March 14, 1919

OFFICIALS OF THE- HOUSE.

THE CLERK OF FRENCH JOURNALS.

UNION

William Thomas White (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Unionist

Sir THOMAS WHITE moved:

That the recommendation of His Honour, the Speaker, laid on the table of the House on the 3rd instant, respecting the appointment of Mr. Lionel Dansereau to the position of Clerk of French Journals, Votes and Proceedings and Orders of the House of Commons be concurred in.

Topic:   OFFICIALS OF THE- HOUSE.
Subtopic:   THE CLERK OF FRENCH JOURNALS.
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L LIB

Daniel Duncan McKenzie (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Laurier Liberal

Mr. D. D. McKENZIE:

I have been requested to ask that this motion might be allowed to stand for a few days as some hon. members who wish to speak on it are now absent.

Topic:   OFFICIALS OF THE- HOUSE.
Subtopic:   THE CLERK OF FRENCH JOURNALS.
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UNION

William Thomas White (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Unionist

Sir THOMAS WHITE:

With your permission, Mr. Speaker, I request that the motion be allowed to stand.

Motion stands.

Topic:   OFFICIALS OF THE- HOUSE.
Subtopic:   THE CLERK OF FRENCH JOURNALS.
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RAILWAY ACT CONSOLIDATION.


On the motion of Hon. J. D. Reid (Minister of Railways and Canals) Bill No. 19 to consolidate and amend the Railway Act was introduced and read the first time.


RIOTS AT KINMEL CAMP.

REPORTED RIOTS AT WITLEY CAMP.


On the Orders of the Day:


L LIB

Charles Murphy

Laurier Liberal

Hon. CHARLES MURPHY (Russell):

May I direct the attention of the Government to a cable despatch from its special correspondent published in to-day's Montreal Gazette, relating to the Kinmel riots, in which it is stated:

Responsibility for this distressing affair must rest primarily on the Overseas Administration. There was lack of frankness in dealing with the men in Rhyl Camp. The staff in command of the camp knew of the unrest among the men over the delay in getting home-

Topic:   RIOTS AT KINMEL CAMP.
Subtopic:   REPORTED RIOTS AT WITLEY CAMP.
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UNION

Edgar Nelson Rhodes (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Unionist

Mr. SPEAKER:

Order. The hon. member is not in order at this stage in introducing any matter of a controversial nature reflecting upon the administration of

the Government or of any of its departments ; and the reading of that despatch undoubtedly would have that effect. It is in order for the hon. member to submit any question with respect to the riot, but not to read a despatch'of that character.

Topic:   RIOTS AT KINMEL CAMP.
Subtopic:   REPORTED RIOTS AT WITLEY CAMP.
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L LIB

Charles Murphy

Laurier Liberal

Mr. MURPHY:

If you will permit me, Sir, just to finish the sentence I was reading-

Topic:   RIOTS AT KINMEL CAMP.
Subtopic:   REPORTED RIOTS AT WITLEY CAMP.
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UNION

Edgar Nelson Rhodes (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Unionist

Mr. SPEAKER:

There is a very important point involved in the reading of a despatch of that character upon the Orders of the Day being called. There being no subject before the House, strictly speaking, no proceeding whatsoever can be had, but it has been the custom to allow questions touching matters of principle or of grave national import with respect to the administration of the Government. Under no circumstances can matter of a controversial nature be introduced which reflects upon the Government or upon any minister or any department of the Government.

Topic:   RIOTS AT KINMEL CAMP.
Subtopic:   REPORTED RIOTS AT WITLEY CAMP.
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L LIB

Charles Murphy

Laurier Liberal

Mr. MURPHY:

I bow to your ruling, Sir. I think I have already read sufficient of the despatch to acquaint the Acting Prime Minister with its general purport. Still following your ruling, Sir, I submit that this is a matter of very grave national importance, and I would ask the Government if they can give the House and country any information regarding responsibility for this unfortunate affair, and what steps have been taken to remedy the undoubted evils complained of at Kinmel Park.

Topic:   RIOTS AT KINMEL CAMP.
Subtopic:   REPORTED RIOTS AT WITLEY CAMP.
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UNION

William Thomas White (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Unionist

Sir THOMAS WHITE (Acting Prime Minister):

The Minister of Militia and

Defence (Major-General Mewburn) has already announced to the House, I believe, that a board of inquiry has been constituted to ascertain the facts in connection with this matter. Pending the finding of that board it would seem inadvisable, upon the imperfect information contained in newspaper reports, to make this matter the subject of discussion in this House. As soon as the Government have any further official information I shall be glad to communicate it to the House and the country.

Topic:   RIOTS AT KINMEL CAMP.
Subtopic:   REPORTED RIOTS AT WITLEY CAMP.
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L LIB

Charles Murphy

Laurier Liberal

Mr. MURPHY:

Orders in Council will be the death of this country. May I ask what information my hon. friend has with regard to the reported riots at Witley [DOT]amp?

Topic:   RIOTS AT KINMEL CAMP.
Subtopic:   REPORTED RIOTS AT WITLEY CAMP.
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UNION

William Thomas White (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Unionist

Sir THOMAS WHITE:

I understand we have no official information as to reported riots at Witley camp.

Topic:   RIOTS AT KINMEL CAMP.
Subtopic:   REPORTED RIOTS AT WITLEY CAMP.
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LIEUTENANT-COLONEL JENKINS' REPORT ON THE C.A.M.C.


On the Orders of the Day:


March 14, 1919