March 4, 1952


On the orders of the day:


PC

A. Earl Catherwood

Progressive Conservative

Mr. A. Earl Catherwood (Haldimand):

I

should like to direct a question to the Minister of Defence Production. Will the minister state what has been done in connection with the matter of the fifty-six diesel engines that were ordered in Britain, and as to which, upon delivery in Canada, sand was found in the oil.

Topic:   DEFENCE PRODUCTION
Subtopic:   DIESEL ENGINES DELIVERED FROM UNITED KINGDOM WITH SAND IN OIL SUMP
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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Defence Production; Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Right Hon. C. D. Howe (Minister of Defence Production):

Mr. Speaker, I received notice

Inquiries of the Ministry somehow that this question was about to be asked, and I have an answer here. It is as follows:

Canadian General Electric Company, who hold a prime contract with the Canadian government, have advised us that fifteen diesel generator sets obtained from their subcontractor, Mechron Engineering Products, Ottawa, from Lister Diesel Company of the United Kingdom, were found to contain abrasive material in -the oil sump. It has been established that this material was placed in the engines while the units were in England. These fifteen diesel engines are being replaced by the United Kingdom company as quickly as possible, and the Canadian General Electric advise us that the replacement engines are now being received and the progress of their defence contract will therefore not be affected.

I may say that all fifteen were sent back to England, and that seven engines without defect have now been received. Others are in transit.

Topic:   DEFENCE PRODUCTION
Subtopic:   DIESEL ENGINES DELIVERED FROM UNITED KINGDOM WITH SAND IN OIL SUMP
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CABOT STRAIT

INQUIRY AS TO CONSTRUCTION AND DESIGN OF FERRY STEAMER


On the orders of the day:


PC

William Joseph Browne

Progressive Conservative

Mr. W. J. Browne (St. John's West):

I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Transport. Is he able to tell us whether any contract has yet been let for the construction of the ferry steamer to cross Cabot strait, and whether any change has been made in the design which we were told about some time ago?

Topic:   CABOT STRAIT
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO CONSTRUCTION AND DESIGN OF FERRY STEAMER
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LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Hon. Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport):

The contract has been given to

Canadian Vickers Limited of Montreal. I am not aware of any radical change in the design of the ship.

Topic:   CABOT STRAIT
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO CONSTRUCTION AND DESIGN OF FERRY STEAMER
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FISHERIES

ATLANTIC SEAL FISHERY-SEASON OF 1952


On the orders of the day:


PC

William Joseph Browne

Progressive Conservative

Mr. W. J. Browne (St. John's West):

I asked a question of the Minister of Fisheries a few days ago with regard to the Atlantic seal fishery.

Topic:   FISHERIES
Subtopic:   ATLANTIC SEAL FISHERY-SEASON OF 1952
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LIB

Robert Wellington Mayhew (Minister of Fisheries)

Liberal

Hon. R. W. Mayhew (Minister of Fisheries):

On Friday last the hon. member for St. John's West asked me a question with regard to the opening date for the killing of seals in the 1952 Atlantic seal fishery.

An interim agreement has been reached with Norway as to the opening dates. The

dates are March 5 for the gulf of St. Lawrence, and March 10 for the northeast coast of Newfoundland and Labrador, commonly known in the trade as the "Front".

We hope to hold discussions later on this year with the Norwegian government and other interested countries to see whether a formal continuing agreement on conservation measures for the seal herds can be reached.

Topic:   FISHERIES
Subtopic:   ATLANTIC SEAL FISHERY-SEASON OF 1952
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GOVERNMENT ANNUITIES ACT

INQUIRY AS TO REINTRODUCTION OF AMENDING BILL


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Stanley Howard Knowles (Whip of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation)

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

Mr. Stanley Knowles (Winnipeg North Centre):

Mr. Speaker, may I direct a question to the Minister of Labour? Can the minister say whether the bill to amend the annuities act, which was introduced at the last session but not proceeded with, will be reintroduced at this session?

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ANNUITIES ACT
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO REINTRODUCTION OF AMENDING BILL
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LIB

Milton Fowler Gregg (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Hon. Milton F. Gregg (Minister of Labour):

As my hon. friend knows, when we left here just before New Year's eve we had not reached the point on the order paper where we could deal with the annuities act; consequently that was the end of that particular bill. Since that time, further information has been received -and it is being carefully studied. If as a result of that study the government decides to bring in a new bill, the house will be notified in due course.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ANNUITIES ACT
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO REINTRODUCTION OF AMENDING BILL
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BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

LIB

James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. Gardiner:

Mr. Speaker, I understand that it was agreed last evening that we would proceed today with the business which we had been dealing with up to the time of adjournment. I would therefore suggest that that course be adopted.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
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March 4, 1952