May 18, 1928

JUDGES' SALARIES

FINAL REPORT OF SPECIAL COMMITTEE


Mr. J. T. THORSON (Winnipeg South Centre) presented the second and final report of the special committee appointed to consider the question of the adequacy of the remuneration paid to the judges of the various courts in Canada, as follows: The special committee appointed to consider the question of the adequacy of the remuneration paid to the judges of the various courts in Canada beg leave to present the following as their second and final report: Your committee, composed of fifteen members, were appointed on April 15, 1928, in accordance with a resolution passed in the house on March 20, 1928, and were empowered to send for persons, papers and records, to examine witnesses under oath, and to report from time to time, and were further empowered on April 19, 1928, to print their minutes of proceedings and any evidence taken by them, and to sit while the house is in session. Your committee met for organization on April 19, 1928, and since then have held seven sessions and heard twenty witnesses. Representations were also made to your committee by letters and telegrams from numerous persons who did not appear before them. Your committee also had before them reports of committees of the county courts judges and of the Canadian Bar Association, resolutions from various organizations and information from the Department of Justice and the Bureau of Statistics. Your committee gave careful consideration to the question referred to them and find that the remuneration paid to the judges in the various courts in Canada as hereinafter mentioned is inadequate and ought to be increased. Your committee, therefore, recommend: 1. That the salaries of the judges of the district and county courts of the various provinces of Canada be increased by $2,000 per annum each. 2. That the salaries of the judges of the superior courts of the various provinces of Canada, and of the Exchequer Court of Canada be increased by $2,000 per annum each. 56103-I97J 3. That the salaries of the judges of the Supreme Court of Canada be increased by $3,000 per annum each. A printed copy of the committee's minutes of proceedings and evidence is herewith submitted for the information of the house. All of which is respectfully submitted. J. T. Thosson, Chairman.


INCOME WAR TAX ACT AMENDMENT


Hon. J. A. ROBB (Minister of Finance) moved for leave to introduce bill No. 321, to amend the Income War Tax Act.


CON
LIB

James Alexander Robb (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. ROBB:

This legislation is necessary

because of the omission of some words in the revised statutes. The object of the bill is to extend the six months' limit to three years for the reason that it is physically impossible, within the six months, to determine whether or not there has been fraud in the filing.

Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.

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NEW EDINBURGH MILLS PROPERTY


On the orders of the day:


CON

Henry Herbert Stevens

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. H. H. STEVENS (Vancouver Centre):

The other day I asked the Minister of Public Works (Mr. Elliott) to lay on the table of the house the papers in connection with the proposed purchase of the New Edinburgh mills property. I wanted the order in council and the other papers. I do not think they have yet been tabled. I would ask the minister to add to that return, if he will, the further papers in connection with a proposal, made some three years ago, I believe, for the purchase of this property for the air board. I should like to have these papers, together with certain reports on the valuations that were put on the property at that time. The object in asking for these papers was that they might be brought down before the estimates came up.

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LIB

John Campbell Elliott (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Hon. J. C. ELLIOTT (Minister of Public Works):

I shall be very glad to lay on the

table the papers asked for by my hon. friend. I think some of them have been prepared.

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CON

Henry Herbert Stevens

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STEVENS:

There are these additional ones which I should like to have.

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DECEPTIVE MINING LITERATURE


On the orders of the day:


CON

Robert James Manion

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. R. J. MANION (Fort William):

There is a matter to which I wish to direct the attention of the government. It may possibly be slightly out of order, but seeing that the discussion of it is in the interest of the people

Deceptive Mining Literature

generally and does not constitute any criticism of the government, I do not think any objection will be taken to my bringing it up at this stage. There have been passing through the mails in the past two or three yearsvarious tipster sheets on mining stocks and things of that sort. The other day I was handed a copy of one publication which entered the country freely last year-the Financialistic Debater published in Boston, the editor being one E. T. Morton. This sheet specializes in what are called "mystery stocks," and it is purely a fake, a crooked effort to steal the money of the people of Canada, and also of the people of the United States, for that matter. Of course thepeople of the United States can look after themselves; but I think some effortshould be made by the government, through the Post Office Department, to prevent a sheet of this kind from going through the mails. Last year this same paper, published, I believe, by the same man, came

through the mails in large numbers, describing the prospects of so-called "mystery stocks" and holding out the most extravagant promises, most, if not all, of which were proved later by Toronto Saturday Night and other papers to be complete fakes and nothing but a method of wheedling money out of the people. I have no doubt they succeeded in securing a good deal of money from the people of this country, because as we all know many people are gullible when it comes to promises of sudden wealth. I do not know that this publication has ever been barred from the mails, but at that time it was shown to be crooked. The other day I was handed this particular copy I have in my hand, it having been sent to someone in Ottawa. I had intended taking the matter up on the estimates of the Post Office Department, but I thought we might as well dispose of it now so as to afford the government an earlier opportunity to try to deal with the situation. It is true that the publisher has cut down the size of the sheet; it now comes through the mails more in the form of a letter than of a circular. It may therefore be harder to get at. But on the envelope containing the copy which I hold in my hand, there is printed the name of the editor, "E. T. Morton, Unity building, Boston, Massachusetts". I know the government is just as anxious as I am to see to it that the people of Canada shall not be cheated out of their money. It is difficult enough for us to raise money here for the development of our own resources as well as, to a certain extent at least, for the purpose of appeasing the gambling instinct we all possess. There is hope for some return from various mining

propositions in Canada, but there is no hope for any return of money sunk in the schemes advertised by the Financialistic Debater. I appeal to the government to put a stop to the carriage of such sheets through our mails.

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LIB

Peter John Veniot (Postmaster General)

Liberal

Hon. P. J. VENIOT (Postmaster General):

In reply to my hon. friend I would say that my attention was drawn to this publication or to a similar one a couple of weeks ago, and instructions were given to have the matter looked into in order to see what could be done. It is hard to detect these letters now that they are being sent in envelopes, but since my hon. friend has stated that the name appears on the envelope we may be able to do something. Would my hon. friend let me have that letter?

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CON

Robert James Manion

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MANION:

Yes, and I would like to

draw the attention of the minister to the fact that on this envelope at least, and I presume on most of the envelopes containing these letters, the name is on the outside, and I presume it will be there until these people see what action is taken by this government. As I have said, this' concern have been shown by the Toronto Saturday Night and other financial papers to be fakers, and I think something should be done to put an end to their activities.

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INTERNATIONAL PEACE

MULTILATERAL TREATY PROPOSED BY THE UNITED STATES


On the orders of the day:


May 18, 1928