February 12, 1935

VACANCY

CON

Pierre Édouard Blondin (Speaker of the Senate)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPEAKER:

I have the honour to inform the house that I have received a communication from two members notifying me that the following vacancy has occurred in the representation, namely, of the Hon. Murray MacLaren, member for the electoral district of St. John-Albert, by acceptance of an office of emolument under the crown.

I accordingly issued my writ to the chief electoral officer to make out a new writ of election for the said electoral district.

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RESIGNATION OF MR. T. L. McEVOY

CON

Pierre Édouard Blondin (Speaker of the Senate)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPEAKER:

I have the honour to inform the house that the clerk has received

Hudson Bay Route

the resignation of T. L. McEvoy, Esquire, a committee clerk, House of Commons, which has been accepted, subject to ratification by the house, and that I have directed the clerk to lay upon the table the correspondence and my recommendation in relation thereto.

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HUDSON BAY ROUTE

MARINE INSURANCE RATES ON HULLS AND CARGOES OUT OF CHURCHILL


On the orders of the day:


CON

Alfred Duranleau (Minister of Marine)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. ALFRED DURANLEAU (Minister of Marine):

On the orders of the day, on February 8, at page 668 of Hansard, the hon. member for Nelson (Mr. Stitt) asked the following question:

What steps is this government taking to have these rates, which are now five times greater than those from Montreal out of Churchill, brought somewhere near a parity with those prevailing out of the port of Montreal.

The Prime Minister in reply stated that Mr. Stitt's question would be taken as a notice and, after giving the position of the imperial shipping committee with regard to the matter, he further stated that it would be looked into carefully and an answer given by the Minister of Marine.

I am sorry that the hon. member for Nelson quoted only part of paragraph 13 of the fifth report of the imperial shipping committee on Hudson bay marine insurance rates for 1934. The last sentence of section 13 of that report, reads as follows:

We recognize, however, that underwriters conduct their business on the basis of recorded results and it must be admitted that, as long as the route is used by comparatively few vessels, a total loss may more than account for the whole profit of a season.

Section 15 of the same report reads as follows:

At his annual interview with the chairman of the joint hull committee, our chairman pointed out that the disparity between the rates for the suspension of warranty in respect of Montreal and Churchill would still be considerable in the coming season, but the chairman of the joint hull committee urged that, owing to the loss of the Bright Fan the loss ratio on the Hudson bay route was such that a further reduction in the rates of premium was not feasible for the present. The chairman of the joint hull committee, however, indicated that, if a considerable number of vessels visited Churchill during the 1934 season and there was no serious loss, the joint hull 92582-464

committee would be prepared to give favourable consideration to the question of a further reduction in the rates of premium.

During the 1934 season of navigation to and from Churchill, thirteen different cargo steamers used the route. Two of them made two voyages each making fifteen voyages in and out of Churchill. All ships made good voyages and the logs of the ships furnished by themselves do not record any accidents or casualties in Hudson bay and strait this year.

The Marine department's report on the navigation conditions in Hudson bay and strait during the season of navigation 1934, has just been completed and copies of it have been transmitted to the imperial shipping committee and a letter has been sent to the High Commissioner for Canada in London, who is Canada's representative on the imperial shipping committee, requesting him to have the committee do all possible to obtain further reductions in Hudson bay marine insurance rates.

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CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS

REFUNDING OF MATURING AND CALLABLE FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS


Hon. E. N. RHODES (Minister of Finance) 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 provide for the refunding of maturing and callable financial obligations of the Canadian National Railways and for the issue of substituted securities therefor, guaranteed by the dominion, in an amount not exceeding $200,000,000. 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.


VANCOUVER CITY BONDS


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Ian Alistair Mackenzie

Liberal

Hon. IAN MACKENZIE (Vancouver Centre):

I would like to ask either the Minister of Finance or the Prime Minister whether the press dispatches are correct that representations have been made by the British government to this government with respect to the attempt that is now being made to lower the rate of interest on outstanding bonds of the city of Vancouver.

Farmers' Creditors Act

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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 British government through the usual channels asked this government for the facts with respect to the situation. We advised them that the provinces were autonomous and they have taken such action as they thought advisable. We have had no communication other than through the usual channel, the High Commissioner, who inquired what the facts were so far as this government was concerned.

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Ernest Lapointe

Liberal

Hon. ERNEST LAPOINTE (Quebec East):

In view of the proposed legislation on unemployment insurance, as the second reading of the bill is fixed for to-day may I ask the Prime Minister to lay on the table of the house the draft convention adopted at the international labour conference at Geneva last year with regard to a scheme of unemployment insurance.

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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 assume that the hon. gentleman has seen the draft convention which comprises many matters in addition to unemployment insurance. I have not it beside me, but I will lay it on the table.

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LIB

Ernest Lapointe

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE:

There are fewer matters in the convention than there are in the bill of the right hon. gentleman; there are only twenty-three sections as against forty-five in the proposed legislation.

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February 12, 1935