January 28, 1926

REPORTS AND PAPERS


Report of the Department of National Defence for the year ended March 31, 1925.- Hon. Mr. Macdonald (Antigonish-Guysbor-ough). Report of the Department of National Defence respecting the naval service for the year ended March 31, 1925.-Hon. Mr. Macdonald (Antigonish-Guysborough).


CRIMINAL CODE AMENDMENT


Mr. T. L. CHURCH (Toronto Northwest) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 7 to amend the Criminal Code-holding of public games for charitable objects. He said: This bill is introduced at the request of municipalities and church, charitable and patriotic bodies. It makes legal certain public games, such as euchre, cribbage, whist and five hundred in rooms or places to which admission is charged, and provides that such rooms or places shall not be deemed to be common gaming houses as they now are. The privilege is frequently sought to raise funds for relief work by social, church, charitable and patriotic organizations and mayors and wardens have been granting permits to raise funds for these worthy objects. This form of permit was not allowed when the code was drafted thirty years ago, and the object of the amendment is to make it legal now for these charitable objects. The privilege when granted will be under the direct control of the civil and local authorities. The city council of Toronto on December 16, 1924, passed a resolution that the necessary steps be taken to apply to the Dominion parliament for this amendment. The petition was sent to Ottawa in January, 1925, asking that this proposed amendment become law, and the matter, I am told, has also been passed upon by the municipal unions. Motion agreed to and bill read the first time. OLD AGE PENSIONS On the Orders of the Day:


IND

Alan Webster Neill

Independent

Mr. A. W. NEILL (Comox-Alberni):

Before the orders of the day are called I should like to direct the attention of the government to a paragraph in this morning's press to the effect that there is a rumour that a bill providing for a system of old age pensions is likely to be included in the programme of this session by the government. As that is a very

important matter indeed, and one that I have consistently pressed on the government for years, I would be very much gratified, as I am sure would many other hon. members, if the government could confirm that rumour. I desire to ask further, is it the intention of the government in the proposed legislation to follow the lines recommended by the report of the special committee of the House which sat in the last two sessions in connection with this matter? That committee, of which I was the British Columbia representative made two reports, one dated the 1st of July, 1924, and the other the 16th of June, 1925.

Hon. ERNEST LAPOINTE (Leader of the

House): It is the intention of the government to submit to the House a bill respecting old age pensions, and I am pleased to tell my hon. friend that it will be based on the recommendation of the committee of the House which sat in 1924.

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ADJOURNMENT OF THE HOUSE

CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

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

Intimations have

appeared in the press for some time, and discussions among members have naturally followed, that the government proposed to make a motion to adjourn for some unstated period of time, following the disposal of the Address, or at some time very close to that period. The consequence of the intimations has been that members of this House have not been able to make their arrangements for the session, or the bringing down of members of their families who intend to be here should the session be continued. There has been a constant disarrangement of the programme of very many hon. members of parliament, I think the government should intimate now-in fact it should have done so sooner-(whether it proposes to ask for an adjournment of the House for any considerable period of time; if so for what period, and when.

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LIB

Ernest Lapointe (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Hon. ERNEST LAPOINTE (Leader of the House):

I am glad that my right hon.

friend has asked this question, because I intended to speak to him privately on this matter to-day. It is just as well it should be done publicly. It is the intention of the government as soon as the vote on the Address is given-carried I hope-to ask the House for an adjournment of six weeks for the purpose of reorganizing the government in some way and dealing with the matters which have to be dealt with on account of the session having been called at such an early period and owing to the parliamentary

situation resulting from the election. I intend to place the notice on the order paper that I will make a formal motion to that effect when the vote on the Address is given.

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

Will the House be

informed as to what the proposed reorganization is at the time the adjournment is asked for, or are we to remain here in ignorance as to the proposals of the government relative to its constitution and personnel?

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LIB

Ernest Lapointe (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE:

My right hon. friend

does not expect to get the details of the reorganization before it is made?

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

One certainly does, not

expect the government to say what its proposals are as to its own personnel. The completion cannot be until re-election. Are we not to know until they are re-elected? If so I fear we will not know very much about it.

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LIB

Ernest Lapointe (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE:

My hon. friend is not

serious surely? The Prime Minister will confer with the men he intends to ask to join the government and will confer with the Governor General, and all these matters will have to be attended to before the information is given. Every time a government is formed and new ministers are added to the government, the information is given after it is done and not before.

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

The House is entitled

to know what is the proposed constitution of the ministry and what ministers there will be. Certainly the names of the ministers cannot be given until the names are decided, but the House should have known before this what course was planned. There never was a case of parliament being conducted in this way.

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LIB

Ernest Lapointe (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE:

The names of the ministers?

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

How many ministers is

Ontario to have? How many ministers is Manitoba to have, or New Brunswick? Does the government not know or is it intended that we should continue with something in the nature of a truncated ministry, or as the Minister of the Interior described it, a ministry "in due course?"

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UNEMPLOYMENT RELIEF


On the Orders of the Day:


LAB

James Shaver Woodsworth

Labour

Mr. J. S. WOODSWORTH (Winnipeg North Centre):

It was intimated the other

day by the hon. Minister of the Interior (Mr. Stewart), that the government was prepared 14011-32

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to give some relief in the matter of the (Unemployment in Nova Scotia. There has been a great deal of unemployment in the past few years, and especially in some of our western cities. Very strong representations have been made with regard to the urgency of the case. I should like to know whether the government proposes to do something to make provision for this special need, and whether it is possible for the government to give relief as was done in previous years.

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LIB

Ernest Lapointe (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Hon. ERNEST LAPOINTE (Leader of the House):

The policy of the government was

fairly set forth by my colleague the Minister of the Interior (Mr. Stewart), I believe, on Monday night. This question of unemployment relief is a difficult one in this country, owing to the fact that we have division of powers between the federal, provincial and municipal authorities. It has been felt that the problem is primarily one of local responsibility; but the government is willing, in case of serious emergency when a grave situation exists, to co-operate with the provincial and local authorities and to bear a share of relief work or other relief measures which have to be adopted to meet a serious situation of that character, and we shall ask parliament to give us authority to that effect.

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NOVA SCOTIA COAL MINERS

January 28, 1926