May 14, 1919

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON TITLES, HONOURS AND DECORATIONS.


Mr. W. F. NICKLE (Kingston) presented the report of the special committee on Titles, Honours and Decorations. House of Commons of Canada, Ottawa, May 14, 1919. The Special Committee appointed to consider and report upon the propriety of presenting an Address to His Most Excellent Majesty the King, praying that His 'Majesty may be graciously pleased to refrain hereafter from conferring any titles upon such of his subjects as are domiciled or living in Canada, except such titles as have reference to professional or vocational appellations conferred in respect to commissions issued by His Majesty to persons in the Military or Naval Services of Canada, or to persons engaged in the administration of justice in the Dominion; and that His Majesty may also be pleased to consider the question of taking measures to ensure the extinction at the death of the present possessors of the hereditary titles at present in existence in the Dominion ; and further that His Majesty may also be pleased to take into consideration the [DOT] question of in future conferring honours, titular distinctions and decorations upon subjects of His Majesty ordinarily resident in Canada, including those who have performed overseas, in Canada, or . elsewhere, naval, military and civilian services in connection with the war, beg leave to present the following as their report. Your committee are of the opinion and recommend that an address be presented to His Most Excellent Majesty the King, in the fcl lowing words:- " To the King's Most Excellent Majesty, " Most Gracious Sovereign. " We. Your Majesty's most dutiful and loyal subjects, the House of Commons of Canada in Parliament assembled, humbly approach Your Majesty, praying that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased:- " (a) to refrain hereafter from conferring any title of honour or titular distinction upon any of your subjects domiciled or ordinarily resident in Canada, save such appellations as are of a professional or vocational character or which appertain to an office. " (b) To provide that appropriate action be taken by legislation or otherwise to ensure the extinction of an hereditary title of honour or titular distinction, dignity or title as a peer of the realm, on the death of a person domiciled or ordinarily resident in Canada at present in enjoyment of an hereditary title of honour or titular distinction, dignity or title as a peer of the realm, and that thereafter no such title of honour, titular distinction, dignity or title as a peer of the realm, shall be accepted, enjoyed or used by any person or be recognized. "All of which we humbly pray Your Majesty to take into your favourable and gracious consideration." A suggestion was made that the titles of " Right Honourable " and " Honourable " be discontinued, but the suggestion did not meet with the approval of the committee. Your committee, however, do not recommend the discontinuance of the practice of awarding military or naval decorations, such as the Victoria Cross, Military Medal, Military Cross, . Conspicuous Service Cross, and similar decorations to persons in military or naval services of Canada for exceptional valour and devotion to duty. Your committee further recommends that appropriate action be taken toy legislation or otherwise to provide that hereafter no person domiciled or ordinarily resident in Canada shall accept, enjoy or use any title of honour or titular distinction hereafter conferred by a foreign ruler or government. All of which is respectfully submited. W. F. Nickle, Chairman.


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Henri Sévérin Béland

Laurier Liberal

Mr. BELAND:

I understand that at this stage we cannot discuss the report of this special committee. May I ask 'the Government whether a day will be set for its consideration?

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UNION

William Thomas White (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Unionist

Sir THOMAS WHITE:

It was the desire of the Prime Minister and of 'the Government that this question should be considered as promptly as possible by the committee and their report discussed in the House. I shall be glad to set Friday or Monday next for the discussion of the report.

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UNION

William Thomas White (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Unionist

Sir THOMAS WHITE:

Friday " or " Monday. I shall make an announcement to-morrow.

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William Stevens Fielding

Unionist (Liberal)

Mr. FIELDING:

Monday is a day when many members are absent, and I do not think it is the best day for the discussion of this important matter.

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UNION

William Thomas White (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Unionist

Sir THOMAS WHITE:

May I suggest that I should within a few days make an announcement as to when an opportunity will be given for discussion?

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William Stevens Fielding

Unionist (Liberal)

Mr. FIELDING:

If the minister and the chairman of the committee arrange it, that will be satisfactory.

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William Thomas White (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Unionist

Sir THOMAS WHITE:

Yes.

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ST. LAWRENCE RIVER POWER COMPANY.

REPORT OF HEARINGS BEFORE THE INTERNATIONAL JOINT COMMISSION.

UNION

Newton Wesley Rowell (President of the Privy Council)

Unionist

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

I beg to lay on the table of the House report of the hearings of the International Joint Commission-

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Samuel Hughes

Unionist

Sir SAM HUGHES:

May I beseech the minister to speak out more clearly? Nothing empties the House and drives people to madness quicker than lack of hearing.

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Edgar Nelson Rhodes (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Unionist

Mr. SPEAKER:

Order.

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John Hampden Burnham

Unionist

Mr. BURNHAM:

Will the ex-minister

(Sir Sam Hughes) repeat his remarks? I could not hear what he said.

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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Hear, hear.

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Newton Wesley Rowell (President of the Privy Council)

Unionist

Mr. ROWELL:

I lay on the Table report of the hearings before the International Joint Commission in -the matter of the application of the St. Lawrence River Power Company, as printed by the International Joint Commission. It gives the evidence taken on the hearings and includes certain maps and diagrams which the member for Victoria (Sir Sam Hughes) inquired about the other day. I have arranged that copies of th'is report, about fifty of which are available, be placed in the distribution office, and hon. gentlemen who wish to have copies may obtain them there.

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BIOLOGICAL BOARD ACT AMENDMENT.


Hon. C. C. BALLANTYNE (Minister of Marine and Fisheries) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 106, to amend the Biological Board Act. He said: The object of this Bill is to change slightly clause 5 of an Act that was passed on the 1st of April, 1912, in order more clearly to define the jurisdiction that the Minister of Marine and Fisheries and his departmental officers have over the Biological Board. There is .no difference of opinion between myself or any of my officials and the Biological Board; this clause in the Act of 1912 was rather ambiguously worded, and the object of the new Act is to make it clearer. Motion agreed to, and Bill read the first time.


May 14, 1919