March 18, 1926 (15th Parliament, 1st Session)


Ernest Lapointe (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)


Hon. ERNEST LAPOINTE (Minister of Justice):

Some time ago the hon. member
for Toronto Northwest (Mr. Church) made inquiry about the distribution of the canteen funds as follows:
I should like to ask the government what has been done in regard to the distribution among the soldiers of tire canteen fund amounting to $2,000,000. It is neanly a year now since -parfiiflimeivt passed an act in respect to this matter, and voted the sum of $800,000 to the province of Ontario as its share. As yet, however, no commission has been appointed for that province and apparently none will be for some time, although there are many men in need of relief owing to unemployment and distress. .Will the government later on in the week state the cause of the delay, and inform tha House as to the nature of the existing situation?
My hon. friend reminded me to-day that no answer has been given as yet and I am sorry for it, because I was given a statement by the minister reading as follows:
1. In pursuance of the Canteen Funds Act all provincial governments were invited on October 16 last, to make appointments of provincial boards of trustees for -the -purpose of receiving and administering the share payable to such provinces.
2. The following provinces have made appointments and the moneys have been duly paid over-British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Bruns/wick, Nova Scotia.
3. The Ontario government has not yet -made any appointments but as soon as notification has been received that appointments have been made Itiie share payable to the province of Ontario will be remitted.

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