June 13, 1935

LIB

Jean-François Pouliot

Liberal

Mr. POULIOT:

Who is at present in charge of federal patronage in the county of Temiscouata, and since when?

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Subtopic:   FEDERAL PATRONAGE
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CON

Charles Hazlitt Cahan (Secretary of State of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CAHAN:

There is no information

available.

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Subtopic:   FEDERAL PATRONAGE
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QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS

CANADIAN TRADE AND PUBLICITY

LIB

Mr. POULIOT:

Liberal

1. Since 1931, was Mr. D. G. Gerahty director of Canadian trade and publicity in Great Britain and, if so, since when?

2. From the date of his appointment until now, by what department was his salary paid and' to whom did he have to look for general authority in all matters pertaining to his office, including those relating to expenditures?

3. From the date of his appointment until now, was Mr. Gerahty at any time an officer of the Canadian Department of External Affairs and, if so, for what period, mentioning the day, month and year?

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Subtopic:   CANADIAN TRADE AND PUBLICITY
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HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR CANADA

LIB

Mr. POULIOT:

Liberal

1. Referring to letter from the hon. Minister of Trade and Commerce to the hon. G. Howard Ferguson, High Commissioner for Canada in England, dated April 12, 1933, and contained in sessional paper No. 335 of May 20, 1935, was the amount of $100,000 therein referred to for publicity and .advertising in the United Kingdom and Europe all spent in the fiscal year 1933-34?

2. If so, how much was spent (a) in the United Kingdom, and (b) in other countries of Europe, mentioning the said countries?

3. Did the High Commissioner render a detailed account of such expenditure with attached vouchers to the Department of Trade and Commerce, and, if so, on what date?

4. Did the High Commissioner get in touch with the Department of Trade and' Commerce for the administration of the above mentioned sum, and, if so, on what date or dates?

5. Besides the above mentioned sum of $100,000, was there any other appropriation for publicity and advertising in the United Kingdom and Europe left to the High Commissioner's office, and, if so, how much?

6. Were the amounts of money above referred to charged to the Department of Trade and Commerce?

7. Did the High Commissioner for Canada in London ever belong to the Department of Trade and Commerce and was he ever under the supervision of the head or deputy head of that department for the expenditure of the above mentioned amounts?

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Subtopic:   HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR CANADA
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MR. ACHILLE JOLICOEUR

LIB

Mr. THAUVETTE:

Liberal

1. Were the services of Mr. Achille Jolicoeur, barrister, of Quebec City, retained from 1930 to date (a) for investigations respecting postmasters in Portneuf county and elsewhere; (b) for customs and excise cases; (c) for census purposes or preparation of voters' lists, or in connection with the revision of such lists?

2. If so, for what period and at what remuneration in each case?

B.C. Relief Camp Strikers

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   MR. ACHILLE JOLICOEUR
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B.C. RELIEF CAMP STRIKERS STATEMENT ON BEHALF OF GOVERNMENT OF ACTION TAKEN TO HALT MOVEMENT TOWARDS OTTAWA


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Ian Alistair Mackenzie

Liberal

Hon. IAN MACKENZIE (Vancouver Centre):

I wish to ask the Prime Minister

a question. Has he a further statement to make with reference to the situation regarding the unemployed men proceeding eastward, according to press dispatches?

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CON

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

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

The matter will be dealt with by the Minister of Justice.

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CON

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

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. HUGH GUTHRIE (Minister of Justice):

As I had notice of this question, I have prepared a brief statement in regard to the matter as it now stands. From information which has come to the government, the government is satisfied that the present easterly march of so-called camp strikers from British Columbia, which has now reached Regina, has been organized' and is under the direction of certain communist elements throughout Canada and is a deliberate attempt to disturb the peace, order and1 good government of Canada by unlawful means.

The marchers since leaving Vancouver have been trespassers upon railway property and railway trains, both upon the Canadian Pacific railway and Canadian National railways and are continuing their march in open disregard of the provisions of section 443 of the Railway Act. This unlawful movement of the marchers, now estimated) at about 1,500, jeopardizes both the lives of travellers and the property of both railways. Both railway companies have intimated to the government that they are unable, through lack of sufficient railway police, to clear their trains of these marchers and have requested the assistance of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to enable them to clear trains, yards and railway property of these trespassers. I have been informed that both of the railways have made representations through their officials to the government of the province of Saskatchewan in regard to the situation and' have requested the cooperation of the provincial government in regard to the matter.

In the province of Saskatchewan, the Royal 'Canadian Mounted Police act as provincial police under the provisions of an agreement made between the dominion and provincial governments, under which agreement the mounted police act under the instructions of provincial law officers in regard to the enforcement of the criminal law of

Canada, but in these agreements there is a special reservation providing that the mounted police shall have full authority to enf orce the provisions of all dominion statutes, which would include the Railway Act of Canada, under the provisions of which act these marchers are now and have been since leaving Vancouver trespassers upon railway property. Both railways are apprehensive of serious consequences to their passengers, employees and property if a stop is not put to the further movement of these strikers.

The government has, therefore, decided to take such action as may be necessary, through the Royal 'Canadian Mounted Police or otherwise, to assist the railway constabulary of both roads in stopping at Regina the further trespassing upon railway property, and instructions have gone forward to this effect.

Upon arrival at Regina the men will be expressly warned through their leaders by officials of the railways that further trespassing upon railway property will be definitely prevented, and in other respects the marchers will be required to obey the laws of the country.

The government views the action of the marchers as a distinct menace to the peace, order and good government of Canada, and it also realizes that unless discontinued) it may ultimately produce serious damage to life and property upon the railways.

The government has, therefore, determined to utilize the forces at its disposal to assist in preventing further trespasses or other breaches of the law by the marchers and to maintain law and order.

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UFA

Edward Joseph Garland

United Farmers of Alberta

Mr. E. J. GARLAND (Bow River):

Following up the statement just made by the Minister of Justice, may I ask a further question? Is he informed that, as I am given to understand is the case, during the period of the stay of the camp strikers in Calgary, soldiers wene moved in from the Sarcee camp to that city? I would like to know whether the minister has any information on that matter, if so, for what purpose the soldiers were placed there, by whom they were requested and who placed the order for their presence.

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CON

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

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GUTHRIE:

I have no information

whatever in regard to anything that transpired at Calgary.

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LAB

Abraham Albert Heaps

Labour

Mr. A. A. HEAPS (North Winnipeg):

I

would like to ask the Prime Minister if he will give to a small group representing these men who are now on their way to Ottawa, facilities to come to the city so that they may interview 'him and lay their case before him.

Grain Board-Mr. Ralston

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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) :

Since I have been Prime Minister

there never has been a time that the government has been unwilling to receive delegations from any body in this country, and we are prepared and ready to do so at any time that may be possible and convenient as to the hour.

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LAB

James Shaver Woodsworth

Labour

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

May I ask the Minister of Justice

whether any definite charges have been laid against the men who are now being held under guard?

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CON

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

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GUTHRIE:

I am not aware that any men are being held under guard. There were not any this morning as reported to me and I have heard nothing since eleven o'clock.

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June 13, 1935