September 12, 1939

EUROPEAN WAR

TABLING OF 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):

I should like to lay on the table of the house the following additional emergency orders in council:

No. 2588, relating to the appointment of Lieutenant Colonel Henri DesRosiers and Lieutenant Colonel K. S. Maclachlan as associate acting deputy ministers of national defence.

No. 2595, placing all officers and ratings of the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve and the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve on active service.

No-. 2596, waiving the maximum age limits for entry into the Royal Canadian Navy, the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve, and the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve.

No. 2620, setting up a war services offers bureau under the public information committee.

No. 2621, establishment of an agricultural supplies committee.

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No. 2622, naming members of the agricultural supplies committee. '

No. 2625, amending the war time prices and trade board regulations and appointing further members of the board.

No. 2626, authorization of the proclamation that a state of war exists between Canada and the German Reich as from September 10.

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CON

Robert James Manion (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MANION:

I would invite the attention of the Prime Minister to the suggestion that in the interim after the prorogation of the present session of parliament it might be advisable-and I hope the right hon. gentleman will agree that it is-that copies of emergency orders in council be sent to the leaders of the various parties.

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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 believe the suggestion is a good one, and I shall be glad to have it complied with.

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CREATION OF VOLUNTARY SERVICE REGISTRATION BUREAU

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):

It will be noticed that the list of emergency orders in council tabled today contains an order respecting the war services offers bureau, and I should like to make a brief statement in regard to that body. During my remarks on Friday last I took occasion to inform the house that the government had in mind and were taking steps to arrange for the establishment of a bureau to 'give proper consideration to the many offers of assistance which had been received and indeed continue to be received daily in large numbers by the government. The order in council for this purpose has been approved by his excellency and has just been tabled. It provides for the establishment of a bureau to be known as the voluntary service registration bureau with authority "to direct and have general control of the tabulation, organization and coordination of all voluntary offers of service for the defence of Canada," in cooperation with Britain and France.

The general object of the voluntary service registration bureau is to arrange that the best possible advantage be taken of the offers which are being made by men and women and by organizations from coast to coast. The qualifications of individuals and organizations will be considered in relation to the country's needs at this critical time, in order that the most effective use may be made of such services. The bureau has already entered upon its task, and I feel confident that it will in no small measure contribute to the effectiveness of our national effort.

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CON

Robert James Manion (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. R. J. MANION (Leader of the Opposition) :

Might I ask the hon. gentleman to

put the order in council itself on Hansard? I believe that would be of assistance to all hon. members, because we are all receiving letters and telegrams in this connection.

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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 might have

it inserted in the votes and proceedings, if that would be satisfactory.

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CON

Robert James Manion (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MANION:

Very well.

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MUNITIONS AND SUPPLY

ESTABLISHMENT OF DEPARTMENT TO MOBILIZE AND CONTROL RESOURCES, MUNITIONS AND ESSENTIAL SUPPLIES


Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister) moved that the house go into committee at the present sitting to consider the following proposed resolution: That it is expedient to introduce a measure to establish a Department of Munitions and Supply with authority, to mobilize the resources of the nation for the production of munitions and essential supplies and to take such action as may be necessary therefor, to secure an adequate supply of commodities of all kinds necessary or desirable for the prosecution of the war, to ensure an adequate allotment of such supplies among such agencies as may require the same, and to control the making of contracts in connection with expenditures therefor; to provide for the employment of officers, clerks and servants necessary for the proper conduct of the business of the department; and to authorize the payment of certain expenditures and the making of certain grants in connection with the work of the department. He said: His Excellency the Governor General, having been made acquainted with the subject matter of this resolution, recommends it to the favourable consideration of the house. Motion agreed to and the house went into committee, Mr. Sanderson in the chair.


LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

Mr. Chairman, I would ask the committee if it would permit the resolution to pass so that we may have the debate on .the bill. The purpose of introducing the resolution at this stage is that of permitting the house to have the bill before it at as early a moment as possible. Hon. members would then have an opportunity of acquainting themselves with its provisions. I would suggest that to avoid unnecessary repetition the resolution might be carried, and the bill introduced and immediately distributed, following which we could proceed, in a moment or two, wdth the budget resolutions.

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CON

Robert James Manion (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MANION:

Carried.

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LIB

Jean-François Pouliot

Liberal

Mr. POULIOT:

Will the defence purchasing board continue to operate after the establishment of the Department of Munitions and Supply?

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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 shall have a full statement to make with respect to the matter at a later time.

Resolution reported, read the second time and concurred in. Mr. Mackenzie King thereupon moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 5, respecting the Department of Munitions and Supply.

Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.

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LIB

Walter Edward Foster (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

When shall said bill be read a second time?

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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:

This day.

PRIVILEGE-Mr. LACOMBE

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STATEMENT BY CHIEF JUSTICE GREENSHIELDS

September 12, 1939