March 31, 1931

CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; Minister of Finance and Receiver General; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

Mr. Chairman, I have explained to my right hon. friend that there are no such documents or communications, at least upon the public files. I was permitted to read a letter written by Senator Robertson to the Hon. Charles McCrea. It was a personal letter in answer to a personal and confidential communication. I cannot give to the house the information contained in that letter. As it makes no commitment so far as the government is concerned, and was a personal communication, obviously I cannot communicate its contents to the house.

Royal Assent

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William Lyon Mackenzie King (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

My question was whether or not the minister had given an assurance to anybody, not merely a written communication, but an assurance that certain of these papers or any one of them would receive special consideration.

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Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; Minister of Finance and Receiver General; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

So far as I know the answer must be in the negative. As I intimated to my right hon. friend however that construction might be placed upon a personal communication. Obviously I was permitted to read the letter only as a personal communication between two gentlemen one of whom is not a member of this house and so far as I know is not connected with any newspaper.

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William Lyon Mackenzie King (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

My right hon. friend has referred to communications. I should like to know whether an assurance was given to anybody on behalf of a paper. Assurances can be given by a minister verbally as well as in writing.

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Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; Minister of Finance and Receiver General; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

I am sure that he did not. Mr. MACKENZIE KING: All right. Then I asked for some information in regard to printing.

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Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; Minister of Finance and Receiver General; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

I have that information before me. Officials of the Post Office Department state the only printing that was done was done through the King's Printer and not otherwise, and the only direct contract for printing was made with the King's Printer. The King's Printer, referring to the inquiry made by the right hon. gentleman, states in a memorandum which I have before me that the only printing order for the Post Office Department placed by or for the King's Printer with a London firm during the fiscal year 1930-31 was an order made under date of July 9, 1930, to Lawson and Jones, Limited, London, Ontario, for 274,500 arrow stickers, in English and French, for the mail service branch. This was a lithographic job. The work was duly executed and the account for $137.25 was approved and paid by cheque No. 3551 under date of August 29, 1930. So far as the records show that is the only evidence of any printing done in London, Ontario, which found its way to the Post Office Department.

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Section agreed to. On the schedule.


CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; Minister of Finance and Receiver General; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

The schedule has been amended, Mr. Chairman, by deleting certain words.

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CON

Armand Renaud La Vergne (Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole of the House of Commons)

Conservative (1867-1942)

The CHAIRMAN:

Yes.

Schedule as amended agreed to.

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Preamble agreed to. Bill reported, read the third time and passed.


CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; Minister of Finance and Receiver General; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

At this moment I should like to avail myself of the opportunity of thanking hon. gentlemen opposite for having by consent permitted the passing of the supply bill. We were entirely in the hands of hon. gentlemen opposite and they have enabled us to proceed with as little difficulty as possible, having regard to the circumstances.

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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

Mr. Speaker, I thank the Prime Minister for his generous remarks and also wish him a pleasant Easter vacation.

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ROYAL ASSENT


A message was delivered by Major A. R. Thompson, Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod as follows: Mr. Speaker, His Honour, the deputy of His Excellency the Administrator, desires the immediate attendance of this honourable house in the chamber of the honourable the Senate. Accordingly the house went up to the Senate. And having returned Mr. SPEAKER informed the house that the deputy of His Excellency the Administrator had been pleased to give in His Majesty's name the royal assent to the following bill: An act for granting to His Majesty certain sums of money for the public service for the financial year ending the 31st March, 1931. On motion of Mr. Bennett the house adjourned at 4.15 p.m., Monday, April 13, 1931


March 31, 1931