April 30, 1917

REQUISITIONING OF CANADIAN SHIPS.


On the Orders of the Day:


CON

John Dowsley Reid (Minister of Customs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. J. D. REID:

In accordance with the request of the hon. member for Russell

(Mr. Murphy), I lay on the Table several Orders in Council in connection with the transfer of ships.

Topic:   REQUISITIONING OF CANADIAN SHIPS.
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INTERNATIONAL FISHERIES COMMISSION.


On the Orders of the Day:


LIB

Alexander Kenneth Maclean

Liberal

Mr. A. K. MACLEAN:

I notice by the press a report-I do not know whether it is correct or not-that representations have been made by the Canadian Government to the Government of the United States suggesting the appointment of a commission to take into consideration matters of dispute between the two countries in reference to fisheries. I should like to inquire of the Government if there is any foundation for this press report, and if so, what matters in dispute it is proposed shall be referred to a commission for settlement.

Topic:   INTERNATIONAL FISHERIES COMMISSION.
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CON

William Thomas White (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir THOMAS WHITE:

This matter was brought to my attention the other day by an hon. member-I think the hon. member for Rouville (Mr. Lemieux), but perhaps by my hon. friend from Halifax. I communicated with Sir George Foster who is at present at Washington representing the Government, and I am informed that there is no truth in the report.

Topic:   INTERNATIONAL FISHERIES COMMISSION.
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HEAD TAX ON CANADIANS ENTERING UNITED STATES.


On the Orders of the Day:


LIB

Alexander Kenneth Maclean

Liberal

Mr. A. K. MACLEAN (Halifax):

It was rumoured a long time ago that the United States proposed exacting a head tax of $8 upon Canadian citizens entering that country. Will the Government inform the House if this rumour is correct and, if so, if they are taking any steps to remove this exaction which will be very irritating to Canadians?

Topic:   HEAD TAX ON CANADIANS ENTERING UNITED STATES.
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CON

William James Roche (Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs; Minister of the Interior)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. W. J. ROCHE (Minister of the interior) :

I understand that a new Immigration Act passed by the United States Congress does levy a tax of $8 on Canadians as well as those from other countries. The matter has been taken up by Sir George Foster with the United States Government.

Topic:   HEAD TAX ON CANADIANS ENTERING UNITED STATES.
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LIB

Edward Walter Nesbitt

Liberal

Mr. NESBITT:

They do not levy a head tax on travellers.

Topic:   HEAD TAX ON CANADIANS ENTERING UNITED STATES.
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CON

William James Roche (Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs; Minister of the Interior)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. ROCHE:

The head tax is levied on those who enter the United States to reside there permanently; but according to the Act, if it is in force, $8 head tax will be levied even on Canadians who go into the

United States ' temporarily, the amount to be refunded upon their leaving the country again.

Topic:   HEAD TAX ON CANADIANS ENTERING UNITED STATES.
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LIB
CON

William James Roche (Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs; Minister of the Interior)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. ROCHE:

The Act does not come into force until the 3rd of May.

Topic:   HEAD TAX ON CANADIANS ENTERING UNITED STATES.
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LIB

MISUSE OF MAILS.


On the Orders of the Day:


LIB

John Gillanders Turriff

Liberal

Mr. TURRIFF:

I have here a clipping, which I just received this morning, from the Carlyle Herald, Carlyle being a town in my constituency. The clipping reads:

Here is a begging letter which is being circulated in "chain" form by the responsible officials of one of the largest corporations in Canada:-

Mr. T. E. Kirkpatrick, of the New York Central Railway Company, has sent me the following letter, which I pass on to you:-

Owing to the scarcity of anesthetics, operations that cause indescribable pain have to be performed without their aid to mitigate suffering. We make a complete appeal to you to contribute 24 cents towards the purchase of chloroform to use . in the hospitals of the Allies.

Please send five copies of the appeal to your friends and put No. 148 on your letters. Do not fail or the chain will be broken.

Please send the money to Miss Elizabeth Whitman, Superintendent of Nurses, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, 218 Second Avenue, New York City.

Now, the above letter, hinting as it does, of conditions of indescribable misery among the boys at the front, is one of two things. It is either the meanest, most despicable fake yet exposed or the most damnable disgrace to our Government that could very well be imagined. Personally, we feel sure it is a fake. In spite of the size of the corporation circulating the appeal, and the undoubted integrity of the signatory, we would refuse to send even two cents-to New York-on the strength of the appeal. We refuse to believe that the Allies have to cadge shillings in Carlyle for chloroform.

I have no doubt that this is a fake; but if it is a fake, then our Canadian mails are being used to extend this fake in order to collect money. It is possible on the other hand that this nurse, Miss Elizabeth Whitman, may be all right, but I think the matter is of such importance that the Postmaster General and the Minister of Militia should look into it.

Topic:   MISUSE OF MAILS.
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CON

Esioff-Léon Patenaude (Minister of Mines; Secretary of State of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. PATENAUDE:

I will make inquiries into the matter.

Topic:   MISUSE OF MAILS.
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April 30, 1917