April 23, 1952

OBSCENE LITERATURE

PC

William Joseph Browne

Progressive Conservative

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

What steps have been taken by the Department of National Revenue to investigate the importation into Canada of obscene literature, including magazines forbidden entry by the customs laws, and what has been the result of such activity?

Topic:   OBSCENE LITERATURE
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LIB

Hugues Lapointe (Minister of Veterans Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. Lapointe:

Item 1201 of schedule "C" of the Customs Tariff prohibits the importation of books, printed paper, drawings, paintings, prints, photographs or representations of any kind of a treasonable or seditious, or of an immoral or indecent character, and a list of prohibited publications has been issued to customs-excise officers engaged in the examination of imported goods. Instructions have also been given to forward to the department for examination before permitting entry a sample from any shipment which might reasonably be considered as prohibited under the provision of tariff item 1201, if not on the prohibited list. The result has been that publications on the prohibited list have not been allowed entry into Canada.

Topic:   OBSCENE LITERATURE
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QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS

IMMIGRATION SERVICE-ILLEGAL OR IRREGULAR ACTIVITIES

PC

Mr. Fulion:

Progressive Conservative

1. Have any officers or employees of the Canadian immigration service, besides Messrs. Wilson, Cianci and Bourget, or of the Canadian external affairs service (a) resigned; (b) been discharged; (c) been suspended, by reason of illegal or irregular activities in connection with the admission of immigrants to Canada from Italy and Germany?

2. If so, how many, what are the names, and in which service were they employed in each case?

3. Of those named in answer to No. 2, which ones, if any, were working in (a) Canada; (b) Italy; (c) Germany, at the time of their resignation, discharge or suspension as the case may be?

4. What further action has been taken by the government against the individuals referred to?

5. If no further action has been taken what is the reason in each case?

6. How many immigrants have been admitted as a result of these illegal or irregular activities, including those admitted, as a result of the three individuals named in No. 1?

7. Was any amount paid by or on behalf of such immigrants to secure admission accordingly? If so, how much?

8. What, if any, steps are being taken to check the admissibility, under the regular provisions of the immigration laws and regulations, of those illegally or irregularly admitted, apart from the 75 admitted as a result of the activities of the three individuals named in No. 1?

9. Are the names of any private individuals in Canada, Italy, Germany or elsewhere, who were involved in, or in any way connected with, these irregularities or illegalities (other than the immigrants themselves) known to the government? If so, what are the names, addresses and occupations of such persons, and in what way were they involved?

10. Is any action being taken against the persons, if any, named in No. 9? If not, for what reasons?

11. Has the government any reason to suspect similar abuses in respect to immigration arrangement from any other country or countries?

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   IMMIGRATION SERVICE-ILLEGAL OR IRREGULAR ACTIVITIES
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LIB

Alcide Côté (Postmaster General)

Liberal

Mr. Cote (Si. Jean-Iberville-Napierville):

Return tabled.

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   IMMIGRATION SERVICE-ILLEGAL OR IRREGULAR ACTIVITIES
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FREIGHT RATES

FRUIT SHIPPED EAST FROM KELOWNA

LIB

Mr. Laing:

Liberal

1. Since January 1, 1952, which of the so-called transcontinental rail rates to Vancouver have been withdrawn from railway tariffs?

2. Which of the so-called transcontinental rates to Vancouver have been adjusted upwards, and what are the old and new rates per 100 lbs.

3. What is the car lot rate on stone fruits, peaches, cherries, apricots, from (a) Kelowna to Regina; (b) Kelowna to Winnipeg?

4. What were the car lot rates per 100 lbs. on the above commodities, on January 1, 1952?

5. What were the car lot rates on such commodities, per ICO lbs., on January 1, 1950?

Topic:   FREIGHT RATES
Subtopic:   FRUIT SHIPPED EAST FROM KELOWNA
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L L

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

Liberal Labour

Mr. Benidickson:

Return tabled.

Topic:   FREIGHT RATES
Subtopic:   FRUIT SHIPPED EAST FROM KELOWNA
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SCHOOL BOARD DEBTS

LIB

Mr. Pouliot:

Liberal

1. During each of the last five years, has the government of each province (a) taken over; (b) guaranteed the debts of the school boards?

2. If so, what provinces have (a ) taken over; (b) guaranteed, the debts of the school boards, and up to what amount in the case of each province?

Topic:   SCHOOL BOARD DEBTS
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LIB

George James McIlraith (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Defence Production; Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Mr. Mcllraiih:

Return tabled.

Topic:   SCHOOL BOARD DEBTS
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TREATY OF PEACE (JAPAN) ACT PROVISIONS FOR CARRYING TREATY INTO EFFECT

LIB

Alphonse Fournier (Minister of Public Works; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Hon. Alphonse Fournier (for the Secretary of State for External Affairs) moved

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

That it is expedient to introduce a measure to provide that the governor in council may do such things as to him appear to be necessary for carrying into effect the treaty of peace between Canada and Japan; and for that purpose the governor in council may make appointments, establish offices and make orders or regulations; and to provide further that any expense incurred in carrying out the treaty shall be defrayed out of moneys voted by parliament.

He said: 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:   TREATY OF PEACE (JAPAN) ACT PROVISIONS FOR CARRYING TREATY INTO EFFECT
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Motion agreed to.


RAILWAYS AND SHIPPING

APPOINTMENT OF COMMITTEE ON ACCOUNTS AND ESTIMATES OF GOVERNMENT-OWNED TRANSPORTATION LINES

LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Hon. Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport) moved:

That a sessional committee on railways and shipping owned, operated and controlled by the government, be appointed to consider the accounts and estimates and bills relating thereto of the Canadian National Railways, the Canadian National (West Indies) Steamships, and Trans-Canada Air Lines, saving always the powers of the committee of supply in relation to the voting of public moneys; and that the said committee be empowered to send for persons, papers, and records and to report from time to time and that notwithstanding standing order 63, in relation to the limitation of the number of members, the said committee consist of Messrs. Benidickson, Bourget, Carter, Cavers, Churchill, Cleaver, Dumas, Follwell, Fraser, Fulton, George, Gillis, Healy, Helme, James, Knight, Macdonald (Edmonton East), Macdonnell (Greenwood), McCulloch, McLure, Mott, Mutch, Picard, Pouliot, Thomas.

Topic:   RAILWAYS AND SHIPPING
Subtopic:   APPOINTMENT OF COMMITTEE ON ACCOUNTS AND ESTIMATES OF GOVERNMENT-OWNED TRANSPORTATION LINES
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April 23, 1952