June 7, 1935

TRAIL, B.C, SMELTER

CON

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):

I desire to lay on the table two copies each in English and French of the convention between Canada and the United States, with respect to certain complaints arising from the operation of a smelter at Trail, British Columbia, dated the 15th day of April, 1935.

Topic:   TRAIL, B.C, SMELTER
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ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE

INVESTIGATION BY ROYAL COMMISSION INTO ALLEGED IRREGULARITIES

CON

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

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. HUGH GUTHRIE (Minister of Justice) :

At the request of the hon. member for Gloucester (Mr. Veniot), I desire to lay on the table the evidence and exhibits, which only came to hand on Wednesday, in connection with the inquiry by Chief Justice Baxter into certain irregularities charged against the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. This is the only copy of the evidence that has come to hand. I have not yet had time to read it but I will place it on the table in the meantime.

Topic:   ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE
Subtopic:   INVESTIGATION BY ROYAL COMMISSION INTO ALLEGED IRREGULARITIES
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BANK OF CANADA ACT


On the order for the introduction by Mr. Reid of a bill to amend the Bank of Canada Act:


CON

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):

Before this matter is further pro-

Bank of Canada

ceeded with I think I should say to the hon. gentleman who proposes the bill that perhaps he is not aware of the fact that under the international agreement made between various countries, including Canada, regarding silver, there is an obligation undertaken by Canada that the government shall purchase or otherwise arrange for withdrawing from the market, as in the attached memorandum of agreement, 1,671,802 fine ounces of silver in each calendar year beginning with the calendar year 1934. The agreement does not terminate until the first of January, 1938, and I hardly think that the hon. gentleman would desire, by the legislation which he now contemplates, to endeavour to destroy the international agreement to which I have referred.

Topic:   BANK OF CANADA ACT
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LIB

Ian Alistair Mackenzie

Liberal

Hon. IAN MACKENZIE (Vancouver Centre):

If I may refer to the point raised by the Prime Minister, I submit with all respect that the legislation proposed to be introduced by the hon. member for New Westminster (Mr. Reid) does not in the slightest degree interfere with the agreement to which the right hon. gentleman has referred. It only implements it and strengthens it, proposing that the Bank of Canada shall not have less than that actual amount specified in that agreement. With respect to the point raised by my right hon. friend yesterday, I submit that this cannot possibly affect either revenue or expenditure as suggested, nor can it affect the Bank of Canada even if, Mr. Speaker, you construe the Bank of Canada to be the agent of the minister. I think the point raised by the Prime Minister now is raised more or less on grounds of public policy, and I suggest with the utmost deference, after a careful examination of both sections of the proposed bill, that it does not in the slightest degree interfere with the international agreement; an the contrary, it seeks definitely to implement the terms of that agreement.

Topic:   BANK OF CANADA ACT
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CON

Pierre Édouard Blondin (Speaker of the Senate)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPEAKER:

I am going to ask the hon. member for New Westminster (Mr. Reid) if he will allow this matter to stand for another day. I may say that I have given the matter very careful consideration and I am in considerable doubt as to whether or not the bill is in order, but I certainly do not wish to rule that it is out of order unless I satisfy my own mind on the subject. Is that satisfactory?

Topic:   BANK OF CANADA ACT
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LIB
LIB
CON

FRUIT, VEGETABLES AND HONEY


Hon. ROBERT WEIR (Minister of Agriculture) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 95, respecting fruit, vegetables and honey. Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.


B.C. RELIEF CAMP STRIKERS


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Ian Alistair Mackenzie

Liberal

Hon. IAN MACKENZIE (Vancouver Centre):

I would like to ask the Prime

Minister a question with reference to press dispatches to the effect that certain men who were formerly in unemployment relief camps in western Canada are now proceeding to Ottawa. Is he prepared to make any statement with respect to the general situation or any statement of government policy with regard thereto?

Topic:   B.C. RELIEF CAMP STRIKERS
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CON

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):

So far as the government is

aware, a number of men have left Vancouver as trespassers on freight trains and are travelling east, some by the Canadian Pacific and some by the Canadian National. No complaints have been made by the railway companies against these trespassers, and until such time as such complaints are made, the provincial authorities are not, as I understand the situation, disposed to take any proceedings against these men. The government is ready and willing, if called upon by the provincial authorities, to render such assistance as may be necessary in the premises, but at the moment no such occasion has arisen.

I should add that the communist societies in Canada are proclaiming it as a very great victory on their part that these men have moved east. I need hardly say that there are several well known communistic societies under varying names; they have sought to embroil the government in some discussion in respect to these matters, and we have declined to enter into any discussion withthem. Doubtless the hon. gentleman hasseen the statement that has been made as tothe victory that has been achieved with

respect to these trespassers on the trains.

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LIB

Ian Alistair Mackenzie

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE (Vancouver):

Have

there been any requests from the government of Alberta or the mayors of cities?

Topic:   B.C. RELIEF CAMP STRIKERS
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June 7, 1935