June 22, 1923

CIVIL SERVICE ACT

FINAL REPORT OF SPECIAL COMMITTEE OF INQUIRY


Mr. COPP (for Mr. Malcolm) presented the second and final report of the special committee appointed to inquire into the operation of the Civil Service Act. He said: I beg to give notice, on behalf of Mr. Malcolm, that he will move on Monday next that the second and final report of the special committee be concurred in.


PRIVATE BILLS SUSPENSION OF RULE


Mr. H. B. McGIVERIN (Ottawa) moved that rule 103 relating to the posting of private bills in the lobby and in the votes and proceedings be suspended for the remainder of the session.


CON

Henry Herbert Stevens

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STEVENS:

I think, if I recall rightly, the custom has been to make a motion with regard to any individual bill that appears to be too late for the usual notice at the end of the session, and not to propose an omnibus resolution of this kind.

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LIB

Harold Buchanan McGiverin

Liberal

Mr. McGIVERIN:

This has been the custom for many years toward the end of the session on account of bills coming from the Senate. There are three or four divorce bills coming over on Tuesday or Wednesday which will have to be considered by the Private Bills committee, and a delay of twenty-four hours at this stage might prevent one or more of these bills from being passed this session.

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CON

Henry Herbert Stevens

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STEVENS:

I think such a motion should be preceded by a report from the Private Bills committee.

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Motion agreed to.


FIRST READING


Bill No. 223 (from the Senate), for the relief of Jessie Anne Epstein.-Mr. Duff.


PETROLEUM AND NAPHTHA INSPECTION ACT AMENDMENT


Hon. JACQUES BUREAU (Minister of Customs and Excise) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 237, to amend the Petroleum and Naphtha Inspection Act.


CON
LIB

Jacques Bureau (Minister of Customs and Excise)

Liberal

Mr. BUREAU:

If hon. members will look at the bill they will see that the measure speaks for itself. The amendments proposed are indicated in italics. The object of the proposed change is to permit the sale of naphtha. Under the present act the Governor in Council can regulate the possession, storage and transportation of naphtha and its sale is restricted except for certain purposes. In its present form the act reads:

Naphtha shall not be sold or offered for sale in Canada for illuminating purposes except,-

(a) for use in street lamps in which only the vapour is burned; or

(b) for use in dwellings, factories and other places of business when vapourized in secure underground tanks outside the buildings in which the vapour so generated is used for lighting.

We want to make regulations so that the sale will be permitted for lighting purposes. This is rendered necessary by the invention of the Coleman lamp which has been put on the market and is going into general use. Doubtless hon. members are all familiar with the Coleman lamp. The insurance companies and the best experts in the United States have declared that it is perfectly safe. As the law now stands, a dealer or a man who has naphtha in his possession cannot sell it for illuminating purposes except as restricted by the general statute. The purpose of the present bill is to permit the sale of naphtha for illuminating purposes under regulations to be made by the Governor in Council.

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LIB

Hewitt Bostock (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Strictly speaking this bill should have been preceded by a resolution but, perhaps, at this stage of the session that requirement might be dispensed with.

Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.

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LIB

Hewitt Bostock (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

When shall the bill be read a second time?

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LIB

Jacques Bureau (Minister of Customs and Excise)

Liberal

Mr. BUREAU:

Now.

Audit Board

Motion agreed to and bill read the second time.

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LIB

Hewitt Bostock (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

This bill will be considered later on, under government orders.

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LIB

Jacques Bureau (Minister of Customs and Excise)

Liberal

Mr. BUREAU:

It has been printed.

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June 22, 1923