February 23, 1937

TRADE AGREEMENTS WITH RUSSIA AND GERMANY

LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister) moved:

.That standing order 28 respecting the committee of ways and means be suspended for the sittings of Thursday 25th February and Friday 26th February, 1937.

He said: Standing order 28, as hon. members know, obliges the Speaker to leave the chair on Thursday and Friday without question being put. It is the intention of the Minister of Finance (Mr. Dunning) to introduce his budget on Thursday next, and he wishes to do so with the Speaker in the chair.

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Right Hon. R. B. BENNETT (Leader of the Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, this would

seem to be an appropriate time to ask whether the trade agreements between Canada and Russia and Canada and Germany will be laid upon the table before Thursday. I cannot recall that having been done, and I think it should be done before the budget is brought down.

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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

I should prefer to have the Minister of Finance answer the question. I shall ask him to do so to-morrow.

Business oj the House

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Right Hon. S@

Before this motion passes may I suggest to the Prime Minister that it should refer to Thursday only? It has been the custom for many years to adjourn the debate on the budget over Sunday in order to give members the opportunity to consider its provisions, and this practice should be followed particularly this year if there is to be submitted at the same time^ a new trade agreement between the United Kingdom and Canada. I do not suppose the Prime Minister wishes to give up the privilege of going into supply on Friday without a motion, and I would therefore suggest that this motion be amended to apply to Thursday only, with the understanding that the budget debate will not be proceeded with until probably next Tuesday. This I think would give ample opportunity to hon. members to consider it properly.

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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

Mr. Speaker, may I say that the government had no intention of proceeding with the debate on the budget on Friday. It was intended that the debate should be adjourned until next week. As to whether it should be adjourned until Monday or Tuesday next, might be arranged when the Minister of Finance is here. I imagine that the minister will take no exception to having an adjournment made until Tuesday if that is the wish of hon. gentlemen opposite. As a matter of fact I had one copy of the motion amended in the form in which my right hon. friend (Sir George Perley) has just suggested, making it apply to Thursday only. I spoke to the clerk, a moment or two before the house met as to the advisability of the amendment being made in that way. It was thought that it did not very much matter, that in any event the house could go into supply on Friday. We do not anticipate any opposition to the motion to go into supply on that day. However, it may simplify matters if the motion is amended as suggested, and I so move that it be adopted with the words "and Friday 26th February" omitted.

Motion as amended agreed to.

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PRECEDENCE FOR GOVERNMENT BUSINESS ON AND AFTER WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3

LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):

With the consent of the house I propose, for the convenience of hon. members, to put a motion with respect to sittings on Wednesday of which notice appears in to-day's votes and proceedings. Tomorrow will be the last private members' day if the house so agrees. I gather there is an

understanding between members of the different parties in the house that this will be acceptable to them. If that is so, I would now move:

That on and after Wednesday the 3rd of March next to the end of the session, government notices of motions and government orders shall have precedence on Wednesdays over all business except introduction of bills, questions by members and notices of motions for the production of papers.

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Motion agreed to.


CANADA-UNITED KINGDOM TRADE AGREEMENT ANNOUNCEMENT WITH RESPECT TO SIGNATURE THIS DAY AND TABUING ON THURSDAY NEXT


On the orders of the day:


LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to advise the house that the trade agreement between Canada and the United Kingdom was signed at noon to-day. The agreement was signed on behalf of the United Kingdom by Sir Francis Floud, K.C.B., High Commissioner for the United Kingdom, and on behalf of Canada by the Minister of Finance (Mr. Dunning) and myself. The agreement will be tabled on Thursday afternoon.

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UNEMPLOYMENT RELIEF

ALLEGED DISCRIMINATION ON POLITICAL GROUNDS AGAINST APPLICANTS UNDER LAND SETTLEMENT SCHEME


On the orders of the day:


CCF

James Shaver Woodsworth

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

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

There is an extraordinary news item in the Montreal Gazette of to-day, to the effect that unemployed who desire assistance in settling on the land will be refused aid if they have "advanced ideas" or have been members of a communist or socialist organization ; that aldermen at the city hall were so informed yesterday by the Auger-Rogers foack-to-the-land plan forwarded them by the provincial ministry of colonization. The regulation reads in part:

The would-be colonist of "advanced ideas" who has previously taken part in a communist or socialist organization cannot be accepted.

In view of the fact that the opposition in the British House of Commons is a socialist opposition, and that New Zealand, a sister dominion, is under a socialist government, it seems to me an extraordinary thing that any regulation of this kind can be put forward in one of our provinces. I am aware that later in the article the Minister of Labour (Mr. Rogers) is reported as saying he knows nothing

Labour Dispute

of the matter, but I do not think that that statement of his, as given to the press, is quite enough, and I ask whether the minister will give the house the assurance that the government will give no assistance to any scheme that discriminates against any individual because of his political affiliations or his religious beliefs.

Hon. NORMAN McL. ROGERS (Minister of Labour): All agreements with the provinces concerning unemployment relief contain a provision that there shall be no discrimination with respect to race, religion or political affiliation. In my opinion no regulations under any agreement can be made which are contrary to that provision. I hope that will satisfy my hon. friend.

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LABOUR DISPUTE

GOVERNMENT DOCK FACILITIES AT VANCOUVER AND UNLOADING OF MOTORSHIP BELLINGHAM


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Angus MacInnis

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. ANGUS MacINNIS (Vancouver East):

I desire to direct a question to the Minister of Transport (Mr. Howe) with reference to a situation in the port of Vancouver. I have received to-day a telegram, a copy of which has been sent, I believe, to the minister. It states that the motorship Bellingham, American registry, arrived in the port of Vancouver yesterday with a cargo of fish consigned to the Canadian Fishing Company Limited. The owners of the vessel wished to have the International Longshoremen's Association of Vancouver discharge the cargo. The Canadian Fishing Company will not allow that to be done at their dock. The owners of the vessel are willing to have the cargo discharged at any other dock. Mr. Burns, who I believe is the port manager at the government docks, advised the International Longshoremen's Association that he is not in a position to say that the facilities of the government docks will be available if members of the International Longshoremen's Association are employed to unload the ship. Could the minister give the house any information with regard to this matter, and state whether the shipping federation completely control the men who are to discharge and load ships in the port of Vancouver, and particularly on government docks?

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February 23, 1937