July 2, 1935

LIB

Jean-François Pouliot

Liberal

Mr. JEAN FRANQOIS POULIOT (Temiscouata) :

May I ask a question of the Minister of Finance (Mr. Rhodes)? On April 10 the minister stated that the Canadian government had undertaken to guarantee the repayment to Canadian banks of a loan to Newfoundland. In the report of the dominion commissioner for unemployment relief, dated March 31, 1933, at page 11, a guarantee of $625,000 is mentioned. May I ask the minister first what he meant when he declared that the

government had undertaken to guarantee repayment; and secondly, if anything to that effect appears in the subsequent reports of the director of unemployment relief, and if so at -what page? If not, why?

Topic:   BOARD OF RAILWAY COMMISSIONERS
Subtopic:   APPOINTMENT OF SECRETARY
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CON

Edgar Nelson Rhodes (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. E. N. RHODES (Minister of Finance):

Mr. Speaker, I may say with all deference to my hon. friend from Temiscouata that it is hardly within the purview of the rules of the house to put a minister under crossexamination on the orders of the day. So far as his question is a proper one I will take it as a notice and be pleased to answer it.

Topic:   BOARD OF RAILWAY COMMISSIONERS
Subtopic:   APPOINTMENT OF SECRETARY
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DISTRIBUTION OF VOTERS' LISTS


On the orders of the day:


LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, on Friday evening the hon. Secretary of State very kindly said that he would have a word with the franchise commissioner with respect to the desire of hon. members to obtain typewritten copies of revisions as made on the voters' lists. May I ask my hon. friend if he has had an opportunity to speak with the franchise officer, and can he give the house any information as to what will be done?

Topic:   DISTRIBUTION OF VOTERS' LISTS
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CON

Charles Hazlitt Cahan (Secretary of State of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. G. H. CAHAN (Secretary of State):

I have not had an opportunity of speaking to him. As far as I can ascertain from an examination of the statute the hon. member for Comox-Allberni (Mr. Neill) was under a misapprehension with regard to the law governing the previous distribution of electoral lists. The two extra lists to which he referred were only issued by the registrars in rural constituencies and in cases where there had been a redistribution of constituencies or of parts of constituencies. Nevertheless, I shall take an early opportunity of conveying to the dominion commissioner the views which were expressed on Friday.

Topic:   DISTRIBUTION OF VOTERS' LISTS
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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

May I say to my hon. friend that apart altogether from what the 'law may have been or any misapprehension with regard to it, it would, I believe, meet the wishes of hon. members on both sides of the house to have the request which was made carried out if at all possible.

Topic:   DISTRIBUTION OF VOTERS' LISTS
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CON

Charles Hazlitt Cahan (Secretary of State of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CAHAN:

Yes. I was thinking afterwards that we would have to make some provision for the payment of registrars for this extra service, which would be a very considerable service.

B.C. Relief Camp Strikers

Topic:   DISTRIBUTION OF VOTERS' LISTS
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B.C. RELIEF CAMP STRIKERS


The house resumed from Wednesday, June 26, consideration of the motion of Mr. Rhodes for committee .of supply.


IND

Angus MacInnis

Independent Labour

Mr. ANGUS MacINNIS (Vancouver South):

Mr. Speaker, on Wednesday last when the motion was made for the house to go into supply I took the opportunity of drawing to the attention of the house the condition that was facing the government and the people of this country owing to the strike of men in the unemployment relief camps. I pointed out at that time that we had made an effort on two occasions to bring to the attention of the house the seriousness of that situation, but that we were unsuccessful. On a later occasion I again asked the Prime Minister if he would give an opportunity to discuss this matter in the house, and he promised that he would take it into consideration although he did not think it was worth while discussing. Now I am sure that not only the members of this house but the people of this dominion are shocked at the tragedy that took place in the city of Regina last evening. I believe the people of this country will lay the cause of that tragedy at the door of the government.

Topic:   B.C. RELIEF CAMP STRIKERS
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Some hon. MEMBERS:

No.

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LIB
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An hon. MEMBER:

You are responsible.

Topic:   B.C. RELIEF CAMP STRIKERS
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IND

Angus MacInnis

Independent Labour

Mr. MacINNIS:

I am ready to assume any responsibility that is coming to me. I not only pointed out in this house the serious condition with which we were confronted but some two months ago I went to the Minister of National Defence and pleaded that the government should take some action in order to meet the situation. I am convinced that the government could have done this. We are all human and we act and react to conditions in much the same way. The easiest way to provoke a person into taking action which possibly he should not take is to ignore his rightful claims. I contend that these men in the camps have rightful and just claims which have been ignored by this government.

Topic:   B.C. RELIEF CAMP STRIKERS
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An hon. MEMBER:

Communist claims.

Topic:   B.C. RELIEF CAMP STRIKERS
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IND

Angus MacInnis

Independent Labour

Mr. MacINNIS:

An hon. member says, "communist claims," but let me tell him that the way to make a communist is to act in the manner in which this government has been acting.

Topic:   B.C. RELIEF CAMP STRIKERS
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An hon. MEMBER:

You ought to know how to make them.

Topic:   B.C. RELIEF CAMP STRIKERS
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IND

Angus MacInnis

Independent Labour

Mr. MacINNIS:

The hon. member ought to know how to make them because his leader is making them every day and there is no protest from that side of the house.

Topic:   B.C. RELIEF CAMP STRIKERS
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LIB

July 2, 1935