July 14, 1931

CANADIAN NATIONALS ACT


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Louis Édouard Fernand Rinfret

Liberal

Hon. FERNAND RINFRET (St. James):

Mr. Speaker, may I inquire of the Secretary of State (Mr. Cahan) if he intends to proceed with Bill No. 24, an act to define Canadian nationals?

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CON

Charles Hazlitt Cahan (Secretary of State of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)

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

Mr. Speaker, my hon. friend from St. James (Mr. Rinfret) very courteously gave me notice that he intended to ask this question, and I desire to make the following statement:

I regret that we will be unable to proceed, during the present session, with Bill No. 24, entitled "An Act to define Canadian nationals and to provide for loss or renunciation of Canadian nationality."

I think that the underlying principles of that bill meet with the general approval of this house. There is an increasing demand for such legislation from all Canadian religious organizations, which have missionaries in foreign countries; from Canadian commercial and industrial companies, which maintain agencies in other countries for the develop-

Inquiries for Returns

ment of their overseas trade; and from representatives and agents of the dominion and provincial governments, who, necessarily, reside outside of Canada. They all desire that provision should be made in our statutes whereby they and their families while residing abroad, may retain their status as Canadian nationals, and maintain their permanent domicile in Canada, though temporarily resident abroad while representing in other countries Canada and Canadian institutions.

Obviously, they also desire to have and to maintain the right for themselves and their families to return from time to time to Canada to visit their principals and their relatives and their friends, and, when deemed desirable, to resume their permanent residence in Canada.

To assure Canadian nationals of this right will require certain amendments and modifications of our existing immigration laws. Inasmuch as the Minister of Immigration is now constantly engaged as chairman of the special committee which is investigating the Beau-harnois project, it has been deemed expedient to postpone, for this session, further consideration of Bill No. 24, which has passed its second reading in this house, in the hope that some satisfactory compromise may be reached in respect of the amendments of the existing immigration laws, which should be made to protect fully the rights and interests of Canadian nationals and their families who are resident abroad and who may desire to resume their permanent domicile in Canada.

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INQUIRIES FOR RETURNS


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Pierre-François Casgrain (Whip of the Liberal Party)

Liberal

Mr. P. F. CASGRAIN (Charlevoix-Sague-nay):

Mr. Speaker, might I inquire of the government when certain returns for which I have asked will be brought down? On May 11 an order was passed by this house for the production of certain documents with regard to an ice-breaker. I drew attention some time ago to the fact that this return had not been brought down. Also on June 1 an order was passed for the production of documents relating to the public building at Pointe-au-Pic in the county of Charlevoix. Also on June 18 an order was passed for the production of lists of all the officials and employees on the various ships or ice-breakers under the control of the Department of Marine in the province of Quebec, and a similar order was passed with respect to vessels under the control of the Department of Public Works. I should like to have these returns as soon as possible.

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LIB-PRO

John Livingstone Brown

Liberal Progressive

Mr. J. L. BROWN (Lisgar):

A return was ordered by the house recently with reference to a report by Mr. Little concerning the dismissal of Mr. Graham. The Prime Minister (Mr. Bennett) said I was not likely to get as full a report perhaps as I wished. I should like to know as soon as possible just what will be the nature of the report to be furnished.

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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 Min ister):

The report was, in part, an into

departmental report and as such would not be brought down. So far as the balance of it is concerned, I understand it is in course of preparation.

Perhaps I should say to the hon. member for Charlevoix-Saguenay (Mr. Casgrain) that one of the returns he refers to necessitates an enormous amount of correspondence in order to get the names of all the persons employed in various parts of the public service throughout the province of Quebec. This information cannot be collected in a day or a week. As perhaps the hon. member realizes, the number of returns asked for this session has been so very great as compared with previous sessions that the staffs of the various departments have been very much overworked. However, I will make further inquiries with respect to these returns.

Mr. JEAN-FRANCOIS POULIOT (Temis-couata): Mr. Speaker, yesterday you advised

me that the clerk was looking into the matter relating to some questions that I desired to place on the order paper and that a decision would be arrived at in a very short time. I do not see those questions in votes and proceedings to-day, and I should like to be definitely informed on what authority my questions have not been placed on the order paper.

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AUSTRALIAN TRADE AGREEMENT


On the orders of the day:


CON

Henry Herbert Stevens (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. H. H. STEVENS (Minister of Trade and Commerce):

Mr. Speaker, yesterday

evening I promised to table a copy of the Australian tariff; I do so now. I submit, however, that it would not be serving any very useful purpose to have it printed in full. I am tabling it for the consideration of the members interested. There are a few tabulations showing certain of the changes as far as we know; also a statement of primage duties and a statement showing certain prohibitions, which are all internal matters. I am having tabulated a list of the items affected by the schedules of the treaty, showing the com-

Royal Canadian Mounted Police

parisons, but that is not yet ready. At the moment I am drawing the attention of the house to what seems to me the inadvisability of printing the whole of this tariff.

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CON

Henry Herbert Stevens (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STEVENS:

If the house so desires. ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE

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RETIREMENT OF COLONEL STARNES AND APPOINTMENT OF MAJOR-GENERAL MACBRIEN


On the orders of the day:


CON

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

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. HUGH GUTHRIE (Minister of Justice) :

Mr. Speaker, as a matter of general

public interest, I desire to mention the retirement of Colonel Starnes as Commissioner in Command of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The retirement is to become effective on the first of August next.

As most hon. members are aware, Colonel Starnes has had a very long and a very active career in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Hear, hear.

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CON

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

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GUTHRIE:

He joined the force as a young man of twenty-two years of age and has now served continuously over a period of forty-six years. Since 1923 he has been in command of the force. He has at all times given most excellent and most efficient service.

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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Hear, hear.

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July 14, 1931