March 27, 1922

PRIVATE BILLS COMMITTEE


On the motion of Mr. Mackenzie King the name of Mr. Boivin was substituted for that of Mr. Kyte on the Select Standing Committee on Miscellaneous Private Bills.


GRAND TRUNK ARBITRATION


On the Orders of the Day:


CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Right Hon. ARTHUR MEIGHEN (Leader of the Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, before the Orders of the Day are proceeded with I desire to draw the attention of the Government to an article which appears in the press of Canada this morning, evidently despatched by the Canadian Press from London, England. It refers to an article in a British paper of the standing of which I have no knowledge, but inasmuch as the article has doubtless, through the Canadian Press, received very wide circulation-possibly world-wide circulation -and as, in my judgment it is defamatory to the honour of Canada I wish to call it to the attention of the Government and ask what action they propose to take in the matter. The article in question refers to the late arbitration on the value of the stock of the Grand Trunk Railway Company and I shall quote a short sentence which reads as follows: .

It is not more than two years since the manipulators of Ottawa, by daring and unscrupulous trickery, befooled this railway organization into an arbitration.

Later it refers to one of the arbitrators, Hon. Mr. Taft, as "a man not likely to be amenable to Canadian political and financial pressure," thereby implying that the Board of Arbitrators was subjected to political and financial pressure in the discharge of an onerous duty. Further on the article says:

If some Central American country swindled British investors out of not less than $48,000,000 by methods which were used in Canada, we think collision with the Monroe Doctrine might be risked in an effort to do something about it.

Whatever may be thought of the merits or demerits of the policy of acquisition I am sure that all the members of the House- of this House and the last-are agreed that nothing but honourable methods on the part of Canada were adopted as between this country and the British shareholders

nothing but the most honourable and fair methods throughout. A newspaper article defaming individuals may perhaps be lightly treated, but such an article defaming a nation, and circulating throughout the world, is not a matter we can afford wholly to ignore. A Government exercises some supervision over such matters in so far as they may impugn the honour of another country. The British Government has its obligations in this regard, the same as the Government of any country. I have not had the opportunity of mentioning the matter to the Prime Minister, nor to the Government, but I call their attention to it now and ask that they advise us now if possible, if not, later, what they propose to do with regard to this article that has gained such worldwide circulation.

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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):

It is a little difficult to know exactly what course it is most advisable to take in regard to newspaper articles, even articles apearing in one's own country, to say nothing of articles appearing in the press of another country. However, I am sure that the remarks of my hon. friend will be quoted abroad, and in so far as they go to indicate that the methods of this country in its transactions have been honourable I wish to associate myself entirely with him. I think that will be sufficient for the present.

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LIB

Hewitt Bostock (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

I wish to say that,

although the reading of newspaper extracts on the Orders of the Day is not, strictly

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speaking, permissible, yet I am in the judgment of the House in holding it as proper that, on a subject of public importance, especially when the honour of the country is affected, an hon. member may be allowed some latitude in calling the attention of the Government to the matter.

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PRIVATE BILL

SECOND READING


Bill No. 12, respecting The Interprovincial and James Bay Railway Company. -Mr. Parent.-


QUESTIONS


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk)


GERMAN REPARATIONS

LIB

Mr. MICHAUD:

Liberal

1. Has Germany paid to the Allies up to the end of the year 192.1, the sum of $1,620,000,000?

2. If so. what proportion, if any, of the said sum has been or will be paid to Canada?

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LIB

BRITISH PREFERENCE GOODS IMPORTED VIA UNITED STATES

LIB

Hance James Logan

Liberal

Mr. LOGAN:

What was the value of imported goods, subject to British Preferential Tariff, brought into Canada via ports of the United States during the years 1919-20 and 1920-21?

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LIB

Jacques Bureau (Minister of Customs and Excise)

Liberal

Hon. Mr. BUREAU:

The Statistical records show the value of goods imported from each country via ports in the United States but do not show the value of goods, subject to British Preferential Tariff, brought into Canada via ports of the United States.

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SALES TAX COLLECTIONS

PRO

John Morrison

Progressive

Mr. MORRISON:

What amount has been collected each month from the Sales Tax, since its inception?

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March 27, 1922