June 17, 1925

LIB

James Horace King (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Hon. J. H. KING (Kootenay, Minister of Public Works):

Probably I could answer the

question now.

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Subtopic:   ST. JOHN, N.B.-TRIPARTITE AGREEMENT
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LIB

Hewitt Bostock (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

By leave of the House.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   ST. JOHN, N.B.-TRIPARTITE AGREEMENT
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CON

Murray MacLaren

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MacLAREN:

My I have the answer

in the ordinary form?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   ST. JOHN, N.B.-TRIPARTITE AGREEMENT
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. KING (Kootenay):

Very well. I will answer the question to-morrow.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   ST. JOHN, N.B.-TRIPARTITE AGREEMENT
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MARINE INSURANCE RATES

CON

Murray MacLaren

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MURRAY MacLAREN (St, John City and Counties of St. John and Albert):

I

should like to have an answer to a question I put a few days ago regarding marine insurance rates. I think the Minister of Railways (Mr. Graham) 'stated that he would ascertain whether a second report had been received from the Imperial Shipping committee and would inform the House accordingly.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   MARINE INSURANCE RATES
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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):

I was under the impression that I had among my papers to-day a cable from the High Commissioner in London in answer to the query sent him immediately after my hon. friend had asked his question. Mr. Larkin has replied that he expects that the report will be signed this week. There had been some difference with respect to the wording of one clause on which I understand ail parties are now substantially agreed. The report will be signed any day this week, and I will promise my hon. friend to lay a copy on the table as soon as it comes. We have at Ottawa the draft report referred to in the cables which have passed.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   MARINE INSURANCE RATES
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OCEAN SHIPPING RATES


On the Orders of the Day:


CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Right Hon. ARTHUR MEIGHEN:

Mr. Speaker, I want to ask the government if this session is to close without any action being taken or recommended to parliament in

respect of what is called, in the Speech from the Throne, "transportation by sea"? We have had a report from what should be known as the Petersen committee, but it has lain dormant for some time. Does the government propose to introduce any legislation or ask for any authority from parliament arising from that report, or is the session to end with nothing done?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   OCEAN SHIPPING RATES
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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):

Mr. Speaker, the circumstances under which the government has thought it inadvisable to proceed with the discussion of the report of the committee must, I think, be in the minds of all present. In view of the sudden death of Sir William Petersen, we have not thought that it would be fitting to bring into this House at this time the discussion of his name in matters relating to his projects. The government, however, intends to consider very carefully the recommendations contained in the report for such action as under .the circumstances may be deemed best. I do not think that it would be advisable to contemplate immediate legislation, but I might say speaking generally that the government looks favourably upon the recommendations contained in the report.

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Subtopic:   OCEAN SHIPPING RATES
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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

My only comment is

that the death of Sir William Petersen is of course deplorable, and his family and all his friends have our sympathy; but this fact has nothing to do with government policy, and indeed does not affect the validity of the contract in the least; nor was his own evidence to the effect that his death would render the contract inoperative. This appears to be only an excuse to defer action.

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Subtopic:   OCEAN SHIPPING RATES
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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:

I think I may point out- to my right hon. friend that there is no completed contract. The committee's report in reference to the agreement that was referred to it for consideration was that it would be inadvisable to pronounce finally upon it for the period of at least another year, or rather until further information could be obtained for submission to parliament. The committee was apparently unable to get the information that it thought necessary to deal definitely with ocean rates.

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Subtopic:   OCEAN SHIPPING RATES
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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

In other words, it is

dead.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   OCEAN SHIPPING RATES
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VANCOUVER OLD POST OFFICE


On the Orders of the Day:


CON

George Black

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GEORGE BLACK (Yukon):

Mr. Speaker, I wish to call the attention of the government, and particularly of the Minister

Export oj Power

of Public Works (Mr. King), to what is apparently an official announcement in the Vancouver Province of June 4, reading as follows:

Hon. Dr. J. H. King, Minister of Public Works, announces that in purchasing the Winch building in Vancouver it is the intention of the government to form a federal area within the boundaries of the city block on which the post office stands. All government offices now housed elsewhere in Vancouver will be moved to the Winch building.

This is the part of the despatch to which I wish to direct particular attention:

Funds obtained from the sale of the old post office building at Granville and Pender streets will be applied on the purchase of the Winch building.

Since April 30, four questions have been standing in my name on the order paper with reference to the sale of this old post office building. I cannot conceive why the government is refusing to answer these questions. The information requested is in the public interest. Has the government in the meantime made a secret sale of this property?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   VANCOUVER OLD POST OFFICE
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LIB

James Horace King (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Hon. J. H. KING (Kootenay, Minister of Public Works):

Mr. Speaker, as I stated to

the House some days ago, negotiations were in progress at the time for the purchase of this property for government purposes, and it did not seem proper to answer the questions. Since then the negotiations have been concluded, and I will bring down to-morrow the answers to the hon. member's questions.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   VANCOUVER OLD POST OFFICE
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MANITOBA FLOODS


On the Orders of the Day: Mr. ARTHUR L. BEAUBIEN (Pro-vencher): Mr. Speaker, have the government any information as to the serious floods that have taken place in Manitoba through the White Mouth river and the Birch river overflowing their banks? If so, are they taking any action to help those affected? I understand there is a whole township flooded.


June 17, 1925