April 14, 1931

INTERNATIONAL LABOUR CONFERENCE

AUTHENTIC TEXT OF DRAFT CONVENTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

CON

Wesley Ashton Gordon (Minister of Immigration and Colonization; Minister of Mines)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. W. A. GORDON (Minister of Immigration and Colonization):

Mr. Speaker, I beg to lay on the table of the house the authentic text of the draft conventions and recommendations which have been adopted by the tenth, eleventh, twelfth and fourteenth sessions respectively of the International Labour conference in accordance with the provisions of article 405 of the treaty of Versailles and the corresponding provisions of the other treaties of peace. Also the text of certain orders in council which have been adopted dealing with the competence of parliament and of the provincial legislatures respectively with regard to the subject matters of these draft conventions and recommendations. The text of the draft conventions and recommendations and the orders in council which have been mentioned have been transmitted to the lieutenant-governors of the various provinces.

Topic:   INTERNATIONAL LABOUR CONFERENCE
Subtopic:   AUTHENTIC TEXT OF DRAFT CONVENTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
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CANADIAN NATIONALS ACT

PROVISION FOR LOSS OR RENUNCIATION OF CANADIAN NATIONALITY


Hon. C. H. CAHAN (Secretary of State) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 24, to define Canadian nationals and to provide for loss or renunciation of Canadian nationality.


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An hon. MEMBER:

Explain.

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONALS ACT
Subtopic:   PROVISION FOR LOSS OR RENUNCIATION OF CANADIAN NATIONALITY
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CON

Charles Hazlitt Cahan (Secretary of State of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CAHAN:

This bill is to revise chapter 21 of the Revised Statutes of Canada, 1927, which is entitled an act to define Canadian nationals and to provide for loss or renunciation of Canadian nationality. Upon assuming the duties of Secretary of State I found that investigations had been made with re-

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spect to the application of the existing statute by the permanent officials of the State department and the permanent officials of the Department of External Affairs. I found also that during the regime of the previous government the then Prime Minister, the right hon. the leader of the opposition (Mr. Mackenzie King) had procured from Professor W. P. M. Kennedy of Toronto university a very lengthy study of the essentials of Canadian nationality. With the assistance of the permanent officials of the State department and of the Department of External Affairs I have drafted this bill in order to express in appropriate terms for legislative enactment what I believe to be the essential qualifications for Canadian nationality. For instance in dealing with the claims for reparations under the treaty of Versailles some hundreds of claimants are compelled in the first place to prove that they are Canadian nationals. Many of these claimants have found themselves in extreme difficulties when they were asked to determine whether or not they were Canadian nationals within the scope and the meaning of the treaty of Versailles. Since the treaty of Versailles was ratified the government of Canada with the approval of parliament has entered into a series of international treaties and conventions, and with respect to the administration for Canada of those treaties and conventions it is necessary in many, many cases arising in my department daily and weekly to determine whether certain residents in Canada are Canadian nationals within the meaning of these treaties and conventions. Then, in respect to the administration of certain acts, such as the Copyright Act, and to a lesser degree the Patent Act, it becomes necessary daily to determine whether or not the applicant is a Canadian national. The two primary qualifications of course are first that the applicant is a British subject and second that he has a domicile in Canada. There are, however, certain variations which must be determined. This bill is an attempt, with the aid of such expert assistance as is available in the various departments and the assistance of the reports of experts which were received by the previous government, to determine and to express in simple language who are Canadian nationals within the meaning of our statutes and of the conventions and treaties above mentioned. I think it is absolutely necessary for the proper administration of the affairs of the State department that Canadian nationals should be clearly defined so as to avoid the difficulties which from day to day are arising in the administration of that department. I have

not introduced this bill as a partisan measure. In the Department of State we are really attempting to carry into effect the result of investigations and reports made to the previous government which have been amplified somewhat since the present government took office. I desire to have the bill read in order that it may be distributed to members of the house, and I ask from hon. members on both sides of the house serious consideration of the elements of this bill. Such a measure should not be passed for partisan purposes or as a party measure. It is a measure which if it is to be enacted should receive the approval of a majority of members on both sides of this house.

Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONALS ACT
Subtopic:   PROVISION FOR LOSS OR RENUNCIATION OF CANADIAN NATIONALITY
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REPARATIONS COMMISSION

SUPPLEMENTARY REPORT OP COMMISSIONER CONCERNING PRISONERS OF WAR


On the orders of the day.


LIB

Ian Alistair Mackenzie

Liberal

Hon. IAN MACKENZIE (Vancouver Centre):

May I ask the hon. the Secretary

of State if, during the present session of parliament, he expects to be in a position to present to the house a supplementary report of the reparations commissioner dealing with the cases of soldiers who were prisoners of war?

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Subtopic:   SUPPLEMENTARY REPORT OP COMMISSIONER CONCERNING PRISONERS OF WAR
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Charles Hazlitt Cahan (Secretary of State of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. C. H. CAHAN (Secretary of State):

That will depend entirely upon the progress which the commissioner makes. I have already presented a report of the decisions up to the date of the report. If it is possible to secure hearings and decisions in other cases which are before the commissioner I shall endeavour to comply with the suggestion of the hon. gentleman.

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Subtopic:   SUPPLEMENTARY REPORT OP COMMISSIONER CONCERNING PRISONERS OF WAR
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SALMON FISHERIES REGULATIONS

COMPLAINTS RESPECTING EFFECTS OF PROPOSED REGULATIONS


On the orders of the day.


LIB

Peter John Veniot

Liberal

Hon. P. J. VENIOT (Gloucester):

May

I be permitted to draw the attention of the hon. the Minister of Fisheries (Mr. Rhodes) to a situation which has arisen in the maritime provinces and especially the province of New Brunswick in connection with salmon net fishing. Recently regulations were passed which if put into effect immediately, it is argued, would cause a grave injustice to the salmon net fishermen of the province of New Brunswick. Especially would the injustice be felt where net fishing is carried on along the shore of the open bays. I do not wish

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to argue the merits of the regulations but I wish to ask a question of the Minister of Fisheries concerning them. I have no doubt he has received some protests and I would like to know if having received those protests he will thoroughly investigate the complaints before the regulations are put into effect. Will the minister have bis officials report upon the advisability of postponing for one year the operation of these new regulations to give time fully to investigate all phases of the situation, in case such investigation cannot be made before the opening of the season this year?

Topic:   SALMON FISHERIES REGULATIONS
Subtopic:   COMPLAINTS RESPECTING EFFECTS OF PROPOSED REGULATIONS
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CON

Edgar Nelson Rhodes (Minister of Fisheries)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. E. N. RHODES (Minister of Fisheries) :

In reply to the question of my hon.

friend from Gloucester (Mr. Yeniot) I may say that the regulations in question were proposed following a conference which was held at Ottawa in February. That conference was attended by upwards of thirty persons representative of every phase of the fishing industry, and the conclusions reached are substantially those embodied in the regulations. It has transpired that objections have been raised since the regulations have been announced due I think chiefly to objections arising with respect to the date of the opening of the fishing season. The question has become more acute by reason of the fact that this year promises to be an earlier year with respect to fishing than has any year within the last fifty. In view of objections which have been raised the deputy minister has been instructed to proceed immediately to the province of New Brunswick for the purpose of a further conference with those representing the industry. If it appears after such further inquiry that any hardships will result to the fishermen and to the industry, the question of modification or of postponing the application of the regulations as proposed will be favourably considered.

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Subtopic:   COMPLAINTS RESPECTING EFFECTS OF PROPOSED REGULATIONS
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LIB

Charles Marcil

Liberal

Hon. CHARLES MARCIL (Bonaventure):

Will these regulations apply to the province of Quebec as well as to the province of New Brunswick? Was the province of Quebec represented ait the conference?

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CON

Edgar Nelson Rhodes (Minister of Fisheries)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. RHODES:

The province of Quebec

was represented at the conference by F. M. Gibaut, Superintendent of Maritime Fisheries, Department of Colonization, Game and Fisheries of Quebec. The regulations were made in conformity with his view as to their acceptability to the province of Quebec.

Topic:   SALMON FISHERIES REGULATIONS
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April 14, 1931