June 1, 1921

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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Hear, hear.

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UNION

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

Unionist

Mr. DOHERTY:

We have, and the cooperation that we have received has strengthened our hopes.

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Jacques Bureau

Laurier Liberal

Mr. BUREAU:

Hon. members who sit behind the minister should settle any little grievances they may have amongst themselves-this is only a friendly suggestion

and members of the Opposition should be given the time of the House.

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Rodolphe Lemieux

Laurier Liberal

Mr. LEMIEUX:

With a view to help towards reaching prorogation, I wish to say in all friendship to the Minister of Finance (Sir Henry Drayton) that if he intends to proceed with his resolution on the Insurance Act, he may have some difficulties, because I can tell him that from the attorneys general of all provinces and the various insurance companies there is very strong opposition to that resolution.

I do not say that the Bill which he intends to introduce is so contentious that it should not pass under ordinary circumstances, but it is too late in the session to rush the Bill through. I would suggest that the hon. member give notice to the insurance companies of the tenor of the Bill that he intends to introduce, and that he introduce it at the next session so that we may go home on Sunday.

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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:

Perhaps we might take these resolutions up now and see if we can get rid of them. It will not take long to discuss them. The main subject has been before the House now for two years. It was reported on favourably by the committee last year. They reported that the Bill of last year should go through. It has, in principle, been in the hands of every insurance company that has taken any interest in it for two years, and for six weeks as far as this Bill is concerned. Some important interests will suffer if this Bill does not go through.

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Rodolphe Lemieux

Laurier Liberal

Mr. LEMIEUX:

I am in earnest. These are friendly suggestions to my hon. friend. I have taken pains to move for the correspondence exchanged between the department and the various provincial governments- .

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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:

That is just

on one point.

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Rodolphe Lemieux

Laurier Liberal

Mr. LEMIEUX:

I can see that from

the attorneys general of the different provinces there is a hue and cry against this Bill. The minister will simply invite strenuous opposition in this House and in the other chamber. I do not say that as a threat; I am giving the advice of a candid friend. It is too late in the day to promote this Bill. Let us go on with the ordinary business.

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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:

I should like

to accommodate my hon. friend. There is one section which the provinces object to, and it may be that that section will have to be dropped. There is another section which was also contentious, although it has been agreed to half a dozen times. That is the section under which I propose to reduce the tax to a nominal amount on the net insurance. There should be absolutely no objection to the main part of the Bill which is simply for the purpose of putting Canadian companies on an even competitive basis with British and foreign companies that are now carrying on business in Canada. It has been once recommended; it has been before the House a long time. I quite agree with my hon. friend that there may be delay in connection with the clauses regarding agents.

I am not saying that I am going to insist on those for a moment.

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Rodolphe Lemieux

Laurier Liberal

Mr. LEMIEUX:

I agree as regards the provision in connection with foreign companies operating in Canada, but the minister will receive opposition from all the provinces as regards licenses. There are other contentious clauses that I know of, and I have followed the resolution from the beginning. I have received a mass of correspondence and I know that the first thing my hon. friend will hear, after having, not lost, but taken the time of the House in the dying days of the session, will be that delegations are coming from Montreal, Quebec, Winnipeg, Halifax to protest against some of the clauses of the Bill, and then my hon. friend will do what I suggest he should do now. Let us be businesslike and proceed with business that will surely pass and leave this contentious Bill until next session.

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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:

I think we

may be able to drop the contentious part of it.

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INSURANCE ACT AMENDMENT, 1917


On the motion that the House resolve itself into Committee of the Whole to consider a resolution to amend the Insurance Act, 1917.-Sir Henry Drayton. Mr. .LEMIEUX: If I had known that the minister intended to go on with this to-night, I would have objected at this hour to taking up the discussion of this matter.


CON

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

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir HENRY DRAYTON:

I thought the suggestion came from the other side. Order stands.

On motion of Right Hon. Mr. Doherty, the House adjourned at 1.57 a.m., Thursday.

Thursday, June 2, 1921.

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June 1, 1921