June 28, 1935

CONCURRENCE IN SENATE AMENDMENTS


Right Hon. R. B. BENNETT (Prime Minister) moved the second reading of and concurrence in amendments made by -the Senate to Bill No. 62, to amend the Soldier Settlement Act. He said: The Senate made a slight amendment to this measure, providing that instead of it coming into force on the day on which it was assented to, as it would, it should come into force on the first of July. If the house agrees to that proposal, as I ask it now to do, we will endeavour to have -the act assented to this afternoon so that it will begin on the first day of the month-, thereby making it, simpler from the standpoint of superannuation- and keeping the books of the country. Motion- agreed to; amendments read the second time and concurred in.


BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

DOMINION DAY ADJOURNMENT


Right H-on. R. B. BENNETT (Prime Minister) : Mr. Speaker, the right hon. leader of the opposition (Mr. Mackenzie King) yesterday asked a question- with respect to Monday, and I told the house I would endeavour to ascertain what- progress was being made by the committee dealing with the grain board bill, so that we would know just what our position is. The Senate yesterday indicated that it would not sit on Monday. The legislation- before that body has not been completely dealt with at this moment. It would therefore seem to be clear that the bevised EDITION Dominion Day Adjournment



Senate on Tuesday will be dealing with that legislation. I believe we may be able to finish the evidence in the grain board bill committee to-day, but that will probably be as far as we shall be able to go. It will necessitate a conference taking place between the members of the committee, if possible on Monday. Inasmuch as the business upon the order paper is very light, involving one measure which will probably not take very long, and the estimates-I am entirely in the hands of the house, but I do not know whether it would be desirable not to sit on Monday under those circumstances, because the Senate will not finish its business until Tuesday.


LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Leader of the Opposition):

I gather from

what the right bon. Prime Minister has just said that the government intends to drop the controversial measure, the elections bill, because he refers to only one other measure, that not being controversial. If that is the case it will materially shorten the session and insure speedier prorogation. Also, if the committee dealing with the grain- bill- has still to confer and reach a conclusion -with regard to its provisions possibly the time of all hon. members would be spent more profitably if that committee continued its work and the rest of us looked- on over th-e period of July first. Once that bill is settled I believe I can say on behalf of the opposition that provided the bill I -referred to w-ith respect to thie elections act is withdrawn, the rest of the order paper will not take many hours to conclude.

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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:

Of course the bill to amend the elections act will have- to be given second reading, because there are sections in it, such as that in regard to the hours during which advance polls are kept open, and the waiver of preparation of fresh lists for byelections, matters of that sort, which must be dealt with, but those are not controversial. I can say frankly that it is not intended to proceed with the controversial sections, in v-iew of the strong expressions of opinion that came from the other side yesterday with respect to them, although I think possibly most hon. members may have received a small pamphlet from Great Britain in which the whole fate of democracy is regarded as being at stake because th-e will of minorities represents the life of -governments, and pointing out how undesirable that is. But that is a matter with which the minister himself will deal when- he moves second reading of the bill.

If it is acceptable to the house I would confer further with members of the committee, and later without notice, if it is possible, move that when the house adjourns it adjourn until Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock. If that meets with the approval- of the house I shall be glad to give some further information about it at that time.

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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

In regard to

the elections bill m-ay I say that as far as the part referring to the transferable vote is concerned, the attitude of hon. members on this -side is and has -been that this is not the time to introduce -as farre-aching a departure from our electoral methods as a transferable vote would be. As I stated at the outset it is th-e sectional character of the measure introduced to which we take strong exception. The- question of th-e principle involved in the transferable vote is another matter, one that I think could be taken up to much better effect at the beginning of a new parliament, rather than when the days of an old parliament have expired.

The Prime Minister, I think, will find that hon. members on this side will be in agreement with hon. gentlemen opposite with regard to Monday next, provided we can make the arrangement indicated.

The house in committee of supply, Mr. Morand in the chair.

Miscellaneous-

To assist in promoting tourist business in Canada-revote, $52,000.

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CON

Robert James Manion (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MANION:

This is merely a revote

of the money voted last year. The bills came in too late to be paid last year and this is merely to legalize the payment of those bills out of last year's estimates.

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Item agreed to. Aviation- Civil government air operations - for preventive service and other operations- further amount required, $305,000.


LIB

William Daum Euler

Liberal

Mr. EULER:

I notice that this item includes money for the preventive service, and I should like to ask if that indicates any expansion of the air service for preventive purposes.

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CON

Grote Stirling (Minister of Fisheries; Minister of National Defence)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STIRLING:

No, there is to be

no expansion. This is to carry out the work requested of the Department of National Defence and of civil aviation by these other departments.

Supply-Aviation

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LIB

Joseph-Arthur Bradette

Liberal

Mr. BRADETTE:

I should like to ask

the minister if the repairs to government aircraft are made by private corporations in Montreal or if they are carried out by the govenment.

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CON

Grote Stirling (Minister of Fisheries; Minister of National Defence)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STIRLING:

I did not catch the first

part of the hon. member's question.

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LIB

Joseph-Arthur Bradette

Liberal

Mr. BRADETTE:

If my information is

correct a good deal of the repair work on the machines is done by private corporations. I should like to know if that statement is correct.

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Grote Stirling (Minister of Fisheries; Minister of National Defence)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STIRLING:

Does my hon. friend refer to the machines owned by the government? Those repairs which can be carried out by our own mechanics are so done. Major repairs and reconditioning are done by aircraft firms capable of doing that work.

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Joseph-Arthur Bradette

Liberal

Mr. BRADETTE:

Will the minister be

good enough to give the names of those firms, if he has that information at hand?

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CON

Grote Stirling (Minister of Fisheries; Minister of National Defence)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STIRLING:

I have not that information under my hand but I shall be pleased to communicate it to my hon. friend.

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June 28, 1935