February 24, 1921

NEW MEMBER INTRODUCED.


George Newcombe Gordon, Esq., member for the Electoral District of Peterborough West, introduced by Hon. W. L. Mackenzie King and Hon. Charles Murphy.


REPORT TABLED.


General Rules and Orders of the Exchequer Court, in accordance with the provisions of section 88 of the Exchequer Court Act, chapter 140., R.S.C., 1906.- Sir Henry Drayton.


SENATE AND HOUSE OF COMMONS ACT AMENDMENT.


Mr. A. R. McMASTER (Brome) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 10, to amend the Senate and House of Commons Act.


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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Explain.

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Mr. McM ASTER@

The object of this

Bill is to make it incumbent upon members who accept portfolios to resign all directorships in incorporated companies.

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Motion agreed to, and Bill read the first time.


THE LATE THOMAS P. OWENS.

TRIBUTE TO THE MEMORY OF THE EDITOR OF DEBATES.


On the orders of the Day:


UNION

Arthur Meighen (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Unionist

Right Hon. ARTHUR MEIGHEN (Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, we have learned

this morning the sad news of the death of a long-standing servant of this House, the Editor of Debates, Mr. Thomas P. Owens. Mr. Owens was first associated with the work of Parliament as Hansard reporter not less than thirty-three years ago, and on account of his very long and excellent service, I think an exception might be made to refer very briefly to him now. Previously to that, indeed, he occupied a place above your Chair, Sir, as representative of a leading Canadian newspaper. He, therefore, was virtually during the whole of his life in association with the Canadian House of Commons. He was appointed associate Editor of Debates in 1913; he became Editor of Debates in 1916; and the worth, indeed, the expertness of his ser vices, is known and admitted by all whc knew anything of his work. The warmth and geniality of his Irish character are also qualities that we shall one and all miss from this time forth, and many an hon. member of this House on either side will feel the loss of a kindly and attractive friend.

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William Lyon Mackenzie King (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, it is eminently appropriate that reference should be made to the passing of one who for many years has been a highly valued and much trusted officer of the House of Commons staff: As my right hon. friend has said, Mr. T. P. Owens was associated with the staff of the House of Commons for a period of something like thirty-three years, first as a journalist, later as a reporter on the Hansard staff and for some years past as the chief of the Hansard staff and Editor of Debates. All hon. members of the House who knew him will feel at this time a deep sense of personal loss. They will miss one who at all times was the most kindly, courteous, open-hearted and affable of men. Mr. Owens held a position of great trust and responsibility. He took much pride in his work, and it was recognized, I think, by all that he brought to that important position qualities of judgment, of efficiency, of industry and of impartiality, which have helped to place the Canadian Hansard in

the fore-front of the records of debates of any of the Parliaments or legislative assemblies in the world. We alj deeply mourn his loss.

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UNI L

Thomas Alexander Crerar

Unionist (Liberal)

Hon. T. A. CRERAR (Marquette) :

Mr. Speaker, I was unaware, until I had taken my seat, that the late Editor of Debates of this House had passed to the Great Beyond. His death came as a shock to me. There is, I am sure, no member in this house who has not at some time experienced the kindness of our friend who has gone. I am, comparatively speaking, a young member in the House; I have not had the years of experience of either my right hon. friend who leads the Government (Mr. Meighen) or my hon. friend who leads the Opposition (Mr. Mackenzie King) ; but I know, as a comparatively new member of this House, one of the memories I shall always have with me is the uniform kindness of the treatment given to young members by Mr. Owens. At all times he was geniality itself. He was a faithful servant of this House; he often gave valuable assistance to young members who were getting acquainted for the first time with the work of this House. I am sure we shall all miss him, and his passing away is a loss not only to the House but to the country.

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DOMINION ELECTIONS ACT AMENDMENT.


On the Order, "Orders of the Day."


UNION

Arthur Meighen (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Unionist

Right Hon. ARTHUR MEIGHEN (Prime Minister) :

I rather expected to find, at

least the Government Order with regard to a motion which was passed yesterday, under the heading of "Orders of the Day." That not being the case, with the permission of the House, I desire to move, pursuant to the motion passed yesterday, that we pass to Government Orders now, for the sake of taking up Government Order No. 1, that is to say, Bill No. 2, to amend the Dominion Elections Act.

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Edgar Nelson Rhodes (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Unionist

Mr. SPEAKER:

It is quite competent

for the right hon. gentleman, without leave of the House, to move to proceed to Government Orders.

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Motion agreed to, and the House thereupon proceeded to Government Orders. House again in commitee on Bill No. 2. to amend the Dominion Elections Act.-Mr. Boivin in the Chair. On section 1. Canada Temperance Act Vote in Ontario. 17i


February 24, 1921