May 19, 1924

RESIGNATION OF MR. WALTER G. MITCHELL

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):

I see by the press that

Mr. Walter Mitchell is desirous of having his letter to me regarded as a public one. While I do not know that it is customary to place on the Table correspondence respecting the resignations of private members, nevertheless I feel that hon. members of the House might wish to see a copy of Mr. Mitchell's letter and my reply thereto. I therefore beg to lay these letters on the Table of the House.

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Right Hon. ARTHUR MEIGHEN (Leader of the Opposition):

In view of the fact that

the resignation is plainly designed to test public opinion on the question of the budget, can the Prime Minister make any statement as to the probable date of the by-election in Mr. Mitchell's constituency.

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William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

The government has not yet decided on the date, but as soon as a decision is reached public announcement will be made.

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UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA

LIB

Lewis Herbert Martell

Liberal

Mr. L. H. MARTELL (Hants):

Mr. Speaker, I beg to present the following petitions asking for the passage of the bill to incorporate the United Church of Canada:

Neil McAllister and 240 others, of the Presbyterian Church at Paisley, Ontario; J. W. Lotten and 98 others, of the Methodist Church, Tottenham; S. J. Baker and 51 others of Bishop's Mills, Ontario; Bessie Carson and 238 others, of the Methodist Church, at Moncton, N.B.; Mrs. Alex. McKay and 34 others, of the Presbyterian Church, Dorset; Isabel! Fallows and 105 others, of the Methodist Church at Thamesford, Ontario; H. A.

United Church of Canada

Petitions

Piper and 21 others, of Kensington Presbyterian Church at Montreal, Que.; Alton G. Reade and 15 others, of the Methodist Church, Rockport, N.B.; Jas. M. McCurdy and 61 others, of the Presbyterian Church, New Carlisle; P. W. Fairman and 364 others, of the Methodist Church, Trenton, Ontario; John Hastie and 302 others of St. Paul's Presbyterian Church, Orangetown, Que.; W. F. Kelloway and 24 others, of the Methodist Church, Rawden, Que.; Rev. A. E. Oliver and 29 others, of the Presbyterian Church, Pendleton, Ont.; Mrs. G. W. Hall and 47 others, of the Union Church at Chisholm; Milton L. Hinton and 79 others of the Methodist Church, Hastings, Ont.; Mrs. W. J. Cole and 167 others, of the Methodist Church, Queens-ville; Ernest C. Barker and 30 others, of the Union Church at Kelvington, Saskatchewan; J. W. Chesney and 71 others, of the Methodist Church, Kingston, Ont;; Melvin Halliday and 99 others, of the Congregational Church, Scotland, Ont.; Rev. D. F. W. Forsyth and 28 others of the Methodist Church, Huntingdon.

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INDIAN RESERVE LANDS

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Robert Forke

Progressive

Mr. ROBERT FORKE (Brandon):

I beg to present the petition of the Nishga nation or tribe of Indians, praying that Bill No. 59, for the settlement of certain questions between the governments of Canada and Ontario respecting Indian reserve of lands be not passed until the issues which have been placed before His Majesty's Privy Council shall have been fully and finally determined, and that the House do all possible to expedite the full and final determination of the said issues and all other fundamental constitutional issues relating to the rights of the Indian tribes of Canada. This is signed by A. E. O'Meara on behalf of the Indians.

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EXCHEQUER COURT ACT AMENDMENT


Hon. ERNEST LAPOINTE (Minister of Justice) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 116, to amend the Exchequer Court Act. He said: The purpose of this bill is to widen the jurisdiction of the Exchequer Court to deal with matters which might be submitted to it after an arrangement or agreement between the Crown and other parties.


CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Right Hon. ARTHUR MEIGHEN (Leader of the Opposition):

Does the hon. minister

mean between the Crown and another party to an action in the court?

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Ernest Lapointe (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE:

The purpose is to widen the jurisdiction of the court, so that the Crown could submit to the Exchequer Court any other question which is not already under

their jurisdiction, provided the other party agrees to it.

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

Would the other party

require to be a party of the action in the court before he could agree to it?

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Ernest Lapointe (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE:

Yes.

Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.

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EXPROPRIATION ACT AMENDMENT


Hon. ERNEST LAPOINTE (Minister of Justice) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 117, to amend the Expropriation Act. He said: The purpose of this amendment is to enable the government or contractors to carry out blasting operations which may be necessary in connection with the execution of any public work without proceeding to expropriate. At present the Crown must expropriate the whole property, while it may be possible that the damages are not of such a nature as to warrant expropriation. Under this measure we will pay the damages and proceed with the blasting operations. Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.


COMPANIES ACT AMENDMENT


Hon. A. B. COPP (Secretary of State) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 118, to amend the Companies Act. He said: The provisions of this bill are practically the same as the provisions of the bill which passed this House last session. A number of amendments were put through last session, but the Senate did not pass the bill, and therefore we are presenting it again this year. Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.


REVISION OF THE STATUTES


Hon. ERNEST LAPOINTE (Minister of Justice) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 119, respecting the Revised Statutes of Canada. He said: This bill is on exactly the same lines as the bills which have been passed every time the statutes have been revised, for the purpose of defining the powers of the commissioners and to authorize the bringing of the provisions of the . bill into force. It is practically the same as the law of 1919.


May 19, 1924