July 23, 1946

CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTORS

TERMINATION ON AUGUST 15, 1946, OP CONTROL FOR ALTERNATIVE SERVICE

LIB

Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Hon. HUMPHREY MITCHELL (Minister of Labour):

Mr. Speaker, I wish to table herewith copy of P.C. 3030, passed on July 18, 1946, providing that effective August 15, 1946, control over conscientious objectors for alternative service will end.

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Subtopic:   TERMINATION ON AUGUST 15, 1946, OP CONTROL FOR ALTERNATIVE SERVICE
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REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

WAR EXPENDITURES-CONCURRENCE IN FOURTH REPORT


Mr. GORDON B. ISNOR (Halifax) presented the fourth report of the special committee on war expenditures, and moved that the report be concurred in. Motion agreed to.


VETERANS AFFAIRS


Twenty-second and twenty-third reports of standing committee on veterans affairs.-Mr. Tucker.


PRIVILEGE

MR. GREEN-REFERENCE TO ARTICLE IN MONTREAL


"gazette"


PC

Howard Charles Green

Progressive Conservative

Mr. H. C. GREEN (Vancouver South):

Mr. Speaker, I wish to raise a question of privilege having to do with a Canadian Press dispatch which appears in this morning's Montreal Gazette and probably has been published in other Canadian papers. The heading of the article is "Stiffer Attitude Seen in Outlays for Vets." The article goes on to say:

A stiffening attitude towards further financial outlays through allowances for Canada's veterans is reflected in rejection by the veterans committee of two new proposals.

It adds this paragraph, which is the one about which I am complaining:

The Department of Veterans Affairs recommended that student-veterans at universities be given a $5 a week commutation allowance if they had to travel a certain distance to school and a $5 a month textbook allowance. The committee rejected both but accepted a loan plan to aid such veterans.

As a matter of fact no such proposal was put before the committee on veterans affairs by the Department of Veterans Affairs, and that paragraph of the report is entirely erroneous.

Hon. IAN A. MACKENZIE (Minister of Veterans Affairs): I entirely agree with my hon. friend.

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Subtopic:   MR. GREEN-REFERENCE TO ARTICLE IN MONTREAL
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MR. FRASER-QUESTIONS DROPPED FROM ORDER PAPER


Mr. G. K. FRASER (Peterborough West) * Mr. Speaker, I rise on a question of privilege. This morning, just as I entered the chamber, I was handed your letter, and I wish to read it: Dear Mr. Fraser, I enclose copy of a memorandum submitted to me by the Clerk of the House of Commons, with regard to certain questions filed by you for the order paper. Yours very truly, Gaspard Fauteux. The enclosed memorandum reads: Memorandum for Mr. Speaker


LIB

James Horace King (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

I would ask the hon. member to state his question of privilege very briefly.

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PC

Gordon Knapman Fraser

Progressive Conservative

Mr. FRASER:

Mr. Speaker, I cannot

possibly state my question of privilege unless I read the memorandum. The memorandum is from the Clerk of the House in regard to questions that I submitted to him for the order paper, and I feel that in justice to myself and other members of the house who have submitted questions and have had them taken off the order paper, I should be allowed to read this memorandum.

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LIB

Ian Alistair Mackenzie (Minister of Veterans Affairs; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE:

Would the hon. gentleman give the house a summary of what is in the letter, without reading it? I think it is improper to read the letter.

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LIB

James Horace King (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Order. I do not think the attitude of the hon. member is right. I believe that if he looks at Bourinot, Beau-chesne and May he will see that it has

Questions dropped jrom Order Paper

always been the practice in this house not t-o question or to discuss the conduct of the Speaker. I do not think the hon. member would assist in maintaining dignity inside of this house and outside it by discussing the conduct of the Speaker. I call his attention to May's Parliamentary Practice, 14th edition, chapter 16, page 334; it is entitled "Questions to the Speaker":

Questions dealing with matters within the jurisdiction of the Speaker should be addressed to the Speaker by private notice. No written or public notice of questions addressed to the Speaker is permissible. . . .

And so on. I am sure the hon. member would not wish to do anything which would reflect disagreeably upon the Speaker, and may I point out that if he needs any explanation, if he requires any advice which the Speaker can give him, the Speaker will be glad to give him any advice or information within his power.

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PC

Gordon Knapman Fraser

Progressive Conservative

Mr. FRASER:

Mr. Speaker, at all times I have tried to uphold the dignity of the house-

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July 23, 1946