February 28, 1930

NATURAL RESOURCES

AGREEMENT WITH ALBERTA


Hon. CHARLES STEWART (Minister of the Interior) moved that the house go into committee .at the next sitting to consider the following proposed resolution: That it is expedient to bring in a measure to confirm the agreement between the governments of the Dominion and the province of Alberta, dated 14th December, 1929, respecting the transfer of the natural resources of Alberta. He said: His Excellency the Governor General, having been made acquainted with the subject matter of this resolution, recommends it to the favourable consideration of the house. Motion agreed to.


AGREEMENT WITH MANITOBA


Hon. CHARLES STEWART (Minister of the Interior) moved that the house go into committee at the next sitting to consider the following proposed resolution: That it is expedient to bring in a measure to confirm the agreement between the governments of the Dominion and the province of Manitoba, dated 14th December, 1929, respecting the transfer of the natural resources of Manitoba. He said: His Excellency the Governor General, having been made acquainted with the subject matter of this resolution, recommends it to the favourable consideration of the house. Motion agreed to.


WAR PENSIONS

ALLOWANCES TO AVAR VETERANS


Hon. J. H. KING (Minister of Pensions and National Health) moved .that the house go into committee at the next sitting to consider the following proposed resolution: That it is expedient to bring in a measure respecting allowances to war veterans, to provide assistance for certain veterans who are not in receipt of pensions, or who, if in receipt of pensions, are only partially pensionable, or who are unemployable, and to provide for the administration, amounts, terms and conditions of such allowances, and for the payment of such sums as may be necessary to carry out the provisions of the proposed legislation. He said: His Excellency the Governor General, having been made acquainted with Privilege-Mr. Spencer



the subject master of this resolution, recommends it to the favourable consideration of the house. Motion agreed to.


VANCOUVER HARBOUR COMMISSION


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Pierre-Joseph-Arthur Cardin (Minister of Marine and Fisheries)

Liberal

Hon. P. J. A. CARDIN (Minister of Marine and Fisheries):

Mr. Speaker, I am

sorry I was not in my seat yesterday when [DOT]the hon. leader- of the opposition (Mr. Bennett) referred to the Vancouver harbour commissioners. He said that it had been reported that the commissioners had in their minds the turning over of the work connected with that harbour to a private firm to be carried out upon a cost plus basis. I am pleased to say that the practice which has been followed and which will be followed is that of calling for open tenders.

SOLDIER SETTLEMENT BOARD On the orders of the day:

Mr. W. T. LUCAS Camrose): Mr. Speaker, I would like to inquire of the Acting Minister of Immigration (Mr. Stewart) regarding [DOT]the report that the soldier settlement board has refused to consider the supplying of seed and feed to soldier settlers who live in districts where there was a crop failure last year, and where the municipalities will not furnish this seed or feed because the board have a first charge against the holdings. If that report is not correct, will the minister state if the board will make the necessary advances for that purpose?

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Charles A. Stewart (Minister of Immigration and Colonization; Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs; Minister of Mines; Minister of the Interior)

Liberal

Hon. CHARLES STEWART (Minister of the Interior):

Mr. Speaker, this matter has

been under discussion with the chairman of the soldier settlement board and it has been decided that the field supervisors will seek to have the municipalities supply the seed grain and the board will be responsible for the furnishing of same.

EXPORT OF LIQUOR On the orders of the day:

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UFA

Edward Joseph Garland

United Farmers of Alberta

Mr. E. J. GARLAND (Bow River):

Mr. Speaker, a report appears in the morning papers to the effect that the Prime Minister announced to a caucus of the Liberal party that the liquor-

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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Order, order.

Mr. GARLAND (Bow River) -that liquor clearances to the United States would be prohibited and that legislation would be introduced shortly to that effect. It is also reported that the caucus cheered his announcement. Are those allegations true?

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LIB

Ernest Lapointe (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE:

Why did you not come to the caucus?

Right H'on. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister): It is not customary to

report the proceedings of the caucus, but, as the Minister of Justice has said, we shall be pleased to welcome the hon. member any time he wishes to attend.

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PRIVILEGE-MR. SPENCER


On the orders of the day:


UFA

Henry Elvins Spencer

United Farmers of Alberta

Mr. H. E. SPENCER (Battle River):

Mr. Speaker, I rise to a question of privilege. A few days ago I placed upon the order paper some questions regarding immigration for 192829. The questions were as follows:

1. How many immigrants came to Canada during each of the years 1928 and 1929?

2. What were these people by nationality, occupation and religion?

3. In what provinces were they distributed according to tile three categories mentioned above?

Part of the answer made to the second question was:

Statistics showing religious persuasions of immigrants are not available.

I have on file from the Department of Immigration a letter dated some eighteen months ago, pointing out that this information could be obtained because such a question was asked on all the papers that were required to be signed by would-be immigrants. Samples of these forms were sent me and I have them in my hand. Number one is called the prospect memorandum and such a question is asked. Number two is the sailing permit and tlhe same question is asked. Number three is the sailing form on which a similar question is asked, and number four is the report of the medical examiner, the same question being asked. I would therefore be glad if my question could be answered in full.

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LIB

Charles A. Stewart (Minister of Immigration and Colonization; Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs; Minister of Mines; Minister of the Interior)

Liberal

Hon. CHARLES STEWART (Acting Minister of Immigration):

It is quite true that

the Department of Immigration do not keep statistics with respect to religious sects that come into the country, but it is possible to

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compile and there is being compiled for my hon. friend's information, as nearly as possible the numbers under the heads of their religious denominations.

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February 28, 1930