February 15, 1926

PRINCE ALBERT BY-ELECTION CORRESPONDENCE WITH CHIEF ELECTORAL OFFICER TABLED

LIB

Hewitt Bostock (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

I have the honour to lay on the table of the House some correspondence exchanged between the Chief Electoral Officer and the Speaker of the House.

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SELECT STANDING COMMITTEES

LIB

James Alexander Robb (Minister of Trade and Commerce; Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Hon. J. A. ROBB (for Mr. Lapointe) moved:

That Messrs. King (Kootenay), Casgrain, Charters, Tolmie and Spencer be appointed a committee to prepare and report with all convenient speed lists of members to compose the select standing committees of the House.

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

I do not think the

motion is in order. It appears under Government Notices of Motions on page 53 of the order paper, and, of course, could only come in its regular turn. Had I had any information about it I would not object, but I ask that it stand until it can come up in the regular course.

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LIB

James Alexander Robb (Minister of Trade and Commerce; Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. ROBB:

I have no objection to the

resolution standing. It was given to me just as I came in, and I thought perhaps my right hon. friend had been consulted.

Motion stands.

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PRIVILEGE-MR. FOSTER


On the Orders of the Day: Mr. A. de WITT FOSTER (Hants-Kings): Mr. Speaker, I desire to rise to a question of 9S2 Alberta Coal



privilege. The Ottawa Citizen in its issue of February 13, referring to myself, has thi3 heading on an article: "Asks Freight Rates out of Board's Hands." May I state that a careful reading of my remarks will indicate that I stated the Intercolonial rates should be taken out of the board's hands, rather than the whole question of rates over the railways in Canada.


TRANSPORTATION OF COAL

SEVEN DOLLAR RATE ON ALBERTA COAL


On the Orders of the Day:


CON

Ambrose Upton Gledstanes Bury

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. A. U. G. BURY (East Edmonton):

I would like to call the attention of the Minister of the Interior (Mr. Stewart) to a telegram that has just been received from the Milnes Coal Company, Limited, Toronto, as follows:

Wire what the prospects are for obtaining further supply Alberta coal on seven dollars freight rate. Citizens of Toronto in large numbers inquiring for this coal. Immediate action necessary if situation is to be relieved.

I would ask the minister if he is prepared to try and make similar arrangements with Sir Henry Thornton for a further shipment of Alberta coal at the $7 freight rate to relieve the apparent necessities of the citizens of Toronto.

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Subtopic:   SEVEN DOLLAR RATE ON ALBERTA COAL
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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):

I thought I had made it perfectly clear to the House on a previous occasion that I did not have anything to do with the $7 freight rate. If my hon. friend will look up the Journal of Saturday, he will note that the arrangements were made by the Ontario government with Sir Henry Thornton. So far as I know, the rate is still in existence; I have not heard of it being discontinued. I wish to make it perfectly clear, however, that this government had nothing to do with the inception of that rate. That rate was put on by Sir Henry Thornton to meet an emergency, and I understood, in conversation with him, that it would remain on so long as the emergency existed. I note from what the Journal had to say the other day that there had been . conferences between Premier Ferguson and Sir Henry Thornton with reference to this matter; but the fuel controller of the province of Ontario, Mr. Ellis, is the man who ascertains the necessities of the case, and who makes the arrangements with the railway company for the shipping of the coal.

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Subtopic:   SEVEN DOLLAR RATE ON ALBERTA COAL
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INQUIRY INTO COST BY RAILWAY COMMISSION


On the Orders of the Day:


CON

Joseph Elijah Armstrong

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. J. E. ARMSTRONG (East Lambton):

I should like to draw the attention of the government to an article which appears in the Montreal Daily Star of February 12. It is headed " Ottawa government to investigate the actual transportation rate " and reads as follows:

The government has under its immediate consideration a programme of instruction to the railway commission to examine into and report on the actual cost of moving coal from the Maritimes and from Alberta to central Canada it was learned to-day. Hon. E. M. Macdonald, Minister of Defence, intimated this this morning to a group of Alberta and Maritime members who had met to discuss the fuel problem.

Has the government instructed the railway commission to take action along the lines suggested; and if so what is the nature of the instructions given to the commission?

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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

Mir. STEWART (West Edmonton):

Perhaps I can best answer that by laying on the table of the House to-morrow the order in council dealing with this matter. Yes, we have passed an order in council asking the board to investigate.

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IMMIGRATION

ARRIVAL OF JAPANESE TEACHERS

February 15, 1926