March 1, 1937

CLAUDE, N B., POSTMASTERSHIP

CON

Alfred Johnson Brooks

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BROOKS:

For a copy of all papers, affidavits, evidence, correspondents and other documents concerning the dismissal of Mr. Henri D. Cormier, former postmaster at Glaude post office, Westmorland county, New Brunswick, together with a statement of cost of investigation showing to whom money was paid.

Topic:   CLAUDE, N B., POSTMASTERSHIP
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NOTRE DAME DE LA SALETTE, QUE., POST OFFICE

CON

Denton Massey

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MASSEY (for Mr. Wermenlinger):

For a copy of all correspondence and other documents relative to the post office of Notre-Dame de la Salette, Hull county, since November, 1935, to date. Also the report of the investigator concerning the said post office.

Motions for Papers

Topic:   NOTRE DAME DE LA SALETTE, QUE., POST OFFICE
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CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS-GRADE SEPARATION, TORONTO

CON

Joseph Henry Harris

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HARRIS:

For a copy of all reports, papers, correspondence, plans and other documents in the possession of the Department of Transport, concerning the proposed construction of a grade separation at Victoria Park avenue, Canadian National Railways on the border line between the city of Toronto and the township of Scarborough.

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS-GRADE SEPARATION, TORONTO
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TORONTO PUBLIC WORKS RELIEF PROGRAM

CON

Joseph Henry Harris

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HARRIS:

For a copy of all correspondence, reports and other documents exchanged between the mayor of the city of Toronto, the board of control, Toronto harbour commission, city of Toronto works commissioner, and the Department of Labour, the Department of Transport, and the Department of Public Works, relating to a public works program for relief purposes in the city of Toronto.

Topic:   TORONTO PUBLIC WORKS RELIEF PROGRAM
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FISHERIES RESEARCH BOARD

PROVISION FOR REFEAL OF BIOLOGICAL BOARD ACT AND SETTING UP OF NEW BODY


Hon. J. E. MICHAUD (Minister of Fisheries) moved that the house go into committee at the next sitting to consider the following proposed resolution: That it is expedient to introduce a measure to repeal the Biological Board Act and to provide in its stead for the creation of a fisheries research board to have charge of the fisheries research work carried on by the dominion; and to provide for travelling and other expenses of the members of the board and any emolument that might be deemed necessary to pay the chairman and secretary of such board. 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.


FEEDING STUFFS

REGULATION OF IMPORTATION, EXPORTATION AND SALE


Hon. J. G. GARDINER (Minister of Agriculture) moved that the house go into committee at the next sitting to consider the following proposed resolution: That it is expedient to introduce a measure to control and regulate the importation, exportation, sale and other dealing with feeding stuffs by registration and inspection; the imposition of registration fees; and to authorize the Minister of Agriculture to appoint officers for the effective execution of the act. 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.


REGULATION OF TESTING, INSPECTING, SALE AND IMPORTATION


Hon. J. G. GARDINER (Minister of Agriculture) moved that the house go into committee at the next sitting to consider the following proposed resolution: That it is expedient to introduce a measure to regulate the testing, inspection, sale and importation of seeds; to provide for the appointment and definition of duties of an advisory board; the appointment of inspectors and analysts; the licensing of new varieties of seeds and the imposition of licence fees, and to provide for penalties in consequence of violations of the act. 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.


OLD AGE PENSIONS ACT

AMENDMENT TO INCLUDE CERTAIN CLASSES OF BLIND PERSONS


Hon. CHARLES A. DUNNING (Minister of Finance) moved that the house go into committee to consider the following proposed resolution: Resolved, that it is expedient to extend the operations of the Old Age Pensions Act to include certain classes of blind persons not included in the act. He said: Before you leave the chair, Mr. Speaker, I think the house in entitled to a little more information than is contained in the resolution itself. The proposal which will be contained in the bill to be founded upon the resolution is to extend the provisions of the Old Age Pensions Act to blind persons at the age of forty. At this stage I need not review the discussions which have taken place in this house on former occasions with respect to this matter. The various conditions in connection with it can be dealt with best on the bill itself, and I respectfully suggest that discussion should take place at that stage. For the present I should inform the house that the estimated cost to the federal treasury of the proposed measure on the basis of present ascertained numbers is about half a million Old Age Pensions Act dollars a year. As to the possible growth in future years I may be able to give some definite indication at a later stage of the bill. As is well known, the Old Age Pensions Act is based upon agreements between the federal government and the governments of the various provinces, and of course in considering any amendment to the act it is therefore important to consider and make sure of the attitude of the various provinces with regard thereto. There are considerable differences of view among the provinces with respect to old age pension matters generally, but I am pleased to be able to inform the house that with respect to this matter there is complete unanimity, so that there will be no difficulty in so amending the agreements with the provinces as to make possible the carrying out of the legislation now proposed, to make blind persons eligible for old age pensions at the age of forty. If the house would pass the resolution I should be very glad to have the bill distributed as soon as possible, so that detailed discussion as to its provisions may take place at a later stage.


CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

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

Mr. Speaker, the house

has unanimously approved of the principle of this legislation on several occasions, in the days of the late administration as well as of the present government. Since the only reason effect was not given hitherto to the recommendations made in that regard has been our financial position, I do not think there is any reason why there should be any further discussion as far as we at^ least are concerned, so that at as early a date as possible legislation! may be enacted based upon the resolution.

Topic:   OLD AGE PENSIONS ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT TO INCLUDE CERTAIN CLASSES OF BLIND PERSONS
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March 1, 1937