May 14, 1931

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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Explain.

Topic:   BANKRUPTCY ACT AMENDMENT
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LIB

Maurice Brasset

Liberal

Mr. BRASSET:

Mr. Speaker, this bill has reference to the province of Quebec and would require a petition to be filed in the judicial district wherein the debtor resides, such district to be as defined by the Quebec statutes. This bill would lessen the expenses of insolvents. For instance, at the present time the courts in Hull or in Montreal may accept a petition to declare insolvent a resident of Gaspe county, and that person is obliged to come to Hull or to Montreal in order to defend the petition. The purpose of this bill is to obviate that trouble and expense.

Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.

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QUESTIONS


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.) ^PACIFIC SEALING AWARDS


CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; Minister of Finance and Receiver General; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

Mr. Speaker, an answer

to this question was prepared by the hon. Minister of Fisheries (Mr. Rhodes) but in his absence I think it can be answered directly. The answer to the first question is yes. The answer to the second question is that the petitions are receiving consideration but whether or not the action taken will be favourable depends upon the decision arrived at after consideration.

Questions

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* CANADIAN COOPERATIVE WHEAT PRODUCERS, LIMITED-BANK LOANS

LIB

Mr. MERCIER (St. Henri):

Liberal

1. Is the government aware that the Canadian bants have advanced, in loans or guarantees, the sum of $68,000,000 to the Canadian CoOperative Wheat Producers, Limited?

2. Has the government, to date, guaranteed the banks interested in these loans in favour of wheat pools, for said amount of $68,000,000, totally or partially?

3. If partially, up to what amount?

This question, Mr. Speaker, was before the house on May 4, 1931, and was allowed to stand at that time on the suggestion of the right hon. the Prime Minister (Mr. Bennett) that the question should be modified to permit an answer being given. Will he suggest how this question could be modified in order to permit this information being given?

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Subtopic:   * CANADIAN COOPERATIVE WHEAT PRODUCERS, LIMITED-BANK LOANS
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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; Minister of Finance and Receiver General; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

As the question now

reads, the answer to the first part would be no. The answer to the second part would depend upon what portion of the first part it has reference to. No guarantee has been given for $68,000,090. An arrangement was made. At the moment I think the responsibility would be $2,000 or $3,000, provided the security upon which the advances by the banks are made is liquidated at reasonable prices. At present market prices there will be practically no liability.

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Subtopic:   * CANADIAN COOPERATIVE WHEAT PRODUCERS, LIMITED-BANK LOANS
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*BEAUIIARNOIS POWER DEVELOPMENT

UFA

Mr. GARDINER:

United Farmers of Alberta

1. Has the program of construction provided for in condition No. 12 of the order in council No. P.C. 422 of March 8, 1929, been submitted and approved by the minister?

2. If so submitted and approved, will the government table a copy?

3. If not submitted and approved, when will the government require its submission?

4. What is the meaning and purpose of said condition No. 12?

5. What constitutes the "works' referred to in line 1 of condition No. 11 of said order in council ?

6. What constitutes the "works" referred to in line 1 of condition No. 13 of said order in council ?

7. What constitutes the "works" referred to in line 1 of condition No. 14 of the said order in council?

8. Have the engineer or engineers referred to in condition No. 14 of the said order in council been appointed by the government, if so, when and what are their names, what are their duties in respect to: (a) the canal; (b) works to be constructed in the St. Lawrence river?

9. Why were fixed spans permitted as set out in condition No. 10 of said order in council if the canal is to be used for navigation purposes?

10. (a) Has the province of Quebec executed and tlie Dominion government accepted the

agreement referred to in condition No. 24; O)) if this agreement has been executed and accepted, will the government table a copy?

11. (a) Have the plan and detailed construction provided for in condition No. 11 of said order in council been submitted and approved of by the minister; (b) if so approved, will the government table a copy?

12. Will the government procure from the Beauharnois Power Corporation Limited (a Dominion company) and table the list of shareholders of said corporation?

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Subtopic:   *BEAUIIARNOIS POWER DEVELOPMENT
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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; Minister of Finance and Receiver General; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

I think it well to say to the hon. member for Acadia that during the week we shall endeavour to work out an answer to this question. Without giving offence, may I say that the departments do not undertake to construe the meaning to be given to the word "works." I think he will quite readily understand that the administrative side of government should not undertake to exercise the functions of the judicial branch, so we cannot answer those questions asking what meaning is put upon the word "works."

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CON

Pierre Édouard Blondin (Speaker of the Senate)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPEAKER:

Answered.

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; Minister of Finance and Receiver General; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

In part.

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UFA

Robert Gardiner

United Farmers of Alberta

Mr. GARDINER:

May I call your attention, Mr. Speaker, to the fact that you declared this question answered, but the Prime Minister answered only in regard to questions 5, 6 and 7. If you turn over the page, there are other questions having no relation to what the Prime Minister answered, and I ask that those be permitted to stand and be answered at some future time.

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; Minister of Finance and Receiver General; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

I said "in part." The

hon. gentleman did not hear my observation.

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CON

Pierre Édouard Blondin (Speaker of the Senate)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPEAKER:

Question No. 4 answered

in part and allowed to stand.

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AUSTRALIAN TREATY

CON

Mr. LAFLECHE:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Is the treaty between Canada and Australia still in force?

2. If so, when will it expire?

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Subtopic:   AUSTRALIAN TREATY
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CON

Mr. BENNETT: (Prime Minister; Minister of Finance and Receiver General; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Yes.

2. The Australian Trade Agreement Act, 1925, provides that the governor in council, upon giving six months' notice to the government of the Commonwealth of Australia of his intention so to do, may order and direct that the tariff concessions extended to Australia by that act shall cease and determine.

Questions

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May 14, 1931