March 26, 1909 (11th Parliament, 1st Session)

LIB

Rodolphe Lemieux (Minister of Labour; Postmaster General)

Liberal

Mr. LEMIEUX.

This amount is required to provide for the expenses of Mr. Mackenzie King as the representative of Canada at the joint Opium Conference at Shanghai, China. The committee knows the object of the conference. For some years there has been a desire to suppress the use of opium and morphine in China, and the great powers, especially Great Britain and the United States of America, have decided, with the consent of China, to call a conference in order to study the question as to what are the best means of suppressing that evil. Canada was invited by the foreign office in London to join that conference. Mr. Mackenzie King was especially well equipped to take part in it. He had studied this question of the opium traffic and last year we introduced a Bill into
this House to suppress it in Canada. Mr. Mackenzie King is now in China; he has taken part in the conference, as usual, to his credit and to the credit of the country to which he belongs. I have not yet his report, but from what I have seen of the cables that appeared in the London 'Times' Mr. Mackenzie King has been one of the leading men in the conference.

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