March 8, 1921


Volumes 1 and 2 of the Auditor Gen. eral's report.-Sir Henry Drayton. Copies of General Orders and appointments, promotions and retirements, Canadian Militia, promulgated between February 2nd, 1920, and February 1st, 1921, and copies of Routine Orders, Canadian Expeditionary Force, promulgated between February 23rd, 1920, and September 30th, 1920, when publications ceased.-Hon. Mr. Guthrie. Orders in Council relating to Royal Canadian Navy.-Hon. Mr. Ballantyne.



Edgar Nelson Rhodes (Speaker of the House of Commons)



I have the honour to

inform the House that I have received communications from several members notifying me that the following vacancies have occured in the representation, namely:

Of Joseph Ernest Oscar Gladu, Esquire, member for the Electoral District of Yam-aska, by decease.

Of Harry Fulton McLeod, Esquire, member for the Electoral Dictrict of York-Sunbury, by decease.

Of Thomas George Wallace, Esquire, member for the Electoral District of York, West Riding, by decease.

I accordingly issued my several warrants to the Chief Electoral Officer to make out new writs of election for the said electoral districts, respectively.



On the Orders of the Day: Mr. PAMPHILE REAL DuTREMBLAY (Laurier-Outremont) : Before the Orders of the Day are called, I should like to know, in view of the situation in Europe at the present time between the Allies and Germany, whether the Government intends to take proper steps to ensure the indemnity which Canada was supposed to be entitled to, or which, at hny rate, we hoped to receive from Germany.


Arthur Meighen (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs)


Right Hon. ARTHUR MEIGHEN (Prime Minister) :

There is no statement I can

make just now having particular reference to reparations, other than such as applies to the general question of reparations, which of course is in the hands of the Supreme Allied Council. This matter was referred to yesterday in more general terms by the hon. member for Red Deer (Mr. Clark) when enquiry was made whether a statement could not be given to the House as to the condition of affairs consequent upon the demand for distinct reparation proposals from Germany by that Supreme Council, and the unsatisfactory response thereto. As I said yesterday, continual communication passes between the British Government and ourselves as to the principal occurrences of the Supreme Allied Council. Those communications are marked "Secret", but I see no objection to stating in the House such of them as in certain form have already reached the press. The only result will be of course to give something in the nature of official confirmation to these facts. It will be remembered that the

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Supreme Allied Council met, in January last, in Paris, in order to formulate proposals for submission to Germany on the question of reparations. An adjournment was made to London, and the meeting there took place last week. The proposals which Germany was asked to make were not at all as to the amount of reparations but rather as to the methods by which she should undertake to make good the call for reparations. At such meeting in London Germany undertook to lay a statement of her methods before the Supreme Allied Council, but she added thereto, or made a part thereof, proposals as to the amount of reparations as well, which, in the judgment of the Council, were not only wholly inadequate but constituted a challenge to the foundation of the Treaty itself; in a word, an intimation that it was not the intention of Germany to abide by the terms of the Treaty. That being the case, Germany was informed through the British Prime Minister that there was nothing in her proposals that could form even a basis for discussion and that she would be advised as to what steps would be taken in order to enforce the provisions of the Treaty itself. Consequently, Germany was advised, in . brief, as follows: First, that a small area on the right bank of the Rhine would be occupied; second, that it was intended to deduct from moneys owing Germany from outside countries for German goods a certain proportion applicable to the Reparations Account; and third, that control would be taken of the customs in all occupied territory. These intentions were submitted to the German representatives and, failing any adequate proposals on their part up to noon of yesterday, the Allied proposals became operative at that hour. It will be observed that there is nothing in the programme which involves an increase of the forces now occupying German territory for its enforcement and, as well, that no Canadian troops are engaged. I do not feel that there is anything more than I can say at the present time, except that no specific proposal as to cooperation is before us.



On the Orders of the Day:


Michael Steele


Mr. MICHAEL STEELE (South Perth):

In view of the very widespread prevalence of typhus fever in Eastern Europe, and in view also of the fact that within the last day or two cases of the disease have been

found among immigrants arriving at the ports of Boston and New York, I would ask the Minister of Immigration and Colonization to state to the House what precautions are being taken to prevent the introduction of this disease into Canada.


James Alexander Calder (Minister of Immigration and Colonization; Minister presiding over the Department of Health; President of the Privy Council)


Hon. J. A. CALDER (Minister of Immigration and Colonization) :

I am not

aware of all the details of the situation, but I can assure the House that every precaution is being taken at the present time to prevent the introduction into Canada not only of typhus but of one or two other epidemic diseases that are very prevalent in certain parts of Europe at the present time. As a matter of fact the countries of Western Europe are all keenly alive to the situation-that is to say, Great Britain, France, Italy, Spain and other nations-and they are taking every precaution to prevent the spreading of these diseases from Eastern to Western Europe. As far as my information goes there are but few cases of typhus at present at the quarantine stations at Boston and New York-very few cases. Only one case-which is located at Massena, in New York State-has broken loose. That case is under strict observation, and every precaution is being adopted to prevent the disease from spreading further. I may also state that we have stationed three of our officers at New York to study the conditions there and make themselves thoroughly acquainted with the steps being taken by the American authorities to prevent the spread of these diseases in the United States. In addition to that our own officers are very keenly alive to the situation and very strict instructions have been issued to the officers in our own ports to exercise every vigilance. At the present time not a single case of this disease has landed at any port in Canada and, as I have already said, very few in the United States. I can assure the hon. gentleman and the House that the officers of the Health Department are thoroughly alive to the importance of taking every means to prevent these diseases from entering Canada, and are co-operating to that end with the American authorities and our Provincial Health Officers.



On the Orders of the Day: Mr. ARTHUR L. DESAULNIERS (Champlain): Mr. Speaker, I rise to a question of privilege. In the Montreal Gazette of to-day I am reported as having placed on the Order Paper a resolution seeking to suspend immigration into this country. I wish to state that I am not the author of the resolution to which the Montreal Gazette refers, and that if this resolution is brought up for discussion in this House I will oppose it.


A message from His Excellency the Governor General transmitting estimates for the year ending March, 31st, 1922 was presented by Sir Henry Drayton (Minister of Finance), read by Mr. Speaker to the House, and referred to the Committee of Supply.


On the Orders of the Day: Mr. WILLIAM DUFF (Lunenburg) I would like to ask the Government whether the statement appearing in the newspapers that Mr. Alexander Johnston has returned to the public service is correct, and if so, what his status will be in the Department of Marine and Fisheries? - Hon. C. C. BALLANTYNE (Minister of Marine and Fisheries): In answer to the hon. member I desire to state that Mr. Alexander Johnston has been reinstated in his former position as Deputy Minister of Marine and Fisheries.


Right Hon. C. J. DOHERTY (Minister of Justice) moved that Bill No. 19, to amend the Exchequer Court Act be read the third time. Motion agreed to. Bill read the third time and passed.


March 8, 1921