July 13, 1942

SC

John Horne Blackmore

Social Credit

Mr. BLACKMORE:

For a copy of all documents, letters, telegrams, etc., pertaining to the court martial which, on May 2, 1941, dealt with the charges preferred against Major H. C. Singer, of the 2nd Canadian Anti-Tank Regiment in England, including the following:-

1. The application for Major Singer's court martial.

2. The convening order for his court martial.

3. The subpoena of each of the witnesses who gave evidence in, the court martial.

4. The first summary of evidence taken under Major S. McQwirter, April 14 to 18, both dates inclusive.

5. Major-General Victor Odium's letter, 2 D.C./5-4, April 15, 1941.

6. The complete copy of the proceedings of the court martial.

7. The shorthand notes taken by the court recorder at the trial.

8. All details as they appeared in the application for the court martial, including character, correspondence, court of inquiry, etc., etc.

9. The letter sent to the Secretary of State concerning the dismissal of Major H. C. Singer from the services.

10. Part I orders 2nd Cdn. Div., February 20-28, 1941; Part I orders No. 1 Base Depot, February 20-28, 1941; Part I orders 2nd Cdn A/T Regt., R.C.A., Oct. 30-Nov. 8, 1940, Dec. 15-27, 1941, Dec. 28-Jan. 5, 1941; February 20-28, 1941.

11. Declarations to suspend, (a) Rule 8, Officer present at investigation; (b) Rule 14, Officer sent to inform accused of charges, etc.; (c) Rule 17, Undue delay in convening court martial. Open arrest April 9. Trial May 2 1941.

Topic:   MOTIONS FOR PAPERS
Subtopic:   COURT MARTIAL OF MAJOR H. C. SINGER
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LIB

James Layton Ralston (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. RALSTON:

Would my hon. friend consider dropping this motion, as I have already suggested? Otherwise it means that I have to be here every day when my hon. friend makes his motion. If he would drop it, to be reviewed and another motion submitted, he could put one on the order paper at any time. I do submit, Mr. Speaker, that a motion like this which has been standing on the order paper for four weeks should be either proceeded with or dropped.

Topic:   MOTIONS FOR PAPERS
Subtopic:   COURT MARTIAL OF MAJOR H. C. SINGER
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SC

John Horne Blackmore

Social Credit

Mr. BLACKMORE:

I will notify the minister if I decide to move the motion.

Topic:   MOTIONS FOR PAPERS
Subtopic:   COURT MARTIAL OF MAJOR H. C. SINGER
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LIB

James Layton Ralston (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. RALSTON:

No, I am not going to stand for a notice from my hon. friend for me to be here.

I am asking my hon. friend, and I think it is only fair to the house, to drop the motion, which, I am told, has been standing on this order paper for at least six weeks.

Topic:   MOTIONS FOR PAPERS
Subtopic:   COURT MARTIAL OF MAJOR H. C. SINGER
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SC

John Horne Blackmore

Social Credit

Mr. BLACKMORE:

I am not familiar with any rule under which the minister can ask me to drop the motion.

Labour Conditions

Topic:   MOTIONS FOR PAPERS
Subtopic:   COURT MARTIAL OF MAJOR H. C. SINGER
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LIB

James Layton Ralston (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. RALSTON:

I am not citing any rule. It is just ordinary businesslike procedure.

Topic:   MOTIONS FOR PAPERS
Subtopic:   COURT MARTIAL OF MAJOR H. C. SINGER
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LIB

Georges Parent (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Stands.

Topic:   MOTIONS FOR PAPERS
Subtopic:   COURT MARTIAL OF MAJOR H. C. SINGER
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An hon. MEMBER:

Vote!

Topic:   MOTIONS FOR PAPERS
Subtopic:   COURT MARTIAL OF MAJOR H. C. SINGER
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SC

John Horne Blackmore

Social Credit

Mr. BLACKMORE:

Mr. Speaker, the rules permit me to leave the motion on the order paper, and I propose to do so.

Motion stands.

Topic:   MOTIONS FOR PAPERS
Subtopic:   COURT MARTIAL OF MAJOR H. C. SINGER
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WARTIME PRICES AND TRADE BOARD-BAKING INDUSTRY

CCF

Major James William Coldwell

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

Mr. COLDWELL:

For a copy of a report or reports by J. D. Woods of the wartime prices and trade board regarding the b King industry.

Topic:   WARTIME PRICES AND TRADE BOARD-BAKING INDUSTRY
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LIB

James Lorimer Ilsley (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. ILSLEY:

I have been in communication with my hon. friend about this motion, and I think he is willing to have it dropped.

Topic:   WARTIME PRICES AND TRADE BOARD-BAKING INDUSTRY
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CCF

Major James William Coldwell

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

Mr. COLDWELL:

The minister has agreed to give me an explanation of the matter, and I am prepared to drop the motion.

Motion dropped.

Topic:   WARTIME PRICES AND TRADE BOARD-BAKING INDUSTRY
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MILITARY SERVICE-APPLICATION OF S. L. LAMSON FOR POSTPONEMENT

CCF

George Hugh Castleden

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

Mr. CASTLEDEN:

For a copy of all reports, letters, evidence, recommendations, and other documents in the possession of the government, relative to the refusal by the national war services board of district M to grant the request for postponement made by Mr. Scott L. Lamson, L.534136.

Topic:   MILITARY SERVICE-APPLICATION OF S. L. LAMSON FOR POSTPONEMENT
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LIB

Joseph Thorarinn Thorson (Minister of National War Services)

Liberal

Mr. THORSON:

This order should be made subject to a number of reservations. The boards hear all proceedings in camera; therefore all material which comes to a board is privileged. In addition, there are certain interdepartmental communications which are also privileged. With these reservations of privilege I see no objection to the motion being passed.

Topic:   MILITARY SERVICE-APPLICATION OF S. L. LAMSON FOR POSTPONEMENT
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CCF

George Hugh Castleden

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

Mr. CASTLEDEN:

I cannot see why any of this need be secret; it cannot give any aid or comfort to the enemy. It seems to me that it is no more than the right of the ordinary citizen to have the information presented upon which a board bases its decision. It is possible that some reports which are presented are erroneous, and there is no means by which anyone can find out whether these reports are correct. On some occasions, I may say, the Saskatchewan board has acted differently from other boards. If the powers and privileges of these boards are not subject to some restriction, they can develop into a sort of star chamber and do real damage to the rights of citizens. I cannot see anything with regard to a return such as this, even respecting interdepartmental material, which should be considered secret.

Topic:   MILITARY SERVICE-APPLICATION OF S. L. LAMSON FOR POSTPONEMENT
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LABOUR CONDITIONS

SHORTAGE OF FARM HELP


On the orders of the day:


July 13, 1942