March 19, 1936

QUESTIONS


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.)


IMMIGRATION

LIB

Mr. GAUTHIER:

Liberal

1. How many immigrants have entered Canada each month since March 31, 1934?

2. Were they all natives of the country from which they migrated to Canada?

3. If not, how long were they naturalized citizens of such country?

4. What was the country of origin of each such person?

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LIB

Mr. CRERAR: (Minister of Immigration and Colonization; Minister of Mines; Minister of the Interior; Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs)

Liberal

1. April, 1934

May x>308

June 1,280

July h236

August 1,157

September 1,288

October 1,113

November 9(57

December 668

January, 1935 568

February 559

March 789

April 964

May 1,020

June 1,061

July 1,050

August 1,324

September 1,160

October 1,160

November 916

December 706

January, 1936 499

2. and 3. While it is known that all immigrants were not natives of the countries from which they came to Canada, statistics are not available.

4. The racial origin of immigrants arriving in Canada between April, 1934, and January, 1936, is shown in the following statement; the racial origin in most cases indicates both the country of origin and nationality.

Immigration to Canada, by racial origin, from April 1, 1934, to January 31, 1936.

Albanian 4

Arabian 3

Armenian 10

Belgian 146

Bohemian 15

British-

English 6,195

Irish 1,818

Scotch 2,270

Welsh 187

Bulgarian 26

Croatian 287

Czech 177

Dutch 304

East Indian 53

Esthonian 4

Finnish 135

French 1,625

German 1,561

Greek 116

Hebrew 1,390

Italian 708

Japanese 148

Jugo-Slav 222

Lettish 3

Lithuanian 60

Magyar 662

Mexican 1

Negro 44

North American Indian 8

Polish 823

Portuguese 9

Roumanian 89

Russian 172

Ruthenian 962

Scandinavian-

Danish 99

Icelandic 24

Norwegian 238

Swedish 199

Serbian 54

Slovak 977

Spanish 23

Swiss 90

Syrian 54

Turkish 1

Total 21,996

Privilege-Mr. Church

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ATLANTIC COAST FISHERIES

LIB

Vincent-Joseph Pottier

Liberal

Mr. POTTIER:

What was the production of fish on the Canadian Atlantic coast for the years 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934 and 1935, by (a) deep sea fishermen; (b) shore fishermen; (c) beam trawlers ?

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LIB

Joseph Enoil Michaud (Minister of Fisheries)

Liberal

Mr. MICHAUD:

Total Offshore

production production cwt. cwt.

1930

4,794,231 1,169,1971931

4.262,484 828,9711932

4,053,923 692,3161933

4,519,814 850,2341934

4,947,766 885.1171935

*4,649,784 894,502Inshore Trawler production production cwt. cwt.1930

3,625,034 313,6541931

3,433,513 232.1971932

3,361.607 230,0661933

3,669,580 187,4551934

4,062,649 179,7221935

*3,755,282 198,843

*Unre vised

Note: The above figures include shellfish.

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QUESTION PASSED AS ORDER FOR RETURN

LIB

Mr. TREMBLAY:

Liberal

1. Do any members of the House of Commons receive, or has any member of the House of Commons received a pension for war service?

2. If so, who are such members and what is the amount of the pension each has received or is receiving?

3. On what dates were such pensions granted?

4. By what body was each of such pensions granted?

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PRIVILEGE-MR. CHURCH

CON

Thomas Langton Church

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. T. L. CHURCH (Broadview):

Mr. Speaker, on a question of privilege, we look upon your honour as the protector and custodian of the rights and privileges of members of parliament. These rights and privileges cannot be taken away from an hon. member either by you or by your deputy, by the government or by anybody else. As a private member I wish to direct the attention of your honour to a very undignified incident which occurred in this chamber yesterday afternoon while your honour was present. I had not intended to take part in the debate in committee of ways and

means, but at five minutes to six I rose in my place when the hon. member for North Huron (Mr. Deachman) had concluded. I had spoken for about three minutes when the Minister of Finance (Mr. Dunning), who is supposed to show hon. members on this side of the house some courtesy-

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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Order.

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CON

Thomas Langton Church

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CHURCH:

A member of parliament

is here as the free representative of the people and he has rights, prerogatives and privileges which cannot be taken away from him by the government of the day, even though they may have a majority of one or two hundred. The chairman pro tempore was presiding over the committee, but I do not know how he got in the chair. I do not think he had any right to be there, under the rules as I see them, and I have some authorities on this matter. While I was on my feet speaking the Minister of Finance before six o'clock rose in his place and moved that the committee rise, report progress and ask leave to sit again. The minister may have been able to get away with things like that in the Saskatchewan legislature, but he is not going to get away with them here. I ask your honour to protect the rights, privileges and prerogatives which I have as a private member of this house. I was elected by the constituents of Broadview' and I want to assert the rights, the privileges, the functions and the prerogatives which every private member has here under the British constitution. We are supposed to have free parliamentary institutions in Canada but it has not been so, and they have been curtailed during the past few years; this principle has been departed from with the result that there is no longer any freedom in the press, in the legislatures, in the pulpits or in the universities. I wish to protest, as strongly as I can, against it. No wonder we have seen, in the past few years, the decay and decline of the House of Commons in Canada.

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LIB

Eugène Fiset

Liberal

Sir EUGENE FISET (Rimouski):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to call your attention to the fact that when I was presiding in the committee of ways and means yesterday afternoon I made a sign to the hon. gentleman who has just spoken (Mr. Church) that a motion was before the chair that the committee rise, report progress and ask leave to sit again. Unfortunately the hon. gentleman suffers from deafness and did not understand what I said or see the sign that I made to him. I submit that I was perfectly in order in taking the action that I did.

Unemployment

Hon. CHARLES A. DUNNING (Minister of Finance): Mr. Speaker, if it will help to ease matters at all, may I apologize most sincerely to the hon. member for Broadview (Mr. Church) if any action on my part hurt his feelings in any way. Certainly such was not my intention. I thought and I still think that I was within the rules of the house when at a few minutes to six o'clock I moved that the committee rise, report progress and ask leave to sit again in order that such report could be made to Your Honour before you left the chair at six o'clock, which I think is the correct procedure. I had no intention whatever of taking away any privilege from my hon. friend. If I did succeed in taking away three minutes of his speech I will undertake to try to help him get it back on some future occasion. I might say however that I doubt whether the hon. member really has much complaint. As a rule, because of his little infirmity, it is quite difficult to appeal to Your Honour on a point of order when the hon. member has the floor, and in that regard he receives, I think, considerable latitude from his opponents. I think therefore he might forgive me just this once if I have hurt his feelings.

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Walter Edward Foster (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

I do not think that the privileges of the hon. member who has raised the question have been greatly encroached upon. I shall see that he receives all the courtesies of the house.

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UNEMPLOYMENT

ASSISTANCE FOB AGRICULTURAL SETTLEMENT AND REHABILITATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF NATURAL AND OTHER RESOURCES


Hon. NORMAN McL. ROGERS (Minister of Labour) moved that the house go into committee at the next sitting to consider the following proposed resolution: That it is expedient to bring in a measure respecting relief for unemployment and assistance for agricultural settlement and rehabilitation and development of natural and other resources, and to provide for such payments out of the consolidated revenue fund as may be necessary for all or any of the purposes of the proposed legislation. He said: His Excellency the Governor General, having been made acquainted with the subject matter of this resolution, recommends it to the favourable consideration of the house. Motion agreed to.


WAR VETERANS' ALLOWANCES

March 19, 1936