March 22, 1929

VACANCY

LIB

Hewitt Bostock (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

I have the honour to

inform the house that a vacancy having occurred in the electoral district of Prescott, I have issued my warrant addressed to the chief electoral officer.

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REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

MISCELLANEOUS PRIVATE BILLS


Second report of the select standing committee on miscellaneous private bills.-Mr. Brown.


PUBLIC ACCOUNTS

LIB

Samuel William Jacobs

Liberal

Mr. S. W. JACOBS (Cartier) moved:

That the first report of the select standing committee on public accounts be concurred in.

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Motion agreed to.


LIB

James Alexander Robb (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Hon. J. A. ROBB (Minister of Finance):

I have not read the report. Did it appear recently in the press?

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CON
LIB

James Alexander Robb (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. ROBB:

About a year ago Sir John Bennett, then representing the Newfoundland government, came to Ottawa and we negotiated a trade agreement on behalf of the Dominion of Canada and the colony of Newfoundland, giving Canada most favoured nation treatment, including the British preference, and giving to Newfoundland the same concessions in Canada. It was also arranged that we should assist in some way, through the Department of Trade and Commerce, in the maintenance of a steamship service carrying mails between a port in Canada and a port in Newfoundland. The necessary orders in council were put through here and the necessary legislation passed in Newfoundland, but subsequently it was learned that there

' Business of the House

was a difference of opinion in Newfoundland as to the interpretation, and until that matter should be straightened out we have made no payments on account of the subsidy. Recently Sir Richard Squires, the present Prime Minister of Newfoundland, has been in Ottawa and has had a conference with the Minister of Trade and Commerce (Mr. Malcolm) and myself, and we understood that we were reaching an agreement that would be mutually satisfactory both to Canada and to Newfoundland.

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

Would that involve the termination of the present agreement?

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LIB

James Alexander Robb (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. ROBB:

So far as we understand, the present agreement still stands.

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MEDICAL RELIEF FOR INDIANS


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Joseph-Arthur Bradette

Liberal

Mr. J. A. BRADETTE (North Timis-kaming):

I would ask the Minister of

National Health (Mr. King) in the absence of the Minister of the Interior (Mr. Stewart), if any official report has been received from the Ontario government with respect to providing medical relief for the Indians in James Bay basin. A despatch from Toronto dated March 19, reads:

Hon. William Finlayson, provincial minister of lands and forests expressed the willingness of the Ontario government to cooperate with the Dominion authorities in carrying medical aid to the stricken Indians in the Moose Factory district in a letter forwarded to the Department of Indian Affairs at Ottawa to-day.

Provincial air force machines will be placed at the disposal of any doctors the Dominion government may decide to send to the Indians' aid. Captain W. Roy Maxwell, director of the force, is ready to lead the expedition.

Hon.. J. H. KING (Minister of National Health): In the absence of the Minister of the Interior (Mr. Stewart) I may say that the matter of medical relief for the Indians comes under the Indian department. I shall bring the matter to the attention of the Minister of the Interior and he will be able to give my hon. friend an answer later.

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GRADING OF GRAIN

ALI.RGED MIXING AT MONTREAL ELEVATORS


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Joseph-Alexandre Mercier

Liberal

Mr. J. A. MERCIER (Laurier-Outremorut):

I would ask the Minister of Trade and Commerce (Mr. Malcolm) if the government has been made aware of a statement issued by the chairman of the harbour commissioners of Montreal, and published in the press of yesterday, denying that grade .mixing has taken place a,t Montreal.

Hon. -JAMES MALCOLM (Minister of Trade and Commerce): Yes, the government has received a copy of a telegram which was sent to the chairman of the Saskatchewan commission I think, by the Montreal harbour commission.

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Subtopic:   ALI.RGED MIXING AT MONTREAL ELEVATORS
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March 22, 1929