March 17, 1932

CHARGES BY HON. G. N. GORDON

CON

James Langstaff Bowman

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. J. L. BOWMAN (Dauphin):

I have

been asked by the chairman of the committee investigating the charges made by Hon. G. N.

Gordon to present the second report of the special committee appointed to inquire into certain charges and allegations made by Hon. G. N. Gordon, K.C., together with the exhibits filed, and a copy of the proceedings and evidence taken:

The special committee appointed to inquire into certain charges and allegations made by the Hon. George N. Gordon, K.C., beg leave to present the following as a second report:

After hearing the evidence, your committee is agreed that the charges and allegations contained in the extracts from The Globe newspaper, as set out in the order of reference, were, in fact, made upon public occasions in Hamilton, Ont., on January 6, 1932, and in Lindsay, Ont., on January 8, 1932, by the Hon. George N. Gordon, K.C., as reported in The Globe newspaper of Toronto, Ont., with the exception that the words "Mrs. Herridge" appear in The Globe of January 6, whereas the words "Mr. Herridge" were those used.

As to the statement that a new private car was constructed for the use of the Prime Minister at a cost to the people of Canada of $125,000, your committee feels that this charge is of a relatively minor character, it being a charge of extravagant expenditure, and not one of misappropriation. It finds, however, that the statements made in this respect gave an entirely erroneous impression of the transaction, and were not warranted by the facts as brought out in evidence. Your committee points out that there has been no increase in the number of government private cars since the present government assumed office.

As to the charges and allegations so made, other than that above dealt with, your committee is of the opinion that they were of a most serious nature, calculated to do injury to the reputation of the Right Hon. R. B. Bennett. Prime Minister of Canada, a member of the House of Commons; and your committee finds that the charges and allegations so made were untrue.

Your committee finds further that these charges and allegations were made with the intention of injuring the Right Hon. R. B. Bennett. Prime Minister of Canada, a member of the House of Commons, in his office as Prime Minister, and were made recklessly and without any adequate attempt to ascertain, before making them, whether they were true or untrue.

In the opinion of your committee, the conduct of Mr. Gordon in making the statements he did was reprehensible and deserving of the censure of the House of Commons, the more so as Mr. Gordon is a member of the King's Privy Council for the Dominion of Canada.

A copy of the proceedings and evidence taken, together with the exhibits filed, is attached.

All of whioh is respectfully submitted.

G. R. Geary,

Chairman.

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QUESTIONS


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.) Questions


IMPORTATIONS OF BUTTER FROM NEW ZEALAND

CON

Eccles James Gott

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GOTT:

How many pounds of butter were imported from New Zealand into Canada for the fiscal year ending March 31, 1931?

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Subtopic:   IMPORTATIONS OF BUTTER FROM NEW ZEALAND
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Henry Herbert Stevens (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STEVENS:

Canada's imports of butter from New Zealand by months for the fiscal year ending March 31, 1931, were:-

Months-1930 Pounds

April 2,455,061

May 2,838,575

June 2,852,529

July 434,034

August 1,805,233

September 876,752

October 2,167,254

November 64

December 84,242

January 1,796

February 132,338

March 147,002

Total, fiscal year 1931.. 13,794,880

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Subtopic:   IMPORTATIONS OF BUTTER FROM NEW ZEALAND
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PROTECTION OF CANADIAN SHIPBUILDING INDUSTRY

CON

Mr. FORTIN:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Since August 7, 1930, were requests made to the government and were measures taken to place a duty of 25 to 50 per cent in order to protect the Canadian maritime construction and repair of ships in Canada?

2. If so, what measures were taken?

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Subtopic:   PROTECTION OF CANADIAN SHIPBUILDING INDUSTRY
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CON

Edgar Nelson Rhodes (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. RHODES:

1 and 2. Requests have been received on several occasions since August 7, 1930, looking toward increased protection for the shipbuilding industry. No tariff changes relative to this industry, in so far as Items 440 and 440 (a) are concerned, were effected since the date above named.

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Subtopic:   PROTECTION OF CANADIAN SHIPBUILDING INDUSTRY
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CANADIAN MISSION TO SOUTH AMERICA

LIB

Mr. POULIOT:

Liberal

1. What was the total cost of the travelling expenditure of the Canadian mission headed by hon. member for Argenteuil (Sir George Perley) to South America early last year?

2. What was the total cost of communications exchanged between the Canadian delegate or delegates on such mission and any member or official of the government: (a) by cable; (b) by wireless; (c) by wireless telephone?

3. What was the total amount of our imports from and our exports to South America: (a) last year (1931); (b) the year previous (1930)?

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Subtopic:   CANADIAN MISSION TO SOUTH AMERICA
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Mr. CAHAN: (Secretary of State of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Expenses incurred by the Right Hon. Sir George Perley and secretai-y in connection with trade mission to South America-$5,569.67,

2. Cost of communication forwarded to Sir George Perley:-

(a) By cable }

(b) By wireless j

(c) Wireless telephone services were rendered without charge 'by the telephone companies in connection with the establishment of new long distance circuits during the British Empire trade exhibition at Buenos Aires.

Cost of messages sent by Sir George Perley to any member or official of the government included in total expenses indicated in No. 1 above and is not available separately.

3. Canada's total imports from and domestic exports to South America for the calendar years 1931 and 1930, were:-

(a) Calendar Year 1931

Imports Domestic

Countries from Exports to

$ $

Argentina .. 3,205,430 4,575,497

Bolivia 81,271

Brazil .. 1,038,860 1,139,118British Guiana.. .. 4,247,774 892,279Chile .. 108,733 580.493Colombia .. 5,051,350 648,911Dutch Guiana. . 71,052Ecuador .. 399 32,236Falkland Islands. .. 10 French Guiana.. , 40,450Paraguay .. 22,228 35.699Peru

. . .. 2,976,418 698.265Uruguay .. 111,025 529,102Venezuela .. 634,662 600,762Total 1931. .. . ,. 17,396,889 9,925,135(b) Calendar Year 1930 Imports DomesticCountries from Exports to$ $Argentina . 7,641,000 12,417,486Bolivia 40.265Brazil . 1.391.111 3,311.070British Guiana.. . . 4,419,969 1,325,954Chile . 546,994 1.106,758Colombia . 5,691,726 1,264,611Dutch Guiana.. . 82,130Ecuador 65,622Falkland Islands. . French Guiana.. . 67,456Paraguay . 12,424 52.160Peru . 4,527,217 1,866,066Uruguay . 187,039 908.998Venezuela . 2,947,881 1,081,437Total 1930 . 27,365,361 23,590,013

Questions

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UNEMPLOYMENT RELIEF, PICTOU COUNTY, NOVA SCOTIA

LIB

Mr. ILSLEY:

Liberal

1. What federal public works in Pictou county, Nova Scotia, have been constructed or undertaken by the government under the Unemployment and Farm Relief Act, 1931?

_2. What amounts were authorized in respect of each work?

3. What are the names of the foremen employed in respect of each work and on whose recommendation were they appointed?

4. On whose recommendation was the selection made of men to be given employment in connection with each of these respective works?

5. What was the expenditure actually incurred in respect of each of such works?

6. Are any such works as yet unfinished, if so, which of such works?

7. On whose recommendation did the government decide on the authorization of each of the works referred to?

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Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT RELIEF, PICTOU COUNTY, NOVA SCOTIA
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Hugh Alexander Stewart (Minister of Public Works)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STEWART (Leeds):

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Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT RELIEF, PICTOU COUNTY, NOVA SCOTIA
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CIRCULATION OF BANK NOTES

UFA

Henry Elvins Spencer

United Farmers of Alberta

Mr. SPENCER:

What was the total of chartered bank notes, dominion notes and subsidiary coin in circulation on July 31, 1929, and January 31, 1932, respectively?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   CIRCULATION OF BANK NOTES
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Edgar Nelson Rhodes (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. RHODES:

Total bank notes in circulation

Total dominion notes issued and outstanding Canadian gold and subsidiary coin issued and

As at July 31, As at January 1929 31, 1932

$170,113,031 00 $133,673,369 00

196,441,166 54 170,382,805 69outstanding .. 32,684,147 75 34,474,608 00

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Subtopic:   CIRCULATION OF BANK NOTES
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March 17, 1932