April 7, 1920

REPORTS TABLED.


Annual report of the Editorial Committee on Government Publications, dated 1st March, 1920.-Rt. Hon. Sir George Foster. Report of total costs and general expenses of the Victory Loan.-Rt. Hon. Mr. Sifton.


BANK ACT AMENDMENT.


Mr. MARIE JOSEPH DEMERS (St. Johns and Iberville) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 47, to amend the Bank Act.


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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Explain.

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L LIB

Marie Joseph Demers

Laurier Liberal

Mr. DEMERS:

The purport of this Bill is to fix a minimum rate of interest of four per cent to be paid by the banks on money deposited with them, there being a further provision that in computing the interest they shall take into account the whole time during which the .money is on deposit.

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Motion agreed to, and Bill read the first time.


QUESTIONS.


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.)


FRENCH PUBLICATION OF BLUE BOOKS.

L LIB

Mr. DEMERS:

Laurier Liberal

1. Have instructions been given to limit the French publication of public documents and blue books pertaining to the Dominion Government?

2. What blue books were published in 1919?

3. What public documents were published in both languages in 1919?

4. What public documents were published In one language only, and in what language were they published?

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Subtopic:   FRENCH PUBLICATION OF BLUE BOOKS.
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UNION

George Eulas Foster (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Unionist

Rt. Hon. Sir GEORGE FOSTER:

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NATURALIZATION - BELGIANS, FRENCH, TURKS, GERMANS.

L LIB

Mr. DESLAURIERS:

Laurier Liberal

1. Is it a fact that the Government has refused naturalization papers and the granting

of title deeds of property to certain French and Belgians in Canada who, at the commencement of hostilities in the last Great War, had not completed the required five years of residential qualifications, but nevertheless proceeded overseas to join regiments of allied countries in the defense of the flag?

2. If so, to how many of such citizens of Canada have naturalization papers and property deeds been refused during the period extending from the 11th of November, 1918, to this date?

3. Is it a fact that on presentation of a certificate issued by the Secretary of State for Canada certain Turks, Germans and other subjects of enemy countries have been granted property rights and the rights of the franchise since the signing of the Armistice?

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Subtopic:   NATURALIZATION - BELGIANS, FRENCH, TURKS, GERMANS.
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UNION

Rt. Hon. Mr. SIFTON:

Unionist

1. A despatch from the Colonial Office, dated the 21st April, 1915, forwarded a note from the French Ambassador in London requesting that French citizens should not be naturalized during the war. By an Order in Council, dated the 3rd June, 1915, it was directed that in so far as the issue of certificates under the Naturalization Act, 1914, was concerned, the request of the French Ambassador would be acceded to. Similar requests were received from the Russian and Italian Governments. In these circumstances the Secretary of State, in his discretion, decided not to issue certificates' of naturalization to allies during the war. However, since the ratification of the Treaty of Peace with Germany certificates of naturalization have been issued to all applicants who have complied with the conditions laid down by the Naturalization Act, 1919.

As to the granting of patent to homesteaders on Dominion lands who left -Canada to serve in the forces of allied nations before they had completed the five years required for naturalization, it has been decided in such cases to allow patent to issue without demanding a certificate of naturalization, and in any case where a demand has been made for such certificate of naturalization steps are being taken to proceed with the issue of patent, provided the performance of duties in other respects have been proven in the usual way.

2. In so far as naturalization is concerned, the request of the Allied Powers was complied with.

As to refusal of property deeds, the Department of the Interior is able to trace one case only. It has now been ruled in this case that the issue of patent will not be withheld, provided proof is submitted that the settlement conditions have been fulfilled.

3. Certificates of naturalization have been granted to Turks of Syrian and Armenian

origin since the Armistice, but no such certificates have been issued to persons of German origin.

As regards the issue of patents for homesteads, it may be stated that 10 George V, chapter 13, provides a means whereby alien homesteaders, who have completed their settlement duties, but who are debarred from naturalization for a period of ten years from the close of the war, may secure patents by showing that they are qualified for naturalization in all other respects.

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Subtopic:   NATURALIZATION - BELGIANS, FRENCH, TURKS, GERMANS.
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BONAVENTURE COUNTY PENSIONERS.

L LIB

Hon. Mr. MARCIL (Bonaventure):

Laurier Liberal

1. How many residents of Bonaventure County are receiving pensions and allowances?

2. What are the names, place of residence and respective amounts received by said persons?

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Subtopic:   BONAVENTURE COUNTY PENSIONERS.
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UNION

George Eulas Foster (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Unionist

Rt. Hon. Sir GEORGE FOSTER:

With reference to this and kindred questions, the Board of Pension Commissioners are constituted according to an Act; they present their reports to Parliament and such information as they bring down will be given then. It would cause an infinity of trouble and expense to get this information now as to the names, place of residence and respective amount of pensions received by persons in all the different localities.

Question dropped.

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Subtopic:   BONAVENTURE COUNTY PENSIONERS.
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MR. ELZEAR PICARD.

L LIB

Mr. MARCILE (Bagot):

Laurier Liberal

1. Has any demand been made to the Government by Elzear Picard, of St. Theodore d'Acton, on account of the death of his son, Prudent, during the month of October, 1918, while in military service?

2. If so, what is the amount? 1

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Subtopic:   MR. ELZEAR PICARD.
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April 7, 1920