May 20, 1924

SELECT STANDING COMMITTEES BANKING AND COMMERCE

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) moved:

That the name of Mr. Euler be substituted for that of Mr. Mitchell on the select standing committee on Banking and Commerce.

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Motion agreed to.


PRISONS AND REFORMATORIES ACT AMENDMENT


Hon. ERNEST LAPOINTE (Minister of Justice) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 120, to amend the Prisons and Reformatories Act. He said: Under the Prisons and Reformatories Act, when a girl of Protestant faith in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island is convicted for certain offences, the judge, instead of sending her to prison, may send her to the Maritime Home for Girls at Truro. The object of this bill is to apply the same provisions to a new institution in New Brunswick called the Interprovincial Home for Women, which was established in Moncton last year. Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.


PRIVILEGE-HON. MR. MARCIL


On the Orders of the Day:


LIB

Charles Marcil

Liberal

Hon. CHARLES MARCIL (Bonaventure):

I rise to make an explanation. I notice in the Ottawa Evening Journal of yesterday an article in the editorial column under the caption " The Liberal Revolt," which states that, though present in Ottawa, I did not vote and did not have a pair. If I was not present, it was because I understood that I was paired; for that reason I did not turn up for the vote. As to my views on the budget, they are contained in Hansard of April 15, the third day of the debate, when I gave the budget unqualified support.

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PRIVILEGE-MR. FOURNIER

LIB

Charles Alphonse Fournier

Liberal

Mr. C. A. FOURNIER (Bellechasse):

I rise to a question of personal privilege. The same thing that applies to the hon. member for Bonaventure (Mr. Marcil) applies to me. As the article in the Ottawa Journal of yesterday is very short. I will read it:

The Liberal Revolt

The revolt in the Liberal party against the budget is much more formidable than press reports would indicate. Here is the record of the vote on Friday morning last:

Marler, of Montreal, against the budget.

McCrea, of Sherbrooke, absent (though in Ottawa) without a pair.

Euler, of Waterloo, against the budget.

Raymond, of Brantford, against the budget.

Hon. Walter Mitchell, resigned from Commons because of opposition to budget.

Sir Lomer Gouin, absent from House, without a pair.

Hon. Jacques Bureau, Minister of Customs, absent from House (though in Ottawa) without a pair.

Hon. Charles Marcil, Bonaventure, absent from House (though in Ottawa) without a pair.

Mr. Fournier, of Bellechasse, absent from House (though in Otta-wa) without a pair.

Thursday morning I had an urgent call to go out of town. I made arrangements to leave Friday morning at 6.55, and I kept my engagement. Had it not been for some of my hon. friends, particularly the hon. member for Bow River (Mr. Garland), I would have had ample time to vote and my vote would have been recorded as in favour of the budget.

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CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS

BILLS PROPOSED TO AUTHORISE CONSTRUCTION OF BRANCH LINES


Hon. GEORGE P. GRAHAM (Minister of Railways and Canals) -moved that the House C.N.R.-Branch Lines



go into committee to consider Bill No. 26, respecting the construction of a Canadian National railway line between Kingsclear and the St. Croix river, in the province of New Brunswick. Motion agreed to, and the House went into committee Mr. Gordon in the chair.


KINGSCLEAR-ST. CROIX


On section 1-Power to construct and complete line described in schedule.


CON

Richard Burpee Hanson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HANSON:

Will the minister be good enough to say if the preliminary survey of this line has been completed? _ He will recall that when the resolution in connection with this bill was first introduced, he stated that the preliminary survey had not been completed, and that was correct at the time. I presume that by this time it has been completed. I merely wanted to know.

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LIB

George Perry Graham (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Mr. GRAHAM:

No surveys have been

made except a reconnaissance of two alternative distances, rather than routes, one over the 41 miles, contingent upon our being able to secure the running rights, and the other over the shorter course to connect with the Canadian Pacific Railway. Before we go further I might call the attention of the committee to the fact that, as in the case of the other bills, an amendment has been made in section 6 at the instance of the ex-Minister of Finance (Sir Henry Drayton).

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Section agreed to. On section 4-Mileage and cost are estimates only but not to be exceeded by more than 15 per cent.


LIB

George Perry Graham (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Mr. GRAHAM:

I think it is understood

that we shall include in this and the other sections where necessary the amendments that have been made in the bills which have already passed.

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May 20, 1924