March 18, 1931

ARMISTICE DAY ACT AMENDMENT


Mr. A. W. NEILL (Comox-Albemi) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 8, to amend the Armistice Day Act. He said: The Armistice Day Act, passed in 1921, comprises two sections. It provides that the Armistice day celebration shall be held on the Monday in the week in which November 11 falls. The second section provides that Thanksgiving day shall be held on the same day. The bill I now ask leave to introduce repeals both these sections, substituting for them one section which provides that the celebration of Armistice day shall be held on November 11 in each year and on no other day. It makes no reference to Thanksgiving day and therefore the procedure in regard to that will revert to the practice that prevailed prior to 1921, when by proclamation the government could fix the day at The Address-Mr. Rinjret any time they liked. I do not say anything in this bill as to Thanksgiving day, I leave that entirely open; I provide in one section that Armistice day shall be celebrated on November 11 and upon no other day.


IND

Joseph Henri Napoléon Bourassa

Independent

Mr. BOURASSA:

I am opposed to that.

Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.

Topic:   ARMISTICE DAY ACT AMENDMENT
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VANCOUVER-SEYMOUR NARROWS


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Ian Alistair Mackenzie

Liberal

Hon. I. A. MACKENZIE (Vancouver Centre):

Mr. Speaker, may I ask the hon. Minister of Marine (Mr. Duranleau) whether he has as yet received a report from the commission investigating the question of the ripple rock at the entrance to the Seymour Narrows in British Columbia, and if so, when he intends to present the same to parliament.

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CON

Alfred Duranleau (Minister of Marine)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. ALFRED DURANLEAU (Minister of Marine):

The report has been received but has not yet been considered by my department.

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PEACE RIVER RAILWAY


On the orders of the day:


UFA

Donald MacBeth Kennedy

United Farmers of Alberta

Mr. D. M. KENNEDY (Peace River):

Mr. Speaker, would the Minister of Railways and Canals (Mr. Manion) advise the house if he has yet received the report from his department as to the route of the Peace River railway?

Topic:   PEACE RIVER RAILWAY
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CON

Robert James Manion (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. R. J. MANION (Minister of Railways and Canals):

The hon. member for Peace River (Mr. Kennedy) was good enough to advise me a couple of days ago that he was going to ask this question and I made inquiry thereon. I have been informed by the officers of the department that all reports which have been received have been already tabled in the house. Those that have been tabled are procurable at the distribution office. I believe the last one tabled was in May, 1929, and referred to branch lines. If my hon. friend has any other report in mind and will advise me I shall be glad to look into it further.

Topic:   PEACE RIVER RAILWAY
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CIVIL SERVICE

CHARGES OF POLITICAL PARTISANSHIP AGAINST OFFICIALS


On the orders of the day:


LIB

James Layton Ralston

Liberal

Hon. J. L. RALSTON (Shelburne-Yar-mouth):

Mr. Speaker, I would like to ask the hon. Minister of Justice (Mr. Guthrie) if he is aware that letters are being sent out, at least from one department, the Post Office Department, and possibly from others, to persons in the civil service accusing them of partisanship without giving the name of the

accuser or any information with regard to the charge. Members of the civil service are being called upon to make an affidavit proving themselves innocent on pain of dismissal if that affidavit is not made. This practice is contrary to the usual rule and I think the Minister of Justice will be the first to appreciate that a man is presumed to be innocent until he is proved to be guilty. Will the hon. minister consider having these letters recalled in view of their infraction of the rules and regulations which have existed in connection with the civil service?

Topic:   CIVIL SERVICE
Subtopic:   CHARGES OF POLITICAL PARTISANSHIP AGAINST OFFICIALS
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CON

Hugh Guthrie (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. HUGH GUTHRIE (Minister of Justice):

I do not know of anything which has been done in any department not in accordance with the usual practice in such matters, nor have I any personal knowledge of the letters to which my hon. friend has referred. I shall make inquiry into the matter and if I find that there is anything amiss I shall have no objection to calling the attention of the department to that matter. So far I have heard of nothing which departs from the usual practice in such matters.

Topic:   CIVIL SERVICE
Subtopic:   CHARGES OF POLITICAL PARTISANSHIP AGAINST OFFICIALS
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CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS- LIMOILOU SHOPS


On the orders of the day: Mr. JEAN-FRANCOIS POULIOT (Ternis-couata): Mr. Speaker, I would draw the attention of the hon. Minister of Railways and Canals (Mr. Manion) to the fact that the Canadian National shops at Limoilou were burned yesterday. Owing to the fact that several hundred employees were deported from Riviere du Loup to St. Malo in 1920, do the Canadian National railways intend to send some of the men formerly employed at Limoilou shops to Riviere du Loup?


CON

Robert James Manion (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. R. J. MANION (Minister of Railways and Canals):

The point raised by the hon. member is entirely of an administrative character but I shall be very glad to bring his remarks to the attention of the management.

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS- LIMOILOU SHOPS
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SPEECH FROM THE THRONE

March 18, 1931