April 12, 1927

LIB

Hewitt Bostock (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Shall the hon. gentleman have leave to withdraw his motion?

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   MOTION RESPECTING PRIVATE BILLS
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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Carried.

Motion withdrawn.

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Subtopic:   MOTION RESPECTING PRIVATE BILLS
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PRIVATE BILLS

MOTION FOR THIRD READINGS

LIB

Alexander MacGillivray Young

Liberal

Mr. A. M. YOUNG (Saskatoon) moved:

That Bills No. 308, 309, 310, 311, 312, 313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 318, 319, 320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 326, 327, 328, 329, 330, 331, 332, 333, 334, 335, being unopposed divorce bills which have been reported by the select standing committee on miscellaneous private bills be now read the third time, and that rule 28 be suspended in relation thereto.

Motion agreed to on division.

Topic:   PRIVATE BILLS
Subtopic:   MOTION FOR THIRD READINGS
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ALLIED INDIAN TRIBES OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

LIB

Louis-Simon-René Morin

Liberal

Mr. L. S. R. MORIN (St. Hyacinthe-Rouville) moved:

That the second and final report of the special committee appointed to inquire into the claims of the allied Indian tribes of British Columbia, as set forth in their petition of June 1926, be concurred in.

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Motion agreed to.


RAILWAY ACT AMENDMENT

INVESTIGATION OF SUBSIDIARY OF TELEPHONE OR TELEGRAPH COMPANIES


Mr. G. R. GEARY (South Toronto) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 336, to amend the Railway Act, 1919 (investigation of subsidiary of telephone or telegraph companies).


LIB

Charles Avery Dunning (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Mr. DUNNING:

Explain.

Topic:   RAILWAY ACT AMENDMENT
Subtopic:   INVESTIGATION OF SUBSIDIARY OF TELEPHONE OR TELEGRAPH COMPANIES
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CON

George Reginald Geary

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GEARY:

Mr. Speaker, this is a bill to extend the jurisdiction of the Dominion Board of Railway Commissioners. There are companies, one of which is in my mind, having to do with telephones and telegraphs, under the jurisdiction of the board. These companies may have their affairs investigated by the board with a view to ascertaining their profits, or what return it is fair to allow them by way of price they charge the consumer of their product.

Such oompany may have a great part of its business in the hands of a subsidiary company, which company-as in the case in my mind- is controlled by the company under the jurisdiction of the board and feeds on the parent company by virtue of having practically a monopoly in the sale of the products required by the parent company. That subsidiary company may, and in the case I have in mind does, make tremendous profits. With the parent company it does upwards of twelve or thirteen million dollars' worth Of business out of a total turnover of twenty million dollars. The purpose of the bill is to enable the Board of Railway Commissioners to ascertain whether profits made by the subsidiary company should be paid in the form of dividends to the parent company instead of their being put away into reserve or dealt with in such a way as to be concealed. If the profits were turned over to the parent company they would to that extent relieve the consumer of the product.

Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.

Chief Electoral Officer

Topic:   RAILWAY ACT AMENDMENT
Subtopic:   INVESTIGATION OF SUBSIDIARY OF TELEPHONE OR TELEGRAPH COMPANIES
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LETHBRIDGE MINE WORKERS


On the Orders of the Day:


CON

Hugh Guthrie (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. HUGH GUTHRIE (Leader of the Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, I would caJll the

attention of the hon. Minister of Mines (Mr. Stewart) to a situation that seems to have arisen at Lethbridge, Alberta, according to a telegram which I have just received. It reads as follows:

Resolution passed joint meeting sub district board miners union and coal committee board of trade, Lethbridge, whereas mines in this district practically shut down and other employment impossible for miners resolved that we press federal government to take immediate steps relieve situation. Wider markets essential. We urge that railway commission cost report be brought in at once.

Jas. Sloan,

Sub district board member.

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ITALIAN IMMIGRATION


On the Orders of the Day:


LAB

James Shaver Woodsworth

Labour

Mr. J. S. W OODS WORTH (Winnipeg North Centre):

May I ask the Minister of

Immigration (Mr. Forke) whether there is any agreement between the Canadian government and the Italian government with regard to the bringing out of Italian labourers?

Topic:   ITALIAN IMMIGRATION
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LIB-PRO

Robert Forke (Minister of Immigration and Colonization)

Liberal Progressive

Hon. ROBERT FORKE (Minister of Immigration) :

I do not think there is any

agreement whatever between the Italian government and the Canadian railways. ,

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April 12, 1927