July 15, 1940

STANDING COMMITTEES

RAILWAYS, CANALS AND TELEGRAPH LINES- SECOND REPORT


Second report of the standing committee on railways, canals and telegraph lines.-Mr. Ross (Moose Jaw).


BANKING AND COMMERCE-CHANGE IN PERSONNEL

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 name of Mr. Ross (Calgary East) be substituted for that of Mr. Mcllraith on the standing committee on banking and commerce.

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Motion agreed to.


NATIONAL REGISTRATION

TABLING OF REGULATIONS AND LIST OF REGISTRARS AND ASSISTANT REGISTRARS

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James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of National War Services; Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Hon. J. G. GARDINER (Minister of National War Services):

Mr. Speaker, I desire to place on the table of the house a copy of the regulations having to do with national registration.

With the permission of hop. members I should like to make a short statement. First I would call the attention of the house to the fact that, as stated on an earlier occasion, it is our objective to have the registration completed by the end of August. In order to have that done it is necessary that we proceed as rapidly as possible with the preparation of regulations, and the instructions to go with them.

I should like to thank lion, members for having acted so expeditiously in connection with the selection of registrars and assistant registrars for the different constituencies. I believe at the present time returns from only five constituencies are missing, and by this evening we hope to have those five. This afternoon, along with the regulations, I shall place on the table of the house a list of all registrars and assistant registrars in the different constituencies, with the exception of the five already mentioned, concerning which we have not yet received recommendations.

The regulations have been prepared as hurriedly and at the same time as carefully as possible. There may be some slight mistakes which later on we shall have to correct, and those concerned will be notified accordingly should any correction be necessary.

There is one particular matter which, because of the attention it has received in the public press, I should like to cal! to the notice of

National Registration

hon. members. I refer to the definition of a "single man". A single man is a person who was unmarried on July 15, 1940. I am afraid that some people have attached more importance to that than is warranted by the regulations. All that it could possibly mean in these regulations is that a man is considered single in this registration. When lists are required for the first call for training he will be reported to the militia department as single. It will be found in a subsequent regulation that after a little time has expired each man who has married will have to report within thirty days and he will then be listed in our records as a married person. There had to be some definition of single man for the purposes of the registration. Any order that is made as to the date for calling up will be made by the Department of National Defence rather than under these regulations.

I think this is all that it is necessary for me to say at the moment. Should obvious mistakes be found I would consider it a favour if hon. members would call my attention to them so that we may have them rectified as soon as possible.

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Richard Burpee Hanson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Hon. R. B. HANSON (Leader of the Opposition):

I had intended to ask the

Minister of National War Services (Mr. Gardiner) when the regulations under the act would be completed and laid on the table, but I understand from the statement which he has just made that that has been done. I had thought at first that what he was tabling referred to the copy of a letter which we received from the office of the chief registrar, dated July 15, and which enclosed a list of the registrars and deputy registrars.

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James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of National War Services; Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. GARDINER:

I notice that the forms have just been distributed. Probably it would have been better to place them in the post office boxes. I am tabling the complete regulations, the order in council under which they were passed, and the list of appointees.

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Richard Burpee Hanson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

So far we have not been supplied with those?

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James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of National War Services; Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. GARDINER:

For the registration only, not having to do with the calling up of men.

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Richard Burpee Hanson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

I had intended to ask the minister to clarify his statement of Friday last with respect to unmarried men. The explanation he has just given is quite clear; we understand that this regulation regarding age applies only to the registration.

I should like to call the attention of the minister to the fact that the public press has

contained considerable in the way of interviews, either with the minister or with one of the national defence ministers, containing more information with respect to these matters than we have had so far in the House of Commons. I hold in my hand a press release which appeared in one of the eastern Canadian papers and which contains a wealth of information which, it seems to me, should have been given in the house. I have no doubt the department is proceeding with the work, but having regard to the principle involved I do suggest that this information be given in parliament before it is given to the public press.

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James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of National War Services; Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. GARDINER:

The only suggestion I would make, having reference to the registration, is that if we are going to be able to complete it in the necessary time it may be that some information will have to go to the public before it is given to the house. However, we shall see to it that everything that does go to the public is put in the hands of members just as soon as we can get it there. Time is of the essence of this operation. If it were necessary to hold some action over from Friday night until Monday it might mean a delay of two or three days in getting the job done. I hope hon. members of the house will bear with us if at times we do hand out some information to the public in order that the public may be acquainted with what is going on and help to speed up the operation as much as possible.

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Grote Stirling

National Government

Hon. GROTE STIRLING (Yale):

I understood the minister to say that we had been given copies of the regulations, but it appears that all we have received is a copy of the letter of July 15.

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James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of National War Services; Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. GARDINER:

If the hon. member has not received them among the forms distributed, they have been tabled, and hon. members will have them this afternoon.

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Alan Webster Neill

Independent

Mr. A. W. NEILL (Comox-Albemi):

The minister says that he has laid on the table of the house a copy of the regulations. That is true-one copy; but that will not suffice for all the members of the house. It will be weeks before we shall all be able to see that one copy.

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James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of National War Services; Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. GARDINER:

I indicated to the leader of the opposition a moment ago that copies of the regulations would be placed in the mail boxes of all hon. members before to-night,

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Alan Webster Neill

Independent

Mr. NEILL:

Thank you.

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Rules of the House-Procedure

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July 15, 1940