August 12, 1944

REPORTED RESIGNATION OF HON. C. G. POWER- STATEMENT OF PRIME MINISTER


On the orders of the day:


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 should like to mention just one matter to the house by way of information. Some hon. members have asked me if the report in the press that the Minister of National Defence for Air (Mr. Power) has tendered his resignation is correct and if the resignation has been accepted. I may say that the minister has tendered to me his resignation, but thus far I have not advised His Excellency that I think the resignation should be accepted. I wish further to consider the matter carefully.

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Gordon Graydon (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. GORDON GRAYDON (Leader of the Opposition):

May I ask the Prime Minister if there has been any correspondence between the minister he mentions and himself in connection with this matter and, if so, will it be tabled in the house?

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James Horace King (Minister Without Portfolio; Leader of the Government in the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

It all depends upon what is meant by "correspondence". There should be two letters to have correspondence, and so far there has been only one. Should there be correspondence to table I shall see that it is tabled.

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Gordon Graydon (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. GRAYDON:

I would not like to see the Prime Minister limited. If he thinks the letter he has received from the minister should be tabled, we shall be glad to receive it even before he makes his reply.

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James Horace King (Minister Without Portfolio; Leader of the Government in the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

My hon. friend speaks about a letter that should be tabled. I have no letter that should be tabled because

I have not as yet advised His Excellency the Governor General that the resignation of the minister should be accepted.

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CANADIAN FORCES

PETITIONS WITH RESPECT TO APPLICATION OF N.R.M.A. ACT

PC

Joseph Henry Harris

Progressive Conservative

Mr. J. H. HARRIS (Danforth):

Mr. Speaker, I beg leave to present to the House of Commons and parliament assembled a petition, the prayer of which humbly requests that the draftee forces shall be at once dispatched overseas to the aid of our men now fighting at the front. This is signed by H. C. Baillie and many others.

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Ross Wilfred Gray

Liberal

Mr. R. W. GRAY (Lambton West):

I wish to lay on the table a petition signed by Neil McLeod of Sarnia and several hundred others praying that full effect be given to what is commonly known as bill No. 80.

Mr. DOUGLAS G. ROSS (St. Paul's): I have a similar petition signed by several hundred persons requesting that bill No. 80 be implemented at once in order that the lives of our men overseas may be saved and reinforcements given to our troops.

Mr. II. R. JACKMAN (Rosedale): I have a similar petition from the constituency of Rosedale signed by approximately two hundred persons, and another from the constituency of Spadina bearing approximately sixty names.

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METHOD OF RAISING MEN FOR SERVICE OVERSEAS-


REFERENCE TO PRIME MINISTER'S STATEMENT on july 22, 1942 On the orders of the day:


NAT

Richard Burpee Hanson

National Government

Hon. R. B. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

When the Prime Minister speaks on his substantive motion on Monday next, notice of which is now on the order paper, I should like him to make clear a matter which is troubling me. At the .risk of taking some time to explain the position I would direct his attention to page 4564 of the House of Commons Hansard of July 22, 1942. At that time the mobilization bill was under discussion'-

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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Order.

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LIB

Thomas Vien (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

I wonder if the hon. member could give me some idea as to the relevancy of the statement he intends to make?

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Richard Burpee Hanson

National Government

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

I have to lay the foundation. This is not intended in the slightest degree to embarrass the Prime Minister or anyone else.

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An hon. MEMBER:

Oh, no.

Reinforcements

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Richard Burpee Hanson

National Government

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

No, it is not, and I give my word of honour on that. On that day, in answer to a question asked by the then hon. member for Weyburn, Mr. Douglas, the Prime Minister said:

When the government decides that it is necessary and advisable to resort to conscription as a method of raising men for service overseas, an order in council will be passed dealing with members of the forces as a whole.

I am sure my right hon. friend will remember that.

It will not be a matter of passing a series of orders in council-

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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Order.

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August 12, 1944