March 27, 1935


On the orders of the day:


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Right Hon. S@

I have the honour to inform the house that His Majesty the King has been graciously pleased to approve the appointment of Mr. John Buchan, Companion of Honour and Member of Parliament for the Scottish Universities, as Governor General of Canada, such appointment to be effective upon the relinquishment of office in the autumn of this year by His Excellency the Earl of Bess-borough.

Topic:   GOVERNOR GENERAL OF CANADA
Subtopic:   APPOINTMENT OF MR. JOHN BUCHAN TO SUCCEED THE EARL OF BESSBOROUGH
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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, may I say that personally I am very much pleased at the announcement which has just been made by the acting leader of the government ('Sir George Perley) to the effect that Mr. John Buchan will succeed Earl Bessborough when His Excellency's term of office expires. I think the appointment is an excellent one.

Topic:   GOVERNOR GENERAL OF CANADA
Subtopic:   APPOINTMENT OF MR. JOHN BUCHAN TO SUCCEED THE EARL OF BESSBOROUGH
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CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS

DRYDOCKING OF CANADIAN GOVERNMENT MERCHANT M.ARINE SHIPS AT UNITED STATES PORTS


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Peter John Veniot

Liberal

Hon. P. J. VEINIOT (Gloucester):

I

would like to submit a question to the Minister of Railways and Canals in regard to a protest made against the repairing or overhauling of government steamships in United States docks. The matter has already been before the house, but I wish to submit the

following question to the minister: Can he

inform the house in the case of the Canadian Highlander if any inquiry was addressed at any time to the dry dock at Saint John, New Brunswick, as to whether that dock was available, and in the case of the Canadian Britisher whether any such inquiry was made prior to a dock having been already booked at New York?

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   DRYDOCKING OF CANADIAN GOVERNMENT MERCHANT M.ARINE SHIPS AT UNITED STATES PORTS
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CON

Robert James Manion (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. R. J. MANION (Minister of Railways and Canals):

The question of the Highlander and the Britisher, as the hon. gentleman has remarked, was up a few days ago on a question by the hon. member for Halifax (Mr. Quinn). I wish to say that at that time I gave to the house a statement which was given to me by Mr. Fullerton and which I presume was given to him by the steamship management under him, which statement I believe has since been shown to be somewhat inaccurate. In other words, my understanding to-day is that as regards the questions asked by the hon. gentleman, the answer to that regarding the second boat, the Britisher, is: Yes, an inquiry was made of the Saint John dry dock, to see if it could accept that ship; but in regard to the other, I am informed more or less authoritatively that such inquiry was not made. Since there was some question as to the truth of the statement, which I made here, of course on the authority of the management who are entirely in control, I informed Mr. Fullerton that the government desired a complete investigation into the whole question. We insisted that as far as possible all ships of the Canadian fleet must be repaired in Canadian shipyards, even if sometimes that makes it necessary to repair them in advance of the regular time. The investigation is now going on, and as the matter is in a sense sub judice I do not think I should say anything further at present.

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   DRYDOCKING OF CANADIAN GOVERNMENT MERCHANT M.ARINE SHIPS AT UNITED STATES PORTS
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PETITION FOR CLEMENCY


On the orders of the day: Mr. THOMAS L. CHURCH (East Toronto) : I should like to address a question to the government. Has clemency been asked for Mrs. Thomasina Sarao who was sentenced to be hanged for murder in Montreal next Friday? If so, what action has been taken, and is there any hope of sentence being commuted, as she is a woman?


CON

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

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. HUGH GUTHRIE (Minister of Justice):

A petition was received on behalf

of the woman prisoner mentioned by my hon. friend, but it has been decided that there should be no interference with the sentence of the court in that case.

Wheat Quotas

Topic:   PETITION FOR CLEMENCY
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WHEAT QUOTAS-ARGENTINA


On the orders of the day:


CON

Richard Burpee Hanson (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. R. B. HANSON (Minister of Trade and Commerce):

On Monday evening last the hon. member for Temiscouata (Mr. Pouliot), and I think also the hon. member for Willow Bunch (Mr. Donnelly) put a question to me when the estimates of the Department of Trade and Commerce were under discussion, with reference to Canada having loaned part of her so-called quota to Argentina. These questions are found on pages 2070 and 2081 of Hansard.

I desire to say that no part of the Canadian wheat export quota for the crop year 1933-34 or for the crop year 1934-35 was in fact transferred or loaned to Argentina. If the statement made in the House of Commons on May 11, 1934, by the Prime Minister, to which the hon. member for Temiscouata referred, is read carefully it will be seen that what the Prime Minister actually said was:

Any concessions that might be made to the Argentine by reason of the extraordinarily large crop they had would not involve Canada in the loss of any shipments that we might be able to make, for the quota we had for the year was a quota that was greater than we should be able to fill under existing probabilities. In any event it would be merely a loan of a part of our quota until next year, so that we would not lose anything if we made an adjustment with the Argentine.

The Prime Minister was referring to conversations then in progress during which the other overseas wheat exporting countries had expressed their willingness, subject to certain safeguarding conditions, to transfer temporarily to Argentina part of their export quotas that were unlikely to be used. In the event, Argentina was not willing to subscribe to the safeguarding conditions, and so no transfer of quota from Canada to Argentina ever took place. There is therefore no question of Argentina returning something which that country never received.

Topic:   WHEAT QUOTAS-ARGENTINA
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CONFERENCE OF MAYORS

REPORTED REQUEST OP REPRESENTATIVES OP CANADIAN CITIES AND MUNICIPALITIES TO BE HEARD AT BAR OP THE HOUSE


On the orders of the day:


LAB

Abraham Albert Heaps

Labour

Mr. A. A. HEAPS (North Winnipeg):

I should like to ask the acting Prime Minister (Sir George Perley) if he has received any request from the mayors who are now assembled, or have been assembled for the past two days, in Montreal that they be received at the bar of the house and allowed to state their grievances to this parliament? If so, what action have the government taken in the matter?

Conjerences of Mayors

Topic:   CONFERENCE OF MAYORS
Subtopic:   REPORTED REQUEST OP REPRESENTATIVES OP CANADIAN CITIES AND MUNICIPALITIES TO BE HEARD AT BAR OP THE HOUSE
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Right Hon. S@

The government has received no request from the mayors to be heard at the bar of the house.

Topic:   CONFERENCE OF MAYORS
Subtopic:   REPORTED REQUEST OP REPRESENTATIVES OP CANADIAN CITIES AND MUNICIPALITIES TO BE HEARD AT BAR OP THE HOUSE
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LAB

Abraham Albert Heaps

Labour

Mr. HEAPS:

According to press reports the mayors assembled in Montreal made a request to be heard at the bar of the house. According to the same report that request has been refused. I regard the matter as one of urgent public importance, and therefore I beg leave to move the adjournment of the house to call attention to a definite matter of urgent public importance, namely, the request of the mayors and representatives of the following cities and towns in the Dominion of Canada to be heard at the bar of the house, in order to lay before parliament the critical conditions prevailing.

The list of the mayors and reeves or representatives of municipalities throughout Canada who have made the request is as follows: Camillien Houde, mayor of Montreal-

Topic:   CONFERENCE OF MAYORS
Subtopic:   REPORTED REQUEST OP REPRESENTATIVES OP CANADIAN CITIES AND MUNICIPALITIES TO BE HEARD AT BAR OP THE HOUSE
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March 27, 1935