March 22, 1949

TRANS-CANADA AIR LINES REFERENCE OF ANNUAL REPORT AND AUDITORS' REPORT TO RAILWAYS AND SHIPPING COMMITTEE

LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Right Hon. C. D. Howe (Minister of Trade and Commerce):

Mr. Speaker, I desire to table the following reports in English and in French: Annual report of Trans-Canada Air Lines for the year ended December 31, 1948, and the auditors' report to parliament for the year ended December 31, 1948, in respect of Trans-Canada Air Lines. These reports are being distributed today.

By leave of the house I move:

That the annual report of Trans-Canada Air Lines for the year ended December 31, 1948, and the auditors' report to parliament for the year ended December 31, 1948, in respect of Trans-Canada Air Lines tabled this day, be referred to the sessional committee on railways and shipping owned, operated and controlled by the government.

Topic:   TRANS-CANADA AIR LINES REFERENCE OF ANNUAL REPORT AND AUDITORS' REPORT TO RAILWAYS AND SHIPPING COMMITTEE
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Motion agreed to.


CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS

TABLING OF BUDGET AND REPORT OF SECURITIES TRUST

LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Hon. Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport):

I desire to table the budget of the Canadian National Railways and the Canadian National (West Indies) Steamships Limited for the calendar year 1949; also the annual report of the Canadian National Railways Securities Trust, in English and French, for the year ended December 31, 1948.

By leave of the house, I wish to move:

That the budget of the Canadian National Railways and the Canadian National (West Indies) Steamships Limited for the calendar year 1949, and the annual report of the Canadian National Railways Securities Trust for 1948 tabled this day, be referred to the sessional committee on railways and shipping owned, operated and controlled by the government.

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   TABLING OF BUDGET AND REPORT OF SECURITIES TRUST
Sub-subtopic:   REFERENCE TO SESSIONAL COMMITTEE
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Motion agreed to. '


REFERENCE OF ANNUAL REPORTS, BUDGET AND CERTAIN ESTIMATES TO RAILWAYS AND SHIPPING COMMITTEE

LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Hon. Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport):

By leave of the house I desire to move: That the annual reports for 1948 of the Canadian National Railways system, the Canadian National (West Indies) Steamships Limited, and the auditors'

report to parliament in respect of the Canadian National Railways system and the Canadian National (West Indies) Steamships Limited, tabled on March 18, 1949, be referred to the sessional committee on railways and shipping owned, operated and controlled by the government, together with the following of estimates for 1949-50:

Vote 488-Maritime Freight Rates Act, Canadian National Railways;

Vote 489-Maritime Freight Rates Act, railways other than Canadian National;

Vote 556-Prince Edward Island car ferry and terminals, deficit 1949;

And that the resolution passed by the house on March 14, 1949, referring certain estimates to the committee of supply, be rescinded in so far as the said resolution relates to votes Nos. 488, 489 and 556.

Topic:   REFERENCE OF ANNUAL REPORTS, BUDGET AND CERTAIN ESTIMATES TO RAILWAYS AND SHIPPING COMMITTEE
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PC

Wilfrid Garfield Case

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Case:

I notice, Mr. Speaker, that in each case the ministers moved resolutions that certain reports be referred to the sessional committee "owned, operated and controlled by the government." I do not know whether that is the way they want it to read.

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LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. Chevrier:

That is the name of the committee.

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PC

Wilfrid Garfield Case

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Case:

Owned, operated and controlled by the government?

Topic:   REFERENCE OF ANNUAL REPORTS, BUDGET AND CERTAIN ESTIMATES TO RAILWAYS AND SHIPPING COMMITTEE
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LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. Chevrier:

That is right.

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Motion agreed to.


PRIVILEGE

REFERENCE TO NOTICE OF MOTION OF MR. LACROIX

PC

John George Diefenbaker

Progressive Conservative

Mr. J. G. Diefenbaker (Lake Centre):

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a question of privilege. On March 21 the following resolution appeared on the order paper, in the name of the hon. member for Quebec-Montmorency (Mr. LaCroix):

That, in the opinion of this house, the government should seek the co-operation of the provinces with the view of the adoption by parliament of a new constitution for Canada and Canadians which would be a statute of Canada repealing the British North America Acts, 1867 to 1946, resulting in the making of Canada a truly sovereign and independent nation, a separate republic outside of the British commonwealth of nations, free of economic or other commitments, whether in peace or In war.

If that resolution had been called and debated it would have placed hon. members in the position of debating something which is contrary to the oath of allegiance which each member took before he entered the house. The resolution is changed on today's order paper. Where in the original resolution the word "co-operation" appears, the word "consent" is substituted, and where the words "a separate republic outside of the British

Inquiries of the Ministry commonwealth of nations" appear in the original resolution, the words "a separate republic, free of economic or other commitments toward the British commonwealth of nations" are substituted.

My point of privilege is this, sir. Did you, in your position as Speaker, consent to the alteration of this resolution? Was it placed before the house, or was the alteration made at the request of the government?

Topic:   PRIVILEGE
Subtopic:   REFERENCE TO NOTICE OF MOTION OF MR. LACROIX
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LIB

Louis Stephen St-Laurent (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Right Hon. L. S. St. Laurent (Prime Minister):

Answering the last part of my hon. friend's question, I may say that the government had nothing whatsoever to do with it.

Topic:   PRIVILEGE
Subtopic:   REFERENCE TO NOTICE OF MOTION OF MR. LACROIX
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PC

John George Diefenbaker

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

I was just wondering, because the hon. member is a supporter of the government.

Topic:   PRIVILEGE
Subtopic:   REFERENCE TO NOTICE OF MOTION OF MR. LACROIX
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LIB

James Horace King (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

I shall take the remarks of the hon. member into consideration and give him an answer.

Topic:   PRIVILEGE
Subtopic:   REFERENCE TO NOTICE OF MOTION OF MR. LACROIX
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March 22, 1949