February 25, 1926

CUSTOMS INQUIRY-COMMITTEE


Mr. PAUL MERCIER (St. Henri) presented the second report of the special committee appointed to investigate the administration of the Department of Customs and Excise as follows: The special committee appointed to investigate the administration of the Department of Customs and Excise beg leave to present the following as their second report: Your committee request that they be granted leave to sit while the House is in session. All of which is respectfully submitted. P. Mercier, Chairman. He said: I beg to move that the report be concurred in. Motion agreed to.


SHELLING OF SCHOONER EASTWOOD


On thie Orders of the Day:


LAB

James Shaver Woodsworth

Labour

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

May I call the attention of

the government to a despatch from Lunenburg, N.S., dated February 23:

According to a statement made here to-night, by B B. Cann, of Yarmouth, owner of the rum-running schooner Eastwood, alleged to have been shelled aboul a week ago, while anchored twenty miles off Long Island by the United States cutter Seneca, he is preparinf to register formal protest at Ottawa with the Canadiaj government.

Mr. Cann said: "I would not consider myself ; patriotic citizen unless I registered a protest again5 this sort of treatment. I will surely make a form*

Unemployment Relief

protest to the government at Ottawa. I intend to fight this case to the very limit, not because of the damage done to my vessel, nor the expense to myself, but because I, as a Canadian, will not stand idle and allow any foreign country to treat the Union Jack as a joke when it is hoisted on the mast of a British merchantman.

Is it the policy of the government to permit the use of the British flag to shield rumrunners who are carrying on a business that may be regarded as a series of unfriendly acts towards a neighbouring nation?

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LIB

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

Liberal

Hon. J. A. ROBB:

No.

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

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

Perhaps the Minister of National Defence will tell us where our trawlers are now?

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LIB

Edward Mortimer Macdonald (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. MACDONALD (Antigonish-Guysbo-rough):

I do not know to what class of vessels my right hon. friend refers. There aTe no trawlers in the service of the Canadian government. There are fishing vessels-

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

Fishing vessels?

Mr. MACDONALD (Antigonish^Guysbor-ough)): -owned by the parties engaged in fishing.

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

Does the Canadian navy consist of fishing vessels?

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LIB

Edward Mortimer Macdonald (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. MACDONALD (Antigonish-Guysbor-ough) :

No, and the Canadian navy does not consist of trawlers either.

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SOLDIER SETTLERS' LAND


On the Orders of the Day: Hon, CHARLES STEWART (Minister of the Interior): With reference to a question asked by the hon. member for Vancouver-Burrard (Mr. Clark) yesterday, I wish to say that it is expected that approximately fifty or sixty British families will be settled in the Fraser valley this year, on lands held by the Soldier Settlement Board. Some of the lands were never occupied by soldier settlers. In other oases, the soldier settlers occupied the land for a very short time. Only a few locations have been lately abandoned. Very few of the farms in question were foreclosed because the soldier settlers were not able to make their payments. That is the answer to my hon. friend's question.


CON

John Arthur Clark

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mir. CLARK:

May I remind the minister that the vital point of the question was, whether the lands are being turned over to the immigrants at values lower than those originally placed on them for soldier settlement?

(Mr. Woodsworth.]

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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

Mr. STEWART (Edmonton):

I asked that question, and in some cases they are turned over at a lower value. In the majority of cases, however, they are turned over at the value at which the soldier settler was placed upon the land.

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UNEMPLOYMENT RELIEF


On the Orders of the Day:


CON

Richard Bedford Bennett

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. R. B. BENNETT (West Calgary):

I desire to ask the Minister of the Interior a question respecting unemployment. I have mentioned the matter to him, and I merely ask the question in order to clear up what is apparently a misapprehension. I have received the following telegram from Blairmore, Al'berta:

At a largely attended meeting of the above local it was unanimously decided to bring the matter of prevalent distress in this district to the attention of both provincial and federal authorities. Owing to the mines not working very much for the last few years and not more than two days per week since last August with a spare working crew to share in on that many of the people are in dire circumstances and this meeting requests both federal and provincial authorities to take a hand in this critical state of affairs and come to their assistance by providing work if possible and financial aid where work is not possible.

John A. McDonald,

President.

William Oakes,

Financial Secretary.

D. A. Howe,

Recording Secretary.

Apparently, Mr. Speaker, there is a misapprehension as to the assistance to be extended and the amount to be contributed by the provincial and federal authorities, and if the minister would make a statement I think it would do much to clear up any doubt that may exist on the matter.

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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 would prefer that the Minister of Public Works should make any statement on this matter as he is Acting Minister of Labour. I may say, however, that the allocation of the amount payable in such cases is one-third of the excess of the cost of the relief work having to be done in the particular season in which such work may be necessary. With reference to the relief itself, it is then a clear third. The procedure is this: A

request as well as a statement of cost will be furnished by the provincial government and the statement will be checked by officers of the federal government.

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

The federal government

is not to take the initiative in any of the work?

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February 25, 1926