April 10, 1923

REPORTS AND PAPERS


Mr. DUFF presented the second report of the select standing committee on Marine and Fisheries, as follows: Your committee have had under consideration the new regulation regarding the time each year that trout fishing by anglers is permitted, and recommend that the regulation at present in force be repealed and that the time be as formerly, that is from the 1st of April of each year until the 1st of May each year. All of which is respectfully submitted.


LIB

George Perry Graham (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. GRAHAM:

It is permitted for the

same length of time as formerly, but the date is changed?

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LIB

IMPERIAL CONFERENCE


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, in the morning press there is an announcement that this year there is to be an Imperial Conference of the nature of that in 1921 to be held simultaneously with an Imperial Economic Conference, and that to the former all prime ministers are invited and all are going save the Prime Minister of New Zealand, who presumably along with the others is to attend the latter. May I ask if this conference has been decided upon if it is to be attended by the Prime Minister or by others of the government, and if so, what is the agenda that has been agreed upon or submitted to the government as subjects for consideration at the economic conference and also at the conference of the character of that of 1921?

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LIB

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

Liberal

Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):

I might say to my right

hon. friend that the report as it appears in the press this morning is correct. An Imperial Conference similar to the one held in 1921 is to be held in London in October simultaneously with an Imperial Economic Conference.

It is hoped that when October comes the expressed wish of the British Prime Minister that the prime ministers of the different dominions should attend the conference may be complied with so far as Canada is concerned.

As to the agenda, I think I might promise my right hon. friend that I will be in a position to place on the Table such papers as we have already received in that connection. Broadly, as to the agenda of the conference of prime ministers, it is similar to the agenda of the conference which my right hon. friend himself attended. The agenda in complete form is not available as yet. It is open to the different governments concerned to make suggestions as to matters to be taken up between now and the time of the conference.

As to the Imperial Economic Conference, The agenda I think is set forth in completer form, and I shall have pleasure in placing on the table of the House the data the government has.

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

Can that data be placed on the Table to-morrow or this week?

Mr. MACKENZIE KING In this, as in alt matters between the Home government and our own, I wish to follow the customary practice of communicating with the British government before I take any action. I shall ask for permission to bring the papers down at an early date.

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

There can be no possible exception taken that would be acceptable to this House, no possible reason for secrecy in regard to the agenda of either conference.

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HUDSON BAY RAILWAY


On the Orders of the Day:


CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

I call attention to

another despatch in the press this morning indicating that the government has altered its attitude with respect to the Hudson Bay railway. The despatch is dated April 6, and states that the Hon. W. R. Motherwell in the contest now being decided in Moose Jaw has undertaken on behalf of the government the completion and the establishment of service upon this railway before Christmas. This is one of several commitments made. May I ask if this is the policy of the government? If so, is it permanent or is it only made for Mr. Knowles to get in on?

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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:

The policy of the government remains what it was, as announced by the Acting Minister of Railways

Dismissal of John J. Hayes

and Canals (Mr. Graham) when this matter was referred to in the House.

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

That policy would be consistent with completion before Christmas. Is the government purposing to do that? Does the government purpose to have it completed this year, or does the government not?

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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 cannot give my right hon. friend an answer as to time.

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

Does the Prime Minister say that he cannot say whether it is the intention to complete the Hudson Bay railway before this Christmas or not?

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LIB

George Perry Graham (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. GRAHAM:

I think that must have been a misprint.

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GRATUITIES TO GRAND TRUNK OFFICIALS


On the Orders of the Day:


April 10, 1923