An elaborate report is made every year. I have not a copy under my hand at the moment but I shall be glad to see that one is sent to the hon. gentleman. I am sure he will find it to be very interesting reading.
I direct the attention of the minister to a prevalent complaint in Alberta with regard to the weighing of coal. I understand that the coal is not weighed at the pit mouth but on the cars by the railway companies, and there is complaint of shortage of weight with regard to almost every car. Inasmuch as this comes under the jurisdiction of the minister's department I should like to have him investigate the matter in order to see that the railway companies weigh the coal properly, because we are satisfied that proper precautions cannot be taken to weigh the cars and then take off the tare to determine the actual amount of coal in the car. By this method a shortage occurs, with the result that the companies who retail the coal have to sell to consumers less coal than they should. They sell a short ton instead of giving full weight in order to make up the deficiency. I am informed that the railway companies do not stop the cars on the scale but run them over the scale slowly, and this is responsible for the shortage. Will the minister take action in this regard, because the complaint is prevalent.
I am glad to assure the hon. gentleman that his remarks will be fully noted1 and a proper check-up made. The department itself checks the scales, but the method of operating the scales is quite another matter. However, his remarks will be referred to the director of weights and measures and proper action taken in so far as we have jurisdiction. With respect to the modus operandi of the railways, I shall also be glad to have their attention directed to the hon. gentleman's remarks. That is as far as I can go in that respect.
Mr. GARBINEiR: I do not think that will be far enough. Three or -four years ago I brought the matter to the attention of the minister's predecessor but no effective action was taken. 1m view of the fact that this complaint is widespread in Alberta 1 think that the minister should look not only into the matter of testing the scales but also into the method of their operation to see that the scales are managed in such a way that those who buy coal will get their full weight.
Certainly, if it is the wish of the committee. I may say to the hon. gentleman that the department itself, in view of what h-as appeared in the press and what has taken place in the committee and the royal commission, has been investigating the desirability of tightening up the whole act. I have had it under my personal review and am of the opinion that the act, which has been in force many years under all governments and neither revised, consolidated nor brought up to date for a considerable time, should be revised in certain specific respects. The whole position is being kept very much in view.
This is a new item and the amount is required to provide for Canada's contribution to the International Bureau of Exhibitions in accordance
with an order in council, P.C. 787, dated April 18, 1034. Perhaps I had better read the order in council:
The committee of the privy council have had before -them a report, dated 23rd March, 1934, from the Secretary of State for External Affaire, representing, in concurrence with the Minister of Trade and Commerce and the Minister of National Revenue, as follows:
1. The convention relating to international exhibitions, and the protocol of signature, signed at Paris on the 22nd November, 1928, on behalf of the government of Canada by the plenipotentiary named therein, were approved by the House of Commons and the Senate of Canada on the 6th and 8th March, 1933, respectively;
2. It is provided by article 33 that "the present convention shall be subject to ratification";
3. It is now deemed advisable to proceed to the ratification of the convention and of the protocol of signature in respect of the government of Canada.
The Secretary of State for External Affairs therefore, in concurrence with the Minister of Trade and Commerce and the Minister of National Revenue, recommends that the Secretary of -State for External Affairs take appropriate steps to ratify the convention and the protocol of signature in respect of the government of Canada,
The committee concur in the foregoing recommendation and submit the same for approval.
Perhaps I should also read a letter which was addressed to the Canadian minister in France, the Hon. Philippe Roy, by the president of the Bureau International des Expositions. This letter is dated Paris, December 29, 1934, and reads:
Sir,-I have the honour to send you herewith, five copies of the report of the sixth session of the Bureau International d'es Expositions held at the end of October in Paris.
As your excellency may see in the preliminary note-page 9 of the brochure-the order of the day comprised, among various questions, those regarding: the universal exhibition of
Brussels 1935, the aviation exhibition of Stockholm in 1936, the exhibition of technical arts in modern life, of Paris, 1937, and the exhibition of popular -arts of Berne, planned for 1939.
The council had moreover to attend to the election of its president, and of a vice-president and to choose the countries represented on the classification commission. Lastly, the budget for the next fiscal year, 1st of April, 193531st March, 1936, has been approved, as well as the amount of subscription for the adhering states. From the list on page 54 of the brochure, it appears that the contribution for your country, for the said fiscal year, amounts to: 421 francs x 35 - 14.735 francs.
I take the liberty of drawing you-r attention to the fact that Canada has not yet paid its dues of 13.834 francs for the present fiscal year 1934-35.
I -would be very grateful to you if you would forward to your government the enclosed copies of the report, with the request that they be communicated to the proper organizations that might be interested in the exhibitions.
Minimum Wage Draft Convention
This is our contribution under the convention which was entered into in 1928 and ratified by the house in 1933. The obligation is to pay Canada's share. This is our share.