March 8, 1927

PRIVATE BILL

FIRST READING


Bill No. 120, respecting Joliette and Northern Railway Company.-Mr. Denis (Joliette).


COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE

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) moved:

That the names of Messrs. Bancroft and Rutherford be substituted for those of Messrs. Glen and Roberge on the select standing committee on agriculture and colonization.

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Motion agreed to.


PRIVILEGES AND ELECTIONS COMMITTEE

LIB

Jean-Joseph Denis

Liberal

Mr. J. J. DENIS (Joliette) moved:

That the quorum of the select standing committee on privileges and elections be reduced from fifteen to eight members.

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Privileges and Elections Committee

He said: I think I should give some explanation regarding this motion. Each year a striking committee is appointed to nominate the select standing committees and that committee has the power to determine what shall be the quorum of a standing committee of the House. In some cases that committee provides what shall be a quorum and in other cases it does not. The quorum was not fixed this year for the standing committee on privileges and elections; therefore a quorum should be a majority of the committee, and as there are twenty-nine members the quorum stands at fifteen. On the 2nd, 3rd and 8th March this committee on privileges and elections was called. Unfortunately we have been unable on each of these occasions to secure a quorum; therefore there is no report of the committee before the House, as we could not make a report until a quorum had been obtained. The members of that committee who were present at the different meetings suggested to me that I, as chairman, should move to have the quorum of the committee reduced, because the members of the committee were afraid that if the quorum remained at fifteen it would be very difficult if not impossible for the committee to sit this session. That is the reason I am making this motion. By way of comparison, I might draw the attention of hon. members to the fact that the standing committee on railways, canals and telegraph lines is composed of 129 members and the quorum has been fixed at 25, less than 20 per cent. The private bills committee is composed of 65 members, and the quorum has been placed at 10. lhe committee on standing orders is composed of 33 members and the quorum is fixed at 7.

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CON

Hugh Guthrie (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GUTHRIE:

I do not know whether

I am right or not, but I think this is one of the motions of which notice should be given. I have not had time to consult anyone in regard to the matter or to consider the effect of the motion. The standing committee on privileges and elections is one of the important committees of the House. Matters which come before it as a rule are of very great consequence, and I think that a quorum of eight to transact the business of that committee is very small. I know in past years we have had great difficulty in getting a quorum in the committee on privileges and elections, we had the same difficulty the year before last, and four years ago we had great difficulty. If my hon. friend will allow this motion to stand for say two days, perhaps we can come to some arrangement in the meantime. I would not like to pronounce formally upon it without further consideration.

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LIB

Hewitt Bostock (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Under rule 40 notice of

this motion must be given, therefore the motion will have to stand.

Motion stands.

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NATURAL RESOURCES-WESTERN PROVINCES

CON

John Wesley Edwards

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. J. W. EDWARDS (Frontenac-Adding-ton):

I desire to present petitions signed by

some three thousand electors of the provinces of Nova Scotia, Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan, requesting that their natural resources should be transferred to the prairie provinces at the earliest possible moment, without restriction or limitation as to the complete control of their educational or other local affairs.

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MARINE AND FISHERIES COMMITTEE

LIB

William Duff

Liberal

Mr. WILLIAM DUFF (Antigonish-Guys-boro) moved:

That the annual report of the Minister of Marine and Fisheries for the fiscal year 1925-26 and the annual report of the Fisheries branch of the said department be referred to the select standing committee on marine and fisheries.

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Motion agreed to.


WEST INDIES TRADE AGREEMENT

ORGANIZATION OF COMPANY TO PROVIDE STEAMSHIP SERVICE


Hon. CHARLES A. DUNNING (Minisler of Railways) moved that the House go into committee at the next sitting to consider the following proposed resolution: Resolved, 1. That it is expedient to bring in a measure to provide or arrange through a company to bo formed under the Companies Act, for a mail, passenger and freight service, in accordance with the West Indies trade agreement, 1926. 2. That the securities to be issued by the company may be guaranteed by the Dominion as to principal and interest to an amount not exceeding, without the authority of parliament, an aggregate of $10,000,000. 3. That the proceeds of sale or disposition of the securities shall be deposited to the credit of the Minister of Finance; and the entire stock ownership of the company shall be issued to His Majesty in the right of the Dominion in consideration of the guarantee. 4. That any of the boats now operated by the Canadian Government Merchant Marine, Limited, may be transferred to the company on a reasonable valuation and on terms to be approved by the governor in council, and if transferred to be operated by individual companies, such companies shall issue to the company all their capital stock to indemnify the crown against liability in respect of the guarantee. Imperial Government Supplies for China He said: His Excellency the Governor General having been made acquainted with the subject matter of this resolution, recommends it to the favourable consideration of the House. Motion agreed to.


ALLIED INDIAN TRIBES OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

JOINT COMMITTEE TO INQUIRE INTO CLAIMS

March 8, 1927