March 3, 1938


On the orders of the day:


CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

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

Mr. Speaker, I should like to offer a suggestion to the Minister of Trade and Commerce (Mr. Euler), in view of the fact that the reports called for by the Canadian Wheat Board Act, which are made to him every week, for the purposes of a return would be very voluminous and very difficult to prepare. It would serve a useful purpose

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and probably meet the requirements of us all if the minister would bring the originals, without filing them as sessional papers, but making them available for inspection in the office of the clerk of sessional papers. This would obviate the necessity of much copying, and would enable us to get the information sought in time to be of use in connection with measures which will necessarily have to be considered during the session.

Topic:   CANADIAN WHEAT BOARD
Subtopic:   AVAILABILITY OF WEEKLY CERTIFIED REPORTS MADE UNDER THE STATUTE
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LIB

William Daum Euler (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Hon. W. D. EULER (Minister of Trade and Commerce):

Mr. Speaker, I shall be

glad to give consideration to the suggestion made by the leader of the opposition (Mr. Bennett). I should like to know whether he means that the reports for the past year should be submitted.

Topic:   CANADIAN WHEAT BOARD
Subtopic:   AVAILABILITY OF WEEKLY CERTIFIED REPORTS MADE UNDER THE STATUTE
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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

The statute provides that the board shall send to the minister every week certain reports certified by the auditors. Obviously we have a right to see those documents, and it would seem to me to be much easier if the originals were merely placed in the custody of the clerk of sessional papers, so that they could be inspected by all members of the house. I meant not only this year, but 1936 as well.

Topic:   CANADIAN WHEAT BOARD
Subtopic:   AVAILABILITY OF WEEKLY CERTIFIED REPORTS MADE UNDER THE STATUTE
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LIB

William Daum Euler (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Mr. EULER:

Reports are received by the minister each week, but I am not so sure it is the intention of the act that they shall be made available to all members of the house. However I am perfectly willing to consider the suggestion.

Topic:   CANADIAN WHEAT BOARD
Subtopic:   AVAILABILITY OF WEEKLY CERTIFIED REPORTS MADE UNDER THE STATUTE
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INTERNATIONAL LABOUR OFFICE

QUESTION AS TO RATIFICATION OF CONVENTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS RESPECTING MARINE MATTERS


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Angus MacInnis

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

Mr. ANGUS MacINNIS (Vancouver East):

Mr. Speaker, before the orders of the day are proceeded with I should like to ask a question of the Minister of Transport (Mr. Howe). In October, 1936, a special conference of the International Labour Office dealt with marine matters, and at that time certain conventions and recommendations were made. Has the government ratified any of the recommendations or conventions, or is it the intention of the government in the near future to do so?

Topic:   INTERNATIONAL LABOUR OFFICE
Subtopic:   QUESTION AS TO RATIFICATION OF CONVENTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS RESPECTING MARINE MATTERS
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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Hon. C. D. HOWE (Minister of Transport):

Mr. Speaker, I may say that the conventions and recommendations to which the hon. member has referred are being studied by officers of my department, and I assume some decision will be arrived at shortly.

Topic:   INTERNATIONAL LABOUR OFFICE
Subtopic:   QUESTION AS TO RATIFICATION OF CONVENTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS RESPECTING MARINE MATTERS
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SASKATCHEWAN SCHOOLS

INQUIRY AS TO ALLOCATION OF RELIEF FUNDS AS EMERGENCY GRANTS


On the orders of the day:


CON

Alexander McKay Edwards

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. A. M. EDWARDS (Waterloo South):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask a question of the Minister of Finance (Mr. Dunning) based on a telegram and several communications I have received. Probably if I read the telegram it will be self-explanatory. It is addressed to me, and is in these words:

Canadian Teachers Federation is appealing to the federal members on behalf of Saskatchewan schools. Teachers are unpaid for months; equipment and supplies are inadequate; hundreds of children are being deprived of educational opportunities. Galt local secondary school teachers' federation requests your cooperation in securing emergency grants.

I appreciate the distribution of the relief funds in the manner in which it is done, namely through the provincial authorities, but I should like to ask the minister if there is not some plan by which some of this money could be diverted for this particular cause, or some suggestion made which would have the desired effect.

Hon. CHARLES A. DUNNING (Minister of Finance): Mr. Speaker, I think all hon. members have received circular letters respecting the plight of school teachers in Saskatchewan. In answer to the hon. member I can say only that assistance which has been given to provincial governments under the extraordinary conditions which have prevailed in several past years, has not carried with it any special provision for the ear-marking of the use of moneys for a particular class of the population.

It will be remembered, however, that during the last session special extra grants were made to certain provincial governments, and that those grants were made available following an investigation by the Bank of Canada into the affairs of the provinces. Among the matters reported upon, as a result of the investigation by the bank was, of course, the difficulties in connection with school and educational matters generally. So far as the government is concerned, those considerations entered into the determination on the part of the government to place before the house the provision which was voted as extra subsidy to the provinces concerned.

I believe I can say that the condition with respect to schools in Saskatchewan has improved, as a result of the assistance which was voted by parliament to Saskatchewan a year ago. The government is not unmindful of the present condition, which of course has been accentuated by the unfortunate drough'

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of 1937, and again, in connection with any special provision which it may be necessary to make, will have in mind the plight of the schools and school teachers. I do not think it will be likely that there will be any special ear-marking of any funds granted by parliament to go to a particular class of people within a province. Education is entirely within the control of the provincial authorities. Naturally the plight of an educational system might be taken into consideration by this parliament, in rendering assistance to a government, but it is questionable if we could go so far as to indicate that a certain proportion of the moneys granted by parliament should be used for the relief of a specific class wlhen, as a matter of fact, the whole population are in very serious difficulties.

Topic:   SASKATCHEWAN SCHOOLS
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO ALLOCATION OF RELIEF FUNDS AS EMERGENCY GRANTS
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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

I rise to correct at least one statement made by the minister. In Saskatchewan we have been making a direct appropriation for one class of the population, and ear-marking it for that purpose, namely, for relief. It is so designated in the order in council-for direct and other relief. The order in council reads that the sum of so much is advanced for relief.

Topic:   SASKATCHEWAN SCHOOLS
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO ALLOCATION OF RELIEF FUNDS AS EMERGENCY GRANTS
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LIB

Charles Avery Dunning (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. DUNNING:

That is a purpose, not a class.

Topic:   SASKATCHEWAN SCHOOLS
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO ALLOCATION OF RELIEF FUNDS AS EMERGENCY GRANTS
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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

It is a class, the class who are on relief.

Topic:   SASKATCHEWAN SCHOOLS
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO ALLOCATION OF RELIEF FUNDS AS EMERGENCY GRANTS
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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:

No.

Topic:   SASKATCHEWAN SCHOOLS
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO ALLOCATION OF RELIEF FUNDS AS EMERGENCY GRANTS
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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

That is perfectly obvious.

I think it is scarcely a correct statement to say that we do not ear-mark, because we do ear-mark for that particular class. It is the same with seed grain.

Topic:   SASKATCHEWAN SCHOOLS
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO ALLOCATION OF RELIEF FUNDS AS EMERGENCY GRANTS
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LIB

Charles Avery Dunning (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. DUNNING:

The grants made to any province for relief are not made for the relief of any particular class in the province. They are made for the purpose of relieving any who may be in necessity, no matter to what class they may belong.

Topic:   SASKATCHEWAN SCHOOLS
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO ALLOCATION OF RELIEF FUNDS AS EMERGENCY GRANTS
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March 3, 1938