January 26, 1928

SECOND SESSION-SIXTEENTH PARLIAMENT 18 GEORGE V, 1928 VOLUME I, 1928 COMPRISING THE PERIOD FROM THE TWENTY-SIXTH DAY OF JANUARY, 1928, TO THE TWELFTH DAY OF MARCH, 1928, INCLUSIVE BEING VOLUME CLXXVII FOR THE PERIOD 1875-1928 INDEX ISSUED IN A SEPARATE VOLUME OTTAWA F. A. ACLAND PRINTER TO THE KING'S MOST EXCELLENT MAJESTY 1928 CANADA


House of Commons Hebates



Thursday, January 26, 1928


SECOND SESSION-SIXTEENTH PARLIAMENT-OPENING


The parliament which had been prorogued from time to time to the 26th day of January, 1928, met this day at Ottawa, for the despatch of business. Mr. SPEAKER read a communication from the Governor General's Secretary, announcing that His Excellency the Governor General would proceed to the Senate chamber at three p.m. on this day, for the purpose of formally opening the session of the Dominion parliament. A message was delivered by Major A. R. Thompson, Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, as follows: Mr. Speaker, His Excellency the Governor General desires the immediate attendance of this honourable house in the chamber of the honourable the Senate. Accordingly the house went up to the Senate chamber. And the house beinlg returned to the Commons chamber:


VACANCIES

LIB

Hewitt Bostock (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

I have the honour to inform the house that during the recess I received communications from several members, notifying me that the following vacancies had occurred in the representation, viz.:

Of the Hon. James Kidd Flemming, member for the electoral district of Victoria-Car-leton, by decease, and of George Spence, Esquire, member for the electoral district of Maple Creek, by resignation.

I accordingly issued my several warrants to the Chief Electoral Officer to make out new writs of election for the said electoral districts, respectively.

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NEW MEMBERS

CERTIFICATES OF ELECTION

LIB

Hewitt Bostock (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

I have the honour to inform the house that the Clerk of the house 56103-1

has received from the Chief Electoral Officer certificates of the election and return of the following members, viz.:

Of Albion Roudolph Foster, Esquire, for the electoral district of Victoria-Carleton.

Of George Spotton, Esquire, for the electoral district of North Huron.

Of William George Bock, Esquire, for the electoral district of Maple Creek.

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INTRODUCTION


Albion Roudolph Foster, Esquire, member for the electoral district of Victoria-Carleton, introduced by Right Hon. W. L. Mackenzie King and Hon. P. J. Veniot. George Spotton, Esquire, member for the electoral district of North Huron, introduced by Hon. R. B. Bennett and Hon. Hugh Guthrie. William George Bock, Esquire, member for the electoral district of Maple Creek, introduced by Right Hon. W. L. Mackenzie King and Hon. W. R. Motherwell.


OATHS OF OFFICE


Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 1, respecting the administration of oaths of office. Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.


GOVERNOR GENERAL'S SPEECH

LIB

Hewitt Bostock (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

I have the honour to inform the house that when the house did attend His Excellency the Governor General this day in the Senate chamber, His Excellency was pleased to make a speech to both houses of parliament. To prevent mistakes I have obtained a copy, which is as follows: Honourable Members of the Senate:

Members of the House of Commons:

It affords me much pleasure to meet you at the commencement of another session of parliament and to be able to congratulate you upon the marked prosperity of the country. The volume of trade and of building construction, the growth in employment, the increased railway receipts, the expanding revenues, and business conditions generally, all bear testimony to a sound economic development which promises much in the way of substantial progress.

Governor General's Speech

The celebrations of the sixtieth anniversary of confederation, held during the past summer, were of a memorable character. They evoked in all parts of the Dominion a spirit of national pride and patriotism. Related to the commemoration. and outstanding among the events of the year, was the visit of Their Highnesses the Prince of Wales and Prince George, and the Prime Minister of Great Britain. The welcome everywhere accorded the representatives of the Royal Family and the representative of the British parliament evidenced the strength of the ties which unite in a common allegiance the members of the British commonwealth of nations.

Striking recognition has been accorded Canada's position in the League of Nations through the selection of Canada by the assembly to a non-permanent seat on the council of the league.

As contemplated by the conclusions of the Imperial conference of 1926, provision was made on July 1 for direct communication between His Majesty's government in Canada and His Majesty's other governments of the British Empire. The further implementing of these conclusions which aim at more effective consultation through personal contact by the appointment to Canada of a representative of His Majesty's government in Great Britain is being discussed between the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs in Great Britain, who is at present in Canada, and members of my government. By agreement between the governments of France and Canada and the governments of Japan and Canada it is proposed that each of these countries shall be represented in the other by a minister plenipotentiary.

Following the announcement made during the last session of parliament, a conference was convened at Ottawa in November between the Dominion government and the governments of the provinces of Canada. It is the opinion of my advisers that this conference proved of the utmost value in facilitating a full and free exchange of views between the participating governments on problems of mutual interest and concern. Your attention will be invited during the present session to some of the more important matters discussed at the conference.

As a result of the Dominion-Provincial conference, my advisers have decided, pending a complete revision of the financial arrangements as contemplated by the Duncan report, to recommend the continuance to the maritime provinces of the money grants made at the last session. In the light of the discussions at the conference, my ministers are continuing negotiations with the prairie provinces for the return of their natural resources and are giving consideration to the restoration to the province of British Columbia of the lands of the railway belt and the Peace River block. Consideration is also being given to the railway problems of the several provinces, as outlined at the conference.

The work of reconditioning that portion of the Hudson Bay railway previously constructed has been finished. After most careful examination and consideration, and upon the best advice obtainable, Churchill has been selected as the ocean terminus of the Bay route. A contract has been let for the grading and bridging of the railway extension to Churchill and preparations looking to the establishment of the necessary harbour works there are well advanced.

There has been a substantial increase in the number of British immigrants as well as in the number of immigrants of a suitable type from the continent of Europe. Steps have been taken towmrds closer co-operation with the provincial governments in land settlement, placement and supervisory work. Several provincial centres have already been established for the reception and distribution of British youths for agricultural work, and a constructive settlement scheme has been put into force for settlers of this class.

The opening of new territory by the construction of branch lines of railway is proceeding rapidly, and is providing wider opportunities for settlement. .

Harbour commissions have been established at the ports of St. John and Halifax. This, it is expected, will facilitate and expand the movement of traffic through Atlantic seaports. The volume of trade at other Canadian ports during the past season has increased. In grain shipments, the port of Montreal attained a preeminent position among world ocean ports.

Much progress has been made in the development of aviation in the Dominion. An organization has been established for the administration of civil aviation, distinct from that of the air force. To assist in the development of transoceanic air routes, a site for an airship base has been purchased near Montreal. An airship mooring tower will be erected and a public air terminal for aeroplanes provided.

In the postal service the year has been marked by the inauguration of an air mail service between Rimouski and Montreal.

Satisfactory progress has been made in the organization of the Department of National Revenue. The final report of the Royal Commission on Customs and Excise will be presented immediately for your consideration, and legislation based upon the report will be introduced.

It is proposed to amalgamate the Departments of Health and Soldiers' Civil Re-estab-lishmgnt in a single department of National Health and Veterans' Welfare.

"A proclamation has been issued bringing the revised statutes of Canada into force on the first day of February, and copies of the new revision will be available for the present session.

Among other important matters to which your attention will be invited will be measures providing for more favourable trade relations between Canada and certain foreign countries, and for substantial assistance to and improved facilities for industrial and scientific research.

Members of the House of Commons:

The public accounts for the last fiscal year and the estimates for the coming year will be submitted at an early date.

Honourable Members of the Senate:

- Members of the House of Commons:

In again inviting your careful consideration of the important matters which will engage your attention. I pray that Divine Providence may guide and bless your deliberations.

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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 speech of His Excellency the Gorvernor General to both houses of parliament be taken into consideration on Friday next.

Leader of the Opposition

and that this order have precedence over all other business, except the introduction of bills, until disposed of.

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Motion agreed to.


LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION

CONGRATULATIONS EXTENDED TO MR. BENNETT -TRIBUTE TO MR. GUTHRIE

January 26, 1928