Right Hon. ARTHUR MEIGHEN (Leader of the Opposition):
Mr. Speaker, I wish to call the attention of the government to a very obvious error in the reply to a question of yesterday, and I would like the government to have the question restored and the correct answer given. The question was by myself, and appears on page 726 of Hansard.
Under what authority of what statute did the government pass Order in Council P.C. 1563 of August 14, 1923, guaranteeing to permit for a period of ten years the shipping out of pulpwood from Canada under existing contracts?
The answer was:
Right Hon. Mr. Mackenzie King: Under authority of chapter 46, Statutes of Canada, 1923. 13-14 George V.
This statute I have before me. It is very simple. The statute simply authorizes the government to prohibit the exportation of pulpwood and was passed on the 30th of June, 1923. It adds pulpwood to the articles permitted to be prohibited under chapter 50, of the statutes of 1906, which statute reads as follows:
The Governor in Council may by regulation prohibit the exportation from Canada of petroleum in its crude or partly manufactured state.
With the addition of last year it will read:
-and pulpwood of the variety, kind, place of origin or having the particulars of identification or ownership or production described in the regulation.
The government will see at once that it merely authorizes the prohibition. It does not authorize any exception.