, I have a question for the Minister of Public Works. In view of the statement made by the minister as recorded in volume IV of Hansard for the year 1955, at page 4390, to the effect that the federal government should assist the British Columbia government in the building of the P.G.E., would the minister indicate what success he has had in persuading this government to contribute toward its construction cost?

Topic:   PACIFIC GREAT EASTERN RAILWAY
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR FEDERAL CONTRIBUTION TO CONSTRUCTION
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January 30, 1958

Mr. F. G. J. Hahn (New Westminster):

Mr. Speaker, I would feel somewhat remiss in my duty at this time if I were not to say a word with respect to this amendment. I make these observations on behalf of the hon. member for Wetaskiwin (Mr. Thomas) who, as hon. members are aware, is unable to be with us because of illness in his family. Hon. members who were here last session will recall that the hon. member for Westaskiwin did raise this question in the house on more than one occasion last year. I am sure if he were with us today he would be one of the first to commend the government upon the action it has taken.

I am very happy to see that the former minister of citizenship and immigration has indicated that the measure has his wholehearted support. As I recall, at the time the incident occurred the hon. member was rather slow in giving the same measure of sympathy with respect to this matter that he has now indicated. As he said earlier, hindsight is often much better, and often

one can look about and see for himself that there is a need for action. I congratulate him upon this new viewpoint with respect to this matter.

Having said that, I wish to conclude by saying to the minister that I thank him for seeing to it that legislation has been introduced correcting the situation which existed before, and I trust that other matters with respect to the Indians will receive the same consideration this one has been given.

Topic:   INDIAN ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT RESPECTING NAMES ON INDIAN REGISTER
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