June 15, 1923

GRAND TRUNK RAILWAY COMPANY

MEMORIAL OP PREFERENCE AND COMMON SHAREHOLDERS

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):

Some little time ago the government received from the preference and common shareholders of the Grand Trunk Railway Company of Canada a memorial setting forth certain representations of which they desire the government to take cognizance. The reply of the government to this memorial has been forwarded, and I understand it is being distributed this afternoon, or will be distributed to-night. So I beg to lay on the Table of the House a copy of the memorial and the reply thereto.

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PRIVATE BILLS FIRST READINGS


Bill No. 207 (from the Senate), for the relief of Abraham Brooks.-Mr. Baxter. Bill No. 208 (from the Senate), for the relief of Jane Edna Near.-Mr. Baxter. Bill No. 209 (from the Senate), for the relief of Clara Welleena Bristol.-Mr. Duff. Bill No. 210 (from the Senate), for the relief of Emma Jean Walker.-Mr. Hocken. Bill No. 211 (from the Senate), for the relief of Ella Maude Gee.-Mr. Church. Bill No. 212 (from the Senate), for the relief of Enid Louise MacDonald.-Mr. Porter. Bill No. 213 (from the Senate), for the relief of Mary Theresa Maclsaac.'-Mr. German.


LAKE GRAIN RATES


Hon. J. A. ROBB (Minister of Trade and Commerce) moved that the House go into committee at the next sitting to consider a certain proposed resolution with respect to freight rates for the carriage of grain by lake and river navigation. Adulteration oj Canadian Grain He said: I desire to state that the subject matter of this resolution has been communicated to His Excellency the Governor General, who has been pleased to recommend it to the favourable consideration of the House. Motion agreed to.


CANADA SHIPPING ACT AMENDMENT


Hon. ERNEST LAPOINTE (Minister of Marine and Fisheries) moved that the House go into committee at the next sitting to consider the following proposed resolution: Resolved, that it is expedient to repeal section 958 of the Canada Shipping Act, as enacted by chapter sixty-four of the statutes of 1908, and to enact in lieu thereof that the Governor in Council may, from time to time, by order in council declare that the foregoing provisions of this Part shall not, for the period specified in such order in council, apply, either throughout Canada or in any specified waters of Canada, to the ships or vessels, or to any specified, ascertained or ascertainable class or number of the ships or vessels, of any foreign country. He said: I desire to state that the subject matter of this resolution has been communicated to His Excellency the Governor General, who has been pleased to recommend it to the favourable consideration of the House. Motion agreed to.


CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAY LINES


Hon. E. M. MACDONALD (For the Minister of Railways) moved that the House go into committee at the next sitting to consider a certain proposed resolution respecting the construction of Canadian National railway lines. He said: In the absence of the hon. Minister of Railways and Canals (Mr. Graham) I desire to state that the subject matter of this resolution has been communicated to His Excellency the Governor General, who has been pleased to recommend it to the favourable consideration of the House. Motion agreed to.


DAIRY INDUSTRY ACT, 1914, AMENDMENT


Hon. W. R. MOTHERWELL (Minister of Agriculture), moved that the House go into committee at the next sitting to consider a certain proposed resolution in favour of amending the Dairy Industry Act, 1914. He said: The subject matter of this resolution has been communicated to His Excellency the Governor General, who has been pleased to recommend it to the favourable consideration of the House. Motion agreed to.


ADULTERATION OF CANADIAN GRAIN


On the Orders of the Day:


PRO

Robert Alexander Hoey

Progressive

Mr. R. A. HOEY (Springfield):

On

June 8th a question was put to the government by the hon. member for Bow River (Mr. Garland) with regard to the adulteration of Canadian grain in American ports. I understand from the answer given by the minister on that occasion that an inquiry, or at least a kind of semi-inquiry, was held. The people of western Canada are deeply interested in this matter and I should like to know from the government whether they intend to submit to the House further information in connection with it; and, if not, where such information may be obtained. In other words, is it likely that a report of that inquiry will be published in the immediate future?

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James Alexander Robb (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Hon. J. A. ROBB (Minister of Trade and Commerce):

The government have nothing

to add to the reply made a few days ago, for the reason that there was only a verbal report from the officers of the department. After the return of the grain commissioners and the inspector from visits to the ports of New York, Baltimore and Philadelphia, they came to Ottawa and made a verbal report of conditions as they had found them. We now have overseas the Chairman of the Board of Grain Commissioners, and the Chief Grain Inspector at Winnipeg. We hope they will return early next month. They will advise the government as to the condition of grain as they find it on its arrival in England shipped from Canadian as well as United States ports. I have only to add that if Canadian shippers persist in putting grain through by way of the United States they run the risk because the Canadian government has no control over grain once it leaves our own boundaries. My hon. friend, I think, will understand that. Let me say to him and to the House what I said to the members of the London Corn Exchange,- that the grain goes through the United States in bond for the protection of the American people, to make certain that it is not sold. If we sold our grain to Liverpool and subsequently Liverpool sold it to France and France came back with a complaint against the inspection of that grain, surely my hon. friend will understand that we cannot follow it so far, once it has gone into another elevator and broken bulk.

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Robert Alexander Hoey

Progressive

Mr. HOEY:

The people are anxious to

know the extent to which there has been adulteration.

Inquiry for Returns-C.N.R.

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LIB

James Alexander Robb (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Mr. ROBB:

There has been adulteration

to a very limited extent; it was limited to one port. I may say that we had no real complaint against the port of New York.

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Edward Joseph Garland

Progressive

Mr. GARLAND (Bow River):

Is it the

practice of the minister's department, or of the government generally, to accept verbal reports as a result of inquiries held in the various departments? It seems an extraordinary procedure.

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June 15, 1923