June 6, 1924

WEDNESDAY SITTINGS


Hon. G. P. GRAHAM (Minister of Railways and Canals) on behalf of the Prime Minister, moved: That on Wednesday, the 11th of June, instant, and on all subsequent Wednesdays to the end of the present session the sittings of the House shall in every respect be under the same rules provided for other days. Motion agreed to. PRIVATE BILL first reading Bill No. 166 (from the Senate), for the relief of Raymond Anderson Mashinter.-Mr. Mc-Quarrie.


INDIAN RESERVE LANDS


Hon. CHARLES STEWART (Argenteuil), (Minister of the Interior) moved that the House go into committee at the next sitting to consider the following proposed resolution: Resolved, That it is expedient,- (1) to confirm an agreement for the settlement of certain questions between the governments of Canada and Ontario respecting Indian reserve lands, made the 24th March, 1924, defining the respective rights of each touching the disposition of lands in Indian reserves in the province which are surrendered by the Indians in order that they may be disposed of for the benefit of the band; (2) to authorize the payments to the province provided for in the said agreement of any balance from proceeds of the sale or other disposition of the lands or any portion thereof, together with accrued unexpended simple interest thereon, and of one-half of the consideration in the case of the sale, lease or other disposition of mining claims staked on such reserve, or of lands in which minerals are included or may exist or be supposed to exist; and [The Chairman.] (3) to provide that no disposition shall be made of water-power in any such Indian reserve of a greater capacity than five hundred horse-power except by special agreement, and that the provisions of the Bed of Navigable Waters Act, Revised Statutes of Ontario, 1914, chapter 31, shall apply to grants of such lands or minerals heretofore or hereafter made under the Great Seal of Canada or otherwise under the direction of the government of Canada. He said: His Excellency, the Governor General, having been made acquainted with the subject matter of this resolution recommends it to the favourable consideration of the House.


CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

Is that intended to take

the place of the order discharged yesterday?

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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. STEWART (Argenteuil):

Yes.

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Motion agreed to.


CROWSNEST PASS AGREEMENT


On the Orders of the Day:


PRO

Harry Leader

Progressive

Mr. HARRY LEADER (Portage la Prairie):

I hold in my hand a telegram

which I received from the Portage la Prairie Board of Trade. It is signed by J. J. Garland, president, and H. M. Dunham, secretary, and expresses anxiety concerning, and protests against, a further suspension of the Crowsnest pass arrangement. I should like to ask the Minister of Railways if the government contemplates action that would further suspend the arrangement that would otherwise come into force in July next?

Hon. GEORGE P. GRAHAM (Minister of Railways and Canals): That is a leading

question. The railway companies have presented an .argument in favour of the further suspension of the Crowsnest pass agreement. The government is of the opinion that it would be more satisfactory to hear the representatives of the railways and those who are interested on the other side at some date to be set, so that there would be no question but that .there would be a full understanding of the situation.

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HUDSON BAY RAILWAY


On the Orders of the Day:


PRO

Andrew Knox

Progressive

Mr. ANDREW KNOX (Prince Albert):

In view of the fact that a week ago the Minister of Railways informed the House that further reports and statements in regard to Port kelson on Hudson bay would be laid on the Table I should like t'o ask the Minister of Railways when we may expect these documents to be brought down?

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LIB

George Perry Graham (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Mr. GRAHAM:

Very shortly. I hoped

to be able to lay them on the table to-day, but apparently the documents are not quite ready.

Liquor and Narcotics

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BRITISH EMPIRE EXHIBITION

USE OF THE FRENCH LANGUAGE FOR INSCRIPTIONS IN CANADIAN SECTION


On the Orders of the Day:


LIB

Charles Arthur Gauvreau

Liberal

Mr. C. A. GAUVREAU (Temiseouata):

May I ask the Prime Minister a question on a matter which I think is quite important so far as the public is concerned. I should like to know if he has read or heard about an article published in a French Review, LTllustration of Paris, in which Mr. Ludovic Naudeau complains of the total absence of inscriptions in the French language in connection with the Canadian section of the Imperial exhibition at Wembley, whereas both the English and the Dutch languages are used in advertising the display of the products of South Africa at the same place. If the complaint is well founded I should like to ask if it is not possible to have both the English and the French languages in evidence at Wembley, at least in that part of the exhibition which comes from Canada, in view of the fact that hundreds and thousands of French visitors from across the channel may visit that part of the exhibition devoted to products from Canada and the province of Quebec. I am informed, Mr. Speaker, that at the present time-apart from Mr. Pacaud, who is secretary to the High Commissioner for Canada in London-there is no French Canadian representative on the staff at the Imperial exposition at Wembley.

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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):

As my hon. friend is

doubtless aware a good deal of the work in connection with the Wembley exhibition had to be done rapidly in order that the opening of the exhibition might not be delayed. There was, however, no intention to overlook the matter to which he has just referred. Instructions have been given to see that the French language, as well as the English language, shall be used at the Canadian exhibit, and I understand the order is now being carried out. As to the statement that no French Canadian representative other than Mr. Pacaud is in charge of affairs there, I am informed that the gentleman who has had to do with the preparation of all the exhibits is Mr. Turcotte, a French Canadian. I think that gentleman can be depended upon to see that proper use is made of both languages.

TORONTO VIADUCT On the Orders of the Day:

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CON

Thomas Langton Church

Conservative (1867-1942)

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

Two weeks ago the Minister of Railways 181

laid on the Table, pursuant to an order of the House, a report from Sir Henry Thornton, president of the Canadian National Railways, recommending from the legal and policy standpoints the immediate construction of the Toronto viaduct. The minister also tabled his reply to this report in which he said he was receiving a legal report and would answer further in a few days. Has this further legal report been received? And when will the government announce its policy on the whole question? Could the minister, either to-day or on Monday, say what action is being taken, and what will be done in the matter?

Hon. GEORGE P. GRAHAM (Minister of Railways and Canals): I can reply immediately. Certain documents have come from the legal department of the Canadian National Railways which, in connection with the whole matter are now being considered by the government.

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June 6, 1924