May 31, 1926

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Mr. J. S. WOODS W O RTH@Winnipeg North Centre

Will the Minister of Finance (Mr. Robb) state whether on July 1st next Canada will revert fully to the gold standard, or is there to be introduced any legislation modifying the present Finance Act?

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LIB

James Alexander Robb (Minister of Trade and Commerce; Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Hon. J. A. ROBB (Minister of Finance):

I have no intention of introducing any legislation, and automatically Canada will go on a gold basis on the 1st of July.

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INQUIRY FOR RETURN SCREENINGS


On the Orders of the Day:


CON

Robert Rogers

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. ROBERT ROGERS (South Winnipeg) :

I would draw the attention of the Minister of Agriculture (Mr. Motherwell) to the fact that on May 17th the following order of the House was passed:

For a copy of all orders' dn council, letters, telegrams and other documents relative to the purchase of screenings during the years 1917 to 1921, inclusive, along with a statement showing the firms from which the said screenings were purchased, the amount from

each firm, the price paid, to whom sold, the amount to each firm and the price in each case.

I would ask when we may expect this return.

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LIB

William Richard Motherwell (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Hon. W. R. MOTHERWELL (Minister of Agriculture):

Getting this information is

rather a long process. I was speaking to my deputy about it a week ago, and he said it would be ready in the next two weeks, which would be a week from now. I will make further inquiries and try to expedite the return.

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NOVA SCOTIA COAL

REPORTED STATEMENT OF MR. FORKE


On the Orders of the Day:


CON

Thomas Cantley

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. THOMAS CANTLEY (Pictou):

I

would like to ask the Minister of Mines a question based on an article which appears in this morning's issue of the Ottawa Journal, contributed by the Canadian Press. It refers to an interview with the leader of the group to my left, and among other things quotes the hon. member for Brandon (Mr. Forke) as follows:

Western fanners, Mr. Forke said, were quite favourably inJolmed toward the tariff reduction on automobiles, but the problem of protection was a difficult one.

"We are supposed to be low tariff men,'' said Mr. Forke, "but in practice it is difficult to carry out theories. Take the coal and steel industries in Nova Scotia, for instance. The simple fact is that the mines there are not economically sound. Coal is produced at an excessive cost, and when it is produced it is poor in quality."

I shall not continue further, but I would ask the Minister of Mines if his attention has been called to this matter, and if he will take any steps to induce his colleague the commander of the left wing of this government to make the amende honourable in connection with a statement of this kind, iwhich, as a matter of fact, is an absolute misstatement of fact and contains three libels in regard to the premier industry of the province of Nova Scotia.

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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 (Minister of the Interior):

Of course, I do not read the

Journal; I read the Citizen. I did not see the article in question-

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CON

Eccles James Gott

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GOTT:

The Citizen had it too.

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LIB

Charles A. Stewart (Minister of Immigration and Colonization; Minister of Mines; Minister of the Interior; Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. STEWART (Edmonton):

I missed it then. All I have to say is that I can be responsible only for my own statements. I suppose that what my hon. friend is taking exception to is the statement with reference to the quality of Nova Scotia coal.

Dexter P. Cooper Company

Mr. MEIGHE'N: Is there no such thing

as cabinet responsibility extending to the hon. member for Brandon?

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LIB

Charles A. Stewart (Minister of Immigration and Colonization; Minister of Mines; Minister of the Interior; Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. STEWART (Edmonton):

I nearly

got into trouble the other day by butting into a discussion in the House, and I would commend to my right hon. friend the wisdom of refraining from such a course.

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THE CANADIAN DEXTER P. COOPER COMPANY


Mr. R. B. HANSON (York-Sunbury) moved the third reading of Bill No. 93, to incorporate The Canadian Dexter P. Cooper Company.


LIB

James Alexander Robb (Minister of Trade and Commerce; Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Hon. J. A. ROBB (Minister of Finance):

Mr. Speaker, my attention has only now been palled to this bill. I suppose it has been carefully considered by the private bills committee, but I notice that under the bill the company asks the right to sell power not only in Canada but in the United States. I would like to know from the promoter of the bill, who is a good lawyer, what will happen under the terms of the act of 1907 if the government determines not to allow the export of power, if, for instance, the province of New Brunswick determine they cannot export power.

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CON

Richard Burpee Hanson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HANSON:

The direct answer to that

in this connection would be that under this bill the power itself will not be generated in Canada, but the storage, nine-tenths of the storage, I should say, will be in Canada, and a new section was inserted in the bill in the Private Bills committee whereby all these matters will have to receive the imprimatur not only of the International Joint Commission but also of the Governor in Council of Canada. The provisions of the Export of Electricity Act have been made to apply to this bill, in the same way as the provisions of the Navigable Waters Protection Act.

I might say for the information of the House and of the minister that the bill was considered at three or four long sessions of the Private Bills committee and we gave that aspect, as well as other aspects of this bill, our very best consideration, and finally we adopted as a new section 16 provisions which will in my opinion at all events absolutely safeguard Canadian interests. If they are not safeguarded I wish the House would safeguard them; but so far as I am aware they are already definitely safeguarded. The matter is left in the hands of the Minister of Public Works with respect to navigation; in the jiands of the Minister of Marine and Fisheries with respect to fisheries; in the hands of the Minister of the Interior with respect to power;

in the hands of the International Joint Commission with respect to the division of power; and finally the approval of the Governor in Council must be secured before anything is done. Therefore I think we have done all we can to protect Canadian rights.

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LIB

Charles Marcil

Liberal

Mr. MARCIL:

The bill has not been reprinted. Will the hon. gentleman read the clause in question?

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CON

Richard Burpee Hanson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HANSON:

I understand the bill has been reprinted. The section in question is a new section-section 16.

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May 31, 1926