March 18, 1926

IND

Alan Webster Neill

Independent

Mr. NEILL:

I think in any case I have

a right of reply. The remarks of the hon. member for South Oxford (Mr. Sutherland) were purely of a detailed character, and, I do not think we should take much time in discussing that -phase of it.

With -regard to the criticism of the hon. member for Frontenac-Addington (Mr. EdWards), I -think it is quite immaterial whether the egg is marked in Seattle or in Vancouver. The point is that we can compel the man in Canada to have them marked before he sells them. We naturally would compel the man over whom we have control. I can assure the ho-n. member there -will be no trouble and he need not worry. But the hon. member came -back, as hon. members on that side of the House do, to the matter of protection. He said that to put an increased protection on eggs would be sufficient. I say to him, I would also put protection on American eggs. But that should be only supplementary to this legislation, for this reason: that increased duty means increased expense, whereas the resolution I have suggested would -mean no increased expense -to the consumer, and in these days we are supposed to cut down the high cost of living.

The hon. member for Fraser Valley (Mr. Barber) goes one better than I do and says they can be marked for half a cent a dozen, so that will not increase the cost to the consumer. I am quite willing to vote for a higher duty on eggs coming in from -the United States. But the hon. gentleman could not resist the temptation-it is ingrained in him-for -political effect to twist my remark. He says I stated, "I am willing to vote for the increased duty on eggs coming from the United States, provided that -it does not interfere with the Prime Minister." I will subscribe any sum of money to a local charity if my hon. friend will find any such words of mine in Hansard.

Topic:   MARKING OF EGGS
Subtopic:   PROPOSED APPLICATION TO DOMINION OF BRITISH COLUMBIA ACT
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CON

Harry James Barber

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BARBER:

I think the statement was that if it was not in the form of a confidence motion, which would imply that if it did not interfere with the government he would vote for it.

Mr. NEILL. He deliberately twisted my language. I said I would vote for ft if it were not attached to a straight vote of confidence or combined with a motion in regard to higher protection on other goods in such a way as to make it entirely nugatory.

I will pass over the remarks of the hon. member for Pa-rkdale (Mr. Spence). He says it was all nonsense. My resolution has been vindicated by the hon. member for Fraser Valley. I am pleased to see the stand he took. .

One other point as regards the question that it would be far better to put on protection.

Electoral District oj Athabaska

Here is the language the Oowiehan Creamery Association used:

The board of directors and management of this association are of the opinion, and (Very strongly of the opinion at that, that the Eggs Marks Act is a mudh better form of protection than 5 cent extra duty, at the same time we believe that if the act was a federal measure instead of a .provincial one, it would have a better chance.

And so on.

The hon. member for Frontenac-Addington accused me of being a near free trader or a has-been free trader. As soon as you propose to go half way to meet hon. gentlemen opposite, they are never satisfied. Here is a measure of protection. I am not ashamed to say that I favour it as protection, but they are not satisfied. It does not go far enough for them. But only two members on the other side have the courage of their convictions and sav, "Here is protection; we will support it."

I hope the House will unite in passing the resolution.

Topic:   MARKING OF EGGS
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LIB

Hewitt Bostock (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Carried.

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CON

Donald Sutherland

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SUTHERLAND (South Oxford):

The debate is closed on this motion, is it?

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LIB

Hewitt Bostock (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

The debate is closed.

When the mover of a resolution has first expressed his views and other members have taken part in the debate, and the time comes for the mover to reply, his reply closes the debate, according to the rules of the House.

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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. ROBB:

Before adjournment I desire

to repair something of the damage which hon. gentlemen opposite innocently, or I am sure not with intention, caused just prior to six o'clock when you yourself, Mr. Speaker, left for home and many hon. gentlemen had left to go to dinner. I move-

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

I rise to a point of order.

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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. ROBB:

I move that this House will on Friday March 19th instant resolve itself into committee to consider of supply to be granted His Majesty.

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

I rose to a point of

order.

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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. ROBB:

I had the floor.

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

I think I had the right to rise to a point of order even if the hon. minister was on his feet. I do not know under what rule the minister rises to make a motion at this stage. The rules of the House plainly read that the proceedings of the House must be taken in accordance with the order paper. We are eertainly not proceeding in accordance with it now.

Topic:   MARKING OF EGGS
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. ROBB:

This resolution before the

House had just been passed, and I rose to make the motion-

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LIB

Hewitt Bostock (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

I think the point is well

taken; the orders of the day must be exhausted before this motion could be taken up. [DOT]

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Motion agreed to.


ATHABASKA ELECTION

ALLEGED CORRUPT PRACTICES

PRO

Donald MacBeth Kennedy

Progressive

Mr. D. M. KENNEDY (Peace River) moved:

That the following address be presented to His Excellency the Governor General:

To General, His Excellency, the Right Honourable Julian Hedworth George, Baron Byng of Vimy, General on the Retired List on the Reserve of Officers of the Army, Knight Grand Cross of the Most Honourable Order of 'the Batlh, Knight Grand. Cross of the Moat Distinguished Order of Saint Miohael and Saint George, Member of the Royal Victorian Order, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of the Dominion of Canada;

May it ipiease Your Excellency:

We, His Majesty's most dutiful and loyal subjects of the House of Commons in Parliament assembled beg leave to represent to Your Excellency:

1. That a petition has been, within the time specified in 'the Corrupt Practices Inquiries Act, being chapter 8 of the Revised Statutes of Canada (1906) as amended, presented to the House of Commons signed by mors than twenty-five electors of the electoral district of Athabaska, stating that no petition charging the existence of corrupt practices has been presented under the Dominion Controverted Elections Act, and that corrupt or illegal practices have, or that there is reason to believe that corrupt or illegal practices have extensively prevailed at the election holden 'in the said electoral district of Athabaska aforesaid on the 29th day of October, 1925.

2. That the said petition was presented to the House of Gommoms on the 29th day of January, 1926, and on the 1st day of February, 1926, wa3 laid upon the table of the said House of .Commons with the Report of the Clerk of Petitions skating that he had examined the petition of the more than twenty-five electors of the electoral district of Athabaska aforesaid, and that all the requirements of the Corrupt Practices Inquiries Aot (R.S.C. ohapter 8) in respect of such petition had been complied with (No. 17 Votes and Proceedings of the House of Commons of Canada, Monday, 1st February, 1926).

Wherefore we, His Majesty's most dutiful and loyal subjects of the House of Commons aforesaid in Parliament assembled Humbly Pray Your Excellency:

To cause inquiry to be made under the Corrupt Practices Inquiries Act aforesaid, as amended, by one or more of the following Honourable Judges of the Supreme Court of Alberta-The Honourable Horace Harvey, Chief Justice of Alberta; the Honourable William Charles Simmons, Chief Justice of the Trial Division of the said Court; the Honourable Charles Allen Stua-rt; the Honourable Nicholas Daminac Beck; the Honourable James Duncan Hyndman; the Honourable Alfred Henry Clark: the Honourable William Legh Walsh; the Honourable Maitland Stewart McCarthy; the Honourable William Carlos Ives; the Honourable Thomas Mitchell Morel Tweedle, and the Honourable John Robert Boyle. Competent under the Dominion Controverted Elections Act as amended to

Business oj the House

try an election petition in the (Province of Alberta, within which the electoral district of Athabaska is situated. i

He said: Mr. Speaker, it is not my intention to take up any time in discussing this motion. I rise merely for the purpose of moving it. The motion has been on the order paper for six weeks, and covers practically all the arguments that I would care to make on the question this evening. The Corrupt Practices Inquiries Act, chapter 8 of the Revised Statutes of Canada, as amended, provides for an inquiry into alleged corrupt and illegal practices under certain conditions. More than twenty-five electors of the federal electoral district of Athabasca have petitioned this House praying for an inquiry under the terms of the statute. The petition was accepted by this House on the 1st February and I move this motion at this stage simply in order to give effect to the prayer of that petition.

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Subtopic:   ALLEGED CORRUPT PRACTICES
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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett

Conservative (1867-1942)

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

Inasmuch as the Hon. Mr. Justice Stuart has died since this resolution was placed upon the order paper, it seems to me that the name of his successor, the Honourable Charles Richmond Mitchell, should be substituted for that of the Honourable Charles Allen Stuart. I woidd also point out that the name of Mr. Tweedie is incorrectly spelled; it should be the Hon. Thomas Mitchell March Tweedie instead of the Hon. Thomas Mitchell Morel Tweedie.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

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ADJOURNMENT-BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE


Mr. MACKENZIE KING moved the adjournment of the House.


March 18, 1926