May 11, 1931

LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

The opposition is not a factor in these cases.

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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:

Oh, yes, as to when parliament prorogues. It is quite evident, Mr. Speaker, that the date of the prorogation of parliament will determine whether or not the constituencies are represented, having regard to the provisions of the statute; and as to when parliament will prorogue, no government can say.

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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

I can promise my right hon. friend that if he has the writs issued immediately and brings down a satisfactory budget, we will try to accommodate him.

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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 questions have been answered. The two "ifs" which the hon. gentleman used entirely explain the situation.

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AUSTRALIAN TREATY


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Ian Alistair Mackenzie

Liberal

Hon. IAN MACKENZIE (Vancouver Centre):

May I ask the Minister of Trade and Commerce (Mr. Stevens) if it is true that a bill based upon the proposed new Australian treaty has already received its first reading in the Australian parliament?

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CON

Henry Herbert Stevens (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. H. H. STEVENS (Minister of Trade and Commerce):

All matters pertaining to the Australian treaty must rest in abeyance until, by the consent of both governments the matter can be properly placed before both parliaments.

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ESSEX TERMINAL RAILWAY COMPANY


The house in committee on Bill No. 23, respecting the Essex Terminal Railway Company-Mr. Robinson-Mr LaVergne in the chair. Section one agreed to. On section 2-limitation of time for commencement and completion. Questions


UFA

Henry Elvins Spencer

United Farmers of Alberta

Mr. SPENCER:

As this company already has had twelve extensions I would ask why construction has not already been started?

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CON

Sidney Cecil Robinson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. ROBINSON:

My reply would be that construction will take place as soon as the Ojibway plant goes ahead. At the present time they have a wire loom and bin plate mill, I believe the tin plate mill is the first of its kind in Canada. When these two plants are running to capacity they employ about 500 men. For the past nine years there have been seven blast furnaces erected, and when conditions warrant work will be commenced. I may add that the construction of this road would prevent traffic through the Windsor and Sandwich section. If Ojibway does not go ahead there will be no cause to build the road.

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UFA

Henry Elvins Spencer

United Farmers of Alberta

Mr. SPENCER:

The hon. member has not answered my question. I want to know why the railway was not previously built, considering the fact that the first extension was asked for in 1902, and since that date there have been eleven granted.

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CON

Sidney Cecil Robinson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. ROBINSON:

My hon. friend will know that the steel industry in Canada has not been what we had hoped for, and owing to the war this construction has been delayed. As I say the road will not be constructed unless the program continues in Ojibway.

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LIB

Jean-François Pouliot

Liberal

Mr. POULIOT:

They had plenty of time to prepare for the manufacture-

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CON

Sidney Cecil Robinson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. ROBINSON:

What is the use of building a road if there is nothing for dt to do.

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LIB

Jean-François Pouliot

Liberal

Mr. POULIOT:

They had enough time for the manufacture of armour plate. Is this an independent company or is it a subsidiary of the Canadian National Railway or the Canadian Pacific Railway?

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CON

Sidney Cecil Robinson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. ROBINSON:

It is neither. The Essex Terminal Railway is an independent road, but the Canadian Steel Corporation are stockholders in the company.

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LIB
CON

Sidney Cecil Robinson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. ROBINSON:

Yes.

Bill reported, read the third time and passed.

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May 11, 1931