June 8, 1920

THE SPEAKER'S CHAIR.

OFFER OF GIFT FROM THE LORDS AND COMMONS OF THE UNITED KINGDOM.

UNION

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

Unionist

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

Some two weeks ago His Honour the Speaker received from the Secretary of the Empire Parliamentary Association in London the following telegram:

London, May 19, 1920.

Rhodes,

Speaker-House Commons,

Ottawa.

Lord Chancellor and Speaker, joint presidents and members of Empire Parliamentary Association in Lords and Commons, ask you to accept as gift to Canadian House Commons the Speaker's Chair as an abiding token of good will between both Parliaments. Suggested that chair should be replica of that in British House of Commons. Colonel Amery, Undersecretary for Colonies, who will be in Ottawa about end of this month, is bringing photographs of British chair and will consult you.

Degvidle,

Commons, London.

Since then Colonel Amery has arrived in Ottawa. He has brought the photograph, which I shall lay upon the table of the House, and which will indicate that the chair which it is intended to send us is beautiful, dignified and ornate. It is my duty now to move a resolution, which I hope my hon. friend the leader of the Opposition (Mr. Mackenzie King) will second, setting forth our appreciation of this generous and thoughtful gift and authorizing the Speaker to convey the thanks of this House to the donors. It has been the custom in this House for many years in the past-I do not know how long-that the Speaker upon retiring should take with him as a memorial of his occupancy of the high office of Speaker the chair used during his term. Of course, if this gift is accepted, that custom could not very well prevail in the future.

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CON

George Green Foster

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir GEORGE FOSTER:

Give him a photograph of it.

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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:

My right hon. friend the Minister of Trade and Commerce suggests that a photograph of the chair might be presented to the Speaker in lieu of the chair itself.

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L LIB

Jacques Bureau

Laurier Liberal

Mr. BUREAU:

Give him a gold miniature.

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UNION

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

Unionist

Sir ROBERT BORDEN:

What may be done in the circumstances would be for hon. members to decide. It may be the pleasure of the House that some memorial, possibly a chair such as has been in the past used by the Speaker, be presented to each Speaker upon his retirement. But that question does not arise at the moment.

It only remains for me to say that since the Parliament House which stood upon this site was destroyed by tire a few years ago we have already been favoured with many indications of the good-will of our brethren in the great Mother Parliament beyond the seas. This further token of good-will is but another illustration of the spirit of comradeship which prevails between the members of this Parliament and the members of the old Parliament in the United Kingdom. We are united by the ties of common ideals, of like institutions and traditions, and of a common allegiance. I hope that it may be our purpose now and at all times in the future to work with them in the best of good feeling and co-operation for the fulfilment of the aims of advanced democracy.

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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:

I hope that the House will accept the resolution which I now propose, and which will be seconded by Mr. Mackenzie King:

That the offer of a Speaker's Chair to the House of Commons of Canada by the Lord Chancellor and the Speaker of the House of Commons as Joint presidents and by the members of the Empire Parliamentary Association in the House of Lords and in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom be most gratefully accepted, and that Mr. Speaker do inform the donors of the high appreciation of this House for the gift and particularly for the sympathy and good-will which it expresses.

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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, on behalf of hon. gentlemen on this side of the House it affords me great pleasure to have the opportunity of seconding the motion which has been made in such appropriate words 2051

by my right hon. friend (Sir Robert Borden). If there is one thing above another which we in Canada have reason to be proud of and to be grateful for, it is that our constitution and parliamentary institutions are to all intents and purposes a replica of the constitution and parliamentary institutions of the Mother of Parliaments in the Old World. A visible sign of this great invisible reality such as is embodied in the gift it is our privilege to accept, is one of the links of Empire which make for that unity we all desire in the things which are fundamental to liberty and to the preservation of it.

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Motion agreed to.


ORDERS OF DIRECTOR OF COAL OPERATIONS.

UNION

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

Unionist

Hon. ARTHUR MEIGHEN (Minister of the Interior):

I beg to lay on the Table

orders of the Director of Coal Operations. Numbers 1 to 144 inclusive, as asked for

yesterday.

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REPORT TABLED.


Annual Report of the Department of Public Printing and Stationery for the fiscal year ended March 31, 1919.-Rt.' Hon. Mr. Sif-ton.


SENATE BILLS.

FIRST READINGS.


Bill No. 159 (from the Senate), for the relief of Mary Oakley.-Mr. Fripp. Bill No. 160 (from the Senate), for the relief of Margaret Elizabeth Cooper.-Mr. Mowat. Bill No. 161 (from the Senate), for the relief of Catherine Burfoot.-Mr. Nesbitt. Bill No; 163 (from the Senate), for the relief of Thomas Lindsay Thacker.-Mr. Blake. Bill No. 164 (from the Senate), for the relief of John Durose.-Sir Sam Hughes.


TORONTO UNION STATION.

June 8, 1920