July 16, 1924

PRO

Thomas Wakem Caldwell

Progressive

Mr. CALDWELL:

No; but if there is a

minority report rendered by one board and not by the other there will be trouble. I am not in favour of a minority report being rendered, but this provides that the Appeal Board must render a minority report. Personally I should like to see subsection (b) cut out of section 17, because the decision must be made by the majority of the board, and the publication of a minority report will only cause contention. Therefore I move that subsection (b) of section 17 be stricken out.

Redistribution

Senate be read a first and second time and referred to the select standing committee on

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CON

Arthur Edward Ross

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. ROSS (Kingston):

In the opinion of

the special committee the information which might be contained in the minority report would be very useful. The Pension Board may use the minority report in refusing to grant compensation, and a number of cases were submitted to us in which the minority report had been dug out from some place and used to the disadvantage of the applicant. We thought it would be advisable that such minority reports should be rendered and be incorporated as part of the record.

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PRO

Thomas Wakem Caldwell

Progressive

Mr. CALDWELL:

In view of the fact that the Appeal Board must give the medical classification of the injuries causing disability as set out in these other subsections, do you not think that the reasons for their decision wi 1 be fully set out in the judgment? On the other hand, the minority report would be merely a bald verdict. I think subsection (b) would cause dissatisfaction.

Amendment (Mr. Caldwell) agreed to.

Section as amended agreed to.

On schedule B.

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CON

Arthur Edward Ross

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. ROSS (Kingston):

I have referred on

two occasions, once in the House and again before the special committee, to a regulation which concerns ex-service men during treatment in hospital. If disability arises from a surgical operation during treatment the man is not entitled to compensation. I gave one case in particular which I think the House was in sympathy with and agreed that the regulation should be withdrawn. Has the minister given any consideration to its withdrawal ?

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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 will give consideration to

that aspect of the regulation. I may point out to the committee that the performance of such an operation is only with the full consent of the man undergoing treatment. He may profit by it; he may suffer by it; but he is never forced to undergo the operation when it is for a disability which has nothing to do with war service.

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CON

Arthur Edward Ross

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. ROSS (Kingston):

It is very difficult

for the service man to prove that he did not give his consent. I should like to see him placed under the meritorious clause.

Schedule B agreed to.

Bill reported, read the third time and passed.

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PRIVATE BILLS

LIB

William Manley German

Liberal

Mr. W. M. GERMAN (Welland):

I beg

t,, move that the following bills from the

Miscellaneous Private Bills, and that rule 103 be suspended in reference thereto:

Bill No. 260 (W6 of the Senate), intituled: "An Act for the relief of Elgin Caughey".

Bill No. 261 (X6 of the Senate), intituled: "An Act for the relief of Alma Ducharme Mullins."

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Motion agreed to.


REDISTRIBUTION


The House resumed from July 15 consideration in committee of Bill No. 2 to readjust the representation in the House of Commons -Right lion. Mr. Mackenzie King-Mr. Gordon in the chair.


LIB

Edward Mortimer Macdonald (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. MACDONALD (Pictou):

Mr. Chairman. there is a typographical error in the description of High Park constituency, which was formerly described as Humber-Vale. I would like the consent of the committee to return to that constituency, page 6, to enable me to move to strike out the words-

-"and Bloor street to the intersection of the line of the Canadian National Railway leading northwest from the said city, thence following the said line."

-in the sixth, seventh and eighth lines of the description and to substitute therefor the words "Bloor street and Lansdowne avenue."

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Amendment agreed to.


LIB

William Richard Motherwell (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. MOTHERWELL:

If I may have the

consent of the committee to return to the Saskatchewan schedule, I have discussed with the members concerned the question of amending a clerical error and they agree that the change should be made. I move that in the last line of the description of Melville constituency, page 41, the following words be struck out: "together with the whole of the Pasqua Indian Reserve."

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CON

Hugh Alexander Stewart

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STEWART (Leeds):

I suggest to the

committee and particularly to the chairman of the special committee that the Chief Electoral Officer be requested to plot these constituencies on a map in order that all the areas included may be shown. The amendment just proposed seems to be all right, but some other descriptions may not be exactly correct and difficulty might be caused if they were not adjusted. By adopting this suggestion the different areas may be checked up and there would perhaps be time to make any necessary changes before the next election, at the next session of parliament.

Redistribution

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LIB

Edward Mortimer Macdonald (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mt. MACDONALD (Pictou):

I shall be

very glad indeed to take up with the Chief Electoral Officer the matter referred to by my hon. friend. He advises me, however, that a great deal of care has been taken with the whole matter and that he does not think any substantial error will be found.

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Amendment agreed to.


LIB

William Richard Motherwell (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. MOTHERWELL:

Following upon

that last amendment, I would move that No. 14. on page 42, Qu'Appelle, be amended by adding at the end thereof, after the figures 80 in the last line, the words "together with the whole of the Pasqua Indian Reserve". Amendment agreed to.

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LIB

Edward Mortimer Macdonald (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. MACDONALD (Pictou):

Page 27,

Mova Scotia.

Antigonish-Guysborough:

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LIB

William Duff

Liberal

Mr. DUFF:

I would like to move, seconded by Mr. Robichaud, that the following section be added to this schedule:

Provided that if the British North America Act 1867 should be amended by the parliament of the United Kingdom, before the taking effect of this act so as to provide that there should be no reduction in the representation of the provinces of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, respectively, there shall be immediately upon the act of the parliament of the United Kingdom amending the said British North America Act 1867 to that effect coming into force in the province of Nova Scotia sixteen electoral districts, and the electoral districts of the province of Nova Scotia shall continue to be constitued and represented in the House of Commons as at present, except in the following particulars:-

1. The electoral district of Cape Breton South shall consist of that part of the county of Cape Breton not included in the electoral districts of Cape Breton North-Victoria and lying north of a line described as commencing in Mirabay and following the Mira river and Mira lake to Marion bridge, the Mira road to its intersection with the Morley road, the said Morley road to its intersection, immediately south of Portage East bay, with the main road between St. Peters and Sydney, the said main road to the intersection of the road leading to East bay and Gildisville and the said road to the waters of East bay.

2. The electoral district of Richmond-West Cape Breton shall consist of the county of Richmond and that part of the county of Cape Breton lying east of East bay and south of the electoral district of Cape Breton South as above described.

This provision, of course, would not come nto effect until agreed to by the parliament of the Lnited Kingdom. It is desirable that Nova. Scotia shall, if possible, retain its present representation. This is not a political matter. All parties in Nova Scotia have always contended that our representation should be what it is to-day, and I trust 10 p.m._ that all sections of the House will vote to have this section added to the Nova Scotia schedule.

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July 16, 1924