Mr. JOSEPH ARCHAMBAULT (Chambly and Vercheres):
Mr. Speaker, I beg leave
to present the second report of the select standing committee on Privileges and Elections. I also lay on the Table the evidence taken and the exhibits filed before said committee. The report is as follows:
Your committee, having considered the resolution referred to the select standing committee on Privileges and Elections on May 22, 1924, as follows:-
" Thursday, May, 22, 1924. Ordered,-That the following:-
Mr. Porter, seconded by Mr. Guthrie, moved, Tha/t, E. Guss Porter, member representing the electoral riding of West Hastings, in this House, having declared from his seat in the House that he is credibly informed and that he believes he is able to establish by satisfactory evidence that:-
The Honourable James Murdock, Minister of Labour, did withdraw from the Home Bank at its Ottawa branch on the 15th day of August, 1923, two days before such bank's failure, thousands of dollars on deposit therein to his credit, using certain information he had received, as such minister, of the likely immediate failure of said bank, and had received advantage and profit to himself to the extent of such withdrawals, contrary to his obligations as such minister in derogation of his office and the honour, dignity and traditions of parliament, be referred to the select standing committee on Privileges of this House to inquire fully into the said allegations with power to send for persons, papers and records, to examine witnesses under oath or affirmation, and that the said committee do report in full the evidence taken before (them and all other procedure on the reference, and the result of their inquiries to this House for such action thereon as this House may determine.
W. B. Northrup,
Clerk of the House of Commons." and having heard the evidence given by all witnesses submitted in support of the charge contained in said
resolution and all evidence and statements made in answer thereto, and examined all exhibits filed on such inquiry, beg leave to report as follows:-
The evidence taken by the committee shows that Honourable James Murdock on the 15th of August, 1923, drew out of the Home Bank of Canada, at its Ottawa branch, the sum of $4,050, but there is no evidence to show that before so drawing out said sum he had received information as a cabinet minister, of the probable failure of said bank. The evidence also shows that the only information Mr. Murdock had of the probable failure of said bank was received as a private citizen from Honourable G. N. Gordon, in a friendly interview on the 9th of August, 1923.
The committee finds that Honourable James Murdock did nothing in connection with the withdrawal of such money from the Home Bank contrary to his obligation as a minister of the Crown, or in derogation of his office and the honour, dignity, and traditions of parliament, and that the charge submitted to this committee for investigation, so far as it affects the honour of Mr. Murdock, is not only not proved but entirely disproved.
Your committee submit herewith the minutes of proceedings and exhibits laid before the committee, and evidence taken by them.
All of which is respectfully submitted.