March 31, 1920

PRIVATE BILLS.

FIRST READINGS.


Bill No. 40, respecting The Canadian Pacific Railway Company.-Mr. Davis. Bill No. 41, respecting The Canadian Pacific Railway Company.-Mr. Nesbitt. Bill No. 42, respecting The Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway Company.-Mr. Clements. Bill No. 43, respecting The Kettle Valley Railway Company.-Mr. Green. Bill No. 44, respecting Montreal, Joliette and Transcontinental Junction Railway Company.-Mr. Denis.


HOUSE OF COMMONS OFFICIALS- ORGANIZATION.


Mr. Speaker laid on the table of the House letters from the Clerk of the House submitting a plan of organization of the staff; and



also a plan of organization of the Joint Distribution Office.


BANKRUPTCY ACT (AMENDMENT).


Mr. S. W. JACOBS (George Etienne Cartier) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 45, to amend the Bankruptcy Act.


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An hon. MEMBER:

Explain.

^fr. JACOBS: Mr. Speaker, this Bill is introduced to amend the Bankruptcy Act in several particulars. Section 1 amends the first two lines of section 20, and provides that a trustee shall deposit in a separate bank account the respective proceeds of each estate which falls into his hands.

Another section provides for the payment of an indemnity to inspectors for the services which they render to the bankrupt estate. Under the present law inspectors are not entitled to any remuneration or indemnity.

Finally, we ask for the striking out of section 97 of the Bankruptcy Act, which declares that any person who maliciously makes a petition in bankruptcy upon another is liable to two years' imprisonment. We objected to this section last session, but it went through as drafted. I may say that the Bankruptcy Act has been carefully studied by the mercantile and financial interests of the Dominion, and the suggestions in orporated in this Bill have been made by the British Export Association of Canada -an institution which has in its membership about three hundred of the largest exporters of merchandise from Great Britain to Canada-at whose request I introduce this Bill.

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Motion agreed to, and Bill read the first time.


QUESTIONS.


(Questions answered orally are indicated b_> an asterisk.)


SOLDIERS' WIDOWS AND CHILDREN.

UNION

Mr. MACKIE (Edmonton):

Unionist

1. Have the widows with children or orphans received any share of the forty million dollars voted hy Parliment last session?

2. Do widows with children or orphans get anything from the Canadian Patriotic Fund?

3. Do said widows receive as much assistance as if the father had returned?

4. Do they come within the scope of any

scheme for re-establishment such as: Vocational Training, Special High School or College Training, Agricultural Training, Hospital Accommodation, Sanatorium Accommodation or Land Settlement?

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Subtopic:   SOLDIERS' WIDOWS AND CHILDREN.
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UNION

Rt. Hon. A. L. SIFTON:

Unionist

1. No.

2. Widows with children, or, orphans, are assisted by the Canadian Patriotic Fund when they are ineligible for a federal pension and when the man has seen service overseas. Under certain conditions assistance of an emergency character is sometimes rendered to widows even if they are in receipt of federal pension.

3. It is impossible to say if widows receive as much assistance as if the father had returned, as there is no way of telling the amount that he would have been able to provide in that event.

4. When necessary, and under certain conditions, the Canadian Patriotic Fund pays for hospital or sanatorium treatment.

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Subtopic:   SOLDIERS' WIDOWS AND CHILDREN.
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SUPERANNUATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES.

UNION

Mr. BURNHAM:

Unionist

1. Is an employee of the Government superannuated when so entitled, according to age or according to capacity?

2. Does this apply only to those who pay into the Superannuation Fund or does it apply to those in the Government's employ who do not so pay?

3. What body administers the superannuation or discharge of Government employees?

4. Is that body authorized to set aside at any time the provisions of the rule or law governing the discharge or superannuation of Government employees?

5. If so, by what provision?

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Subtopic:   SUPERANNUATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES.
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CON

Henry Lumley Drayton (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir HENRY DRAYTON:

1, 2 and 3. The Governor in Council may grant a superannuation allowance to any person who has served in an established capacity in the Civil Service for ten years or upwards and who has attained the age of sixty years or becomes incapacitated by bodily infirmity from properly performing his duties, provided that said person has contributed to the Superannuation Fund in accordance with subsection 17 and 18 of Chapter 17, R.S.

The superannuation of every civil servant shall be preceded by an inquiry by the Treasury Board:

(a) Whether the person it is proposed to superannuate is eligible within the meaning of the Act'; and,

(b) Whether the superannuation of such person will result in benefit to the service, and is therefore in the public interest; or,

(c) Whether superannuation has become necessary in consequence of the mental or physical infirmity of such person.

No civil servant shall be superannuated unless the Treasury Board reports that he is eligible within the meaning of this Act

and that such superannuation will be in the public interest.

Retirement shall be compulsory on every person to whom the superannuation allowance is offered, and such offer shall not be considered as implying any censure upon the person to whom it is made; nor shall the person be considered as having any absolute right to such allowance, but it shall be granted only in consideration of good and faithful service during the time upon which it is calculated. Nothing in the Act shall be understood as impairing or affecting the right of the Governor in Council to dismiss or remove any person from the Civil Service.

4 and 5. The Treasury Board simply makes recommendations to the Governor General in Council in accordance with the terms of the Act.

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Subtopic:   SUPERANNUATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES.
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CANADIAN MERCHANT MARINE.


Mr. CANNON; 1. How many vessels were built by the Canadian Merchant Marine? 2. Where were they built? 3. By whom were they built? 4. How many trips were made by each of the vessels of the Canadian Merchant Marine during last year? 5. What is the revenue of each of these vessels? 6. What is the cost of maintenance of each of said vessels?


March 31, 1920