February 19, 1923

SELECT STANDING COMMITTEES


Hon. W. S. FIELDING (Minister of Finance), moved: That the name of Mr. Archambault be substituted for that of Mr. Laflamme on the select standing committee on Privileges and Elections. That the name of Mr. Bouchard be substituted for that of Mr. Provost on the select standing committee on Agriculture and Colonization. That the name of Mr. Michaud be substituted for that of Mr. Robichaud on the select standing committee on Forests, Waterways and Water-powers. That the name of Mr. Robichaud be subtituted for that of Mr. Michaud on the select standing committee on Standing Orders.


LIB

Motion agreed to.


RESTAURANT OF PARLIAMENT


Hon. W. S. FIELDING (Minister of Finance), moved: That Messieurs Anderson, Bancroft, Gordon, Putnam, Macdonald (Pictou), Rinfret, Papineau, Wallace and Wilson be appointed to assist His Honour the Speaker in the direction of the Restaurant, as far as the interests of the Commons are concerned, and to act as members of a Joint Committee of both Houses on the Restaurant, and that a message be sent to the Senate to acquaint their Honours therewith.


LIB

Motion agreed to. Kitsilano Indian Reserve


KITSILANO INDIAN RESERVE


On the Orders of the Day:


CON

Henry Herbert Stevens

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. H. H. STEVENS (Vancouver Centre) :

Mr. Speaker, before the Orders of the Day are called I wish to ask one or two questions of the government, based upon a very important despatch which I see in the press. I must apologize for not having notified the minister, but I think he will be able to answer the question without the usual courtesy of a notice. The despatch is from Victoria and, in part, reads:

The Vancouver Harbour Board in future will control the Kitsilano Indian reserve, announced Hon. J. D. MacLean, Acting Premier. A telegram was received from Premier Oliver at Ottawa advising acceptance of the sum of $500,000 for the property and the Executive Council ratified the agreement.

And then it says further-I do not wish to read more-that an unstated amount over the half million will go to the Indian fund, the province retaining the customary reversionary rights. I wish to ask the Minister of the Interior: Has the transfer been agreed to as indicated in this despatch; is the sum of

8500.000 correctly quoted; what is the amount to go to the Indians, referred to in the despatch ; does the arrangement allow to the province its contention for reversionary rights?

Hon. CHARLES STEWART (Argenteuil), (Minister of the Interior): That is a very difficult question for one to answer from memory. All the despatch indicates that is new in the matter is that when Mr. Oliver was here I succeeded in getting him to agree to accept

8500.000 as the amount claimed by the province in the settlement of this dispute. True, the harbour board are desirous of obtaining the reserve. I have just forgotten the sequence in which this thing runs, but at all events there was an arbitration the terms of which the federal government refused to accept. No price has yet been fixed as the amount that the harbour board would pay for the island. But the 8500,000 mentioned in the despatch is the amount that the provincial government, as announced by the premier, would be walling to accept as settlement of their interest.

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

Does that mean that they get 8500,000 for their alleged reversionary interest?

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LIB

Charles A. Stewart (Minister of Immigration and Colonization; Minister of Mines; Minister of the Interior; Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. STEWART (Argenteuil):

It does not mean they get anything. That is their own proposal; there has been no acceptance of it.

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CON

Henry Herbert Stevens

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STEVENS:

Then the despatch is not correct in saying that there has been acceptance of the sum of $500,000 for the property, and ratification of the agreement by the Executive Council.

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LIB

Charles A. Stewart (Minister of Immigration and Colonization; Minister of Mines; Minister of the Interior; Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. STEWART (Argenteuil):

I will try to give the information, but this whole question involves a considerable amount of detail.

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CON

Henry Herbert Stevens

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STEVENS:

Perhaps my hon. friend will give it to-morrow-

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LIB

Charles A. Stewart (Minister of Immigration and Colonization; Minister of Mines; Minister of the Interior; Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. STEWART (Argenteuil):

I shall be very glad to do that.

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CON

Henry Herbert Stevens

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STEVENS:

[DOT]-because it is a very important question.

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LIB

Charles A. Stewart (Minister of Immigration and Colonization; Minister of Mines; Minister of the Interior; Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. STEWART (Argenteuil):

I might say for my hon. friend's information that no further progress has been made with the settlement than that one statement from the provincial government that they would be willing to accept $500,000.

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

Just to clear up one point that the minister attempted to answer to-day, and which I did not understand: he said that the government had prevailed on Mr. Oliver to accept the $500,000.

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February 19, 1923