March 18, 1943

NAT

Mr. GREEN:

National Government

1. Has there been an increase within the last three months in railway passenger rates to the Pacific coast?

2. If so, what was the amount of such increase?

3. Was it approved by the government or any board, agency, controller or other authority appointed by, or under the government?

Topic:   MUNITIONS AND SUPPLY-NEW BRUNSWICK CONTRACTS FOR SHELL BOXES
Subtopic:   INCREASE IN RAILWAY PASSENGER RATES
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LIB

Mr. ILSLEY: (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

1. Yes. Passenger fares from eastern Canada by Canadian Lines to Pacific coast points were on a lower than normal basis to meet the competition of the combination on the United States frontier plus the lower

fares through the United States. The portion of these fares via United States routes which was charged within the United States was increased by order of the United States interstate commerce commission resulting in higher fares via the United States' routes than the lower rates available via Canadian routes. This situation affected not only fares from eastern Canadian points but also fares from many eastern United States points and the United States Lines insisted that the Canadian fares must be advanced to the level made effective within the United States; otherwise United States lines would be obliged to eliminate the Canadian Lines routings from their tariffs which would eliminate United States travel through Canada and have a very serious effect on the Canadian economy.

2. The amount by which individual fares were increased varies with the point of origin. Specimen of the one-way and round trip fares which were in force on the 19th January, 1943, and on the 20th January, 1943, showing the increase in dollars and the percentage increase in each case is attached.

3. Yes. The increase was approved by the Board of Transport Commissioners for Canada and its decision was concurred in by the wartime prices and trade board.

Topic:   MUNITIONS AND SUPPLY-NEW BRUNSWICK CONTRACTS FOR SHELL BOXES
Subtopic:   INCREASE IN RAILWAY PASSENGER RATES
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TO VANCOUVER. B.C.


One-Way Fares From First Class Intermediate Class Coach Class In effect Jan. 19/43 In effect Jan. 20/43 Increase In effect Jan. 19/43 In effect Jan. 20/43 Increase In effect Jan. 19/43 In effect Jan. 20/43 Increase $ cts. $ cts. S cts. % $ cts. $ cts. $ cts. % 3 cts. $ cts. § cts. %Toronto, Ont 76 25 83 65 7 40 9-70 56 70 62 14 5 44 9-59 47 90 52 50 4 60 9-60Ottawa, Ont 83 70 89 74 6 04 7-22 63 20 68 64 5 44 8-61 54 40 59 00 4 60 8-46Montreal, P.Q 87 55 93 59 6 04 6-90 66 50 71 19 4 69 705 57 70 61 55 3 85 6-67Saint John, N.B 103 55 109 99 6 44 6-22 78 60 83 39 4 79 610 69 80 73 75 3 95 5-66Halifax, N.S 108 90 114 94 6 04 5-55 84 10 89 04 4 94 5-87 75 30 79 40 4 10 5-44Totals 459 95 491 91 31 96 6-95 349 10 374 40 25 30 7-25 305 10 326 20 21 10 6-91 Round-Trip Fares Time Limit-3 months $ cts. $ cts. $ cts. % $ cts. $ cts. $ cts. % $ cts. 3 cts. t cts. % Toronto, Ont 113 00 124 15 11 15 9-86 96 70 106 20 9 50 9-82 81 30 87 55 6 25 7-68Ottawa, Ont 128 30 139 45 11 15 8-69 112 00 121 50 9 50 8-48 93 20 100 85 7 65 8-20Montreal, P.Q 133 70 144 85 11 15 8-34 117 40 126 90 9 50 8-09 93 20 101 50 8 30 8-90Saint John, N.B 161 65 172 80 11 15 6-89 145 35 154 85 9 50 6-53 116 50 124 85 8 35 7-16Halifax, N.S 168 30 179 45 11 15 6-62 152 00 161 50 9 50 6-25 123 30 131 60 8 30 6-73Totals 704 95 760 70 55 75 7-90 623 45 670 95 47 50 7-61 507 50 546 35 38 85 7-65Grand Totals 1,164 90 1,252 61 87 71 7-52 972 33 1,045 35 72 80 7-48 812 60 872 55 59 95 7-38 Same fares also apply to Victoria, B.C., Prince Rupert, B.C., and New Westminster, B.C 1348 COMMONS Questions _____ Questions as Orders for Returns


QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS

COMMODITY STABILIZATION BOARD

NAT

Mr. HATFIELD:

National Government

1. What amount has been paid out by the commodity stabilization board to date since it was organized?

2. On what commodities and what amount was paid out on each commodity?

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   COMMODITY STABILIZATION BOARD
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COST-OF-LIVING BONUS COST-OF-LIVING INDEX USED AS BASE

CCF

Stanley Howard Knowles

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

Mr. KNOWLES:

What commodities are used to arrive at the base for the cost-of-living index which is used in computing the amount of the cost-of-living bonus?

Topic:   COST-OF-LIVING BONUS COST-OF-LIVING INDEX USED AS BASE
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LIB

James Angus MacKinnon (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Mr. MacKINNON (Edmonton West):

Return tabled.

Topic:   COST-OF-LIVING BONUS COST-OF-LIVING INDEX USED AS BASE
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FLAX PRODUCTION AND PROCESSING

PC

Mr. BENCE:

Progressive Conservative

1. Was there any flax seed from which linseed oil and feed products is manufactured exported from Canada in, (a) the month of January, 1943, (b) the month of February, 1943?

2. If so, how much was exported in each month ?

3. Was there any flax processing plant in Canada idle at any time from January 1, 1943, to March 15, 1943, because of lack of flax seed?

4. If so, for what period or periods was any such plant or plants so idle and what was the name and location of any such plant or plants?

5. What wras the reason for such lack of flax seed?

6. What is the estimated total amount of flax seed in Canada?

7. Has the government received representations to the effect that there is a demand for the oil cake and other feed products derived from the processing of flax seed, for live stock purposes?

8. Is there a shortage of oil cake and other feed products produced from the processing of flax seed, for the purpose of feeding live stock?

Topic:   FLAX PRODUCTION AND PROCESSING
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PENITENTIARIES-KINGSTON AND ST. VINCENT DE PAUL

IND

Mr. LACOMBE:

Independent Liberal

1. What are the working hours per day of the guards at, (a) Kingston penitentiary, (b) St. Vincent de Paul penitentiary?

2. What are the names of the permanent guards at St. Vincent de Paul penitentiary?

3. How long have such permanent guards been employed?

4. Do guards at St. Vincent de Paul penitentiary work on religious and legal holidays?

Topic:   PENITENTIARIES-KINGSTON AND ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
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IRON ORES

PRESS REPORT AS TO OPERATIONS OF STEEP ROCK MINES LIMITED


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Major James William Coldwell

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

Mr. M. J. COLDWELL (Rosetown-Biggar):

I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Munitions and Supply or the Minister of Finance. I have sent a copy of the question to the Minister of Munitions and Supply. The papers to-day contain a synopsis of certain agreements relating to the exploitation of Canadian iron ores by the Steep Rock Mines Limited. Will the minister table any agreements made to provide subventions on the transportation of the ore or relating to financial commitments to the company or railways in connection with the provision of transportation facilities, and so forth?

Topic:   IRON ORES
Subtopic:   PRESS REPORT AS TO OPERATIONS OF STEEP ROCK MINES LIMITED
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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Munitions and Supply)

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, the provisions in question were contained in an order in council and published in the Canada Gazette, which is a public document, but I shall be glad to find them and table them at the next sitting.

Topic:   IRON ORES
Subtopic:   PRESS REPORT AS TO OPERATIONS OF STEEP ROCK MINES LIMITED
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FARM WORKERS

March 18, 1943