July 7, 1924

ROYAL GRAIN COMMISSION


Hon. GEORGE P. GRAHAM (Minister of Railways): I beg to lay on the Table a copy of the interim report of the Royal Grain Commission. I move: That one thousand copies (in English and five hundred copies in French of the report of the Royal Grain Commission be printed forthwith, and that rule 74 in relation thereto be suspended. Motion agreed to.


AGRICULTURAL CONDITIONS

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 portion of resolution passed in this House on June 26, 1923, for concurrence in the seventh

report of the Special Committee to inquire into Agricultural Conditions recommending " that the Orders of Reference, reports, proceedings and the evidence given before the committee, together with a suitable synoptic index, to be prepared by the Clerk of the Committee, be subdivided under the subjects of:-

(a) Production;

(b) Transportation, Distributing and Marketing;

(c) Rural Credits;

(d) Relation of Prices obtained by the Agriculturists as Producers and paid by them as Consumers;

and printed in blue-book form for distribution," be rescinded.

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Motion agreed to.


BANKRUPTCY ACT AMENDMENT-SOLICITORS


Hon. A. B. COPP (for the Minister of Justice) moved the first reading of Bill No. 228 (from the Senate), to amend the Bankruptcy Act (Employment of Solicitors by trustee). Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.


BRITISH EMPIRE EXHIBITION-DELEGATION


On the Orders of the Day: Mr. JOS. T. SHAW (West Calgary): Can the Prime Minister tell me if the personnel of the parliamentary delegation which is going to visit the Wembley exhibition has yet been agreed upon, and if so, would the Prime Minister furnish the names to the House?


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):

Yes, the personnel has

been agreed on. It includes the chief whip, Mr. Kyte; the assistant chief whip, Mr. Papineau, the whip of the Progressive party, Mr. Johnston, and the whip of the Conservative party, Mr. Boys. These gentlemen have been named commissioners to represent the government of Canada at the British Empire Exposition.

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CON

William Alves Boys (Whip of the Conservative Party (1867-1942))

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BOYS:

Lest there should be a misunderstanding, I informed the ministry that I regretted my inability to go; I should add, for personal reasons. Certain alterations are being made in my home in the town of Barrie.

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PRO

Edward Joseph Garland

Progressive

Mr. E. J. GARLAND (Bow River):

I

think it is but fair that I should notify the government, after the statement in reply to the hon. member for West Calgary (Mr. Shaw), that on the third reading of the Supply Bill I intend to move that it be referred back to the committee with a view to decreasing item 62 by $20,000.

Incomplete Returns

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ALTERNATIVE VOTE


On the Orders of the Day:


PRO

Milton Neil Campbell

Progressive

Mr. M. N. CAMPBELL (Mackenzie):

Is

the government now in a position to state when Bill No. 128, dealing with the Alternative Vote, will be before the House?

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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):

It is before the House

now. I cannot say when the next stage will be taken. That depends on the progress made with other measures.

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INCOMPLETE RETURNS NEW BRUNSWICK LOBSTER FISHERIES


On the Orders of the Day:


CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

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

I desire to call the

attention of the government, and through the government the attention of the House, to the character of certain returns which the government has submitted to parliament. On the 24th of March, this year, the following order was passed:

For a copy of all correspondence, letters, telegrams and other documents, exchanged between the Department of Marine and Fisheries and any person, persons or corporations, relative to the enforcement of the lobster fisheries regulations in New Brunswick, during the years 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923 and up to February 29, 1924.

The House will know how specific and restricted was the return moved for and passed by the House. The return was brought down on the 19th of June in answer to this order, but it is obviously defective, it is not a compliance with the order of the House in any sense. A letter dated 17th January, 1923, from the Department of Marine and Fisheries to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is missing from the return. It is one of the most important letters that should have appeared on the file. The reason I know of the letter is that it is referred to in the subsequent reply by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, which reply is on the file. It is very hard to explain why this very important letter should be omitted. Then, further, an order in council, which evidently was passed, making New Brunswick a separate district with respect to the enforcement of the lobster fisheries regulations, is also missing. Further, in relation to the same return, certain correspondence took place-a copy of a portion of which I have seen- with one Selime Robi-chaud, of Kent county, New Brunswick, and this correspondence is entirely missing. It relates to the remission of a fine imposed upon

Robichaud for breach of the regulations. I need not add that a return of this sort is merely contempt of parliament. There should be no objection to bringing down the return, but if there were any objection it should be taken before the motion passed.

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J. B. LEVESQUE

July 7, 1924