September 16, 1919

CON

George Green Foster

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir GEORGE FOSTER moved:

That a Special Committee be appointed to prepare and report, with all convenient speed, lists of members to compose the Select Standing Committees of this House under Rule 10, said committee to be composed of Messieurs Reid (Grenville), McKenzie, Calder, McCoig, Middlebro and Robb, and that that portion of Rule 10 limiting the number of members of the said committee be suspended in relation thereto.

Topic:   SELECT STANDING COMMITTEES.
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Motion agreed to.


REPORT.


Joint report of the librarians of Parliament.-Mr. Speaker.


DEPUTY SERJEANT-AT-ARMS.

UNION

Edgar Nelson Rhodes (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Unionist

Mr. SPEAKER:

I have the honour to inform .the House that the Serjeant-at-Arms, with my approval has appointed Louis

Charles Panet, Esquire, to be his deputy during the present session of Parliament.

On motion of Sir George Foster, the House adjourned at 3.27 p.m.

Tuesday, September 2, 1919.

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The House met at Three o'clock.


THE REPUBLIC OF POLAND.

MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT IGNACE PADEREWSKI.

UNION

Edgar Nelson Rhodes (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Unionist

Mr. SPEAKER:

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Subtopic:   MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT IGNACE PADEREWSKI.
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THE PEACE TREATY.

DOCUMENTS RAID O'N THE TABLE BY THE PRIME MINISTER.

UNION

Robert Laird Borden (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Unionist

Rt. Hon. Sir ROBERT BORDEN (Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, owing to a misunderstanding yesterday I did not have an opportunity of laj'ing upon the table of the House certain documents relating to the Treaty of Peace. However, I took it upon myself to suggest that they should be distributed, and I understand that notice has

been sent to each member of the House and that several members have availed themselves of the opportunity to secure copies. There is at least one copy for each member of the House and for each member of the Senate, and, I think, a small surplus; but the supply is very limited and I hope that the demands of hon. members will be kept within the narrowest possible bounds.

I lay upon the table of the House the following documents:

1. Treaty of Peace between the Allied and Associated Powers and Germany, signed at Versailles, June 28, 1919.

2. Protocol supplementary to the Treaty of Peace, signed at Versailles, June 28, 1919.

3. Agreement between the United States of America, Belgium, the British Empire and France and Germany with regard to the military occupation of the Territories of the Rhine, signed at Versailles, June 28, 1919.

4. Declaration by the Gdvernments of the United States of America, Great Britain and France with regard to the occupation of the Rhine Provinces, June 16, 1919.

5. Reply of the Allied and Associated Powers to the Observations of the German delegation on the conditions of Peace, June 16, 1919.

6. Treaty of Peace between the United States of America, the British Empire, France, Italy and Japan, and Poland, signed at Versailles, June 28, 1919.

The documents which I have laid upon the Table and the copies which are available for distribution have been procured from the Government of the United Kingdom. It was understood that a considerable supply had been prepared for the use of Parliament and for other purposes in Great Britain, and so we availed ourselves of the opportunity to get a sufficient number of copies.

There are two authentic texts of the Treaty, one in French and the other in English. Through the Secretary of State for the Colonies, Lord Milner, I endeavoured to procure from the Government of France five hundred copies of the French text of the Treaty. I was unable to do so; the best that I could accomplish was to procure one copy in French of each of the documents to which I have referred.

I lay upon the table of the House, therefore, the following documents:

The English and French texts of the Treaty of Peace, li

The protocol, in French and in English.

The agreement respecting the military occupation of the Rhine territories, in French and in English.

The letter to the president of the German delegation covering the reply of the Allied and Associated Powers, in French and in English.

The Treaty between the United States of America, the British Empire, France, Italy, Japan, and Poland, signed at Versailles on the 28th of June, 1919, in French and in English.

Topic:   THE PEACE TREATY.
Subtopic:   DOCUMENTS RAID O'N THE TABLE BY THE PRIME MINISTER.
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SELECT STANDING COMMITTEES.

UNION

Robert Laird Borden (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Unionist

Sir ROBERT BORDEN:

The name of Mr. Meighen was inadvertently, omitted from the Special Committee appointed to prepare and report, with all convenient speed, lists of members to compose the Select Standing Committees of this House under Rule 10. I now move:

That the name of the Hon. Mr. (Meighen be added to the Special Committee appointed to-prepare and report, with all convenient speed, lists of members to compose the Select Standing Committees of this House under rule 10.

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Motion agreed to.


CANADIAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCE.

OVERSEAS PAY LISTS.


On the Orders of the Day:


UNION

Samuel Hughes

Unionist

Sir SAM HUGHES (Victoria):

I desire to draw the attention of the Minister of Militia to an article which appeared in the Ottawa Citizen of this morning regarding a statement made by Mr. McMillan, a son of our old friend who formerly occupied a seat in this House, to the effect that there are on the pay lists the names of 30,000 soldiers who never enlisted and who cost the country $30,000,000. I do not believe there is any truth in this statement, but I would ask the minister if his attention has been drawn to it.

Topic:   CANADIAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCE.
Subtopic:   OVERSEAS PAY LISTS.
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September 16, 1919