January 23, 1935

SUGGESTED PROCEDURE TO EXPEDITE CONSIDERATION OF MEASURES RELATING TO SOCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL REFORM


On the orders for motions: Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Leader of the Opposition) [DOT] As the order for "Motions" is called may I avail myself of this moment to ask the Prime Minister if he has considered favourably the suggestion that I made the other evening that government orders be given precedence over all other orders and especially those relating to the motions of private members, so that this house could have before it at as early a moment as possible those measures of the government which relate to social and industrial reform.


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 tried to make quite clear to

the right hon. gentleman that I had no intention of depriving any members of this house of their rights, and further, in answer to a question which the right hon. gentleman asked yesterday, I tried to make it abundantly clear that until the report of the price spreads commission had been made it would be impossible to conclude the matters that we had in hand with respect to legislation.

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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

May I say,

Mr. Speaker, that as far as the price spreads investigation is concerned I am not referring to it at the moment, but to the legislation on social insurance of which notice has already been given. As to depriving private members of their day I realize that any motion to give government orders precedence must be by unanimous consent. I believe if it were understood that private members' motions were simply being postponed in order to let the government proceed with its own reform measures, such a motion would receive unanimous consent; at least I can speak for the official opposition when I say that we would be unanimous in our acceptance of such a motion.

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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:

We are not unfamiliar

with tactics such as these, and we have no intention, Mr. Speaker, of departing from the rules of this house.

[Mr. Maclnnis.l

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MAIN ESTIMATES, 1935-36 RESTORATION TO CIVIL SERVICE OF HALF OF TEN PER CENT SALARY DEDUCTION


A message from His Excellency the Governor General transmitting estimates for the financial year ending March 31, 1936, was presented by Hon. E. N. Rhodes (Minister of Finance) and read by Mr. Speaker to the house.


CON

Edgar Nelson Rhodes (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. E. N. RHODES (Minister of Finance) :

Mr. Speaker, in moving that these

estimates and the accompanying message be referred to the committee of supply, as I now do, I beg to say that to facilitate the preparation of -these estimates and to enable them to be presented to the house at the earliest possible moment, they have been prepared on a basis of the current year containing a provision for a salary deduction of ten per cent for those who receive salaries in excess of $1,000 per year.

As stated to the house on previous occasions, it is the desire of the government to make complete restoration at the earliest possible moment, the governing factor being the revenues available.

In view of the present state of the revenues, the government proposes to submit a measure which will provide for a restoration of one-half of the deduction from April first next.

The government is fully aware that salary deductions have in many instances caused inconvenience and in some cases perhaps hardship, and it is, therefore, most appreciative of the manner in which on the whole the position has been accepted by the civil service.

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Motion agreed to.


PRECIOUS METALS MARKING ACT


Hon. R. B. HANSON (Minister of Trade and Commerce) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 2, to amend the Precious Metals Marking Act 1928. He said: Mr. Speaker, as every hon. member is aware the Precious Metals Marking Act is a very technical piece of legislation and has to do with the protection of the public in connection with the markings on articles made of precious and other metals. There are a number of changes all of which are technical and minor in character, and one section relative to the subject matter of evidence. Motion agreed to and bill read the first time. Questions


INTERPRETATION ACT


Hon. HUGH GUTHRIE (Minister of Justice) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 3, to amend the Interpretation Act. He said: The purpose of this bill is to amend the section of the Interpretation Act which defines the word "holiday." In the definition in the present act Remembrance day is omitted and this bill is merely to place Remembrance day on the list of public holidays. Motion agreed to and bill read the first, time.


REPRESENTATION ACT


Hon. HUGH GUTHRIE (Minister of Justice) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 4, to amend the Representation Act, 1933. He said: Mr. Speaker, the object of this bill is to amend that section of the Representation Act which deals with the two ridings known as East Hamilton and West Hamilton appearing in the act passed in 1933. At the time of the passage of the act in that year it was assumed that the boundaries of the city of Hamilton were those which had appeared in the former act passed by this house. As a matter of fact the city of Hamilton had changed its boundaries in the interval, and the division made of the city of Hamilton in that act is not in accordance with the actual boundaries of the city. This amendment is to correct the error. Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.


CRIMINAL CODE AMENDMENT


Hon. HUGH GUTHRIE (Minister of Justice) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 5, to amend the criminal code. He said: Mr. Speaker, the object of the proposed amendment to the criminal code is to adopt in the province of Saskatchewan in criminal cases a jury of six instead of a jury of twelve, the provision which pertains in all provinces save in the province of Alberta. Because of an amendment to the criminal code, for a period of about fifteen years a jury composed of only six members has been used in the trial of criminal offences in the province of Alberta. The attorney general of Saskatchewan has requested on behalf of his government that a similar amendment be made to the code providing for a jury of six in the trial of criminal cases in that province. Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.


PENSION ACT AMENDMENT


Hon. D. M. SUTHERLAND (Minister of Pensions and National Health) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 6, to amend the Pension Act. He said: Mr. Speaker, under the Pension Act as it now stands there is power to appoint up to twelve pension commissioners, but for a period of only seven years. The pension commission tell me the work is such that more help is needed, but they do not think it will be necessary to have that help for seven years. In this bill power is asked to appoint a certain additional number of commissioners. Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.


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January 23, 1935