April 26, 1921

RESEARCH COUNCIL


Right Hon. Sir GEORGE FOSTER (minister of Trade and Commerce) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 116 to amend the Research Council Act.


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CON

George Green Foster

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir GEORGE FOSTER:

The Bill is for the purpose of making some amendments in the Act with reference to the Advisory Council of Scientific Research, and providing for the establishment of a National Research Institute. The matter will be fully explained on the second reading of the Bill. This simply indicates its purpose.

Motion agreed to and Bill read the first time. '

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PRIVATE BILLS FROM THE SENATE-FIRST READINGS


Bill No. 108, respecting the Dominion Express Company.-Mr. Nesbitt. Bill No. 109, for the relief of John Edward Kelly.-Mr. Mowat. Bill No. 110, for the relief of Annie Belle Westbeare.-Mr. Boys. Bill No. Ill, for the relief of Christian Wilson Stephens.-Mr. Mowat. Bill No. 112, for the relief of Alice Andrews.-Mr. Hocken. Bill No. 113, for" the relief of Esther Annie Vanzant.-Mr. Mowat. Bill No. 114, for the relief of Werden Grant Parker.-Mr. Mowat. Bill No. 115, for the relief of James Edward Nixon.-Mr. Fripp.


BATTLEFIELDS MEMORIALS COMMISSION


On the Orders of the Day:


UNION

Sydney Chilton Mewburn

Unionist

Hon. S. C. MEWBURN (East Hamilton):

Mr. Speaker, I desire, with your permission, on behalf of the Canadian Battlefields Memorials Commission to advise members of this House that the first stage of the competition in design for the eight battlefield memorials to be erected in France and Belgium by the Canadian Government was concluded on the 15th instant. By that date one hundred and sixty sets of designs had been received. These were judged anonymously by the following Board of Assessors: Professor C. H. Reilly, Liverpool, nominated by the Royal Institute of British Architects; Professor Paul P. Cret, nominated by the Societies des Architects Paris, and Professor Frank Darling, nominated by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. Of these one hundred and sixty competitors, seventeen designers were selected to enter the final stage of the competition. This will involve the submission of models of their designs. The conditions for the final stage of the competition are now being prepared and will be sent to the seventeen selected designers in the course of a few days.

The successful competitors of the first stage have been notified officially and an article also appeared in yesterday's papers giving their names and addresses. The successful designs are now on view in the Railway Committee Rooms, House of Commons, and I shall be glad if hon. members will avail themselves of the opportunity of inspecting them.

PRIME MINISTERS' CONFERENCE On the Orders of the Day:

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Charles Murphy

Laurier Liberal

Hon. CHARLES MURPHY (Russell) :

Mr. Speaker, yesterday afternoon the right hon. Prime Minister (Mr. Meighen) made

a statement to the House with reference to the approaching: Prime Ministers' Conference to be held in London in June next, and in course of his observations he said that:

-the June meeting would he of a special and preliminary character having in view the necessity of discussing-

And then he proceeded to enumerate a series of subjects. Within a few hours of that statement being made in this House, Mr. Winston Churchill is reported to have made a speech in London, and in dealing with the subject of the conference he is alleged to have said:

The Conference was not to he a temporary or occasional affair or a periodical institution, hut a meeting of the regular Imperial Cabinet. He thought they could anticipate a properly successful series of discussions.

I desire to ask the right hon. gentleman if he can explain the difference of opinion that evidently exists with regard to the character and scope of the approaching conference, and whether his definition or that of Mr. Winston Churchill is the correct one?

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UNION

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

Unionist

Right Hon. ARTHUR MEIGHEN (Prime Minister) :

Mr. Speaker, the definition that I gave in the outline not Only of the character but of the proposed proceedings was based upon communications that had passed between the Government of Great Britain and ourselves, and the references to it that appeared more noticeably at the end of the statement were based more exclusively upon the view of Canada. As to whether it should be described as an Imperial Cabinet or as Prime Ministers' Conference, I think the latter nomenclature is the better. The Imperial War Cabinet is the only Imperial Cabinet that has ever met, and it met for purposes that had to do with the temporary condition of war. This is the first meeting of Prime Ministers of this character. Whether it becomes permanent or not, it is too soon yet to predict.

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SASKATCHEWAN SENATE REPRESENTATION


On the Orders of the Day:


PRO

Andrew Knox

Progressive

Mr. ANDREW KNOX (Prince Albert) :

May I be permitted to draw the attention of the Government to a despatch appearing in La Patrie? This is the English translation :

Ottawa, April 25.-It has been authentically reported that Mr. J. N. Dupuis, president of Dupuis Fr&res, Montreal, has been appointed Senator and is going to he sworn to-morrow.

This appointment was on the Order of the Day lately, and to-day it is believed to be official.

Mr. Dupuis would then succeed to the late Senator Prince of Battleford (Saskatchewan).

In view of this despatch, I would ask the Government if they think it is in the interest, first, of North Saskatchewan, and secondly, of the West as a whole that a gentleman should be selected from Montreal to represent North Saskatchewan in the Senate?

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UNION

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

Unionist

Right Hon. ARTHUR MEIGHEN (Prime Minister):

I do not know that I feel

flattered at the question addressed to me by the hon. member. I know of no one selected as a senator within the last few days, and I would think that Saskatchewan which in the past has been able to supply its own senators could be depended upon to do so in the future.

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THE INCOME TAX


On the Orders of the Day:


L LIB

William Daum Euler

Laurier Liberal

Mr. W. D. EULER (North Waterloo) :

Mr. Speaker, I desire to draw the attention of the Prime Minister to a matter of urgent public importance in view of the fact that the income tax returns and payments must be made this week. On March 29 the attention of the Government was drawn to the difficulty experienced by the public in being compelled to compute the tax, and the uneasiness in the public mind with regard to certain penalties which might be applied. The suggestion was made then-I think it was by the hon. member for Maisonneuve (Mr. Lemieux)-that the method of last year should be continued this year, by which the statement was made out by the tax' payer, a bill forwarded to the taxpayer by the department, and the amount then paid in due course. The Prime Minister at that time replied as follows:

The Minister of Finance is unfortunately absent, being engaged this afternoon addressing an audience in the city. However, I feel safe in intimating-though nothing in the nature of a definite announcement can 'b'e made until his return-that the regulations have been under reconsideration, and I believe that the Minister of Finance has a method which he thinks of proposing that would not be open to objections of the nature suggested by the hon. member. I will call his attention to the matter.

So far as I know, Mr. Speaker, no further announcement has been made with regard to that, although the matter is of very considerable importance. In view of the uneasiness in the public mind and of the undoubted difficulty and perhaps inability on the part of taxpayers not only to make

out their statements but to compute the amount of tax which they have to pay, I would ask the Government whether they are ready to announce any new method, and if so what the nature of it is?

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UNION

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

Unionist

Right Hon. ARTHUR MEIGHEN (Prime Minister) :

The statement I made, which I recall quite clearly at the recitation of the hon. member, was based on a conversation I had had a short time before with the Finance Minister. My recollection is that the Finance Minister has referred to the subject since in the House; I may not be right as to that. He is in the city to-day. I will draw his attention to what the hon. member says, and it will be spoken to not later than to-morrow, possibly later to-day.

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THE BUDGET

April 26, 1921