May 30, 1930


Item agreed to. Miscellaneous-Grant to the Montreal Association for the Blind, $5,000.


LIB-PRO

Leland Payson Bancroft

Liberal Progressive

Mr. BANCROFT:

Is there any possibility of a conference with the provinces or something of that nature with a view to considering the matter of providing for pensions for the blind? I think the government has received a memorial from the government of Manitoba in that regard.

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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:

May I say to

my hon. friend that the matter to which he has just referred is one to which the government wishes to give careful consideration. I cannot say more at the present time, but certainly the object is of a character that appeals very strongly to the government and should equally appeal to the governments of the several provinces.

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Item agreed to. Roads and Bridges-Interprovincial bridge over Ottawa river at Hawkesbury, the Quebec government to contribute one-third of the cost of construction only, the Ontario government to contribute one-quarter of the cost of construction and pay annually one-quarter of all maintenance charges thereafter, $40,000.


CON

George Halsey Perley

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir GEORGE PERLEY:

We all want to

congratulate ourselves that, our joint efforts have resulted in getting this arrangement to

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build this very necessary bridge between Hawkesbury and Grenville. Is it the intention to call for tenders during the coming summer?

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LIB

John Campbell Elliott (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. ELLIOTT:

Yes. The matter seemed

of such urgency that in spite of the fact that one province did seem to be a bit backward about doing what my hon. friend from Ar-genteuil and I thought was their fair share, we have felt that the work should go on, and go on this summer.

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Item agreed to. To provide for payments to the railways in connection with the movements of coal-revote. $182,721.55-$551,985.41.


CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

This is an item that I

assume should be available to assist in the movement of coal from Fernie to Winnipeg. I have pressed upon the house from time to time the desirability of some action being taken because of the large number, amounting now to several hundreds, of idle miners in Fernie. They have represented that a portion of the moneys provided for the purpose of compensating the railways for a reduction of freight rates should be made available to move coal to Winnipeg. It would improve conditions in Fernie very greatly, and I should like to have some assurance that the money will be available not only for the purpose for which it was voted last year, but also to take care of the very unfortunate and difficult situation in that section.

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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

Mr. STEWART (Edmonton):

I want to make a statement to the house on that. First let me say that we intend to continue to assist the movement of coal from the east and from the west for one year more. In addition it is our intention to apply the subvention of $1 a ton to bituminous coal only from the mountain region-that would take in Fernie -as well as the Alberta region. In addition there will be a subvention of 50 cents a ton on briquettes from the Bienfait district of Saskatchewan, which now find a market in the city of Winnipeg. Without going into details I may say that this is being done for the purpose of relieving the very serious situation that exists in the coal mining regions in the mountains. The lignite fields have a subvention still in effect to bring their coal eastward and they do send into the city of Winnipeg about 400,000 tons. We feel that the extension of this subvention to bituminous and semi-bituminous coal will be a very considerable help, as will also the subvention extended to briquettes made in the Bienfait area.

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CON

Alexander Duncan McRae

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. McRAE:

Will the minister give an assurance that some of this money will be available at an early date for relief of the situation at Fernie?

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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

Mr. STEWART (Edmonton):

The Fernie field can get into Winnipeg. At present there is going into that city and the eastern portions of Manitoba about 235,000 tons of American coal of this character.

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Item agreed to. Miscellaneous-to provide for participation in the celebration of the 900th anniversary of the introduction of Christianity into Norway, $2,000.


CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

WThat is this?

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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 understand that the celebration of the 900th anniversary of the introduction of Christianity into Norway is to be made a great international event. Certain European governments are I understand sending representatives. The government of the United States is sending two or three representatives. Our government felt it would be much appreciated by many of those who have come to this country from Norway if Canada were also officially represented.

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Item agreed to. To provide for participation in the celebration of the 1.000th anniversary of the founding of the parliament of Iceland, $6,000.


CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

Why the difference, $6,000 in this case as against $2,000 in the other?

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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:

In regard to the celebration of the one-thousandth anniversary of the founding of the parliament of Iceland, it has been thought desirable to have three delegates attend from Canada. The event is a very important one in the history of parliamentary institutions, and it will be an international event. The government had in mind the presentation to Iceland of something of a permanent nature which would be a worthy memorial of the occasion, and I should like the house to know that next year, if the present administration is in office, some proposal along that line will be made. I hope and feel quite sure that if some other administration should be in office, it will be prepared to make a similar appropriation.

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CON

George Halsey Perley

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir GEORGE PERLEY:

When is the celebration to take place?

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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:

In a month or two; in June, I think.

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

Last year I made some observations in another place on this historic event, and I think it highly desirable that

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Canada should be represented. Whether three delegates should be sent in view of the present unemployment condition I am not prepared to say; but as to manifesting our interest in an event of such historic concern to all the world as the establishment of parliamentary institution a thousand years ago, I certainly think that perhaps my hon. friend to my right, if he were in the place the Prime Minister suggests, would undoubtedly take care of the matter in the way of giving some permanent -memorial to Iceland, and I should regard it as a privilege and an honour to make a similar proposal.

Last year I acquired an address presented by settlers from Iceland to Sir John A. Macdonald on the occasion of his first visit to Winnipeg. It is written on parchment and is an impressive story of their own struggles against the condition they found in this country and their hopes and aspirations for their future development; and the results attained have been in keeping very largely with the expectations they then expressed.

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May 30, 1930