June 13, 1941

LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Munitions and Supply)

Liberal

Hon. C. D. HOWE (Minister of Munitions and Supply):

The introduction of daylight saving in a community has always been by action of the community itself. Some months ago the power controller, supported by the electricity board of the province of Quebec and the Ontario Hydro-Electric Power Commission, asked the government to act under the War Measures Act to extend daylight saving during the winter months to those communities which had already adopted it by their own action. That action was taken, with the result of saving some 180,000 primary horsepower which was made available for war industries. Since then the government has had communications from city councils and boards of trade asking that it take action to introduce daylight saving in their localities. We have consistently replied that the matter is one for local action, and while we believe that the introduction of daylight saving would be beneficial to the war effort, the government has maintained its position that the introduction of daylight saving is a matter for local action. There are many sections of Canada which have violently opposed the introduction of daylight saving. There would be no particular gain to the war effort in forcing daylight saving upon these communities-for the most part rural communities- and therefore up to the present the government has felt that any further introduction of daylight saving should be by local action.

Topic:   DAYLIGHT SAVING
Subtopic:   QUESTION AS TO PROVISION FOR DOMINION-WIDE APPLICATION
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DOMINION PUBLIC BUILDINGS

PURCHASE OF BRADING BREWERY PROPERTY ON WELLINGTON STREET, OTTAWA


On the orders of the day:


SC

John Horne Blackmore

Social Credit

Mr. J. H. BLACKMORE (Lethbridge):

On the basis of a report appearing in the June 13th issue of the Toronto Globe and Mail concerning the purchase by the federal government of a brewery in Ottawa for $500,000 to beautify Ottawa, may I ask the government: (1) Has the Brading brewery been purchased? (2) Does the government actually feel that an expenditure of over half a million dollars to beautify Ottawa is justifiable in this critical war year? (3) Will this expenditure be submitted to the special committee on war expenditures for examination at an early day?

Topic:   DOMINION PUBLIC BUILDINGS
Subtopic:   PURCHASE OF BRADING BREWERY PROPERTY ON WELLINGTON STREET, OTTAWA
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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):

I have not had an opportunity to look at his question, but what the hon. member has reference to, I believe, is the expropriation by the government a considerable time ago of certain properties on Wellington street, in view of the improvements which the government itself intended to make in that particular area. As my hon. friend is aware, two of the largest government department buildings are on Wellington street and the plan of development has in view the extension of further buildings along that street. It was thought advisable, before all the property in the adjoining areas, and in that area itself, became enhanced in value in consequence of improvements being made by the government, that the government itself should acquire property for its use later on. The brewery referred to is in that particular area, and while there may be some who will be sorry it is going or gone, I imagine their number will not be great.

Topic:   DOMINION PUBLIC BUILDINGS
Subtopic:   PURCHASE OF BRADING BREWERY PROPERTY ON WELLINGTON STREET, OTTAWA
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SUGGESTION THAT FLAGS BE FLOWN CONTINUOUSLY DURING SUMMER MONTHS


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Robert William Gladstone

Liberal

Mr. R. W. GLADSTONE (Wellington South):

I should like to direct an inquiry to the Prime Minister with respect to the flying of the flag on dominion public buildings, especially on these parliament buildings in Ottawa. Tradition, I believe, has established, without any legislative requirement, that the flag shall be flown on these parlia-

Food and Drugs Act

ment buildings while parliament is in session and on dominion public holidays. It would seem that in war time, and especially during the months of July and August, when large numbers of United States tourists are visiting Ottawa, it might be appropriate to have the flag flying on these buildings. I wonder if the government would consider this matter and, so far as possible, have the flag flown on dominion buildings throughout Canada during the summer months.

Topic:   SUGGESTION THAT FLAGS BE FLOWN CONTINUOUSLY DURING SUMMER MONTHS
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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):

I shall be glad to look

into the question raised by my hon. friend. I imagine, however, that there are many considerations of which account would have to be taken. One reason for not flying the flag on the parliament buildings at all times is that it may be a distinguishing mark with respect to the time at which parliament itself is in session, and also with respect to certain occasions of a national character. I am afraid that if the flag were flown the year round as a matter of course much of that significance would be lost. However, I shall be glad to look into the practice at Westminster and also to consider what I have already mentioned, the other facts which may bear on the matter. I see no reason why, in connection with government buildings throughout the country, effect might not be given to the suggestion of my hon. friend. That matter also will be carefully considered. I might say that I understand that such is the present practice.

Topic:   SUGGESTION THAT FLAGS BE FLOWN CONTINUOUSLY DURING SUMMER MONTHS
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MUNITIONS AND SUPPLY

UNCOMPLETED NAVAL VESSELS IN TORONTO HARBOUR


On the orders of the day: Mr. JEAN-FRANQOIS POULIOT (Temis-couata): May I bring to the attention of the Minister of Munitions and Supply the fact that several uncompleted corvettes are lying in Toronto harbour. This end of the war effort is being scandalously neglected. What does the government intend to do about it?


LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Munitions and Supply)

Liberal

Hon. C. D. HOWE (Minister of Munitions and Supply):

I think the ships in question

are mine-sweepers. They have been launched, and as soon as the electrical work and other fittings have been installed, they will be delivered to the government.

Topic:   MUNITIONS AND SUPPLY
Subtopic:   UNCOMPLETED NAVAL VESSELS IN TORONTO HARBOUR
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LABOUR CONDITIONS


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Hughes Cleaver

Liberal

Mr. HUGHES CLEAVER (Halton):

Could the Minister of Labour advise how many strikes exist to-day in industries engaged in war work?

Topic:   MUNITIONS AND SUPPLY
Subtopic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY WITH RESPECT TO STRIKES IN WAR INDUSTRIES
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LIB

Norman Alexander McLarty (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Hon. N. A. McLARTY (Minister of Labour):

My information is that the workers at the Canadian General Electric plant in Toronto have returned to work. That being so, I think I am safe in saying that there is no strike of any consequence to-day in any war industry.

Topic:   MUNITIONS AND SUPPLY
Subtopic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY WITH RESPECT TO STRIKES IN WAR INDUSTRIES
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POOD AND DRUGS ACT

JOHN DE KUYPER GIN-QUESTION WITH RESPECT TO LABELS ON BOTTLES

June 13, 1941