November 28, 1940

STANDING COMMITTEES


ALBERTA PROVINCIAL BANK-STANDING ORDERS_


MOTION FOR CONCURRENCE IN FIRST REPORT


Mr, W. H. GOLDING (Huron-Perth) presented the first report of the standing committee on standing orders, recommending that the proceedings taken last session in respect of the presentation of petition, the filing of draft bill, and the publication -of notice relative to the proposed incorporation of the Alberta Provincial Bank, be accepted as sufficient for the present session; and moved that the -report be concurred in.


NAT

Richard Burpee Hanson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

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

I am not sure that I understand precisely the meaning of this report as it was read. Would it do any harm to have this motion stand until to-morrow?

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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:

No.

Motion stands.

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PRINTING-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:

The War-Present Position

That the name of Mr. Dupuis be substituted for that of Mr. Cloutier on the joint standing committee on printing.

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Motion agreed to.


MIGRATORY BIRDS

PROPOSED CHANGE IN OPEN SEASON ON DUCKS, GEESE AND SNIPE IN THE YUKON TERRITORY


Mr. GEORGE BLACK (Yukon) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 5, to amend the Migratory Birds Convention Act. He said: This bill consists of a short amendment to the Migratory Birds Convention Act. Under the act as it stands, the closed season on the migratory birds mentioned in the amendment is in force until September 1. It is proposed to have the open season commence on August 15. These migratory birds, such as ducks, geese and snipe, begin to migrate from the Yukon around the first of August and are practically all gone by September 1. The result of the present provision is that the sportsmen of the Yukon are practically prohibited from shooting these birds. Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.


THE WAR

REQUEST FOR STATEMENT AS TO PRESENT POSITION

NAT

Richard Burpee Hanson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

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

Mr. Speaker, in my view, in the view of many hon. members of this house, and I feel quite certain in the view of many people in Canada, the war situation in Europe is more serious to-day than at any time since the fall of France. The virtual destruction of the cities of Birmingham, Bristol and Southampton, the loss of shipping as_ evidenced by press reports, and in particular the utterances of the Marquess of Lothian, his majesty's representative in the United States, particularly with respect to finance, indicate the seriousness of the position. Therefore in my view the Prime Minister should make a statement to the house and the country, if not to-day then not later than to-morrow, and tell the country just what the exact position is; because it will be understood that he has access to information which we have not. Let him tell the house and the country how serious the position is or, if we are wrong in our views, how good the position is; and especially I would request him to indicate what further, if anything, Canada can do at this juncture towards aid and assistance, whether it be in men, materials, supplies or equipment.

I am very serious about this, Mr. Speaker, and I ask the Prime Minister to give consideration to it. I do not expect him to make an immediate response, but I do feel that the situation to-day in the theatre of war over there is just as serious as it was at the time of the fall of France, and we are all very uneasy about it. I do not wish to be taken as an alarmist. The situation may not be as bad as I feel it is, but at any rate a statement from the Prime Minister would have a quieting effect upon the people at this time.

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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):

Mr. Speaker, I would say to my hon. friend that I have had in mind making a statement to the house before adjournment with respect to the situation. I should like to have a little time to think over what it would be best to say. I agree with my hon. friend in his view that the situation is a serious one. I think anyone reading the press would gather that opinion.

I would also say that such information as the government itself is receiving the press would appear to be reflecting accurately. Any statement that I may have to make will be practically in accord with what has already appeared in the press.

I may have something to say to-morrow about further proceedings before we adjourn.

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BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

STATEMENTS RESPECTING ADJOURNMENT TO FEBRUARY 17-DOMINION-PROVINCIAL RELATIONS CONFERENCE


On the orders of the day:


NAT

Richard Burpee Hanson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

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

The Prime Minister has just referred to the adjournment. He has given notice to the house that when we do adjourn it shall be until the 17th of February. I would like to suggest to the Prime Minister that in my view that is too long. The Prime Minister knows the commitments of the government much better than I or the country can know, and having regard to the fact that the dominion-provincial conference is to be held beginning at a date about the middle of January, it may be necessary to take that long adjournment. But may I suggest to the Prime Minister and the members of his administration that we do not adjourn definitely to the 17th of February but rather that we follow the formula which was incorporated in the resolution of August 3 last.

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November 28, 1940