May 22, 1925

BANKING AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE

AGRICULTURAL CREDITS


Mr. THOMAS VIEN (Lotbiniere) presented the fifth report of the select standing committee on Banking and Commerce, as follows: Whereas the subject of rural credit was referred to this committee for further consideration; and Whereas the Banking and Commerce committee of the year 1924 in its investigation into questions of credit reported that it found a lack of credit facilities for farmers at rates, and upon terms, suited to agriculture and upon conditions such as obtain in competing countries; and Whereas it is essential to deal with the serious condition of agriculture consequent thereon: Therefore be it resolved, that the attention of the government be called again to this important matter, with the urgent request that legislation be brought down at this session for the establishment of an adequate rural credit system.


RESIGNATION OF THE SOLICITOR GENERAL


On the Orders of the Day:


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 my duty to inform

the House of the resignation from the ministiy of the Solicitor General (Mr. McMurray). The following communications will give to the House the reasons which have caused the Solicitor General to tender his resignation and His Excellency to accept it:

Office of the Solicitor General of Canada

Ottawa, May 20th, 1925.

Dear Premier King:

Matters of a professional and private nature induce me, after careful consideration, to tender you my resignation from your government.

In asking you to accept my resignation permit me to express my thanks for being honored with the appointment of Solicitor General and a seat at your Council Board; also accept my deep appreciation for many personal acts of courtesy and kindness.

I avail myself of the opportunity to express my deep regret in disassociating myself from your self and colleagues with whom I had such cordial relationship.

May I urge for reasons above recited that I bo relieved from my duties as a member of the government and as Solicitor General at as early a date as possible.

Sincerely yours,

E. J. McMurray.

My reply was as follows:

Prime Minister's Office Canada

Ottawa, May 21, 1925.

My dear McMurray :

It is with sincere regret that I have received your letter of yesterday stating that, owing to matters of a professional and private nature, you wish to be relieved from your duties as a member of the government and as Solicitor General at as early a date as possible.

Your letter confirms the representations you have already made to me in conversation. Were it not that the reasons which impel you to desire to be relieved of your present public responsibilities are of the character to which you refer, and that we have already talked the matter over very fully, I should be most unwilling to have you sever your connection with the government. I realize, however, from what you have said to me, how considerable in many ways are the sacrifices, both professional and personal you have made in placing vour time and abilities so exclusively at the service of the public. In the circumstances I have felt I had no

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alternative but to meet your wishes, and have accordingly tendered your resignation to His Excellency.

I have read your letter to the other members of the government and they desire to join with me in expressing our united regret at your withdrawal from the ministry. May I be permitted to add my own vpry grateful appreciation of your loyal and helpful co-operation in the work of the administration ever since you became a member of it, and of the enjoyment of the closer personal relations which this association has afforded.

Yours very sincerely,

W. L. Mackenzie King.

Hon. E. J. McMurray, M.P.,

* House of Commons.

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MARINE INSURANCE RATES


On the Orders of the Day: Mr. MURRAY MaoLAREN (St. John City and Counties of St. John and Albert): Might I ask the Prime Minister if the government have received a report from the Imperial Shipping committee dealing with marine insurance as affecting Canada, and if so, will he state to the House in a general way the terms of that report.


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):

A report has been received dealing with the subject to which my hon. friend has referred. I shall look over it and unless there is some special reason for regarding it as confidential at this stage I will lay it on the table of the House at the next sitting.

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ALLEGED AGREEMENT BETWEEN GOVERNMENT AND THE BREWERS


On the Orders of the Day:


PRO

Robert John Woods

Progressive

Mr. R. J. WOODS (Dufferin):

I would

like to draw the attention of the government to a paragraph in the Toronto Globe of yesterday in which the president of the London Methodist conference is reported to have spoken as follows:

Then, while our minds are upon the topic, we read in the press that brewers owe the federal government thousands of dollars, and as an explanation of this we read further that the government and the brewers have a gentlemen's agreement, which reads more like a rogues' agreement, whereby for money to be paid by the brewers to the federal government the latter will make certain concessions in filing the clearance papers of liquor presumably for export.

I should like to ask the government if that report is correct.

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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

Perhaps the

gentleman who has made the reference to a so-called " gentleman's agreement " would indicate to my hon. friend the source of his information, and supply him with a copy of the agreement. The government will then be prepared to answer my hon. friend's question.

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WEDNESDAY EVENING SITTINGS


On the Orders of the Day:


PRO

Robert Alexander Hoey

Progressive

Mr. R. A. HOEY (Springfield):

I should

like to ask the Prime Minister if the government has seriously considered the advisability of making provision for Wednesday evening sittings, in view of the legislation that is yet to be brought down?

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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

It is not the

intention of the government to have the House sit on Wednesday of next week, but on subsequent Wednesdays we will ask the House to meet in the evening.

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TIBURCE MALLET

CON

Alexandre Joseph Doucet

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. DOUCET (Translation):

Mr. Speaker, on March 16, last, the House ordered a Return showing all correspondence exchanged between the Department of Marine and Fisheries and others, regarding services rendered in saving lives, by one Tiburce Mallet, of Ste. Marie, Shippigan Island, New Brunswick. I would like to ask the hon. Minister of Marine and Fisheries when this correspondence will be brought down.

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LIB

Pierre-Joseph-Arthur Cardin (Minister of Marine and Fisheries)

Liberal

Mr. CARDIN (Translation):

Mr. Speaker,

I can assure the hon. member that this correspondence will be brought down without delay.

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May 22, 1925