May 22, 1935

MARINE AND FISHERIES


Mr. W. G. ERNST (Queens-Lunenburg) presented the third and fourth reports of the select standing committee on marine and fisheries as follows: Third Report Your committee has had under consideration Bill No. 17, an Act to amend the Fisheries Act, 1932. Representations in the form of briefs have been submitted by the different interests concerned in the legislation contemplated, and a statement of the policy of the department has been made to the committee on the matter. After consideration, your committee is of the opinion that the public interest, as a whole, would not best be served by the passing of the proposed legislation. Your committee, therefore, has agreed to report, on division, that the necessity for the amendment to the Fisheries Act, 1932, as contained in Bill No. 17, has not been proven to the satisfaction of your committee and should not be passed. Fourth Report Your committee has had under consideration the following resolution, referred to your committee by the house on Wednesday, February 6th:- _ "That,' in the opinion of this house, in the interests of the fishermen of Nova Scotia, no permits should be granted on renewed with those who own and operate beam trawlers in the province of Nova Scotia." Your committee has agreed to report that, whereas the royal commission on price spreads and mass buying has investigated the subject matter of the said resolution and made a report thereon, which may be the subject of discussion and consideration by parliament, your committee is of the opinion that no useful purpose would be served by further investigation of the said matter by your committee at the present session of parliament.


PRIVATE BILLS

REFERENCE TO COMMITTEE ON STANDING ORDERS

CON

Robert Smeaton White

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. S. WHITE (Mount Royal) moved:

That the petition of Lona Marie Vaughan Gravina of Montreal, Quebec, praying for a bill of divorce from Piero Franco Gravina, of Montreal, Quebec, together with the report of the clerk of petitions thereon, be referred to the standing committee on standing orders for the purpose of considering the suspension of standing orders 92 and 93 (3) (a) and (c) in relation thereto.

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Motion agreed to.


SISTERS OF CHARITY, OTTAWA

CON

Onésime Gagnon

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. ONESIME GAGNON (Dorchester) moved:

That the petition of the Community General Hospital, Alms House and Seminary of Learning of the Sisters of Charity at Ottawa, praying for the passing of an act to increase the limitation of the value of property they are

allowed to hold, together with the report of the clerk of petitions thereon, be referred to the standing committee on standing orders for the purpose of considering the suspension of standing orders 92 and 93 (3) (a) and (c) in relation thereto.

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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Carried.

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LIB

Jean-François Pouliot

Liberal

Mr. JEAN FRANCOIS POULIOT (Temis-couata):

No. I strenuously object to this motion, and I shall tell the house why. We are here to enact legislation of interest to the country. We are not to be bothered or disturbed by private legislation. Since confederation it has been the tradition that divorce bills must come before this house. I do not see why private legislation concerning private property should come before us. That is a matter entirely provincial in character and which should be dealt with by the provincial government of the province of Ontario, if in fact, the property is in that province.

Sir, we are wasting most precious time over private legislation. In the province of Quebec there have been enactments to change the names of Jews to Gordon or Dunning, and in that way to make Scotchmen out of them. We are not to stand for that kind of legislation in this chamber. Last year we had some legislation incorporating a Stavisky Loan Society, in which a man named Cutten was interested, and who was praised by members of the cabinet. We have no time to waste on such private legislation. Whomever it may come from must be served with that notice. We have too much important public legislation to consider to waste our time on private legislation. That is not a threat. It is a notice to interested' parties and to those who are asking for such legislation. We have reassembled after an adjournment of five weeks, not to deal with private legislation, but to get on with the public business, and I strongly object to this motion and make this formal protest, which I shall have other occasions to repeat.

Mr. GAGNOiN: Mr. Speaker, with the

permission of the house, may I be allowed to say a word?

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CON

Pierre Édouard Blondin (Speaker of the Senate)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPEAKER:

As the question is not debatable I should have stopped the hon. member a little sooner. Shall the motion carry?

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Motion agreed to, on division.


UNEMPLOYMENT RELIEF CAMPS

MOTION TO ADJOURN THE HOUSE TO DISCUSS THE SITUATION IN VANCOUVER

IND

Angus MacInnis

Independent Labour

Mr. ANGUS MacINNIS (Vancouver South):

Mr. Speaker, I ask leave under

Unemployment Relief Camps

standing order 31 to move the adjournment of the bouse to discuss a definite matter of urgent public importance, namely, to call the attention of the house and the government to the acute situation in the city of Vancouver, British Columbia, due to the presence in that city of a large number of men from the unemployment relief camps who are destitute and for whom the city authorities can make no provision, creating a situation which endangers the peace.

Right- Hon. R. B. BENNETT (Prime Minister): Mr. Speaker, I submit that the

motion is out of order having regard to the terms of the standing order to which reference has been made. The hon. gentleman has just sent me a copy of his proposal. In looking at standing order 31, I think it is quite clear that a motion under this standing order must relate to a matter that is of recent occurrence and must not revive discussion on a matter that has been discussed. May I observe first that this is not a matter of recent occurrence.

Secondly, may I point out that the hon. gentleman suggests that it creates a situation which endangers the peace. That is a matter over which this parliament has not control. As I pointed out yesterday, it is a matter solely within the jurisdiction of the province and of the municipality which is created by the province.

Lastly, if there is any grievance which the hon. gentleman has, he has adequate opportunity for the airing of those grievances at the appropriate time when the house is moved into committee of supply.

I think, therefore, Mr. Speaker, that the matter is not within the rule but comes within the exceptions.

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LAB

James Shaver Woodsworth

Labour

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

Mr. Speaker, may I suggest that- this is not a matter that has been discussed. It is quite true that there was some reference yesterday to the situation, but it was not discussed; there was simply a statement made by the Prime Minister. Further than that, the -condition of the camps in British Columbia was discussed at some length six weeks or so ago before this house took an adjournment, but there have been some very decided developments within the last few weeks in British Columbia. A large number of men who had been in the camps have gone to the city of Vancouver-

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CON

Pierre Édouard Blondin (Speaker of the Senate)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPEAKER:

Will the hon. member

be good enough to restrict himself to the point of order and not speak to the facts.

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LAB

James Shaver Woodsworth

Labour

Mr. WOODSWORTH:

Yes, Mr. Speaker. I am trying to point out that this matter has not been discussed before in the house and that it is of recent occurrence. I said that the situation is entirely different from what it was a few weeks ago, and within the last few days the situation has become very acute.

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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Order.

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LAB

James Shaver Woodsworth

Labour

Mr. WOODSWORTH:

I have had telegrams to that effect.

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May 22, 1935