ATHABASKA ELECTION-QUESTION AS TO MEETING OF COMMITTEE
On the orders of the day:
Mr. J. J. DENIS (Joliette):
On the orders of the day yesterday the leader of the opposition (Mr. Bennett) requested an explanation regarding the sittings of the committee on privileges and elections. I did not at the time gather the full purport of the question and I asked to be allowed to give the hon. gentleman an answer last night at eight o'clock. Inasmuch as the house was in committee of the whole on resumption at eight o'clock I had no opportunity of making a statement on the matter, and I should like to do So now. I have read Hansard carefully and I find that the leader of the opposition stated that according to the votes and proceedings on May 3 the committee on privileges and elections had been called for Tuesday, May 8 -that is, to-day-while, according to the votes and proceedings of the next day, May 4, the committee is now scheduled to meet on May 10 instead. The hon. member asks for an explanation, and he follows this up with the statement that he had already made arrangements to be present on May 8, this change in dates being of course inconvenient to him. I may offer this explanation. The last day on which the committee met was Thursday, May 3, and when the committee rose, to resume at the call of the chair, I immediately went to the clerk and asked him to reserve, as the date of the next meeting, May 8. This was suggested tentatively because I was not sure at the time whether certain documents which are expected from the Attorney General of the province of Alberta would be available on that date. Nevertheless, seeing that we have experienced considerable difficulty and a good deal of trouble in getting together not only this but other committees, and as there are not sufficient rooms available for the committees, I deemed it wise to retain May 8 as the next date of meeting. I thought it best to reserve that date at once and I asked the clerk to arrange accordingly. I was not then aware that the mere fact of my asking the clerk to reserve May 8 would mean the printing of that date in the votes and proceedings as
the next date of meeting. Unfortunately this was done, and the following day, May 4, being afraid that the documents for which we were waiting would not be available on May 8, and not wishing to have the committee meet unnecessarily, I went back to the clerk and requested him to make it May 10 instead of May 8. There might be a further explanation regarding the necessity for the documents to which I have referred, but I do not think that my hon. friend's question bears any relation to that. As regards the inconvenience caused the hon. gentleman, I express my regret. It is my mistake and I am sorry.
Topic: PRIVILEGES AND ELECTIONS
Subtopic: ATHABASKA ELECTION-QUESTION AS TO MEETING OF COMMITTEE
asking the minister a question. Has his attention been called to the press reports regarding the McConachie family? These reports state that Mrs. McConachie is sailing for Canada, leaving the infant in charge of an aunt. The reports also state that the child has considerably improved in health, which bears out the statement by medical men, when representations were made to the minister, that they could not with any degree of certainty certify as to the mental condition of the child. In view of these reports, will the Minister of Immigration make an effort now to rehabilitate this family and restore the mother and child to the father and the other children?
by my hon. friend from Parry Sound (Mr. Arthurs) yesterday regarding the levels of lake Nipissing, I desire to say that a communication has been received on the subject and that the present levels, according to our information, are due entirely to natural causes, the dams having been wide open ever since last November.
INTERNATIONAL PEACE TREATY On the orders of the day:
to answer specific questions my hon. friend might care to ask when the matter is under discussion. I should think the best time to discuss it would be on the estimates of the Department of External Affairs. I hope that will be very soon.