February 13, 1942

HONG KONG

CANADIAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCE-APPOINTMENT OF COMMISSION OF INQUIRY


On the order for motions:


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 wish to lay on the table of the house copy of order in council P.C. 1160, February 12, 1942, passed under the authority of the Inquiries Act, chapter 99, revised statutes of Canada, 1927, appointing the Right Hon. Sir Lyman Poore Duff a commissioner to inquire into and report upon the organization, authorization and dispatch of a Canadian expeditionary force to the crown colony of Hong Kong.

Chemical Fertilizers

Topic:   HONG KONG
Subtopic:   CANADIAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCE-APPOINTMENT OF COMMISSION OF INQUIRY
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PLEBISCITE ACT

PROVISION FOR TAKING OF VOTE ON ANT QUESTION SUBMITTED BY WAY OF PLEBISCITE


Hon. N. A. McLARTY (Secretary of State) moved that the house go into committee at the next sitting to consider the following resolution: That it is expedient to introduce a measure respecting the taking of the votes of the qualified voters on any question submitted by way of plebiscite and for such purposes to make provision for the printing and publication of a Plebiscite Act and instructions issued thereunder, the preparation of voters' lists and other plebiscite documents, including forms and ballot papers, to provide for the fees, allowances, expenses or other remuneration of certain officials and employees. He said: His Excellency the Governor General, having been made acquainted with the subject matter of this resolution, recommends it to the consideration of the house.


NAT

Richard Burpee Hanson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

This is just a pro forma motion, I take it?

Topic:   PLEBISCITE ACT
Subtopic:   PROVISION FOR TAKING OF VOTE ON ANT QUESTION SUBMITTED BY WAY OF PLEBISCITE
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LIB

Norman Alexander McLarty (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. McLARTY:

Yes.

Topic:   PLEBISCITE ACT
Subtopic:   PROVISION FOR TAKING OF VOTE ON ANT QUESTION SUBMITTED BY WAY OF PLEBISCITE
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Motion agreed to.


SS. "LADY HAWKINS" REQUEST FOR INVESTIGATION OF LOSS IN ATLANTIC BY TORPEDO ATTACK


On the orders of the day:


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Thomas Miller Bell

Mr. M. J. COLD WELL (Rosetown-Biggar):

Mr. Speaker, on February 4, I forwarded notice of a question to the Minister of Transport (Mr. Cardin), who asked me to hold it in order that he might consult his colleague the Minister of National Defence for Naval Services (Mr. Macdonald). I wish to ask that question now. I may say that the Minister of National Defence for Naval Services spoke to me about it yesterday. Will the minister make a statement regarding the torpedoing of the Canadian National steamship Lady Hawkins, and particularly as to whether this ship was convoyed on any part of the journey, and if so, why no assistance was near at hand to safeguard the lives of passengers and crew, which included women, children and highly-qualified engineers and technicians? Will the minister cause a searching investigation of this disaster to be undertaken and a report presented to this parliament?

Hon. ANGUS L. MACDONALD (Minister of National Defence for Naval Services): Is my hon. friend addressing the question to me?

Topic:   SS. "LADY HAWKINS" REQUEST FOR INVESTIGATION OF LOSS IN ATLANTIC BY TORPEDO ATTACK
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Thomas Miller Bell

Mr. COLDWELL:

To the Minister of Transport.

Topic:   SS. "LADY HAWKINS" REQUEST FOR INVESTIGATION OF LOSS IN ATLANTIC BY TORPEDO ATTACK
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LIB

Angus Lewis Macdonald (Minister of National Defence for Naval Services)

Liberal

Mr. MACDONALD (Kingston City):

I shall discuss it with the minister and see that an answer is brought down as soon as possible.

Topic:   SS. "LADY HAWKINS" REQUEST FOR INVESTIGATION OF LOSS IN ATLANTIC BY TORPEDO ATTACK
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TAXATION

PROGRESS OF NEGOTLATIONS WITH THE PROVINCES


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 if any further agreements have been reached with the provinces, particularly Ontario, with respect to the vacation of the taxation field?

Topic:   TAXATION
Subtopic:   PROGRESS OF NEGOTLATIONS WITH THE PROVINCES
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LIB

James Lorimer Ilsley (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

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

No, Mr. Speaker.

Topic:   TAXATION
Subtopic:   PROGRESS OF NEGOTLATIONS WITH THE PROVINCES
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February 13, 1942