March 8, 1932

RECIPROCAL TRADE PREFERENCES


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Thomas McMillan

Liberal

Mr. THOMAS McMILLAN (South Huron):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask the Prime Minister a question based on the following press report from Sarnia, dated March 4:

Great things were expected of the economic conference, declared Colonel Sutherland. But it should be understood at the outset that Canada must give as well as receive. If Great Britain gave Canada preferences; she in turn would expect to receive preferences enabling her business men to transact business with this country.

CJ\f.R. Branch Lines

I should like to ask the Prime Minister if the Minister of National Defence (Mr. Sutherland) will be rid out of the party for uttering such heretical political doctrines, or will the Prime Minister himself be compelled to eat leeks-

Topic:   IMPERIAL ECONOMIC CONFERENCE
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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Order.

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LIB

Thomas McMillan

Liberal

Mr. McMILLAN (South Huron):

-as a paregoric to enable him to make such a complete somersault in fiscal viewpoint as will allow him to face the approaching Imperial economic conference on sound economic lines?

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CON

Pierre Édouard Blondin (Speaker of the Senate)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPEAKER:

The hon. member has read a document which does not constitute a question.

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LIB

Thomas McMillan

Liberal

Mr. McMILLAN (South Huron):

Certainly, it is a question addressed to the Prime Minister.

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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Order.

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SEED AND FEED RELIEF

DISTRIBUTION THROUGHOUT MUNICIPALITIES IN MANITOBA


On the orders of the day:


LIB-PRO

William Gilbert Weir

Liberal Progressive

Mr. W. G. WEIR (Macdonald):

Mr. Speaker, before the orders of the day are called I should like to direct a question to the government based on a telegram I have in my hand:

Distribution of seed grain through municipalities in Manitoba will burden financial resources of said municipalities far beyond their ability to undertake. Strongly urge that you use your best endeavours to have Dominion government undertake finance one-third of freight charges and assume one-third of any losses by municipalities resulting through distribution of seed grain. Provincial government has already undertaken to assume one-third in both instances.

John Bracken.

Is the government prepared to advise the house as to what action, if any, has been taken in this regard; and if no action has been taken, is the government in a position to state what its policy will be in this respect?

Topic:   SEED AND FEED RELIEF
Subtopic:   DISTRIBUTION THROUGHOUT MUNICIPALITIES IN MANITOBA
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CON

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

Conservative (1867-1942)

Right Hon. R. B. BENNETT (Prime Minister) :

There will be a statement made this

afternoon, Mr. Speaker.

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CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS

NORTH BATTLEFORD-ST. WALBURG-BONNYVTLLE BRANCH LINE RAILWAY


On the orders of the day: Mr. CAMERON R. McINTOSH (North Rattleford): Regarding the North Battleford-St. Walburg-Bonnyville branch line railway, Mr. Speaker-


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An hon. MEMBER:

Another railway line

to Timbuctoo?

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LIB

Cameron Ross McIntosh

Liberal

Mr. McINTOSH:

No, nor to Honolulumay I ask the Minister of Railways and Canals (Mr. Manion) if he is aware of the existing railway situation in northwestern Saskatchewan :

1. That orders have been issued to the contractors instructing them to stop work.

2. That cancellation of grading contract has taken place.

3. That there are at least 100,000 bushels of wheat in the districts affected that will have to be hauled over often impossible roads to the nearest railway point, fifty and sixty miles distant.

4. That hundreds of settlers for the last two years trekked into these districts from the dried-out and near dried-out areas southward on the understanding that railway construction would be undertaken forthwith.

5. That a great deal of hardship will be endured and increased direct relief required this year if the government decides the cancellation order must stand.

6. That by withdrawing the large amount of equipment from the district at heavy cost the expenditure involved would go a long way to grading the remaining thirty-five miles of road and completing the sixty-nine miles ready for the steel at slight cost?

And if he is, in view of all the circumstances submitted, will the minister seriously reconsider the whole question with a view to giving these far northern settlers the railway accommodation which is their just due?

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CON

Robert James Manion (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. R. J. MANION (Minister of Railways and Canals):

According to my information, Mr. Speaker, there has been no change in the situation on that branch line this year as compared with last year. Last year the railway company notified the contractors that they were not going on with the work beyond a certain expenditure. The attitude this year is exactly the same as it was last year; there has been no further cancellation according to the information given me. This branch line is in exactly the same position as other branch lines throughout the western provinces; due to decreased earnings the management feel they can allow construction to stand in abeyance until financial conditions become better. I shall look at the question to-morrow, and if a further reply is required I will give it to my hon. friend.

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
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LIB

Cameron Ross McIntosh

Liberal

Mr. McINTOSH:

May I remind the hon. minister that last year he did reconsider the problem and very kindly brought forward an

Unemployment Continuance Act

appropriation for more work. The settlers, I have no doubt, would be pleased if he would do the same thing this year.

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Subtopic:   NORTH BATTLEFORD-ST. WALBURG-BONNYVTLLE BRANCH LINE RAILWAY
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March 8, 1932