March 8, 1923

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QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS

BACON IMPORTS AND EXPORTS

PRO

Mr. KENNEDY (Edmonton):

Progressive

1. What is the amount of fresh American bacon sides, shipped into Canada, in bond, for curing in Canadian plants, and shipped out as Canadian cured American, during the years 1919, 1920, 1921 and 1922?

2. What percentage of this amount was exported to the British markets during these years?

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CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS-HOTELS

PRO

Mr. COOTE:

Progressive

1. How many hotels are owned by the Canadian National Railways?

2. What was the cost of construction of each of these hotels?

3. What is the present value of equipment of each hotel ?

4. How much fire insurance is carried on each hotel and equipment, and in what companies?

5. Are all these hotels being operated by the railways?

6. What was the revenue of each of these hotels in each of the last three fiscal years?

7. What was the expenditure in connection with each of these hotels in each of the last three fiscal years?

8. In regard to each of these hotels operated by the railways, in each of the last three fiscal years, what was the net profit or loss in connection with the operation, including all charges such as insurance, interest on investment, and allowance for depreciation on building and equipment?

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COMBINES, MONOPOLIES, TRUSTS AND MERGERS


Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister) moved that the House do to-morrow go into Committee of the Whole to consider the following proposed resolution: Resolved, that it is expedient to bring in a measure to provide for the investigation of Combines, Monopolies. Trusts and Mergers; for the administration of the proposed Act by a Minister of the Crown to be named by the Governor in Council; for the appointment of a registrar to receive, register and deal with applications for such investigations, and for the appointment of commissioners from time to time by the Governor in Council to hold investigations; for the payment of the registrar, commissioners and witnesses and to establish such offices, with assistants, as may be required; for power to remit or reduce duties where combines are proved to exist; for the revocation of patent rights in certain cases; for prosecution by the Attorney General of any province, or upon his failure to act, by the Solictior General; and for the imposition of penalties for violation of the provisions of the proposed legislation. He said: His Excellency the Governor General has been informed of the subject matter of this resolution and has been pleased to recommend the same to the consideration of the House. Motion agreed to.


"QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS"


On the Orders of the Day:


PRO

Thomas Wakem Caldwell

Progressive

Mr. T. W. CALDWELL (Victoria and Car-leton):

On many occasions this session questions appearing on the order paper have been asked to stand as orders for returns. I would like to ask the government whether the answers to these questions, when brought down, appear anywhere on the records of the House, or are they simply handed to the member asking for the return?

Questions Passed as Orders

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LIB

George Perry Graham (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. GRAHAM:

They appear in the Votes and Proceedings.

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PRO

Thomas Wakem Caldwell

Progressive

Mr. CALDWELL:

A great many of these questions are matters of public interest, and the replies should be available to hon. members.

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LIB

Hewitt Bostock (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

In cases where questions stand as orders for returns, when the information is made available a few days or sometimes a few weeks later, it is tabled, and any hon. member who is interested in the return can get a copy of it from the proper officials.

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

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

I wish to corroborate the view apparently held by the hon. member for Victoria and Carleton (Mr. Caldwell). What I understood him to press was this: when questions are made to stand as orders for returns there is no record of the returns in Hansard or in the Votes and Proceedings, and the result of having it so stand is to prevent that publicity being given to the answers which is desirable in many cases. I know it is the right of the government under the rules to have a question stand as an order for return; it is a right that has been very generally exercised-I think too loosely exercised this session. It should be confined only to cases where the record is very long and there is no great importance as to publicity; it should not be done simply as a means of ridding the order paper of the question.

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LIB

Joseph Archambault

Liberal

Mr. ARCHAMBAULT:

It was not done under the late government, I suppose?

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

Very rarely.

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Georges Henri Boivin

Liberal

Mr. BOIVIN:

The remarks of the right hon. gentleman are correct in every respect except one, and that is that every return tabled in the House is immediately registered in the Votes and Proceedings and can be there found. Then those returns are submitted to the Printing Committee, and the Printing Committee decides which returns shall be printed and which shall not be printed.

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

It is quite true that a note is made in the Votes and Proceedings when a return is tabled, but the return itself does not appear in the Votes and Proceedings.

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March 8, 1923