March 18, 1938

PRINTING OF PARLIAMENT

FIRST REPORT OF JOINT COMMITTEE OF BOTH HOUSES CONCURRED IN


Mr. E. C. St. PERE (Hochelaga) moved that the first report of the joint committee of both houses on the printing of parliament be concurred in. Motion agreed to.


NIAGARA RIVER BRIDGE

LIB

Louis Édouard Fernand Rinfret (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

Hon. FERNAND RINFRET (Secretary of State):

Mr. Speaker, in tabling a return to an order of the house passed on February 23 last with respect to Niagara River bridge, I would point out that all the correspondence has been brought down; but no reply has been given to the third question asked by the hon. member for Broadview (Mr. Church), because it relates to a matter of policy, which it is not customary for the government to indicate in advance.

Topic:   NIAGARA RIVER BRIDGE
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PRIVATE BILL

FIRST READING-SENATE BILL


Bill No. 39, respecting the Dominion Association of Chartered Accountants.-Mr. Plax-ton.


UNEMPLOYMENT RELIEF

SETTLERS FROM SASKATCHEWAN DROUGHT AREA IN LOWER MAINLAND OF BRITISH COLUMBIA


On the orders of the day:


CON

Harry James Barber

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. H. J. BARBER (Fraser Valley):

Mr. Speaker, I would like to direct a question to the Minister of Labour (Mr. Rogers), which arises out of a problem facing the municipalities of the lower mainland of British Columbia. During the last three years a considerable number of families from the dried-out areas of Saskatchewan have been settling in that part of our province. Apparently they have sufficient to enable them to make small payments on property, but soon find themselves without any means of support and make application to the municipalities for relief.

According to statistics supplied to me by the Reeves' Association of Fraser Valley and which I have communicated to the minister, during the last three years fifteen municipalities have looked after 1,745 of these people, some municipalities looking after as many as 400. The problem is this: These families were on relief in Saskatchewan, paid I believe one hundred per cent by a federal depart-

War Veterans' Allowance Act

ment, and the government of British Columbia will not contribute toward relief until the applicant has been domiciled within the province for twelve months. The result is the burden falls 100 per cent on the municipalities; they must provide relief or pay transportation for these people back to their homes. Would it not be possible to continue the federal aid, through proper channels, until these families become settled and in a position to provide for themselves? There is no doubt that a large percentage of them will make good settlers if they are only given an opportunity.

Hon. NORMAN McL. ROGERS (Minister of Labour): Mr. Speaker, the hon. member was good enough to give me notice of this question. I shall be very glad to obtain the information and supply him with it as soon as possible.

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT RELIEF
Subtopic:   SETTLERS FROM SASKATCHEWAN DROUGHT AREA IN LOWER MAINLAND OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
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SEED GRAIN

GUARANTEE OF LOANS FOR PURCHASE OF SEED IN WESTERN PROVINCES


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Thomas Clement (Tommy) Douglas

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

Mr. T. C. DOUGLAS (Weyburn):

Mr. -Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Finance (Mr. Dunning). I wonder if the government contemplates action early enough this year to provide seed grain for the farmers on the prairies, or will it be necessary to wait until the Minister of Agriculture (Mr. Gardiner) has finished campaigning in Edmonton East?

Topic:   SEED GRAIN
Subtopic:   GUARANTEE OF LOANS FOR PURCHASE OF SEED IN WESTERN PROVINCES
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LIB

Malcolm McLean

Liberal

Mr. McLEAN (Melfort):

That is a smart remark. _

Hon. CHARLES A. DUNNING (Minister -of Finance): The intentions of the government in that regard are set out in an item already on the order paper, of which I am sure my hon. friend is well aware.

Topic:   SEED GRAIN
Subtopic:   GUARANTEE OF LOANS FOR PURCHASE OF SEED IN WESTERN PROVINCES
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WAR VETERANS' ALLOWANCES

'EXTENSION OF ALLOWANCES TO INCLUDE CERTAIN OTHER CLASSES-ENLARGEMENT OF MEMBERSHIP OF BOARD


The house resumed from Thursday, March 17, consideration in committee of Bill No. 35, to amend the War Veterans' Allowance Act- Mr. Power-Mr. Johnston (Lake Centre) in the chair. On section 1-The South African war.


March 18, 1938