March 31, 1932

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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Carried.

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Thomas McMillan

Liberal

Mr. McMILLAN (Huron):

Do not think for a moment it is carried. The Prime Minister told us in the house yesterday that this money had been loaned to the province of Saskatchewan. Therefore we ought to know whether this money is going to be returned to the federal treasury or whether, when these promissory notes are paid, the proceeds will remain in the hands of the Saskatchewan government. Is it to be a free gift from the treasury of the Dominion of Canada to the treasury of Saskatchewan and are these people not to receive the money handed out as it were, in a free manner? We have been told that we should try to help the needy in this country. If there be one thing more than another which the members of the House of Commons ought to do, and do unanimously, it is to see that those unfortunate people of Saskatchewan who have had absolute crop failures for three successive years, are put on their feet.

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Robert James Manion (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MANION:

Why not sit down and give them a chance to get some help?

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Thomas McMillan

Liberal

Mr. McMILLAN (Huron):

I am surprised at my good friend the hon. member for North Grey, because just the other day when I was talking to him on this same matter, what was his reply? He said: I had no idea thjs was being done with those poor people. Yet when this matter is being discussed on the floor of parliament, I am surprised he displays such partisanship.

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Victor Clarence Porteous

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. PORTEOUS:

Who is to pay these notes if the people of Saskatchewan do not?

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Thomas McMillan

Liberal

Mr. McMILLAN (Huron):

Who is to pay ' them? We as members of the opposition say that these people should receive this as a free gift just as was the case when the people of Ontario and Quebec sent carload after carload of relief to western Canada. We do not look for anything in return for that; it was a free gift to the people of Saskatchewan. As I say, when that is the case in regard to relief handed out by the people of Ontario and Quebec to the western provinces, when it comes to a question of the government of Canada paying out money from the public

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exchequer on behalf of the whole Canadian people, it is a surprising stand for any member of the government to take that they should not let us know what they are going to do.

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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Carried.

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Thomas McMillan

Liberal

Mr. McMILLAN (Huron):

Not at all. I think if ever there was a time when we ought to have a statement from the members of the government, it is now. They have sat silent during the last half hour or so. This is a cabinet responsibility; every member of the cabinet is responsible for the actions of any member of it; the cabinet as a whole is responsible for the action of every individual member thereof.

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Eccles James Gott

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GOTT:

If the hon. member will not allow me to ask a question, I shall draw the attention of the Speaker to the fact that it is now eleven o'clock.

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NOTICE OF CLOSURE

CON

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

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

I beg leave to give notice that, at the next sitting of the committee of the whole house, I shall move that the further consideration of the title and clauses 1, 2 and 3 of the Unemployment and Farm Relief Continuance Act, 1932, shall be the first business of the committee and shall not be further postponed.

I may say that yesterday I had some reason to believe that the statement made in connection with this evening would be implemented; otherwise we should have taken a very different line of action. I am very sorry it was not.

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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

What is the

statement to which the Prime Minister refers?

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CON

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

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

A statement made by the ex-Minister of Justice to me.

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Ernest Lapointe

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE:

Never. I said: if this bill can be put out of committee to-night, would the third reading be to-morrow? The Prime Minister said yes. I said I would try to see it passed through committee, but I never gave any undertaking.

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

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

We all believed he did. That is all.

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William Richard Motherwell

Liberal

Mr. MOTHERWELL:

If the Prime Minister had made a statement in the house we would have got through.

Progress reported.

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ADJOURNMENT-BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

I suppose the second application of the closure will be the first order of business to-morrow?

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March 31, 1932