April 8, 1935

PRIVILEGE-MR. LAPOINTE


Hon. ERNEST LAPOINTE (Quebec East) r I rise to a question of privilege. I see in a report in the Montreal Gazette of this morning the hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre (Mr. Woodsworth), speaking in that city, is reported as having said: There was no difference between Liberal and Conservative in any case, he explained. Both Liberals and Conservatives for instance, have' Criminal Code-Libel



joined forces and voted solidly against letting the dominion mayors present their case in parliament, and that was typical of any important question aired in the house. An amendment to the budget asking for a public works program had been ganged up on in the same manner. First, I never voted against hearing the mayors of the dominion; I voted to sustain the ruling of the chair that the motion of the hon. member for North Winnipeg (Mr. Heaps) was not in order and could not come under standing order 31 of the rules of the house. Second, I never voted against an amendment asking for a public works program. Third, if the records of the house are looked into for the last three or four sessions, it will be found that the hon. gentleman voted with the government a good deal oftener than I did. Apart from that, the statement may be correct.


CRIMINAL CODE AMENDMENT

DEFAMATION OF PERSONS, OR GROUPS ON ACCOUNT OF RACE, COLOUR OR RELIGION


Mr. MICHAEL LUCHKOVICH (Vegre-ville) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 51, to amend the criminal code (Libel).


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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Explain.

Topic:   CRIMINAL CODE AMENDMENT
Subtopic:   DEFAMATION OF PERSONS, OR GROUPS ON ACCOUNT OF RACE, COLOUR OR RELIGION
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UFA

Michael Luchkovich

United Farmers of Alberta

Mr. LUCHKOVICH:

The purpose of this bill is to prevent the uncalled for defamation of persons or groups on account of race, colour or religion. I would not have brought this matter up, sir, if it had not touched on a very vital and fundamental principle of national life because such defamation, cannot have any other effect than to set up race against race, religious groups against religious groups, and cause unnecessary dissension among the people of this country. This amendment to the criminal code is intended to stop and prevent offences of this nature. My plea is on behalf of all aliens, or citizens of foreign origin, no matter from what country they may have come, and generally speaking all citizens who happen to be victims of this kind of defamation, to the end that the unity of the country may be preserved and the disruption thereof prevented.

Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.

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Subtopic:   DEFAMATION OF PERSONS, OR GROUPS ON ACCOUNT OF RACE, COLOUR OR RELIGION
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QUESTIONS


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.)


RIDEAU CANAL-BRASS' POINT BRIDGE

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Mr. CAMPBELL:

1. Were repairs or construction completed on the Rideau canal at Brass' Point bridge?

2. What was the nature of the work and the

total cost? ... Ilf* |

3. What was the amount used and cost of each of the following: (a) lumber; (b) cement;

(c) stone; (d) clay; (e) gravel.; (f) hauling stone, clay, gravel?

4. What was the total amount paid in wages and to whom paid?

5. Who selected the men for this work?

6. Were any precautions taken to see that these men were taken from those on relief?

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Subtopic:   RIDEAU CANAL-BRASS' POINT BRIDGE
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CON

Mr. MANION: (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Yes.

2. The work consisted of: (a) jacking up the swing bridge clear of the pivot pier; (b) enclosing the pivot pier (including the north rest pier) within a coffer dam banked with clay; (c) pumping the water out of the enclosed piers (stone-filled timber cribs) and removing the stone and timber of the old pivot pier crib down to clean bed rock;

(d) placing 12 large rock-bolt-anchors and rebuilding the pivot pier in conorete; (e) replacing the pivot and swing circle, and lowering the bridge into place. The total cost of the above was $4,612.44.

3. Amount used and cost of: (a) lumber, 14,078 ft. b.m., $644.29; (b) cement, 750 bags, $418.13; (c) stone, 24 cubic yards, $6; (d) clay, 264 cubic yards, $132; (e) gravel, 100 cubic yards, $140; (f) cost of hauling stone, clay and gravel, $408.48.

4. Total amount of wages exclusive of teamwork was $2,387.88, paid as follows: N. R. Walsh, $190.08; N. Eastman, $193.60; A. Harris, $191.40; F. C. Ball, $171.20; J. Todd, $142.40; D. Kish, $105.60; H. Wise, $139.20; W. 8. Hogan, $139.20; H. Baker, $140.80; J. Donaldson, $104.80; H. Ducette, $102.40; R. Hagerty, $99.20; N. Veal, $100.80; G. Martin, $134; J. Seabrooke, $116; H. C. Peck, $107.60; J. Duffe, $48; W. McKane, $62.40; E. Martin, $49.60; J. Murphy, $49.60.

5. The extra men required were selected in accordance with long established departmental practice.

6. No information.

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Subtopic:   RIDEAU CANAL-BRASS' POINT BRIDGE
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SENATE VACANCIES

LIB

Mr. POULIOT:

Liberal

1. Were there any vacancies in the Senate on February 7, 1933?

2. If so, how many, what were they and on what date did each of those seats become vacant?

3. Since then, were there any other vacancies in the Senate?

4. If so, how many, what were they and on what date did each of those seats become vacant?

5. Was each of the above mentioned vacancies filled?

6. If so, when?

7. If not, what are the seats which are still vacant?

Questions

8. Did the government save any money by delaying the appointments to any such

vacancies?

9. If so, how much?

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Subtopic:   SENATE VACANCIES
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CON

George Halsey Perley (Minister Without Portfolio)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir GEORGE PERLEY:

Mr. A. E. Blount,

Clerk of the Senate, has submitted an answer to this question in a memorandum based on unofficial records of the Senate. Mr. Blount states that the Senate have no means of knowing the exact date when a vacancy occurs and that the dates given are based on personal knowledge and newspaper reports. The answer submitted is as follows:

1. Yes.

2. Eight vacancies: 1 in Nova Scotia, May 8, 1932; 2 in New Brunswick, December 27, 1932, January 11, 1933; 1 in Quebec, January 23, 1933; 2 in Ontario, August 8, 1932, November 10, 1932; 2 in Saskatchewan, August 1, 1932, December 14, 1932.

3. Yes.

4. Eleven vacancies: 2 in Nova Scotia, January 22, 1934, January 28, 1935; 1 in New Brunswick, September 25, 1933; 4 in Quebec. June 20, 1933, September 12, 1933, January 6, 1934, March 3, 1934 ; 3 in Ontario, August 25, 1933, December 1, 1933, June 25, 1934; 1 in Manitoba, February 2, 1934.

5. No.

6. Appointments were .made as follows: 2 for Quebec, December 30, 1933; 3 for Ontario, December 30, 1933 ; 2 for Saskatchewan December 30, 1933.

7. 3 in. Nova Scotia; 3 in New Brunwick; 3 in Quebec; 2 in Ontario; 1 in Manitoba.

8. Yes.

9. Such sums, based on attendance, as would be payable under the provisions of the Senate and House of Commons Act.

Note: The vacancies in Quebec are De la Durantaye, Shawinigan and Rigaud.

There are no specific divisions for senators in the other provinces.

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Subtopic:   SENATE VACANCIES
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LEO F. CAIN

LIB

Mr. MICHAUD:

Liberal

1. Has Leo F. Cain, barrister, at Fredericton, New Brunswick, been employed by the government or any department of the government in any capacity, since September 1, 1930?

2. If so, in what capacity and what amount was he paid for his services?

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Subtopic:   LEO F. CAIN
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CON

Mr. CAHAN: (Secretary of State of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Yes. August 14, 1933.

2. Representing the Department of Pensions and National Health legally in the case of a prosecution. $65.

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Subtopic:   LEO F. CAIN
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MONTREAL POST OFFICE-TRUCKS AND MOTOR CYCLE.

April 8, 1935