February 20, 1925

REPORTS AND PAPERS


Minutes of the Board of Internal Economy of the House of Commons for the year 1924, pursuant to rule 9.-Mr. Speaker. Copy of a convention between his Britannic Majesty, in respect of the Dominion of Canada and the United States for the extradition of offenders against the laws for the suppression of traffic in narcotics, signed at Washington, the 8th day of January, 1925.-Right Hon. Mr. Mackenzie King. Ocean Shipping Rates Copy of regulations made under the authority of the Department of Soldiers' Civil Re-establishment Act, chapter 29, section 1, second session of 1919.-Hon. Mr. Beland.


NARCOTIC DRUGS CONVENTION

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 four hundred copies in the English language and two hundred copies in the French language of a convention between Canada and the United States for the extradition of offenders against the laws for the suppression of traffic in narcotic drugs, signed at Washington on the 8th day of January, 1925, be printed forthwith, and that rule 74 in relation thereto be suspended.

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Motion agreed to.


SELECT STANDING COMMITTEES

RAILWAYS, CANALS AND TELEGRAPH LINES


Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister) moved: That the name of Mr. Bancroft be substituted for that of Mr. Bird on the select standing committee on Railways, Canals and Telegraph Lines. Motion agreed to.


POST OFFICE ACT AMENDMENT


Mr. T. L. CHURCH (North Toronto) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 7, to amend the Post Office Act. He said: The object of this amendment is to provide for a uniform law, as in the United States, England and Australia, requiring swom semi-annual statements from all newspapers, magazines, trade journals and other periodicals which contain articles designed to influence public opinion, giving the names and addresses of editors, owners and stockholders. There is a proviso that this act shall not apply to religious, fraternal, temperance, scientific, or such other publications. The names of small stockholders are not required to be given. A copy of these sworn statements shall be published in such newspapers or other publications after they have been filed as required by the act. Any such publication which fails to comply with these provisions shall be denied admission to the mails. Paid editorials and other reading matter for which money is paid shall be plainly marked "Advertisement", as they properly should be. Statements under the act are to be made in duplicate and delivered to the Postmaster General, who shall make regulations for the carrying out of the provisions of the act. This legislation is introduced solely in the public interest and in the best interests of a free press and of the liberty of the press in a liberty-loving country. If the press is to serve the public more ade-28 quately in the future this legislation is not only a social but an economic necessity. Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.


CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS

APPOINTMENT OF SELECT STANDING COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER ESTIMATES


Hon. GEORGE P. GRAHAM (Minister of Railways) moved: That rule 10 of the House of Commons relating to the appointment of the select standing committee of the House be amended by adding to the select standing committees of the House for the present session a select standing committee on Railways and Shipping, owned, operated and controlled by the government, to which will be referred the estimates of the Canadian National Railways and the Canadian Merchant Marine for the present session for consideration and for report to the House provided, however, that nothing in this resolution shall be construed to curtail in any way the full right of discussion in committee of Supply, and that the said committee consist of Messrs. Cannon, Drummond, Drayton, Euler, Graham, Harris, Jelliff, Jones, Kvte, Mackinnon, Milne, Rinfret, Robichaud, Stewart (Humboldt) and Stork. Motion agreed to.


OCEAN SHIPPING RATES AGREEMENT WITH SIR WILLIAM PETERSEN


Hon. GEORGE P. GRAHAM (for the Minister of Trade and Commerce) moved that on Tuesday next the House go into committee to consider a certain proposed resolution to approve of the agreement between the government and Sir William Pedersen.


CON

Henry Herbert Stevens

Conservative (1867-1942)

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

I wish to ask the government if they will table the correspondence in connection with this matter prior to the consideration of it?

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LIB

George Perry Graham (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Mr. GRAHAM:

Well-

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CON

Henry Herbert Stevens

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STEVENS:

If you will permit me to complete my remarks. There must be considerable correspondence, because in the report of Mr. Preston he states that he carried on his investigation largely by correspondence. That is, he submitted a sort of questionnaire -it was not a questionnaire but a letter of that nature to a large number of companies; but he does not give the replies in his report. There is that correspondence and such other correspondence as may be in the possession of the government.

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LIB

George Perry Graham (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Mr. GRAHAM:

There is no objection to tabling any correspondence that is not confidential. We will have the matter looked into and give a reply at the next sitting of the House.

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

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

Surely the minister will not suggest that correspondence between Mr. REVISED EDITION

Chicago Drainage Canal

Preston and the steamship companies should be confidential?

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February 20, 1925