June 17, 1925

CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

For the express purpose.

Financial Credit

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LIB

Samuel William Jacobs

Liberal

Mr. JACOBS:

Does the right hon. member not think it would be sufficiently shelved if referred to the League of Nations as at present constituted, without dragging in the other nations?

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

I have no objection to the government either shelving this report or shelving themselves, but I do not like to be a party to the process of referring it back. * Jf this motion had been seconded by the hon. member for Dorchester (Mr. Cannon), as appears to have been the original intention, I might have been content to let it go, assuming the government had considered the matter, but I notice he hastily and promptly withdrew all responsibility.

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LIB

Thomas Vien

Liberal

Mr. VIEN:

My right hon. friend is not correct in that statement. Before the House opened I simply asked my hon. colleague, (Mr. Hammell) who is the seconder of the motion to second it, and I never asked the hon. member for Dorchester to second it, and therefore he did not do so.

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

His name was mentioned.

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LIB
CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

Without any enthusiasm on his part.

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

However, he will speak for himself on this as on other subjects. What really is the suggestion? It is that this parliament, on the mere motion on a report of a committee, is asked to be in the position of directing the government to bring the question of the control of credits, involving the curing of theoretic change in the purchasing power of money, before the League of Nations, and apparently the government is ready to accept the direction without ever having considered whether it is any cure, or whether it has the smallest suggestion to make to the League of Nations. I can think of little in the way of absurdity that could be more grotesque. What is parliament for? Are we here simply to be trifled with, in order that hon. members to my left may be appeased? If we have some plan, even though we are a small nation, I suppose it would not be altogether unworthy of us to lay it before the League of Nations; but here is something that has challenged the brains of humanity for all time. We are presumed to pitch it into the cauldron of the League of Nations without any idea whatever of what we want done or how to do it. And surely we, one of the smallest members of the assembly of that league, have gone far enough 279

in the way of accepting motions of more or less trifling consequences without the consideration that parliament ought to give to these things. To my mind it reaches the acme of ridiculousness for parliament to accept a motion of this kind with no statement as to policy or no statement even that there has been consideration on the part of the government itself. *

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William Charles Good

Independent Progressive

Mr. GOOD:

May I ask my right hon.

friend, is he not aware that this matter received some consideration at the Genoa conference held under the auspices of the League of Nations?

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

That may be. That is not the point I am arguing at all. Where is the government in the matter? What dc they intend to ask the league to do? I ask the Acting Minister of Finance (Mr. Robb), who I know has revelled in this subject for months and years, to give the House now the result of his deliberations.

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LIB

James Alexander Robb (Minister of Immigration and Colonization)

Liberal

Mr. ROBB:

My thought at the moment is that my right hon. friend is casting serious reflection on the members of the Banking and Commerce committee who have been studying this question all winter.

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

I was directing my attention to the government, and I would like .to get the result of their studies. My efforts still continue. Can I get any information?

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Motion agreed to.


SUPPLEMENTARY ESTIMATES FOR 1925-28


A message from His Excellency the Governor General, transmitting supplementary estimates for the year ending March 31, 1926, was presented by Hon. J. A. Robb, (Acting Minister of Finance), read by Mr. Speaker to the House, and referred to the committee of Supply:


PRIVATE BILLS FIRST READINGS


Bill No. 211 (from the Senate) for the relief of Maude Crawford Ross.-Mr. White. Bill No. 212 (from the Senate) for the relief of Bertha Matilda Quinn.-Mr. Church. Bill No. 213 (from the Senate) for the relief of William Garfield Reed.-Mr. Rankin.


QUESTIONS


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk).


June 17, 1925