March 25, 1924

COMMON MEETING ROOM PROVIDED FOR MEMBERS AND THE GALLERY

LIB

Hewitt Bostock (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

I have the honour to inform the House that representations, both last session and during the recess, were made to the Minister of Public Works (Mr. King) and to myself that there was a great need for a place in this building that would be a common meeting ground for members of the House and members of the press gallery. It was pointed out that with the present arrangement of lobbies and private rooms for members, there was little opportunity for intercourse between members. The minister and myself, after looking over the building for a suitable room, decided to place room No. 268 on the main floor, near the main entrance and opening out of the reading room, at the disposal of members of the House and the press gallery for the purpose referred to. The room has been furnished and is now open and ready for use.

Wheat Board

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UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA

CON

Gordon Crooks Wilson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. G. C. WILSON (Wentworth):

Mr. Speaker, I desire to present the petition of J. B. McQuesten, Esq., David Burton Dewar, Esq., and John James Morrison, Esq., all of the city of Hamilton in the county of Wentworth, Ontario, protesting against the bill to incorporate the United Church of Canada, on the ground that the rules have not been complied with.

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LIB

William Duff

Liberal

Mr. WILLIAM DUFF (Lunenburg) moved:

That the petition of John Forbes Michie, and others, ministers, elders or members of the Presbyterian Church in Canada, of the city of Toronto, county of York, province of Ontario; praying that the bill which is now being sought, to incorporate the United Church of Canada, be rejected and not proceeded with, presented on Tuesday afternoon, March 18, 1924, be referred to the Committee on Standing Orders.

Motion, agreed to.

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JUDGES' ACT AMENDMENT


Hon. ERNEST LAPOINTE (Minister of Justice) moved that the House go into committee at the next sitting to consider the following proposed resolution: That it is expedient to amend the Act to amend the Judges' Act, chapter fifty-six of the statutes of 1920, section seven, to provide that the salary of the judge of the Territorial Court of the Yukon Territory be increased from seven thousand to nine thousand dollars per annum, but the increase of salary so granted shall not entitle the judge to any increase in the annuity which may be granted him on retirement in excess of six thousand dollars. He said: His Excellency the Governor General, having been made acquainted with the subject matter of this resolution, recommends it to the favourable consideration of the House. Motion agreed to.


WHEAT BOARD-SURPLUS FUNDS


On the Orders of the Day:


PRO

Andrew Knox

Progressive

Mr. ANDREW KNOX (Prince Albert):

In view of the fact that the Saskatchewan legislature has passed a resolution asking that the division of the surplus funds of the Canada Wheat Board should be made amongst the provinces according to the amount contributed by each province, and also in view of the fact that the representatives of the Saskatchewan Wheat Producers, Limited, have already interviewed the acting Minister of Finance (Mr. Robb) regarding this matter, I should like to ask the government what their policy is in regard to it.

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LIB

James Alexander Robb (Minister of Immigration and Colonization)

Liberal

Hon. J. A. ROBB (Acting Minister of Finance) :

A deputation said to represent the different co-operative grain societies of the

three provinces waited on me some time ago and made a claim for this money. I quoted the recommendation of the wheat board, the board that had the administration of the act when they remitted the surpluses to the government. They recommended that the money might be employed for the relief of settlers in western Canada, and I recall having pointed out to that deputation that as Acting Minister of Finance, my policy was: "What we have we hold," and that as we had already advanced something over $3,000,000, if my recollection is right, for relief in western Canada, I thought we should apply this amount to the redemption of that debt.

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PRO

Andrew Knox

Progressive

Mr. KNOX:

I should like to remind the

minister that this money was not contributed by people who were given relief owing to destitution; the money is being asked for largely by people who contributed it. I would ask the minister to reconsider his decision.

DATE OF BUDGET SPEECH On the Orders of the Day:

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CON

Henry Lumley Drayton

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir HENRY DRAYTON (West York):

I

should like to ask the Minister of Immigration, in his capacity of Acting Minister of Finance (Mr. Robb) if he has yet thought of what day he would like to bring down the budget.

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LIB

James Alexander Robb (Minister of Immigration and Colonization)

Liberal

Hon. J. A. ROBB (Acting Minister of Finance):

I have not yet reached a conclusion. I will advise my hon. friend a few days in advance.

NATIONAL DEFENCE EXPENDITURES On the Orders of the Day:

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PRO

Robert Forke

Progressive

Mr. ROBERT FORKE (Brandon):

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wish to ask the following question. Will the government, when bringing down the estimates covering the expenditures on national defence, take into consideration the fact that Canadian expenditures for that purpose for the current year are considerably larger than those of other dominions, notwithstanding the fact that Canada occupies a less vulnerable position?

Hon. GEORGE P. GRAHAM (Minister of Railways): The Minister of National Defence (Mr. Macdonald) is not in his place but I shall call his attention to the question.

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

I might ask, in the

same connection, whether the government

Industrial Disputes

will take into consideration the undoubted fact that the expenditures are much less than those of the other dominions.

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LIB

George Perry Graham (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Mr. GRAHAM:

I will call that also to

the attention of the minister.

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FRUIT ACT AMENDMENT


Hon. W. R. MOTHERWELL (Minister of Agriculture) moved the second reading of Bill No. 13, to amend the Fruit Act (French version). Motion agreed to, bill read the second time, and the House went into committee thereon, Mr. Gordon in the chair. On section 1-Grades for fruit in closed packages.


CON

Henry Lumley Drayton

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir HENRY DRAYTON:

Perhaps the minister will tell us what he proposes to do in this bill.

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March 25, 1924