January 21, 1935

YORKTON FEDERAL BUILDINGS-COAL SUPPLIES

LIB

George Washington McPhee

Liberal

Mr. McPHEE:

For a return showing the amount of coal supplied to the Yorkton constituency for federal buildings each year since 1930, showing the names of the persons or firms supplying same and the price paid per ton in each case.

Topic:   YORKTON FEDERAL BUILDINGS-COAL SUPPLIES
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PUBLIC WORKS CONSTRUCTION

LIB

Charles Gavan Power

Liberal

Mr. POWER moved:

For a copy of all orders in council concerning public works construction under authority of the Statute of 1934, chapter 59, section 9.

He said: Mr. Speaker, I should like to move the following amendment:

That the expression "section 9" be stricken from the motion.

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Amendment agreed to. Motion as amended agreed to.


BEAUCEVILLE, QUE., WHARF

LIB

Joseph Oscar Lefebre Boulanger

Liberal

Mr. BOULANGER (For Mr. Lacroix):

For a copy of all correspondence, documents and report of the Auditor General, respecting the wharf (crib-work) at Beauceville, on the Chaudiere River in the parish of St.-Frangois, Beauce county.

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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:

It might be well if the mover were to state the year or years to which the motion applies. Would the years 1933 and 1934 be sufficient?

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LIB

Joseph Oscar Lefebre Boulanger

Liberal

Mr. BOULANGER:

Mr. Speaker, as I do not know anything about the motion I move that it stand.

Motion stands.

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MEASURE TO ESTABLISH AN EMPLOYMENT AND SOCIAL INSURANCE COMMISSION


Right Hon. R. B. BENNETT (Prime Minister) moved that the house go into committee at the next sitting to consider the following proposed resolution: That it is expedient to introduce a bill to establish an employment and social insurance commission; to provide for a national employment service; for insurance against unemployment; for aid to unemployed persons, and for other forms of social insurance and security, and for purposes related thereto; and to provide for such contributions as may be necessary to carry into effect the proposed legislation. He said: His Excellency the Governor General, having been made acquainted with the subject matter of this resolution, recommends it to the favourable consideration of the house. Motion agreed to.


PATENTS OF INVENTION

PROPOSED AMENDMENT AND CONSOLIDATION OF RELATED ACTS


Hon. C. H. CAHAN (Secretary of State) moved that the house go into committee at the next sitting to consider the following proposed resolution: That it is expedient to bring in a measure to amend and consolidate the acts relating to patents and' inventions; to provide for the appointment by the governor in council of a commissioner of patents; to provide for the appointment of an assistant commissioner and such examiners, elerks_ and stenographers as are necessary for the administration of the act; and to prescribe certain additional fees and charges. He said: His Excellency the Governor General, having been made acquainted with the subject matter of this resolution, recommends it to the favourable consideration of the house. Motion agreed to. Empire Defence Plan


EMPIRE DEFENCE PLAN

INQUIRY BY MR. MACKENZIE KING AS TO ACCURACY OR OTHERWISE OF PRESS REPORT

LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Leader of the Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, I desire to ask the Prime Minister as to the accuracy or inaccuracy of a statement which recently appeared in a prominent newspaper in London, England, with respect to a new plan for empire defence which, it is alleged, has been worked out and was discussed with Sir Maurice Hankey on the occasion of his recent visit to Canada. The article to which I refer appeared in the Sunday Express, of London, England. The headlines are as follows:

New Plan For Empire Defence Dominion Chiefs'

London

Visit

A Common Pool

Sunday Express Political Correspondent

The article is as follows:

Vitally important discussions on the defence of the empire will take place in London in a few weeks.

The Prime Minister and other leaders representative of all the dominions will be in this country in connection with the King's jubilee celebrations, which open in May, and the opportunity will be taken to hold an informal imperial conference.

An elaborate scheme of empire defence has already been worked out by the committee of Imperial Defence, on which sit technical experts and the heads of all the fighting services.

This scheme has been submitted to the dominion governments by Sir Henry Maurice Hankey, Secretary of the Cabinet, and of the committee of Imperial Defence, who returns to London this week from a tour of the empire.

I understand that the plans Sir Maurice has discussed with the dominion governments propose that the various parts of the empire should contribute to empire defence as a whole in finance, personnel and equipment.

Particular attention will be paid to defence against aerial attack.

It is not improbable that technical experts will accompany the dominion statesmen when they come to this country.

The article is dated January 6, 1935, and the question I wish to ask the Prime Minister is this: Was the recent visit of Sir Maurice Hankey to Canada made the occasion of a discussion or consideration of any plan of empire defence by any member of the government, or by any official or officials of the government, acting under the authority of any minister of the crown?

Topic:   EMPIRE DEFENCE PLAN
Subtopic:   INQUIRY BY MR. MACKENZIE KING AS TO ACCURACY OR OTHERWISE OF PRESS 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):

Mr. Speaker, ordinarily I should say that a question of that character should stand until further opportunity was given to

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examine into its several implications, but in order that there may be no delay in dealing with so absolutely false a statement I take the immediate opportunity of stating that it is wholly without foundation. I shall examine the situation in detail to see if there is any phase of it to which any other answer should be given, but so far as the general statement and the statement made in the newspaper are concerned they are wholly without foundation.

Topic:   EMPIRE DEFENCE PLAN
Subtopic:   INQUIRY BY MR. MACKENZIE KING AS TO ACCURACY OR OTHERWISE OF PRESS REPORT
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UNEMPLOYMENT RELIEF

CAMPS FOR SINGLE, HOMELESS MEN

January 21, 1935