April 25, 1919


On the Orders of the Day:


L LIB

Charles Arthur Gauvreau

Laurier Liberal

Mr. GAUVREAU:

As T do not see the Acting Minister of Naval Affairs, may I call the attention of the Acting Prime Minister to the fact that at present there are young Canadian officers and men who have been in the Imperial Navy since the beginning of the war and who have not, as far as I know, been given leave to visit their families in Canada. I suggest the advisability of approaching the Admiralty with a view to having leave granted these officers and men in order that they may visit those whom they have not seen from the beginning of the war.

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UNION

William Thomas White (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Unionist

Sir THOMAS WHITE:

I shall have

pleasure in bringing the matter to the attention of the Minister of Naval Affairs in order that information may be secured.

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IMPRISONMENT OF SOLDIER.


On the Orders of the Day:


UNION

Samuel Hughes

Unionist

Sir SAM HUGHES:

I should like to call the attention of the Government to the case of a young man named Charles Maedonell, who has been sentenced to five years' imprisonment after Mons. This young man- a son of Oscar Maedonell, who was an officer of the House of Commons-h'ad two brothers overseas with him, one of whom

was killed. He was one day suffering from sore feet and took a rest, and he ran foul of an officer, and the sentence I have mentioned was imposed upon him. I should be glad if the Government would take the matter up. This young man belongs to the Canadian forces and is on the other side of the water.

Hon. iMr. MEWBURN: Is he with the

Imperials?

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UNION
UNION
UNION

Edgar Nelson Rhodes (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Unionist

Mr. SPEAKER:

The hon. member may

only rise now to ask a question; the subject cannot be discussed on the Orders of the Day.

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CANADIAN SOLDIERS SENTENCED IN ENGLAND.


On the Orders of the Day:


UNION

William Thomas White (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Unionist

Sir THOMAS WHITE:

The hon. member for Russell (Mr. Murphy) asked me a question recently with respect to certain legislation before the Imperial Parliament. In deference to my hon. friend, who seemed to be greatly interested in the subject, I cabled Sir Edward Kemp for information, and have received the following reply:

London, April 9, 1919.

The Army (Annual) Act, 1919, which has at present passed the Commons but has not yet passed the Lords, proposes subsection (2) of section 131 of the Army Act be amended by adding " Notwithstanding anything in this Act the Secretary of State may arrange with the Governor of a Colony that any person or class of persons enlisted in the Colony shall, if sentenced under this Act to penal servitude, be transferred to or kept in the Colony and there undergo his sentence in any prison or place in which persons sentenced to penal servitude by a Civil Court in the Colony can for the time being be confined, or, if there be no such prison or place, in an authorized prison as defined by section 65 of this Act." Am informed this provision was introduced to meet a situation arising in regard to Africa.

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REPORT OF EDITORIAL COMMITTEE.


On the Orders of the Day:


UNION

Robert Lorne Richardson

Unionist

Mr. R. L. RICHARDSON (Springfield):

1 would ask the Secretary of State when we may expect the report of the Editorial Committee in connection with Government printing, which has been a long time delayed, and for which report some people are pressing?

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UNION

Martin Burrell (Minister of Mines; Secretary of State of Canada)

Unionist

Hon. MARTIN BURRELL (Secretary oi State):

I think the report is practically

ready and that it will be down in a day or two.

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MAIL MATTER AT THOROLD.


On the Orders of the Day:


L LIB

Daniel Duncan McKenzie (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Laurier Liberal

Mr. D. D. McKENZIE:

I call the attention of the President of the Council, who I understand represents the Postmaster General in this House, to a telegram which I have received to-day, and a copy of which I furnished to the hon. minister:

St. Catharines, Ont., April 14, 1919.

D. D. McKenzie, M.P., .

Ottawa.

Postmaster Thorold refused to give me mail Saturday. Inspector refuses to act. Understand there are copies of application filed at Mexico and foreign countries. Take action at once on floor of House. Please answer.

(Signed) John G. Gunning.

I may inform the minister that I know nothing about this matter, and if there is any information he can give with respect to it I shall be much obliged.

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UNION

Newton Wesley Rowell (President of the Privy Council)

Unionist

Hon. N. W. ROWELL (President Privy Council):

I confess I cannot understand

what this matter refers to, but I was in hopes that my hon. friend might be able to give me some information. I received a copy of this telegram as I was entering the House, but I have not yet had an opportunity of inquiring about it from the Post Office Department. I cannot understand the basis of the complaint, or what grievance the complainant is desirous of drawing attention to, but I shall make inquiry and see if the Post Office Department can throw any light upon the subject.

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April 25, 1919