March 7, 1921

REPORTS.


Copies of the Canada-West Indies Trade Agreement, 1920.-Sir George Foster.


PRIVATE BILLS FIRST READINGS


Bill No. 20, to incorporate The Mayo Valley Railway, Limited.-Mr. Thompson (Yukon). Bill No. 21, respecting The Oshawa Railway Company.-Mr. Smith. Bill No. 22, respecting The Thousand Islands Railway Company.-Mr. Smith.


REPORTED INCREASE IN CUSTOMS DUTIES


On the Orders of the Day:


L LIB

James Alexander Robb

Laurier Liberal

Mr. J. A. ROBB (Chateauguay-Hun-tingdon) :

I desire to direct the attention of the Government, and of the Finance Minister (Sir Henry Drayton) in particular, to a statement sent out by one of the larger New York banks to its Canadian correspondents, and by them passed along to their branches throughout Canada, intimating that the New York hank has information that the Canadian Government will, within a very short time, increase the customs duties by adding 30 per cent to the already existing duties.

I am sure that if this information is not well-founded, the Government and the Finance Minister will see the importance of at once giving it a flat denial; otherwise, it will stimulate imports that are not immediately needed. On the other hand, if it is well-founded, someone has been indiscreet.

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CON

Henry Lumley Drayton (Secretary of State of Canada; Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir HENRY DRAYTON (Minister of Finance) :

I thank the hon. member for bringing the matter to my attention. This is the very first I have heard of it. My hon. friend is well aware that it would be entirely improper for us to make any declarations on the subject matter of the report one way or the other, at the present time. I may say, however, that the imposition of an additional 30 per cent is not even being considered.

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AUDITOR GENERAL'S REPORT.


On the Orders of the Day: Mr. JOHN H. SINCLAIR (Antigonish and Guysborough) : I should like to draw the attention of the Minister of Finance to the provisions of the Audit Act which require that a copy of the Auditor General's reports shall be laid on the Table, within fifteen days after the opening of the session, and to ask why the Act has not been complied with this session.


CON

Henry Lumley Drayton (Secretary of State of Canada; Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir HENRY DRAYTON (Minister of Finance) :

I shall have very great pleasure in looking into the matter immediately.

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CENSUS OFFICIALS


On the Orders of the Day:


L LIB

Charles Arthur Gauvreau

Laurier Liberal

Mr. C. A. GAUVREAU (Temiscouata) :

May I ask the Minister of Agriculture when we may expect the official list of the Chief Census officers for the districts in my riding.

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UNION

Simon Fraser Tolmie (Minister of Agriculture)

Unionist

Hon. S. F. TOLMIE (Minister of Agriculture) :

That matter comes under the Department of Trade and Commerce now, not the Department of Agriculture.

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L LIB

Charles Arthur Gauvreau

Laurier Liberal

Mr. GAUVREAU:

Then I will put the question to the Minister of Trade and Commerce.

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Right Hon. S@

I think the lists are already published, with the exception of the province of Quebec and the latter will be ready in a day or two, if not already published. I will send my hon. friend a copy.

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MACKENZIE BASIN OIL REGULATIONS


On the Orders of the Day.


UNION

Henry Arthur Mackie

Unionist

Mr. H. A. MACKIE (East Edmonton) :

Mr. Speaker, I should like to speak to a matter of great importance and urgency. Under an Order in Council passed in January, the oil regulations governing Mackenzie Basin district were suspended. Under another Order in Council-

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March 7, 1921