June 10, 1920

BOARD OF COMMERCE REPORT PRESENTED.


Annual report of the Board of Commerce of Canada, together with a copy of the Order in Council submitting the same.- Rt. Hon. Sir Robert Borden.


IRRIGATION ACT AMENDMENT.


Hon. Arthur Meighen (Minister of the Interior) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 168 to amend the Irrigation Act.


LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING:

Explain.

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UNION

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

Unionist

Mr. MEIGHEN:

This Bill provides for expropriation, where necessary, of inferior water rights for the benefit of superior water rights. In the original Act domestic, municipal, commercial, and irrigation water rights are given orders of preference in the order named. It has been found that in practice where the first or second or third, as the case may be, develops to be more essential than the second, third or fourth, there must be power to expropriate the inferior rights, paying for them what may be necessary, in order that the higher and more essential rights may not suffer. That is the main object of the Bill. One other purpose is to provide that water derivable from springs shall be in the same position as to federal control as other waters.

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Motion agreed to, and Bill read the first time.


QUESTIONS.


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.)


CLASSIFICATION OF DEPARTMENT OF MILITIA AND DEFENCE.

LIB

Lawrence Geoffrey Power

Liberal

Mr. POWER:

With reference to an inquiry of the ministry by Mr. Power, answered by the Minister of Militia as follows :-

A classification of the Department of Militia and Defence has been submitted to the Civil

Service Commission. In every case where a returned soldier is holding a position which it is proposed to make permanent, his name has been submitted for appointment.

With regard to the other positions, it has been suggested to the Civil Service Commission that these positions should be thrown open to competition, thereby giving returned soldiers an opportunity of obtaining appointment to the same.

1. Does the phrase "other positions" in the first line, second paragraph of. reply, include all positions now temporarily held by other than returned soldiers? [DOT]

2. If not, what are the exceptions?

3. In connection with positions thrown open to competitive examination, will returned soldiers be given the preference, that is, will returned men who pass with the minimum qualifications be appointed in preference to better qualified civilians?

4. Will an examination of "Military Qualifications" be one of the subjects included in the competitive examinations?

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Subtopic:   CLASSIFICATION OF DEPARTMENT OF MILITIA AND DEFENCE.
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UNION

Hugh Guthrie (Minister of Militia and Defence; Solicitor General of Canada)

Unionist

Hon. Mr. GUTHRIE:

1 and 2. On the recommendation of the heads of branches, three officials were recommended to the Civil Service Commission for special appointment, viz., the Director of Separation Allowance and Assigned Pay, the Assistant Chief Accountant, and the 'Assistant Director of Records.

'The heads of branches reported that, if these officials were not continued in their present positions, it would completely dis1-organize the branches, and, therefore, a recommendation ad hoc was made to the Civil Service Commission.

3 and 4. This is a matter which rests entirely in the hands of the Civil Service Commission.

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COLONEL H. A. CHISHOLM.

UNION

Mr. MANION:

Unionist

1. Is Lieut.-Col. Chisholm of the P.A.M.C., who was second in command of the Medical Forces under General Foster in London, still an officer in the Medical Forces of Canada?

2. If so, what position does he hold?

3. Is it the intention of the Government to keep this man in the Permanent A.M.C. ?

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UNION

Hugh Guthrie (Minister of Militia and Defence; Solicitor General of Canada)

Unionist

Hon. Mr. GUTHRIE:

It is presumed that this question refers to Colonel H. A. Chisholm, C.M.G., D.S.O., who was recently employed as Deputy Director of Medical Services, Overseas Military Forces of Canada, London. If so, the answers are:

1. Yes.

2. At present employed under the Overseas Ministry in connection with winding up the Medical Services, Overseas Military Forces of Canada.

3. Yes. He is a highly efficient and experienced medical officer whose retention is in the interests of efficiency, as his record shows.

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IMPORTATIONS FROM GERMANY AND AUSTRIA.

LIB

Mr. RINFRET:

Liberal

1. What is the chief nature of the goods imported from Germany and Austria in 1919?

2. What is the character of these goods for the first three months of 1920?

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UNION

Hon. Mr. BURRELL: (Minister of Customs and Inland Revenue)

Unionist

1. From Germany.-Articles of chief value:-Articles of metal, when for use exclusively in mining or metallurgical operations. Machinery composed wholly or in part of iron or steel, and iron or steel integral parts thereof. Musical instruments. Precious stones not mounted or set.

From Austria.-Articles of chief value:- Insulators, electric.

2. From Germany. Articles of chief value:-Garden and field seeds in packages; tools, hand; penknives, etc.; articles of glass and manufactures of glass; manufactures of wood; labels for cigar boxes, etc.; photographs, chromos, etc.; manufactures of paper; braides, cords, etc.; toy6 of all kinds; musical instruments; precious stones.

From Austria.

Articles of chief value:- Hops; lamp chimneys; jewellery.

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CANADIAN REPRESENTATIVE AT INTERNATIONAL LABOUR CONFERENCE.


On the Orders of the Day:


June 10, 1920