March 27, 1919

PRIVATE BILLS.

FIRST READINGS.


Bill No. 33, respecting The Calgary and Fernie Railway Company.-Mr. Richardson. Bill No. 34, respecting The Canadian Pacific Railway Company.-Mr. Thomson. Bill No. 35, respecting The Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway Company.-Mr. Clements. Bill No. 36, to incorporate Grain Insurance and Guarantee Company.-Mr. Blake.


REPORTS PRESENTED.


Volume 2 of the Auditor General's Report for the year ended March 31, 1918.-Sir Thomas White. Annual report of the Department of Railways and Canals.-Hon. Mr. Reid.


DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH.


Hon. N. W. Rowell (President of the Privy Council) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 37, respecting the Department of Health.


L LIB
UNION

Newton Wesley Rowell (President of the Privy Council)

Unionist

Hon. N. W. ROWELL:

This Bill is to provide for the creation of a Department of Health, to be presided over by a minister of the Crown to be named by the Governor in Council. It also contains the usual provision for the appointment of a deputy minister, to be the deputy head of the department, and for the necessary officers, clerks and employees. The powers of the minister administering the department extend to and include all matters and questions relating to the promotion or preservation of the health and social welfare of the people of Canada over which the Parliament of Canada has jurisdiction; that is the general definition of the powers of the minister. Certain particular powers are mentioned in detail covering co-operation with the provincial, territorial and other health authorities, with a view to the coordination of efforts proposed or made for preserving public health. The department is also authorized to deal with questions relating to the conservation of child life and child welfare generally; the inspection and medical care of immigrants; the supervision, as regards the public health, of railways, boats, ships and all methods of transportation; the supervision of federal public buildings and offices with regard to the health of civil servants and other Government employees therein;

the enforcement of the regulations of the International Joint Commission promulgated pursuant to the treaty between the United States and Great Britain for the prevention of the pollution of boundary waters; and the administration of certain statutes mentioned in the schedule now being administered by other departments. Provision is also made for the appointment of a Dominion Council of Health, of which the Deputy Minister of Public Health is to be chairman; the council to be composed of the chief executive officers of the Provincial Health Departments and three other persons to be named by the Governor in Council.

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Motion agreed to, and Bill read the first time.


QUESTIONS.


(Questions answered orally are indicated by asterisks.) .


UNION

Edgar Nelson Rhodes (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Unionist

Mr. SPEAKER:

I am informed by the

Clerk of the House, who has made inquiry, that the Paris Matin and the Canadian Record Viave never been on the list of publications in the reading room of the House of Commons. The other papers mentioned in the question were on the list for years, but during the war they ceased to come, for som(e reason, it is supposed, connected with the war. With respect to the second part of the question I shall be very happy to confer with any hon. member who may desire additional papers to be added to the reading room list.

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ROYAL COMMISSION ON GEORGIAN BAY CANAL.

L LIB

*Mr. PREVOST:

Laurier Liberal

1. Has the Royal Commission, appointed to inquire into and report upon the commercial possibilities of the Georgian Bay Canal, on the 18th of March, 1914, completed its work.

2. If so, when will the report be submitted to the House?

3. If not, is said Commission, which was appointed five years ago, expediting its work diligently so that a final report may be presented at a very early date?

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Frank Broadstreet Carvell (Minister of Public Works)

Unionist (Liberal)

Hon. Mr. CARVELL:

In reply to 1, 2, and 3, instructions were given under Order in Council of 6th October, 1914, that' ae

much data as possible be gathered with respect to the industrial and commercial aspects of the project, and the collection of such information was entrusted to the Chairman W Sanford Evans until sufficient progress be made to enable the holding of public sittings by the Commission. Such data was compiled and three reports were submitted, planted and laid before Parliament, hut on account of the war, there were no public hearings.

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INTERNED ENEMY ALIENS.

UNION

Mr. McGIBBON (Muskoka):

Unionist

1. Is it true that enemy aliens interned in Canada are permitted to sue and trade the same as Canadian citizens?

2. What is the amount of property held in Canada by alien enemies and is it being investigated?

3. If so, by whom and on what authority?

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Hon. Mr. BURRELL: (Minister of Mines; Secretary of State of Canada)

Unionist

1. No.

2. Estimated value of property reported to Custodian and Department of Secretary of State, $38,000,000.

3. Under the Consolidated Orders respecting Trading with the Enemy, persons managing or holding property of alien enemies were required to notify the Custodian thereof, and persons owing money to alien enemies which would be payable if a state of war did not exist 'were required to pay the same to the Custodian. Action was taken to publish as widely as possible the effect of these orders. Under the said orders the Secretary of State is authorized to make investigations where trading with the enemy was suspected, and under the provisions of the orders investigations have been made in every case where a suspicion was raised of any contravention of the orders. By Order in Council dated the 11th of November, 1918, published in the Canada Gazette of the 14th of December, 1918, the Enemy Debts Committee was constituted, consisting of: the Secretary of State of Canada, an officer of the Department of Finance named by the Minister of Finance, and an officer of the Department of Justice, named by the Minister of Justice, and that the following act upon that committee: the Under Secretary of State, Mr. J. R. Forsyth for the Custodian, and Mr. C. C. Robinson for the Department of Justice. The committee is proceeding with the investigation required by the said Order in Council, and has advertised its terms widely, asking for reports of all alien enemy property held in Canada.

3 Answered by No. 2.

[Mr. Can-veiH. 1

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March 27, 1919