April 27, 1923

LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING:

I think I can assure my hon. friend it will not be before Thursday; possibly on Thursday, but I do not wish to be too precise.

Topic:   THE BUDGET
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GRAIN COMMISSION INQUIRY


On the Orders of the Day:


CON

Robert James Manion

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MANION:

I would like to ask the Minister of Trade and Commerce as to a despatch I notice in one of the journals at the head of the lakes wherein the statement is made

that the Board of Grain Commissioners are at the head of the lakes to make a thorough investigation into the grain screenings question. Has the department given orders for a thorough investigation of the screenings question? I have not heard of it.

Topic:   GRAIN COMMISSION INQUIRY
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LIB

James Alexander Robb (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Mr. ROBB:

I have not read the despatch to which my hon. friend refers, but that will be one of the subjects submitted to the proposed Royal Grain Commission for investigation.

Topic:   GRAIN COMMISSION INQUIRY
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CON

Robert James Manion

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MANION:

I just mentioned it because it was stated positively that the Grain Commission was there for that purpose. That is why I asked that question.

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

May I ask what is the cause of delay in appointing that commission and, when the government expects to be able to surmount the obstacles in the way of its appointment?

Topic:   GRAIN COMMISSION INQUIRY
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LIB

James Alexander Robb (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Mr. ROBB:

We hope to make the appointments and to make an announcement to the House ivithin a very few days.

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IMPERIAL SOLDIER DEPORTED


On the Orders of the Day:


PRO

John Evans

Progressive

Mr. JOHN EVANS (Saskatoon):

I wish to bring to the notice of the government a case of inhuman treatment meted out to a British soldier who came to this country in 1&22 but was deported as a common criminal because he contracted tuberculosis last March. The man was so ill with tuberculosis in a hospital at Saskatoon that the army authorities refused to be responsible for his upkeep anj' longer, and on the recommendation of the two army doctors there, Dr. Creighton and Dr. Walker, as well as the medical health officer of the city, he was advised to go home to die. He was advised to let the army authorities take him back to Wales, his native place. The following is an extract from his letter written to a friend in Saskatoon.

Topic:   IMPERIAL SOLDIER DEPORTED
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LIB

George Newcombe Gordon (Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. DEPUTY SPEAKER:

I would point out to the hon. member that while he may draw the attention of a minister of the Crown to some matter of urgent public importance, he is hardly in order in reading a letter from some person with regard to this matter.

Topic:   IMPERIAL SOLDIER DEPORTED
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PRO

John Evans

Progressive

Mr. EVANS:

I just wish to give a short extract. He says that he received good treatment at Winnipeg, but on arrival at Montreal after an uneventful journey he was taken to the immigration office. In the hallway there, he says, was a table at which was seated a fellow who told him to take off his overcoat.

French Treaty

This he took from him, and conducted him upstairs to a room that was nothing more than a cell, with two single beds in it, one of which was occupied by a Chinaman suffering from tuberculosis as well as a most loathsome skin disease, in all probability leprosy, he says. He determined to spend the night-

Topic:   IMPERIAL SOLDIER DEPORTED
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LIB

George Newcombe Gordon (Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. DEPUTY SPEAKER:

Order. I

must call to the hon. member's attention that he is not in order in the address he is giving to the House on this matter. If he desires to draw the facts briefly to the attention of the minister of the Crown or to ask a question on a matter of urgent public importance he may do so, but an explanation in detail such as he is giving now is not in order.

Topic:   IMPERIAL SOLDIER DEPORTED
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PRO

John Evans

Progressive

Mr. EVANS:

I would ask the government if they are aware of such inhuman treatment being meted out to a class of men who have done nothing worse than facing death in the trenches for the Empire to which we belong.

Topic:   IMPERIAL SOLDIER DEPORTED
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LIB

Henri Sévérin Béland (Minister of Soldiers' Civil Re-establishment; Minister presiding over the Department of Health)

Liberal

Mr. BELAND:

I did not catch every word of the statement made by my hon. friend. I do not quite know whether he refers to a Canadian soldier or an ex-imperial.

Topic:   IMPERIAL SOLDIER DEPORTED
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PRO
LIB

Henri Sévérin Béland (Minister of Soldiers' Civil Re-establishment; Minister presiding over the Department of Health)

Liberal

Mr. BELAND:

Then it is a question of immigration entirely, not a question of treatment by the soldiers' department, is it? It is a question of deportation?

Topic:   IMPERIAL SOLDIER DEPORTED
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PRO
LIB

Henri Sévérin Béland (Minister of Soldiers' Civil Re-establishment; Minister presiding over the Department of Health)

Liberal

Mr. BELAND:

That does not come within this department.

Topic:   IMPERIAL SOLDIER DEPORTED
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April 27, 1923