I beg to lay on the table copy of an ordter in council in which I know my right hon. friend the leader of the opposition (Mr. Meighen), will be particularly interested. I refer to the order in council in relation to the board on tariff taxation and other related matters, in other words, the Tariff Advisory Board. The order in council in question sets forth the personnel and powers of the board. I may mention that Mr. Hector Brown McKinnon of Toronto has been appointed secretary to the board, although his name is not mentioned in the order in council.
I desire to lay on the table of the House a copy of the order in council appointing the royal commission to inquire into certain matters respecting the Maritime provinces. The personnel of this commission is Sir Andrew Duncan, chairman, Hon. W. B. Wallace and Professor Cyrus Macmillan of McGill University.
1. Synopsis of "Order of the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries" (dated 9th March, 1923.)
"Importation of Canadian Cattle Order of 1923".
Canadian store cattle are cattle born and reared in the Dominion of Canada, consisting only of castrated males and spayed females, and intended for feeding purposes, and not for immediate slaughter.
Landed at a port and landing place approved by the minister under supervision of an inspector.
Certificate signed by a duly authorized officer of the Dominion of Canada,
Cattle have been kept separate for three clear days immediately before shipment and examined from time to time by an authorized veterinary officer of the Dominion of Canada and no cattle plague, pleuro pneumonia, foot and mouth disease or mange found.
If steamer conveying cattle had within 28 days preceding carried cattle coastwise from any port other than in Great Britain and Canada or has entered such port must be cleansed and disinfected.
Cattle are eartagged and branded with letter C on right cheek.
A declaration by the master of the vessel that the cattle were shipped from a port in Canada and vessel has not entered any port or place outside Great Britain.
A certificate signed by an authorized veterinary officer of the Dominion of Canada that the cattle have been kept separate from other animals and examined daily by him during the voyage and no cattle plague, pleuro-pneu-monia or foot and mouth disease has been
found also stating whether any cattle have died on the voyage and giving the cause of death.
After landing the cattle are subject to regulations concerning movement of such cattle in Great Britain.
Not including salaries.. ..$ 343 45
Including salaries 1,104 99
Not including salaries.. ..$13,564 45 Including salaries 35,919 12
Not including salaries.. ..$20,964 98 Including salaries 51,574 49
(To December 31, 1925)
Not including salaries.. ..$22,361 43 Including salaries
55,081 583. 1922-23
53,6611925- 26 (to Feb. 28)
86,5461925- 26 (to Feb. 28)
.5. No contagious disease dealt with under the Animal Contagious Diseases Act or referred to in the British order, has been discovered by officers of the Health of Animals branch in connection with the above shipments.
6. Total meat imported and home grown 6,159,717,000 lbs.; Amount supplied by Canada, 232,716,072 lbs. or 3.8%.
On the basis of values, the percentage share of Canada in the total of imported meat (both alive and dead)-6.87%.
Subtopic: SHIPMENTS OF CANADIAN CATTLE
1. Has the government any information relative to the seizure of the vessel Pescawha, and the arrest of Captain Robert Pamphlet and crew off the mouth of the Columbia river by United States revenue officers, and the subsequent conviction of the said Captain Pamphlet and his crew by United States courts?
2. In view of the provisions of the boundary line treaty of 1846, whereby the Columbia river was made an open waterway for British traders and their goods, is it the intention of the government to take any action to protect the treaty rights of the Canadian people?
Subtopic: SEIZURE OP VESSEL PESCAVIIA
1. While no communication in regard to this occujTence has reached the government from or on behalf of the owners, master, crew or anyone interested in this vessel, press reports regarding the case were noted at the 14011-1391
time of her seizure and His Majesty's ambassador at Washington was requested to * make inquiries into the matter.
Sir Esme Howard has forwarded reports from His Majesty's consul at Portland in-which it is stated that the vessel, with a cargo of liquor aboard bound for Mexican ports, was seized by the United States Revenue Cutter Algonquin on the 4th February, 1925, at a point some twenty miles off the coast of the State of Washington, between Willapa and Grays Harbour. The captain and crew were brought to Portland and lodged in gaol, but no appeal was made for diplomatic intervention, nor any attempt made by the prisoners to communicate with His Majesty's consul. They were subsequently released on bond, and were ultimately brought to trial before a jury at Portland on the 26th February of the present year. A verdict of guilty was returned against them and the case was immediately appealed, and the appeal is now pending. [DOT]
2. As the reported locality of the seizure was in the open sea, at a considerable distance from the mouth of the Columbia river, it is not understood how the rights of navigation in that river secured to British subjects could have been infringed, but if evidence is received of their infraction, suitable steps will be taken to protect them.
Subtopic: SEIZURE OP VESSEL PESCAVIIA