THIRD REPORT OF SPECIAL COMMITTEE
Mr. C. G. POWER (Quebec South) presented the third report of the special committee appointed in accordance with the recommendation of the select standing committee on privileges and elections, concurred in by the house on the fifth day of June, 1928, as follows: Your committee recommends that the quorum of fifteen members thereof be reduced to nine members. Report of Debates He said: I beg to move: That the third report of the special committee appointed in accordance with the recommendation of the select standing committee on privileges and elections, concurred in by the house on June 5, 1928, be concurred in. Motion agreed to.
OFFICIAL REPORT OF DEBATES
Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister) moved: That the first report of the select standing committee to supervise the official report of the debates, presented on the 30th day of June, 1924, be referred to the said committee for reconsideration, with the object of making a certain amendment thereto respecting the distribution of Hansard. He said: I am given to understand that at the present time hon. members of the Senate receive only one copy of Hansard, and that they desire to have three copies. This is to enable the committee to give each senator three copies instead of one. Motion agreed to.
CRIMINAL CODE AMENDMENT
Mr. G. R. GEARY (South Toronto) moved the first reading of Bill No. 36 (from the senate) to amend certain provisions to the Criminal Code respecting the possession of weapons.
I have been asked not on
behalf of the senate but by one of the members of the senate to introduce this bill. I did so last year. Last year it passed two readings in the house, passed the committee, and stood on the order paper for third reading. Seeing that the bill reached that stage last year, the members surely knew what they were doing, and I do not think it requires any further explanation.
Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.
MONTREAL RAILWAY TERMINAL FACILITIES
REPOIiT OF MR. FREDERICK PALMER-PRINTING On the orders of the day:
Mr. C. H. CAHAN (St. Lawrence-St. George):
I should like to ask the Minister of Railways whether it is the intention of the government to print the report of Mr. Palmer which was laid on the table of the house recently, so that it may be distributed and examined.
Hon. CHARLES A. DUNNING (Minister of Railways and Canals)-: I tabled the report the other day and arrangements are now in
hand to have a sufficient number printed for distribution to any who may be interested in the contents.
This is a matter of the
utmost importance in the constituency which I represent, and it would be most opportune if the report were printed in both languages with the plans attached.
That is the arrangement which is being made. The report will be printed in both languages with the plans attached, but my hon. friend will understand that reproduction of the plans will take a little time. The work is being proceeded with as expeditiously as possible, and I can assure my hon. friend of any reasonable number of copies he may desire.
CANADIAN MINISTER AT WASHINGTON
On the orders of the day:
Mr. E. J. GARLAND (Bow River):
May I direct the attention of the Prime Minister to a news despatch to the effect that the Canadian minister at Washington was one of the few diplomats who appeared in full regalia at the recent inaugural ceremony? Is it the policy of the government that our diplomatic corps shall be properly garbed in regalia of a distinctive character, and if so, of what character is it likely to be?
Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):
I assume that the Canadian minister at Washington appeared in a diplomatic uniform similar to that of the British minister. Wherever we have legations and there are also British legations or embassies there I think it is probable that our ministers will wear uniforms similar to those worn by members of the British diplomatic corps.
IMPORTATION OF FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
On the orders of the day:
Mr. E. J. GOTT (South Essex):
May I be permitted to bring to the attention of the Prime Minister (Mr. Mackenzie King) an item in the Border Cities Star, of Saturday, March 2, in which it is stated, under the heading "Ottawa to Protect Growers, Promise" that "action to keep out low-priced United States fruit and vegetables is sure if underselling proved, says Mr. Odette, Liberal M.P. for East Essex." I would ask if it is the intention of the government to introduce a bill this session to protect the fiuit and vegetable growers of western Ontario or of the entire Dominion.
Natural Resources-Mr. Stevens