April 15, 1926

PRINTING OF PARLIAMENT


First report of the joint committee of both houses on the Printing of Parliament.- Mr. Marcil.


QUESTIONS


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk).


FRANKING PRIVILEGE

LIB

Mr. BOUCHER:

Liberal

1. Is the government aware that there are being sent through His Majesty's maills 'to the province of Quebec thousands of pamphlets containing the speeches delivered by the Right Hon. Arthur Meighen at Hamilton and in the county of Bagot, also accompanied by a photograph of the author, and that the postage is not paid on these postal matters, the envelopes being franked at the House of Commons and bearing the initials S.F.T., M.P.?

2. Who is the member or official represented by said initials S.F.T., M.P., on above postal matters?

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LIB

Right Hon. Mr. MACKENZIE KING: (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

1. No.

2. The postmaster of the House of Commons informs the government that the initials "S.F.T., M.P." are those of S. F. Tolmie.

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CON

Mr. DOUCET:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Is the government aware that even before the session of parliament opened there have been sent through His Majesty's mails to the province of Ontario thousands of pamphlets issued by the National Liberal committee, 115 Sp>arks street, Ottawa, containing criticism of the speech delivered by the Right Honourable Arthur Meighen at Hamilton as not being sufficiently imperialistic for said National Liberal committee, and that the postage was not pvaid on these postal matters the envelopes being franked and bearing the initials, "W.L.M.K., P.M."?

2. Who is the member or official represented by said initials "W.L.M.K., P.M.", on above postal matters?

Questions

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LIB

Right Hon. Mr. MACKENZIE KING: (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

1. No.

2. The postmaster of the House of Commons informs the government that the initials "W.L.M.K., P.M." are those of W. L. Mackenzie King.

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CORNWALL POST OFFICE-PRIVATE BOXES

CON

Mr. HAMILTON:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Is it a fact that the charges for poet office boxes in the post office at Cornwall, Ontario, have been increased one hundred per cent without notice?

2. If so, whyj

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LIB

Hon. Mr. LAPOINTE: (Secretary of State of Canada; Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

1. These rates have been increased as follows:

Style "A" from $2 to $4.

Style "B" from $3 to $6.

Style "C" from $5 to $8.

Style "D" from $8 to $12.

2. The higher rates are those applicable at post offices where delivery is made by letter carrier. Letter carrier delivery was established at Cornwall on the 4th January, 1926. The postmaster was advised of the increased rates to be charged on the 7th April, 1926.

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CUSTOMS INQUIRY-MR. CALDER

LIB

Mr. LANCTOT:

Liberal

1. Did Mr. R. L. Gadder send in a bill as counsel before the special committee investigating matters connected with the Customs department?

2. If so, for what amount?

3. On what basis is he being paid?

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LIB

Right Hon. Mr. MACKENZIE KING: (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

1. Yes.

2. $4,6155. (Fees and expenses.)

3. Fee $200 per diem, while engaged in work for the committee, and $15 per diem expenses, when so engaged elsewhere than in Montreal.

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CUSTOMS INQUIRY-ACCOUNTANTS

LIB

Mr. LANCTOT:

Liberal

1. Did the firm of Clarkson, Gordon & Dilworth, chartered accountants o

2. If so, how much does this bill amount to and what period does it cover?

3. How many men is this firm employing for the work and how much is each man paid per day?

4. How much is this firm charging for the expenses of each man?

5. How were their services retained?

6. Were there any special arrangements made before- . hand for fees and expenses?

Right, Hon. Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

1. Yes.

2. Fees, $8,684.50; expenses, $2,234.06. Total, $10,918.56, from February 19 to March 27, 1926.

IMr. Doucet.]

3. 18 men (2 part time only) and 2 stenographers.-(2 part time) at $150 per diem, 1 at $100 per diem, 2 at $40 per diem, 1 at $25 per diem, 2 at $20 per diem, 1 at $15 per diem, 9 at $10 per diem, 2 stenographers at $5 per diem.

4. Actual travelling and hotel or boarding house expenses only. (Vouchers attached to account).

5. By resolution of the committee dated February 17, 1926.

6. No.

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GERMAN REPARATIONS

CON

Mr. NICHOLSON:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Which department of the government is responsible for the work of the Canadian Reparations Commissioner, and the administration of all matters for which Canada is responsible under the treaties of peace between Germany and Austria and the allied nations, more particuilarly articles 296, 20V, 298, 299, 300, 391, 302, 303, and the annexes and general provisions relating thereto?

2. Has such department of the government or the Reparations Commissioner made an annual report for presentation to parliament?

3. If not, has there been any report whatever which sets out fully the work of the Reparations Commissioner or the department of the government responsible for the work?

4. If no reports have been made is there to be a report, and when may it be expected?

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LIB

Hon. Mr. LAPOINTE: (Secretary of State of Canada; Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

1. No official with the title "Canadian Reparations Commissioner" has been appointed or holds office. Mr. James Friel, K.C, was appointed under the provisions of the Inquiries Act, chapter 104 of R.S.C., to inquire into and report upon claims for losses sustained by the civil population during the war, and he is not subject to responsibility of any department of the government. The fund from which his expenses are paid is administered by the department of the Secretary of State. The administration of matters for which Canada is responsible under Economic Clauses Articles 296 to 303 of the treaties of Peace have been delegated to the custodian appointed under the various treaties of Peace orders in council. The custodian is defined by the treaty of Peace order in council as follows:

"The custodian" means, in respect of the time prior to the date of this order, the Minister of Finance and Receiver-General, and from the date of this order means the Secretary of State of Canada, who shall be the successor as custodian of the Minister of Finance and Receiver-General, and to whom all property, rights and interests heretofore vested in the custodian are hereby transferred."

2. No.

3. No.

Imperial Conjei'ence

4. Mr. Friel is required by his commission to make a report to the Governor General in Council. The custodian is not required by the treaties of Peace orders in council to make a report.

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April 15, 1926