April 5, 1932

LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

May f say to the Prime Minister before we proceed to take up an item in each department-

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LAB

James Shaver Woodsworth

Labour

Mr. WOODSWORTH:

Mr. Chairman-

The CHAIRMAN (Mr. Hanson, York-

Sunbury): The leader of the opposition has the floor. What is the matter?

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LAB

James Shaver Woodsworth

Labour

Mr. WOODSWORTH:

We do not know what is before the house at all.

The CHAIRMAN (Mr. Hanson, York-

Sunbury): That is not my fault, it is yours.

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LAB

James Shaver Woodsworth

Labour

Mr. WOODSWORTH:

Mr. Chairman, I do not think that we ought to submit to impudence from the Chairman.

The CHAIRMAN (Mr. Hanson, York-

Sunbury): I would ask the hon. member to take his seat.

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LAB

James Shaver Woodsworth

Labour

Mr. WOODSWORTH:

Mr. Chairman-

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LIB

Olof Hanson

Liberal

The CHAIRMAN (Mr. Hanson, York-Sunbury):

The hon. gentleman will please take his seat. I would ask that the business of the house proceed, and that hon. members speak audibly, and that other hon. members preserve order so that other hon. members may hear what is going on.

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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

I imagine the reason my hon. friend (Mr. Woodsworth) was unable to decide what was before the house was that there was nothing before the house at the moment. The Prime Minister has indicated that it is the desire of the government to call an item in each of the departments.

I see no objection to that being done if it is going to facilitate the business of the house in permitting the government to take up on Thursday or Friday whatever particular department they may wish to take up. I should like to point out, however, to my right hon. friend that I assume the reason the rule calls for items of individual departments being taken up on the first three days of the week before they can be taken up on the other two days of the week is that it is only on the first three days of the week that there is an opportunity for bon. members, if they so desire, on going into committee of supply, to move an amendment. I assume that my right hon. friend has not in mind depriving the house in any way of its fullest opportunity to take up grievances or to move any amendment on going into supply. I do not think he has; if I thought he had I would oppose this particular course being adopted. However, I take it that his purpose is simply to facilitate the work of the government in taking up any department on a Thursday or a Friday. I imagine that other business will progress far enough to necessitate the taking up of supply on one or other of the first three days as well as on the last two of the week, so I imagine that our rights will be fully secured.

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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:

Mr. Chairman, the purpose of the motion was that we might be seized of all the estimates so that the convenience of members might be suited as to what departments would be considered on given days. So far as having any object in mind such as has been suggested for Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, it would mean that we would not go into supply at all on these days. It is hardly possible to conduct the business of the house and not go into supply.

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LIB

Charles A. Stewart

Liberal

Mr. STEWART (Edmonton):

Unless all departments had been called.

Supply-M iscellaneous

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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:

No, because on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays we still have to make the motion to get the Speaker out of the chair, and then the only two days left for supply would ibe Thursday and Friday. When I suggested last evening that we should do it as I now indicate, it was to bring all the departments before the committee, and I went further and said that the government would consider the convenience of hon. gentlemen opposite who might desire to consider particular departments on given days. This morning the secretary of the right hon. leader of the opposition telephoned to my office and said they would be ready to take up to-day Mines, Interior, Immigration, Pensions and National Health in the order named. I am simply saying at the moment that we will call an item in each of the remaining departments, if that is acceptable, in order that all the departments will be before the committee. Certainly there is no intention of depriving this house of the widest possible latitude in discussing the shortdoings and shortcomings of the administration, and I trust that when next a vote is recorded hon. gentlemen opposite may be able to muster more than twenty-six objecting to the conduct of the government.

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RAILWAYS AND CANALS


Hudson Bay railway and terminals; construction and betterments, including E. B. Jost at $2,250 (revote $630,000), $1,937,700. , ^r.' POULIOT: May I ask the minister if .his item will be considered by the railways and shipping committee?


CON

Robert James Manion (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MANION:

No.

Mr, BEAUBIEN: Will there be plenty of opportunity to discuss this later on?

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DEPARTMENT OF LABOUR


Conciliation and Labour Act, $39,000.


LIB

Peter Heenan

Liberal

Mr. HEENAN:

I presume the minister

is going to let this item stand. I should like to ask the Minister of Labour if it is the intention of the government at this session to bring in a bill to provide for unemployment insurance?

Mr. MoINTOSH: That is a poser.

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CON

Wesley Ashton Gordon (Minister of Immigration and Colonization; Minister of Labour; Minister of Mines)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GORDON:

We shall proceed to page

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LIB

Peter Heenan

Liberal

Mr. HEENAN:

Just a minute; I do not

think the minister heard my question. I am asking whether the government is going to introduce a measure at this session providing for an unemployment insurance scheme for Canada?

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CON

Wesley Ashton Gordon (Minister of Immigration and Colonization; Minister of Labour; Minister of Mines)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GORDON:

Mr. Chairman, the answer is no.

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LAB

James Shaver Woodsworth

Labour

Mr. WOODSWORTH:

I should like to

ask the minister regarding an application for a conciliation board which has been made by the federation of civic employees of the city of Winnipeg. Would the minister tell us the situation in regard to that?

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April 5, 1932