June 11, 1929

DISARMAMENT CONFERENCE


On the orders of the day:


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):

On the orders of the day

yesterday the hon. member for Bow River (Mr. Garland) referred to a press report from Great Britain to the effect that the Prime Minister of Great Britain intended meeting the President of the United States to discuss disarmament matters and asked if I had received any information with respect to the matter. I may say to my horn. friend that my information is restricted to the reports which he himself has seen in the papers.

Topic:   DISARMAMENT CONFERENCE
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IMPORTATION OF UNITED STATES FRUITS AND VEGETABLES


On the orders of the day:


CON

William Kemble Esling

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. W. K. ESLING (West Kootenay):

In view of the frequent appeals made to the government last year, may I ask the Prime Minister if it is the intention of the government to restrict the importation at glut prices of surplus United States strawberries and other fruit and farm and poultry produce during the approaching marketing season of the Canadian producer.

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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):

The government will endeavour to deal with each situation as it arises.

Topic:   IMPORTATION OF UNITED STATES FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
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PROPOSED CHIGNECTO CANAL


On the orders of the day:


CON

Robert Knowlton Smith

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. K. SMITH (Cumberland):

I would ask the Acting Minister of Railways and Canals (Mr. Robb) if he would answer the question I asked on Friday last with respect to surveys and investigations into the proposed canal across the isthmus of Chignecto.

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LIB

James Alexander Robb (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Hon. J. A. ROBB (Acting Minister of Railways and Canals):

I had quite forgotten

that. I have a memorandum upon it in my office, and I will send for it and give it to my hon. friend.

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BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

BILL FOB THE BELIEF OF BOTH ELIZABETH GBEENE.

LIB-PRO

James Allison Glen

Liberal Progressive

Mr. J. A. GLEN (Marquette):

With the

leave of the house I move:

That pursuant to standing order 111, Bill Not 322 (Letter K8 from the senate) intituled: "An Act for the relief of Ruth Elizabeth Greene",.

Procedure Respecting Divorce

the preamble of which was reported as not proven by the select standing committee on miscellaneous private bills, be placed on the order paper for consideration in committee of the whole at eight o'clock p.m. this day.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   BILL FOB THE BELIEF OF BOTH ELIZABETH GBEENE.
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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Explain.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   BILL FOB THE BELIEF OF BOTH ELIZABETH GBEENE.
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LIB-PRO

James Allison Glen

Liberal Progressive

Mr. GLEN:

This bill was remitted to the private bills committee. I had the opportunity of reading the evidence before the bill went to the committee, and I find that there were four witnesses in support of the petition including the petitioner herself, that, is the wife, two investigators and one other party- four in all. The petition was undefended. No appearance was made for or on behalf of the respondent. The evidence is perfectly clear that adultery had been committed, and the only objection that could possibly be taken was taken by some that there might have been connivance on the part of the petitioner. I felt then that the evidence was so clear, and so many cases of a like nature had already passed through the private bills committee, that there was no reason that could possibly be adduced by anyone to prevent the passage of that bill. A vote was taken in the committee and the preamble of the bill was not proved, and the bill was thrown out. I am now making this motion in order that the case may be brought to the attention of the house to-night for further consideration. If this action were not taken I feel that an extreme hardship would be placed on one individual, according to the evidence, which is much stronger than in many other cases that I have read, and I therefore ask for the consent of the house to move this motion in order that the bill may be discussed this evening.

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Subtopic:   BILL FOB THE BELIEF OF BOTH ELIZABETH GBEENE.
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CON

James Dew Chaplin

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. J. D. CHAPLIN (Lincoln):

Mr. Speaker, this bill came before the private bills committee of the House of Commons and was discussed there for the best part of an hour. A vote was taken in committee and with the exception of one voice it was unanimously decided to throw this bill out. The principal objection taken to the bill was that the petitioner in this case bad been supported by evidence of people who are making a business of trading in divorces. That is the sum total of it. Further, it was established that the petitioner in the case was aware of what was going on-she admits that in her own evidence-and could have prevented what was going on but evidently did not want to. It was quite plain that she was not very particular, and she was conniving with people who

are making a business of securing divorces and who have appeared before the divorce committee in quite a few cases. It further developed that the principal witness was a friend of the man who was the respondent, and that he deliberately laid a plot to catch him. There was a plant to secure the evidence for this divorce, and that is the reason why the bill was thrown out. I do not see any reason for bringing it up again and wasting the time of the house upon it any longer.

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Subtopic:   BILL FOB THE BELIEF OF BOTH ELIZABETH GBEENE.
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CON

David Spence

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. DAVID SPENCE (Parkdale):

I hope the house will lose no time on this matter. Early last week this bill came before the private bills committee, and we discussed it for half an hour and then adjourned to allow both the respondent and the petitioner to be represented by counsel.

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Subtopic:   BILL FOB THE BELIEF OF BOTH ELIZABETH GBEENE.
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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. R. B. BENNETT (Leader of the Opposition) :

On a question of order, Mr. Speaker, I submit that this matter can only be dealt with by unanimous consent and that as there is not unanimous consent further discussion is unnecessary and not in order.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   BILL FOB THE BELIEF OF BOTH ELIZABETH GBEENE.
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LIB

John Frederick Johnston (Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. DEPUTY SPEAKER:

This is a private bill. I think that my hon. friend the leader of the opposition is misinformed.

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Subtopic:   BILL FOB THE BELIEF OF BOTH ELIZABETH GBEENE.
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June 11, 1929