April 4, 1921

INQUIRY FOR RETURN


On the Orders of the Day:


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Auguste Théophile Léger

Laurier Liberal

Mr. A. T. LEGER (Kent, N.B.) :

On

the 14th of March an order of the House was passed for:

A copy of all correspondence, telegrams, and other documents, relative to the resignation of Mr. John Sheridan, Indian Superintendent for the North Shore district, in the Province of New Brunswick, in 1920. Also copy of all correspondence, telegrams and other documents relative to his re-appointment to the said position.

I should like to know when I may expect the papers.

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UNION

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

Unionist

Right Hon. ARTHUR MEIGHEN (Prime Minister) :

I will look into the matter, and it will be spoken to to-morrow.

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QUESTIONS


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.)


CIVIL SERVICE-RELIGIOUS HOLIDAYS

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*Mr. ARCHAMBAULT:

Laurier Liberal

1. Is it true that contrary to the formal promise of Sir Robert Borden in Parliament, at the last session, the civil servants of the Government have been forced to work on Catholic religious holidays, notably on the following: All Saints' Day, Immaculate Conception, Epiphany?

2. If so, for what reason has the Government acted thus?

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UNION

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

Unionist

Right Hon. ARTHUR MEIGHEN:

In

answer to questions 1 and 2, the assurance given by Sir Robert Borden in this matter is to be found on pages 4259 to 4262 inclusive, of Hansard 1920, Volume V. A perusal of the entire discussion on these pages and especially the perusal of the requests made of the then Prime Minister as regards observance of the Epiphany, Ascension Day, All Saints' Day, and the feast of the Immaculate Conception, would lead to the view that the assurance given following the requests so made was to the effect that pursuant to custom and convention Catholic

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civil servants in Ottawa should be at liberty to observe these days by attending church or other religious observances according to the laws of their church without any deduction of pay if the observance should take any of tihe time which they ought to give to the public service. Accordingly, instructions were issued by the ministers of each department that such Catholic civil servants should have full liberty as above set out on such days. A reading, however, of the last reference of Sir Robert Borden to the subject on page 4262 would indicate a possible interpretation that not only should the above privileges be granted but that the entire days should be observed as holidays in the civil service in Ottawa. In view of the fact that the assurance given may have been so understood and accepted, instructions are being issued that, while the law in this regard stands as it does, it be so carried out.

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Paul-Arthur Séguin

Laurier Liberal

Mr. SEGUIN:

Is it the intention of the Government, in future, to exempt Catholic employees from work on religious holidays, specially All Saints' Day, Immaculate Conception and Epiphany?

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UNION

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

Unionist

Right Hon. ARTHUR MEIGHEN:

This question is answered by the answer given to question No. 1 on to-day's Order Paper.

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CANADIAN GOVERNMENT MERCHANT MARINE

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Mr. DUFF:

Laurier Liberal

1. What are the names of the steamers of the Canadian Government Marine which were in commission up to December 31, 1920?

2. Where were said ships built and where registered up to and including said date?

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UNION

Charles Colquhoun Ballantyne (Minister of Marine and Fisheries; Minister of the Naval Service)

Unionist

Hon. Mr. BALLANTYNE:

In answer to questions 1 and 2, a list is attached:

Steamers of Canadian Government Merchant

Marine in Commission up to December 31,

1920.

Name of Steamer-Where Built-Where Registered :

Canadian Adventurer, Port Arthur, Ont., Montreal, Que.

Canadian Aviator, North Vancouver, B.C., Montreal, Que.

Canadian Beaver, Collingwood, Ont., Montreal, Que.

Canadian Carrier, Port Arthur, Ont., Montreal, Que.

Canadian Conqueror, Montreal, Que., Montreal, Que.

Canadian Exporter, Vancouver, B.C., Montreal, Que.

Canadian Farmer, Collingwood, Ont., Montreal, Que.

Canadian Gunner, Collingwood, Ont., Montreal, Que.

Canadian Highlander, North Vancouver, B.C., Montreal, Que.

Canadian Hunter, Lauzon, Levis, Que., Montreal, Que.

Importer, Vancouver, B.C., Mont-

Inventor, Vancouver, B.C., Mont-

Mariner, Halifax, N.S., Montreal,

Miller, Montreal, Que., Montreal,

Miner, Trenton, N.S., Montreal,

Navigator, Montreal, Que., Mont-

Observer, Collingwood, Ont., Mont-

Otter, Welland, Ont., Montreal,

Pioneer, Montreal, Que., Montreal,

Planter, Montreal, Que., Montreal,

Prospector, Vancouver, B.C., Mont-

Raider, North Vancouver, B.C., Montreal, Que.

Rancher, Three Rivers, Que., Mont-Ranger, Montreal, Que., Montreal, Recruit, Collingwood, Ont., MontRover, Collingwood, Ont., Montreal, Runner, Port Arthur, Ont., Mont-Sailor, Port Arthur, Ont., Mont-Sapper, Trenton, N.S., Montreal, Sealer, Trenton, N.S., Montreal, Seigneur, Montreal, Que., Mont-Settler, Three Rivers, Que., Mont-Signaller, Collingwood, Ont., Mont-Sower, Port Arthur, Ont., Mont-Spinner, Montreal, Que., Montreal, Squatter, Welland, Ont., Montreal, Trader, Port Arthur Ont., Mont-Trapper, Lauzon, Levis, Que., Mont-

Trooper, North Vancouver, B.C., Montreal, Que.

Canadian Victor, Montreal, Que., Montreal, Que.

Canadian Volunteer, North Vancouver, B.C, Montreal, Que.

Canadian Voyageur, Montreal, Que., Montreal, Que.

Canadian Warrior, Collingwood, Ont., Montreal, Que.

Canadian Winner, Victoria, B.C., Montreal, Que.

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PAYMENTS TO JUSTICES RIDDELL AND LATCHFORD

UNION

Mr. CLARK (Bruce):

Unionist

1. Has the attention of the Government been called to the evidence given by Mr. R. T. Harding before a committee of the Ontario Legislature that he hdb personally paid out of public funds the sum of $2,000 each to Justices Riddell and Latchford, acting as commissioners in a

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public inquiry in which the said Mr. Harding appeared as prosecuting counsel?

2. Is the acceptance by these two judges of this or any payment for acting as commisioners in contravention of Section 12 of the Judges Act as amended in 1920?

3. If so, what action, if any, does the Government intend to take in the matter?

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UNION

Right Hon. Mr. DOHERTY: (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Unionist

1. No.

2. Section 12 reads as follows:

(1) No judge shall receive any remuneration in addition to his judicial salary for acting as' administrator or deputy of the Governor General, or for any duty or service, whether judicial or executive, which he may hereafter be required- to perform for or on behalf of the Government of Canada or the Government of any province thereof. Provided that this section shall not affect the right of any judge under the provisions of any statute, Dominion or provincial, now in force.

(2) Every judge who may be nominated for the purpose by the Governor in Council or the Lieutenant Governor in Council shall execute without additional renumeration any commission or inquiry for which he may be appointed as commissioner under any authority in that behalf exercisable by the Governor in Council or the Lieutenant Governor in Council, including the discharge of the duty of arbitrator in any case in which he may be named to act by the competent authority. Provided, however, that any such judge while acting as commissioner or arbitrator at the nomination of the Governor in Council shall be entitled to his moving or transportation expenses and living allowance at the rate and upon the conditions provided by section eighteen of this Act, and such judge when employed under the authority of the Lieutenant Governor in Council may be paid by the Lieutenant Governor in Council his moving or transportation expenses and a living allowance not exceeding the amount he would be entitled to under the said section eighteen.

The question is a mixed one of fact and law. The Government is not in possession of the facts, and it is not the practice to answer, nor can the Government take upon itself the function of answering, questions of law.

3. Answered by 1 and 2.

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TOBACCO GROWING

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Mr. GERVAIS:

Laurier Liberal

1. Have the reports respecting tobacco growing been published in detail in the monthly Bulletin, January 1921, for the province of Ontario and not for the province of Quebec?

2. If so, why the discrimination?

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Right Hon. Sir GEORGE FOSTER:

1. The area and yield of tobacco in 1920 in the province of Ontario are given in the Monthly Bulletin of Agricultural Statistics for January, 1921, by countries and townships, for each variety of tobacco. For the province of Quebec the area and yield is given for the province as a whole and are not distinguished according to varieties.

2. The estimates for the province of Ontario are as furnished to the Dominion Bureau of Statistics by the Tobacco Division of the Central Experimental Farm. For the province of Quebec the area and yield are as estimated jointly by the Dominion Bureau and Quebec Bureau of Statistics and details by countries and municipalities are not available. The Census of 1921 will collect statistics in greater detail.

Mr. THOMAS CANTLEY

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April 4, 1921