April 12, 1934


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Frederick George Sanderson

Liberal

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

I wish to direct a question to the Prime Minister. I hold in my hand a dispatch published in the Toronto Mail and Empire under date April 9. Part of it is from London, England, dated April 8, and part from Ottawa under the same date. The heading is:

Imperial pacts causing concern. British leaders hint privileges may be curtailed.

I do not suppose Your Honour would permit me to read the whole dispatch.

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An hon. MEMBER:

We have all read it.

Mr. SANDEiRSON: With the permission of the Speaker-

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CON

Pierre Édouard Blondin (Speaker of the Senate)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPEAKER:

Will the hon. member proceed with his question.

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LIB

Frederick George Sanderson

Liberal

Mr. SANDERSON:

The statement from London, under date April 8, reads in part:

Both Stanley Baldwin and Walter Elliot, Minister of Agriculture, have recently hinted the privileges the dominions enjoy in the British market may be curtailed.

One paragraph in the dispatch from Ottawa under the same date reads:

Some changes have already been made in the trade agreement by mutual consent and it is quite possible that further cooperation along that line may be necessary.

My question is this: What changes have been made by mutual consent in the agreements of the Ottawa conference?

Right Hon. R. B. BENNETT (Prime

Minister): The Ottawa agreements provided for the variation of the terms of contract by mutual consent, as is usual in all cases of that character. The changes that were agreed upon were indicated at the last budget; others doubtless will be indicated at the next budget. Any changes that have been made have been indicated to the house, except possibly some questions of administration, which are only matters that arise from day to day. But any changes are matters that have been communicated to the house through the appropriate and proper channels. Perhaps hon. gentlemen will recall that with respect to a part of the agreement it continued for a period of three years only; the Australian agreement continues for two years, that is until 1934,

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and a portion of our agreement terminates in 1935. It is that, presumably, to which reference was made and having regard to the attitude taken with respect to the agreements by the hon. gentleman and those who surround him, anything that would bring about their abrogation or termination would, I suppose, fill him with the greatest joy.

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LIB

Frederick George Sanderson

Liberal

Mr. SANDERSON:

On a question of privilege I object to the remarks of the Prime Minister. He has no right to make' them. He has no right to impute to me or any other hon. member what he tried to impute and I submit that he should withdraw the remarks.

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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:

I was referring to the recorded vote of the hon. gentleman with respect to the Ottawa agreements.

Mr. MoINTOSH: How about the right hon. gentleman's own vote?

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INTEREST RATES


On the orders of the day:


LAB

Humphrey Mitchell

Labour

Mr. HUMPHREY MITCHELL (East Hamilton):

In the Mail and Empire of

yesterday there is a heading in big block letters:

Manion predicts interest rate cut on loans, mortgages.

Then in the press dispatch I find the following :

Hon. R. J. Manion, Minister of Railways, told South Oxford electors here to-night, "I may say that I believe in a short time this reduction will be an accomplished fact."

I would like to ask the Prime Minister whether he has a statement to make to the house in connection with that declaration of the minister.

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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 predictions of any member of

the administration are predictions which he makes based upon his general idea of what the government desires to do.

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LIB

Ian Alistair Mackenzie

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE (Vancouver):

What

about collective cabinet responsibility?

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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:

Not with respect to predictions.

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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:

The hon. member should know. He was a member of a government

once for a short time and tried that. That is all that has to be said with respect to that.

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PASSAMAQUODDY BAY DAM


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Peter John Veniot

Liberal

Hon. P. J. VENIOT (Gloucester):

I wish

to direct a question to the Minister of Marine and Acting Minister of Fisheries (Mr. Duran-leau). It may be that the report to which I am going to refer was tabled while I was ill for a day or two. I have not, however, seen the report. I see by the press that a report on Passamaquoddy bay investigation in connection with the construction of the dam there has been submitted to the United States congress. Has the minister received any report from the commission and if he has received it, will he table it?

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Alfred Duranleau (Minister of Fisheries; Minister of Marine)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. ALFRED DURANLEAU (Minister of Marine):

I am not aware of any report

made to my department to date, but I shall make inquiries.

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LIB

Peter John Veniot

Liberal

Mr. VENIOT:

The report has been made

to the United States congress and a statement to that effect has appeared in the press. I understand the report condemns the construction of the dam. In the interest of fisheries in Passamaquoddy bay and bay of Fundy, we should have some report or a copy of that report submitted to the parliament of Canada.

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April 12, 1934