August 1, 1931

BRITISH PRIME MINISTERS

ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF GIFT OF PORTRAITS TO BE PLACED IN PARLIAMENT BUILDINGS

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) :

Mr. Speaker, I beg to move, seconded by the right hon. leader of the opposition, the following motion:

That this house deeply appreciates the generous gift made by E. S. Makower, Esquire, of London, England, of a complete collection of portraits of British prime ministers, from the Right Honourable Sir Robert Walpole to the Right Honourable Ramsay MacDonald, which have been placed in the parliament building of Canada; and that the warm thanks of the House of Commons of Canada be conveyed by Mr. Speaker to Mr. Makower.

I dare say that my right hon. friend may think that this is another illustration of the old saying, that one sows and another reaps. The fact is that the arrangements in connection with the gift of these valuable portraits to the Canadian people was arranged by my predecessor in office, who was communicated with, I understand, through the then Prime 22110-282

Minister. It was my privilege and pleasure to receive from Mr. Makower these portraits framed as they now hang upon the walls of the gallery leading to the restaurant. There I trust they will always serve as a reminder to us of the splendour of the achievements of the great and distinguished men who have occupied the position of Prime Minister of Great Britain. In recording our sense of appreciation of this gift, I am sure the resolution conveys the sentiments of every member of this house. It is an additional pleasure to associate my right hon. friend with me in the motion as its seconder.

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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Leader of the Opposition):

Mr. Speaker,

I am indeed happy to have the opportunity or joining with my right hon. friend in approval of the motion which has just been placed in your hands. As my right honourable friend said, it is a case where one sows and another reaps. The sowing has been done by Mr. Makower, and we in Canada, and of this parliament irrespective of the parties to * which we belong, have been reaping the benefits of his generosity. As the Prime Minister has just said, during the time the late Liberal administration was in office I received a communication from the then Prime Minister of Great Britain asking if it would be agreeable with a view to the portraits being placed in our parliament buildings to accept from Mr. Makower on behalf of the government of Canada this splendid collection of portraits of the Prime Ministers of Great Britain from the days of Walpole down to the present time. I expressed to the Prime Minister of Great Britain our warm appreciation of the contemplated gift, and subsequently sent as well a personal word of thanks to Mr. Makower. The gift itself of the collection of portraits was not received until after my right hon. friend came into office, and it is a happy circumstance, that as a consequence each of us has now the pleasure of joining in this acknowledgment, which I am sure will be made wholeheartedly on the part of all hon. members of this House of Commons.

May I say that I understand Mr. Makower's generosity has extended to the making of similar gifts to the British House of Commons and to the parliaments of the other self-governing dominions. It is a noteworthy example of great generosity and public spirit, and I feel that too warm a word of appreciation cannot be expressed for what this parliament has received.

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Motion agreed to.



Supplementary Estimates


HOUSE OF COMMONS STAFF

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) :

Mr. Speaker, I desire to move

seconded by Mr. Rhodes:

That the recommendation submitted by the Civil Service Commission under section 12 and section 61 of the Civil Service Act,_ for a change in the compensation of the position of chief page, House of Commons, and laid on the table of the house on Friday, July 24, 1931, be approved.

This recommendation, directed to the hon. the House of Commons, alters the compensation from a maximum of $1,140 to $1,380. It is approved 'by the hon. the Speaker and signed by the Hon. W. J. Roche, chairman of the Commission, by Dr. MacTavish and by Mr. Tremblay.

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Motion agreed to.


SUPPLEMENTARY ESTIMATES 1931-32


A message from His Excellency the Governor General transmitting further supplementary estimates for the financial year ending March 31, 1932, was presented by Right Hon. R. B. Bennett (Minister of Finance), read by Mr. Speaker to the house and referred to the committee of supply.


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 (Minister of Finance):

Mr. Speaker, I move that the said message with the accompanying estimates be referred to the committee of supply. In doing so I think it well to indicate that of the three items mentioned two have already been considered by the committee of supply. The first item merely changes the wording of the provision made for payment of the subvention in connection with the movement of coal. It will perhaps be recalled that under the previous provision the subvention was payable only to the railways; this change removes that difficulty. The second item relates to the harbour at Quebec, to which I made a short reference last evening. Some few years ago it was agreed by the harbour commissioners that the sum then voted by parliament- would be all that could be voted for a period of five years; but the report of the engineers indicates the desirability of making certain investigations as well as maintaining from deterioration certain parts of the works of the harbour, and this sum is being loaned for that purpose. The last item, I am bound to say, was inadvertently overlooked from the estimates. Last session parliament voted some $390,000 odd for a ship for the use of the hydrographic survey. A contract was let and the work has made some progress, but by some misadventure the vote was not included in the main or the supple-meDtary estimates. It is a revote of some

$390,000 odd, and the balance of $340,000 is the sum required during the fiscal year. I make this explanation because it is unusual to submit these further supplementary estimates.

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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:

The subvention was payable "to the railways." Those words disappear, because it will be observed that all the money does not go to the railways; provision is made, for instance, for payment of some of the money with respect to coal that is mined on Vancouver island.

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LIB

Ernest Lapointe

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE:

My right hon. friend

suggests that the amount for certain works in the harbour of Quebec will be in the form of a loan?

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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:

Under the harbour commission act.

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LIB
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:

It is proposed to make

it just by estimate in this case as a loan because of the provisions of that statute.

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LIB

Ernest Lapointe

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE:

Is it regular to make a

loan by way of an item in the estimates?

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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:

Yes, it is quite competent for parliament to make a loan through the estimates.

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August 1, 1931