June 8, 1948

LA SALLE CADETS INSPECTION-RIGHT OF MEMBERS TO ACCESS BY CENTRAL WALK

IND

Herbert Wilfred Herridge

Independent C.C.F.

Mr. H. W. HERRIDGE (Kootenay West):

Mr. Speaker, I wish to raise a question of privilege that concerns every member of the house.

Last summer, while this house was in session, the La Salle cadets paraded on the lawns in front of these parliament buildings. Later, during the evening, several members of parliament-if I am correctly informed, members representing all the major parties-entered the front gate and attempted to proceed to the House of Commons by the main walk, and were stopped from doing so by a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. They explained to him that they were members of parliament. That made no difference. An order had been issued that everyone must come to the House of Commons around by the east block. Therefore these members had to proceed to the House of Commons via the east block.

I wish at this time, Mr. Speaker, to protest strongly against the placing of members of this house in such a position that they must approach the building after the fashion of the butcher boy delivering a pound of sausage by the tradesmen's entrance.

Last Friday evening the La Salle cadets were parading again on the lawns in front of the House of Commons. I had occasion to approach the house by the central walk, and, when about half way between the front gate and the House of Commons, I was informed that the La Salle cadets were being paraded and reviewed, and that they were being reviewed by a special visitor from Rome, Italy, Brother Athanase Emile. Knowing of the record of the La Salle cadets, and being interested in this distinguished clerical visitor, I stopped about half way between the front gate and the House of Commons and watched the cadets being inspected by the visitor, followed by Colonel Purves of national defence headquarters, a member of the Canadian armoured corps. I saw these cadets very smartly give the general salute to the distinguished clerical visitor.

At that time a staff sergeant of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police approached me and informed me that the grounds for that period were reserved for the La Salle cadets, the officers of the Department of National Defence on the grounds, and the distinguished visitor, and that I would have to move.

Now, Mr. Speaker, I must say that I am one of those to whom on such occasions the scroll of British history swiftly unfolds itself before mine eyes, and I am quickly moved by such events. Therefore I informed the staff sergeant that I was a member of parliament and as such I did not intend to budge, come what may. At this point the staff sergeant was most courteous, I might say almost embarrassed. He explained to me the reason for the grounds being reserved. I protested and said that this was a violation of the rights of members of the House of Commons, and no explanation from him could alter my determination to stand my ground, since I considered this order an indignity upon members of the House of Commons.

In view of the fact that the zephyrs of indignity can soon become the winds of intolerance, and the winds of intolerance the hurricane of tyranny, I wish to protest most vigorously against this transgression of the freedom of members within the precincts of the House of Commons, and against this indignity to members of parliament, to the representatives of the people, and thus indirectly to the Canadian people as a whole.

Topic:   LA SALLE CADETS INSPECTION-RIGHT OF MEMBERS TO ACCESS BY CENTRAL WALK
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VACANCY

RESIGNATION OF MEMBER FOR THE ELECTORAL DISTRICT OF ROSTHERN

LIB

James Horace King (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

I have the honour to inform the house that I have received the following letter:

Dominion of Canada House of Commons

To wit:

To the Honourable the Speaker of the House

of Commons:

I, Walter A. Tucker, member of the House of Commons of Canada, for the electoral district of Rosthern, do hereby resign my seat in the said House of Commons, for the constituency aforesaid.

Given under my hand and seal at the town of Rosthern this 7th day of June, 1948.

Walter A. Tucker.

I have accordingly issued my warrant for a new writ for an election in the electoral district of Rosthern.

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Board of Transport Commissioners

Topic:   VACANCY
Subtopic:   RESIGNATION OF MEMBER FOR THE ELECTORAL DISTRICT OF ROSTHERN
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LAND TITLES ACT

AMENDMENTS WITH RESPECT TO CERTIFICATES OF TITLE, ETC.


Hon. J. A. MacKINNON (Minister of Fisheries) moved the first reading of Bill No. 334 (from the senate) to amend the Land Titles Act. Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.


CRIMINAL CODE

INCREASE OF PERCENTAGES RETAINED FROM PARIMUTUEL BETTING POOLS


Hon. DOUGLAS ABBOTT (Minister of Finance, for the Minister of Agriculture) moved the first reading of Bill No. 335 (from the senate) to amend the criminal code (race meetings). Motion agreed to and bill read the first time. ISRAEL


INQUIRY WITH REGARD TO RECOGNITION BY CANADA


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Major James William Coldwell

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

Mr. M. J. COLDWELL (Rosetown-Biggar):

I should like to direct a question to the Prime Minister, in the absence of the Secretary of State for External Affairs (Mr. St. Laurent). Has the government come to a decision regarding Canada's recognition of the new state of Israel?

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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):

The matter is still under consideration.

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TRANSPORT BOARD

JUDGE OF EXCHEQUER COURT TO BE CHIEF COMMISSIONER

LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):

On May 26, I gave this house a statement of the legislation which remained to be dealt with during the present session. At that time I indicated that amendments to the Judges Act and to the Railway Act relating to the board of transport commissioners would be introduced.

The proposed legislation has reference to government plans for a reconstitution of the board of transport commissioners in view of substantially increased responsibilities which it is expected that board will have to assume over the coming years. I am now in a position to give further details regarding the proposed legislation.

A single bill will be introduced to amend the Railway Act, the Exchequer Court Act and the

Judges Act, 1946. This bill will provide that a judge of the Exchequer Court of Canada shall hold the office of chief commissioner of the board of transport commissioners. Such judge, however, while acting as chief commissioner, will devote his full time to the work of the board.

The bill will also provide, with a consequential amendment in the Judges Act of 1946, that in the light of the foregoing change the exchequer court will be increased by one, to consist thereafter of the president and four judges, instead of the president and three judges as at present.

The bill will not in any way change the term of appointment to the post of chief commissioner from a. ten-year period. When a judge of the exchequer court has served for this term as chief commissioner he will, unless his term of office is extended, return to the exchequer court; his successor will then be appointed from that body.

Colonel J. A. Cross, C.M.G., D.S.O., K.C., whose term of office expires in February, 1950, having been advised of the intention of the government to reconstitute the board as indicated and of the heavy additional duties and responsibilities which the board will be expected to perform over the coming years, has informed me that, in the circumstances, taking into consideration the fact that he is not far from completing his term of office as chairman, it would be in the best interests of all concerned for the government to make immediate arrangements for a new appointment to the post of chief commissioner and has accenting ly tendered his resignation as chief commissioner of the board, to take effect at the pleasure of the government.

The government shares the view expressed by Colonel Cross, and intends to accept his resignation, as soon as the bill I have referred to is enacted. I am pleased to be able to announce that the Hon. Maynard Brown Archibald, a member of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, has agreed, when the necessary legislation has been passed, to accept the appointment of chief commissioner of the board1 of transport commissioners. Mr. Justice Archibald will then be first appointed to the Exchequer Court of Canada and immediately thereafter be named as chief commissioner of the board.

I should like to take advantage of this opportunity to extend to Colonel Cross the thanks of the government for the valuable services performed by him during the years he has been holding the very responsible position of chief commissioner of the board of transport commissioners. A former attorney general of the province of Saskatchewan,

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Colonel Cross brought with him to Ottawa years of experience at the bar which have been of great service to him in his capacity of chief commissioner, and which, in turn, have enabled him to perform many years of devoted public service to Canada.

Topic:   TRANSPORT BOARD
Subtopic:   JUDGE OF EXCHEQUER COURT TO BE CHIEF COMMISSIONER
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S. S. "ABEGWEIT" INQUIRY AS TO STRUCTURAL CHANGES


On the orders of the day:


June 8, 1948