March 29, 1920

ACT RESPECTING COPYRIGHT.


Rt. Hon. Sir GEORGE FOSTER (Acting Prime Minister) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 37 respecting copyright.


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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Explain.

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CON

George Green Foster

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir GEORGE FOSTER:

This Bill is intended to bring the Copyright Law of Canada into conformity with the Berne Con-

vention. It establishes a uniform period of copyright protection, and also extends copyright protection to records, perforated rolls, cinematograph films, and so forth, and is intended to secure Canadian authors full copyright protection from all parts of His Majesty's Dominions as well as in Canada.

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Motion agreed to, and Bill read the first time.


CIVIL SERVICE CLASSIFICATION.


On motion of Hon. Arthur Meighen (Minister of the Interior) the House returned to the order of motions.


UNION

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

Unionist

Hon. Mr. MEIGHEN:

Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the Honourable the Secretary of State (Hon. Mr. Sifton) I desire to lay on the Table a return to an order of the House dated March 18, 1920, calling for copy of representations, complaints, and correspondence, with reference to the classification of the Civil Service.

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SOLDIERS' CIVIL RE-ESTABLISHMENT -PENSIONS COMMITTEE.


Hon. NEWTON W. ROWELL (President of the Privy Council): With the consent of the House I move that the following members be added to the Committee on Pensions: Messrs. Calder, Chisholm, Cooper, Copp, Edwards, McGregor, McLean (Royal), Morphy, Ross, Tweedie, White; and that the committee be authorized to continue the inquiries instituted by the committee on civil re-establishment last session into such matters as may call for further investigation, and to report its recommendations to the. House. The work of the Pensions Committee this year, as I pointed out in moving for the committee, will not be nearly so onerous as that of last year, nor would a committee on re-establishment have the onerous work that the committee had last year, in view of the extent and character of the investigation carried on by that committee. Furthermore, a number of the members of the House were on both committees, and it is thought that it would not meet with the convenience of the members to have 'two committees at work which might well be centred in one committee. I am therefore moving to add to the Pensions Committee the names of all the members of the Reestablishment Committee who are not already on the Pensions Committee, and to give the Pensions Committee the power to continue any investigations that may be found necessary. Motion agreed to. [Fir George Foster.]


EASTER ADJOURNMENT.

CON

George Green Foster

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir GEORGE FOSTER (Acting Prime Minister) moved:

That this House adjourn on Thursday, the first April next, at 6 p.m., and that when the House so adjourns it stand adjourned until Tuesday, the sixth April next.

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Ernest Lapointe

Laurier Liberal

Mr. E. LAPOINTE:

Mr. Speaker, may I lequest the right hon. the leader of the House to amend his motion so that the adjournment may commence on Wednesday evening. Thursday is a holiday of great importance to us who belong to the religious minority in this House, and I really think that it would be only proper, in view of that fact, that the adjournment should start from Wednesday night.

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CON

George Green Foster

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir GEORGE FOSTER:

I do not desire to encroach on the sacred holiday privileges of my hon. friends. At the same time, however, the object was to devote as much time >as we possibly could to the business of the House. It is not at all difficult for those hon. membeais who reside in proximity to the seat of Government to take holidays, because they can go home or go to their friends and enjoy themselves. But those who come from a distance and have to remain here have that much longer time on their hands, and unless my hon. friend strongly presses hie suggestion I think it would be the opinion of the House that we should pursue our business, as moderately as possible, of course, and with as good demeanour als should befit the day. Thereby we should save that much time.

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L LIB

Ernest Lapointe

Laurier Liberal

Mr. E. LAPOINTE:

I may say that I have been a member of this House for over sixteen years, and it has always been the custom to have the Easter adjournment from Wednesday night. I really do not see why there should be a change this year.

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CON

George Green Foster

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir GEORGE FOSTER:

I had not paid any particular attention to the matter, but as my hon. friend assures me that the custom is as he states, perhaps it would be rather out of place to break it on this occasion. Under the circumstances I have no objection to amending the motion in accordance with the suggestion of the hon. member.

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UNION

Edgar Nelson Rhodes (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Unionist

Mr. SPEAKER:

The motion as amended now reads:

That this House adjourn on Wednesday, the thirty-first day of March, at 6 p.m.. and that

when the House so adjourns It stands adjourned until Tuesday, the sixth day of April next.

Motion as amended agreed to.

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HOUSE OF COMMONS OFFICIALS.


On the Orders of the Day:


March 29, 1920