March 26, 1918

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Thomas Wilson Crothers (Minister of Labour)

Unionist

Mr. CROTHERS:

I have already prepared a Bill, I may tell my hon. friend to make certain amendments to that Act.

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Lucien Cannon

Laurier Liberal

Mr. CANNON:

The minister has mentioned Mr. O'Comnor. Mr. O'Connor has had several investigations, the reports of which I have read in the papers. I would like to know from the minister if Mr. O'Connor is only going to make reports, or if the Government intends to take any action

as to the fixing of prices of food stuffs. That is what the people of our province, and not only of Quebec, but of all Canada, cannot understand, how this Government, which is supposed to take all kinds of measures to promote our share in this war-and we are all in favour of the war; we are all in favour of helping the Empire-does not fix prices on foodstuffs. How can people help when they are starving, and people are commencing to starve in our cities. Has the hon. gentleman taken any steps towards definitely fixing prices of foodstuffs, as is being done in other countries?

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Thomas Wilson Crothers (Minister of Labour)

Unionist

Mr. CROTHERS:

My hon. friend is probably aware that there is no provision in this Order in Council that we have been administering for the last eighteen months authorizing us to fix prices. There is what is known as a Food Board in Canada today, and anything that is done by way of fixing prices is done by that board.

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Lucien Cannon

Laurier Liberal

Mr. CANNON:

Could not another Order in Council be passed giving power to this new board to fix prices? I understand that Orders in Council can easily be passed in these days.

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An hon. MEMBER:

Does Mr. O'Connor

suggest iminimum prices on foods when he makes his reports?

Civil Government-Department of Immigration and Colonization-Salaries $129,292.50-Contingencies $25,000.

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Jacques Bureau

Laurier Liberal

Mr. BUREAU:

There should ibe some

understanding arrived at if we are to take up further estimates to-night.

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John Dowsley Reid (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Unionist

Hon. Mr. REID:

I understood from the Prime Minister that whenever the request was made to adjourn we would do so. The only object in passing some of the Civil Government estimates is that when we go into Committee on certain days we would have some of the estimates already introduced to go ahead with.

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Jacques Bureau

Laurier Liberal

Mr. BUREAU:

The item now before us is for a new department, which we know very little about, and I think this is not a proper hour to take it up.

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Daniel Duncan McKenzie

Laurier Liberal

Mr. McKENZIE:

The hour has arrived

at which the Prime Minister mentioned we should adjourn.

iMr. CALDER: I would like to say, before we adjourn, that in the printing of the estimates foT this department, a. mistake was made. The original estimates as prepared by the department were afterwards oorrected, and these corrections were sent to the Finance Department, but for some reason or other they were not included in the printed estimates; so that before the committee rises, I would like to send'some typewritten copies across to hon. gentlemen opposite so that they and other hon. gentlemen will have the correct estimates before them. I might explain that the error occurred in this way; that certain promotions have been made in the department and as a result of those promotions there -were certain vacancies created. Instead of there being 85 officers in the department, there are only some 83, the two increases being the deputy minister and my own private secretary.

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Jacques Bureau

Laurier Liberal

Mr. BUREAU:

As tlhe corrections are in typewritten form, there will be time to have them printed and distributed through the post office.

Progress reported.

On motion of Hon. Mr. Reid, the House adjourned at 11.36 p.m.

Wednesday, March 27, 1918.

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