June 27, 1951

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Some hon. Members:

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George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Drew:

-where I leave it to you to use your own judgment with regard to whether the word "smear" is a parliamentary word or not. I make no request in regard to the word, because the Prime Minister has used the term in a way that is a reflection on his office as Prime Minister.

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Some hon. Members:

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George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Drew:

I would point out that I used

the term "family company". The Minister of Trade and Commerce stated in this house that he had dissociated himself personally from that company. The records of the company are those of a private company and therefore do not disclose the disposition of the shares of the company in a way that makes it possible for anyone to do other than accept that statement. But let me say that I used the term "family company" advisedly because his son and son-in-law are actively engaged in that company, and I understand that his son and son-in-law are members of the family. I would point out still further that when the minister, with the immense powers he has, gave to this family company the handling of the $30 million contract on the Chalk River reactor he was handing that contract to a company bearing his name in which his son and son-in-law would gain advantage, and that if there is one thing in this house that is peculiarly

under the exclusive authority of the Minister of Trade and Commerce it is everything connected with atomic energy.

I would point out further that when this government handed this contract for supervision of the construction at Seven Islands to the C. D. Howe Company Limited, his son-in-law was sent to Montreal to deal with the contract particularly. That is a matter of record. When the Prime Minister used the term "smearing" in regard to that, may I point out to him that there is an obligation on the members of the government at all times not to hand out contracts to members of their own family any more than to themselves, and there is also an obligation on the members of the government to deal with these matters in a way that will remove any suggestion that we should be unduly concerned about the enormous contracts running to hundreds of millions of dollars which are being handled by the Minister of Defence Production. It is having regard to the fact that contracts for such things as radar stations, and other matters of that kind, which are not discussed in this house in detail, are being handed out by that minister that we must examine with some care the methods by which that minister does deal with contracts under his exclusive authority.

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Some hon. Members:

Oh, oh.

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Daniel (Dan) McIvor

Liberal

Mr. Mclvor:

-that the leader of the opposition has not the sense to withdraw this untrue charge.

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ENEMY PROPERTY

QUESTION AS TO PAYMENTS FOR WAR DAMAGE FROM FUNDS HELD BY CUSTODIAN


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Agar Rodney Adamson

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Rodney Adamson (York West):

I

should like to direct a question to the Secretary of State. I regret that he is not here now, but he can take it as notice. In view of the fact that a state of war with Germany is officially to come to an end in the near future, will the Secretary of State say when claims for war damage will begin to be paid from the funds now held by the custodian of enemy property? I direct this to the attention of the Secretary of State and the government because a number of claims dating back as far as the Athenia are still outstanding.

Topic:   ENEMY PROPERTY
Subtopic:   QUESTION AS TO PAYMENTS FOR WAR DAMAGE FROM FUNDS HELD BY CUSTODIAN
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Louis Stephen St-Laurent (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Right Hon. L. S. St. Laurent (Prime Minister):

I think that I can supply the

hon. member with some information. The matter of setting up a special commission to determine the classes of claims that should be recognized against enemy property held

Inquiries of the Ministry by the custodian is under active consideration. It has been decided to set up that kind of commission, and the Minister of Justice (Mr. Garson) is considering the selection of one or more commissioners to whom a commission will be issued under the Inquiries Act to determine what classes of claims should be recognized against those funds, and what priorities, if any, should be established between those classes of claims.

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Subtopic:   QUESTION AS TO PAYMENTS FOR WAR DAMAGE FROM FUNDS HELD BY CUSTODIAN
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Agar Rodney Adamson

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Adamson:

Thank you. I hope that this commission will be set up without further delay.

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Mr. Si. Laureni@

Well, we are appreciative of the desirability of as much dispatch as possible in dealing with these claims.

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BRIDGES

NORTH SASKATCHEWAN RIVER NEAR LLOYDMINSTER


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Mr. A. J. Baier@The Baiilefords

I should like to address a question to the Minister of Public Works. Has the minister received representations from the governments of Alberta and Saskatchewan for assistance in the construction of a bridge on the meridian line between the two provinces north of Lloydminster? If so, did he reply to the requests?

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Subtopic:   NORTH SASKATCHEWAN RIVER NEAR LLOYDMINSTER
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE IN CONSTRUCTION
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Alphonse Fournier (Minister of Public Works; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Hon. Alphonse Fournier (Minister of Public Works):

To the best of my recollection I did receive a letter from the government of the province of Saskatchewan, and I have replied to it. I would not give the contents of these two communications without having the consent of the provinces to table the documents.

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Subtopic:   NORTH SASKATCHEWAN RIVER NEAR LLOYDMINSTER
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE IN CONSTRUCTION
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June 27, 1951