October 11, 1932

CON

Edgar Nelson Rhodes (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. E. N. RHODES (Minister of Finance) moved:

That this house will at its next sitting resolve itself into a committee to consider of the ways and means for raising the supply to be granted to His Majesty, and that standing order 57 be suspended in relation thereto.

_ He said: It is of course understood, as indicated by the Prime Minister in his statement to the house on Friday, that the motion may only carry by unanimous consent.

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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):

I understand, Mr. Speaker, that this is the motion it was intended to move to-morrow. I see no reason why it should not be moved to-day.

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CON

Edgar Nelson Rhodes (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. RHODES:

No, this merely sets up the committee.

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CON

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

Conservative (1867-1942)

Right Hon. R. B. BENNETT (Prime Minister):

As the right hon. gentleman will remember, I indicated that we would give notice. By unanimous consent the motion might have been adopted the other day, but having given the notice this is merely to set up the committee. The resolutions that effect the tariff changes are to be tabled to-morrow by the Minister of Finance (Mr. Rhodes).

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Motion agreed to.


SURVEY OF NATIONAL PORTS


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Ian Alistair Mackenzie

Liberal

Hon. IAN MACKENZIE (Vancouver Centre):

In the absence, Mr. Speaker, of the

Steamship Bright Fan

hon. Minister of Marine (Mr. Duranleau) may I ask the right hon. Prime Minister if it is the intention of the government to introduce during the present session legislation to implement any recommendations of the Gibb report.

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CON

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

Conservative (1867-1942)

Right Hon. R. B. BENNETT (Prime Minister) :

The hon. Solicitor General (Mr. Dupre) is the Acting Minister of Marine in the absence of the minister. I am not in a position to give an answer to that question until the .minister returns. Certainly legislation, if any, will not be introduced until after the adjournment.

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WORLD ECONOMIC CONFERENCE


On the orders of the day:


LIB

James Layton Ralston

Liberal

Hon. J. L. RALSTON (Shelburne-Yar-mouth):

Mr. Speaker, I would like to ask

the right hon. Prime Minister, as Secretary of State for External Affairs, if there is any objection to bringing down whatever correspondence is in the possession of the government with regard to the world economic conference, about which he spoke last night.

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CON

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

Conservative (1867-1942)

Right Hon. R. B. BENNETT (Secretary of State for External Affairs):

I will have

to take time to answer that question, treating the request as a notice of motion. I am not in a position to say definitely, but my recollection at the moment is that the only communications we have are communications from the secretariat of the League of Nations. The document from which I read last night is of course available to the hon. gentleman as a publication of the league. But it was supplemented by despatches which came from the British government, which in any event I would not be in a position to bring down until after I had consulted that government as to whether or not there were any objections. That is the position. But I will look into it to-morrow.

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HUDSON BAY RAILWAY


On the orders of the day:


CON

Bernard Munroe Stitt

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. B. M. STITT (Nelson):

Mr. Speaker, I desire to ask the Acting Minister of Marine (Mr. Dupre) a question, based on a series of telegrams I have received from Churchill in connection with the sinking of the steamship Bright Fan in Hudson straits on or about October 1.

The first telegram is dated Churchill, the 10th of October:

B. M. Stitt, M.P.,

House of Commons, Ottawa, Ont.

Hear Friend Barney: re enquiry into sinking of Bright Fan in Hudson straits. I was passage worker on board from Churchill to England and as you are personally aware have my faith pinned on the success of this route. It certainly is essential that I should be on this enquiry on behalf of your government and all Canadian citizens concerned. Captain Oliver of the Bright Fan now wants leave me here at Churchill. This train I am informed leaves tomorrow morning for Montreal so you will have to act quickly if you want a thorough enquiry into this unfortunate disaster. I am prepared to go and have the true facts of the whole situation. Get in touch with your ministers and wire me expenses by return. Kind regards,

Bert Barker.

On the strength of that telegram I wired Mr. Barker yesterday as follows:

Ottawa, 10-9-32.

Bert Barker,

Churchill, Man.

Wire me correct statement of facts followed by sworn statement and I will then be in a position to demand on floor of house a thorough enquiry re sinking of Bright Fan.

Regards,

B. M. Stitt.

Then I received this morning a further wire from Ernest J. Schofield, notary public, Manitoba, which covers the sworn statement made by Bert Barker in regard to this incident :

B. M. Stitt, M.P.,

House of Commons, Ottawa, Ont.

Replying to your wire of this date I have to-day made the following sworn statement, and quote verbatim: _

I, Bertram Herbert Barker, of Churchill, in the province of Manitoba, passenger worker of SS. Bright Fan. make oath and say: That I was on the SS. Bright Fan-

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CON

Pierre Édouard Blondin (Speaker of the Senate)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPEAKER:

Order. Does the hon.

member intend to address a question to the government? If so, I wish he would proceed with the question and not take so much time of the house reading affidavits and telegrams and other communications. This is not the proper time to read them.

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CON

Bernard Munroe Stitt

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STITT (Nelson):

The question arises from this wire, Mr. Speaker, I could not intelligently ask the question unless I read this wire.

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Subtopic:   HUDSON BAY RAILWAY
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CON

Pierre Édouard Blondin (Speaker of the Senate)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPEAKER:

It means he prefers to

read them, but he can ask the question right now.

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October 11, 1932