June 30, 1940

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 tlhe first time.


GOVERNOR GENERAL'S SPEECH

LIB

Georges Parent (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:

Since last you met for deliberation, all countries have come to have a clearer conception of the magnitude of the present conflict and 14873-1

its menace to civilization. Additional nations have been threatened with war, or have become involved in war. But little of freedom is now left in Europe. Force and fear have been supplemented by subtle intrigue. International tension has been heightened by the formation of an alliance between the axis powers and Japan.

While these events have added enormously to the uncertainties of the world situation, other events of even greater significance have served to confirm our confidence in the ultimate outcome of the struggle. First and foremost has been the magnificent resistance of the United Kingdom, For four months, Britain has constituted the front line of battle against the forces of aggression. The spectacular advance of the enemy has been halted by the indomitable spirit of her people.

The destruction of freedom throughout Europe has awakened, in the western hemisphere, a fuller consciousness of the nazi menace. In the face of the common peril there has arisen a closer association and an increasing measure of cooperation between the United States of America and the nations of the British commonwealth. . ,

You have been summoned at this time that opportunity may be afforded for the fullest consideration and discussion of Canada's war effort and of national problems which war has served to intensify or create. You will be fully advised of international, developments; of Canada's cooperation with the United Kingdom, and of relations with the United States. The measures which will be submitted to you are such as seem necessary to my advisers for the welfare of the country, and for the prosecution of the war to the utmost of our strength.

Members of the House of Commons:

You will be asked to make financial provision for expenditure caused by the state of war which now exists. The estimates for the current fiscal year will be duly submitted to you for your consideration and approval.

Honourable Members of the Senate:

Members of the House of Commons:

In the discharge of your very responsible duties may Divine Providence guide and bless your deliberations.

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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, and that this order have precedence over all other business except the introduction of bills, government notices of motion and government orders, until disposed of.

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Motion agreed to.



Dominion-Provincial Relations


STANDING COMMITTEES

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 a special committee be appointed to prepare and report with all convenient speed, lists of members to compose the standing committees of this house, under standing order 63, said committee to be composed of Messrs. Mackenzie (Vancouver Centre), Casgrain, Casselman (Grenville-Dundas), Taylor and Johnston (Bow River).

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Motion agreed to.


INTERNAL ECONOMY COMMISSION


Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister) presented the following message from His Excellency the Governor General: The Governor General transmits to the House of Commons a certified copy of an approved minute of council appointing the Honourable T. A. Crerar, Minister of Mines and Resources, the Right Honourable Ernest Lapointe, Minister of Justice, the Honourable J. L. Ralston, Minister of National Defence, and the Honourable J. L. Ilsley, Minister of Finance, to act with the Speaker of the House of Commons as commissioners for the purposes and under the provisions of chapter 145 of the revised statutes of Canada, 1927, intituled An Act Respecting the House of Commons.


WAR MEASURES ACT

TABLING OF ORDERS IN COUNCIL PASSED SINCE

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):

Mr. Speaker, during the preceding session I tabled copies of orders in council which had been passed under authority of the War Measures Act from August 25, 1939, to June 30 of this year. I wish now to lay on the table copies of the orders in council which have been passed since June 30, until November 2.

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DOMINION-PROVINCIAL RELATIONS PROPOSED CONFERENCE WITH PROVINCES ON RECOMMENDATIONS MADE BY ROYAL COMMISSION

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):

Mr. Speaker, on Saturday, November 2, I sent in identical terms to each provincial premier a communication respecting the report of the royal commission on dominion-provincial relations. In that communication I mentioned that the government would seek an adjournment of the House of Commons during the month of January in

order to permit of the dominion having a conference with the provinces with respect to this report.

In the letter I stated that the report commended itself to the judgment of the government, and that we should like to have an opportunity of presenting our views to the provinces in order that there might be a full consideration of them. I expressed the hope that at that time it might be possible to reach an agreement between the provinces and the dominion with respect to the recommendations contained in the report.

I need not review what I set forth in the communication, but I would suggest that the letter itself might be printed in the votes and proceedings in order that it may appear in the records of the house and that hon. members may be in a position to read the text in full.

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NAT

Richard Burpee Hanson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

That is

satisfactory.

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BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

TABLING OF COMMUNICATIONS RESPECTING ADJOURNMENT OR PROROGATION OF PARLIAMENT ON NOVEMBER 5

June 30, 1940