April 23, 1918

REPORTS AND PAPERS.


Report of the Department of Public Printing and Stationery for the fiscal year ended March 31, 1917-Hon. Mr. Burrell. Memorandum No. 4 respecting the work of the Department of Militia and Defence from January 1, 1917 to December 31, 1917. -Major-General Mewburn. Copy of Order in Council dated 3rd April, 1918, respecting the reservation of Dominion lands for disposition under the Soldiers' Settlement Act.-Hon Mr. Meighen. Copy of Orders in Council approving regulations adopted by the Canada Registration Board.-Mr. McCurdy.


BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE.

UNION

Robert Laird Borden (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Unionist

Sir ROBERT BORDEN:

It appears that the resolution adopted by the House on the 18th instant with regard to the business of the House, in the form in which it was

passed, does away with the Order for Private Bills on Monday. I therefore move:

That the resolution adopted toy the House on 18th April, 1918, toe amended so that it shall read:

That on Monday the 2'9th day of April and on suibsequent Mondays until the end of the Session, Government Notices of Motion and Government Orders shall have precedence after Questions and Notices of Motion for the Production of Papers.

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L LIB

Rodolphe Lemieux

Laurier Liberal

Mr. LEMIEUX:

I was ready to proceed with two different matters under the heading " Notices of Motions," but at the request of the Prime Minister and the Minister of Agriculture, I delayed them. I suppose that when the Estimates come up, the rule that we must not refer to questions which have already appeared on the Order Paper shall not apply.

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UNION

Robert Laird Borden (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Unionist

Sir ROBERT BORDEN:

If the production of papers is desired, they can be procured through non-controversial motions. If hon. gentlemen desire to discuss any matter included in a Notice of Motion, the motion can be dropped and the matter brought up on the Estimates.

Mr. SPEAKER': The difficulty could be obviated by a motion on a future day that the Notice of Motion in question he discharged from the Order Paper.

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Motion agreed to. * MILITARY SERVICE.


QUESTION AS TO THE EXEMPTION OP FAEMBBS.


On the Orders of the Day:


L LIB

Edmond Proulx

Laurier Liberal

Mr. EDMOND PROULX (Prescott):

I have been asked by several of my'constituents whether the Order in Council passed on December 3 last still stanas. In view of the declaration made by the Minister of Militia at Hamilton last Saturday, when he emphasized the importance of food production, I should he glad if he would inform the House whether he will continue to release from military service farmers between the ages of 20 and 22, liable to the Order in Council recently passed, who are indispensable to the work of food production.

Major-General MEWBURN: My powers are limited entirely to the Order in Council passed last week; I cannot go beyond the powers therein defined.

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L LIB

Edmond Proulx

Laurier Liberal

Mr. PROULX:

I did not understand that the Order in Council of December 3 had been repealed.

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Major-Genera] MEWBURN: Under the Order in Council recently passed, there will be no exemptions within the ages as called out. I assume that the Order in Council will still be operative in respect of those classes under the Military Service Act whose exemptions have not been specifically cancelled by the recent Order in Council.

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WAR GRANT-5500,000,000.


House .again1 in. Committee on Bill No. 38, for granting to Hie Majesty aid for military and naval defence, Mr. Boivin in.the Chair : On section 2-payment of 5500,000,000 may be made: Mr. CASiGRAIN: I .am informed that, some time last fall, in the case of Charles, alia® "Ti-Noir" Desjardins, that was pending before the police court at Montreal, the Government of Canada wrote the Department of Justice and deposited as security for bail-


UNION

Robert Laird Borden (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Unionist

Sir ROBERT BORDEN :

If my hon. friend will pardon me .a moment, with all deference to him, I do not think the matter which he, proposes to bring before the committee can properly be brought up now. It can, of course, toe brought up on the Estimates of the Department of Justice. It has, so far as I understand, no relation whatever to this appropriation. There will toe ample scope on the Estimates of the Department of Justice for discussing the matter to the fullest extent desired.

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Joseph Philippe Baby Casgrain

Liberal

Mr. CASGRAIN:

I am informed on reliable authority that the cheque which was deposited in the court at that time had the word "war" printed on. it, and that is why I should like to 'bring up this matter at the present juncture, because it would appear, toy the very fact of the word "war" being pripted on. the cheque, that the money would come out of the War Appropriation.

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UNION

Robert Laird Borden (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Unionist

Sir ROBERT BORDEN:

I have not seen the cheque, and. I do not know what was marked on it; tout, even if that be so, the proper time for discussing this matter would be upon the Estimates of the Department of Justice. This appropriation is very urgently needed at the present time, and as there is a full opportunity to discuss the matter then, I see no reason why this appropriation should be delayed, now.

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LIB

Joseph Philippe Baby Casgrain

Liberal

Mr. CASGRAIN:

Would it be possible

for the Prime Minister to set a day or to give us some opportunity of discussing this

matter, as we shall have no more private members' day this session.

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UNION

Robert Laird Borden (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Unionist

Sir ROBERT BORDEN:

This is not a

matter pertaining to private members' day; it can be discussed, as long and as fully as the hon. member desires upon the Estimates of the Minister of Justice.

Mr. OA18GRAI1N: I am bringing this

matter up now because, if I bring it up on the Estimates of the Department of Justice, the objection will be raised that it is a matter that appertains to the Militia Department, and I shall not be permitted to discus:? it.

Sir ROBERT BOiRDEN: I can assure

my hon. friend that no such objection will be raised.

Mr. CASGRA'IN: Very well.

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CON
L LIB

Charles Murphy

Laurier Liberal

Mr. MURPHY:

My right hon. friend

has intimated that he has satisfied one man. I wonder if I can add another one to his list. The Prime Minister will recall that, when this Bill was under discussion last week, I asked for certain information which I assume he has not had time to bring down. I refer to the promise made by the Acting Minister of Finance (Mr. A. K. Maclean) in regard to giving the details as to the publicity and advertising expenses paid out of the War Appropriation. If my right hon. friend has not had time to bring down the information I do not wish to delay the passage of the Bill just now, if he will be good enough to say he will bring it down.

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April 23, 1918