May 26, 1941

BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

INQUIRY AS TO BILLS ARISING OUT OF BUDGET


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):

May I ask the Minister of Finance when he will introduce the remaining bills arising out of the budget, and especially the one relating to succession duties? I have had, through the minister's courtesy, a copy of

Foreign-Language Newspapers

the draft. I realize that it is a very important bill and requires much study, but I think it ought to be introduced as soon as possible so that hon. members who are interested in the subject, especially members of the legal profession, may have a chance to study it.

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LIB

James Lorimer Ilsley (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Hon. J. L. ILSLEY (Minister of Finance):

I can introduce the succession duties bill if the rules are waived to permit me to do so. It does not appear under "Introduction of Bills" on the order paper.

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NAT

Richard Burpee Hanson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

The

minister can easily do that.

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LIB

James Lorimer Ilsley (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. ILSLEY:

I believe it is ready. Perhaps the matter could stand until a little later, when I get the bill. I have gone over it myself.

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DEFENCE OF CANADA REGULATIONS

ALLEGED COMMUNISTIC ATTITUDE OF CERTAIN FOREIGN-LANGUAGE NEWSPAPERS


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Pierre-François Casgrain (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

Hon. P. F. CASGRAIN (Secretary of State):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to draw the attention of the house to a question which was raised on Friday by the hon. member for Parkdale (Mr. Bruce) with reference to the alleged communistic attitude of certain foreign-language newspapers.

Both the papers to which Doctor Kirk-connell referred are being constantly watched. Considerable material indirectly suggesting communistic sympathies, if not direct communistic inspiration, has been observed, but conclusive material has been avoided, by accident or otherwise. Each issue of both these weekly papers is closely examined by translators whose reports go to the press censors.

The Hungarian paper, published in Toronto, has been watched closely since the war started. It was quite often openly communistic until the communist party of Canada was declared an illegal organization last June. Since then it has been edited in technical accord with the defence of Canada regulations, although some suspicious material has appeared.

The Ukrainian language paper cited by Doctor Kirkconnell, published in Smoky Lake, Alberta, has a small circulation, confined to its immediate district. It is not as skilfully edited as the Hungarian paper mentioned. It may be said to be on probation at the present time, since a blunt warning was given its editor less than three months ago, February 26th. This warning brought from the editor assurances of future cooperation. Since then he has submitted some material before publication which he was

informed was of questionable legality. Suspicions regarding this paper remain, but it has stayed technically within the law.

The report is signed by the press censors.

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Subtopic:   ALLEGED COMMUNISTIC ATTITUDE OF CERTAIN FOREIGN-LANGUAGE NEWSPAPERS
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DETENTION OF EMPLOYEE OF CANADIAN BRO.ADCASTING CORPORATION


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Major James William Coldwell

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

Mr. M. J. COLDWELL (Rosetown-Biggar):

I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Justice. Last week Mr. James A. Murphy, an employee of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and president of the radio division of the Association of Technical Employees, was in Ottawa negotiating with the Department of Labour for a conciliation board to inquire into a dispute between the corporation and some of its employees. Upon Mr. Murphy's return to Toronto on Friday, and after he had reported for work, he was arrested in the Toronto studio under the defence of Canada regulations, according to the Globe and Mail of Saturday, May 24, 1941. Mr. Murphy's wife was told that she might see her husband on Saturday, but upon presenting herself, was refused an interview. No one, including his lawyer, has been allowed to see him, and no one has been notified of the precise charges against him.

The timing and circumstances surrounding the police action arouses grave suspicion as to the motives governing this arrest. Will the Minister of Justice inform the house of the charges and indicate why, if this man has been suspected of offences against the defence of Canada regulations, the arrest was made during the process of negotiations between the CBC and the union?

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LIB

Ernest Lapointe (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Right Hon. ERNEST LAPOINTE (Minister of Justice):

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member sent me notice of this question, which I desire to answer as follows:

James A. Murphy, an employee of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, has been detained under the provisions of the defence of Canada regulations on the grounds of his communistic activities. He is believed to be a member of the communist party and to have assisted in the construction and supply of the radio equipment used in a motor car on behalf of the communist party by one Parsons, who was recently convicted under the defence of Canada regulations in Toronto.

It was not known in the Department of Justice or to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police at the time of issuing the order for detention that Mr. Murphy was negotiating for a conciliation board with the Department of Labour, and, if he was so negotiating, his arrest was merely a coincidence, as at the time of the issuing of the order the Royal Canadian

Excise Tax Act

Mounted Police had merely carried their investigation to the point where it was considered essential that immediate action should be taken, and the negotiations with the Department of Labour did not enter into consideration in any manner.

Under the defence of Canada regulations a detained person, if he objects to his detention, is informed by the advisory committee of the grounds upon which he is detained, and he is further given the privilege of consulting his solicitor. Prior to that time it is not the practice to permit interviews with the detained person. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police did inform Mrs. Murphy that she might see her husband on Saturday, but when she went to the gaol she was not permitted by the gaoler to have this interview, as interviews on Saturday are contrary to the regulations of the gaol. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, however, wrote to the gaoler requesting that Mrs. Murphy be permitted to see her husband to-day, Monday, and that she be not restricted to the usual three-minute interview. It is understood that this arrangement is being carried out.

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INTERNATIONAL FORWARDERS

TRUCK TRANSPORT OF BONDED GOODS THROUGH CANADA BETWEEN UNITED STATES POINTS


On the orders of the day: Mr. KARL K. HOMUTH (Waterloo South): Would the Minister of National Revenue give the house the assurance that the right to route United States motor carriers over Ontario highways in bond will not be given under the War Measures Act or any other act, without the approval of parliament?


LIB

Colin William George Gibson (Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

Hon. C. W. G. GIBSON (Minister of National Revenue):

I cannot give any

assurance as to what will be done, but I may say that the matter is receiving the consideration of the government. No decision has been arrived at yet.

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SIR JOHN A. MACDONALD REQUEST FOR UNVEILING OF TABLET AT ST. PATRICK, QUE., ON FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS DEATH

May 26, 1941