March 8, 1950

SUGGESTED CHANGE IN PRAYER AT OPENING OF DAILY SITTING

LIB

Bona Arsenault

Liberal

Mr. Bona Arsenault (Bonaventure):

Mr. Speaker, on a question of privilege, I wish to draw your attention to a matter connected with the House of Commons. I submit that the third paragraph of the prayers of the house is outmoded and not in keeping with the present constitutional status of Canada; nor does it express the intention of members of the House of Commons who wish to include in their prayers all the sovereign states of the commonwealth. Therefore I suggest that the paragraph should be redrafted.

Topic:   SUGGESTED CHANGE IN PRAYER AT OPENING OF DAILY SITTING
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QUEBEC HANDICRAFTS

EXHIBITION IN OTTAWA

LIB

Jean Lesage

Liberal

Mr. Jean Lesage (Monlmagny-L'Islet):

Mr. Speaker, the members of the house and our friends the members of the press gallery have received an invitation to visit the Quebec handicraft exhibition at the Chateau Laurier tonight at 8.30. I may assure everyone that he will be received with the legendary French-Canadian hospitality. The exhibition itself is a marvel of art and good taste, and is displayed here in Ottawa to show all Canada the refinement our people have attained in the craftsmanship handed down through generations by our forefathers.

As member for Montmagny-L'Islet I am proud to draw your special attention to one of the finest displays: the wood carvings of the world famous Bourgaults of St. Jean Port Joli.

Topic:   QUEBEC HANDICRAFTS
Subtopic:   EXHIBITION IN OTTAWA
Sub-subtopic:   INVITATION TO MEMBERS OF HOUSE AND PRESS GALLERY
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REFERENCE TO ARTICLE IN "GLOBE AND MAIL" OF MARCH 7

PC

James Arthur Ross

Progressive Conservative

Mr. J. A. Ross (Souris):

Mr. Speaker, on a question of privilege, in the Globe and Mail of Tuesday, March 7, page 3, appears an article headed "P.C.'s likely to oppose rise in wheat price". The first paragraph of the article reads:

Progressive Conservatives may be laying the groundwork for an attack on the government's preelection policy of increasing the initial price paid to western wheat farmers from $1.55 a bushel to $1.75 a bushel, effective April 1, 1949.

I do not think there is any doubt that I have been persistent in pointing out to the house the very great loss suffered by the wheat producers as a result of this wheat policy, and that to some extent the loss should be made good by the government.

Topic:   REFERENCE TO ARTICLE IN "GLOBE AND MAIL" OF MARCH 7
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Some hon. Members:

Question.

Topic:   REFERENCE TO ARTICLE IN "GLOBE AND MAIL" OF MARCH 7
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LIB

Elie Beauregard (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

Order.

Topic:   REFERENCE TO ARTICLE IN "GLOBE AND MAIL" OF MARCH 7
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PC

James Arthur Ross

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Ross (Souris):

I beg your pardon?

Topic:   REFERENCE TO ARTICLE IN "GLOBE AND MAIL" OF MARCH 7
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LIB

Elie Beauregard (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

I am asking the house to come to order so that the hon. member for Souris may make his statement without interruption.

Topic:   REFERENCE TO ARTICLE IN "GLOBE AND MAIL" OF MARCH 7
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PC

James Arthur Ross

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Ross (Souris):

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I shall not quote all the article, because it is lengthy. It is based upon a question I asked the Minister of Trade and Commerce (Mr. Howe) the other day, whether the last report of the wheat board would be referred to the committee on agriculture for further study.

I wish personally to refute the interpretation set forth in the heading of this article. In fairness to the reporter, Mr. Warren Baldwin, may I say that as the report is written I do not think it called for the heading it bears.

Topic:   REFERENCE TO ARTICLE IN "GLOBE AND MAIL" OF MARCH 7
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COMBINES INVESTIGATION ACT

MATCH INDUSTRY

LIB

Stuart Sinclair Garson (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Hon. Stuart S. Garson (Minister of Justice):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to refer to the statement I made in the house on February 23 to the effect that the match report under the Combines Investigation Act had been submitted to outside counsel for an opinion as to whether prosecution is warranted. I said then that the opinion was expected in the near future. That opinion has now been received, and it is to the effect that prosecution is warranted. Mr. John G. Ahern, K.C., of Montreal has been retained as senior counsel on behalf of the Attorney General of Canada, and has been instructed to proceed with the prosecution. He will have associated with him Mr. Guy Favreau, barrister, also of Montreal.

Topic:   COMBINES INVESTIGATION ACT
Subtopic:   MATCH INDUSTRY
Sub-subtopic:   ANNOUNCEMENT AS TO PROSECUTION
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PC

Arthur Leroy Smith

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Smith (Calgary West):

Is that the same Mr. Ahern who is referred to in the original report?

Topic:   COMBINES INVESTIGATION ACT
Subtopic:   MATCH INDUSTRY
Sub-subtopic:   ANNOUNCEMENT AS TO PROSECUTION
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LIB

Stuart Sinclair Garson (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. Garson:

We submitted the report to Mr. Ahern for an opinion as to whether prosecution was warranted. In retaining him to

Inquiries of the Ministry prosecute we are following what has always been the practice in submitting a report to counsel for an opinion as to whether prosecution is warranted, and, if he says it is, he is usually retained.

Topic:   COMBINES INVESTIGATION ACT
Subtopic:   MATCH INDUSTRY
Sub-subtopic:   ANNOUNCEMENT AS TO PROSECUTION
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PC

George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Drew:

You mean you sometimes do.

Topic:   COMBINES INVESTIGATION ACT
Subtopic:   MATCH INDUSTRY
Sub-subtopic:   ANNOUNCEMENT AS TO PROSECUTION
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PC

Arthur Leroy Smith

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Smith (Calgary West):

I read in the report by Mr. McGregor that he is greatly indebted to Mr. Ahern, who had conducted the investigation. Is it the same Mr. Ahern who conducted the investigation, reported to the commissioner, had the report referred to him, said it was all right to go ahead, and then is retained? You have only the one man throughout the whole picture.

Topic:   COMBINES INVESTIGATION ACT
Subtopic:   MATCH INDUSTRY
Sub-subtopic:   ANNOUNCEMENT AS TO PROSECUTION
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LIB

Stuart Sinclair Garson (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. Garson:

Yes.

Topic:   COMBINES INVESTIGATION ACT
Subtopic:   MATCH INDUSTRY
Sub-subtopic:   ANNOUNCEMENT AS TO PROSECUTION
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March 8, 1950