April 27, 1926


On the Orders of the Day: Mr. HARRY J. BARBER (Fraser Valley): I desire to ask the Minister of Justice a question based upon the following article which appears in the Vancouver Daily Province of April 21: Sumas landowners have forwarded a petition to Ottawa asking that certain provincial legislation be disallowed. The act to which they object is one passed at the last session of the legislature which validates all actions of the dyking commissioners and stipulates that the assessment roll "shall not be quashed or set aside or the validity thereof otherwise questioned on any ground whatsoever." Numerous property owners affected by the reclamation work are reported to have signed the petition. They attacked the assessment roll last year, asked for the accounting and alleged that the Land Settlement Board, as dyking commissioners, "illegally, negligently, recklessly, wrongfully and without authority and in breach of their duties as commissioners spent *large sums of money in constructing works within the Sumas dyking district." Their action in petitioning Ottawa goes back to Magna Charta for precedent, it being a principle of the British constitution that any subject may approach the king. Provincial legislation, it is claimed, removed any right of Sumas property owners affected by reclamation works to redress in the courts. It is upon *this that they are asking for the disallowance of the legislation, claiming that the legislation complained of is ultra vires. I would ask the Minister of Justice if this petition has been received; if so, will he have the correspondence laid on the table, and has he reached any decision in the matter?


LIB

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

Liberal

Hon. ERNEST LAPOINTE (Minister of Justice):

Mr. Speaker, I can assure my hon. friend that no decision has been reached. I will make the necessary inquiry and give him information to-morrow as to whether the petition has been received. If it is for the disallowance of an act of the legislature, of

fMr. Meighen.]

course it will have to be considered by the Governor in Council, and I do not know whether these documents could be tabled before such action is taken on them. However, I will make the necessary inquiry.

Topic:   PETITION FROM SUMAS LANDOWNERS
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CON

Henry Herbert Stevens

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STEVENS:

Just following what my

hon. friend has said, unless there is some constitutional objection, may we expect these documents to be laid on the table?

Topic:   PETITION FROM SUMAS LANDOWNERS
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE:

Certainly.

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THE BUDGET

CONTINUATION OF DEBATE ON THE ANNUAL FINANCIAL STATEMENT OF THE MINISTER OF FINANCE


The House resumed from Monday, April 26, 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 Wajrs and Means, and the proposed amendment thereto of Hon. R. J. Manion.


LIB

James Horace King (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Hon. J. H. KING (Kootenay, Minister of Public Works):

Topic:   THE BUDGET
Subtopic:   CONTINUATION OF DEBATE ON THE ANNUAL FINANCIAL STATEMENT OF THE MINISTER OF FINANCE
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CON

Robert James Manion

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MANION:

May I ask my hon. friend,

who on this side ever argued that it is bad to have an excess of exports over imports?

Topic:   THE BUDGET
Subtopic:   CONTINUATION OF DEBATE ON THE ANNUAL FINANCIAL STATEMENT OF THE MINISTER OF FINANCE
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PRO

John Warwick King

Progressive

Mr. KING (Kootenay):

I have heard that argument advanced on several occasions by hon. gentlemen opposite.

Topic:   THE BUDGET
Subtopic:   CONTINUATION OF DEBATE ON THE ANNUAL FINANCIAL STATEMENT OF THE MINISTER OF FINANCE
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CON

Robert James Manion

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MANION:

Never.

Topic:   THE BUDGET
Subtopic:   CONTINUATION OF DEBATE ON THE ANNUAL FINANCIAL STATEMENT OF THE MINISTER OF FINANCE
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PRO

John Warwick King

Progressive

Mr. KING (Kootenay):

Just wait a

moment. I have heard it argued by my hon. friends opposite that we should not sell our raw materials.

Topic:   THE BUDGET
Subtopic:   CONTINUATION OF DEBATE ON THE ANNUAL FINANCIAL STATEMENT OF THE MINISTER OF FINANCE
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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Hear, hear.

Topic:   THE BUDGET
Subtopic:   CONTINUATION OF DEBATE ON THE ANNUAL FINANCIAL STATEMENT OF THE MINISTER OF FINANCE
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Mr KING (Kootenay):

We will get to

that later.

Topic:   THE BUDGET
Subtopic:   CONTINUATION OF DEBATE ON THE ANNUAL FINANCIAL STATEMENT OF THE MINISTER OF FINANCE
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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

Get to it now.

Topic:   THE BUDGET
Subtopic:   CONTINUATION OF DEBATE ON THE ANNUAL FINANCIAL STATEMENT OF THE MINISTER OF FINANCE
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PRO

John Warwick King

Progressive

Mr. KING (Kootenay):

Certainly we are

selling raw materials. What nation does not? We are selling our wheat and our flour in the markets of the world. The United States sells her cotton and her oil in the markets of the world; and certainly crude oil is a raw product. So we are doing what every other nation is doing, we are exporting the excess of our raw materials that cannot be manufactured and sold at home; and no one will question the wisdom of that policy.

Topic:   THE BUDGET
Subtopic:   CONTINUATION OF DEBATE ON THE ANNUAL FINANCIAL STATEMENT OF THE MINISTER OF FINANCE
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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

Could the minister tell

us what proportion of our exports is raw material, and what proportion of United States exports is raw material?

Topic:   THE BUDGET
Subtopic:   CONTINUATION OF DEBATE ON THE ANNUAL FINANCIAL STATEMENT OF THE MINISTER OF FINANCE
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PRO

John Warwick King

Progressive

Mr. KING (Kootenay):

It^would not be difficult to find that information.

Topic:   THE BUDGET
Subtopic:   CONTINUATION OF DEBATE ON THE ANNUAL FINANCIAL STATEMENT OF THE MINISTER OF FINANCE
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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

I have it. That would

be very appropriate to give the House now.

Topic:   THE BUDGET
Subtopic:   CONTINUATION OF DEBATE ON THE ANNUAL FINANCIAL STATEMENT OF THE MINISTER OF FINANCE
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PRO

John Warwick King

Progressive

Mr. KING (Kootenay):

You can do it at the proper time, but not just now.

Topic:   THE BUDGET
Subtopic:   CONTINUATION OF DEBATE ON THE ANNUAL FINANCIAL STATEMENT OF THE MINISTER OF FINANCE
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April 27, 1926