The Daylight Saving Bill has been awaiting its second reading since June 15. I have just received a personal letter from a prominent employee of the Grand Trunk Railway company, part of which reads:
May I also ask if the Government will do anything with the Daylight Saving Bill? If it is brought in for Canada and not for the United States, it will, of course, quite considerably affect train schedules. I would like to be informed thereon as far in advance as possible, as we are quite seriously interested.
May I ask the Minister of Trade and Commerce if it is the intention of the Government to put this Bill through during the present session? If so, in view of the fact that the summer season is quite far advanced, will the proclamation bringing the Act into operation be issued this year, or will it he held over until next season?
That is a matter for the House to decide. I intend to introduce the Bill at the first convenient opportunity and to make a full explanation of it. Undoubtedly a large part of the season has passed during which a daylight saving measure would be useful. In the United States a similar measure has passed through the Senate and will come into operation next year. It may be advisable for us to take up the discussion of the Bill with a view of keeping in line with the course followed by the United States.
Since the Military Service Bill came before the House I have received several letters from young men who are liable to be called upon for military service, inquiring whether the Government intends to amend the Insurance Act with a' view to fixing a maximum amount of premium, covering war risk, payable on their policies. The insurance companies, as my hon. friend knows, charge a higher premium for war risks. There is a feeling among these young men that when they are called they will be unable to keep up their insurance policies because of the extra premium. I would ask the Prime Minister-I do not see the Minister of Finance in his seat-to consider this- matter. When the Bill is before the House for third reading, I intend to bring the matter up again. .
I have here a book called "The Fiddlers" by Arthur Mee. It was sent to me through the mails; I believe that copies have been received by a number of other members of Parliament. As I heard some question about this matter I looked up the Canada Gazette of Saturday, July 14, and on page 104 found the following:
Consolidated Orders Respecting Censorship.
Department of the Secretary of State of Canada,
Ottawa, 11th July, 1917.
Notice is hereby given that, in pursuance of the Consolidated Orders respecting Censor-
ship, dated the 17th day of January, 1917, passed under the provisions of section 6, of the War Measures Act, 1914, a hook entitled "The Fiddlers," by Arthur Mee, published by Morgan & Scott, Limited, 12 Paternoster Buildings, England, has been declared by the Secretary of State of Canada, to contain objectionable matter as defined by the Consolidated Orders respecting Censorship, and that the possession within Canada of any issue or copy of the said "The Fiddlers," whether heretofore or hereafter published, has been prohibited by a "Warrant of the Secretary of State of Canada, dated the 12th July, 1917, and that, as provided by paragraph 3 (1) of Order 111 of the said Consolidated Orders respecting Censorship, any person guilty of an offence against the said Orders shall be liable to a penalty not exceeding five thousand dollars or imprisonment for any term not exceeding five years, or to both such fine and such imprisonment.
I have the book and I have read it in part. It is a powerful arraignment of the liquor traffic in the United Kingdom. I have read the order in council of Wednesday, the 17th of January, 1917, consolidating orders respecting censorship, and I desire to ask the Government under what paragraph of these consolidated orders this notice has been issued, and in respect of what portion of the matter contained in this book?
I am afraid that I am in the same unfortunate position under the law as my hon. friend, because a copy of the book has also been sent to me. Possibly I may have shifted the responsibility, as I handed over my copy to one of the officers of the department to peruse until I should have an opportunity of doing so myself. The prohibition of the book did not come to my notice until a copy of it was sent to' me, inviting me to peruse it and see whether there was any good reason why it should be prohibited.
I shall make inquiries as to the matter about which my hon. friend asks for information, and let him know the result at a later date.