February 12, 1926

CON

Robert Rogers

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. ROBERT ROGERS (South Winnipeg) :

Before the orders of the day are called I would like to direct the attention of the government to a matter of urgent public importance, as set out in a resolution passed by the city council of the city of Winnipeg reading as follows:

Whereas it has been necessary for the city of Winnipeg to assist a large number of its residents, destitute due to unemployment during the last three winters, and to give similar relief during the present winter, in which action it has been and is being assisted by the government of the province of Manitoba;

And whereas such destitute persons have found themselves in this condition due to unemployment through national problems beyond power of local control or correction, some of which causes are summarized as follows :

1. Winnipeg, due to its geographical situation, is the focal point to which the unemployed of western Canada are attracted.

2. Coming to Wmn'peg of ex-service men who have been settled on farms by the Soldiers' Settlement Board which they have found necessary to abandon.

3. Persons settling in Winnipeg who w'ere brought to Canada through the activities of the federal, government for agricultural purposes, but who proved unfit for farm life.

4. Ex-service men, engaged in farming before the war, who became so unsettled by army life that they did not return to agricultural pursuits after demobilization ;

For the foregoing and other reasons these persons should be considered as "Dominion citizens at large" and the re-establishing of them should be considered as a federal problem and the cost of their maintenance a federal government charge.

And whereas conventions have been held at Ottawa in 1922 and again in 1924, at the invitation of the federal government, which conventions unanimously adopted resolutions agreeing that unemployment relief expenditure should be met in part by the federal government;

Be it therefore resolved:

That the city council of the city of Winnipeg, hereby requests the federal government to assist the city of Winnipeg in dealing with unemployment relief during the present winter by agreeing to bear a percentage of the cost, and further to appoint a federal government representative or, representatives to review the expenditure incurred by the city of Winnipeg during the three winters just passed, with a view to arriving, on an equitable basis, at the amount of the expenditures the federal government will reimburse the city for.

And that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the federal government, members of parliament for the city of Winnipeg, the leader of the opposition of the House of Commons, and the leader of the Pro-giessive party of the House of Commons, respectfully urging compliance with this request.

And that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the legislative assembly of the province of Manitoba.

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT RELIEF
Subtopic:   RESOLUTION OF WINNIPEG CITY COUNCIL
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LIB

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

Liberal

Hon. ERNEST LAPOINTE (Leader of the House):

A copy of this resolution has been

sent to the government, and I received it this morning. The matter will engage the attention of the government and probably it will be necessary to communicate with the legislature of Manitoba; but whatever decision is reached will be communicated to the House.

INQUIRY FOR RETURN WALKERVILLE-ENSENADA WHISKY SHIPMENT On the Orders of the Day:

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT RELIEF
Subtopic:   RESOLUTION OF WINNIPEG CITY COUNCIL
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CON

Horatio Clarence Hocken

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. H. C. HOCKEN (Toronto West Centre):

In the early part of the session of

1924, on May 5 of that year, I put a question on the order paper, which was passed as an order for a return, requesting the correspondence and other documents relating to a shipment of whiskey from Walkerville, Ontario, to a man named Watson, Ensenada, Mexico. I asked for those papers and also for the reasons for the cancellation of the bond. I would now ask the government whether they think any more time is necessary in order to prepare this return, and if it is possible for me to get it this year.

Hon. GEORGE H. BOIVIN (Minister of Customs and Excise): Mr. Speaker, if I understand the rules correctly, orders for return are carried over from session to session during the life of the same parliament, and an order for a return, if it is not laid on the table of the House in one session, should be laid on the table during the next session. This is a new parliament, and therefore since I entered the Department of Customs I have not looked up the orders for returns that were passed by the House and were not brought down; but as this matter has been particularly

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brought to my attention by my hon. friend I shall see that the papers are secured. If he will place a notice of motion upon the order paper, I think I can assure him now that the papers will be ready for production and ibe laid on the table of the House the moment the order is reached.

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT RELIEF
Subtopic:   RESOLUTION OF WINNIPEG CITY COUNCIL
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ADJOURNMENT-SESSIONAL EMPLOYEES


On the Orders of the Day:


CON

William Alves Boys

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. W. A. BOYS (North Simcoe):

In the absence of the hon. member for Yancouver South (Mr. Ladner), I desire to renew the inquiry he made on the 1st day of February, and to which the Minister of Justice (Mr. Lapointe) replied. He asked the government as to its intention regarding the suspension of salaries of the members of the staff of the House during the recess which has now been decided upon, and the reply was made at that time that the Internal Economy Commission of the House had the matter in hand. They have now had a. good many days to consider the matter, and I would like to know whether or not a decision has been reached.

Topic:   ADJOURNMENT-SESSIONAL EMPLOYEES
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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 to see that my hon.

friend the chief whip of the opposition (Mr. Boys) is willing to accede to the wish of the House and see to it that there is a recess. In reply to his question, this matter has been considered by the Internal Economy Commission, and I understand that they have reached the decision that the same conditions and terms shall apply as in former adjournments of the House, that is, that those who do not work will receive half pay.

Topic:   ADJOURNMENT-SESSIONAL EMPLOYEES
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LIB

Hewitt Bostock (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

As chairman of the Internal Economy Commission I may be allowed to supplement what has already been said: If there should be a recess a certain

number of the employees will remain for the convenience of members who may be staying in the city. As to the remainder, the larger number, we decided to follow the precedent set in 1917 and to cut their salaries in two.

Topic:   ADJOURNMENT-SESSIONAL EMPLOYEES
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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

Could the government,

in that connection, have an estimate made and advise us, say by the first of the week, what the saving would be per week by the cutting in two of the salaries of the balance of the officers of the House?

Topic:   ADJOURNMENT-SESSIONAL EMPLOYEES
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE:

We will ask the commission to do that.

Topic:   ADJOURNMENT-SESSIONAL EMPLOYEES
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HUDSON BAY RAILWAY


On the Orders of the Day:


CON

William Walker Kennedy

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. W. W. KENNEDY (Winnipeg South Centre):

I should like to ask a question of the minister representing the Department of Railways and Canals. I have a communication to the effect that the Dominion government are bringing in 150,000 cedar ties from the state of Minnesota for use on the Hudson Bay railway. I wish to inquire whether that is correct?

Topic:   HUDSON BAY RAILWAY
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE:

I do not think it is

correct because I do not believe the work has yet started on the Hudson Bay railway.

Topic:   HUDSON BAY RAILWAY
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CON

CHICAGO DRAINAGE CANAL


On the Orders of the Day:


CON

Arthur Edward Ross

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. A. E. ROSS (Kingston):

May I ask

the government a question in regard to the following: On February 10, a deputation

representing Canada, and other parties, made a protest to the President at Washington against the diversion of water from the Great Lakes. Was this government represented on that deputation, and if so by whom?

Topic:   CHICAGO DRAINAGE CANAL
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LIB

Charles A. Stewart (Minister of Immigration and Colonization; Minister of Mines; Minister of the Interior; Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs)

Liberal

Hon. CHARLES STEWART (Minister of the Interior):

No, the government was not

represented on that deputation. I understand the deputation went from the convention of the Great Lakes shippers and bodies representative of the shipping interests, not of government interests.

Topic:   CHICAGO DRAINAGE CANAL
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CAYUGA INDIANS-UNITED STATES AWARD

February 12, 1926