March 1, 1927

RAILWAYS, CANALS AND TELEGRAPH LINES


Mr. A. M. YOUNG (Saskatoon) presented the first report of the select standing committee on railways, canals and telegraph lines as follows: Your committee have considered Bill No. 75, an Act respecting the Essex Terminal Railway Company, and have agreed to report the same without amendment. Your committee have also considered the following bills, and have agreed to report the same with amendments, viz: Bill No. 74, an Act respecting the Canadian Transit Company. Bill No. 68 (Letter Q-2 of the Senate) an Act to incorporate The Detroit and Windsor Subway Company.


UFA

Henry Elvins Spencer

United Farmers of Alberta

Mr. SPENCER:

I do not know whether I am in order or not, but I understood that at the first meeting of the railway committee a request was made that the minutes be kept of information obtained with regard to the Peace River railway. I did not observe that anything was mentioned to that effect in the report just read.

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LIB

Alexander MacGillivray Young

Liberal

Mr. YOUNG (Saskatoon):

That matter

has not yet been disposed of. As soom as it is it will be incorporated in the report.

Surplus Goods

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PRIVATE BILL

FIRST READING


Bill No. 110, to incorporate the President of the Lethbridge Stake.-Mr. Jelliff.


SPRAY LAKES DEVELOPMENT

LAB

Herbert Bealey Adshead

Labour

Mr. H. B. ADSHEAD (East Calgary):

With the leave of the House, and for the information of hon. members, I beg to table a number of photographs in connection with the development of the Spray lakes power project.

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DOMICILE OF MARRIED WOMEN IN DIVORCE PROCEEDINGS


Mr. W. J. WARD (Dauphin) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. Ill respecting the domicile of married women in proceedings for divorce. . He said: The House will recall that this identical bill was presented a year ago, but owing to the turmoil of the session it did not receive its first reading. In spite of all our social legislation of the last twenty-five or thirty years there is one phase of the status of women that still remains somewhat antiquated. The legislation governing the domicile of married women in Canada is based on a 'bill which passed the British House of Commons in 1856, and that in itself should be evidence that something further is required in Canada to place women more on an equality, in the matter of divorce proceedings, with the rights they enjoy in other respects. If the House will allow the bill to get its first reading it can be fully explained on the second reading. Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.


DEPARTMENTAL SUPPLIES AND SURPLUS GOODS


Mr. W. J. WARD (Dauphin) moved for leave to introduce a bill respecting the purchasing and disposal of departmental and other supplies and surplus goods. He said: I have prepared a short statement respecting this bill which will give the House sufficient information for the first reading. The purpose of the bill is to provide machinery for central purchasing of all supplies, materials, goods, stores, and] articles required by the government throughout the country, and for the disposal of surplus goods and junk, the property of the government. This bill simply proposes the re-grouping in a special department of all personnel engaged in this work now under the control of the several departments. There will be no increase in the present cost of performing the duties concerned. On the contrary, there will be a saving, which, it is estimated, will be ultimately about 40 per cent on the aggregate amount of the salaries at piesent paid. Under the present system each department has an organization to attend to purchasing, and I submit that the number of employees engaged in this work is too large. By bringing them all together, and by not filling vacancies occurring in the process of time the suggested saving of 40 per cent will be accomplished. Therefore, the usual objection of expense in the formation of a new department has no weight in this case, as there will be a decrease and not an increase in the * amount chargeable to civil government. Moreover, in addition to the estimated saving in the payroll, office space, and so forth, a greater economic benefit will result from the obtaining of more advantageous prices because of the fact of centralization. After careful consideration of conditions prevailing before the war, the salutary effect of the operation of the War Purchasing Commission and' its successors, I am convinced that there is a general difference of 20 per cent in favour of centralized purchasing to the best possible advantage, as against independent departmental purchasing under political patronage. With this short statement, Mr. Speaker I hope the House will be willing to allow this bill to pass and I will endeavour more fully to explain its value when its second reading comes up. Motion agreed to. On motion of Mr. Ward that the bill be read the first time:


CON

Hugh Guthrie (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. HUGH GUTHRIE (Leader of the Opposition):

I do not know what the bill

contains, Mr. Speaker, but judging by the title and the explanation just given I would like to point out that it may be in conflict with the rules of this House.

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LIB

Hewitt Bostock (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Will the hon. gentleman

state why? Is it because it involves expenditure?

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CON

Hugh Guthrie (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GUTHRIE:

And the disposal of government property as well.

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LIB

Hewitt Bostock (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Under the supervision of the departments. There is certainly a doubt, however, which I had in mind when the hon. gentleman was giving his explanation. We will let the matter stand.

Motion stands.

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GERMAN REPARATIONS


On the Orders of the Day:


CON

George Halsey Perley

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir GEORGE PERLEY (Argenteuil):

Referring to an answer given yesterday to a

Post Office Box Rentals

question of mine regarding claims for losses sustained by the civilian population in the war, and to an article on the same subject which appeared in the newspapers this morning, I would like to ask the government when we may expect a declaration of the policy they intend to submit for the consideration of the House in dealing with these claims.

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March 1, 1927