May 26, 1922

PRIVATE BILLS FIRST READINGS


Bill No. Ill (from the Senate), for the relief of Deliah Jane Mills.-Mr. Spence. Bill No. 114 (from the Senate), for the relief of Mary Agnes Flynn Donoghue.- Mr. Macdonald (Pictou).


BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE WEDNESDAY EVENING SITTING

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) moved:

That on Wednesday, the 31st of May instant, and on all subsequent Wednesdays to the end of the present session the sitttings of the House shall in every respect be under the same rules provided for other days.

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Motion agreed to.


DOMINION IRON AND STEEL COMPANY


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, I observed in the press recently a report that the Government had made a settlement of the damage action of the Dominion Iron and Steel Company against the Government for the sum, as the report stated, of $4,500,000. The gist of the report was that the Government had settled without proceeding with the action. May I ask if the report is correct?

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LIB

Ernest Lapointe (Minister of Marine and Fisheries)

Liberal

Hon. ERNEST LAPOINTE (Ministei of Marine and Fisheries) :

Yes, the repori is correct. The action was settled for the balance of $1,500,000, that is $100,000 less than the arrangement agreed to in January or December.

(Mr. Lapointe. [

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

There was no arrangement agreed to in either January or December by the late government. There may have been one in January by this Government; there was none in December.

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LIB

Ernest Lapointe (Minister of Marine and Fisheries)

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE:

There was certainly a settlement; $3,000,000 had been paid, and there was another amount of $1,600,000 to be paid one month later. Of course, if that other installment was not paid, the agreement was null and void. So it was; but the present Government had the matter studied by various counsel, and the opinion was that it was better to effect a settlement. The Minister of Justice (Sir Lomer Gouin) succeeded in obtaining a reduction of $100,000; the costs were paid by the company, and we are not paying interest on the amount.

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

I only wish to correct one statement of the minister. The late government made no agreement whatever. The term the minister uses is incorrectly applied. The company made in December a proposal of settlement of $4,600,000, which proposal we declined to accept; but on the understanding that the matter would be held over for the new government either to accept or reject as they saw fit, a sum of $3,000,000 was paid. No agreement or, no recommendation whatever, was made as to the balance; the whole matter was left over for the new administration to deal with. I accept their statement as to what they did.

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LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING:

Except the payment of the $3,000,000.

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

The $3,000,000 was

paid, because that was acknowledged, but there was no agreement as to the balance -none whatever.

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LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING:

When the right hon. member said that the whole matter was left over for the new Government, I said, "except for the payment of the $3,000,000."

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

The whole matter was left over. That is precisely what I said.

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LIB

Ernest Lapointe (Minister of Marine and Fisheries)

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE:

May I correct a slight mistake I made in my answer to the right hon. gentleman? It was on November 25 that this arrangement between the late government and the company took place; $3,000,000 was paid on that date, and a period of two months was given-I said one month-to pay the balance. This was one of the first things that this Government had to consider when it took office.

The Budget-Sir Henry Drayton

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ITALIAN IMMIGRATION


On the Orders of the Day:


PRO

George Gibson Coote

Progressive

Mr. G. G. COOTE (Macleod):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to call the attention of the Government to a despatch in the Montreal Herald of May 23, stating that more than six hundred Italian immigrants were being landed from a steamer on that date. In the House the other night, I understood that only agricultural labourers were being brought to this country at the present time. Can the Government tell us whether these are agricultural labourers, or whether this new regulation is in force at the present time?

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May 26, 1922