February 24, 1933

CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS

CON

Robert James Manion (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. R. J. MANION (Minister of Railways) :

I desire to lay on the table report of work done and expenditures made during the year 1932, to August 31, and during the calendar year 1932, in connection with acts, chapters 18 to 22 inclusive and chapters 24 to 30 inclusive, respecting the construction of Canadian National Railway lines; also report of work performed and expenditures made to December 31, 1932, together with estimated expenditures for the year 1933, under chapter 12 of the statutes of Canada, 1929, respecting certain terminal facilities and other works at and in the vicinity of Montreal.

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
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UNEMPLOYMENT RELIEF

CON

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

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. W. A. GORDON (Minister of Labour):

I lay on the table four orders in

council passed pursuant to relief legislation.

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT RELIEF
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CANADIAN NATIONAL-CANADIAN PACIFIC BILL

CON

Pierre Édouard Blondin (Speaker of the Senate)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPEAKER:

I have received a message from the Senate informing this house that the Senate has passed a bill intituled an act respecting the Canadian National Railways and to provide for cooperation with the Canadian Pacific Railway system, and for other purposes.

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL-CANADIAN PACIFIC BILL
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BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

PRECEDENCE FOR GOVERNMENT BUSINESS ON MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY

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) :

I apprehend, in view of what was said ay the right hon. the leader of the opposition (Mr. Mackenzie King) the other day, that as the debate on a motion before the house had not concluded, it would meet his views if the words "on and" in the following motion which I am about to move were omitted, so that the motion would become effective only on Wednesday. The motion as it stands reads:

That on and after Monday, the 27th instant, and all subsequent Mondays and Wednesdays till the end of the session, government notices of motion and government orders shall have precedence over all other business except questions and notices of motions for the production of papers and private bills on Mondays.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   PRECEDENCE FOR GOVERNMENT BUSINESS ON MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY
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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):

If my right hon. friend would so amend the motion we should be obliged.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   PRECEDENCE FOR GOVERNMENT BUSINESS ON MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY
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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:

By leave of the house I move that the motion be adopted, deleting the words "on and," so that it shall become effective on Wednesday.

Motion as amended agreed to.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   PRECEDENCE FOR GOVERNMENT BUSINESS ON MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY
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WORLD ECONOMIC CONFERENCE

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):

A few days ago I mentioned the

desirability of printing the draft annotated agenda of the monetary and economic conference, and I suggest that the house might consider the number of copies which it would be advisable to print. It will not be printed on expensive paper. Possibly some hon. members would like to send copies to their constituents, and, if it were acceptable, I was thinking of 700 copies in English and 350 in French. The motion can stand until Monday. If the leader of the opposition and those who sit to the left are of the opinion that the number should be increased we will wait until Monday before putting the motion.

Topic:   WORLD ECONOMIC CONFERENCE
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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):

Whatever number my right hon. friend decides upon will be acceptable to us.

Topic:   WORLD ECONOMIC CONFERENCE
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SINO-JAPANESE DISPUTE STATEMENT OF CANADAS POSITION PRESENTED TO THE ASSEMBLY OF THE LEAGUE OF NATIONS

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):

In view of the widespread interest in connection with the meeting of the assem-

Sino-Japanese Dispute

bly of the League of Nations to-day, I think it well to indicate to the house what transpired this morning. The assembly met this morning and voted unanimously-Siam abstaining-to adopt the report of the committee of nineteen. The Japanese delegate spoke and voted against the adoption of the report and, after the vote was taken, withdrew from the assembly. He made no statement regarding the withdrawal of Japan from the league.

It is understood that the assembly will meet again this afternoon. In order that the information may be available, some hon. members having asked me questions as to the constitution of the committee of nineteen, I think it well to place that information on Hansard. The committee of nineteen has been following developments of the Sino-Japanese dispute on behalf of the special assembly. The special assembly were selected from the following countries: United Kingdom; France; Germany; Italy; Spain; Poland; Czechoslovakia; Mexico; Norway; Irish Free State; Guatemala; and Panama. These countries are all as a matter of fact members of the council, and representatives from the following countries were selected to complete the committee of nineteen: Switzerland; Turkey; Portugal; Colombia; Hungary; Sweden and Belgium.

On Saturday evening last the Canadian advisory officer was instructed by cable to make the following statement at the meeting of the assembly, which was then expected to meet on the 21st but which as a matter of fact did not meet until to-day:

His Majesty's government in Canada have learned with regret that the efforts to effect a settlement of the Sino-Japanese dispute carried on under paragraph 3 of article 15 of the covenant have not been successful. They recognize that with the exhaustion of its efforts for conciliation the committee of nineteen was bound to proceed to the preparation of a report in accordance with the provisions of paragraph 4 of article 15. The report, which is now before the assembly, represents the unanimous and considered judgment of an informed and impartial committee, jealous of preserving the peace of the world.

The Canadian government have, from the inception of the dispute, supported every effort to secure its solution by peaceful means; they have scrupulously refrained from word or deed that might have jeopardized the prospects of peaceful settlement, and they have withheld judgment on the facts and merits of the dispute, in the belief that premature or injudicious comment might have prejudiced the success of our collective efforts to restore that good understanding between China and Japan upon which peace in the Far East depends.

In accepting the report of the committee of nineteen, the Canadian government desire to express their appreciation of the loyal and patient perseverance with which the committee have pursued its anxious task. The public

opinion of the world, in which they believe lies the final and effective sanction for the maintenance of the integrity of international agreements, has watched the committee's exploration of every possibility of a peaceful settlement between the parties to the dispute, and it has recognized reluctantly that its efforts have been unrewarded.

The Canadian government believe that in the recommendations of the report will be found a solid basis for the peaceful development of the Far East and they earnestly hope that the parties to the dispute may eventually accept a regime embodying such recommendations and thereby reconcile their conflicting claims and interests in so far as reconciliation is humanly possible.

It is not necessary to emphasize the gravity of the decision which the states members of the league must take to-day. The faith of the world in the possibility of peaceful settlement has been shaken; if it is destroyed, the structure of security slowly built up on the foundation of scrupulous respect for international covenants will be undermined. As that structure shows signs of strain, the prospects of reducing the world's burden of armaments are endangered and the task of achieving international economic cooperation is magnified.

For these reasons we must vote for the adoption of the report.

Topic:   SINO-JAPANESE DISPUTE STATEMENT OF CANADAS POSITION PRESENTED TO THE ASSEMBLY OF THE LEAGUE OF NATIONS
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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):

Mr. Speaker, while the statement read by the right hon. the Prime Minister (Mr. Bennett) probably does not call for any expression of view at this stage, I deem it important to indicate at once to my right hon. friend that we on this side are in hearty accord with the tenor of the statement he has just read.

Topic:   SINO-JAPANESE DISPUTE STATEMENT OF CANADAS POSITION PRESENTED TO THE ASSEMBLY OF THE LEAGUE OF NATIONS
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LAB

James Shaver Woodsworth

Labour

Mr. J. S. WOODSWORTH (Winnipeg North Centre):

Mr. Speaker, I should like

to say a word for the members in this corner. While some of us may have regretted that certain action was not taken earlier, nevertheless we heartily endorse the statement which has just been read.

Topic:   SINO-JAPANESE DISPUTE STATEMENT OF CANADAS POSITION PRESENTED TO THE ASSEMBLY OF THE LEAGUE OF NATIONS
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UNEMPLOYMENT RELIEF

UNEMPLOYMENT CONDITIONS AT TRANSCON A, MAN.

February 24, 1933