June 1, 1928

REPORTS OE COMMITTEES


Eleventh report of the select standing committee on banking and commerce.-Mr. Jacobs. Fourth report of the select standing committee on industrial and international relations.-Mr. McIntosh.


ATHABASKA ELECTION

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON PRIVILEGES AND ELECTIONS


Mr. J. ,J. DENIS (Joliette) presented the second and final report of the select standing committee on privileges and elections as follows: Sales Tax



The select standing committee on privileges and elections beg leave to present the following as their second and final report:- (11 On the 29th of March, 1928, the house adopted the following resolution: That the interim and final reports respectively of the Hon. Mr. Justice Clarke, commissioner appointed to inquire into the alleged existence of corrupt or illegal practices in the election held in the electoral district of Athabaska, in the province of Alberta, on the 29th of October, 1925, which reports were laid on the table of the house on December 15, 1926, be referred to the select standing committee on privileges and elections. (2) Your committee have held ten meetings and examined several witnesses including the following: Jules Castonguay, Chief Electoral Officer; George Gonthier, Auditor General; E. J. Lemaire, Clerk of the Privy Council; W. Stuart Edwards, Deputy Minister of Justice. (3) In the course of their deliberations your committee have examined in detail the said reports of Commissioner Clarke and the evidence taken before him. (4) Your committee is of the opinion that the cause of corrupt and illegal practices in the election held in the federal constituency of Athabaska in 1925 was the partisanship, ignorance and incompetence of certain election officials and your committee recommend that the Auditor General should submit to the Justice department a full statement of the payments made to the aforesaid officials with a view to instituting proceedings for the recovery of the amounts so paid to such officials if the law provides for such action. (5) Your committee is further of the opinion that the Chief Electoral Officer should recommend to the proper authorities that prosecutions should be taken against all violators of the Dominion Elections Act. (6) The committee recommend that a special committee of the house should be appointed at the next session of parliament to examine into the evidence and deliberations of this committee this year and to study the Dominion Elections Act 1920 and the amendments thereto, and the Corrupt Practices Inquiries Act, and to suggest to the house such other amendments to the said acts as they may deem advisable, such committee to give special attention to the method of selecting returning officers and the preparation of voters' lists. (7) The committee is also of the opinion that under the circumstances the deposit of Charles Henry Gauvreau, one of the candidates at the election of the 29th of October. 1925, in the electoral district of Athabaska, should be refunded. (8) Your committee submit herewith for the information of the house their minutes of proceedings and the evidence taken by them. All of *which is respectively submitted.


REPORTS AND PAPERS


Correspondence between the Civil Service Commission and the Postmaster General regarding classification of postal employees. [DOT]-Mr. Rinfret. Report on the agreements made pursuant to the Old Age Pensions Act, and the moneys of Canada paid to the provinces thereunder. -Mr. Robb.


INTERNATIONAL PEACE

MULTILATERAL TREATY PROPOSED BY THE UNITED STATES


On the orders of the day:


LAB

Herbert Bealey Adshead

Labour

Mr. H. B. ADSHEAD (East Calgary):

Mr. Speaker, once more I should like to ask the Prime Minister (Mr. Mackenzie King) if there is any hope of getting the reply of Canada to the Kellogg invitation to sign a peace treaty laid on the table.

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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, before the

house adjourns this evening I shall ask permission to lay on the table not only the reply of Canada but the correspondence with reference to the invitation extended by the United States in relation to this matter. The reason our reply has not been given to the house before is that it was felt desirable to arrange for publishing it simultaneously in the United States and Canada. The reply will be published to-morrow morning, but it will first be presented to parliament. .

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SALES TAX

CANCELLATION OF WHOLESALE LICENSES


On the orders of the day:


CON

Hugh Guthrie

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. HUGH GUTHRIE (Acting Leader of the Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, may I ask

the Minister of Finance (Mr. Robb) if there has been any change in the attitude of the government with respect to the proposed cancellation of wholesale licenses under the Sales Tax Act. Notice has gone abroad that these licenses are to be cancelled on July 1. An impression prevails that there has been a change in the attitude of the government, and I have received a good many inquiries as to this.

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LIB

William Daum Euler (Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

Hon. W. D. EULER (Minister of National Revenue):

Mr. Speaker, the administration

of the act is under the Department of National Revenue. There has been no change whatever in the attitude of the department in regard to the matter. It is proposed to cancel certain licenses-not all-

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CON

Hugh Guthrie

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GUTHRIE:

Is there any distinction

made between those which will be cancelled and those which will not be? The hon. minister said that he proposed to cancel certain licenses.

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LIB

William Daum Euler (Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

Mr. EULER:

This is the principle upon

which certain licenses will be cancelled. Those wholesalers who sell almost exclusively to manufacturers will be allowed to retain their licenses; those who do not sell to any great extent to manufacturers will have their licenses cancelled.

Immigration Act

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June 1, 1928