July 27, 1931

CON

Pierre Édouard Blondin (Speaker of the Senate)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPEAKER:

Motion stands.

Topic:   MOTIONS FOR PAPERS
Subtopic:   WESTERN CLOCK COMPANY LIMITED
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RAILWAY POSSIBILITIES-GASPESIA

LIB

Charles Marcil

Liberal

Mr. MARCIL (for Mr. Larue):

For a copy of the report of Mr. S. A. Desmeules, civil engineer, regarding the possibility of building a railroad in the inland part of Gaspesia.

Topic:   RAILWAY POSSIBILITIES-GASPESIA
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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:

As the hon. gentleman is absent, this motion had better stand. It involves an interdepartmental report regarding matters that have not yet been acted upon.

Motion stands.

Topic:   RAILWAY POSSIBILITIES-GASPESIA
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TEMISCOUATA RAILWAY

LIB

Jean-François Pouliot

Liberal

Mr. POULIOT:

For a copy of all correspondence exchanged between the Board of Railway Commissioners, the Temiseouata Railway Company and any person or persons, including telegrams, notices, minutes of meetings, reports, requests and orders in connection with the curtailing of trains of the Temiseouata railway on or about July 20, 1931.

Farm and Unemployment Relief

Topic:   TEMISCOUATA RAILWAY
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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 Board of Railway

Commissioners for Canada is a court of record and this motion is similar to any motion that might be asked for a return with respect to the Supreme Court of Canada. We have no jurisdiction and I suggest that the motion be dropped.

Topic:   TEMISCOUATA RAILWAY
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LIB

Jean-François Pouliot

Liberal

Mr. POULIOT:

Would the Minister of

Railways (Mr. Manion) have any objection if I asked the board to show me their records?

Topic:   TEMISCOUATA RAILWAY
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CON
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:

We have no control over the board.

Topic:   TEMISCOUATA RAILWAY
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CON

Pierre Édouard Blondin (Speaker of the Senate)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPEAKER:

The resolution being improper, it will be stricken from the order paper.

Motion dropped.

Topic:   TEMISCOUATA RAILWAY
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FARM AND UNEMPLOYMENT RELIEF

POWER TO DEAL WITH AGRICULTURAL DISTRESS AND LABOUR SITUATION-MAINTENANCE OF ORDER


Right Hon. R. B. BENNETT (Minister of Finance) moved that the house go into committee at the next sitting, to consider the following proposed resolution: That it is expedient to bring in a measure to confer certain powers upon the governor in council in respect to employment and farm relief; and for the maintenance of peace, order and good government in all parts of Canada; and to authorize the governor in council to expend for the said purposes out of the consolidated revenue fund such sums as may from time to time be necessary. He said: His Excellency the Governor General, having been made acquainted with the subject matter of this resolution, recommends it to the favourable consideration of the house.


LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Leader of the Opposition):

Mr. Speaker,

although this motion is not debatable at this stage, I should like to ask a question concerning its wording. It appears to be ambiguous in a certain particular. The motion reads:

Resolved, That it is expedient to bring in a measure to confer certain powers upon the governor in council in respect to employment and farm relief;

Does that mean unemployment relief and farm relief or does it mean in respect to employment and in respect to farm relief? I understood that the measure was to be in respect of the relief of unemployment and the relief of distress in rural districts. As it is now worded it would mean that the government is putting forward a principle of obligation on the government to furnish employment rather than to provide unemployment relief.

Topic:   FARM AND UNEMPLOYMENT RELIEF
Subtopic:   POWER TO DEAL WITH AGRICULTURAL DISTRESS AND LABOUR SITUATION-MAINTENANCE OF ORDER
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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:

Mr. Speaker, I do not

think the resolution is ambiguous in the sense in which my right hon. friend suggests. If there is any doubt the word "unemployment" can be used.

Topic:   FARM AND UNEMPLOYMENT RELIEF
Subtopic:   POWER TO DEAL WITH AGRICULTURAL DISTRESS AND LABOUR SITUATION-MAINTENANCE OF ORDER
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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

That is the

only point I was making.

Topic:   FARM AND UNEMPLOYMENT RELIEF
Subtopic:   POWER TO DEAL WITH AGRICULTURAL DISTRESS AND LABOUR SITUATION-MAINTENANCE OF ORDER
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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:

With the consent of the house I move to add the prefix "un" before the word "employment."

Motion as amended agreed to.

Topic:   FARM AND UNEMPLOYMENT RELIEF
Subtopic:   POWER TO DEAL WITH AGRICULTURAL DISTRESS AND LABOUR SITUATION-MAINTENANCE OF ORDER
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THE GOVERNOR GENERAL


On the orders of the day:


July 27, 1931