Return showing the amount of customs duty collected in each province during the year ending March 31st, from 1921 to 1925 inclusive-Mr. Boivin.
Annual report of the Canadian Government Merchant Marine-Mr. Dunning.
DIVORCE ACT AMENDMENT
Mr. W. J. WARD (Dauphin) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 94 to amend the Divorce Act (domicile of married women).
The purpose of the bill is to establish equality of domicile as between man and wife. I think, probably, that no further explanation is required at this time. We are all quite familiar with the spirit of legislation of this kind at the present day. This is in keeping with the Women's Franchise Act, other divorce laws, and legislation pertaining to man and wife. The present bill is intended to " round out ", so to speak, equality of domicile as between man and wife.
I may say that I am familiar with this legislation, and have discussed it with the hon. gentleman who has just spoken. It seems to me that if this bill should be given its first reading we could, on the second reading, make such explanation as will enable the House to be seized of the whole circumstances.
I should like to ask the Minister of Justice a question, but seeing that he is not in his seat I will direct my question to the Prime Minister. Some time ago I asked the government to advise the House with regard to the report on the revision of the salaries of the civil service. I have asked that question on numerous occasions, but nothing definite has yet been brought down. I now have a telegram from Mr. C. Gardiner, general secretary of the Amalgamated Civil Servants of Canada, dated from Regina and addressed to myself, which reads as follows:
Amalgamated Civil Servants of Canada request immediate publication of the Civil Service Commission's report on salary revision and personnel boards. Request also staff side representation on Civil Service Commission when present vacancies are feeing filled.
I do not know whether the Prime Minister is ready to make a statement to-day, but as to the first part of this telegram, regarding the Civil Service Commission's report on salary revision, I think the House is entitled to a statement pretty soon. That matter has been standing for some considerable time.
A committee of council has been considering this report but unfortunately it is difficult to get a complete meeting of the committee just at the moment. I think I can promise my hon. friend that during the present week there will be plenty of opportunity to consider it. I would not like to say that the report itself will be published for some days to come, but the government will make an effort to have it considered forthwith.
Just a word of explanation. I do not wish to appear as being too unreasonable, but I would direct the Prime Minister's attention to the fact that it was, I think, in March that this question was brought up first.
May I be permitted to ask the Minister of Marine and Fisheries whether he is aware of the strong objection which has been aroused in British Columbia to the abandonment of the air patrol of the British Columbia salmon fishery areas. I would direct the attention of the minister particularly to a leading article which appears in the Vancouver Morning Star of 27th April, last. The Star, by the way, is a paper which supports the government. I will not attempt to read this article because it is quite lengthy, but I would crave the indulgence of the House while I read the headlines. They are as follows:
Salmon Fisheries in B.C. imperilled by lack of planes
Enforcement boats outstripped by fishing vessels of double speed-Poachers use unchartered waters-Lack of communication, with inexperienced crews on patrol boats, leave great areas at the mercy of violators-Replacement of three planes by seventeen additional seaboats boosts cost from $18,000 to $30,000, while service rendered is not comparable.
I should like to ask whether the minister is considering replacing the air patrol service? I can assure him from my information that that patrol service has been very effective.