April 15, 1921

AGRICULTURE AND COLONIZATION


Mr. HENDERS presented the first report of the Select Standing Committee on Agriculture and Colonization.


FUEL SUPPLY


On the motion of Right Hon. Arthur Meighen (Prime Minister) the name of Mr. Chisholm was substituted for that of Mr. Lemieux on the special committee appointed to inquire into the future fuel supply of Canada. MONDAYS FOR GOVERNMENT x BUSINESS


UNION

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

Unionist

Right Hon. Mr. MEIGHEN moved:

That on Monday, April 25, and all subsequent Mondays to the end of the Session, Government Notices of Motions and Government Orders shall have precedence over all business except Private Bills, Questions by Members and Notices of Motions for the Pro duction of Papers.

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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

The suggestion is that the Government take Mondays for government business on and after Apri' 25. That leaves but very little time tc private members.

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UNION

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

Unionist

Mr. MEIGHEN:

Just one more Monday.

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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

If the Government would consider extending the proposed period I think it would meet the convenience of members of the House.

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UNION

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

Unionist

Mr. MEIGHEN:

I made inquiry and I find that we are later than usual in the taking of Monday when we defer it until April 25-that is to say a longer period than is usual has elapsed since the opening of the session before doing this. However,

I do not want to press the matter against any substantial opinion of private members on either side of the House. It will be recalled that last Monday, although it was private members' day-and the same occurred on at least one previous occasion -we reached Government Orders and spent some time on them. So I thought it was not too much to ask that after April 18, the Government take Mondays.

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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

On Monday next the Referendum will be taken in Ontario and I think a large number of mem-

bers will be absent. That might make a little difference in the consideration of the subject.

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UNION

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

Unionist

Mr. MEIGHEN:

I would be prepared to alter the motion and take next Monday, and give private members the Monday following if that would be agreeable. Then hon. gentlemen would have more time and nobody would be hurt.

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L LIB

Henri Sévérin Béland

Laurier Liberal

Hon. H. S. BELAND (Beauce):

My impression is that Public Bills and Orders have been reached only once this session, that was last Monday. Looking over the Order Paper I find a large number of Bills inscribed there for second reading. None of these Public Bills with the exception of one, have reached the stage past second reading although there are amongst them some very important measures. Unless Monday is retained for a while longer there is no probability that Public Bills will ever be reached. As this is the only day in the week that private members have I would suggest that at least the three next Mondays be retained for their exclusive use. Of course, if private members do not desire or do not wish to avail themselves of the opportunity of discussing their own measures or motions, then the Government is welcome to proceed with its own Orders. I am going to introduce a Bill myself in a few minutes which I consider important unless the Government is willing to make it a government measure. In that case it will be a different matter altogether.

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L LIB

Charles Arthur Gauvreau

Laurier Liberal

Mr. C. A. GAUVREAU (Temiscouata) :

There are only nine private bills on the Order Paper and they mostly consist of Divorce Bills from the Senate.

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UNION

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

Unionist

Mr. MEIGHEN:

The Government could

not agree to allowing three more Mondays. I would like to sound the general opinion of the House on the matter. I think it is a fair proposal that we shall not take next Monday as so many members from the province of Ontario will be absent. If it is satisfactory I would be prepared to allow two more Mondays for private members, and then take the next.

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UF

Thomas Wakem Caldwell

United Farmers

Mr. CALDWELL:

Down here we have

not been able to hear a word that has been said at the other end of the Chamber. I have a Bill on the Order Paper and I would like to know whether -it will be affected or not by the Government's decision? .

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UNION

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

Unionist

Mr. MEIGHEN:

I will make myself

understood, and perhaps I can illustrate my

meaning best by a reference to the Bill standing in the hon. gentleman's own name. That Bill was called last Monday but he was not here to go on with it. I have suggested that the Government should allow one more Monday and then take the Mondays after that as Government days, but I have now amended the suggestion to read that two more Mondays shall be allowed to private members and that the Government take Mondays beginning on May 2.

Motion as amended agreed to.

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REPORTS AND PAPERS


Returns showing the total number of persons in the employ of the Dominion Government, including both the inside and the outside service but not including the Canadian National Railways; number of persons in the employ of the Canadian National Railways.-Sir Henry Drayton. Correspondence relative to the Franco-Canadian Commercial Agreement 1921.- Sir George Foster.


CRIMINAL CODE AMENDMENT ACT

April 15, 1921