March 12, 1920

VISCOUNT JELLICOE'S REPORT.

UNION

Charles Colquhoun Ballantyne (Minister of Marine and Fisheries; Minister of the Naval Service)

Unionist

Hon. C. C. RALLANTYNE (Minister of Marine and Fisheries) moved:

Thalt 1.000 copies of the report of Admiral of the Fleet Viscount Jellicoe of Seapa on the Naval Mission to Canada be printed, 750 in English and 250 in French, and that Rule 74 of the House ibe suspended with reference to

such printing.

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UNI L

William Stevens Fielding

Unionist (Liberal)

Hon. W. S. FIELDING:

I do not imagine that there would be any objection to the motion, but one is led to inquire what need there is for a motion of this kind. The Government are constantly bringing down documents and laying them on the Table; why is it necessary to delay procedure in order to have a motion put through the House for a small job of public printing?

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UNION

Edgar Nelson Rhodes (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Unionist

Mr. SPEAKER:

There would be delay until the matter was attended to by the Committee on Printing, if such a motion as this were not adopted by the House.

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Motion agreed to.


BRITISH COLUMBIA INDIANS.

SETTLEMENT OF DIFFERENCES CONCERNING INDIAN LANDS IN BRITISH COLUMBIA.


Hon. ARTHUR MEIGHEN (Minister of the Interior) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 13, to provide for the settlement of differences between the Governments of the Dominion of Canada and the province of British Columbia respecting Indian Lands and certain other Indian affairs in the said province.


LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Leader of the Opposition):

Explain.

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UNION

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

Unionist

Mr. MEIGHEN:

In the year 1912, a Royal Commission was appointed by the Government of Canada in pursuance of an agreement entered into between the British Columbia Government of that day and the Dominion Government, which agreement called for a reference to that Joint Commission of differences that had arisen in relation to a reversionary right in Indian lands claimed by the province, and in relation as well to supposed surplus lands belonging to different Indian reserves, and other matters. The agreement provided that the report of the commission should be sympathetically received by both Governments and, so far as deemed wise by each, adopted. By reason of the very great caution exercised in the commitments in the agreement it has been found impossible yet to ratify the findings of the Commission. The Dominion Government has been ready to ratify for some time-in fact, ever since the Commission reported. The British Columbia Government desires modifications. Negotiations are necessary. The Bill is to enable us so to negotiate and conclude upon the basis of the Commission's finding. The British Columbia Government has passed similar legislation.

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Motion agreed to, and Bill read the first time.


INDIAN ACT AMENDMENT.


Hon. ARTHUR MEIGHEN (Minister of the Interior) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 14, to amend the Indian Act.


LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING:

Explain.

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UNION

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

Unionist

Mr. MEIGHEN:

This Bill contains

many important modifications of the Indian Act. Its principal clauses look to a more ready enfranchisement of the Indian; I mean by "enfranchisement" the elevation of the Indian to the status of a citizen. The old Act in its original form contained certain provisions to that end which were very slow of execution. An Act was passed a year ago providing for a class of cases being'more expeditiously dealt with. This Act is general in its terms and looks to the enfranchisement of all who are fit to enfranchise. Other clauses of the Bill make clearer provision for the compulsory education of Indian children. There are other minor clauses.

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Motion agreed to, and Bill read the first time.


RESIGNATIONS FROM THE CABINET.


On the Orders of the Day:


LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Leader of the Opposition):

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IMMIGRATION OF IMPERIAL EXSERVICE MEN.

March 12, 1920