May 19, 1925

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES


Second and third reports of the Committee on Agriculture and Colonization.-Mr. Kay. Hon. CHARLES MARCIL (Bonaventure) moved that the third report of the committee of both Houses on the Printing of Parliament be concurred in. Motion agreed to.


EXPORT OF POWER

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):

Mr. Speaker, I beg to lay on the table copy of a letter I received from the Premier of Ontario on April 16, and of my reply thereto. The correspondence relates to the Carillon power development, and probably should have been brought down with the other papers, but I overlooked it at the time.

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PRIVATE BILLS

FIRST READINGS


Bill No. 134, from the Senate, for the relief of Lillian Rebecca Mains.-Mr. Euler. Bill No. 135, from the Senate, for the relief of Elizabeth Ruth Badgley Shaw.-Mr. Jacobs. Bill No. 136, from the Senate, for the relief of Lilian Helena Caldwell.-Mr. Preston. Bill No. 137, from the Senate, for the relief of Elizabeth Strachan Reid Harvey Strachan. -Mr. Garland (Carleton). Bill No. 138, from the Senate, for the relief of Esther Charlotte Ancel.-Mr. Jacobs.


INQUIRY FOR RETURN

YUKON GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS-INCOME TAX EXEMPTION


On the Orders of the Day:


CON

George Black

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GEORGE BLACK (Yukon):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask the government when I may expect the return to an order, passed on the 9th of March, for a copy of all correspondence concerning exemption from income tax allowed to officials of Yukon Territory. When the resolution was passed, the Prime Minister remarked that there was no objection to bringing down any of the papers called for other than such as might properly be regarded as confidential. I notice that some of the material was ready some weeks ago, and there seems to be no reason why the return should not now be made.

Topic:   INQUIRY FOR RETURN
Subtopic:   YUKON GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS-INCOME TAX EXEMPTION
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LIB

James Alexander Robb (Minister of Immigration and Colonization)

Liberal

Hon. J. A. ROBB (Acting Minister of Finance):

Mr. Speaker, I have no knowledge

of the papers having been prepared. I will communicate with the department this afternoon and ascertain.

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CHICAGO DRAINAGE CANAL


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):

Mr. Speaker, I have

seen a report which has given me some concern; I do not know whether it has come to the government's attention or not. It relates to the Chicago drainage canal diversion and to the interpretation given the recent judgment of the Supreme Court of the United States by the Chicago authorities and, so far as I know, by others generally. It is well known that a limitation was placed on the diversion by the Supreme Court judgment, which limitation was believed here to be a real limitation of the very serious diversion from our waters which had up to then taken place, and the still more serious diversion in immediate prospect, it being a limitation to 8,500 cubic second feet. The interpretation which I have seen as intended to be acted upon is this: that the 8,500 cubic second feet, disastrously serious in itself, is to be applied to the drainage exit alone, that is to say, it is not to include the waters diverted by the alteration of the course of the Chicago river, which course has been changed from a flow into the lake-the natural flow-to a flow at a nearer point into the Chicago canal. It also involves an exclusion of the water taken for purposes of water supply. That is to say, the interpretation is said to be 8,500 cubic second feet for drainage alone, exclusive of 1.300 cubic second feet represented by the turning of the course of the Chicago river, and 1.200 cubic second feet more taken for the purposes of water supply. This total would be 11,000 cubic second feet, or worse than we ever understood as having been the actual practice. I would like to ask the government if they have had any information to this effect, and if so, what steps the government have in mind to bring to a head, or at least to some prospect of solution, this very dreaded and calamitous state of affairs.

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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):

The matter to which my

right hon. friend has just referred came also to the attention of the government, and we immediately communicated with the United States government, placing before them the interpretation referred to and asking them whether that was the view they took of the decision and its effect. We also drew attention to other possible interpretations with a

Supply-Trade and Commerce

view to getting from the United States authorities an exact statement of what in their opinion was the authoritative interpretation. Up to the moment we have mot received any final answer, but in view of my right hon. friend's question to-day I will have a further despatch sent.

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CANADA-FINLAND TREATY OF COMMERCE


Hon. J. A. ROBB (Aoting Minister of Finance) moved the third reading of Bill No. 128, respecting trade between Canada and Finland.


CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

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

Before this motion is adopted I would like to direct the attention of the minister who makes the motion to the correspondence-or, rather, I will make it plainer to the corresponding phraseology-of the Finnish agreement and the Finnish legislation to that of the Netherlands agreement and legislation, and therefore to the equal danger of such interpretation of this treaty as will bind Canada to extend to Finland the schedules of our preference tariff.

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LIB

James Alexander Robb (Minister of Immigration and Colonization)

Liberal

Mr. ROBB:

Since yesterday I have had an opportunity of looking into it, and I find that these are in exactly the same terms as the treaty with Italy. It was never thought for a moment that there would be placed upon it the construction which my right hon. friend fears,

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May 19, 1925