January 26, 1942

REPEAL OF PETROLEUM AND NAPHTHA INSPECTION ACT


Hon. C. W. G. GIBSON (Minister of National Revenue) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 2, to repeal the Petroleum and Naphtha Inspection Act. He said: The Petroleum and Naphtha Inspection Act was originally passed in 1877, at a time when gasoline was a by-product. The main purpose of the act was to safeguard users of coal oil from the adulteration of coal oil with gasoline. Owing to the greatly increased demand for and use of gasoline, the provisions of this act are no longer necessary and are a needless expense. Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.


NATIONAL FLAG

PROVISION FOR AUTHORIZATION AND APPROVAL


Mr. WILFRID LaCROIX (Quebec-Mont-morency) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 3, to provide for the flags of Canada. Some. hon. MEMBERS. Explain. Mr. LaCROIX (Quebec-Montmorency): The purpose of this bill is to empower the governor in council to create a national flag for Canada, the only nation in the world which does not possess or fly a distinctive national flag. Our country is voluntarily doing its full share in this war, and doing so as an independent and sovereign nation; therefore the time has come for a flag that will express the sovereignty of the Canadian people and the Canadian parliament, just as the union jack represents the sovereignty of the United Kingdom-in other words, of the parliament at Westminster. A Canadian flag will stand for national freedom, commonwealth fellowship and national unity, and be a rallying force in the defence of the nation. Furthermore, it is a natural consequence of the adoption of the statute of Westminster ten years ago, by which Canada was designated a sovereign nation. Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.


RATIONING IN CANADA AND THE UNITED STATES -BEET SUGAR CAPACITY


On the orders of the day:


SC

John Horne Blackmore

Social Credit

Mr. J. H. BLACKMORE (Lethbridge):

I should like to direct a question to the Prime Minister. Why has the sugar ration in Canada been set at three-quarters of a pound per person while in the United States it is fixed at one pound? Again, have any steps been taken or has any plan been made to increase Canada's beet sugar productive capacity by the building of factories? If not, why not?

Topic:   RATIONING IN CANADA AND THE UNITED STATES -BEET SUGAR CAPACITY
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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):

The question is one which the Minister of Finance (Mr. Usley) would wish to answer. It is also a question that might best stand on the order paper to be answered at a subsequent sitting of the house.

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JAPANESE NATIONALS

REQUEST FOR STATEMENT AS TO REMOVALS FROM PACIFIC COAST


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Thomas Reid

Liberal

Mr. THOMAS REID (New Westminster):

May I ask the Prime Minister a question? In view of the many statements appearing in

The Address-Mr. Hanson (Fork-Sunbury)

the press in British Columbia in connection with the removal of Japanese from the coast, I was wondering if, some day soon, the Prime Minister would make an official statement regarding the matter, as many of us, many of the people of British Columbia, are in doubt as to what is going to happen.

Topic:   JAPANESE NATIONALS
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR STATEMENT AS TO REMOVALS FROM PACIFIC COAST
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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):

I will try to meet the

wishes of the people of British Columbia by giving the fullest possible information with respect to the working out of the government's policy in relation to the Japanese in the province. What may be the best moment to make the statement I am unable to say offhand. Perhaps, meanwhile I shall have a chance to confer with my hon. friend. I will see that the statement is made in due course.

Topic:   JAPANESE NATIONALS
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR STATEMENT AS TO REMOVALS FROM PACIFIC COAST
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LABOUR CONDITIONS

KIRKLAND LAKE STRIKE-PROPOSALS FOR SETTLEMENT


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Clarence Gillis

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

Mr. CLARENCE GILLIS (Cape Breton South):

On Friday the hon. member for

Vancouver East (Mr. Maclnnis) made inquiry with reference to the situation at Kirkland Lake. The acting minister said that he would have some information on the question on Monday. I wonder if he is prepared to give the house that information.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   KIRKLAND LAKE STRIKE-PROPOSALS FOR SETTLEMENT
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LIB

Norman Alexander McLarty (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

Hon. N. A. McLARTY (Secretary of State):

Yes. As suggested by the hon. member for Cape Breton South, I did make inquiries, and the Minister of Labour did furnish me with the information desired by the hon. member for Vancouver East. I am advised that the minister has received various communications from union officials which at first he regarded as accepting the proposals, but more recent advices indicate that certain qualifications of the procedure are requested. No formal reply has been received from the mine operators.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   KIRKLAND LAKE STRIKE-PROPOSALS FOR SETTLEMENT
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GOVERNOR GENERAL'S SPEECH

January 26, 1942