June 10, 1938

LIB

Ian Alistair Mackenzie (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE (Vancouver):

If he will look up Hansard he will find that he said, "I believe there is a report by the commandant of the Royal Military College.

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

But I said I was in the hands of the minister with respect to who made it.

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LIB

Ian Alistair Mackenzie (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE (Vancouver):

I inquired during the recess and there is no such report.

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

I want to know if any officer of the Royal Military College made a report on the movement of stone to the Stansbury property by Drinka?

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LIB

Ian Alistair Mackenzie (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE (Vancouver):

I am informed there was no report made to Ottawa by any officer of the Royal Military College.

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LIB

Frederick George Sanderson (Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole of the House of Commons)

Liberal

The CHAIRMAN:

Shall I report items Nos. 109 and 110 which could not be reported yesterday because the committee was forced to adjourn due on account of there being no quorum?

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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Yes.

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LIB

Norman McLeod Rogers (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. ROGERS:

I believe a correction should be made. Item No. Ill was the first one taken up and passed yesterday.

Progress reported.

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ADJOURNMENT-BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

Before announcing the business for Monday, if the house will permit me to do so I should like to say just a word as to the adjournment of last evening. Hansard records the fact that there was not a quorum in the house when it met at eight o'clock. I think it is only right that there should be on the records of Hansard the fact that yesterday was the day on which we were celebrating the King's birthday, and that in front of the houses of parliament there was from seven o'clock until nine the ceremony of the trooping of the colours, which brought very large crowds to the front of the buildings. As a matter of fact, the crowds were so arranged as to make it impossible for hon. members to come from the central gates by the direct approach to the parliament buildings as they are accustomed to do in attending meetings of the house. Several hon. members I know of-myself among them- experienced difficulty in getting to the House of Commons because of the crowds that were about at that time. However, the fact is that most hon. members who were not in the house at the time had been or were witnessing the ceremony of the trooping of the colours. It may have been an excess of patriotism on the king's birthday, or some excess of loyalty towards the flag or the sovereign, but that surely was excusable in the circumstances. I believe that if the hon. members already in the house had waited just a moment or two, as the corridors were pretty well filled with members at the time, it would not have taken above a minute or two to have had the house well filled.

The business on Monday will be any bills that may be on the order paper, and will continue in supply with the departments of Labour, of Mines and Resources, and possibly Public Works. I cannot say in which order they will be taken up.

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

Before the house rises, dealing with the matter mentioned by the Prime Minister (Mr. Mackenzie King), I think it is only fair to point out that those who were here would have been quite ready to have become parties to an extension of time; but as there is no house unless there are twenty present, no motion could be put, nor could the house be adjourned until nine o'clock. It was suggested that it might be adjourned until nine o'clock; but the house cannot be adjourned unless there are twenty people in it, because the constitution itself

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provides in section 48 that it is necessary to have twenty people in order that the house may exercise its powers. Therefore there is no house unless and until there are twenty people in it, and a motion of any kind cannot be made.

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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 am not taking exception to the fact that attention was drawn to the bell, but if the bell had been kept ringing a little longer there would have been enough members present.

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

We waited five minutes.

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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:

Perhaps if the house had sung God Save the King for five minutes, the chamber would have been filled.

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GOVERNMENT PURCHASE OF FENCE POSTS IN SASKATCHEWAN

SC

Mr. FAIR:

Social Credit

1. Did the government of Canada recently enter into an agreement with Air. C. J. Sedgwick, of Chelan, Saskatchewan, for the supply of poplar fence posts for a community pasture ?

2. If so, how many posts were ordered, and what is the agreed price per post, treated and loaded on cars?

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LIB

YOUTH EMPLOYMENT COMMITTEE-ALLAN CHAMBERS

CON

William Earl Rowe

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. ROWE (Dufferin-Simcoe):

If the house had sung it for all that time there would not have been anyone left.

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CON

Grote Stirling

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STIRLING:

It would have been a thin house.

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June 10, 1938