May 8, 1928

CON

Robert King Anderson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. K. ANDERSON (Halton):

I would like to ask the Minister of National Defence when I may expect an answer to an order for return in connection with the Halton Rifles, which was passed on April 11?

Topic:   THE McCONACHIE CASE
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LIB

James Layton Ralston (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Hon. J. L. RALSTON (Minister of National Defence):

I will inquire immediately, and I have no doubt the return will be ready soon.

Topic:   THE McCONACHIE CASE
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PENSION ACT AMENDMENT


Hon. J. H. KING (Minister of Health) moved that the house go into committee to consider the following proposed resolution: Pension Act



Resolved, that it is expedient to amend the Pension Act to provide for the amendments reported to the house by the special committee, and for such other amendments as may be necessary in consequence of the amalgamation of the Department of Soldiers' Civil Re-establishment with the Department of Health. Motion agreed to and the house went into committee, Mr. Johnston in the chair.


CON

John Arthur Clark

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CLARK:

I would ask the minister if the bill has been printed and distributed?

Topic:   PENSION ACT AMENDMENT
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John Warwick King

Mr. KING (Kootenay):

The bill has been printed, and as soon as the resolution is adopted the bill will be introduced and distributed.

Topic:   PENSION ACT AMENDMENT
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UFA

Robert Gardiner

United Farmers of Alberta

Mr. GARDINER:

I would suggest that

the minister explain the nature of the proposed legislation.

Topic:   PENSION ACT AMENDMENT
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John Warwick King

Mr. KING (Kootenay):

As the house

knows, when pension matters were under discussion last session it was understood that during this session a special committee would be appointed to include members of all groups in this house, Which would make an inquiry into certain matters which had been brought to the attention of the Department of Soldiers' Civil Re-establishment by various soldier and other organizations throughout the country dealing with pension legislation. That committee was appointed at the earliest possible moment this session, and they have been meeting practically day by day, taking evidence and hearing the representations of those interested in pension matters. After hearing that evidence and those representations they have brought forward certain amendments to the Pension Act which are embodied in a bill to be presented to the house after this resolution is accepted. I believe the committee have given very careful consideration to these questions, and I have been advised that the amendments proposed have been unanimously agreed upon by the committee. Therefore I hope the house may find it possible to accept these amendments.

Resolution reported, read the second time and concurred in. Mr. King (Kootenay) thereupon moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 289, to amend the Pension Act.

Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.

Topic:   PENSION ACT AMENDMENT
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RETURNED SOLDIERS' INSURANCE ACT AMENDMENT


Hon. J. A. ROBB (Minister of Finance) moved that the house go into committee to consider the following proposed resolution: tMr. J. H. King.] Resolved, that the Returned Soldiers' Insurance Act be amended in respect to payments in case of disability not due to war, and as to applications where there is no reasonable expectation of life, and to provide that applications for insurance may be received under the act on and after the 1st July, 1928, up to and including the 30th June, 1933. Motion, agreed to and the house went into committee, Mr. Johnston in the chair.


UFA
LIB

James Alexander Robb (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. ROBB:

The bill to be introduced based upon this resolution is the result of the unanimous report of the committee inquiring into soldiers' pensions and soldiers' insurance. Broadly speaking, it reopens the insurance for five years from July 1, 1928; it provides for certain changes with respect to those whose expectation of life is doubtful, and places Canadians on the same basis as Imperial pensioners.

Resolution reported, read the second time and concurred in. Mr. Robb thereupon moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 290, to amend the Returned Soldiers' Insurance Act.

Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.

Topic:   RETURNED SOLDIERS' INSURANCE ACT AMENDMENT
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GOLD AND SILVER MARKING ACT

CONCUBBENCE IN SENATE AMENDMENTS


Hon, JAMES MALCOLM (Minister of Trade and Commerce) moved the second reading of and concurrence in amendments made by the senate to Bill No. 21, to amend the Gold and Silver Marking Act.


UFA

Robert Gardiner

United Farmers of Alberta

Mr. GARDINER:

Will the minister explain the nature of this amendment?

Topic:   GOLD AND SILVER MARKING ACT
Subtopic:   CONCUBBENCE IN SENATE AMENDMENTS
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LIB

James Malcolm (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Mr. MALCOLM:

I might explain to the

house that the senate has changed the title of the bill from the Precious Metals Act to the Precious Metals Marking Act. When the bill was introduced in the house, for the purpose of covering platinum articles, the word "platinum" was accidentally omitted from various parts of the bill. Section 4 has been changed for the purpose of clarifying it, and provision has been made in the senate by which the act shall not come into force until proclamation by the governor in council. This will permit certain stocks of merchandise on hand to be disposed of before the new act becomes effective. I might say to the house that I think all the amendments by the senate are really improvements to the legislation as offered.

Motion agreed to; amendments read the second time and concurred in.

National Revenue Act

Topic:   GOLD AND SILVER MARKING ACT
Subtopic:   CONCUBBENCE IN SENATE AMENDMENTS
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DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL REVENUE ACT AMENDMENT

APPOINTMENT AND SALARIES OF OFFICERS

May 8, 1928