May 7, 1919

UNION

Newton Wesley Rowell (President of the Privy Council)

Unionist

Mr. ROWELL:

No.

Topic:   THE PEACE TREATY.
Subtopic:   SUMMARY OF ITS TERMS READ BY HON.
Sub-subtopic:   MR. ROWELL.
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WAR MEASURES ACT, 1914.


BILL to extend ORDERS in council NOT PROCEEDED WITH FOR THE PRESENT. On the Orders of the Day:


L LIB

James Alexander Robb (Chief Government Whip)

Laurier Liberal

Mr. J. A. ROBB (Chateauguay-Hunting-don) :

Yesterday the Acting (Minister of

Justice made a statement which left an inference on this side of the House and in the press that ho was going to withdraw Bill No. 71, (to extend the operation of the Orders and regulations passed by the Governor in Council under the War Measures Act, 1914. I notice that the Bill is still on the Order Paper. Is it there by inadvertence, or did we misunderstand the minister?

Hon. ARTHUR ME1GHEN (Acting Minister of Justice): I did not intimate that

the Bill would be withdrawn. I said that the reason why it was not advanced was the fact that intimation had come that His Majesty's proclamation which would terminate the War Measures Act could not in all probability be made until about the first of August, and that consequently this Bill need not be gone on with because it could not with advantage be considered pending that time.

Topic:   WAR MEASURES ACT, 1914.
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L LIB

Ernest Lapointe

Laurier Liberal

Mr. E. LAPOINTE (Kamouraska):

In

view of that, does the Government intend to introduce legislation to define what is to be considered the end of the war? The British Parliament has enacted that a proclamation will be issued by His Majesty in Council declaring the end of the war, such proclamation to be issued not later than the date of the ratification of the Peace Treaty. Will the Government pass similar legislation, or at least give some interpretation as to emergency measures and other war legislation?

Topic:   WAR MEASURES ACT, 1914.
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UNION

Arthur Meighen (Minister of the Interior; Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs)

Unionist

Mr. MEIGHEN:

The Government has

given no consideration to amending the War Measures Act which now defines when it shall cease to be effective. I would not consider that there was likely to be need for such consideration. It is purposed to review such legislation as has been passed under the authority of the Act with a view to determining what should be done in relation to each piece of legislation having regard to the fact that it goes out of effect on the termination of the war.

It may be that will involve a modification of this Bill which was intended only to tide over the present period, it having been apprehended that the war might terminate suddenly. As the war will not terminate suddenly, or at all events it does not appear likely for some time to come, we would like to have time to consider each separate piece of legislation, and determine and submit to Parliament our proposals in regard thereto.

Topic:   WAR MEASURES ACT, 1914.
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L LIB

Daniel Duncan McKenzie (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Laurier Liberal

Mr. D. D. McKENZIE (Cape Breton North):

Are we to understand that it is

possible for a state of war to continue in Canada, or in any of the British Dominions, after the war is declared to be at an end by an Imperial proclamation?

Topic:   WAR MEASURES ACT, 1914.
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UNION

Arthur Meighen (Minister of the Interior; Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs)

Unionist

Mr. MEIGHEN:

It is presumed that the war will be declared to be at an end by an Imperial proclamation. That proclamation will end the war so far as Canada is concerned, and the operation of the War Measures Act will cease.

Topic:   WAR MEASURES ACT, 1914.
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WEIGHTS AND MEASURES ACT AMENDMENT.


On the motion of Hon. A. K. Maclean (Acting Minister of Customs and Inland Revenue) Bill No. 42, to amend the Weights and Measures Act, was read a second time, and the House went into Committee thereon. On section 1-" Inspector " defined.


L LIB

Daniel Duncan McKenzie (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Laurier Liberal

Mr. McKENZIE:

Will the minister please say if the amendment which is proposed here changes the territorial jurisdiction of any of the officers at present at work?

Topic:   WEIGHTS AND MEASURES ACT AMENDMENT.
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UNION

Alexander Kenneth Maclean (Minister Without Portfolio)

Unionist

Mr. A. K. MACLEAN:

No, this clause

merely provides for the transfer of the administration of weights and measures from the Inland Revenue Department to the Department of Trade and Commerce, which transfer was made some months ago. Further, the clause gives a definition of the word " Inspector." I think perhaps my hon. friend's question refers to another clause.

Topic:   WEIGHTS AND MEASURES ACT AMENDMENT.
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Section agreed to. On section 2-Contents of French foot. Mr.'A. K. MACLEAN: On the first reading of the Bill the object of this clause was explained very fully. The change proposed is cbnsequent upon the recommendation of the International Bureau of Weights and Measures to secure what is expected to be a more accurate definition of the French foot. So far as Canada is concerned, the French foot is employed only in the province of Quebec, and in connection with land surveys. The French foot as at present defined contains 12-79 inches, and the correction only amounts to -001. I understand this change is approved of by the Incorporated Society of Surveyors in the province of Quebec, and I do not think there can be any objection to it.


L LIB

Andrew Ross McMaster

Laurier Liberal

Mr. McMASTER:

-Should there be a hyphen after the word "eighty," in the fourth line of the clause? Should the figures there be seven hundred and eighty-nine thousandths, or seven hundred and eighty-nine thousandths?

Topic:   WEIGHTS AND MEASURES ACT AMENDMENT.
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UNION

Alexander Kenneth Maclean (Minister Without Portfolio)

Unionist

Mr. A. K. MACLEAN:

The figures should be seven hundred and eighty-nine thousandths, there should be a hyphen.

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Section agreed to. On Section 3-Superintendent may be appointed.


UNION

Alexander Kenneth Maclean (Minister Without Portfolio)

Unionist

Mr. A. K. MACLEAN:

There really is no substantial change contemplated by this clause. Under the law as it at present stands the Deputy Minister of Inland Revenue was the chief administrative officer of weights and measures. Inasmuch as this branch is being transferred to another department, the administrative work-is being placed under the control of an officer, to be called the superintendent. That is the important change which the: clause makes. . , , .

Topic:   WEIGHTS AND MEASURES ACT AMENDMENT.
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L LIB

John Howard Sinclair

Laurier Liberal

Mr. J. H. SINCLAIR:

Is it intended to increase the number of officers engaged in this work? I see that by subsection (3) the Governor in Council is empowered to divide the country into inspection divisions, and to decide the number of officers to be appointed.

Topic:   WEIGHTS AND MEASURES ACT AMENDMENT.
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UNION

Alexander Kenneth Maclean (Minister Without Portfolio)

Unionist

Mr. A. K. MACLEAN:

That provision was contained in one of the clauses which this Bill repeals. It is considered advisable to have the power referred to, although the departmental officers advise me that there is no intention to make additional appointments at present.

Topic:   WEIGHTS AND MEASURES ACT AMENDMENT.
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L LIB

John Howard Sinclair

Laurier Liberal

Mr. J. H. SINCLAIR:

Then it is not intended at present to increase the number of officers?

Topic:   WEIGHTS AND MEASURES ACT AMENDMENT.
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May 7, 1919