June 6, 1935


Hon. HUGH GUTHRIE (Minister of Justice) moved the second reading of Bill No. 74, to amend the Interpretation Act. Motion agreed to, bill read the second time, considered in committee, reported, read the third time and passed.


TRADE AND INDUSTRY COMMISSION


Hon. R. B. HANSON (Minister of Trade and Commerce) moved that the house go into committee to consider the following proposed resolution: That it is expedient to bring in a measure to establish a dominion trade and industry commission, and to provide that the tariff board shall act as the commissioners with prescribed powers and duties, and that a director of prosecutions be appointed to carry on such legal proceedings as may be required under the provisions of the act. He said: Mr. Speaker, the terms of the resolution indicate clearly the purposes for which it is placed before the house. It is proposed to bring in a measure to establish a dominion trade and industry commission, and to provide that the tariff board shall act as commissioners with powers and duties as indicated in the bill. There is a further provision that there be appointed a director of prosecutions to carry on such legal proceedings as may be required properly to make effective the terms of the bill. I believe a discussion on the resolution might be more effective in committee, and I would recommend that we proceed to that stage. Motion agreed to and the house went into committee, Mr. Morand in the chair.


LIB

Ian Alistair Mackenzie

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE (Vancouver):

Will the director of prosecutions be a full-time appointee?

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CON

Richard Burpee Hanson (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

Yes.

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LIB

Ian Alistair Mackenzie

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE (Vancouver):

Has the minister any information to give out as to whether the government has decided who the appointee will be?

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CON

Richard Burpee Hanson (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

No; no

consideration has been given the matter.

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LIB

Ian Alistair Mackenzie

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE (Vancouver):

Has the minister given any consideration to the question of remuneration for the commissioner?

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CON

Richard Burpee Hanson (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

Yes, full

consideration.

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LIB
CON

Richard Burpee Hanson (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

It will be disclosed in the bill.

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LIB

Ian Alistair Mackenzie

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE (Vancouver):

Will the rate of remuneration be fixed in the bill to be introduced?

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CON

Richard Burpee Hanson (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

Yes.

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UFA

Robert Gardiner

United Farmers of Alberta

Mr. GARDINER:

Is there any particular

reason for the government's decision to have the present tariff board act as commissioners, rather than setting up a separate board of commissioners for the purposes of this measure ?

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CON

Richard Burpee Hanson (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

One of

the reasons is that we feel quite confident the tariff board can carry out the duties of the dominion trade and industry commission without setting up an independent body, and we will be saving money to the treasury.

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LIB

William Daum Euler

Liberal

Mr. EULER:

The minister states that is

one reason; what are the others?

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CON

Richard Burpee Hanson (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

We feel

the members of the tariff board are well qualified to carry out the work.

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UFA

Donald MacBeth Kennedy

United Farmers of Alberta

Mr. KENNEDY (Winnipeg):

Is it the

government's intention to add to the personnel of the tariff board, if this work is allotted to it, or is it considered that the present personnel is large enough to carry out the work?

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CON

Richard Burpee Hanson (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

There is

no provision in the bill for adding to the personnel of the tariff board, but there is a provision in the legislation setting up the tariff board whereby additional personnel may be added if required.

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LIB

Cameron Ross McIntosh

Liberal

Mr. McINTOSH:

Will supplementary machinery be established in each province in order to enforce the provisions of the board?

Supply-M arine-R adio

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June 6, 1935