May 21, 1942

NATIONAL FILM BOARD

NAT

Mr. HOMUTH:

National Government

1. Was the film entitled "High Over the Border", recently released by the national film board, produced in Canada?

2. If so, was it produced either wholly or largely by the regular staff of the national film board and was the work, including the sound recording, carried on in the plant of the national film board in Ottawa, or, was it produced by private enterprise under contract or agreement with the national film board, or was it purchased as a completed film from a private company or individual?

3. If produced by private enterprise, did the national film board advance funds to the producer or producers to meet expenses in connection with the film, and, if so, what amount?

4. Was this film produced in Canada?

5. If not produced in Canada, where was the film assembled and edited and by whom?

6. Where was the sound recorded, and by whom?

Questions

7. What was the total amount expended from public funds on the production or purchase of this film, including any salaries or fees paid to persons engaged upon the production of the film, travelling expenses, purchase of film material for use in the film, sound recording and all positive prints of the film made to date?

8. From what appropriation or vote of public funds for the current fiscal year was the cost of this film met?

9. Was the film made on behalf of any part of Canada's war effort, and, if so, what relation has the subject matter of this film to any such war effort?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   NATIONAL FILM BOARD
Sub-subtopic:   "HIGH OVER THE BORDER"
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LIB

Mr. THORSON: (Minister of National War Services)

Liberal

1. In part.

2. (a) No. (b) No. (c) This film was produced by the national film board in collaboration with the New York Zoological Society and the government of the United States.

3. See answer to question 2 (c). No advance was made for expenses.

4. In part.

5. Assembled and edited in New York and Ottawa by Irving Jacoby.

6. Sound recorded in New York-English version by Fox Movietone News, French version by Reeves Sound Studio.

7. $5,252.38.

8. The national film board share of the cost of this film was met from the war appropriation for the fiscal year 1941-42 by the public information division, Department of National War Services.

9. The film is a parable of unity in the Americas, with emphasis upon the importance of free movement across international borders, illustrated by the migrations of birds common to north and south America. It is a comment on the deep natural forces making for mutual understanding between peoples, and contributes to an appreciation of the common interest of the countries of the western hemisphere in wartime defence.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   NATIONAL FILM BOARD
Sub-subtopic:   "HIGH OVER THE BORDER"
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NATIONAL FILM BOARD-"CHURCHILL'S ISLAND"

NAT

Mr. HOMUTH:

National Government

1. What was the total footage of the film called "Churchill's Island", produced by the national film board?

2. What was the total number of feet of film used in this reel which was purchased or acquired in any other manner from any British film company or organization?

3. What was the total number of feet of film used in this reel which was seized from Germany or other enemy sources?

4. What was the total number of feet of film used in this reel which was actually taken in Canada?

5. What was the total cost of this film?

6. By whom was this film distributed (a) in Canada; (b) in the United States?

7. Upon what arrangement was this film distributed by such organization or organizations?

Mr. THORSON;

1. 1,924 feet.

2. 957 feet.

3. 762 feet.

4. 205 feet.

5. $4,990.15.

6. (a) Columbia Pictures of Canada; (b) United Artists Corporation.

7. Under terms of contracts agreed upon.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   NATIONAL FILM BOARD-"CHURCHILL'S ISLAND"
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NATIONAL FILM BOARD-SECRETARY AND CONTROLLER


Mr. HATFIELD; 1. Who is the secretary and controller of the national film board? 2. What is his salary, and/or allowance? 3. What is the total amount paid to him since March 31, 1941, as travelling or living expenses? 4. When was he appointed and/or assigned to this position? 5. By whom was he appointed and/or assigned to this position? 6. By whom was he recommended for this position? 7. Has he any blood relatives employed by the national film board? 8. If so, what are their names and what positions do they hold? 9. What salaries and/or allowances are paid to them? 10. When were they appointed to their present positions? 11. By whom were they appointed to their present positions? 12. By whom were they recommended for their present positions?


LIB

Mr. THORSON: (Minister of National War Services)

Liberal

1. A. G. McLean.

2. Salary-$4,500 per annum. No allowances.

3. Travelling expenses-$120.02.

4. October 21, 1941.

5. Services of A. G. McLean, executive assistant in the Department of National War Services, loaned by Department of National War Services to the national film board, to act as controller and secretary.

6. Appointment of A. G. McLean as controller and secretary of the national film board recommended by motion of the national film board at its regular meeting, August 12, 1941.

7. Yes.

8. (a) Ross McLean-assistant government film commissioner.

(b) C. Grant McLean-temporary assistant camera man, employed by the government film commissioner under Section 12 (1) of the National Film Act.

9. (a) Ross McLean-salary, $4,500 per annum. No allowances. (Out of pocket expenses when travelling on business of the national film board.)

Questions as Orders for Returns

Ob) C. Grant McLean-Salary, $108 per month. No allowances. (Out of pocket travelling expenses necessary to production of specific films for which he is engaged.)

10. (a) Ross McLean-September 1, 1941.

(b) C. Grant McLean-First appointment,

December 19, 1941 to January 31, 1942. Second appointment, February 1, 1942 to March 9, 1942. Third appointment March 12, 1942.

11. (a) Ross McLean-By civil service commission.

(b) C. Grant McLean-By government film commissioner under Section 12 (1) of the National Film Act for production of particular films, on a temporary assignment basis.

12. (a) Ross McLean-Recommended by Hon. J. T. Thorson, as chairman of the national film board, pursuant to a motion of the national film board passed at its regular meeting, August 12, 1941.

(b) C. Grant McLean-Recommended by the government film commissioner.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   NATIONAL FILM BOARD-SECRETARY AND CONTROLLER
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MILITARY SERVICE-FARMERS AND FARM WORKERS

IND

Mr. LACOMBE:

Independent Liberal

1. How many young farmers, sons of farmers and farm labourers have been mobilized to date under the terms of the mobilization act of 1940?

2. How many underwent their training of one month?

3. How many were in training for four months ?

4. How many, having failed to obtain leave, are still in the military training camps?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   MILITARY SERVICE-FARMERS AND FARM WORKERS
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LIB

Joseph Thorarinn Thorson (Minister of National War Services)

Liberal

Mr. THORSON:

The statistics respecting persons called up under the provisions of the national war services regulations for military training are not kept on the basis of occupations. The answering of this question would entail the reviewing of files of over 120,000 persons. This would take a great many weeks and the work of a considerable staff which is already heavily pressed. I therefore ask that the question be dropped.

Question dropped.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   MILITARY SERVICE-FARMERS AND FARM WORKERS
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QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS

GOLD-HOLDINGS IN CANADA AND EXPORTS

SC

Mr. HANSELL:

Social Credit

1. How much gold (in ounces and value) is now held in Canada by, (a) the Canadian government, (b) the Bank of Canada, (c) foreign exchange control board, (d) the chartered banks ?

2. How much of this gold is held on behalf of foreign governments?

I Mr. Thorson.]

3. How much gold was exported from Canada and to what countries during each of the years 1930 to 1941 inclusive?

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   GOLD-HOLDINGS IN CANADA AND EXPORTS
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LIB

Norman Alexander McLarty (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. McLARTY:

Return tabled.

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   GOLD-HOLDINGS IN CANADA AND EXPORTS
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BRITISH COLUMBIA AND YUKON AIRPORTS

NAT

Mr. BLACK (Yukon):

National Government

1. What amounts has the government expended to date on each of the following airports, Dawson Creek, Fort St. John, Watson Lake, Fort Nelson, Whitehorse, Dawson?

2. What amount has been spent to date on each of the airports on Vancouver island, and what are the names of such airports?

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   BRITISH COLUMBIA AND YUKON AIRPORTS
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LIB

Charles Gavan Power (Associate Minister of National Defence; Minister of National Defence for Air; Minister of National Defence for Air and Associate Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. POWER:

I would ask the hon. gentleman if he would be satisfield with a statement of the aggregate amount spent on all these aerodromes, in answer to question No. 1, and on the aerodrome on Vancouver island in answer to question No. 2. My officers advise me that it might be giving information to the enemy as to the capacity of each aerodrome if the figures of the expenditures were given for each individual aerodrome. If my hon. friend would be satisfied with the aggregate amount, so many million dollars for the aerodromes mentioned in question No. 1, and so many millions for those in question No. 2, I should be very glad to furnish that information.

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   BRITISH COLUMBIA AND YUKON AIRPORTS
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NAT

George Black

National Government

Mr. BLACK (Yukon):

I cannot agree with the minister that the enemy would get the slightest information through this question being answered. If the minister thinks our enemies the Japanese do not know as much about the details of what has been done and what is being done in Canada as we do, and as the minister does, then he has more faith in human nature than I have.

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   BRITISH COLUMBIA AND YUKON AIRPORTS
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LIB

Charles Gavan Power (Associate Minister of National Defence; Minister of National Defence for Air; Minister of National Defence for Air and Associate Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. POWER:

Then I am afraid I will have to take the stand that it is not in the public interest to give the information as it is requested here, but I .will give it in the manner I have indicated.

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   BRITISH COLUMBIA AND YUKON AIRPORTS
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May 21, 1942