May 19, 1922

IMMIGRATION ACT AMENDMENT


Mr. JOSEPH ARCHAMBAULT (Cham-bly and Vercheres) presented the second report of the Special Committee to which were referred Bills Nos. 16 and 17 for consideration, recommending that the commit- [ Mr. Graham. ] tee be granted leave to sit while the House is in session, and moved concurrence in the report.


CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

It is not usual to ask for concurrence in a report the very day it is presented, especially a report on bills of this kind. None of us knows what the amendments are.

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LIB

Hewitt Bostock (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

The motion only asks for leave for the committee to sit while the House is in session.

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

I have no objection to the motion providing the report itself is only to the effect that the committee have leave to sit while the House is in session.

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LIB

Motion agreed to.


INQUIRY FOR RETURN


On the Orders of the Day:


LIB

Lewis Herbert Martell

Liberal

Mr. L. H. MARTELL (Hants) :

I should like to ask the Government when I may expect a return to an order of the House which I moved for some time ago relating to solicitors' bills in the province of Nova Scotia.

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LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Hon. W. S. FIELDING (Minister of Finance) :

I will call the attention of the Minister of Justice to the matter, and will give my hon. friend the information at a later date.

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PUBLIC WORKS


The House again in Committee of Supply, Mr. Gordon in the Chair. Public Works-Chargeable to income-Harbours and Rivers-Prince Edward Island, $39,700.


CON

Hugh Guthrie

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GUTHRIE:

Will the minister tell us what amount was spent upon these services last year?

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LIB

James Horace King (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Hon. J. H. KING (Kootenay, Minister of Public Works) :

It was $35,925.

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CON

Hugh Guthrie

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GUTHRIE:

Was there any expenditure last year from the vote for "Harbours and rivers generally-repairs and improvements, $14,000"? .

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CON

Hugh Guthrie

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GUTHRIE:

How was the $14,000 made up, may I ask? Was it put in because that amount was in the estimates

Supply-Public Works

last year, or does it consist of items that have been submitted by various officers of the department?

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PRO

John Warwick King

Progressive

Mr. KING (Kootenay) :

It is a general contingency vote carried from year to year and is used during the year for repairs that become necessary from time to time. We really cannot tell in advance what these repairs may be.

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CON

Hugh Guthrie

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GUTHRIE:

The point that was drawn to my attention was this. While the amount of $14,000 is put in for Prince Edward Island that sum is very seldom, if ever, spent. Last year the total expenditure was only some $3,000 odd. It has been intimated to me that the other items cover very well, very liberally, all the expenditure that is likely, or is possible, in Prince Edward Island under this vote for the next twelve months. Someone, I understand, has gone over the requirements of the Island with a good deal of care, and has put in a separate item for each possible work that may be necessary during the next twelve months. Therefore, I am told, the item of $14,000 will not be required-it never, or seldom, is required and the committee could save that money by striking the item out of the estimates this year.

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May 19, 1922