December 14, 1957

BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

FURTHER STEPS TO MAKE PARLIAMENT MORE EFFECTIVE


On the orders of the day:


LIB

John Whitney Pickersgill

Liberal

Hon. J. W. Pickersgill (Bonavisia-Twillin-gate):

Mr. Speaker, I would like to ask the Acting Prime Minister if he could tell the house what steps, in addition to those taken yesterday, the government proposes to take at this session "to make both houses of this parliament more effective in the discharge of their duties to the people of Canada".

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PC

Howard Charles Green (Minister of Defence Production; Minister of Public Works; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Progressive Conservative Party House Leader)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Howard C. Green (Acting Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, I think the government has already taken quite a few actions-

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   FURTHER STEPS TO MAKE PARLIAMENT MORE EFFECTIVE
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CCF

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

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

Mr. Knowles (Winnipeg North Centre):

What about the axe you wielded yesterday?

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PC

Howard Charles Green (Minister of Defence Production; Minister of Public Works; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Progressive Conservative Party House Leader)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Green:

-to make the business and the standing of parliament better during the present session, and the hon. member will just have to wait and see further developments.

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EXTERNAL AFFAIRS


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Major James William Coldwell

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

Mr. M. J. Coldwell (Roseiown-Biggar):

Mr. Speaker, may I direct a question to the Acting Secretary of State for External Affairs or the Acting Prime Minister. I would like to ask him if he has tabled or will now table a copy of the letter reported in the press this morning as having been received yesterday by the government, through the Prime Minister, from Mr. Bulganin of Russia, so the house may have the letter as well as the press information.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR TABLING OF LETTER FROM PREMIER BULGANIN
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PC

Howard Charles Green (Minister of Defence Production; Minister of Public Works; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Progressive Conservative Party House Leader)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Howard C. Green (Acting Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, the letter addressed to the Prime Minister from Premier Bulganin was delivered yesterday afternoon by the Soviet ambassador. The letter was in Russian and was accompanied by what was described as an unofficial embassy translation. The note is now being translated and studied, and any comment by the government would have to await this careful examination.

The principal features of the note have been published in the papers this morning. For the most part it resembles the letters sent to President Eisenhower, Prime Minister Macmillan and others.

There are, however, a few passages specifically referring to Canada. The proposals in the note will undoubtedly be given careful consideration at the NATO council meeting in Paris, and I hope to be able to table the translation the first of the week.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR TABLING OF LETTER FROM PREMIER BULGANIN
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CCF

Major James William Coldwell

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

Mr. Coldwell:

I notice that the Prime Minister has already commented on the note. Could we receive the comment as well, since the note is characterized as propaganda by the Prime Minister?

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Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR TABLING OF LETTER FROM PREMIER BULGANIN
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PC

Howard Charles Green (Minister of Defence Production; Minister of Public Works; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Progressive Conservative Party House Leader)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Green:

I think the comment must have been made on the basis of this unofficial translation by the Russian embassy. There has as yet been no official translation by the Department of External Affairs.

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Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR TABLING OF LETTER FROM PREMIER BULGANIN
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CCF

Major James William Coldwell

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

Mr. Coldwell:

Is this consistent with the statement of the Secretary of State for External Affairs (Mr. Smith) that we should not always say no without proper examination?

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR TABLING OF LETTER FROM PREMIER BULGANIN
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PATENT ACT

INQUIRY AS TO REPORT OF ROYAL COMMISSION


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Alexander Barrett Macdonald

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

Mr. Alex B. Macdonald (Vancouver-Kingsway):

Mr. Speaker, I wonder if the Secretary of State could give the house an indication of when the report of the royal commission on copyright will be available.

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Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO REPORT OF ROYAL COMMISSION
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PC

Ellen Louks Fairclough (Secretary of State of Canada)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Ellen L. Fairclough (Secretary of State):

Mr. Speaker, apparently when I referred to this matter on October 28 with reference to the possibility of the tabling of this report I was overoptimistic. In any event the situation now is that the galley proofs are being checked for the English text, and even after they are ready the page proofs will still have to be checked. The hold-up is largely one of the mechanics of providing the printed copy. We expect now that it may be possible to get the English text through by the 17th or 18th of this month, but that again I cannot promise because I do not know just how long it will take to put this through the plant. Whether the French text will be ready at the same time is quite problematic. I should think not; maybe it will take another week or so after that. In any event I can assure the hon. member that we are most anxious

Inquiries of the Ministry to get this done as quickly as possible, and that every effort is being directed toward this end.

Topic:   PATENT ACT
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO REPORT OF ROYAL COMMISSION
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INQUIRY FOR RETURN

December 14, 1957