For a copy of all correspondence between the Department of Justice or the Department of External Affairs in the year 1921 with Lewis Duncan, barrister, of Toronto, regarding claim of said Duncan for legal services.
For a copy of all correspondence, letters, telegrams and other documents, exchanged from 1931 to date between the hon. Minister of Marine or his department and any persons, respecting the deepening of the river bed of Riviere aux Hurons, province of Quebec.
For a copy of all correspondence, letters telegrams and other documents, exchanged from 1931 to date between the hon. Minister of Public Works or his department and any other persons, respecting the deepening of the river bed of Riviere aux Hurons, province of Quebec.
Before the orders of the day are proceeded with I desire to make a statement on behalf of the Minister of Finance, who has been called away owing to the illness of his mother. He would have on Monday made the following statement: That in reply to the question, of the right hon. leader of the opposition (Mr. Mackenzie King) of June 5, what he had in mind was to emphasize the overriding poweT of parliament in connection with any trade agreements, and that anything in the nature of a formal agreement should be submitted for ratification or approval by parliament. In making that statement, however, he did not have it in, mind to imply that the putting into effect of any reductions of rates agreed upon would require to be deferred until such approval had been given, or to impair in any way the full operative force of section 11 of the Customs Act, with which he was them dealing.
Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Leader of the Opposition):
W'hat the right
hon. the Prime Minister has just said would indicate that he has in his mind the subject to which I am about to refer. On May 20 I asked my right hon. friend whether negotiations were still continuing between the United States and Canada with respect to a trade agreement, and whether he contemplated the probability of submitting an agreement to the house before prorogation. My right hon. friend replied as follows:
I can only say that negotiations with Washington have been continuing, but it would be idle for me to express any view at the moment as to whether or not they would crystallize in the form of an agreement within the period of time which will elapse between now and the rising of the house. If, as and when I am informed so as to be able to give an answer to that question. I shall be glad to give such information to the house.
I notice that yesterday, speaking in another place, the leader of the government in the Senate said that a good reciprocity treaty can be made. It is therefore apparent, if the hon. leader of the government in the Senate was speaking as a minister of the crown, which no doubt he was, that the government is now in a position to say that it has found it possible to make an agreement. What I would like to ask the Prime Minister is whether such is the case, and if so whether matters could not be so arranged as to have the agreement placed before this parliament before it rises, in order that it may receive consideration here, and1 that if, as stated, it is a good agreement, it may receive approval, and the public thereby have the advantage at the earliest possible .moment of any benefits that a reciprocal trade agreement ,may give.
I very much regret that the right hon. gentleman has placed a wrong construction on a head note which he read in the newspaper. It is not correct to say that any agreement has been negotiated with the United States.
I beg my right hon. friend's pardon, I was not referring to a head note in the newspaper. I was quoting from the Senate Hansard of yesterday, page 415, in the report of a speech by the Right Hon. Arthur Meighen the words "a good reciprocity treaty can be made."
Senate was dealing with was not that there was an agreement made, but that Canada was desirous cf making a good agreement if a good agreement can be made, which is an altogether different thing. No agreement
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has been made. Had1 any agreement been made I Would have informed this house. Negotiations will be proceeded with next week, I believe the time has been fixed at which the discussions will be resumed. The only reason I made the statement on behalf of the Minister of Finance was in order to remove any doubt as to the desirability of our being able to act under section 11 if the occasion should arise. I quite share the right hon. gentleman's vieiw that if it were possible to have an agreement arrived at between now and the rising of this house it would be desirable, and I assure him that if one were arrived at it would be submitted1 to parliament at once without any delay at all.
FARNHAM, QUE., POST OFFICE On the orders of the day:
Mr. PIERRE F. CAlSGRAIN (Charlevoix-Saguenay): I read in the paper to-day this article:
Tenders tabled for post office Privately invited bids received June 6, for Farnham, Que., project.
I understand this has to do with the erection of a post office building at Farnham. It proceeds to say:
Tenders from a selected list of contractors were received toy private invitation until Thursday, June 6.
I should like to ask the Minister of Public Works (Mr. Stewart) how it is that tenders were invited privately, also the names of the privileged few who were invited to tender.
I would like to direct a question to the Minister of Agriculture (Mr. AVeir) with respect to the water conservation committee of the west. What are their present activities and what are their future plans, if any?
During the last month a careful survey has been under way of all applications received for consideration of certain localities with reference to the conservation of water. This is being done by engineers well and specially qualified to do it in cooperation with the three western provinces. There have also been appointed other staffs that will be required to proceed with the work without delay.