May 6, 1924

COMMITTEE ON RAILWAYS, CANALS AND TELEGRAPH LINES


Mr. F. S. CAHILL (Pontiac) presented the third report of the select standing Committee on Railways, Canals and Telegraph Limes.


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Frank S. Cahill

Liberal

Mr. CAHILL moved:

That, in accordance with the recommendation contained in their third report, the select standing Committee on Railways, Canals and Telegraph Lines be given leave to sit while the House is in session.

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Hewitt Bostock (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

By unanimous consent,

of course.

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Henry Herbert Stevens

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. H. H. STEVENS (Vancouver Centre):

I offered my objection to this when the motion was presented in the committee to-day, and I desire to repeat my objection now. My objection is this-and I think it will appeal to the Prime Minister and the government-that we have a very important and large committee sitting while the House is in session, and, as far as I can see, there is no particular rush for the bills that are immediately before the committee. I think that about half of the Canadian National Railway bills passed the committee this morning, and the committee passed several other bills, as the report will show. There has been no delay, in fact everything was done to facilitate the passing of the bills this morning. Under these circumstances, I see no reason whatsoever why this committee should sit while the House is in session. I think that we ought to bear in mind that the privilege of sitting while the House is in session should be granted to a committee only under extraordinary circumstances; that is, when we have a large committee, or when they have an important question to deal with, such as the revision of the Bank

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United Church oj Canada-Petitions

Act last year, or any matter of major importance. The ordinary routine work of a House committee should not occasion the sitting of the committee while the House is in session. Personally, .1 very strongly object to it.

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LIB

Frank S. Cahill

Liberal

Mr. CAHILL:

Many members of the

committee are anxious that the business of the House should be proceeded with as rapidly as possible As my hon. friend from Vancouver Centre knows, it is necessary to have a number of the officials of the Canadian National Railways present at the committee meetings. It is true, a large number of bills were passed this morning, but they were passed largely with the consent of members of the opposition who have been opposing these bills. It would hardly be possible to get through in the two hours in the morning, without taking up a very long time; and in every case the representatives of the railway would have to be asked to come here. I do not think it is' the desire of the government nor of the committee that the work should be rushed any more than is necessary even if this resolution be passed. I think we can have an understanding with the opposition that we can proceed with the bills while the House is in session, so that we can keep the officials of the railway here and continue the work from day to day until it is completed, at whatever time would be suitable for the members of the opposition. I do not think it would be necessary to sit this afternoon, as suggested by the committee, but I think the motion should be allowed to go through so that we can have the officials here to continue the work, instead of calling them for a morning session once or twice a week.

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Hewitt Bostock (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

The motion can only be passed by the unanimous consent. If the House is unanimous the motion will carry; if not, notice of motion will have to be given. Is it the pleasure of the House to adopt the motion?

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Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

No.

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LIB

Frank S. Cahill

Liberal

Mr. CAHILL:

I beg leave to withdraw the motion, and give notice of motion.

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LIB

Hewitt Bostock (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

The motion has been

declared lost. Another notice of motion can be given later.

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UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA


Petitions were presented from certain members of the following congregations, severally praying that the proposed legislation incorporating the United Church of Canada be not enacted : St. Stephen's Presbyterian Church in British Columbia,-Mr. Clark. Knox Presbyterian Church, Red Deer, Alberta ; St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Olds, Alberta. -Mr. Speakman. Collingwood Presbyterian Church; West Nottawasaga Presbyterian Church; Nassaga-weya Presbyterian Church; Duntroon Presbyterian Church; Nottawa Presbyterian Church; Penetanguishene Presbyterian Church, all of the Province of Ontario,-Mr. Wilson. Chalmer's Presbyterian Church, Toronto. Petitions were presented from certain members of the following congregations and bodies severally praying that the bill now before the House to incorporate the United Church of Canada be passed during the present session:- Deer Park Presbyterian Church, Toronto; Wesley Methodist Church, Montreal, Quebec; Methodist Churches at Walsingham, St Williams and Port Rowan; Union Churches at Monticello, Campania and Tarbet; Wellington Street Methodist Church at London; Mount Zion and Rockford Churches at Townsend Township; Methodist Churches at Mal-lorytown, all of Ontario; Union Church at Tregarva, Sask.; Methodist Church at St. Mary's, Ontario,-Mr. Maybee. Bloor Street Presbyterian Church, Toronto; Hope and Ebenezer Methodist Churches at Alvinston, Ontario; United Church at Marmora; Methodist Church at Bear River, Nova Scotia; Presbyterian Church at Esterhazy and Little Harbour, Sask.; Methodist Church at Ford, Ontario; Union Church at Wananesa, Manitoba; Methodist Church at Flinton, Ontario; St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Winnipeg, Man.; Methodist Churches at Cottam and Aberna,-Mr. Stevens. Davenport Presbyterian Church, Toronto; Methodist Church, Wyoming, Ontario; United Church at Moosbank, Sask-; Methodist Church at Baldoon, Ontario; of Isaac Bowman and others, Miami and other places; Methodist Church at Ancaster, Ontario,- Mr. Lucas. Members of the Presbyterian Church at Toronto, Ontario; Methodist Church at Alien-ford, Ontario; Presbyterian Church at Rolling-dam, N.B.; Methodist Church at Tiverton, Ontario; Presbyterian Church at Oakner; Fairmont Ave. Methodist Church, Montreal, Quebec; Union Church, Anglia, Sask.; Young Methodist Church, Winnipeg, Manitoba; Presbyterian Church, Waweig, N.B.; Methodist United Church of Canada-Petitions Churches at Prospect, Manchester and Prince Albert, Ontario; Presbyterian Church, Montreal, Que.; Methodist Church, Lansdowne, Ontario, St. Mathews Presbyterian Church, Montreal, Que.; Presbyterian Church, Pointe Claire, Que.; United Presbyterian and Methodist Churches, at Cedar Hill; Methodist Churc.. at Antrim, Ont.; United Presbyterian and Methodist Churches, Pakenham, Ontario; Methodist Church, Gesto, Ontario; Methodist Church, Granby, Quebec; MacVicar Presbyterian Church, Montreal, Que.,-Mr. Caldwell. Methodist Church at Southampton, Ont.; Union Church at Hawarden, Sask.; Methodist Churches at Greenwood, Ont.; Mary E. Mather and others, of Melbourne, Ontario; Memorial Methodist Church at St. Catharines, Ontario; Union Church at Cabri, Sask.; Methodist Church at Point Edward, Ontario; Kew Beach Presbyterian Church, Toronto, Ontario,-Mr. Halbert, Central Methodist Church at Sarnia, Ontario; First Presbyterian Church, Alix, Alberta; Methodist Church, Yankleek Hill, Ont.; Union Church at Donville, Quebec; Presbyterian Church, Norwood, Winnipeg, Man.; Springfield Church, Springfield; Presbyterian Church, Oakney, Man.; Congregational Church at Point St. Charles, Montreal. Quebec; Methodist Congregations at Waterloo and Warden, Que.; St. David's Presbyterian Church, Toronto, Ontario; Methodist Church at Armstrong. B.C..-Mr. Charters. United Church, North Rosedale, Toronto, Ontario; Methodist Church at Gananoque. Ontario; Presbyterian Church at Sonya, Ontario ' Session of the Presbyterian Church at Clinton. Ontario; Methodist Church at Shiloh; Methodist Church at Sharon, Ontario; Port Simpson. B.C.; Methodist Church at Tillson-burg, Ontario; Congregation at Ethelbert, Manitoba; Methodist Church at Sunny Brae and Cherryfield, N.B.; College Street Methodist Church at Toronto, Ontario; First Congregational Church at Granby, Que.; Methodist Churches at Salem, Peniel and Manilla, Ontario; Rosemount Methodist Church, Ottawa; Wesley Methodist Church at Toronto, Ontario; Knox Presbyterian Church, Miami, Manitoba; Methodist Church at Paris, Ontario; Presbyterian Church, Strathclair, Man.; United Methodist and Congregation Churches at Georgville and Tomafobin and Fitch Bay, Quebec; St. Cuthbert's Presbyterian Church at St. Lambert, Que.; Union Church at Ross-burn, the . Methodist Church at Liverpool, N.S.; Methodist Church at Morven, Switzer-ville and Violet, Ont.; Griffen Union Church, Griffen, Sask.; Dominion Methodist Church, Ottawa, Ont.; McDougal Methodist Church, Winnipeg, Man.; Saltcoats United Church at Castleton, Sask.; United Churches at Fillmore, Crieff and Huronville, Sask.,-Mr. Hoey. Methodist Church at Adolphustown and Sillsville, Ontario; Augustine Presbyterian Church, Winnipeg, Man.; St. Andrews United Church, Winnipeg, Man.; St. Pauls Methodist Church at Harrowsmith; Holleford Methodist Church at Holleford and Hartington Methodist Church, Ontario; St. James Methodic Church at Simcoe and the Methodist Church at Lynnville, Ontario; Presbyterian Church, Bay Fortune, P.E.I.; Presbyterian Church, Talamagouche, N.S.; Presbyterian Church it Souris, P.E.I.; Methodist Church, Ormstown, Que.; Victoria Presbyterian Church, Toronto, Ont.,-Sir Henry Drayton.


SINGAPORE NAVAL BASE

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:

I beg to lay on the Table of the House return to an order dated 9th April, 1924, for-

Copy of all correspondence, telegrams, writings, or other documents, passing between the Department of External Affairs and the British government with respect to the naval base at Singapore.

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AGRICULTURAL CREDITS

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James Alexander Robb (Minister of Immigration and Colonization)

Liberal

Hon. J. A. ROBB (Minister of Immigration) :

I beg to move that the report of

Dr. Tory, tabled on the 15th April, be referred to the committee on Banking and Commerce.

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Motion agreed to.


PRIVATE BILLS FIRST READINGS


Bill No. 79 (from the Senate), for the relief of Douglas Lewin-Mr. Boys. Bill No. SO (from the Senate), for the relief of Mary Quinn.-Mr. Wallace. Bill No. 81 (from the Senate), for the relief of Marie Darling Irving.-Mr. Wallace. Bill No. 82 (from the Senate), for the relief of Margaret DeMello.-Mr. Wallace. Bill No. 83 (from the Senate), for the relief of Mary Caroline Dooley.-Mr. Stewart (Leeds). Bill No. 84 (from the Senate), for the relief of Barbara Gibb Duncan.-Mr. Martell. Bill No. 85 (from the Senate), for the relief of Nellie Sinkins.-Mr. Martell. Bill No. 86 (from the Senate), for therelief of Catherine Jean Livingstone.-Mr. Sheard.Bill No. 87 (from the Senate), for the relief of Alice Maud Knowles.-Mr. Sheard. Half Breed Scrip


May 6, 1924