March 12, 1951

FEDERAL AID TO EDUCATION

CCF

Robert Ross (Roy) Knight

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

Mr. Knight:

For a copy of all correspondence exchanged between the government of Manitoba or any minister or department thereof and the federal government or any minister or department thereof, in reference to the question of federal aid to education, dated at any time since January 1, 1947.

Topic:   FEDERAL AID TO EDUCATION
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LIB

Louis Stephen St-Laurent (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Mr. St. Laurent:

This is subject to the usual reservation in connection with getting the consent of the government of Manitoba.

Topic:   FEDERAL AID TO EDUCATION
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LIB

Elie Beauregard (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

Carried, subject to the usual reservation regarding provincial consent.

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POSTAL SERVICE

POSTAL RATES

PC

Ellen Louks Fairclough

Progressive Conservative

Mrs. Fairclough:

For a copy of all schedules of postal rates issued from year to year from 1914, to date, also for a statement showing profit or loss yearly on the handling of second-class mail since and including the year 1939.

Topic:   POSTAL SERVICE
Subtopic:   POSTAL RATES
Sub-subtopic:   PROFIT OR LOSS ON SECOND-CLASS MAIL
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AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS

QUESTION OF SUBSIDIES OR OTHER ASSISTANCE TO PRODUCERS


Right Hon. L. S. St. Laurent (Prime Minister): May I give an answer to a question submitted on March 6 by the hon. member for Yale (Mr. Jones)? The question was: Did the government of British Columbia make representations in regard to the fruit growers, and if so, did they receive that answer? That was in reference to the answer that had been given just before the hon. member had put his question. I told him I would have to look at the correspondence; that I knew members of the British Columbia legislature were concerned but I did not want to make a positive statement about the government of British Columbia without looking at the correspondence. I am now given the following answer. The government of British Columbia did make representations in regard to the fruit growers who suffered losses in the winter of 1949-50. We considered the matter and came to the conclusion that as the loss was not beyond the capacity of the provincial government to handle, and as there was no precedent for the provision of federal assistance in similar cases, assistance could not be provided by the federal government for the rehabilitation of damaged orchards; and the government of British Columbia was so informed.


NORTHWEST TERRITORIES ACT

AMENDMENT TO PROVIDE FOR ELECTED REPRESENTATION IN TERRITORIAL GOVERNMENT AND APPOINTMENT OF JUDICIAL OFFICERS

LIB

Robert Henry Winters (Minister of Resources and Development)

Liberal

Hon. Robert H. Winters (Minister of Resources and Development) moved

that the house go into committee at the next sitting to consider the following resolution:

That it is expedient to bring in a measure to provide elected representation in the territorial government for the population of the northwest territories, and to give the governor in council power to appoint judicial officers for the said territories.

He said: Mr. Speaker, His Excellency the Governor General, having been made acquainted with the subject matter of this resolution, recommends it to the consideration of the house.

Topic:   NORTHWEST TERRITORIES ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT TO PROVIDE FOR ELECTED REPRESENTATION IN TERRITORIAL GOVERNMENT AND APPOINTMENT OF JUDICIAL OFFICERS
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Motion agreed to.


DETENTION OF CANADIAN CITIZENS

INQUIRY AS TO TREATMENT AND FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT


On the orders of the day:


PC

Gordon Graydon

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Gordon Graydon (Peel):

May I direct a question to the Secretary of State for External Affairs, based upon press reports appearing today with respect to the arrest of Canadian citizens and other repressive treatment which seems to have been accorded citizens of this country in Red China? Can the minister tell us whether he has any late reports dealing with the subject of Canadian citizens still in Red China, and whether it is possible for Canadian citizens to leave that country freely for Canada if they so desire?

Topic:   DETENTION OF CANADIAN CITIZENS
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO TREATMENT AND FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT
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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Hon. L. B. Pearson (Secretary of State for External Affairs):

We have had information in my department through the United Kingdom authorities in Peking, which information has been transmitted to us through London,

and also information from other sources, that certain Canadians have been detained by the government in Peking. We have asked the United Kingdom authorities in China to look into the cases that have been brought to our attention and to do everything they can to afford those Canadians protection. Since we ourselves have no diplomatic representation in China, on this occasion we are dependent upon the good offices of-the United Kingdom diplomatic service; and, as always, they are only too anxious to help, as I hope we would help if the circumstances were reversed.

On the general question of the position of Canadians in China, I would not like to say anything at this moment without more consideration; but I can tell the hon. member for Peel that Canadians are leaving China at the present time. Delays have been put in their way but of those who wish to return to Canada some are getting out of China. I may be able to give him more particulars on that aspect of the matter shortly.

Topic:   DETENTION OF CANADIAN CITIZENS
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO TREATMENT AND FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT
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QUESTION AS TO RECENT IMPORTATIONS AND BASIS OF DISTRIBUTION

March 12, 1951