February 13, 1933

VACANCY

CON

Pierre Édouard Blondin (Speaker of the Senate)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPEAKER:

I have the honour to

inform the house that I received a communication from two members notifying me that the following vacancy has occurred in the representation, viz:

Of Milton Neil Campbell, member for the electoral district of Mackenzie, consequent upon the acceptance of an appointment to the tariff board.

I accordingly issued my warrant to the chief electoral officer to make out a new writ of election for the said electoral district.

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PRIVATE BILL

FIRST READING


Bill No. 23, respecting the Saint Nicholas Mutual Benefit Association and to change its name to "Ukrainian Mutual Benefit Association of St. Nicholas of Canada."-Mr. Luch-kovich.


TRADE AGREEMENT WITH UNITED STATES

LIB

William Duff

Liberal

Mr. WILLIAM DUFF (Antigonish-Guys-borough):

Mr. Speaker, I move, seconded by the hon. member for Prince (Mr. MacLean) that the following motion having been called twice and not proceeded with, be restored to the order paper:

That, in the opinion of this house, it is expedient that the government of Canada reopen negotiations with the government of the United States of America with a view of bringing about a satisfactory reciprocal trade arrangement between Canada and the United States whereby the natural products of Canada, that is the products of the sea, the farm, the mines, and the forests, and including fish, lumber, wheat, cattle, etc., should have free entry into the United States in exchange for the admission of certain goods from the United States of America, which in the interests of both countries may be admitted into Canada, free from customs tariffs.

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Motion agreed to.


POTATO EMBARGO


On the orders of the day.


CON

Benjamin Franklin Smith

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. B. F. SMITH (Victoria-Carleton):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask the Mims'ei of Agriculture whether any information has been given to the government with respect to the embargo against Canadian potatoes?

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CON

Robert Weir (Minister of Agriculture)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. ROBERT WEIR (Minister of Agriculture) :

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member for

Victoria-Carleton gave notice of this question, and in reply I believe I could not do better than to read a communication I received from the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries of the United Kingdom. It is as follows:

Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries,

10 Whitehall Place, S.W. 1.

January 27, 1933.

Dear Mr. Weir,-

You will, of course, remember that in accordance with a promise made to you by my predecessor, Sir John Gilmour, Mr. J. C. F Fryer, director of the ministry's plant pathological Laboratory, visited Canada last October, in connection with the Colorado beetle question.

Before I come to the subject of his investigations I should like to express to you, and through you to all those with whom he came in contact during his tour, my sineerest thanks for the cordial reception accorded to him, and the ungrudging assistance in every direction which he received throughout his visit.

I have now gone into the matter with hirn with the greatest interest and care. I was greatly impressed by his account of the keenness and efficiency of the staff of your department, and of the precautions which they are prepared to take against the risk of the transmission of the Colorado beetle with potatoes consigned from the dominion. I do not doubt that the measures proposed or contemplated would be likely to reduce that danger very materially, but nevertheless I am forced to the conclusion that we cannot take the risk involved by accepting potatoes from any region where the Colorado

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beetle is known to exist. I can only ask you to believe that it is with very real regret and after the most anxious thought that I have arrived at the decision that the prohibition cannot be removed and I hope that you will appreciate that it is the only policy that I can pursue consistently with my responsibilities in connection with plant pests and diseases. It is a generally recognized policy that has been consistently followed by my predecessors in regard to all countries where the beetle exists and, much as I should like to, I cannot see my way to make an exception even in your case. '

Mr. Fryer has also reported to me the measures which you contemplate in order to prevent the export to this country of apples infested with the apple fruit fly. Much to our pleasure, it has not so far been necessary for us to place any restrictions on apples imported from the dominion. The discovery of an infested consignment last October, was, we hope, only an isolated case; and after considering Mr. Fryer's account of the steps you are taking, I have decided that it will not be necessary to impose any restrictions during the 1933 season unless the sampling of consignments on arrival in this country reveals the presence of the pest.

Yours very truly,

Walter Elliot.

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LIB
CON

Robert Weir (Minister of Agriculture)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. WEIR (Melfort):

It is my understanding that papers are being prepared for the return.

SUPREME COURT OF NOVA SCOTIA On the orders of the day:

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LIB

James Layton Ralston

Liberal

Hon. J. L. RALSTON (Shelburne-Yarmouth) :

May I call the attention of the government to the fact that for many months a vacancy has existed on the supreme court bench of Nova Scotia. I understand there is considerable congestion in the court, due to the shortage of judges and to illness, and that the public service is being impaired. I would ask the Minister of Justice (Mr. Guthrie) when we may expect announcement of an appointment to fill this vacancy.

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CON

Hugh Guthrie (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. HUGH GUTHRIE (Minister of Justice):

I think I can assure my hon. friend that an appointment will be made to fill this vacancy in the very near future.

HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR CANADA On the orders of the day:

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LIB

Frederick George Sanderson

Liberal

Mr. F. G. SANDERSON (South Perth):

1 desire to direct a question to the acting leader of the government in the absence of the Prime Minister. For the last two weeks, in the press of the United Kingdom and also in Canada, especially the Toronto Globe, is featured an apparent conflict between the High Commissioner and the Prime Minister.

I would like to ask the acting leader of the

government whether, if the High Commissioner has disobeyed orders from his chief, he will be recalled?

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CON

Pierre Édouard Blondin (Speaker of the Senate)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPEAKER:

The question is frivolous and should not be answered.

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LIB
CON

Pierre Édouard Blondin (Speaker of the Senate)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPEAKER:

I ask the hon. member to keep order; we are not going to argue about it; I have ruled that his remarks are out of order.

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February 13, 1933