June 10, 1924

RAILWAYS AND SHIPPING

SELECT STANDING COMMITTEE NAMED

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 select standing committee on Railways and Shipping owned, operated and controlled by the government, appointed on the 4th day of June instant, be composed of the following members, viz: Messieurs Drummond, Euler, Gauvreau, Graham, Harris, Jelliff, Jones, Kyte, Ladner, Mackinnon, Milne, Rinfret, Robi-chaud, Stewart (Humboldt) and Stork.

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Motion agreed to.


INDIAN ACT AMENDMENT


Hon. CHARLES A. STEWART (Argen-teuil) (Minister of the Interior) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 172, to amend the Indian Act. He said: We propose to include the control of the Eskimos under the Indian Act. That is the only innovation in the legislation. The Eskimos now require some supervision, and it was thought wise that they should come under the control of the Indian Act and under the supervision of the Superintendent General of Indian Affairs. We are amending the act in connection with the care of property of insane Indians and making some amendments with respect to the disposition of deceased Indians' property. Another rather important amendment to the act is one dealing with the cancellation of land sales. The House will remember that two years ago we passed a validating clause in connection with the cancellation of leases as affecting their timber, mining, and so forth. We find that the same difficulty has been encountered in connection with the leasing of lands belonging to the Indians; and where sales have taken place of Indian lands and as Consular Privileges frequently happens, there has been failure to complete the sale, there has been some doubt whether or not the department has taken all precautions necessary to validate the cancellation of the sale or lease. We are taking power to do so up to date. With respect to enfranchisement, we have had some difficulty in connection with the amendment of 1920, and we propose to cure the difficulty that exists in connection with the enfranchisement provisions of the 1920 amendment to the Indian Act.


CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

What is the disease, and what is the cure?

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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. STEWART (Argenteuil):

The department has been enfranchising Indians under the provisions of section 122A as enacted by section 6, chapter 26, of the statutes of 1918, from the time it was enacted to the present time, on the assumption that this section was still in force. We are now advised that this section was rescinded by section 3, chapter 50 of the statutes of 1920. It is desired that the said section 122A shall be maintained and that anything done purporting to be under the provisions thereof shall be validated. There seems to be some doubt as to the amendment of 1920 as it affected the amendment of 1918 with respect to enfranchisement, and we propose curing that in the amendment contained in this bill. Those are the principal features of the bill.

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Mr. MACEEAN@York

Does this propose to establish a claim of the provinces on certain Indian lands under certain conditions?

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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. STEWART (Argenteuil):

I think my

hon. friend has reference to a bill that I introduced the other day ratifying the agreement between the Ontario government and the federal government.

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IND
LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. STEWART (Argenteuil):

I reintroduced the bill and it will come up in due course.

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IND
LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. STEWART (Argenteuil):

No.

Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.

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PRIVATE BILLS FIRST READINGS


Bill No. 170 (from the Senate), for the relief of Philip R. Marshall Palmer.-Mr. Duff. Bill No. 171 (from the Senate), for the relief of George Felix Simpson.-Mr. Ladner.


SALARIES OF POSTAL EMPLOYEES


On the Orders of the Day: Mr. PIERRE F. GASGRAIN (Charlevoix-Montmorency): Is it the intention of the government to table the correspondence which has passed between the Audit Board, the Civil Service Commission and the government, with reference to the readjustment of salaries of postal employees?


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): If any hon. member desires to have the correspondence tabled there is no objection to its being brought down.

I assume it is my hon. friend's wish to see the correspondence and I undertake to see that it is tabled.

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CONSULAR PRIVILEGES

June 10, 1924