February 22, 1926

RESIGNATION OF MR. DARKE

LIB

Hewitt Bostock (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

I wish to lay on the

table the letter of resignation of the hon. member for Regina (Mr. Darke) which will be published in the Votes and Proceedings.

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REPORT TABLED


Report for 1924-25 of the Honorary Advisory Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in Canada.-Hon. Mr. Robb.


INTERNATIONAL LABOUR CONGRESS RECOMMENDATIONS TABLED

LIB

James Horace King (Minister of Labour; Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Hon. J. H. KING (Acting Minister of Labour):

Mr. Speaker, I beg to lay on the

table of the House the authentic text of a recommendation adopted at the sixth session of the International Labour Congress-

League of Nations-in 1924, concerning the development of facilities for the utilization of workers' spare time. The proposals contained in this recommendation were considered by the law officers of the crown, and were found mostly to be within provincial jurisdiction. The text of the order in council on these subject matters which was adopted on the report of the Minister of Justice is also being laid on the table.

Copies of this order in council and of the recommendations referred to are being communicated officially to the respective provincial governments.

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DEATH OF QUEEN ALEXANDRA

LIB

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

Liberal

Hon. ERNEST LAPOINTE (Leader of the House):

Mr. Speaker, I beg to move:

That a message be sent to the Senate to acquaint Their Honours that this House doth unite with the Senate dn an address to His Excellency the Governor General, praying His Excellency to transmit a joint address of both Houses to His Most Excellent Majesty the King, expressing the deep regret and heartfelt sorrow at the demise of Her Majesty the late Queen Mother, in such a way as to His Excellency may seem fit, in order that the same may be laid at the foot of the throne, and that they have filled in the blank space therein with the word "Commons"; and that the Olerk of the House do carry the said message to the Senate.

I will ask my right hon. friend the leader of the opposition (Mr. Meighen) to second the motion.

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

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

I beg to second the

motion, Mr. Speaker.

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Motion agreed to.


TRANSPORTATION OF COAL

SEVEN DOLLAR RATE ON ALBERTA COAL


On the Orders of the Day:


PRO

Edward Joseph Garland

Progressive

Mr. E. J. GARLAND (Bow River):

Mr. Speaker, I desire to draw the attention of the government to a telegram which I sent on February 17 to the government of Alberta, to the effect that:

There is danger that the coal rate inquiry under the order in council recently passed may not reach a finding in time for parliamentary action this session, and that any movement of coal would cease should seven dollar rate be suspended in the meantime. Necessity of holding market and satisfying public sentiment and demand was obvious. Therefore recommended that governments of Alberta, Ontario and Dominion guarantee any difference between the seven dollar rate and rate determined by railway commission up to two hundred thousand tons.

I am assured of the sympathetic attitude of the Alberta government. Premier Ferguson has already made public his entire sympathy with the proposal according to to-day's press. I now desire to ask if the House may have the

Resignation of Mr. Graham

assurance that the Dominion government will co-operate with the two provincial governments in this matter, and immediately make the necessary arrangements with Sir Henry Thornton.

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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):

Mr. Speaker, I think I cannot do better than put on Hansard the wires that passed to-day between the Prime Minister and Premier Ferguson of Ontario. Although I did not see this wire in this morning's papers I understand it appears there:

Right Hon. W. L. Mackenzie King,

Prime Minister, Ottawa, Ontario.

Understand that pursuant to order in council passed by Dominion government on application of Ontario and Alberta governments for investigation of coal rates from Alberta and Nova Scotia the railway board has fixed hearing for late dn April. Any order made at such hearing will be too late to be of value in relieving coal shortage this winter. If National Railways will pending hearing continue movement coal under present arrangement provincial governments supervision Ontario government wild pay one-third out of pocket costs in excess of seven dollars per ton if Dominion and Alberta will each pay one-third. Urgent Ontario consumers have immediate supply. Feel sure you will agree important to encourage development and use of Canadian resources and retain money in Canadian channels. Would appreciate early reply.

G. Howard Ferguson.

To which the Prime Minister forwarded the following:

The Honourable G. Howard Ferguson,

Premier of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario.

Your wire received in which you enquire if the government will pay one-third of the excess cost of the movement of Alberta coal to Ontario pending the report of the investigation to be held by the railway board.

On the 26th of January our government decided to bear a proportion of the excess cost of the transportation of fuel, both east and west, and on that date wired Premier Rhodes to that effect with respect to a movement from has province. We did not notify your government or the government of Alberta on account of seven dollar rate being in effect on the Canadian National Railways at that time.

In the event of the railways discontinuing the seven dollar rate as an emergent situation appears still to exist we will be pleased to contribute one-third of excess cost of movement until the finding of railway board, provided that your government and the government of Alberta will each contribute a like amount.

W. L. Mackenzie King.

RATE ON NOVA SCOTIA COAL On the Orders of the Day:

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CON

Thomas Cantley

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. THOMAS CANTLEY (Pictou):

Can the Minister of the Interior (Mr. Stewart, West Edmonton) now give us the answer which he promised us three weeks ago or, to be exact, on January 28, with reference to the coal situation in Nova Scotia? On that occasion the minister said:

There is still under advisement the matter of the shipment of the 15,000 tons. I have the matter up

with the Railway department, and I hope to be able to give hon. gentlemen who are interested and the House generally a definite answer to-morrow.

Will the minister give that answer to-day?

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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 (West Edmonton, Minister of the Interior):

I always like to be courteous but I want to draw my hon. friend's attention to the fact that I answered that question long ago, when the railway company agreed to increase the

120.000 tons to be banked to 135,000 tons, making an addition of 15,000 tons to be taken from the Princess mine. That was the answer I gave my hon. friend.

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CON

Thomas Cantley

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CANTLEY:

May I ask another question? Am I to understand that the minister wishes us to consider his reply an answer to my question?

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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Order.

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LIB

Hewitt Bostock (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Order.

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February 22, 1926