April 13, 1934

STANDING ORDERS


Mr. A. U. G. BURY (East Edmonton) presented the second report of the select standing committee on standing orders and moved that the report be concurred in. Motion agreed to.


FOREIGN INSURANCE COMPANIES ACT


Hon. E. N. RHODES (Minister of Finance) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 50, to amend the Foreign Insurance Companies Act, 1932. Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.


PRIVATE BILLS


INTRODUCTION IN SENATE On the orders of the day:


LIB

Ian Alistair Mackenzie

Liberal

Hon. IAN MACKENZIE (Vancouver Centre) :

May I ask the Prime Minister, in reference to the anouncement made in the other place yesterday, whether it is the intention of the government from now on to have all private bills introduced in the Senate.

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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):

I gave notice last evening, which appears in the votes and proceedings to-day. When the matter is reached, the hon. gentleman will observe, from a reading of it, what the proposals are.

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COMMUTERS CANADA-UNITED STATES


On the orders of the day:


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):

Yesterday the hon. member for Gloucester (Mr. Veniot) asked whether or not, under the provisions of the Ashburton treaty, certain privileges were conferred upon residents of the Saint John district that bordered United States territory. I am of the opinion that he referred to article 3 of the Ashburton-Webster treaty of 1842, which provides for the movement of forest products along and through the river Saint John in the territory of Canada and the United States, and provides that residents of either country may follow, so to speak, these products as they pass down the river Saint John and its tributaries, through the state of Maine into New Brunswick or through New Brunswick into the state of Maine, as the case may be. It has no bearing on the border commuters' question. It is article 3 of the Ashburton-Webster treaty of 1842.

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CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS


PURCHASE OF PROPERTIES IN CITY OF WINNIPEG On the orders of the day:


LIB

John Power Howden

Liberal

Mr. J. P. HOWDEN (St. Boniface):

I

have a question to direct to the Minister of Railways. Perhaps I may say in explanation that some time ago, years in fact, the Canadian National Railways purchased certain lines in the city of Winnipeg, in Fort Rouge, for the purpose of extending the railway yards. Persistent rumours are in circulation that certain evils have taken place. On account of the depression which set in at about that time the railway did not go on with the yards, and the properties were left in the hands of the real estate firm which made the purchase, namely, Harris & Chis-

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holm. It is now rumoured, firstly, that an excessive price was paid for these properties, secondly, that the expenses in connection with the handling of them were padded to a very decided extent, and thirdly that rents are collected on the properties that are not turned in to the railway at all in some instances, and that greater rents are collected than are turned in to the railway. I would like to ask the Minister of Railways if he has any knowledge of this matter, and if not, would he in the national interest have the matter looked into.

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CON

Robert James Manion (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Conservative (1867-1942)

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

I have no knowledge of the matter referred to, and in view of the statement made by the hon. member I shall gladly have it looked into.

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BRANCH LINE CONSTRUCTION


On the orders of the day: Mr. CAMERON R. McINTOSH (North Battleford): I have a question to direct to the Minister of Railways. A short time ago the minister said he would make a statement in connection with branch line construction in Canada. I think he intimated that he would make it when the estimates were up. I wonder if he can make any definite statement in that respect to-day?


CON

Robert James Manion (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Conservative (1867-1942)

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

I cannot do that. What I really meant to say, if I did not put it in those words, was that when the estimates of the national railways are under consideration by the special committee, that whole matter can be discussed. If the hon. gentleman is not a member of that committee no doubt he will nevertheless have opportunity to put his questions to the officers of the railway at that time.

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UNEMPLOYMENT AND FARM RELIEF

BILL IN TERMS GENERALLY OF RELIEF ACT, 1933, WITH PROVISION RESPECTING DELAYED RELIEF ACCOUNTS

April 13, 1934