April 23, 1926

LIB

Ernest Lapointe (Secretary of State of Canada; Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Hon. ERNEST LAPOINTE (Acting Postmaster General):

The leader of the opposition (Mr. Meighen) made an inquiry yesterday and on behalf of the Postmaster General I desire to give him the information to-day. The memorandum I have is as follows:

Representations have been made to the Post Office Department on behalf of the postal employees who were connected with the Winnipeg strike. These representations affeot both the men who have been re-employed without regard to their seniority as well as the men who have not yet been re-employed. The matter is now under consideration and when a decision is reached legislation will be introduced in due course.

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

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

Then I may take it that legislation will be introduced.

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LIB

Ernest Lapointe (Secretary of State of Canada; Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE:

The memorandum states:

The matter is now under consideration and when a decision is reached-

Of course I do not know what the decision will be.

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

The Postmaster General says that when a decision is reached legislation will be introduced.

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LIB

Ernest Lapointe (Secretary of State of Canada; Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE:

If necessary, of course.

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

He does not say that.

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WELSH MINERS FOR CANADA


On the Orders of the Day: Mr. J. S. WOODSWiORTH (Winnipeg North Centre): I should like to call the attention of the Acting Minister of Immigration to the following news item which appears in the Empire News of Manchester under date April 4, 1926: 10.000 miners for Canada. £11 a week wage and five years' agreement. Big scheme to develop new coal fields. The Budget-Mr. Millar An Emipire News representative cables from Canada news of a scheme to transport en bloc ten thousand experienced Welsh miners and their families to work certain coal measures for a group of British financiers. It is proposed to pay the miners £11 a week, and group them in little "colonies," so that they will be in friendly and congenial circumstances. A five years' agreement is suggested. Later on this statement is made: Major Robbins told me he had just returned from England, having laid the proposition before the British industrial magnates, inviting them, along with their investigating engineers, to visit the mining area here. He had also laid before the cabinet important data regarding Canada. "Under the scheme," said Major Robbins, who is a native of Penarth, South Wales, "we propose by the aid of the experienced miners of the Welsh mining district to revolutionize coal mining in Canada and retain in the country millions of dollars that go over the border every year for this commodity." Can the minister give us any light on this proposed immigration scheme? If it is so, will he kindly outline it a little more definitely? If not, in view of the unemployment in this country will the actual situation in Canada be given to the people in Great Britain?


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 (Acting Minister of Immigration):

This is the very first intimation I have had of anything of the kind. I know nothing of the scheme nor of the proposed development. I will however make inquiry and see if we have any information in the Department of Immigration.

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THE BUDGET

CONTINUATION OF DEBATE ON THE ANNUAL


The House resumed from Thursday, April 22, the debate on the motion of Hon. J. A. Robb (Minister of Finance), that Mr. Speaker do now leave the chair for the House to go into committee of Ways and Means, and the proposed amendment thereto of Hon. R. J. Manion.


PRO

John Millar

Progressive

Mr. JOHN MILLAR (Qu'Appelle):

Mr. Speaker, when the House adjourned last night at eleven o'clock I was being pressed to give information in regard to profits made by Canadian automobile manufacturers. Considering the action that I and others in this corner and other parts of the House have taken who voted some time ago for a resolution to reduce the customs tariff on automobiles, I think it is only fair to give such information as is asked for. It is our desire to get at the facts. If at any time we present what seems to us to be facts and they are proved to be otherwise, we are willing to yield.

I will give the profits in connection with the Canadian Ford automobile factory. In 1925,

the earnings of this company amounted to $6,131,352 on an issued stock of $7,000,000 This is what was asked for. They earned in the year 1925 what would have been equal to a dividend, if paid, of 82.73 per cent. I understand that the full amount was not paid, but a dividend of 20 per cent was distributed. Now that the cut has taken place in the customs tariff on automobiles, provided that the company are not able to make any profits during the coming three years, this will still leave sufficient for them to pay a 20 per cent dividend for each of those three years and have 2.73 per cent left. Those figures may not be right, but they are taken from the Financial Post of February 12, 1926, which is, I believe, a very reliable paper.

In connection with that I wish to read from a clipping taken from a paper called Labour and this will close my remarks in regard to automobiles:

An investment company of Minneapolis, Minnesota, is urging its patrons to buy stock in the Ford Motor Company of Canada. This plant is located in Ontario, right across the river from Detroit.

The circular urging this investment points out that the Canadian FoM Company lias paid $9,000 in cash dividends on every $100 originally invested; that for fifteen years it has paid an average of 32 per cent cash and 75 per cent stock dividends per year; and is all set to go ahead to still greater prosperity.

It happens that W. E. Raney, a distinguished citizen of Ontario,-

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?

Some hon. MEMBERS:

Oh, oh.

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PRO

John Millar

Progressive

Mr. MILLAR:

(Reading):

-has analyzed and explained this extraordinary prosperity. What is not due to Mr. Ford's well known methods of massed production is due to the Canadian tariff of 35 per cent on automobiles. Mr. Raney summarizes the result:

"In a general way and roughly speaking, the Canadian purchaser of a Ford car of one type or another paid from $150 to $250 more than he would have paid if there had been no protection to Ford automobiles made in Canada."

What the Canadian tariff enables Mr. Ford to do in Canada, the tariff enables the textile trust and the aluminum trust and other trusts to do in America, and in the same way, by overcharging the consumer.

That is all that I wish to say in regard to automobiles except that I might refer in a few remarks to the delegation that is here to-day.

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CON

David Spence

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPENCE (Parkdale):

Would the hon. member be good enough to give the profits of the Overland, Dodge and Durant made in the same period? Hon. members always quote the Ford company.

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PRO

John Millar

Progressive

Mr. MILLAR:

I cannot be expected to

carry all that in my head.

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CON

David Spence

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPENCE (Parkdale):

You do not

want to.

The Budget-Mr. Millar

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PRO

John Millar

Progressive

Mr. MILLAR:

I suppose, if I had given

the Dodge hon. gentlemen would have asked for the Ford.

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CON

James Dew Chaplin

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CHAPLIN (Lincoln):

Mr. Raney

might have carried it in his head.

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April 23, 1926