June 28, 1920

UNION

Thomas Hay

Unionist

Rt. Hon Sir GEORGE FOSTER:

I would ask my hon. friend to defer his motion until to-morrow. One section of the report deals especially with statistical iraporte, and I am afraid as it stands it might cause some confusion. I have asked the proper officer to interview the chairman of the committee with reference to the matter.

Topic:   JOINT COMMITTEE ON PRINTING.
Subtopic:   MOTION FOR ADOPTION OF REPORTS.
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UNION

John Allister Currie

Unionist

Mr. CURRIE:

I might say that I was

absent from the committee when the second report was dealt with. I understood from my colleagues in the Senate on the committee that the report was to he discussed at another meeting of the Printing Committee, and I was therefore -surprised a few days later to find that the report had been presented to the Senate, necessitating its being presented here by me. The third report does not deal with any controversial matters, but only with public documents presented to the House, recommending that certain of them he printed and that others be not printed. I would therefore suggest that the House adopt the third report, and let the second report stand.

Topic:   JOINT COMMITTEE ON PRINTING.
Subtopic:   MOTION FOR ADOPTION OF REPORTS.
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L LIB

Rodolphe Lemieux

Laurier Liberal

Mr. LEMIEUX:

The second report is the one that was presented on Saturday. I understand?

Topic:   JOINT COMMITTEE ON PRINTING.
Subtopic:   MOTION FOR ADOPTION OF REPORTS.
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UNION

John Allister Currie

Unionist

Mr. CURRIE:

That was our first report. It does not contain any recommendation to print or not to print public 'documents. The third report deals entirely with public documents that have been presented to the House.

Topic:   JOINT COMMITTEE ON PRINTING.
Subtopic:   MOTION FOR ADOPTION OF REPORTS.
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L LIB

Rodolphe Lemieux

Laurier Liberal

Mr. LEMIEUX:

Lest I forget. I wish

now to express my surprise that the Joint Committee on Printing has appointed an Editorial Committee containing not one French name, although both languages are official. The Editorial Committee consists of Mr. Fred Cook, Assistant King's Printer, chairman; Mr. F. C. T. O'Hara, Deputy Minister of Trade and Commerce; Mr. F. C. C. Lynch, Superintendent of Natural Resources Intelligence Branch, Department of Interior, and associated with that Committee in an advisory capacity are the Right Hon. Sir George Foster. Hon. A. Meighen and Hon. Mr. Burrell. I hope that my hon. friend before submitting his report for adoption will take my remarks into consideration and that it will be found advisable to add at least one French name to the Editorial Committee. Tt seems to me that the Government should also he represented on that, Editorial Committee by at least one French-speaking member.

Topic:   JOINT COMMITTEE ON PRINTING.
Subtopic:   MOTION FOR ADOPTION OF REPORTS.
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UNION

John Allister Currie

Unionist

Mr. CURRIE:

I may say for the information of the hon. gentleman that the Committee on Printing had nothing to do with the appointment of the Editorial Committee. It is intended to leave the second report dealing with the cost of printing, etc., until to-morrow. I would move that the third report which is purely routine, be adopted now, and to-morrow I will move the adoption of the second report.

Topic:   JOINT COMMITTEE ON PRINTING.
Subtopic:   MOTION FOR ADOPTION OF REPORTS.
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L LIB

Rodolphe Lemieux

Laurier Liberal

Mr. LEMIEUX:

My hon. friend does not answer my objection.

Topic:   JOINT COMMITTEE ON PRINTING.
Subtopic:   MOTION FOR ADOPTION OF REPORTS.
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UNION

John Allister Currie

Unionist

Mt. CURRIE:

Unfortunately I cannot

deal with that report further than to submit it to-morrow to the House as it stands. It will then be for the House to instruct the Committee as to what action shall be taken.

Topic:   JOINT COMMITTEE ON PRINTING.
Subtopic:   MOTION FOR ADOPTION OF REPORTS.
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UNION

Edgar Nelson Rhodes (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Unionist

Mr. SPEAKER:

The hon. member (Mr. Currie) desires to amend his motion by striking ont the word "second." The motion as amended calls for the adoption of the third report. Is it the pleasure of the House to adopt the motion?

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Topic:   JOINT COMMITTEE ON PRINTING.
Subtopic:   MOTION FOR ADOPTION OF REPORTS.
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TRADE BETWEEN RUSSIA AND CANADA.


On the Orders of the Day: iMr. JOSEPH ARCHAMBAULT (Chambly and Vercheres): My attention has been directed to an article which appears in the Montreal Gazette of this morning and which contains the following headlines: "Martens must be Deported from U. S. on Purchase There.-Canada Secures Trade which U. ,S. Government will not allow Amerioan to take. The article in question goes on to state that Mr. 'L. C. A. K. Martens, Commercial Representative of the Soviet Government in the United States, has signed a contract with a Canadian firm for the shipment to Russia of several millions dollars' worth of food-stuffs, agricultural machinery and railroad equipment, and that the negotiations for this contract were carried on by Premier Lloyd .George and Mr. Gregory Krassin, Soviet Minister of Commerce and Russian Representative in London. I desire to ask the Government, first, whether trade has been resumed between Canada and Russia; secondly, whether the Government are aware of this large contract in question; and, thirdly, if so, whether it is true that the negotiations were carried on by Premier Lloyd George. Rt. Hon. 'Sir GEORGE FOSTER (Min:Bter of Trade and Commerce): In answer to my hon. friend, I may say, first, that there are no restrictions as regards trade between the people of Russia and the people of Canada.


L LIB

Ernest Lapointe

Laurier Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE:

Hear, hear.

Sir GEOiRGE FOSTER: Any Canadian is at perfect liberty to make any arrangement he pleases in the way of trade with any Russian, and this Government does not grant any more facilities to one than to another. It is perfectly free and open to the people of the two countries to make any arrangements they desire a6 regards trade. In the second place, I may say that no negotiations have been carried on govern-nientally, although J may inform the House that I have been asked whether there is any ojection to such trade being carried on and I have answered that there is not. As to what contracts have 'been made,-that is a matter with which the 'Government has nothing to do, and in, regard to which, therefore, it has no special information; but it is currently stated that considerable contracts have already been entered into.

Topic:   TRADE BETWEEN RUSSIA AND CANADA.
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PRIVATE BILLS.

CONSIDERED IN COMMITTEE-THIRD READINGS.


Bill No. 200 (from the Senate), for the relief of iMuriel Uurren Gilmour.-Mr. Fripp. Bill No. 201 (from the Senate), for the relief of Marie Jeanne Yvonne Alberfine St. Amour Lallemand.-Mr. Duff. Bill No. 202 (from the Senate), for the relief of Lauretta Estelle Cook.-Mr. Fripp. Bill No. 203 (from the Senate), for the relief of Reginald Muir Barlow.-Mr. Fripp. Bill No. 204 (from the Senate), for the relief of Alfred John Crawford.-Mr. Hock-en. Bill No. 205 (from the iSenate), for the relief of Frederick Minskip.-IMr. Fripp. Bill No. 207 (from the Senate), for the relief of Charles Henry Foster.-Mr. Wallace. | Bill No. 208 (from the Senate), for the relief of Frank Cox.-Mr. MacNutt. Bill No. 209 (from the Senate), for the relief of Joseph Dube.-IMr. Fripp. , (Bill No. 210 (from the Senate), for the relief of John Donnelly.-IMr. Wallace. -


QUESTIONS.


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk).


TERMINATION OP FRENCH TREATY.

L LIB

Mr. LEMIEUX:

Laurier Liberal

1. Is the Honourable the Minister of Trade and Commerce aware of the following memorandum issued by 8. W. McMichael, acting commissioner of customs and addressed to the collectors of customs and others concerned, dated 1st June, instant?

File No. 99678. No. 2398-B

Memorandum.

Department of Customs, Canada.

Ottawa, 1st June, 1920.

To Collectors of Customs

and others concerned :-

French Treaty

ceases to he in force after 19th June, 1920.

Referring to Memorandum No. 2368-B, containing The French Convention Act, 1919, you are advised that notice has been given for termination of the convention respecting Commercial Relations between Canada and France, dated 19th September, 1907, and the supplementary convention, respecting Commercial Relations between Canada and France, dated 23rd January, 1909, whereby the said Franco-Canadian Commercial Conventions cease to be in force after 19th June, 1920.

Notes-While articles the produce or manufacture of Jaipan will after the 19th June, 1920, not be entitled to the benefit of the rates of duty provided under the said Franco-Canadian Commercial Conventions by reason of the existence of these conventions, such articles will still be entitled to the Intermediate Tariff as extended in part to Belgium, The Netherlands and Italy.-(Vide Memo. No. 1592-B).

Note further-Regulations respecting Samples (Vide Memo. 1729-B) will, after the 19th June, 1920, apply only to British countries and to Japan. ,

S. W. McMichael, Acting Commissioner of Customs.

2. Is the Honourable Minister aware of the fact that French importations now coming in under the general tariff rates are discriminated against by the admission of many similar goods from Japan, Belgium, the Netherlands and Italy under the intermediate tariff?

3. In order not to dislocate the trade which has developed between Canada and France, should not the honourable minister offer my cable to the French Government our intermediate tariff against their minimum tariff pending negotiations towards a permanent agreement?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   TERMINATION OP FRENCH TREATY.
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UNION

Rt. Hon. Sir GEORGE FOSTER (Minister of Trade and Commerce):

Unionist

1. Yes.

2. Yes.

3. Steps have already been taken in the direction indicated by the question.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   TERMINATION OP FRENCH TREATY.
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June 28, 1920