May 8, 1922

CROWSNEST PASS AGREEMENT

NOMINATION OF SELECT SPECIAL COMMITTEE

LIB

William Costello Kennedy (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Hon. W. C. KENNEDY (Minister of Railways and Canals) moved:

That rude eleven be suspended, and that pursuant to the resolution adopted by the House on May 5, the following members do compose the select special committee to make inquiry Into the question of railway transportation costs

and the effect upon the Canadian National Railways and other lines, as well as upon agricultural development and Canadian industry generally of the expiration of the suspension of the Crowsnest pass agreement on July 6 next: Messrs. MacHean (Halifax), Euler, Malcolm, German, Duff, Macdonald (Pictou), McMurray, Hudson, MacLean (Prince), Michaud, Mitchell, Archambault, Vien, Stork, Crerar, Forke, Johnston (Last Mountain), Fansher, Halbert, McConica, Shaw, Dickie, Jones, Drayton, Stewart (Lanark), Manion, Boys; with power to send for persons, papers and records, including the minutes and evidence taken before the committee of this House in previous sessions, to examine witnesses under oath, and to report from time to time.

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LIB

Hewitt Bostock (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

I must call the attention of the House to rule 11, suspension of which is asked by the present motion. The rule reads as follows:

No special committee may, without leave of the House, consist of more than fifteen members, and the mover may submit the names to form the committee, unless objected to by five members; if objected to, the House may name the committee 'in the following -manner:-each member to name one, and those who have most voices, with the mover, shall form the same; but it shall always be understood that no member who declares or decides against the principle or substance of a bill, resolution, or matter to be committed, can be nominated of such committee.

I notice in the list presented by the hon. Minister of Railways and Canals the names of some hon. members who have either spoken or voted against the motion. But the House is supreme, and if it be the unanimous wish of the House this rule can be suspended; the hon. minister has in his motion very wisely declared that rule 11 be suspended. If the motion passes unanimously as framed, there is no objection, but I desire to call the attention of the House to the rule itself.

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Some hon: MEMBERS:

Carried.

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Motion agreed to.


IMMIGRATION ACT AMENDMENT

LIB

Lomer Gouin (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Sir LOMER GOUIN (Minister of Justice) moved:

That Bill No. 16 intituled An Act to amend the Immigration Act, be referred to a Special Committee composed of Messrs: Archambault, Cardin, Forke, Fortier, Hudson, Lapointe, Mar-tell, McKenzie, McMurray, Murphy, Trahan, Sexsmith, Shaw, Stewart (Argenteulil), Stewart (Humboldt) that the said Committee have power to report from time to time and that Rules No. 11 and No. 40 be suspended in relation thereto.

I think we should have more members on this committee, and I have left a blank for the insertion of their names. If the right hon. leader of the Opposition (Mr. MAY 5, 1922

Civil Service Bonus

Meighen) will furnish us with the names of four hon. members, they can be added to the list.

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Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

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

I have no objection to the motion passing without the blank. Then if we desire to add further members as suggested, it can be done by subsequent motion to-morrow.

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Motion agreed to.


CRIMINAL CODE AMENDMENT

LIB

Lomer Gouin (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Sir LOMER GOUIN (Minister of Justice) moved:

That Bill No. 17, intituled: "An Act to amend the Criminal Code be referred to the Special Committee on Bill No. 16, that the said Committee have power to report from time to time and that Rules No. 11 and No. 40 be suspended in relation thereto.

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Motion agreed to.


PRIVATE BILLS

FIRST READINGS


Bill No. 72 (from the Senate), for the relief of Joseph Robert Lloyd Beamish.- Mr. Duff. Bill No. 73 (from the Senate), for the relief of Clarence Robinson Miners.-Mr. White. Bill No. 74 (from the Senate), for the relief of Mary Eleanor Menton.-Mr. Duff. Bill No. 75 (from the Senate), for the relief of Harvey Easton Jenner.-Mr. Duff. Bill No. 76 (from the Senate), for the relief of Marie Louise Dagenais.-Mr. Duff. Bill No. 77 (from the Senate), for the relief of Alexander Lawrie. Mr. Gordon.


CIVIL SERVICE BONUS


On the Orders of the Day:


LIB

Harold Buchanan McGiverin

Liberal

Mr. H. B. McGIVERIN (Ottawa) :

Before

the Orders of the Day are called, I would like to ask the Prime Minister if he has any information to give to the House with regard to the cost of living bonus to civil servants.

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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) :

Mr. Speaker, when the supplementary estimates for the present year are brought down, the Government will make the following proposals respecting the distribution of the bonus to be allowed civil servants for the present year:

1. On salaries of $1,200 and under-(a) for members of the Service having one or more dependents, the bonus as existing in the fiscal year 1921-22 to be continued; (b) for members of the Service without any dependents, one-half the bonus as existing in the fiscal year 1921-22 to be paid.

2. On salaries over $1,200 and up to $1,800 (inclusive) - (a) for members of the Service having one or more dependents, two-thirds of the bonus as existing in the fiscal year 1921-22 to be paid; (b) for members of the Service without any dependents, the bonus to be discontinued.

3. On salaries over $1,800 and up to $2,400 (inclusive) - (a) for members of the Service having one or more dependents, one-third of the bonus as existing in the fiscal year 1921-22 to be paid; (b) for members of the Service without any dependents, the bonus to be discontinued.

4. On all salaries over $2,400-the bonus to be discontinued.

Provided: that in salaries of $1,200 or under, and in salaries of $1,800 or under, adjustments be made so that in no case shall a civil servant with a lower salary plus bonus receive more in compensation than a civil servant with a higher salary plus reduced bonus.

I may say that my hon. friend (Mr. Mc-Giverin) informed me that he intended to ask this question, and I therefore had the reply prepared in this form.

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May 8, 1922