July 17, 1924

BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

LIB

Hewitt Bostock (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

On account of the late

sitting of the House yesterday, it has been impossible to get the Orders of the Day printed. I have had one prepared especially for myself, and I can lend it to any hon. member if necessary. I will call the orders in the regular way and we will follow the Orders of the Day for procedure for Thursday.

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PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE


Mr. HANCE J. LOGAN (Cumberland) presented the first and final report of the select standing committee on Public Accounts.


CRIMINAL CODE AMENDMENT


Mr. MACKENZIE KING (for Mr. Lapointe), moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 259, to amend the Criminal Code. Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.


QUESTIONS


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk).


MILITIA PARADES-REGULATION'S

CON

Mr. HOCKEN:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. It is not contrary to military law or regulations for a battalion to carry battalion colours without the presence of the Union Jack?

2. Did the Prime Minister, Minister of Militia, or both inspect a battalion on June 30, which carried battalion colours only?

3. Is it contrary to military law or regulations to carry rifles on church parade?

4. Is the Minister of Militia aware that on June 30, several units marched through the streets of Ottawa carrying rifles, the same units carrying battalion colours without the Union Jack?

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LIB

Hon. Mr. MACDONALD (Pictou): (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

1. No.

2. No.

3. No. Ordinarily only side arms are worn.

4. No.

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ALTERNATIVE VOTE


On the Orders of the Day.


PRO

Robert Forke

Progressive

Mr. ROBERT FORKE (Brandon):

Has

the government any further information to give the House in regard to the amendment of the Elections Act, dealing with the transferable vote in single member constituencies?

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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 matters stand at the

moment, it ought to be possible to conclude this session this week, if nothing too controversial arises between now and Saturday, and the government is desirous if possible of having parliament prorogue this week. There are different reasons for that. Among others, one reason is that we should like to have His Excellency at the prorogation, and I understand that His Excellency has planned a trip to the West, leaving on Sunday or Saturday night. However, that is not the reason that has actuated us in our decision. We feel that there is a general disposition on the part of members of the House to have the business brought to a conclusion this week.

I am afraid that if the transferable vote were introduced it might lead to protracted discussion, extending over some little time. Under the circumstances, the government has decided not to proceed further with the bill which is before the House at the present time, but to take it up at an early stage next session of parliament.

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CANADIAN PETROLEUMS LIMITED


On the Orders of the Day:


CON

Henry Herbert Stevens

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. H. H. STEVENS (Vancouver Centre):

I have been advised that an order in council was passed reserving, in northern Albert townships 84, 85, 86 and 87, in ranges 20 and 21, for the Canadian Petroleums Limited, in consideration of their agreeing to do certain development. Was such an order in council passed? I think it was dated in April of this year. If such an order was passed, what is the nature of the concession granted to this company and who are the companies?

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PRO

Charles Wallace Stewart

Progressive

Hon. CHARLES STEWART (Argenteuil) (Minister of the Interior):

Yes, there is a

reservation for the company mentioned for the purpose of manufacturing gas into carbon black. The district is away beyond the Peace river. My hon. friend will remember there was a great deal of drilling there about four or five years ago by this company and a company of Winnipegers headed by J. D. McArthur. It will cost some money to

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develop these oil wells. I think the company has three wells drilled at the moment, with the object of discovering oil. No oil has been discovered, but natural gas has been found in the locality, and we have given the company some concessions with certain restrictions, on the undertaking that they will construct a plant.

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CON

Henry Herbert Stevens

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STEVENS:

Will you bring down a

copy of the order?

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July 17, 1924