May 27, 1930

SOCKEYE SALMON FISHERIES

TREATY BETWEEN CANADA AND THE UNITED STATES


Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 344, respecting a certain convention signed the twenty-sixth day of May 1930, between His Majesty in respect of Canada and the United States of America for the preservation and extension of the sockeye salmon fisheries in the Fraser river system. He said: Mr. Speaker, yesterday I tabled a treaty which had been signed in the morning on behalf of the United States and Unemployed at The Pas



Canada with respect to the preservation and extension of the sockeye salmon in the Fraser river system. It is similar to the treaty which was introduced in the house last session but which was withdrawn before the session closed. The government is asking approval of the treaty in the form of an act rather than just by resolution, inasmuch as some legislation is required to give full effect to the provisions of the treaty. It is believed that the single measure will lend expedition in the enactment of the necessary provisions. The bill which is now being introduced includes the necessary legislation. Motion agreed to and bill read the first time. BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE-PROCEDURE On the order of government notices of motion being called:


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):

Mr. Speaker, probably

it would facilitate the work of this morning s session if we were to proceed at once to government orders, with the consent of the house, and resume the debate which was being carried on when we adjourned last night.

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LIB

Rodolphe Lemieux (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Then we will say "stand" for government notices of motion and proceed with the orders of the day.

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CHINESE EMPLOYED ON BESCO SHIPS


On the orders of the day: Mr. A. A. HEAPS (North Winnipeg: I have just received a communication in which it is stated that on the ships plying between Montreal and Sydney, owned by the Besco corporation, white men recently have been replaced by Chinamen. I should like to ask the acting Minister of Immigration if he has heard anything in relation to this matter and whether he has issued any special permits to allow this to be done. I remember that some years ago a special permit was necessary in order to allow these Chinese to work on these steamers.


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):

I am not aware

of anything of the kind having taken place, but of course I will make inquiry and ascertain if this is being done to any extent. Of course my hon. friend will realize that the vessels would have to be of Canadian registry.

"PATRONAGE" SOUTH ESSEX On the orders of the day:

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CON

Eccles James Gott

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. E. J. GOTT (South Essex):

Mr. Speaker, I had a question on the order paper (Mr. Mackenzie King.]

which apparently has been sidetracked, and I cannot find out what has become of it. It was in relation to the government patronage in the riding of South Essex.

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LIB

Rodolphe Lemieux (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

It was answered yesterday.

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UNEMPLOYED WORKMEN AT THE PAS


On the orders of the day:


LAB

James Shaver Woodsworth

Labour

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

Mr. Speaker, I would like to direct the attention of the hon. Minister of Railways (Mr. Crerar) to the following letter which I have just received from The Pas:

Two hundred men and four hundred new Canadians without work in The Pas, stranded. I personally served three years overseas being under age when I enlisted. All we want is work, not charity.

Some of the men hired for Churchill and Hudson Bay railway are being shipped in here from all over the Dominion. In my opinion, men who have helped to develop this country are surely entitled to consideration. We do not want to mix politics in this matter.

I am,

Your obedient servant,

Respectfully,

R. G. Thomson.

I would like to ask the minister if anything further has been done in this matter, as it seems to be a very serious situation.

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LIB

Thomas Alexander Crerar (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Hon. T. A. CRERAR (Minister of Railways and Canals):

Mr. Speaker, in reply to my hon. friend I would say that there has been quite a number of men at The Pas for several weeks past. I suppose they went in expectation of work in the north country. A large number have been absorbed by the Canadian National Railways on ballasting work from The Pas to Churchill. So far as the reference to men coming in from other parts of Canada en route to Churchill is concerned, as I stated to the house before in reply to a question from my hon. friend, as many of the men who were working last year at Churchill as desired to return were given the opportunity to do so. Those coming in have been men who worked on the line last year, and they are going to work under that arrangement. I have received several communications from The Pas in respect to this situation, some of which I think should have been addressed to the Minister of Labour (Mr. Heenan). A few days ago I received a telegram from the secretary treasurer of the municipality, but that telegram did not indicate quite so serious a condition of affairs as the communication my hon. friend has just read. In reply to that telegram, I sent the following:

Telegram re unemployment at The Pas received. Relief is primarily matter for

Farm Loan Board

municipality and province to deal with. If province unable to do so and request financial assistance from federal authorities government here will consider what assistance it can give in the circumstances. Carter, Halls, Aldinger and Company who have been awarded the contract for building the elevator at Churchill will be commencing operations as soon as possible and have advised they will be glad to take as many men as may be suitable for the work from The Pas. They will require altogether from 300 to 400 men.

For the information of my hon. friend, I would say that a copy of that telegram was sent to the Premier of Manitoba.

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FILIPINO IMMIGRATION INTO BRITISH COLUMBIA


On the order of the day:


CON

William Garland McQuarrie

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. W. G. McQUARRIE (New Westminster) :

Mr. Speaker, I would like to ask the Minister of Immigration if he has heard anything regarding Filipino immigration into British Columbia, which matter I brought up some days ago.

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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):

I have had inquiries

made, but it would appear that no Filipinos have passed our immigration officers. Of course, that does not mean that they have not got in in some other way, but if my hon. friend will give me the particular localities in which they are located, I shall be glad to have further inquiries made.

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CON

William Garland McQuarrie

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. McQUARRIE:

I have received a letter from Mr. Charles E. Hope, manager of the Deep Creek Farm Limited, Fort Langley, B.C. in which among other things he says:

You will be surprised to hear that the advance guard is already in British Columbia and we have had applications from Filipinos to work on my farm.

In any event, they have gone into Fort Langley.

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May 27, 1930