June 3, 1913

APPOINTMENT OF TRANSLATORS.

CON

Thomas Simpson Sproule (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPEAKER:

I have the honour to

inform the House that I have directed the

Clerk of the House to lay upon the table of the House my recommendation and his report in the matter of the proposed appointment of ten permanent translators on the staff of the House.

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POLLUTION OF NAVIGABLE WATERS.


Mr. GEO. H. BRADBURY (Selkirk), moved that the third report of the Select Standing Committee on the Pollution of. Navigable Waters be concurred in.


LIB

Wilfrid Laurier (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER:

What is nr that report?

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Thomas Simpson Sproule (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPEAKER:

The report recommends that the committee be appointed next year, and further;

That the Government endeavour to arrange during the coming recess of parliament for a conference of representatives of the Dominion of each of the provinces, of the International Waterways Commission, and the chairman of this committee, for the purpose of fully discussing the whole subject, with a view of endeavouring to overcome local difficulties, and of agreeing upon some form of remedial legislation -which could toe passed concurrently by the Dominion Parliament, and toy the legislatures of the various provinces.

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Wilfrid Laurier (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER:

The recommendation of the committee, that the Government should enter into a conference with the /various provinces, is certainly a good one, but the other recommendation, that the committee should be reappointed, is simply a pious wish which cannot have any binding force.

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Thomas Simpson Sproule (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPEAKER:

It would not bind Parliament next session.

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George Henry Bradbury

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BRADBURY:

This committee was appointed rather late in the session, and we did not have the opportunity that /we thought necessary to enable us to bring in a final report, but the witnesses that we have examined have given evidence which, I think, points to the absolute necessity of some federal legislation being enacted to prevent the pollution of our streams. The men examined, who were as well qualified as any men in Canada to express an opinion, have all agreed that the present conditions in Canada regarding the pollution of our great lakes and navigable streams are becoming alarming. While the report of the committee aEks for the continuance of the committee next year, the intention was simply to draw the attention of the House to the necessity of continuing this investigation next year. It does not mean that the present committee should be continued; at least, that was not the intention. It simply suggests that a committee with like powers he appointed next year. It is only a suggestion to the House. We thought it advisable that the different provinces should be asked to co-opef-

ate, and the report recommends that the Government request them to name representa-' tives to meet in conference during the recess to discuss what might best be done to arrive at some definite arrangement, as to the legislation which should be brought down. The object of the committee ;was, I think, to gather as far as possible an expression of opinion from the provinces as to how far they are willing /to go in this matter.

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Wilfrid Laurier (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER:

The idea presented in this report seems to me to be worthy of consideration, but the report appears to be open to two objections. First, as I have pointed out, the reappointment of the committee for next year would be out of order. The powers of this committee cease with the present session. Moreover, whilst for my part, I would altogether approve of the recommendation to the Government that during the recess they should organize a conference between representatives of the Dominion and of the provinces for the purpose of discussing the matter investigated by the committee, there is another recommendation which seems to be absolutely out of order also. Let me read it:

In conclusion your comittee, having in view the gravity of the present situation, and the importance of having 6ome action taken at as early a date as possible to prevent the continuance of the practice now so prevalent of

Diluting the waters of the country by the

ischarge thereinto of untreated sewage and other offensive matter, recommend that the Government endeavour to arrange, during the coming recess of Parliament, for a conference of representatives of the Dominion, of each of the provinces, of the International Waterways Commission, and the chairman of this committee.

The Chairman of this committee has no existence the moment we reach prorogation. If the Government choose to invite Mr. Bradbury to take part in the conference, I have no objection.

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George Henry Bradbury

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BRADBURY:

That was suggested by the committee; it was not my desire.

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Wilfrid Laurier (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER:

Perhaps my

hon. friend had better take back the report, and have it recast.

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Robert Laird Borden (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN:

I think it would be better to allow the report to stand, and if the right hon. gentleman desires to have it referred back to the committee, I have no objection. I think there are some objections to it in its present form.

Report stands.

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UNITED SHOE MACHINERY COMPANY.

LIB

Frank Broadstreet Carvell

Liberal

Mr. CARVELL:

Before the Orders of the Day are called, I would like to ask the Minister of Labour if the time has not gone by when the United Shoe Machinery Com-Mr. BRADBURY.

pany should bring themselves within the order of the board regarding combination in restraint of trade. I understood that they had six months in which to do certain things, and that that period expired some time in the early part of May, and nothing has been done. Will the minister tell the House how the matter stands?

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Thomas Wilson Crothers (Minister of Labour)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CROTHERS:

My hon. friend is quite right in saying that the six months allowed by the board expired early in May-on the 6th of May, I think. Nothing has been done since; we have been too busy with other matters; but I understand they have made certain alterations in their leases to meet the requirements of the report of the board. I have not examined into that, but that is the information I have received from their solicitor.

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INTERNAL STORAGE ELEVATORS.

LIB

William Ashbury Buchanan

Liberal

Mr. BUCHANAN:

This morning's Ottawa Citizen publishes a despatch stating that the internal storage elevators are to be located, the one for Saskatchewan at Moose jaw, and the one for Alberta at Calgary. I ask the acting Minister of Trade and Commerce if that is correct.

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George Halsey Perley (Minister Without Portfolio)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. PERLEY:

A few days ago the Board of Grain Commissioners reported, recommending that an internal storage elevator should be built at Moosejaw and another at Saskatoon, in Saskatchewan. No recommendation has yet been made with regard to the location of the elevator in Alberta. Steps will he taken at once to follow the recommendation of the commissioners, and plans will be immediately prepared for the building of the elevators at Moosejaw and Saskatoon.

(SUPPLY BILL-THIRD READING!

On motion of Hon. W. T. White (Minister of Finance), Bill No. 242, for granting to His Majesty certain sums of money for the public service of the financial year ending the 31st of March, 1914, was read the third time, and passed.

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INTER-IMPERIAL TELEGRAPH SERVICE.

June 3, 1913