June 3, 1921

UNION

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

Unionist

Mr. MEIGHEN:

That there were two

Orders in Council?

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Charles Murphy

Laurier Liberal

Mr. MURPHY:

There were two different investigations

one into the destruction of the volumes, and the other was into other things connected with irregularities in the Printing Bureau.

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UNION

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

Unionist

Mr. MEIGHEN:

I think the hon. gentleman is wrong. There was an investigation directed by Order in Council under the Inquiries Act. Judge Snider was appointed. He made certain inquiries, and he made an

interim report on that investigation, but there was still more to be done. I do not think any other Order in Council was passed. The investigation simply was not completed, and it is the completion of the investigation which will be embodied in the final report. There was an interim report, but I do not think that is followed by any other Order. I think the continuation of the inquiry was merely in pursuance of the Order.

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Charles Murphy

Laurier Liberal

Mr. MURPHY:

You will find the investigation into the destruction of the volumes was a separate investigation, and a separate report in regard to it made to the House.

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UNION

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

Unionist

Mr. MEIGHEN:

There was an interim

report. I do not know whether it completed the investigation into the destruction of the volumes. It was all one investigation.

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Thomas Alexander Crerar

Unionist (Liberal)

Hon. T. A. CRERAR (Marquette) :

Will the report be made public as soon as it is received by the Government?

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UNION

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

Unionist

Mr. MEIGHEN:

I do not know of any

reason why it should not be. The Government has nothing to conceal about the matter.

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UNION

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

Unionist

Mr. MEIGHEN:

I presume the course

is for the report to fee submitted to His Excellency the Governor General first, and then it comes before the Government. I have not the least doubt that the report will be made public.

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GRAND TRUNK ARBITRATION


On the Orders of the Day.


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Daniel Duncan McKenzie

Laurier Liberal

Mr. D. D. McKENZIE (Cape Breton and Victoria) :

I should like to know from

the Prime Minister if the Grand Trunk arbitration has been resumed. If not, when it will be resumed, and what is the general condition of the matter about which we legislated a little while ago?

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

Unionist

Right Hon. ARTHUR MEIGHEN (Prime Minister) :

The House, of course, is aware of all that has occurred up to the acceptance by the Grand Trunk of the terms fixed by Parliament on the recommendation of the Government. That acceptance took the form of an agreement, a copy of which is included in the papers. Following that, the Government nominated directors for the Grand Trunk, and in pursuance of the agreement, the Grand Trunk Directors had their own directors resign and the Government nominees were elected by the

Grand Trunk directors. Then the remaining Grand Trunk directors resigned. That places the Government nominees in full position as directors and sole directors of the road. After that, the Government passed an Order in Council, as authorized by the Statute, reviving the arbitration and fixing a period of three months within which that arbitration should be concluded. The revival was to take effect on Wednesday last, and I believe the arbitration tribunal was called together for that date. I saw a report in the press that the Hon. Mr. Taft was not able to be there. I am informed that they actually started work on that date. That is the position of the matter.

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REPRESENTATION OF MAISON-NEUVE AND GASPE


On the Orders of the Day: Mr. MICHAEL CLARK (Red Deer) [DOT] May I ask the Prime Minister, having regard to the fact that the double representation of Gaspe and Maisonneuve was referred to the Elections Committee, if we are to have a report from that committee?


UNION

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

Unionist

Right Hon. ARTHUR MEIGHEN (Prime Minister) :

I am not a member of the committee, nor have I spoken to any member on the subject here. I understand that the report has been on the table for five weeks.

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GRADING OF DAIRY PRODUCE


On the motion of Hon. S. F. Tolmie (Minister of Agriculture), Bill No. 206, to regulate the grading of dairy produce, was read the second time, and the House went into committee thereon, Mr. Boivm in the Chair. On clause 2-definitions.


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Henri Sévérin Béland

Laurier Liberal

Mr. BELAND:

Has the minister received pressing demands or requests from , the agricultural interests of this country to enact such legislation as is before the committee now? If he has, what procedure does he expect to take in detail to carry out the wishes of the interested parties?

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Simon Fraser Tolmie (Minister of Agriculture)

Unionist

Mr. TOLMIE:

There have been requests from time to time from various dairy organizations asking that the proper grading of dairy produce for export he carried out by the federal Department of Agriculture. Perhaps one of the most important requests was made by a meeting of deputy ministers at a convention held in the Chateau Laurier in March, 1920. These men were called together to confer with

representatives of the federal Department of Agriculture with a view to going over the whole of the agricultural situation in Canada, and also with a view to avoiding any duplication of work between the provincial and federal departments. At that meeting, this matter of grading of dairy produce was brought up. It was pointed out that we were building up a very important industry, and particularly an export industry; that we were competing with countries on the other side who wer. carrying on their work under careful it spection, and that in many cases those countries graded their products before sending them to market. A resolution was passed by that meeting asking the federal Department of Agriculture to take such steps as would bring such a Bill as this into force whenever they thought that was necessary.

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June 3, 1921