April 26, 1923

VANCOUVER FISHERY PATROL


On the Orders of the Day:


LIB

Samuel William Jacobs

Liberal

Mr. JACOBS:

Can the government give us any information with respect to the killing of two American citizens by the crew of a Canadian patrol boat off Vancouver Island yesterday?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   VANCOUVER FISHERY PATROL
Sub-subtopic:   UNITED STATES SCHOONER SILOAM FIRED ON BY PROTECTION STEAMER MALASPINA
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LIB

Ernest Lapointe (Minister of Marine and Fisheries)

Liberal

Hon. ERNEST LAPOINTE (Minister of Marine and Fisheries):

A preliminary report has been prepared in connection with this incident. Here is what has been supplied to me:

The fishery protection steamer Malaspina, Captain Newcombe in command, sighted the United States schooner Siloam, of Seattle, engaged in fishing within one mile of Solander island. Upon sighting the schooner, the captain blew three whistles, the usual signal for the schooner to stop. No attention having been paid this signal, the Malaspina fired three blank shots across the bow of the schooner. The latter continuing, two solid shots were fired across the

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bow, but still no attention from the schooner. The captain of the Malaspina at this point hailed the captain of the schooner again, requesting him to stop, but he declined to do so. Two solid shots were then fired but missed, after which the Malaspina demanded that the schooner stop, warning the captain that if these instructions were not obeyed the vessel would be sunk. The schooner persisted in paying no attention to this warning, consequently no alternative was left to the captain of the Malaspina but to fire a rifle volley at the pilot house.

Unfortunately a man was wounded, but the schooner stopped and the schooner's boat brought the wounded man to the Malaspina and then headed for the shore. The report continues.

The Malaspina lowered a boat at once and a line was put on board the schooner, when it was discovered that the crew had scuttled her before leaving. The Malaspina then endeavoured to tow her, although full of water, and obtain medical aid for the wounded man. The Mounted Police and other authorities were notified and tried to arrest the four other men of the schooner's crew who had escaped.

It is the opinion of the officers of the department that these men are not American citizens, though they were on an American schooner; they are probably foreigners. We will have a final and more complete report in a short time.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   VANCOUVER FISHERY PATROL
Sub-subtopic:   UNITED STATES SCHOONER SILOAM FIRED ON BY PROTECTION STEAMER MALASPINA
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INQUIRY FOR RETURN

CON

Robert King Anderson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. ANDERSON:

I placed two questions on the order paper on 5th March. These questions were passed as orders for returns and appear in the votes and proceedings of 7th March. I should like to know when I may expect to receive an answer to these questions?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   INQUIRY FOR RETURN
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LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING:

The questions were in a form which seemed to us to be incomplete. If the hon. member had in proper course moved his motion I would have asked an amendment which would have covered all the ground he wished to cover, and something more. The matter, of course, can only be brought up in its proper order. If the hon. member attaches importance to it, I would arrange with him as to what the amendment should be and we can bring down the return even yet.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   INQUIRY FOR RETURN
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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

If I caught the minister's remarks, he does not propose, without an amendment, to bring down a return which has been ordered by the House?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   INQUIRY FOR RETURN
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LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING:

My right hon. friend (Mr. Meighen) is wrong; the return has not been ordered by the House?

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Subtopic:   INQUIRY FOR RETURN
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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

That was the statement of the hon. member for Halton (Mr. Anderson).

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Subtopic:   INQUIRY FOR RETURN
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LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING:

No, I do not think he meant that. The motion was put on the order paper and the hon. member was not here when it was called; at all events it was not moved in its proper order. My recollection is that it is still on the order paper as a notice of motion.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   INQUIRY FOR RETURN
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CON

Robert King Anderson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. ANDERSON:

They are in the Votes and Proceedings, and one has been passed as an order for return. The statement in the Votes and Proceedings of March 7th is that an order of the House had been issued to the proper officers to prepare the information asked for in the notice of motion.

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Subtopic:   INQUIRY FOR RETURN
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LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING:

Possibly I have the

wrong impression in mind; I will look into the matter. Certainly, the order I had in mind stood as a notice of motion. In view of the hon member's statement, however, i will make inquiries.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   INQUIRY FOR RETURN
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CON

Robert King Anderson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. ANDERSON:

There w'as also a question in my name which stood as notice of motion for an order for return. Then there was also an order of the House which was the result of a notice of motion.

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Subtopic:   INQUIRY FOR RETURN
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LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING:

Perhaps I have been referring to the wrong one. If so, my remarks have been out of place.

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Subtopic:   INQUIRY FOR RETURN
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ILLICIT LIQUOR TRAFFIC


On the Orders of the Day:


LAB

James Shaver Woodsworth

Labour

Mr. WOODSWORTH:

A number of papers in the United States and Canada are calling attention to the conditions which exist with regard to the rum running traffic. It is claimed that Canada is being used as a base for this illicit traffic from this country to the United States, and further that the new regulations are not at all effective in preventing this evil. I should like to ask whether the government is bringing in any measures with a view to dealing effectively with this matter?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   ILLICIT LIQUOR TRAFFIC
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PRO

John Warwick King

Progressive

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

The government is exercising every care to see that the existing regulations are carried out. Thus far it has not been possible to devise more effective means than those we already have. It is probable that some of these reports are not well founded. However, I shall have pleasure in directing the attention of the minister to the matter and having it looked into further.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   ILLICIT LIQUOR TRAFFIC
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April 26, 1923