May 27, 1924

SELECT STANDING COMMITTEES BANKING AND COMMERCE


Mr. THOMAS VIEN (Lotbiniere) presented the seventh report of the select standing committee on Banking and Commerce recom-162i mending that the minutes, proceedings, and evidence taken before the select standing committee on agricultural conditions last session be referred to it. On motion of Mr. Vien the report was concurred in.


MINES, FORESTS AND WATERS


Mr. PIUS MICHAUD (Restigouche and Madawaska) presented the first report of the select standing committee on Mines, Forests and Waters, stating that the committee had had under consideration Bill No. 6, respecting quartz mining in the Yukon territory and had agreed to report the same with amendments.


PRIVILEGES AND ELECTIONS


On the motion of Right Hon. W. L. Mackenzie King (Prime minister) the name of Mr. Ethier was substituted for that of Sir Lomer Gouin on the select standing committee on Privileges and Elections.


JOINT COMMITTEE ON PRINTING


Mr. GAUVREAU moved the adoption of the second report of the joint committee on the Printing of Parliament. Motion agreed to.


PRIVATE BILLS FIRST READINGS


Bill No. 129 (from the Senate), to incorporate Dominion Electric Protection Company.-Mr. Marcil (Bonaventure). Bill No. 130 (from the Senate), respecting Alliance Nationale,-Mr. Archambault. Bill No. 131 (from the Senate), for the relief of Ruth Ethelind Jackes.-Mr. Ryckman. Bill No. 132 (from the Senate), for the relief of Wilfred John Mitchell.-Mr. Simpson. Bill No. 133 (from the Senate), for the relief of Edward James Bentley.-Mr. Sheard. Bill No. 134 (from the Senate), for the relief of Elizabeth Sylvia Cameron.-Mr. Ross (Kingston). Bill No. 135 (from the Senate), for the relief of Wilhelmina Aird McKay.-Mr. Preston. Bill No. 136 (from the Senate), for the relief of Mary Ellen McClelland.-Mr. Garland (Carleton). Bill No. 137 (from the Senate), for the relief of Annie Jane Bridges.-Mr. Harris. Bill No. 138 (from the Senate), for the relief of Florance Rathbun.-Mr. Thurston. Bill No. 139 (from the Senate), for the relief of William Samuel Morrow.-Mr. Stewart (Leeds). Chicago Drainage Canal



Bill No. 140 (from the Senate), for the relief of Ethel May Macdonald.-Mr. Church. Bill No. 141 (from the Senate), for the relief of Stanley George Harris.-Mr. Sheard.


CHICAGO DRAINAGE CANAL


On the Orders of the Day:


CON

Thomas Langton Church

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. T. L. CHURCH (North Toronto):

I should like to call the attention of the government to the fact that several weeks ago I brought the matter of the diversion of water for the Chicago drainage canal before the House on a motion which was debated, and at the request of the government, the debate was adjourned. On my motion an order was made for the production of papers on [DOT]the subject, and later certain papers were tabled. In the meantime great damage is being done to navigation on the Great Lakes, and in several harbours the depth of water is from one to two and three feet lower than last year. What is being done, or what will be done about this matter? Several deputations from Ontario have gone to Washington in relation to the question, although they have done nothing and do not represent Canada. If the League of Nations is such a success, why not let them take a hand in this and also in the matter of the Toronto viaduct? If the government can get nowhere on this subject, when will an opportunity be afforded to again discuss the matter? Furthermore will the government do something?-as I do not wish to occupy further time with it this session.

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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):

The government is represented at the meeting to which my hon. friend refers. Mr. Stewart, of the Department of Marine and Fisheries is representing the government at that meeting.

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

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

The Prime Minister's

answer does not seem adequate, and I feel, as well, that the House is entitled to a fuller statement as to the present situation of the controversy. The papers laid on the Table do not bring the matter up to date; indeed, they are all quite old. Can the Prime Minister not give the House some information as to what, if any, progress is being made towards curing what is fast becoming an intolerable situation in the condition created by the Chicago drainage canal?

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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

The hearing

before the Senate committee is in progress I Mr. Gauvreau.1

at the present time, and is still continuing. I think that stage of the proceedings ought to be concluded before any other action can be undertaken.

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

But the hearing is merely an application for a further diversion. The present diversion is undoubtedly under protest. But that is not what the hearing is called for, as I understand.

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Charles A. Stewart (Minister of Mines; Minister of the Interior; Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs)

Liberal

Hon. CHARLES STEWART (Minister of the Interior):

Yes, the application is asking

to transfer 10,000 cubic feet of water to be used, and objection is being taken to this and the controversy is now proceeding before the Senate committee at the present moment, as well as an action in the court which presumably will be heard this fall. That is the situation at the moment. A protest from this government has been lodged, Mr. Stewart, on behalf of the Department of Marine and Fisheries, has been present at the hearing, although taking no official part in it.

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May 27, 1924