May 21, 1923

REPORTS


Fifth report of the select standing committee on Banking and Commerce presented.- Hon. Mr. Maclean. First interim report on the second part of investigation by the Royal Commission on Pensions and Re-establishment.-Hon. Mr. Beland.


COMMITTEES-CHANGES IN PERSONNEL

LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Hon. W. S. FIELDING (Minister of Finance) :

I beg to move that the name of Mr. Garland (Bow River) be substituted for that of Mr. Reed on the standing committee on Banking and Commerce and that the name of Mr. Reed be substituted for that of Mr. Garland (Bow River) on the standing committee on Agriculture.

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LIB

Hewitt Bostock (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

By unanimous consent. Motion agreed to.

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THE PUBLIC DEBT-RAILWAY APPROPRIATIONS

LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Hon. W. S. FIELDING (Minister of Finance) :

The leader of the Opposition asked the other evening for certain additional information concerning the public debt and railway appropriations. The debt statement is brief, and with your permission, Mr. Speaker, I will read it:

Net debt, 31st March, 1922, as shown in the Public Accounts laid on the table of the House during present

$2,422,135,801 73

Estimated amount to be added to the net debt in the year just closed as given by the minister in his budget speech 49,293,086 00

Estimated Net debt March 31, 1923.. $2,471,428,887 73

The statement regarding railway appropriations is more elaborate, and I will send it over to my hon. friend rather than read it.

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CIVIL SERVICE SUPERANNUATION AND RETIREMENT ACT AMENDMENT


Hon. W. S. FIELDING (Minister of Finance) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 180, to amend the Civil Service Superannuation and Rfrirement Act.


LIB

Lewis Herbert Martell

Liberal

Mr. MARTELL:

Is this simply to extend the so-called Calder Act?

Lake Rates

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LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING:

No. That will come up at another time. There is a clause in the old Superannuation Act which authorizes the Treasury Board to grant additional years in fixing a retiring allowance. We think that some embarrassment may arise from that, and we propose to repeal that clause so that if in any case it is deemed necessary to make any addition to the amount granted it can be done by special appropriation by the House, instead of by act of the Treasury Board.

Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.

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PRIVATE BILLS FIRST READINGS


Bill No. 176 (from the Senate), respecting The Northern Trusts Company.-Mr. Hudson. Bill No. 177 (from the Senate), respecting The Subsidiary Court of the Ancient Order of Foresters in the Dominion of Canada.- Mr. Euler. Bill No. 178 (from the Senate), for the relief of Winifred Scatcherd. Mr. Church.


OLEOMARGARINE


On the Orders of the Day:


CON

George Black

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GEORGE BLACK (Yukon):

I should like to ask the government whether it is the intention to introduce this session legislation to further extend the period during which oleomargarine may be manufactured and sold in this country, and imported. The act of last session only extended until 31st August, the right to manufacture and import oleomargarine, and until 1st March next the right to have that article in possession.

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LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Hon. W. S. FIELDING (Minister of Finance):

I promise my hon. friend that the government will give serious consideration to his representation.

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

In that connection may I state that I got a similar answer some two or three weeks ago. How long is this state of giving the matter consideration going to last?

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LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING:

The subject is very serious.

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

Is it not possible to get an answer without this evasion?

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May 21, 1923