June 22, 1920

UNION

Newton Wesley Rowell (Minister presiding over the Department of Health; President of the Privy Council)

Unionist

Mr. ROWELL:

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Newton Wesley Rowell (Minister presiding over the Department of Health; President of the Privy Council)

Unionist

Mr. ROWELL:

Yes. Canada is one of the contributors, in the higset class; so is Australia; so is England. Under the convention relating t'o the International Postal Union at least five units of the British Empire are in the first class, and on the existing basis we are called upon to contribute more than our real share' having regard to our relative standing with the other nations. I understand that one of the matters to come before the Assembly at its first meeting is a reconsideration of the basis of contribution, with a view to an amendment of the Covenant which will make the basis more equitable. When that basis is agreed upon-our share or contribution will undoubtedly be substantially reduced. / t

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William Lyon Mackenzie King (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

How does our share compare with the share Great Britain pays?

Mr. ROWEiLL: It is exactly the same as Great Britain's share and the United States' share; Australia's share is the same. I do not know why Canada is on the same basis as Great Britain and the United States in the International Postal Union, but she is, and therefore we are paying now on this basis a larger share than we will after the readjustment is made.

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Newton Wesley Rowell (Minister presiding over the Department of Health; President of the Privy Council)

Unionist

*Mr. ROWELL :

She is not a member of the League. Of course, if she comes in she will have to pay.

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Hugh Boulton Morphy

Unionist

Mr. MORPHY:

Would our payment be reduced by the entrance of the United States?

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Newton Wesley Rowell (Minister presiding over the Department of Health; President of the Privy Council)

Unionist

Mr. ROWELL:

Yes.

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Hugh Boulton Morphy

Unionist

Mr. MORPHY:

We are paying more now because of the fact that the United States is not in the League?

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Newton Wesley Rowell (Minister presiding over the Department of Health; President of the Privy Council)

Unionist

Mr. ROWELL:

All nations which have joined the League are paying more than they would pay if the other nations were also members.

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William Lyon Mackenzie King (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

What Canadians are participating in the work of this League?

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Newton Wesley Rowell (Minister presiding over the Department of Health; President of the Privy Council)

Unionist

Mr. ROWELL:

In addition to Sir Herbert Ames, who is the financial director, Doctor Riddell, who was Deputy Minister of Labour for the province of Ontario, has recently been appointed in connection with the International Labour Office. I am not quite sure of his exact position but Sir Herbert Ames will be able to tell us. Mr. Waugh has been appointed to the Saar Valley Basin Commission. Those are the three principal appointments.

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Mr. BEL AND@

How many members compose the financial directorate?

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Newton Wesley Rowell (Minister presiding over the Department of Health; President of the Privy Council)

Unionist

Mr. ROWELL:

Just one.

Mr. MiARCIL (Bonaventure): We have been told that Canada might be represented at the Council of the League if Canadian interests were at stake. Who is to judge when a question affects Canada as distinct from the British Empire; or is Canada called in when a decision may be arrived at in which the Empire alone is represented?

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Newton Wesley Rowell (Minister presiding over the Department of Health; President of the Privy Council)

Unionist

Mr. ROWELL:

If the question affected Canada in the sense that Canada might be called upon to take some action under the terms of the Covenant, then Canada would be entitled to be represented at the Council of the League.

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Charles Marcil

Laurier Liberal

Mr. MARCIL (Bonaventure):

Otherwise she has no representation except through the British representative?

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Newton Wesley Rowell (Minister presiding over the Department of Health; President of the Privy Council)

Unionist

Mr. ROWELL:

Canada is represented

in the assembly in the same way as every other country which is not now represented on the Council.

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William Lyon Mackenzie King (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

I see my hon. friend (Sir Herbert Ames) has returned to

his seat. I was asking in his absence what Canadians are participating in the work of the League?

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Herbert Brown Ames

Unionist

Sir HERBERT AMES:

Mr. Waugh, who is on the Saar Valley Basin Governing Commission; Doctor Riddell, who, I understand, came from the Ontario Government, and who occupies a position in the Labour Office in connection with the study of unemployment; there are one or two younger men in subordinate positions and one young lady. Mr. Martel went over, I understand, as the Vice-President of Trades and Labour Council of Montreal. Then to the various committees that are sitting from time to time we send Canadian representatives. At the present moment Mr. Gundy is over there assisting in the organization of the Financial Conference. He came somewhat ahead of time owing to the conference having been postponed, and as he was likely to be in England some time he offered to help the committee, and is doing so I understand.

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William Lyon Mackenzie King (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

He made up for the one representative of labour who came after the conference?

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June 22, 1920