April 11, 1935

CON

Robert Weir (Minister of Agriculture)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. WEIR (Melfort):

That is right.

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LIB

Jean-François Pouliot

Liberal

Mr. POULIOT:

I might tell him that this did not occur on the estimates, it was a question asked on the orders of the day.

PRIVILEGE-MR. McKENZIE (Assiniboia)

On the orders of the day:

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LIB

Robert McKenzie

Liberal

Mr. ROBERT McKENZIE (Assiniboia):

Mr. Speaker, on a question of privilege: A

return was tabled yesterday in reply to a request from me for the names of those appointed by the government since they came into oflice at salaries of 85,000 and over, and also the increases in salaries of $500 and over made since July, 1930. The return made is incomplete and inaccurate. The information from the Department of National Defence states that there were no increases in salaries but in this connection I should like to refer to the discussion which took place when the estimates of that department were under consideration. At that time the hon, member for South Perth (Mr. Sanderson) asked if the chief of staff had been given any increase in salary and the minister replied, as reported on page 1547 of Hansard, as follows:

With regard t<5 the chief of the general staff, his salary was increased two years ago from $8,000 to $10,000, less ten per cent.

I should like to know why that information does not appear in the return. In connection with the radio commission, the return gives three appointments which were made at salaries of $5,000 and over but it does

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Privilege-Mr. Woodsworth

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not mention the three commissioners who receive salaries over the amount stated. The return does not mention the appointments made to the Bank of Canada. If the information appearing in the press is correct the salaries in this case are very much in excess of S5,000. No mention is made of the appointments made to the supreme court or to judgeships throughout the various provinces. I am not blaming the Secretary of State (Mr. Cahan) for the incompleteness of this return but I ask him to endeavour to give the house the accurate information.


CON

Charles Hazlitt Cahan (Secretary of State of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. C. H. CAHAN (Secretary of State):

I will direct the attention of the various departments to the criticism of the hon. gentleman.

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' PRIVILEGE-MR. WOODSWORTH


On the orders of the day:


LAB

James Shaver Woodsworth

Labour

Mr. J. S. WOODSWORTH (Winnipeg North Centre):

Mr. Speaker, on a question

of privilege. Just before I entered the house last Monday the hon. member for Quebec East (Mr. Lapointe) rose to a question of privilege and quoted a speech which I had made in Montreal. I do not think that this should have been introduced as a question of privilege as the statement was not made in the house. However, the statement was put on record and I desire to say now that the newspaper account was very abbreviated and not altogether correct. 'What I had tried to say was that on three recent occasions the Liberals had voted with the government in opposition to certain policies which we in this corner thought fundamental. I gave as one occasion the request of the mayors to address the house and I tried to point out that it was technically a point of order.

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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Order, order.

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LAB

James Shaver Woodsworth

Labour

Mr. WOODSWORTH:

The statement was made and I have the right to set myself right in this matter. The fact is that the mayors were prevented from appearing before the house. The second occasion was the amendment moved by the hon. member for Macleod (Mr. Coote), and the third was on the motion of the hon. member for Wetaskiwin (Mr. Irvine) for the nationalization of not only the central bank but the chartered banks. I do not like to reflect on the newspapers but in this case the report was very abbreviated.

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LIB

Ernest Lapointe

Liberal

Hon. ERNEST LAPOINTE (Quebec East):

I am pleased to accept the apology as far as it goes.

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On the orders of the day:


CON

George Halsey Perley (Minister Without Portfolio)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir GEORGE PERLEY (Acting Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, I intend to put in a

notice of motion to-day which will appear in to-day's votes and proceedings to the effect that when this house adjourns on Wednesday, April 17, it stands adjourned until Monday, May 20, at three p.m. daylight saving time.

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LIB

Ian Alistair Mackenzie

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE (Vancouver):

I protest against this long adjournment as I think it is very unfair to the members from western Canada. It will take them four days to get home and an adjournment on Wednesday evening will prevent them from participating in the Easter exercises. If the house adjourns at all, I think it should adjourn on Saturday evening.

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LIB

Wilfred Hanbury

Liberal

Mr. HANBURY:

I concur entirely in what has just been said by the hon. member for Vancouver Centre (Mr. Mackenzie). It would appear to the members from British Columbia that the only members whose convenience is being considered in connection with this recess are those from Ontario and Quebec. If the members from British Columbia are to have a recess, or as some call it a holiday, they should be given the same consideration as other members. I hope the government will reconsider this motion and let the house sit on Saturday to adjourn on Saturday evening, if they insist on an adjournment at all.

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CON

George Halsey Perley (Minister Without Portfolio)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir GEORGE PERLEY:

I regret that the

hon. gentleman finds some difficulty in connection with this matter. There is before the house sufficient business to occupy us until Wednesday if we are to have as much as possible accomplished before the recess. I suggest to members from British Columbia that they pair with each other. There is no reason why they should not pair on both sides and go home for the holidays.

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April 11, 1935