May 29, 1935

CON

Charles Hazlitt Cahan (Secretary of State of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. C. H. CAHAN (Secretary of State):

I will look into the matter. Many considerations enter into the question of granting naturalization and the fitness and qualifications of applicants. I do not know of the case to which the hon. gentleman refers, but if he will give me the date of the letter-

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CON

Charles Hazlitt Cahan (Secretary of State of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CAHAN:

-and by whom signed- Mr. VALLANCE: One by Duggan, and two by Coderre.

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Charles Hazlitt Cahan (Secretary of State of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CAHAN:

If my hon. friend will let me see the letters I shall look into the matter. rMr. Bennett.J

UNEMPLOYED RETURNED SOLDIERS On the orders of the day:

Hon. IAN A. MACKENZIE (Vancouver Centre): I should like to ask whether the government have yet received the report of the Hyndman commission dealing with unemployment among returned soldiers, and if it is intended to refer that report to a special committee of the house.

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Donald Matheson Sutherland (Minister of Pensions and National Health)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. D. M. SUTHERLAND (Minister of Pensions and National Health):

The report has been received and probably will be deposited on the table of the house at the beginning of the week.

GLOUCESTER RETURNING OFFICER On the orders of the day:

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Peter John Veniot

Liberal

Hon. P. J. VENIOT (Gloucester):

I wish to direct the attention of some member of the government-J do not know exactly under which department the matter comes- to the conduct of the federal returning officer for the county of Gloucester. The St. John Telegram of May 28 contains the report of a Conservative provincial convention held in Gloucester county, which was presided over by Mr. A. V. Landry. Mr. A. V. Landry is the federal returning officer for the coming election, and I wish to direct the attention of the government to the actions of this gentleman.

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Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Right Hon. R. B. BENNETT (Prime Minister) :

Immediate action will be taken in the matter.

PRICE SPREADS COMMISSION On the orders of the day:

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Robert Gardiner

United Farmers of Alberta

Mr. ROBERT GARDINER (Acadia):

I wish to direct a question to the Prime Minister (Mr. Bennett). On April 12 the report of the price spreads and mass buying commission was laid on the table of this house. This report was based not only on the evidence taken by the commission but also on the evidence given before the special committee set up by this house last year to investigate these matters. On April 15 the hon. member for East Kootenay (Mr. Stevens) moved the adoption of this report. My question is this: Is it the intention of the government to afford this house an early opportunity to vote on this motion?

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Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Right Hon. R. B. BENNETT (Prime Minister) :

Surely the hon. gentleman knows that a motion to adopt the report of a commission is not in order; surely he is aware of that fact. The mere fact that a portion of the evidence used by the royal commission

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was taken by a committee of this house does not change or alter in any respect the fact that this is the report of a royal commission. That is the position of the matter.

Possibly I should add that the hon. member for Acadia must realize that the adoption of a commission's report involving the expenditure of public moneys, creating a charge on the public revenue, would be wholly out of order, because it must be preceded by a resolution with regard to the specific item.

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Ian Alistair Mackenzie

Liberal

Hon. IAN MACKENZIE (Vancouver Centre):

Then why has it appeared on the

order paper for the last two months? That is all wrong.

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Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

That will be discussed when the order is called.

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PREVENTIVE SERVICE SEARCHES


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

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. HUGH GUTHRIE (Minister of Justice):

Yesterday afternoon the hon. member for Sherbrooke (Mr. Howard) inquired as to the activities of members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on the highway running from Sherbrooke to the international boundary on May 24 last, and the hon. member sent me a note requesting me to make a statement in the house to-day in regard to the matter. I have obtained a report in regard to the situation, which I will read to the house:

Tradespeople of Sherbrooke, Quebec, have made numerous verbal complaints to members of our local detachment to the effect that their trade is seriously affected because of the habit of many local residents of proceeding to shopping centres across the south of the line and failing to report their purchases at the local customs ports of entry when returning to Canada. The majority of the traffic passes across the line at Rock Island and Beebe, Quebec, and the offenders usually take special advantage of public holidays, when the volume of traffic passing through those ports will not allow a thorough check to be made of their ears at the Canadian customs, and when the local collectors have, to some extent, to rely on persons voluntarily declaring such goods, as required by the customs regulations.

In an endeavour to curb the traffic a check up of cars passing along the Rock Island-Sherbrooke highway is made periodically, usually at holiday times, and the results have justified the action taken.

At all times the searches are carried out with tact and courtesy and seizures are not effected even when justified, unless the value of the goods makes such action essential. The usual course followed is to direct the parties concerned back to the port and have them pay the duties and taxes which should have been paid when they were returning from the United States. If the terms of the Customs

Act were strictly followed' the goods and cars could be seized and held pending departmental decision and the guilty parties are liable to prosecution.

Incidentally, careful check has to be kept of traffic on this highway at all times, as will be realized by the fact that within the past six months a total of 270 gallons of alcohol smuggled in cars from the United States, as well as a truck and a car for transporting the liquor, have been seized. This traffic will have to be carefully checked during the coming season as last fall it reached large proportions along the entire Sherbrooke and Huntingdon sections, -when several thousand ga.llons of American alcohol were seized' in transit, being conveyed by automobiles.

It is not our desire to unnecessarily embarrass or hamper honest citizens or ;ourists, in the carrying out of our duties, but it will be realized that the primary function of the preventive service is the safeguarding of the revenue and of Canadian business from unfair competition through the evasion of duties and taxes properly payable. The fact that only one or two actual seizures have been made, whereas approximately a hundred cases could have been so reported in the past year, indicates our aim to curtail the smuggling in the interests of local merchants by educating the people regarding the necessity of complying with the customs regulations, rather than by effecting seizures in the particular type of case in question.

The total gallonage of American alcohol seized in the Sherbrooke and Huntingdon sections since April 1, 1934, to date, was 6,036, which was conveyed in three trucks and seventeen automobiles which were also seized for transporting the smuggled spirits.

That is the report given me by the commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

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BEAM TRAWLERS

REPORT OP THE SELECT STANDING COMMITTEE ON MARINE AND FISHERIES


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CON

Isaac Duncan MacDougall

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. I. D. MACDOUGALL (Inverness):

I wish to direct a question to the acting Minister of Fisheries (Mr. Stirling) arising out of a resolution which I placed on the order paper this session an.d which was discussed by this house on February 6 of this year. The resolution read:

That, in the opinion of this house, in the interests of the fishermen of Nova Scotia, no permits should be granted or renewed with those who own and operate beam trawlers in in the province of Nova Scotia.

At the request of the acting minister the resolution was referred to the committee on fisheries. I find that on May 22 that committee made a report which dealt with another matter, and which contained these words:

Your committee has agred to report that, whereas the royal commission on price spreads and mass buying has investigated the subject

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matter of the said resolution and made a report thereon, which may be the subject of discussion and consideration by parliament-

As I assure you it shall be so far as I am concerned.

-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.

The question I wish to direct to the minister, or through him to the chairman of the committee, is whether that report was concurred in. by all the members of the fisheries committee or whether the matter was delegated to a sub-committee and, if so, who were the members of the sub-committee.

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Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Right Hon. R. B. BENNETT (Prime Minister):

The question will stand as a notice, but I do not know that it is customary to answer questions in this house as to how committees may divide in the determination of their business.

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CUSTOMS EXEMPTION FOR TOURISTS

May 29, 1935