September 7, 1939

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):

At a time when, everywhere, there is so much anxiety and personal distress, I hesitate to speak of the loss which the membership of this house has sustained in the few months since parliament prorogued. I feel, however, that the members would wish to have on the pages of Hansard some mention of our sense of the loss, alike to parliament and to the country, occasioned by the death, on July 9, of Doctor Alexander MacGillivray Young, and the death, on July 12, of the Honourable Fernand Rinfret.

Doctor MacGillivray Young was the representative of the city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He was a member of this house in two1 previous parliaments and served as a member of parliament altogether for about eight years. Hon. Mr. Rinfret was the representative of the constituency of St. James, Montreal. Mr. Rinfret had been a member of parliament for nineteen years and at the time of his death was Secretary of State for Canada, which position he had also held in a previous administration. He had served as a minister of the crown for nearly eight years.

It must be a comforting thought to the members of their respective families who have been thus bereaved, as it will be to the hon. members of this house with whom they have been in close association over many years, to know that while it was yet day Doctor Young and Mr. Rinfret availed themselves so largely of the opportunity which was afforded them to devote their lives and talents to the service of the state in its halls of parliament, and that on the membership roll of the House of Commons of Canada they have left names which will be long and gratefully remembered.

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CON

Robert James Manion (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. R. J. M ANION (Leader of the Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to join wilh the Prime Minister (Mr. Mackenzie King) in expressing to the families of the two deceased members the sincere sympathy of this section of the house. I knew both members well. Mr. Rinfret and I came into the house at the same time, and I knew Doctor Young for very many years. Both were outstanding members of this house who deserved the gratitude of the sections of the country which they represented for the splendid work they did. I want to express to the party to which they belonged the sympathy of this party, and I join with the Prime Minister in sending to the families of the deceased our most sincere sympathy.

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CCF

James Shaver Woodsworth

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

Mr. J. S. WOODSWORTH (Winnipeg North Centre):

Mr. Speaker, I am sure that the members of our group tvould desire to associate themselves with the expressions of sympathy as given by the Prime Minister (Mr. Mackenzie King) and the leader of the opposition (Mr. Manion). While I did not have a close personal relationship with either of the deceased members, I think those of us who have been in the house a number of years come to realize quite keenly the fine personal relationships which are possible between members of the house even though they differ widely in their opinions.

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SC

John Horne Blackmore

Social Credit

Mr. J. H. BLACKMORE (Lethbridge):

Mr. Speaker, the members of the social credit group desire also to associate themselves with

The Address-Mr. Hamilton

the words of the leaders of the two major parties, and also with the words of my hon. friend, the leader of the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation (Mr. Woodsworth).

On motion of Mr. Mackenzie King the house adjourned at 4 10 p.m.

Friday, September 8, 1939

Mr. Speaker read a communication from the Governor General's secretary, announcing that His Excellency the Governor General would proceed to the Senate chamber at three p.m. on this day, for the purpose of formally opening the session of the dominion parliament.

A message was delivered by Major A. R. Thompson, Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, as follows:

Mr. Speaker: His Excellency the Governor General desires the immediate attendance of this honourable house in the chamber of the honourable the Senate.

Accordingly the house went up to the Senate chamber.

And the house being returned to the Commons chamber:

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OATHS OF OFFICE


Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 1, respecting the administration of oaths of office. Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.


GOVERNOR GENERAL'S SPEECH

LIB

Walter Edward Foster (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

I have the honour to inform the house that when the house did attend His Excellency the Governor General this day in the senate chamber His Excellency was pleased to make a speech to both houses of parliament. To prevent mistakes I have obtained a copy, which is as follows: Honourable Members of the Senate:

Members of the House of Commons:

As you are only too well aware, all efforts to maintain the peace of Europe have failed. The United Kingdom, in honouring pledges given as 87134-1

a means of avoiding hostilities, has become engaged in war with Germany. You have been summoned at the earliest moment in order that the government may seek authority for the measures necessary for the defence of Canada, and for co-operation in the determined effort which is being made to resist further aggression, and to prevent the appeal to force instead of to pacific means in the settlement of international disputes. Already the militia, the naval service and the air force have been placed on active service, and certain other provisions have been made for the defence of our coasts and our internal security under the War Measures Act and other existing authority. Proposals for further effective action by Canada will be laid before you without delay.

Members of the House of Commons:

You will be asked to consider estimates to provide for expenditure which has been or may be caused by the state of war which now exists.

Honourable Members of the Senate:

Members of the House of Commons:

I need not speak of the extreme gravity of this hour. There can have been few, if any, more critical in the history of the world. The people of Canada are facing the crisis with the same fortitude that to-day supports the peoples of the United Kingdom and other of the nations of the British commonwealth. My ministers are convinced that Canada is prepared to unite in a national effort to defend to the utmost liberties and institutions which are a common heritage.

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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 the speech of His Excellency the Governor General to both houses of parliament be taken into consideration on Friday next.

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Motion agreed to.


EUROPEAN WAR

TABLING OF DOCUMENTS RELATING TO OUTBREAK OF WAR-EMERGENCY ORDERS IN COUNCIL

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):

With the consent of 'the

house I desire to lay on the table documents relating to the outbreak of war, September, 1939, copies of which, in English and French, are being distributed this afternoon.

I desire also to lay on the table copies of emergency orders in council passed since August 25, 1939, to date. The house I think will be interested in having immediately a

Emergency Orders in Council

statement indicating the purpose of the various orders, which I shall give, perhaps omitting the numbers of the orders.

Order relating to the issue of special warrant for $8,918,930 for expenditures for naval service, militia service and air service.

Regulation regarding calling out militia under section 63 of the Militia Act.

Regarding purchase of aircraft, spares and accessories up to $7,500,000.

Regarding control of shipping.

Regarding warrant for $1,453,000 making provision for thirty days for militia personnel, transportation, rations, engineer services and purchase of stores.

Regarding approval of financial regulations and instructions for the Canadian field force covering pay and allowances, etc.

Regarding employment of parts and personnel of the auxiliary active air force and the reserve air force.

Warrant of $150,000 regarding air raid precautions.

Constitution of subcommittees of council.

I should like to say with regard to this particular order that while committees were named and personnel selected, with reference to what at the time seemed the best arrangement to make, the order is not to be construed as necessarily restricting the personnel of each committee to the names which appear in the list. It will be obviously desirable from time to time to change the personnel of the different committees.

The designation of the committees themselves will indicate the purposes for which they have been formed.

Warrant for $536,600 to cover expenses in connection with transfer of units of the Royal Canadian Air Force to east coast and calling out for training of Auxiliary Air Force, for a period of thirty days.

Proclamation regarding meeting of parliament on September 7, 1939.

Regarding proclamation concerning existence of apprehended war.

Placing on active service the reserve naval forces of Canada.

Placing on active service the permanent naval forces.

Regarding warrant for $5,345,590 to bring up the permanent active air force to full peace establishment.

Establishment of censorship regulations.

Placing active militia on war establishment.

Establishing the defence of Canada regulations.

Regarding engagement of ex-members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police force.

Appointment of the commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police as registrar general of alien enemies.

Constitution of prize courts.

Regulations regarding pensions.

Warrant for $50,000 to cover employment of extra civilian personnel for emergency duty.

Regarding censorship in respect of cable, radio, telegraph and telephone companies or circulation of prohibited matter.

Regarding expression " Canadian active service force " to be used instead of " Canadian field force."

Censorship regulations 1939.

Regarding calling out of units, formations and detachments of the auxiliary active air force.

Application by the government of the United Kingdom of the war risks insurance scheme to British ships registered in Canada.

Regarding postal censorship.

Placing on active service depots of corps of the active militia.

Authorization to call out officers and airmen of the reserve air force as required.

Regulations regarding trading with the enemy, 1939.

Setting up the censorship coordination committee.

Regarding members of the naval forces, the militia, or the Royal Canadian Air Force, being retained as civil servants if required by their department.

Appointment of Walter S. Thompson as chairman of the censorship coordination committee.

Establishment of regulations concerning prices of food, fuel and other necessaries of life.

Appointment of the War-time Prices and Trade Board.

Internment of enemy aliens.

Regarding control of shipping.

Regarding employees of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, National Harbours Board, Canadian National Steamships, Trans-Canada Air Lines, railway and telegraph companies to be retained as civil servants, if deemed necessary by departmental heads.

Calling out for active service certain units, formations and detachments of the auxiliary active air force.

Transfer of Canadian government ships to naval services, non-application of Government Vessels Discipline Act.

Constitution of dependents and allowance board.

Appointment of cable and trans-oceanic radio censorship personnel with remuneration rates.

The Ministry

Censorship regulations; application of same in regard to circulation of prohibited matter and press censorship.

Censorship regulations; application of same in regard to the operations, offices, works or property of radiotelegraph or radiotelephone stations, radio broadcasting station or any other class of radio station.

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CON

Robert James Manion (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MANION:

Am I right in understanding that this is a complete list of the emergency orders in council?

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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:

Yes.

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CON

Robert James Manion (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MANION:

My right lion, friend has read a complete list?

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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:

Yes. Of course, there have been many other orders passed in the last week; but these are the orders which refer to the emergency situation.

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CON

Robert James Manion (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MANION:

The ones my right hon. friend has read?

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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:

Yes.

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ROYAL VISIT

September 7, 1939