November 10, 1919

SOLDIERS' CIVIL RE-ESTABLISHMENT AMENDMENT ACT.

UNION

Edgar Nelson Rhodes (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Unionist

Mr. SPEAKER:

I beg to inform the

House that I have received a message from the Senate informing this House that the Senate has passed Bill No. 10 to amend the Department of Soldiers' Civil Re-establishment Act with amendments.

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UNION

James Alexander Calder (Minister of Immigration and Colonization)

Unionist

Hon. J. A. CALDER:

With the consent of the House, I would like to make a motion with reference to the printing of the Report of the Special Committee on Bill No. 10. The House has already ordered some 3,000 copies of that report but I understand they have all gone and there is a very considerable demand for further copies. If the House consents I would move, seconded by Mr. Sifton:

That the report of the Special Committee on Bill No. 10, an Act to amend the Department of Soldiers' Civil Re-establishment Act, the minutes of their proceedings and the evidence taken by them and presented to the House on the 31st October together with a suitable index to be prepared by the Clerk of the Committee, be printed in the Appendix to the Journals of the present session. ...

That 1 000 extra copies in English and 250 extra copies in French of the said report minutes proceedings and evidence, and 50 000 copies in English and 10,000 copies in French of the said report be printed forthwith for distribution, and that Rule 74 thereto be suspended in relation.

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L LIB

Frank S. Cahill

Laurier Liberal

Mr. FRANK CAHILL (Pontiac):

Does the minister expect to distribute these extra copies among the returned soldiers?

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UNION

James Alexander Calder (Minister of Immigration and Colonization)

Unionist

Mr. CALDER:

Many members of the

House have expressed a desire to have extra copies-in some cases as many as 1,G00-of this report, and even if they are each limited to two or three hundred copies, the 50,000 copies asked for will not go very

far.

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L LIB

Daniel Duncan McKenzie

Laurier Liberal

Mr. D. D. McKENZIE:

Do I understand these proceedings are to appear in a separate volume, or will they form part of the Journals of the House?

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UNION

James Alexander Calder (Minister of Immigration and Colonization)

Unionist

Mr. CALDER:

The idea is that the report itself and all the proceedings, including the evidence, shall be embodied in the Journals of the House. In addition to that the extra copies provided for in the resolution are to be printed.

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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING:

How does the minister intend to make distribution of these reports? Will regard be had to the different constituencies of the Dominion, or has he any particular form of distribution in mind?

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UNION

James Alexander Calder (Minister of Immigration and Colonization)

Unionist

Mr. CALDER:

I should think a regulation should be made allotting a certain number to each member. After the demands of members of the House have been met, the distribution could be made in any way deemed advisable by the officials who have it in charge. I think a certain number of copies should be at the disposal of members of the House for a certain length of time and after they have been exhausted the distribution office, or whatever official may be supervising the matter should distribute the remainder.

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L LIB

Daniel Duncan McKenzie

Laurier Liberal

Mr. McKENZIE:

It is intended then to print the report and the evidence in a sep-aiate volume?

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UNION

James Alexander Calder (Minister of Immigration and Colonization)

Unionist

Mr. CALDER:

Yes.

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L LIB

James Alexander Robb (Chief Government Whip)

Laurier Liberal

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

I suppose it is well understood that

when the report does go out it will not be padded in any way, for instance, by incorporating with it the speeches of hon. gentlemen who spoke in favour of making a grant of extra gratuities, and of referring the report back to the committee.

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UNION

James Alexander Calder (Minister of Immigration and Colonization)

Unionist

Mr. CALDER:

The motion speaks for

itself.

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Motion agreed to.


QUESTIONS.


(Questions answered orally are indicated by asterisks.)


AMNESTY TO M. S. A. DEFAULTERS.

L LIB

Mr. GAUVREAU:

Laurier Liberal

1. Is it the intention of the Government to advise the Imperial authorities that it would be desirable that His Majesty King George V should proclaim a general amnesty throughout the whole of His Empire, in favour of those who violated the Military Service Act either in England or in the Dominions, on the day of the official proclamation of Peace?

2. If so, is it the intention of the Government to take advantage of the official proclamation of the Peace in Canada in order to proclaim a general amnesty to the defaulters of the Military Service Act, especially to the sons of farmers who have always understood that their services on the farms were just as valuable as those who had enlisted for overseas service?

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Charles Joseph Doherty (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Unionist

Hon. Mr. DOHERTY:

Any action that

the Government may decide upon in reference to the matter referred to, will be announced in due course.

expenditure on public works.

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UNION

Mr. CAMPBELL:

Unionist

1. What is the estimated cost of laying steel on the Hudson Bay railway, from Mile 332 to Port Nelson, Mile 424?

2. Will the financial condition of the country now permit of this cost being incurred?

3. Does the financial condition of the country permit of the expenditure of $1,329,000 on the Trent Canal this year?

4. Does the financial condition of the country permit of the expenditure of $3,675,000 on the Welland Canal this year?

5. According to the newspaper reports a proposition has been submitted to the Government for the Government to purchase the Edmonton, Dunvegan and B. C. railway. Will the financial condition of the country at the present time permit of the purchase of this railway ?

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November 10, 1919