June 29, 1951

CCF

Major James William Coldwell

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

Mr. Coldwell:

But the matter is being actively pursued?

Topic:   IRRIGATION
Subtopic:   SOUTH SASKATCHEWAN RIVER PROJECT
Sub-subtopic:   QUESTION AS TO COMMITTEE OF EXPERTS
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. St. Laurent:

Yes, it is being actively pursued. We were informed that it was best for us not to press too urgently for an answer, because we know that those whom we have approached are interested; and if they can arrange their commitments in a way such as to be available, they have told us that they would be glad to do it. But they were not in a position to make definite commitments in this respect without rearranging some others.

Topic:   IRRIGATION
Subtopic:   SOUTH SASKATCHEWAN RIVER PROJECT
Sub-subtopic:   QUESTION AS TO COMMITTEE OF EXPERTS
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DROWNING ACCIDENTS

DEVIL'S HOLE ON RIDEAU RIVER


On the orders of the day:


PC

George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. George A. Drew (Leader of the Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask

Inquiries of the Ministry a question of the Minister of Public Works, of which I have given oral notice. I realize that to some extent my question will be only by way of notice, but I wished to bring the minister's attention to the matter before the session closes.

As all hon. members are aware, particularly those living in or near Ottawa, a short time ago, at the place known as Devil's Hole, at Hog's Back on the Rideau river, a fine young lad of twenty, Gerald Fink, a superb athlete, lost his life. In view of the fact that there have been other tragedies at that point, I took the matter up and had inquiries made through the municipal council, the federal district commission and the Rideau canal offices of the Department of Transport, as well as at the office of the chief engineer of the Department of Public Works. It seemed impossible to get any definite assurance as to which body has authority, or as to which of those official organizations had control over that particular spot.

After the recent tragedy, the father of the young man, Dr. Fink, seemed mostly concerned about the possibility of the same thing happening to anyone else. With this in our minds I think every effort should be made to bring together the various authorities with a view to seeing whether there is some way of preventing the use of waters in which, as has been demonstrated, it is extremely dangerous to dive or swim.

I bring this matter to the attention of the Minister of Public Works, because his department has control over all navigable waters, and this is part of a navigable stream; therefore there should be some measure of jurisdiction under the Navigable Waters Protection Act. I hope he will take appropriate steps to bring the various authorities together with a view to seeing whether something can be done to prevent swimming at that particular place in the river.

Topic:   DROWNING ACCIDENTS
Subtopic:   DEVIL'S HOLE ON RIDEAU RIVER
Sub-subtopic:   QUESTION AS TO ACTION TO PREVENT FURTHER LOSS OF LIFE
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LIB

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):

Mr. Speaker, I wish to thank the leader of the opposition for calling me concerning this matter. I welcome his inquiry, and I shall certainly find out who has control over this part of Devil's Hole at Hog's Back. If it is the responsibility of the Department of Public Works, you may be sure that we will attend to it immediately.

Since it is likely that the house will adjourn this evening until the fall, I shall write the hon. member instead of giving an answer in the house.

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Suppiy-National Revenue FREIGHT RATES

Topic:   DROWNING ACCIDENTS
Subtopic:   DEVIL'S HOLE ON RIDEAU RIVER
Sub-subtopic:   QUESTION AS TO ACTION TO PREVENT FURTHER LOSS OF LIFE
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QUESTION AS TO VALIDITY OF CANCELLATION OF CERTAIN TARIFFS


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Arthur Laing

Liberal

Mr. Arthur Laing (Vancouver South):

Mr. Speaker, I have a question to ask the parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Transport dealing with Canadian freight association tariff 145, notice of cancellation of which has gone forward. Would he check as to the validity of the notice of the railways pending a ruling of the board of transport commissioners?

Topic:   QUESTION AS TO VALIDITY OF CANCELLATION OF CERTAIN TARIFFS
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L L

William Moore Benidickson (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Transport)

Liberal Labour

Mr. W. M. Benidickson (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Transport):

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member spoke to me shortly before I came into the chamber. I will see that an inquiry is made, and will give an answer if possible.

Topic:   QUESTION AS TO VALIDITY OF CANCELLATION OF CERTAIN TARIFFS
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&quot;MUSICOLOGIST&quot;

USE OF WORD IN EXTERNAL AFFAIRS PRESS RELEASE


On the orders of the day:


?

Mr. W. Chester S. McLure@Queens

Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask a question of the parliamentary assistant to the Secretary of State for External Affairs. What is the meaning of the word "musicologist" which appears in a press release of the Department of External Affairs under today's date? The word is not to be found in either of the two volumes of the Oxford dictionary.

Topic:   &quot;MUSICOLOGIST&quot;
Subtopic:   USE OF WORD IN EXTERNAL AFFAIRS PRESS RELEASE
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LIB

Jean Lesage (Parliamentary Assistant to the Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. Jean Lesage (Parliameniary Assistant to the Secretary of State for External Affairs):

Mr. Speaker, I did not see the press release, but I shall have a look at it and later in the day, when the estimates of this department are before the committee, I shall give an answer to the hon. member.

The house in committee of supply, Mr. Beaudoin in the chair.

Topic:   &quot;MUSICOLOGIST&quot;
Subtopic:   USE OF WORD IN EXTERNAL AFFAIRS PRESS RELEASE
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Customs and excise divisions- 309. General administration, $1,936,980.


LIB

James Joseph McCann (Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

Hon. J. J. McCann (Minister of National Revenue):

Mr. Chairman, the estimates for the customs and excise divisions of the national revenue department are made up of five votes totalling $23,790,574. Of this total amount, salaries for the staff comprise 82-75 per cent. In addition to the main estimates there is a supplementary item of $138,700, vote No. 735.

This division is responsible for the collection of customs and excise duties and taxes.

(Mr. Fournier (Hull).]

These revenues, and the work entailed in collecting them, rose in 1950-51 to $1,256,000,000, exceeding 1949-50 by $203,000,000. The budget speech delivered by my colleague the Minister of Finance forecast customs and excise revenues for 1951-52 of $1,487,000,000, which is an increase of $231,000,000 over last year. The revenues for April and May are running well ahead of last year.

There are many different aspects and functions in the work of the customs and excise divisions. However, perhaps the most significant single yardstick for measuring the volume of work in these divisions is the number of import entries. In 1950-51 this figure rose more than eight per cent over the previous year, and the preliminary reports for the first two months in this fiscal year show an increase in work of more than seventeen per cent over the corresponding months last year.

With regard to tourist traffic, figures for the first five months in 1951 indicate an increase of more than six per cent over last year in the number of automobiles entering Canada, and there is an increase of more than ten per cent in the number of people entering Canada other than by automobile.

All these things mean a greater volume of business, especially at border points. However, I would draw the attention of the house to the fact that despite the increasing work load I have mentioned, the customs-excise estimates for 1951-52, taking all five votes together, provide for practically no increase in staff over the previous year.

Obviously if we are to handle more work with the same staff it is necessary to increase efficiency of operations. One measure has been the merging of primary customs and immigration examination of travellers at frontier points. This program has been in progress for several months, and is being extended as rapidly as possible. We hope that the savings in manpower in my department and the citizenship and immigration department will be significant.

Another efficiency measure has been the improvement of internal procedures in our field offices and at headquarters. Every effort is being made to streamline our procedures and to handle the increased volume of work without adding to the staff.

Finally, I should point out that the maintaining of small customs-excise offices, employing only one or two men, is an expensive business, both in money and in manpower.

The first item to be voted is No. 309, general administration, amounting to $1,936,980. This vote represents the cost of maintaining the headquarters administration of the Customs

Act, the Customs Tariff, the Excise Tax Act, and the Excise Act, together with regulations established under these statutes. In addition to the administering of these statutes, the customs-excise division administers, in part, on behalf of other departments, approximately forty other acts, such as the Animal Contagious Diseases Act, the Canada Shipping Act, the Copyright Act, the Foreign Exchange Control Act, etc., and regulations relating thereto.

Topic:   &quot;MUSICOLOGIST&quot;
Subtopic:   USE OF WORD IN EXTERNAL AFFAIRS PRESS RELEASE
Sub-subtopic:   DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL REVENUE
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PC

James MacKerras Macdonnell

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Macdonnell (Greenwood):

I should

like to raise a general question with regard to administration which is referred to in the public press this morning in connection with a recent judgment of the income tax appeal board.

Topic:   &quot;MUSICOLOGIST&quot;
Subtopic:   USE OF WORD IN EXTERNAL AFFAIRS PRESS RELEASE
Sub-subtopic:   DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL REVENUE
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LIB

James Joseph McCann (Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

Mr. McCann:

We are dealing now with

the customs and excise division, which will be followed by the taxation division. Perhaps the hon. member would defer his remarks until we reach the taxation division.

Topic:   &quot;MUSICOLOGIST&quot;
Subtopic:   USE OF WORD IN EXTERNAL AFFAIRS PRESS RELEASE
Sub-subtopic:   DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL REVENUE
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June 29, 1951