April 27, 1922

CONSOLIDATED REVENUE AND AUDIT ACT AMENDMENT


Hon. W. S. FIELDING (Minister of Finance) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 57 to amend the Consolidated Revenue and Audit Act. He said: The chief purpose of the bill is to facilitate an earlier closing of the public accounts at the end of the fiscal year. Under the law as it stands the fiscal year ends on 31st March, but the practice has been to allow a considerable time for the closing of the accounts. That makes for delay in the completion of public documents and in one way or another affects the whole business of the House. In England the fiscal year ends at the same time, 31st March, but there is no delay as to the closing of the accounts; the accounts are taken as they stand that day. We purpose to adopt the English system, with a proviso that any accounts outstanding can be dealt with in the following year. But the great object is to close the accounts early and thus facilitate all stages of the public business to which they relate. There is another clause, as to bonds which are held by the trustees of estates of persons who have died abroad, and it deals with the method of giving absolute and proper proof of transfer. It is only a technical matter. Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.


INSURANCE ACT, 1917, AMENDMENT


Hon. Mr. FIELDING moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 58 to amend The Insurance Act, 1917. He said: This is one of three bills which hon. members will notice on the Order Paper dealing with the Insurance Act, the Loan Companies Act, and the Trust Companies Act. They are all more or less of a technical 'w- Manion.] character, important in their way, but I think the House will approve of the suggestion I make, that in each of these cases we deal with the bill by first and second .readings, and then refer it to the Committee on Banking and Commerce where opportunity will be afforded to all persons who so desire to make representations; and the House will not be asked to commit itself to the bills until they have been fully inquired into by that committee. Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.


LOAN COMPANIES ACT, 1914, AMENDMENT


On motion of Hon. Mr. Fielding, Bill No. 59 to amend the Loan Companies Act, 1914, was introduced and read the first time.


TRUST COMPANIES ACT, 1914, AMENDMENT


On motion of Hon. Mr. Fielding, Bill No. 60 to amend the Trust Companies Act, 1914, was introduced and read the first time.


QUESTIONS


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk).


OVERAGES

PRO

John Millar

Progressive

Mr. MILLAR:

What financial benefit, if any, did this Government derive from overages at Fort William and Port Arthur terminal elevators in the year 1921?

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LIB

James Alexander Robb (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Hon. Mr. ROBB:

For the crop year 1920-21 the total value of the overages to be delivered to the Government was $130,524.06. Accounts have been rendered for this amount, but no payments have yet been made.

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SS. CANADIAN EXPORTER

CON

Mr. CHURCH:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Was any inquiry ever held by the Dominion wreck commissioner at Victoria, British Columbia, into the loss of the Canadian Government Merchant Marine steamship Canadian Exporter?

2. If so, what was the result of said inquiry?

3. W'as any appeal entered to the Supreme Court of British Columbia by the captain of the ship?

4. If so, what was the result of said appeal?

5. Did the Department of Justice give any opinion at the request of the Marine Department as to the results of this appeal?

6. If so, what was this opinion?

7. What is the mode of appointing these nautical assessors for such trials?

Questions

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LIB

Hon. Mr. LAPOINTE: (Minister of Marine and Fisheries)

Liberal

1. An investigation was held by the wreck commissioner for British Columbia at Vancouver, B.C.

2. Master and first mate were found at fault. Certificates suspended for six and four months respectively.

3. Yes.

4. Finding set aside so far as it purported to affect the master.

5. Yes.

6. That the practice prescribed by paragraph 7 of Canadian Shipping Casualties Rules, 1921, does not leave anything necessary to be desired.

7. Selected by the Minister of Marine and Fisheries.

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EXPORT LIQUOR WAREHOUSES

PRO

Mr. MILLAR:

Progressive

1. How many bonded liquor warehouses, operating in the province of Saskatchewan, have been licensed by the Dominion Government?

2. Has the Saskatchewan Government, or any of its members, approached the Dominion Government with a view to having the numbers of said bonded liquor warehouses reduced or increased, or having the powers of said warehouses resfricted or altered in any way?

3. Has this Government granted licenses to any export liquor houses now operating in the province of Saskatchewan?

4. If so, how many?

5. If not, are said export liquor houses carrying on trade over which the Federal Government has jurisdiction?

6. Can the Federal Government prevent said export liquor houses carrying on interprovincial trade?

7. Has any provincial government or any one representing any provincial government approached the Federal Government with a view to having operations of said export liquor houses restricted or altered in any way?

S. If so, what provincial governments, and what was the nature of request or requests made ?

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Subtopic:   EXPORT LIQUOR WAREHOUSES
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LIB

Jacques Bureau (Minister of Customs and Excise)

Liberal

Hon. Mr. BUREAU:

With reference to this question, I would ask the hon. gentleman to see the officers of the department. They claim there is no such thing as an export liquor house in any of the provinces. He might see the officers so that they may have an understanding as to what he means by that term.

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MOUNTED POLICE-DR. LOVERING

April 27, 1922