June 4, 1921

REPORTS AND PAPERS


Annual report showing the Trade of Canada for the year ending March 31, 1920.-Sir George Foster. Statement signed by Messrs. Cook and Lynch of the Editorial Committee, in reference to the destruction of Printing Bureau documents.-Sir George Foster. Report of Mail Steamship subventions.- Sir George Foster.


THE GOVERNOR GENERALSHIP APPOINTMENT OF LORD BYNG OF VIMY


On the Orders of the Day:


L LIB

Charles Murphy

Laurier Liberal

Hon. CHARLES MURPHY (Russell):

I would like to ask the Prime Minister three brief questions: First, has Lord

Byng been appointed Governor General of Canada? Second, if so, was the Government officially advised of the fact before the press despatches announcing the appointment were received; Third, if Lord Byng has been appointed, is the right hon. gentleman able to tell us whether His Lordship has had any political or parliamentary experience apart from his military experience?

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UNION

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

Unionist

Right Hon. ARTHUR MEIGHEN (Prime Minister):

Answering the first question- as to the appointment; I duly received information that His Majesty had been pleased to approve of the appointment of Lord Byng as Governor General of Canada and that the announcement would be made in the press this morning. The answer to the second question is, " Yes". In answer to the third question, there is every reason to believe that Lord Byng has all the qualifications, including a knowledge of political matters, required for the.-office.

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THE MANDATE FOR NAURU


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):

I asked the Minister of Justice a day or two ago a question in regard to the disposition to be made of the reserves of high-grade phosphates on the Island of Nauru, and he promised to let me know if there was any agreement, to which Canada was a party, under the provisions of the mandate assumed by the British Empire in respect of that island.

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UNION

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

Unionist

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

It is quite true. The hon. gentleman did make an inquiry as to whether there had been any agreement on the part of Canada with regard to the mandate for the island of Nauru. I then said my very strong impression was there had been no agreement on the subject, and in looking into the matter I find that that impression was correct-there was no agreement to which Canada was a party, with regard to the mandate for Nauru. The mandates were conferred by the principal allied and associated powers. That for Nauru was conferred upon His Majesty, designated in the mandate as His Britannic Majesty, who has undertaken to exercise it on behalf of the League of Nations. The .mandate so conferred in so far as it may be considered to be conferred upon a country, is, as I understand it, conferred upon Great Britain. Canada expressed no desire to be granted a mandate for any of the countries for which mandatories were appointed.

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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

I do not think my right hon. friend has quite covered the point that I had particularly in mind. I believe it is quite true that the mandate was conferred as he says. I am not so sure, however, that it has been conferred in the name of Great Britain for the British Empire.

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UNION

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

Unionist

Mr. DOHERTY:

Upon His Britannic

Majesty.

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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

If I may be permitted for a minute, I would like to give a quotation from the British Hansard which may throw some light on the situation.

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UNION

Edgar Nelson Rhodes (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Unionist

Mr. SPEAKER:

I have no doubt the

House will give unanimous consent, at this late stage of the session, so as to enable the hon. member to give the reference he wishes.

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LIB
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Right Hon. S@

The hon. gentleman is quite mistaken. The matter stands in such a position that if it ever became one of practical importance Canada could have her share of these phosphates as well as the other portions of the British Empire to which allusion has been made. Difficulty arose in the first place by reason of the action of New Zealand, but the controversy was settled by giving a mandate for the British Empire to the United Kingdom. The arrangement then made is being carried out. I have not heard of any demand from this country for the purchase of phosphates from Nauru. If the question should become one of practical importance I have no doubt it can be regulated so as to meet any demands from this country.

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PRIVILEGE-MR. LAPOINTE


On the Orders of the Day:


L LIB

Ernest Lapointe

Laurier Liberal

Mr. ERNEST LAPOINTE (Quebec East) :

My attention has been drawn to

the report of some remarks I made on May 31, on the Bill to Amend the Dominion Elections Act, as to the power of a Judge to appoint a substitute. I am reported in Hansard as having said:

There has been an election qui-te recently in the province from which I come. The judge happened to be sitting for the judicial district in

which the constituency was situated and he appointed a certain gentleman as revising officer. Now, I do not say anything against him.

I know him very well; he was a colleague of mine in this House, and was a member of . this Government after 1911.

That is one statement. Now, I am reported to have said further:

He was a candidate at the last election, in 1917 ; he was the mover of the resolution which nominated one of the candidates at a convention of this party.

In order to remove any misapprehension which might arise I wish to explain that the first part of my remarks applies to the Judge in question and the latter part to the substitute.

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SUB-ARCTIC REGIONS- MUSK OX AND REINDEER

June 4, 1921