May 22, 1931

ORLEANS ISLAND-BEAUPRE BRIDGE


Mr. A. U. G. BURY (East Edmonton) presented the second report of the select standing committee on standing orders, as follows: Your committee have had under consideration the fifteenth report of the clerk of petitions, presented to the house on Wednesday, 20th May, together with the petition of the government of the province of Quebec; praying for the passing of an act respecting the construction of a bridge over the river St. Lawrence, between the island of Orleans and the coast of Beaupre, within the said province. Evidence adduced before your committee shows that final approval authorizing the construction of the above named bridge was not obtained until 15t,h May. Immediately following such approval steps were taken to present petitions to the parliament of Canada; such action, however, was effected after the expiry of the time fixed for recovering petitions in this house. Your committee therefore recommend that standing order 92, in relation thereto, be suspended and the said petition be received. Mr. BURY moved that the report be con-lurred in. Motion agreed to.


BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

PRECEDENCE FOR GOVERNMENT BUSINESS ON AND AFTER MONDAY JUNE 1

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)

Right Hon. R. B. BENNETT (Prime Minister) moved:

That on and after May 25, next, and all subsequent Mondays till the end of the session, government notices of motion and government orders shall have precedence over all other business except questions and notices of motions for the production of papers.

He said: Mr. Speaker, this notice of motion stands in my name as of May 18. In view of representations that have been made to me I would like to move that the date be changed from Monday, May 25, to Monday June 1 next, so that next Monday will be the last day for private members' legislation. Owing to the interruption of one Wednesday and the desirability of affording ample opportunity to private members I move, seconded by Mr. Guthrie:

That on and after, Monday, June 1, next and all subsequent Mondays till the end of the session, government notices of motion and government orders shall have precedence over all other business except questions and notices of motion for the production of papers.

Motion as amended agreed to.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   PRECEDENCE FOR GOVERNMENT BUSINESS ON AND AFTER MONDAY JUNE 1
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VOCATIONAL EDUCATION

PROPOSED ANNUAT, EXPENDITURE OF 8750,000 CONDITIONAL UPON AGREEMENTS WITH PROVINCES


Hon. HUGH GUTHRIE (Minister of Justice) moved that the house go into committee to-morrow to consider the following proposed resolution: That it is expedient to bring in a measure to provide for the promotion of vocational education in Canada, and to appropriate the sum of $750,000 per annum for fifteen years for such purpose, payments to be made conditional upon agreements with the respective provincial governments. He said: His Excellency the Governor General, having been made acquainted with the subject matter of this resolution, recommends it to the favourable consideration of the house. Motion agreed to. Privilege-Mr. Mackenzie King


RADIO LICENCES

APPLICATION OF BORDER CITIES STAR FOR PERMIT TO OPERATE BROADCASTING STATION


On the orders of the day:


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)

Right Hon. R. B. BENNETT (Prime Minister):

Before the orders of the day are

called may I say that at page 1844 of Hansard I observe my colleague the Minister of Marine (Mr. Duranleau) stated last night that he had communicated certain information to the Border Cities Star and that they appeared to be satisfied with the granting of a radio licence to another applicant. As a matter of fact when that statement was made I was not present in the house. I desire to inform the chamber at this time that a representative of the Border Cities Star, Mr. H. A. Graybill, the local representative of that paper, saw me in my office in this building and objected to the licence being granted. Having ascertained when the communication was sent out to the successful applicant I did not communicate further with my colleague and he was not fully cognizant of the fact when he stated no objection had been made by the paper. Mr. Graybill has sent me a telegram reminding me of that communication. If I had been present last night I would have been able to communicate the information that he did make a protest to me accompanied, as he was at the time, by a local representative of the paper.

Topic:   RADIO LICENCES
Subtopic:   APPLICATION OF BORDER CITIES STAR FOR PERMIT TO OPERATE BROADCASTING STATION
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WORLD WHEAT CONFERENCE

INQUIRY AS TO OFFICIAL STATEMENT OF PROCEEDINGS AT LONDON MEETING


On the orders of the day:


UFA

Henry Elvins Spencer

United Farmers of Alberta

Mr. H. E. SPENCER (Battle River):

I

would like to ask the Prime Minister if he would be prepared to-day or next week to make a statement respecting the wheat conference being held in London, England?

Topic:   WORLD WHEAT CONFERENCE
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO OFFICIAL STATEMENT OF PROCEEDINGS AT LONDON MEETING
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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)

Right Hon. R. B. BENNETT (Prime Minister) :

The daily press gives a record of what transpires from day to day at the conference. At the close of each day's business the High Commissioner has sent a communication which in no sense has amplified what has appeared in the press. When the conference closes I shall be glad to give the house any information I may receive in connection with the conference.

Topic:   WORLD WHEAT CONFERENCE
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO OFFICIAL STATEMENT OF PROCEEDINGS AT LONDON MEETING
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PRIVILEGE-MR. MACKENZIE KING PROPRIETY OF CERTAIN QUESTIONS APPEARING ON THE ORDER PAPER


On the orders of the day. Right hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Leader of the Opposition): Recently on a matter of privilege I drew attention to the appearance on the order paper of certain questions which to my mind should not have been permitted to be placed on the records of the house. To-day one of these questions continues to appear on the order paper. It is under date May 15, and is question 23, asked by Mr. Lafleche. It is as follows: 1. During the term of office of Hon. Rodolphe Lemieux, as Speaker of the House of Commons, were certain pieces of furniture, the property of the state, transported to his summer residence, at Point an Pic, Quebec? 2. If so, what were said pieces of furniture? 3. Has said furniture been returned? 4. If so, at whose request? 5. Who paid for the transportation of the said furniture? To any one not familiar with the facts the question I have read would, I submit, leave the impression that certain furniture had been taken by the former Speaker from the House of Commons to his summer residence, had been brought back to the speaker's apartment in the city and that transportation had been paid by the state. To-day the Hon Senator Lemieux called upon me at my office and asked me to make the very positive statement that at no time was any furniture taken from the Speaker's apartment to his summer home during his term of office or at any other time, and of course that there was no transportation of furniture one way or the other at the expense of the state. If the question in the form it is put were not protected by the privileges of parliament it would constitute a libellous statement.


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:

Oh, no.

Topic:   PRIVILEGE-MR. MACKENZIE KING PROPRIETY OF CERTAIN QUESTIONS APPEARING ON THE ORDER PAPER
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May 22, 1931