March 19, 1935

TRANS-CANADA HIGHWAY

CON

Wesley Ashton Gordon (Minister of Immigration and Colonization; Minister of Labour; Minister of Mines)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. W. A. GORDON (Minister of Labour):

On Eebruary 19 last the hon. member for West Lambton (Mr. Gray) asked if I would table correspondence passing between the government and the province of Ontario concerning the trans-Canada highway and also any correspondence relating to the amount finally arrived at for the monthly grant in aid. I now desire to lay the correspondence on the table.

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PRIVATE BILLS

PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY


Mr. ERRICK F. WILLIS (Souris) moved: That the petition of the Portage la Prairie Mutual Insurance Company, praying for the passing of an act to amend its act of incorporation, together with the report of the clerk of petitions thereon, be referred to the standing Kingston Penitentiary committee on standing orders for the purpose of considering the suspension of standing orders 92 and 93 (3) (a) and (c) in relation thereto. Motion agreed to.


FIRST READING-SENATE BILL


Bill No. 35, for the relief of Stuart Lewis Ralph Henderson.-Mr. Moore (Chateauguay-Hunitingdon).


KINGSTON PENITENTIARY

DENIAL OF ALLEGATION CONCERNING STATEMENTS ATTRIBUTED TO INSPECTOR DAWSON


On the orders of the day:


CON

Hugh Guthrie (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. HUGH GUTHRIE (Minister of Justice) :

Yesterday the hon. member for Southeast Grey (Miss Macphail) made an inquiry of me in regard to a return which I had submitted a few days ago respecting certain reports of Inspector Dawson of the penitentiary branch. The hon. member stated that while the return went up to April 8, 1934, on April 9 Inspector Dawson had an inte"'-view with prisoner 3033 in the penitentiary. I have made a pretty full inquiry in regard to this matter since yesterday, and I find that Inspector Dawson went to the penitentiary to make an inspection and report respecting a certain matter which had been referred to him. After he had concluded his inspection on April 8, an interview was requested by prisoner 3033 and it is during the course of that interview I think it is alleged by the hon. member for Southeast Grey that certain aspersions were made against her character as stated by her yesterday. I can assure her that there is no foundation for the report. The inspector himself made no report on this interview. When inspectors or superintendents visit a penitentiary, they have a large number of requests for interviews, but they do not make specific reports in regard to them. However Inspector Dawson has assured me most definitely that during his interview with prisoner 3033 the name of the hon. member for Southeast Grey was never mentioned by him or by the prisoner, there was no comment whatever in regard to her, and I can assure her on the word of honour of the inspector that there is no foundation for the allegation which she has made.

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Subtopic:   DENIAL OF ALLEGATION CONCERNING STATEMENTS ATTRIBUTED TO INSPECTOR DAWSON
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BORSTAL SYSTEM


On the orders of the day:


LAB

James Shaver Woodsworth

Labour

Mr. J. S. WOODSWORTH (Winnipeg North Centre):

Mas- I ask the Minister of

Justice when we may expect the legislation foreshadowed in the speech from the throne in regard to the institution of the Borstal system in the (penitentiaries of this country?

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CON

Hugh Guthrie (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. HUGH GUTHRIE (Minister of Justice) :

I expect the penitentiary estimates may be up some day toward the end of the week or some day next week and I shall then be prepared to make a statement regarding the matter.

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THE BUDGET


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Maxime Raymond

Liberal

Mr. MAXIME RAYMOND (Beauharnois):

I understand the Minister of Finance (Mr. Rhodes) is going to bring down his budget very soon. In his absence may I ask the acting Prime Minister whether it would not be possible to have a French copy of the budget speech ready for publication as soon as it is delivered? I am sure that the French newspapermen and their readers and the whole French population would appreciate that.

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Right Hon. S@

No one would be more anxious than I to have the French version ready at the same moment as the speech is delivered or the matter discussed. But I would explain to the hon. gentleman that the preparation of the budget is always a very exacting labour, and hurried at the last moment, and it is with the greatest difficulty that the printer is able to prepare the English version and have it in proper shape to bring down here. I think I am correct in saying that the French version never has been ready at the same moment as the English. I shall inquire and see if anything can be done about it, but that is the situation. The Minister of Finance (Mr. Rhodes) has been giving his whole time to this for the last few days, and he will not be in his seat to-day, I think. He asked me to say that the budget will not be ready on Thursday, but he expects to deliver it on Friday.

Topic:   THE BUDGET
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LIB

Maxime Raymond

Liberal

Mr. RAYMOND:

I do not like to contradict the acting Prime Minister (Sir George Perley) but I may remind him that the Hon. Mr. Robb used to deliver a French copy of his speech on the budget at the same time as he delivered the English copy to the newspapers.

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March 19, 1935