June 1, 1920

FIRST READINGS.


Bill No. 142 (from the Senate), for the relief of Jennie Wright.-Mr. Fripp. Bill No. 143 (from the Senate), for the relief of Alfred Charles Edwin Westley.-Mr. Fripp. Bill No. 144 (from the Senate), for the relief of George Orville Scott.-Air. Fripp. Bill No. 145 (from the Senate), for the relief of John William Wallace.-Mr. Wallace. Bill No. 146 (from the Senate), for the relief of Harry Davis.-Mr. Wallace. Bill No. 147 (from the Senate) for the relief of Elizabeth Conway Murray.-Mr. Fripp. Bill No. 149 (from the Senate), for the relief of Frank Fulsom.-Mr. Fraser. Bill No. 150 (from the Senate), for the relief of James Proudfoot.-Mr. Hocken.


INCREASED INDEMNITY - ALLEGED ROUND ROBIN.

STATEMENT BY THE PRIME MINISTER DENYING NEWSPAPER REPORT.


On the Orders of the Day:


UNION

Robert Laird Borden (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Unionist

Rt. Hon. Sir ROBERT BORDEN (Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, some hon. members of the House have directed my attention to certain statements in the press to the effect that they had signed a round robin for increased indemnity, and that the attendance of hon. members on this side of the House had been affected because of noncompliance by the Government with their desire. So far as I am aware, no such round robin exists.

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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Hear, hear.

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UNION

Robert Laird Borden (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Unionist

Sir ROBERT BORDEN:

At all events, I have never seen it nor heard of it-

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L LIB

Henri Sévérin Béland

Laurier Liberal

Mr. BELAND:

Nor have I.

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UNION

Robert Laird Borden (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Unionist

Sir ROBERT BORDEN:

-except through the press reports to which I have alluded. Let me say, Mr. Speaker, that I have no reason to suppose, nor do I believe, that the

attendance of hon. members on this side of the House has been in any way affected by reason of the cause assigned.

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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Hear, hear.

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UNION

Robert Laird Borden (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Unionist

Sir ROBERT BORDEN:

The only action taken by members of which I have personal knowledge is the fact that a certain number of gentlemen had an interview with me upon this subject about a week or ten days ago, at which a very non-committal answer was received from me.

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NEWSPRINT SHORTAGE.


On the Orders of the Dav: Mr. .1. R. WILSON (Saskatoon): Mr. Speaker, I desire to bring to the attention of the Government the fact that about an hour ago I received a number of telegrams from my city in reference to the paper shortage. It is stated that the newspapers in Saskatoon will have to cease publication unless some arrangement is made to secure a supply of paper. I should like to know whether the Government have taken any action in the matter, and what they intend to do to relieve the situation. Sir HEiNRY DRAYTON (Minister of Finance): The newspaper publishers of Canada have had a committee looking after the newsprint question, and negotiations have been under way with a view to obtaining necessary supplies for the newspapers. An agreement was reached last October under which the mills and the newspapers arrived at certain prices, not on the basis of Governmental paper control, but as a matter of ordinary business arrangement between the mills and the newspapers. That agreement provided not only for the supply of newsprint at a fixed price which had been agreed upon up to the end of June, but also for a supply for the Canadian press from then on at the usual trade rates as fixed by the pulp and paper manufacturers as applicable to the export trade. I regret very much to have to inform the House that last Saturday the newspaper publishers interested came to Ottawa and reported that they had been unable to provide for proper newsprint supplies and that there was grave danger of a large number of Canadian papers- some 27 in all-having to suspend publication, not because they were not willing to pay the price but because the commodity was not available for them. Telegrams have been sent out to the different manufacturers of newsprint and the matter will be taken up to-morrow morning with those manufacturers. I hope to be able to give



my lion, friend more definite information after that meeting.


L LIB

Charles Marcil

Laurier Liberal

Hon. CHARLES MARGIL:

Has the minister suggested to the newspaper proprietors the propriety of reducing the size of their newspapers?

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CON

Henry Lumley Drayton (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir HENRY DRAYTON:

That is a matter that has been considered by the newspapers. What the newspapers say is that the amount of newsprint that they use is negligible compared with the total Canadian output. They point out that the whole additional quantity that they require to carry on only amounts to two per cent of the export of the Canadian mills. What I mean by that is this: Contracts have

been made to a certain extent with the Canadian papers and all that is -necessary to keep these 27 newspapers going is the insignificant amount of two per cent of the export of our mills.

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UNION

William Findlay Maclean

Unionist

Mr. W. F. MACLEAN:

I would like to say in regard to the matter that while the organization of the newspapers-

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UNION

Edgar Nelson Rhodes (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Unionist

Mr. SPEAKER:

Order. If the hon. member wishes to submit a question to the Government he will be quite in order in doing so, but a debate cannot be entered on at this stage.

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UNION

William Findlay Maclean

Unionist

Mr. W. F. MACLEAN:

Then I will ask: How is it that this association of newspaper publishers have secured contracts for themselves when they had agreed, or had taken the position, that no agreement was to he made unless all the papers were provided for? Now "we hear that certain papers have been provided for and apparently the energy of the association has weakened. I want to point out to the minister that all the papers should be taken care of in this matter.

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June 1, 1920