June 1, 1921

LIB

William Cameron Edwards

Liberal

Mr. EDWARDS:

I rise to a point of

order, then. I question the right of the hon. gentleman 'to make a speech.

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UNION

Edgar Nelson Rhodes (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Unionist

Mr. SPEAKER:

I might say that if it

were an earlier stage in the session I would ask the hon. member to put his question without any remarks. At the present stage, however, in view of the fact that there will be little or no opportunity of eliciting information by placing questions on the Order Paper, I felt I would be justified in granting to hon. members a little more latitude than would be allowed at an earlier period.

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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):

No action has been taken, and what I said the other day stands. We have items in the customs tariff which are dependent upon the action of other countries. In addition to that, Orders in Council have been made from time to time in the past reducing duties-those are the only Orders in Council that are made. Following the wording of the Customs Act in certain items, the orders that deal with such reduction of duties apply on imports from countries that reduce duties upon our exports. For example, in the United States . the Underwood Tariff gave free wheat, free flour and other thing's to countries that admitted wheat and flour from the United States free of duty. Canada accepted the offer in just so many words; it gave free admission to American imports into this country exactly in the same way. That free admission stood, or was in effect, just as long as the United States were not taxing similar products from Canada. When they tax those products, the ordinary customs tariff takes effect automatically.

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NAURU ISLAND


On the Orders of the Day:


LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

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

A day or two ago I mentioned to the right hon. Minister of Justice (Mr. Doherty) that I would take an opportune moment to ask him a question in regard to the island of Nauru and the monopoly of the rich phosphate deposits there alleged to have been given to Great Britain, New Zealand and Australia, to the exclusion of any benefit on the part of Canada. I should like to put the question formally:

Is it true that the Government, through its representatives on the British Empire Delegation to the Peace Conference, agreed to the granting of a monopoly of the raw materials of Nauru Island, including the largest reserves of high grade phosphates in the world, to the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand, and to the exclusion of Canada from any benefits accruing under the mandate for the administration of Nauru Island, which mandate the Allied and Associated Powers conferred

upon the British Empire as a whole; and, if so, why?

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UNION

Charles Joseph Doherty (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Unionist

Right Hon. C. J. DOHERTY (Minister of Justice):

The hon. gentleman did speak to me, and I told him I would make certain of the situation. I have to confess that I overlooked his inquiry, but I will give him a definite answer later. In the meantime I may say my very strong impression is that there was no such agreement.

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INQUIRY FOR RETURN


On the Orders of the Day:


L LIB

Joseph Arthur Calixte √Čthier

Laurier Liberal

Mr. J. A. C. ETHIER (Laval-Two Mountains) :

Mr. Speaker, on the 11th day of April last an Order of the House was issued for a return showing the number of civil servants appointed to permanent positions on April 1, 1921, the names of such employees,' their classification, and so forth. That return has not yet been brought down. May I ask the Government if it is their intention to bring it down before the end of the session?

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UNION

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

Unionist

Right Hon. ARTHUR MEIGHEN (Prime Minister) :

Mr. Speaker, I understand that the return called for the number of employees in the Civil Service as of a certain date, their names, classification, and date of appointment, and that it passed some time in April. I am informed by those around me that the return is down, but if it is I am surprised, for I would not expect that such a return could be prepared in the time which has elapsed. But if it is not down it will be prepared just as quickly as possible.

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PRIVILEGE-MR. DESAULNIERS


On the Orders of the Day: Mr. ARTHURL.DESAULNIERS (Champlain) : Mr. Speaker, I wish to call attention to an omission in Hansard of yesterday. When the vote was registered upon the amendment of the hon. member for West Lambton (Mr. Pardee) on Bill No. 216 respecting the lake of the Woods and other waters, I was in my seat and voted for the amendment. I note that my vote has not been registered, and I ask that the necessary correction be made in the revised Hansard.


UNION

Edgar Nelson Rhodes (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Unionist

Mr. SPEAKER:

I think that through inadvertence the name of Mr. Deslauriers was inserted instead of the name of the

hon. member (Mr. Desaulniers), but I wil' see that the necessary correction is made

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PRIME MINISTERS' CONFERENCE

L LIB

Ernest Lapointe

Laurier Liberal

Mr. ERNEST LAPOINTE (Quebec East):

In view of the despatch from London which appeared in the newspapers this morning to the effect that naval defence and the contribution of the dominions to it would be one of the main topics to be discussed at the meeting of Prime Ministers in London, may I ask the right hon. Prime Minister (Mr. Meighen) if there has been any change in his determination, as stated in the House the other day, that Canada's intention was that such topics should not be discussed this summer?

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UNION

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

Unionist

Right Hon. ARTHUR MEIGHEN (Prime Minister) :

I am not agreeable to the expression of my determination by the hon. member for Quebec East (Mr. Lapointe), but I can inform him that there has been no change whatever, either in my own view or that of the Government, towards the Prime Minister's Conference and its agenda, from that expressed in this House.

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COPYRIGHT AMENDMENT ACT SENATE AMENDMENTS

June 1, 1921