June 13, 1929

CON

Alexander Duncan McRae

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. McRAE:

I would ask the Prime

Minister if the committee in approving this vote may consider that the precedent so established will be the policy of the government with respect to future cases of this kind.

Mr. MACKENZIE KING': Each case, I think, has always to be considered on its merits. If another case presented itself in which the circumstances were as distressing as these are, I have no doubt the house would take the same view'.

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CON

Alexander Duncan McRae

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. McRAE:

I do not think that quite answers my question. There is a principle involved here. I quite agree with what the hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre said a few moments ago with respect to this case. Many hardships, many injustices, many unkindnesses are suffered by people under circumstances very similar to those surrounding this case. When considering such a case as this where the husband has left what might be considered a comfortable fortune to his family and has deprived his wife of any participation in it, it is only fair that we should also take into consideration many of the smaller claims as outlined by members on this side of the house. It is only right that an equal measure of justice should be accorded to these minor claims that have even more merit than the one in question.

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LIB

Aldéric-Joseph Benoit

Liberal

Mr. BENOIT (Translation):

Mr. Chairman, I wish to state in this house that the government of Canada must not consider itself in the present circumstances, in the light of a charitable institution. I am told that Mr. Bell earned much more than Sir Elzear Taschereau, I therefore cannot understand

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why we should grant a pension of SI,750 per year to the widow of an official who received an annual salary of $12,000. I must further add that if Mr. Bell left his estate to his children, the latter should have sufficient filial affection to look after their mother. I strongly protest against the passing of this item for a pension of $1,750 for the widow of Mr. Bell.

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LIB

James Alexander Robb (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. ROBB:

Mr. Chairman, in- view of the attitude of the committee the item is now dropped.

Item withdrawn.

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LAB
LIB

James Alexander Robb (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. ROBB:

The law takes care of it.

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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:

I promised my hon. friend from Winnipeg North Centre that I would move the adjournment of the house at twelve, but if it is desired to continue-

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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Go on.

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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:

I do not know whether the house would care to go on a little longer.

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LAB

James Shaver Woodsworth

Labour

Mr. WOODSWORTH:

I do not see, Mr. Chairman, that we are making any progress. We cannot possibly finish to-night, and I think we ought to carry out the arrangement as to the hour of adjournment.

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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:

We are certainly not getting through many items.

Progress reported.

On motion of Mr. Mackenzie King the house adjourned at twelve o'clock (midnight).

Friday, June 14, 1929

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June 13, 1929