May 11, 1939

CON

Charles Hazlitt Cahan

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CAHAN:

Oh well, that is ridiculous.

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Charles Gavan Power (Minister of Pensions and National Health)

Liberal

Mr. POWER:

I heard my hon. friend's

speech. Every hon. member in this chamber heard it. He said, "If the law does not provide constables for me"-and, by the way, the law does, in cases of disorder.

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CON

Charles Hazlitt Cahan

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CAHAN:

Only one.

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LIB

Charles Gavan Power (Minister of Pensions and National Health)

Liberal

Mr. POWER:

Well, one good constable

ought to be as useful as the whole army of my hon. friend in so far as the nonpartisanship of the election is concerned.

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CON

Charles Hazlitt Cahan

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CAHAN:

It is ridiculous to talk about an "army."

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LIB

Charles Gavan Power (Minister of Pensions and National Health)

Liberal

Mr. POWER:

My hon. friend said that

he wished to employ people to protect his interests at the poll. I do not blame him. But why does he not do like other candidates? There are other candidates in the city of

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Montreal. There are others in every city of Canada. Surely all the crooks and thugs do not flock in to St. Lawrence-St. George just because it is St. Lawrence-St. George.

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CON

Charles Hazlitt Cahan

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CAHAN:

It looks as though a great many did.

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LIB

Charles Gavan Power (Minister of Pensions and National Health)

Liberal

Mr. POWER:

As described by my hon. friend, the land of Canaan is not a land of milk and honey but a land of strife and discord and of gall and vinegar. My hon. friend's associate in politics, the hon. member for St. Antoine-Westmount (Mr. White) has never complained that his electors are apt to run wild, that they will stuff the ballots against him, that they will telegraph votes, that they will commit all kinds of illegalities. I think perhaps my hon. friend from St. Antoine-Westmount relies more on the love and affection which his fellow-citizens have for him, and he is right. I do not suppose there is anyone in this house, certainly none of the women and I am sure hardly any of the men, who if they had the right to vote in St. Antoine-Westmount, would not hesitate a long time before casting a vote against my hon. friend.

Another neighbour of my hon. friend from St. Lawrence-St. George is the Secretary of State (Mr. Rinfret). Apparently he can get along without brown shirts or black shirts. And may I say again, and say to the hon. member for St. Antoine-Westmount, that there are no white shirts, there is no white army in Montreal. I believe that there is something worthy of consideration and of the attention of legislators in the situation mentioned by the hon. member. I think it exists in other constituencies, but that in those constituencies, the candidates take other means to cope with it, because I would hesitate to say that either the hon. member for St. Antoine-Westmount, the hon. member for St. James (Mr. Rinfret), or other hon. members for the island of Montreal were elected here only because illegality and corruption run rife in their constituencies. Surely they must have been elected by a majority of the honest people in their constituencies, and without going to all the trouble, to all the length to which my hon. friend goes.

Therefore I would reject on my own account, the plea of the hon. member for St. Lawrence-St. George that he should be allowed an expenditure far higher than that allowed to other hon. members simply because of special conditions in his constituency. I believe he is strictly accurate in the account which he gives to us, but perhaps, if he would permit me to say so with all respect, his judgment may have been a little warped

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through constantly hearing from his supporters tales of the illegalities committed by his opponents.

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CON

Charles Hazlitt Cahan

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CAHAN:

And reading the official

reports of the elections.

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Charles Gavan Power (Minister of Pensions and National Health)

Liberal

Mr. POWER:

And, possibly, by reading

the official reports.

I have little else to say on this matter. On the two occasions on which I have been permitted to address the house with respect to the principles contained in this bill, I have always said that if the house did not accept, generally speaking, those principles, it was not for me to endeavour to force their acceptance otherwise. I think they are good, and I believe that we could make a great step in reform legislation if this measure were passed. I believe the house should accept the recommendation of the committee. If, however, there is anything like a feeling in the house that the objection raised by my hon. friend is sound-perhaps it is, though to my mind it does not alter the principle-as to the discrepancy between the limitation of expenditure in individual constituencies and the limitless expenditure, if I may so put it, in national affairs, then I would suggest that that point be further studied. With the permission of the house I would therefore move the adjournment of the debate in order that we may study that question further and possibly report later on.

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CON

Thomas Langton Church

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CHURCH:

I wish to say just three

or four words-*

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LIB

Walter Edward Foster (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

The motion is not

debatable.

Motion agreed to and debate adjourned.

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RAILWAY SERVICES

CANADIAN NATIONAL-CAN AD IAN PACIFIC ACT, 1933 -COMPENSATION OF EMPLOYEES AFFECTED BY COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT


Hon. C. D. HOWE (Minister of Transport) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 138, to amend the Canadian National-Canadian Pacific Act, 1933. He said: The purpose of the bill is to provide compensation on a scale set out in the bill to employees of the Canadian National and Canadian Pacific railways, of more than one year's service, who are either demoted or separated from the service as a result of a cooperative agreement made under the terms of the Canadian National-Canadian Pacific Act. I suggest that a more extensive explanation should be reserved until the bill is distributed. Motion agreed to and bill read the first time. fMr. Power.]


QUESTIONS


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.)


WATER STORAGE WORKS IN WESTERN PROVINCES

CON

Alfred Johnson Brooks

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BROOKS:

What amounts of money have been expended by the federal government for water storage works in drought and other areas of the western provinces for the years 1937 and 1938?

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Louis Édouard Fernand Rinfret (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. RINFRET:

Department of Agriculture: 1937-38, $400,685.81; 1938-39, $1,078,279.46.

The above figures do not include engineering or administration costs.

Department of Mines and Resources: 1937-38, $14,690.08; 1938-39, $15,276.19.

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May 11, 1939