February 22, 1928

LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

Here again the first part of the question asks as to the intention of the government in the matter of establishing a bovine tuberculosis restricted area in the province of Nova Scotia, That part of the question we would like to have dropped until the matter is under discussion on the estimates.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   BOVINE TUBERCULOSIS-RESTRICTED AREAS
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LIB

Hewitt Bostock (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

All but the first part of the question stands.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   BOVINE TUBERCULOSIS-RESTRICTED AREAS
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CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS-BRANCH LINES PROGRAM

UFA

Henry Elvins Spencer

United Farmers of Alberta

Mr. SPENCER:

Does the government intend to introduce a three-year branch railway program for the Canadian National Railways this session?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS-BRANCH LINES PROGRAM
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

That is another question of the kind to which I have alluded. I would ask that this question be dropped, and the same with respect to the next question, standing in the name of the hon. member for St. John-Albert (Mr. MacLaren), with respect to the intention of the government as to a system of statistics of trade in the maritime provinces.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS-BRANCH LINES PROGRAM
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LIB

Hewitt Bostock (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Dropped.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS-BRANCH LINES PROGRAM
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QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS

GOVERNMENT STEAMERS-COAL SUPPLIES

CON

Mr. SMITH (Cumberland):

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. How much coal did the Lady Laurier, Arleaux and all other government steamers on the Atlantic coast government service use during 1927 and up to the present, in 1928?

2. What proportion was United States coal?

3. What proportion was Canadian coal?

4. What are the names of individual persons, or firms, supplying this coal?

5. What price was paid?

6. Was the coal supplied by tender, contract, or otherwise ?

7. Where and when was the coal delivered?

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   GOVERNMENT STEAMERS-COAL SUPPLIES
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IMPORTED MANUFACTURED PRODUCTS-FIXED VALUATION

PRO

Mr. FANSHER (East Lambton):

Progressive

1. Under the authority given in the revised statutes of Canada, 1927, chapter 42, section 43, has a fixed value, for duty purposes, been placed on any manufactured products imported into Canada during 1927?

2. If so, what were the products and what was the fixed value in each case?

The Mexican Situation

3. On what natural products imported into Canada during the year 1927 was a fixed value placed when calculating the duty thereupon?

4. What was the fixed value placed on each product ?

5. For what period of time did each fixed value apply?

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   IMPORTED MANUFACTURED PRODUCTS-FIXED VALUATION
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PREVENTIVE SERVICE-NOVA SCOTIA

CON

Mr. MacNUTT:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. How many preventive officers of all classes were engaged by the government or any department thereof in the province of Nova Scotia during 1927?

2. What are their respective names, addresses, and salaries?

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   PREVENTIVE SERVICE-NOVA SCOTIA
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THE MEXICAN SITUATION

CON

Thomas Langton Church

Conservative (1867-1942)

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

For a copy of all correspondence, telegrams, and all other communications between the government of Canada or any member thereof, or any other Canadian official, and any person or persons concerning the utterances and letters of the Mexican consul at Toronto, L. Medina Barron, arising out of the recent visit to Mexico of Sir Henry Thornton, president of the Canadian National Railways.

Topic:   THE MEXICAN SITUATION
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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):

Mr. Speaker, I should

like to repeat what I said the other day when a similar motion was called, namely, that I do not think it is in the public interest that this correspondence should be brought down. May I say that the correspondence, in part, consists of resolutions from Orange lodges and, in part, of resolutions from Catholic organizations, practically all of which have already appeared in the press. So far as that part of the correspondence is concerned, it is already public. As to the remainder, much of it I regard as extreme in its phraseology and of a character calculated to provoke unnecessary controversy, and calculated to be very much misunderstood both in this country and abroad.

I have the correspondence here. I shall be very glad to have my hon. friend opposite, the leader of the opposition (Mr. Bennett) look it over, and if he wishes to have it tabled, well and good. I make the same suggestion with regard to the member for Acadia (Mr. Gardiner)-or for that matter any other member of the house. But I do not think so far as the general public and outside world are concerned that it is desirable that this correspondence should be made public, and I hope in view of what I have said that my hon. friend from Toronto Northwest (Mr. Church)-I shall be glad to let him see the correspondence-will see the wisdom of dropping the motion.

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Topic:   THE MEXICAN SITUATION
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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. R. B. BENNETT (Leader of the Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, this is a starred

motion and not debatable.

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LIB
CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

No. One of two things

should now happen. The motion not being debatable, we are precluded from discussing it in any sense. The Prime Minister therefore should agree to it or ask that the hoe. member for Toronto Northwest make it a motion for papers, so that it would be debatable. That is the obvious answer to the position now taken. Since no one may debate this motion, clearly the only way in which it could be debated would be on a motion for papers which is not a starred motion. On the other hand, if I might be permitted, Mr. Speaker, I would say that the observations made by the right hon. Prime Minister offering facilities to every member of the house to inspect the correspondence if he so desires, in my judgment more than amply meet the situation, and I trust my hon. friend from Toronto Northwest will adopt the suggestion.

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CON

Thomas Langton Church

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CHURCH:

Mr. Speaker, notwithstanding what has been said this afternoon, I submit that the rules of the house as laid down for parliamentary procedure require the production of these papers. I have now one motion-all I am allowed-on the order paper. No doubt the Prime Minister-

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February 22, 1928