February 23, 1939

PARLIAMENTARY RESTAURANT

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 Messieurs Barber, Bertrand (Prescott), Fafard, Fraser, Goulet, Gray, Hill, Landeryou, Maclnnis, MacMillan, Maephail, Moore, O'Neill, Pinard, Purdy, Rheaume, Roberge, Spence, Taylor (Norfolk) and Tustin be appointed to assist his Honour the Speaker in the direction of the restaurant as far as the interests of the Commons are concerned, and to act as members of a joint committee of both houses qh the restaurant.

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Motion agreed to. i Mr. Graydon.]


COMPANIES ACT

CONTROL OF PROFITS AND DIVIDENDS OF PROTECTED INDUSTRIES-OBLIGATIONS TO EMPLOYEES AND PUBLIC


Mr. MAXIME RAYMOND (Beauharnois-Laprairie) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 31, to amend the Companies Act, 1934.


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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Explain.

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LIB

Donat Raymond

Liberal

Mr. RAYMOND:

Mr. Speaker, last year the royal commission appointed to investigate the textile industry in Canada made its report, which was tabled in the house during the session. The report shows that textile manufacturers, while continually complaining of insufficient tariff protection, have for a number of years enjoyed the advantage of customs duties. This tariff protection is a privilege secured by them from parliament upon representations that their workers would benefit by increased employment and better wages. Unfortunately, the facts revealed at the inquiry show that these companies, far from fulfilling the obligations entailed in the privileges granted to them, have taken advantage of these privileges to make exorbitant profits and distribute scandalous dividends and bonuses to their shareholders, while paying workers less than living wages. The object of this bill is to put an end to such abuses and to come to the aid of the worker, by enabling the Secretary of State to obtain information regarding the operations and management of industrial enterprises enjoying tariff protection, and to exercise some control over their profits and their dividend payments; in brief, to see that they carry out their obligations towards their employees and the public.

Motion agreed to and bill read the first time. BANK ACT

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REDUCTION OF RATE OF INTEREST OR DISCOUNT FROM SEVEN TO FIVE PER CENT


Mr. P. J. ROWE (Athabaska) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 32, to amend the Bank Act.


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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Explain.

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Percy John Rowe

Social Credit

Mr. ROWE (Athabaska):

The amendment, Mr. Speaker, is designed to reduce from seven to five per cent the rate of interest or discount permitted to be charged by banks. With the general reduction of interest rates on government and municipal bonds, and the reduced rate of interest on deposits at present paid by the banks, there should be a corresponding reduction by the banks in the interest rate charged to borrowers.

Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.

Questions

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QUESTIONS


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.)


ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE-PHOTOGRAPHIC EQUIPMENT

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Mr. PERLEY:

1. Did the Justice department or any other branch or department of the government during the years of 1935 to 1938, purchase photographic equipment for the royal mounted police in Regina, or for any part of Saskatchewan?

2. If so: (a) from whom was the equipment purchased; (b) what was the nature of the equipment; (c) through what dealer was it purchased, and (d) what, was the price paid?

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Ernest Lapointe (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE (Quebec East):

This has to be answered by many departments.

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CADETS IN CANADA, BY PROVINCES

LIB

Joseph Léon Vital Mallette

Liberal

Mr. MALLETTE:

How many cadets are there in each of the nine provinces of the dominion?

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LIB

Ian Alistair Mackenzie (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE (Vancouver):

As at 31st August, 1938: Prince Edward Island, 986; Nova Scotia, 1,496; New Brunswick, 1,381; Quebec, 42,290; Ontario, 22,288; Manitoba, 1,578; Saskatchewan, 1,004; Alberta, 1,104; British Columbia, 1,036.

Canada's trade commissioner in Germany Mr. FLEMING:

1. Has the government of Canada any representative in Germany, acting as a trade commissioner?

2. If so, has this trade commissioner tried to dispose of Canada's surplus farm products in Germany ?

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Subtopic:   CADETS IN CANADA, BY PROVINCES
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February 23, 1939