March 28, 1923

INTERNATIONAL LABOUR CONFERENCE

LIB

James Murdock (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Hon. JAMES MURDOCK (Minister of Labour):

Mr. Speaker, I beg to lay on the

table of the House the authentic text of a recommendation concerning communication to the International Labour office of statistical and other information regarding emigration, immigration and the repatriation and transit of emigrants which was adopted by the International Labour Conference at its fourth session in Genoa, October 18, to November 3, 1922.

No draft conventions were adopted at this session of the conference and the only recommendation was the one to which I have just referred.

I may add, with reference to the recent inquiry of the right hon. leader of the Opposi-

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tion (Mr. Meighen) on this subject, that the authentic text of this recommendation reached the Labour department on March 26. The same is being brought before parliament in conformity with the requirements of paragraph 8 of article 405 of the Treaty of Versailles and the analogous provisions of the other treaties of peace.

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QUESTIONS


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk).


CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS-RETIRING GRATUITIES

PRO

Mr. WARD:

Progressive

1. Did Mr. D. B. Hanna, former President of the

Canadian National Railways, receive on his retirement, a bonus, grant or gratuity of $35,000 in addition to his salary to date of retirement? *

2. If so, why, and on whose authority?

3. Did Mr. A. J. Mitchell, former vice-president of the Canadian National Railways, receive a similar gratuity of $20,000?

4. If so, why, and on whose authority?

5. Did any other retiring official or director of the Canadian National Railways receive any such gratuity or bonus on retirement?

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LIB

Mr. LOVETT:

Liberal

1. Is A DeWitt Foster an employee of the Canadian National Railways?

2. If so, what position does he hold?

3. What salary does he receive?

4. Was the said A. DeWitt Foster a former member of the House of Commons?

5. Was he compelled to resign his seat in the House? If so, for what cause?

6. Is this the same A. DeWitt Foster who was implicated in the scandals arising out of the purchasing of horses in Nova Scotia for military purposes during the late war?

7. Is it the intention of the government to retain him-in his present position?

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Hon. Mr. GRAHAM: (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

1. Yes.

2. Superintendent of Resources, Chicago.

3. $450 per month.

4. Yes.

5. Mr. Foster resigned his seat on April 24, 1915, following a discussion in parliament concerning the purchase of horses for war purposes. There is no official record as to why he resigned.

6. Answered by No. 5.

7. Mr. Foster entered the employ of the Canadian Northern Railway Company on May 20, 1916, as travelling passenger and immigration agent, Chicago. The question of his retention is not a matter for the consideration of the government, but of the Canadian National Railway Management.

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MR. W. J. BLACK

LIB

Mr. LOVETT:

Liberal

1. When was W. J. Black appointed as Deputy Minister of Immigration?

2. What was his employment before his appointment?

3. Is he the same W. J. Black who was organizer for the Conservative party in western Canada during the recent federal election?

4. Did he resign his position as Deputy Minister of Immigration to assume the duties of Conservative organizer?

s. If so, when was he reappointed to the office of Deputy Minister of Immigration?

6. What duties are being performed by him at the present time ?

7. Is it the intention of the government to retain his services?

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Hon. Mr. STEWART (Argenteuil): (Minister of Immigration and Colonization; Minister of Mines; Minister of the Interior; Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs)

Liberal

1. Sept. 7, 1921.

2. (a) Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Immigration for Manitoba.

(b) President of the Manitoba Agricultural College.

(c) Dominion Commissioner under The Agricultural Instruction Act.

(d) Chairman, Soldier Settlement Board of Canada.

3. Yes.

4. No.

5. His first appointment in connection with immigration is as indicated in No. 1.

6. The usual duties of a deputy minister.

7. The retention of Mr. Black, like all other government officials, is subject to the service rendered.

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COLD STORAGE

CON

Mr. THOMPSON:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Is the harbour cold storage a national institution?

2. To what extent is it financed by the government and at what rate of interest?

3. What are the net results profit or loss or the operating expenses of this storage for its firu year's operations ?

4. How will deficits be met, and in event of loss will harbour dues be increased to meet same?

5. Are the rates charged by the harbour commission lower than other public cold storages charged previous to opening the harbour commission's plant?

6. Is it the intention of the government to subsidize cold storages to be operated by co-operative associations in various parts of the country with the idea of having a chain of storages in the country to supply the harbour cold storage and thus have all under government control ?

7. Would there be any discrimination against private individuals or corporations who might desire a subsidy for a cold storage plant, or is it intended to assist only rural communities that are organized?

8. Has any provision been made for the continuance of a subsidized cold storage in case of disorganization of the co-operative societies?

9. In the event of public cold storages being closed as a result of competition is there likely to be any increase in the rates charged by the harbour commission?

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LIB

Ernest Lapointe (Minister of Marine and Fisheries)

Liberal

Hon. Mr. LAPOINTE:

As I have already stated Mr. Speaker, I cannot answer this question in its present form. I want to know to what cold storage plant the hon. gentleman refers.

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LIB

Hewitt Bostock (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Stands.

rUKi/HASE OF UNCLEANED SCREENINGS

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CON

Mr. MANION:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Have there been any complaints since 1915 regarding the purchase of unscalped or uncleaned screenings from the government elevators to the Board of Grain Commissioners?

2. If so, was any action taken by the board?

3. Is the minister willing to lay on the Table of the House all correspondence and papers connected with such complaints if there were any?

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LIB

James Alexander Robb (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Hon. Mr. ROBB:

Mr. Speaker, this question has been on the order paper for some

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days, and I may not have the required information until after the Easter holidays as we are waiting for a reply from Fort William.

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ESQUIMALT NAVY YARD

March 28, 1923