February 9, 1927

NATURAL RESOURCES-PRAIRIE PROVINCES PETITION PRESENTED BY HON. MR. EDWARDS

CON

John Wesley Edwards

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. J. W. EDWARDS (Frontenac-Addington):

I have the honour to present a

petition, addressed to the Prime Minister, the cabinet and members of the House of Commons, earnestly requesting that their natural resources be transferred to the prairie provinces at the earliest possible moment, without restrictions or limitations of the said provinces as to the complete control of their educational or other local affairs. The petition is signed by fifty electors of Chatsworth, Ontario; by fifty-seven electors of Lambton county, Ontario; by twenty-one electors of Kamloops, British Columbia; by fifty-two electors of Walkerton, Ontario; and by sixty-two electors of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

Topic:   NATURAL RESOURCES-PRAIRIE PROVINCES PETITION PRESENTED BY HON. MR. EDWARDS
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ESTIMATES FOR 1926-27


A message from His Excellency the Governor General, transmitting estimates for the year ending March 31, 1927, was presented by Hon. J. A. Robb (Minister of Finance), read by Mr. Speaker to the House, and referred to the committee of supply.


BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

WEDNESDAY SITTINGS

LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):

With respect to the motion I made yesterday regarding Wednesday sittings, I understand that the leader of the opposition (Mr. Guthrie) is agreeable to having it presented again to-day in the form it was intended to be put:

That on Wednesday, the 16th instant, and every subsequent Wednesday until the end of the session, the House shall meet at three o'clock in the afternoon.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   WEDNESDAY SITTINGS
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Motion agreed to.


POST OFFICE ACT AMENDMENT


Mr. T. L. CHURCH (Toronto Northwest) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 47, to amend the Post Office Act (newspaper ownership). He said: Mr. Speaker, the object of this amendment is to provide for a uniform law for newspapers in regard to the use of the mails, similar to those acts in the mother country, Australia and the United States. The proposed bill requires sworn semi-annual statements from all newspapers, magazines, trade journals and other periodicals which contain articles designed to influence public opinion, giving the names and addresses of editors, owners and stockholders. There is a proviso that this act shall not apply to religious, fraternal, temperance, scientific, or other such publications, and the names of the small stockholders are not required to be given. A copy of these sworn statements must be published in such newspapers or othei publications, and paid editorials and othei reading matter for which money is paid must be plainly marked "advertisement". Failing this, such publications shall be denied the use of the mails. Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.


RAILWAL ACT AMENDMENT


Mr. T. L. CHURCH (Toronto Northwest) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 48, to amend The Railway Act, 1919 (special rates on coal). He said: The object of this bill is to assist the establishment of a national coal supply for Canada and to provide a remedy for the provinces supplying the coal market-that is, the maritimes and Alberta. At present grain and flour are carried on a special preferential basis, and since coal is almost as necessary as flour and grain, it should be carried on the same basis. The bill seeks to establish a national coal policy for Canada. This country Questions



owns the railways and the merchant marine; in the coal question the matter of transportation plays a very large part, and the object of this bill is to place the carrying of coal on a preferential basis with grain and flour. Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.


BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

SENATE BILLS PROCEDURE

LIB

Hewitt Bostock (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

I have not called the first reading of Senate bills because on December 15 the examiner of petitions for private bills made a special report on most of these bills, and on the remainder to-day, to the effect that while the rule regarding publication of notice had been fully complied with last year, no notice has been published in reference to any of them this year.

Under the provisions of rule 96, subsection 2, the petitions and the above mentioned report stand automatically referred to the committee on standing orders for a recommendation as to the action the House should take; under the circumstances these bills should not be proceeded with until the report of the committee has been received. I have no doubt that the committee will report that these bills be favourably taken into consideration by the House, but we must follow the rules.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   SENATE BILLS PROCEDURE
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QUESTIONS


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk).


SALES TAX ARREARS

CON

Mr. HOCKEN:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. How many firms in the Dominion were in default in payment of the sales tax on December 1, 1926?

2. What is the number so in default in each province?

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Subtopic:   SALES TAX ARREARS
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February 9, 1927