May 7, 1929

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):

I saw the report, Mr. Speaker, to which my hon. friend has just referred. I am afraid I have to say it is inaccurate. I remember being asked yesterday if I had anything further to add to the statement I made in the house a day or two ago as to Canada's position with respect to the optional cause, and I replied that the statement I had made in the house was all I had to say on the matter. The statement, I think, will bear out that all I said was that Canada was prepared to sign the optional clause, but did not intend doing so without conference with other parts of the British Empire, as had been promised at the time of the last Imperial conference; I made no statement to the effect that we would not sign the optional clause unless all parts of the empire agreed. Our view is that there should be a conference in the first place. After the conference it will be for us to say whether we shall sign alone, or whether it will be possible for all parts of the empire to sign at the same time.

Topic:   INTERNATIONAL PEACE
Subtopic:   OPTIONAL CLAUSE-PERMANENT COURT OF INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE
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LAB

Herbert Bealey Adshead

Labour

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

I understood the right hon. Prime Minister to say that the statement in the House of Lords was correct, that Canada was willing to sign the optional clause immediately.

Topic:   INTERNATIONAL PEACE
Subtopic:   OPTIONAL CLAUSE-PERMANENT COURT OF INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE
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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

No, I said so far as we are concerned we are quite prepared to sign the optional danse. However, we gave an undertaking at the last Imperial conference that we would not take that step until there had been an opportunity for all parts of the empire to confer together. That

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opportunity will come, I assume, at the next Imperial conference. It may come before, but until it does come I should not like to say that Canadh will take any action on its own.

Topic:   INTERNATIONAL PEACE
Subtopic:   OPTIONAL CLAUSE-PERMANENT COURT OF INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE
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LAB

James Shaver Woodsworth

Labour

Mr. J. S. WOODSWORTH (Winnipeg North Centre):

Is it not true that t'he Prime Minister definitely stated in the House of Commons that we would not wait until the next Imperial conference before action would be taken.

Topic:   INTERNATIONAL PEACE
Subtopic:   OPTIONAL CLAUSE-PERMANENT COURT OF INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE
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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

It is quite possible that the matter may be arranged by correspondence. I desire to be on the safe side and make a statement that I can be sure will be implemented.

Topic:   INTERNATIONAL PEACE
Subtopic:   OPTIONAL CLAUSE-PERMANENT COURT OF INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE
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BANK STATEMENTS


On the orders of the day:


UFA

William Irvine

United Farmers of Alberta

Mr. WILLIAM IRVINE (Wetaskiwin):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask the Minister of Finance (Mr. Robb) whether there has been any alteration in the method of preparing bank statements in the last three years?

Topic:   BANK STATEMENTS
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LIB

James Alexander Robb (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

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

Not that I am aware of-no material alteration. I shall inquire from the inspector of banks, and if there has been any material alteration I shall let my hon. friend know.

Topic:   BANK STATEMENTS
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MONTREAY RAILWAL TERMINAL FACILITIES


On the orders of the day:


CON

Leslie Gordon Bell

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. L. G. BELL (St. Antoine):

May I ask the Minister of Railways (Mt. Dunning) a question in regard to the proposed terminal facilities at Montreal? The Palmer report has been submitted to the various public bodies of Montreal. Has the minister any statement for the house as to their views in regard to the report?

Hon. CHARLES A. DUNNING (Minister of Railways): No, I have nothing to say along that line. I have no evidence as to their views. I have a number of individual representations of one kind or another, but I do not recollect any specific expressions of views by any public body. Shortly there will be before the house a proposal with respect to authorizing the Canadian National Railways to undertake certain expenditure in the city of Montreal, and at that time, I presume, the matter will be considered in all its bearings by the railway committee, on which occasion public bodies and individuals will have an opportunity to appear and make any representations they may desire.

Topic:   MONTREAY RAILWAL TERMINAL FACILITIES
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WAYS AND MEANS

CUSTOMS TARIFF AMENDMENT


The house in committee of ways and means, Mr. Johnston in the chair. Customs tariff-4.38b. Automobiles for conveying passengers only, n.o.p., valued at retail at place of production, when new, with standard equipment complete, at not more than twelve hundred dollars each; motor cars or motor trucks (not for railways or tramways) for carrying goods only; motorcycles or side cars therefor; chassis for motor vehicles specified in this item: British preferential tariff, 12J per cent; intermediate tariff, 17i per cent; general tariff, 20 per cent.


LIB

James Alexander Robb (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

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

The committee will observe that the only change in this item is the addition of the words "or side cars therefor." It is asked for by the Wheelmen's Association and the matter was considered before the tariff board, where there was no opposition.

Topic:   WAYS AND MEANS
Subtopic:   CUSTOMS TARIFF AMENDMENT
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UFA

George Gibson Coote

United Farmers of Alberta

Mr. COOTE:

When this item was last

before the committee on April 12, the question of the removal of the excise tax on automobiles was brought to the attention of the minister and he promised to investigate the whole matter. Has he any further information to offer now?

Topic:   WAYS AND MEANS
Subtopic:   CUSTOMS TARIFF AMENDMENT
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LIB

James Alexander Robb (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. ROBB:

I have a number of letters in reply from the automobile dealers and have instructed the tariff board to go into the whole matter carefully, with a view to determining not only the percentage manufactured in Canada but whether the requirements of the act are being complied with. Until the tariff board goes into the question thoroughly I do not care to make any further Statement. I can assure the committee that the board have instructions to make a thorough inquiry and it is possible they will have an auditor go into the whole matter. Later on we may have public hearings if necessary.

Topic:   WAYS AND MEANS
Subtopic:   CUSTOMS TARIFF AMENDMENT
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UFA

George Gibson Coote

United Farmers of Alberta

Mr. COOTE:

Will the minister make it

clear whether the board have been instructed to report to him as to whether the manufacturers of automobiles are or are not taking advantage of the situation-whether they are living uip to their agreement made with the minister some years ago. Is it clear that the board are to report to the minister?

Topic:   WAYS AND MEANS
Subtopic:   CUSTOMS TARIFF AMENDMENT
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LIB

James Alexander Robb (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. ROBB:

That is the absolute understanding. I have not before me the letter to the board, but those are their instructions; they have been asked to go into the matter

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most carefully. I may say to my hon. friend that from the correspondence I am satisfied that most of the manufacturers are living up to the agreement, although there are some who have not been doing so.

Topic:   WAYS AND MEANS
Subtopic:   CUSTOMS TARIFF AMENDMENT
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May 7, 1929