May 30, 1930


Item agreed to. To provide for extension of the inquiry concerning technical and professional classes to all classes in the public service, $25,000.


LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

Might I say with respect to the part of the inquiry which has already been made namely that into the classification and salaries of technical and professional classes, that the government's first thought was to include a sum in these supplementary estimates to enable payments to be made immediately upon approval of the commission's recommendations, or such of them as it was deemed advisable to approve. However, on consideration it was thought preferable not to provide a lump sum at the moment but to have it understood that the government should be free, if it was thought advisable so to do, to make any increases retroactive so as to begin from about the time at which the commission had made its report, that is to say from the beginning of the present fiscal year.

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UFA

Edward Joseph Garland

United Farmers of Alberta

Mr. GARLAND (Bow River):

Has any

provision been made to remove the discrimination which was shown the other day to exist as between the Senate staff and the House of Commons staff?

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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:

Yes, we dealt with that this afternoon.

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Item agreed to.


GOVERNOR GENERAL'S WARRANTS

CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

Why should not the provision with respect to Governor General's warrants, which comprise items 431 to 444, have been made in the main estimates in view of the expressed policy of the administration in this connection?

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LIB

Charles Avery Dunning (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. DUNNING:

I find it rather difficult to answer my hon. friend's question, except to say it is the practice. I think my hon. friend's point is well taken and I shall look into the matter.

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SUPPLY-CONCURRENCE


The house proceeded to consider certain resolutions reported from committee of supply. Resolutions reported, read the second time and concurred in.


WAYS AND MEANS

SUPPLY BILL


Hon. CHARLES A. DUNNING (Minister of Finance) moved that the house go into committee of ways and means. Motion agreed to, and the house went into committee, Mr. Johnston in the chair.


LIB

Charles Avery Dunning (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. DUNNING moved:

Resolved that towards making good the supply granted to His Majesty on account of certain expenses of the public service for the fiscal year ending March 31, 193], the sum of $234,229,125.26 be granted out of the consolidated revenue fund of Canada.

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Motion agreed to.


LIB

John Frederick Johnston (Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole of the House of Commons)

Liberal

The CHAIRMAN:

Shall I report the resolution?

Mr.' BENNETT: This probably concludes

supply so far as the committee is concerned, and there are two or three questions upon which I would like to receive information. In common with other members of this house I have received many telegrams asking for information from the government as to the change in customs duties on automobiles from wholesale to retail prices by order in council after the house closes. This is a matter of vital importance on the question of ways and means of making good the supply to His Majesty. I would like a statement from the Minister of National Revenue in that regard. In my judgment the statute does not contemplate a change of tariff by that method, but I would like some assurance in the matter.

293S

Ways and Means-Supply Bill

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LIB

William Daum Euler (Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

Mr. EULER:

I have had a great many

communications similar to the one read^ by the leader of the opposition. Representations have been made that in view of the fact that there are varying discounts in connection with the importation of different makes of automobiles, and that as difficulties in that regard are experienced in the department, it might be well to have a uniform rate of discount. That is as far as it has gone; nothing whatever has been done.

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

Is such action contemplated?-because we know a good deal in connection with what the hon. gentleman is talking about. There is an election pending, and we know what happened on a former occasion. We have the right to ask for a definite assurance, and we will have it if this house has to sit until to-morrow morning.

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LIB

William Daum Euler (Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

Mr. EULER:

My hon. friend is even

pointing his finger at me, and I may tell him that that is entirely unnecessary. I have given him the facts.

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

Those are not the facts.

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May 30, 1930