May 20, 1930

REPORT OF COMMITTEE


Sixth report of the select standing committee on miscellaneous private bills-Mr. Glen.


PRIVATE BILLS-PROCEDURE

LIB-PRO

James Allison Glen

Liberal Progressive

Mr. J. A. GLEN (Marquette) moved:

That all private bills reported upon to-day in the sixth report of the select standing committee on miscellaneous private bills be placed upon the order paper of the house for consideration this day in committee of the whole and for third reading.

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LIB

Arnold Neilson Smith

Liberal

Mr. A. N. SMITH (Stormont):

Mr. Speaker, I understand that the evidence in connection with these various bills is not even before the members of the house. Yesterday some sixty bills to which some members had objection went through the committee stage and were given third reading here, and later the evidence was handed to us. The same thing occurs again to-day; the standing committee has considered these bills without having the evidence before them, and I cannot see how that committee possibly could know what they were doing.

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UFA

William Irvine

United Farmers of Alberta

Mr. IRVINE:

We considered them as we

always have considered them.

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LIB

Arnold Neilson Smith

Liberal

Mr. SMITH (Stormont):

At least we

always have had the printed evidence before us.

Motion agreed to on division.

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UNEMPLOYMENT IN ALBERTA


On the orders of the day:


UFA

Edward Joseph Garland

United Farmers of Alberta

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

Mr. Speaker, I wish to direct the attention of the government to reports emanating from the province of Alberta which indicate that there is still a grave condition of unemployment in the principal cities of that province, and particularly in Calgary. In the town of Drum-heller, in the mining area in my constituency, I find that 80 per cent of the miners are out of work, and it is estimated that there are approximately 1,000 men who are either out of work entirely or who are working only two shifts a week. I wish to ask the government if there is any hope that their hearts may be softened in this matter and that they may extend some relief to meet this situation.

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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):

I might say to my hon.

friend that the heart of the government always has been soft in these matters. At present an investigation is being made with respect to the conditions to which he has referred.

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GENERALS DIE IN BED


On the orders of the day:


CON

Thomas Langton Church

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. T. L. CHURCH (Toronto Northwest):

Mr. Speaker, I have received numerous communications from soldier associations in the Toronto district inquiring if the Minister of

Pension Act Amendment

National Revenue (Mr. Euler) proposes to take any action regarding the publication of a book entitled Generals Die in Bed by Charles Yale Harris. This book contains many libellous statements with reference to the Canadian troops, and I would like to know if the minister proposes to prohibit its publication and sale in Canada.

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LIB

William Daum Euler (Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

Hon. W. D. EULER (Minister of National Revenue):

This matter has not been brought to my attention; I have not read the book, but I will make inquiries.

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PENSION ACT AMENDMENT


Hon. J. H. KING (Minister of Pensions and National Health) moved that the house go into committee to consider the following proposed resolution: That it is expedient to bring in a measure to amend the Pension Act, to carry into effect the recommendations of the special committee on pensions and returned soldiers' problems submitted to the house on 14th May instant; and to provide for the salaries to be paid to the chairman and members of the pension tribunal, the president and members of the pension appeal court, and for pension to be granted to any member of the said bodies, or of the commission, on retirement; and for the salaries of the other proposed officials, and travelling and living expenses as prescribed; and for the constitution of a branch of the department to be known as the veterans' bureau. Motion agreed to and the house went into committee, Mr. Johnston in the chair. Resolution reported, read the second time and concurred in. Mr. King (Kootenay) thereupon moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 265, to amend the Pension Act. Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.


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John Warwick King

Mr. KING (Kootenay):

The bill is being printed but will be available for second reading this evening, if that is agreeable to the house.

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

That will be agreeable.

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RETURNED SOLDIERS' INSURANCE ACT AMENDMENT

May 20, 1930