April 9, 1923

REPORTS PRESENTED


General Rules and Orders of the Supreme Court.-Hon. Mr. Copp. Eighteenth Annual Report, for the year ended December 31st, 1922, of the Board of Railway Commissioners for Canada.-Hon. Mr. Graham.


WRECK OF ALASKAN


On the Orders of the Day:


PRO

Alan Webster Neill

Progressive

Mr. NEILL:

Mr. Speaker, I would

like to ask the hon. Minister of Marine and Fisheries (Mr, Lapointe) if he can give us any information as to when the report on the investigation into the wreck of the steamer Alaskan is likely to be brought down. The investigation took place more than two months ago, and the report is not likely to be voluminous. I may point out that apart from this investigation, sufficient has been brought out in connection with the wreck of the Alaskan and three other wrecks which have unfortunately occurred since then, two of them with loss of life, to show that the representations made by myself and by many public bodies in the West are well founded, namely, that the life-saving appliances or provisions out there are not adequate. I would like to ask the minister what steps he is taking or contemplates taking to deal with this matter. Time is slipping away; the session will soon be over, and this is a very important matter to the people on the coast of British Columbia.

Imprisonment- J. H. Roberts

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LIB

Ernest Lapointe (Minister of Marine and Fisheries)

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE:

The report of the Wreck Commissioner who investigated the wreck of the Alaskan has not yet been received. My information is that the stenographer who took the evidence had been ill and was unable to transcribe his notes; then, the commissioner himself has been ill. But we are informed that the report will be submitted in the course of a few days. Meanwhile, this matter has been brought to my attention on several occasions by my hon. friend himself and by various bodies in British Columbia, and I think that something should be done to improve the conditions there. I have decided, in fact, that something should be done this year, first, by establishing small wireless telephone stations in the various lighthouses so that communication may be had at any time with the life saving stations at Bamfield and Tofino. It has also been decided that the department shall have a station at Bamfield during the winter months and a ship suitable for the work which shall be equipped with all the necessary life-saving appliances and be in communication with all the lighthouses. As I have already said, we have in the Fisheries department two or three boats any one of which I think would serve the purpose.

I am glad to congratulate my hon. friend from Battleford (Mr. McConica) on his reappearance in this House.

It is also intended to place notice boards alongside the telegraph lines running along the shore to indicate the nearest place where survivors from a wreck can find food and shelter.

My hon. friend has suggested to me at various times that boats over one hundred tons register should be subject to the same inspection as boats of one hundred and fifty tons and over, and that the Shipping Act be amended accordingly. That matter is engaging the attention of the department.

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PRIVILEGE-MR. SUTHERLAND


On the Orders of the Day:


CON

Donald Sutherland

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SUTHERLAND:

As a member of the special committee to whom was referred Bill No. 15 to readjust the representation of the House of Commons, I take this the first opportunity afforded to refer to some newspaper articles which appeared on March 29 regarding this matter and referring particularly to myself. One of these articles purports to be based on a letter received from the hon. member for Muskoka (Mr. Hammell) wherein he states that I am the one man who is responsible for holding up the work of the

Redistribution committee. With your permission, Mr. Speaker, I should like to read one paragraph from an article in the Brace-bridge Gazette of March 29, 1923, dealing with this matter, and which I want to characterize as absolutely false and without any foundation in every particular. This is what purports to have been received by the Brace-bridge Gazette from the hon. member for Muskoka:

As to Donald Sutherland, he is the one man who i* now holding up the work of the Redistribution committee. At a former meeting of the sub-committee to work out the salvation of Ontario, . Sutherland agreed to nine members for the city of Toronto, which would have meant very few changes in other parts of the province. But, at the meeting of the same sub-committee again to-day, after he had been censored by his Conservative friends, he backs up or swallows himself and now wants fifteen members for Toronto, which if they get them, will most certainly interfere with Muskoka.

As I said before, I wish to characterize that statement as absolutely false in every particular.

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IMPRISONMENT OF J. H. ROBERTS


On the Orders of the Day:


LAB

James Shaver Woodsworth

Labour

Mr. WOODSWORTH:

I should like to ask if the government has received a petition asking for the disallowance of special legislation which led to the imprisonment of Mr. J. H. Roberts, and what is proposed to be done with the case.

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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

I might say to my hon. friend that I understand communications have been received asking that the matter of disallowance to which he refers be looked into, and that at the present time it is receiving the attention of the Minister of Justice.

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

Will the Prime Minister say that the statutes have been returned in the regular way to the government from the province of Quebec? I was not aware that they had been. Have the statutes of last session of the province of Quebec as yet been transmitted to the Department of Justice in accordance with the constitutional procedure?

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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

I do not think they have. I was answering the question my hon. friend asked as to whether any communications had been received asking that this matter be looked into, and I mentioned that they had.

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SINGLE TRANSFERABLE VOTE


On the Orders of the Day;


PRO

Edward Joseph Garland

Progressive

Mr. GARLAND (Bow River):

Is it the intention of the government to introduce

Questions

legislation this session looking to the establishment of the single transferable vote?

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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

That matter is under consideration at the present time. Any amendment of the character which my hon. friend has just mentioned would be an amendment to the Dominion Elections Act. There will be a number of amendments possibly to that act which the govenment will wish to present to the House for consideration, but whether it would be wise to bring them down at the present session will depend upon the progress we make now and in the next month 6? two.

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PRIVATE BILLS

April 9, 1923