February 1, 1928

ROYAL MILITARY COLLEGE OF CANADA


Hon. J. L. RALSTON (Minister of National Defence) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 13, respecting the Royal Military College of Canada.


CON
LIB

James Layton Ralston (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. RALSTON:

The object of this bill is to bring the provisions of the act respecting the Royal Military College of Canada up to date and in line with the necessities regarding the appointment of the civilian staff in accordance with the provisions of the Civil Service Act, with respect to the qualifications required for students entering the college and also with regard to the financial provisions which for a long time have been out of line with requirements.

Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.

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DEATH OF EARL HAIG


On the orders of the day:


CON

Thomas Langton Church

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. T. L. CHURCH (Toronto Northwest):

In view of the death of Earl Haig I would like to ask the government whether in his honour the flags on the House of Commons and on all other federal buildings in Canada will be halfmasted and whether the house should not adjourn for one hour during the time of his funeral.

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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):

Before answering my hon.

friend's question I would like to have a word with His Honour, the Speaker.

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CUSTOMS INQUIRY COMMISSION


On the orders of the day:


UFA

Edward Joseph Garland

United Farmers of Alberta

Mr. E. J. GARLAND (Bow River):

I have in my hand a copy of the report Of the Royal Commission an Customs and Excise. Is the government prepared to bring down and lay on the table of the house the ten interim reports which preceded this?

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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):

The government has no

objection to laying on the table the ten interim reports, beyond this that three of the reports contain references to firms against which it is recommended that prosecution should be commenced. What the result of those prosecutions will be it is difficult at this stage to state. It may be that these concerns will not suffer as a result of the charges brought against them, and the administration felt it was worth while considering whether or not in the interim publicity should be given to the names and to the references to them. What 1 would suggest is that seven of the reports which do not contain references of that kind might be tabled at once. As a matter of fact they are all bound in one volume and I was having them separated for that reason so that I could lay seven of them on the table at once and furnish my hon. friends, the leader of the opposition and the leader of the Progressive party, with the other three which they can distribute amongst the members. If it is thought well to lay them on the table and thereby make them accessible to the press, the government has no objection, but that has been the occasion of the hesitancy.

I will see that the seven are placed on the table to-morrow and that the other three are given in the interim to the leaders of the respective parties.

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UFA

Edward Joseph Garland

United Farmers of Alberta

Mr. GARLAND (Bow River):

I do not

wish to appear in any way too hard in this matter but I would like to ask the Prime Minister whether or not the prosecution is to take place in camera. If not, I see no reason for withholding the evidence contained in the three reports to which he has referred because the names of the firms concerned will be made public in any event.

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FARMERS BANK


On the orders of the day:


CON

Robert King Anderson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. K. ANDERSON (Halton):

I would like to ask the Minister of Finance whether the Farmers Bank has been definitely wound up and a financial statement received from the liquidator.

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LIB

James Alexander Robb (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

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

I will take a note of my hon. friend's question and give him a reply to-morrow. I shall have to consult the representative of the exchequer court who is handling the matter.

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PEACE RIVER RAILWAY OUTLET


On the orders of the day:


UFA

Donald MacBeth Kennedy

United Farmers of Alberta

Mr. D. M. KENNEDY (Peace River):

I

would like to ask the Minister of Railways

The Address-Mr. Pouliot [DOT]

whether the survey of the passes between the Peace River country and the Pacific coast have been completed and a report made. If so, will the report be laid on the table of the house.

Hon. CHARLES A. DUNNING (Minister of Railways and Canals): The survey to

which I referred last session has been made with respect to the Peace River pass. I have just received from Sir Henry Thornton a copy of the engineers' report and I shall be very glad to let my hon. friend see it. I do not see any reason why it should not be laid on the table of the house.

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February 1, 1928