That the rights, powers and jurisdiction of the General Synod be so enlarged and strengthened as to constitute the synod the effective and final legislative and governing body of the Church of England in Canada, unaffected by the rights, powers or jurisdiction of any Provincial Synod.
That the clause of section II "General Synod" beginning with the word "unaffected" and ending with the words "Provincial Synod" be eliminated. CARRIED in both Houses.
Resolved, That, the Upper House concurring, in order to assist in preserving data relative to the past of our Church in Canada, the Primate and the Prolocutor are hereby requested to appoint a Committee of five to co-operate with the Registrar in locating, listing and collecting such material as is of historical value; the Committee to be known as the Archives Committee of the Church of England in Canada.
After a conference with Chancellors Gisborne and Harris, the Upper House passed the following Resolution: "That a Joint Committee of both Houses be formed to arrange for a proper Commemoration of the Consecration of Bishop Inglis. Such commemoration to include:
(a) A service in all our Churches on a Sunday to be fixed.
(b) A service with a similar purpose, to be held, if possible, in St. Paul's Cathedral, London, England, and in Trinity Church, New York, U.S.A.
(c) And any further Commemoration such as this Committee may decide as fitting."
Resolved, That the Lower House concurs in Message II-1 and requests the Prolocutor to appoint the members of the Lower House on this Committee. MESSAGE II-1A.
Resolved, That this Board of Missions request the Executive Committee to give attention to the following matters.
1. The adding of the appropriate information concerning the founders of our Canadian Church to its publication - with events bringing the same before our Church people generally in the most effective manner.
2. That the Very Rev. Dean Tucker be asked to be good enough to prepare a pamphlet along the lines of his admirable address to this House this morning.
3. The preparation of a form of Intercession on behalf of Missions to be used generally throughout the Canadian Church.
Resolved, That this Board of Missions of the Church of England in Canada assembled in London, Ontario, has learnt with deep sadness of the death of the Rev. E.J. Peck, D.D., for thirty years Missionary to the Esquimaux in the far North of this country. We, his fellow workers for God and His Church, desire to express our deep gratitude to our Blessed Lord for the saintly character, the blessed life of fruitful labours, and the triumphant departure of our much beloved brother; and we earnestly pray that the Holy Spirit may comfort and keep in peace his dear wife and faithful companion and continue to help her throughout a long and arduous life of high service for the Kingdom of God.
A copy of this Resolution is to be conveyed to Mrs. Peck.
That this Synod refers these paragraphs of the Report of the Executive Council to each Diocese of the Church in Canada, through the Bishop of each Diocese, with an expression of hope that prayers may be offered by all, and plans made everywhere that may be most suited to conditions of each Diocese, for the Educational and Evangelistic movements proposed; that Clergy and Laity alike may study anew the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, in the Church, and its members, in the Apostles' days and our own; that by the grace of God the whole Church of God may be renewed in power for the fulfilment of her tasks and the fruitful use of her present opportunity in the world. CARRIED in both Houses.
The Synod then returned to consideration of the Triennial Report of the Council for Social Service, at the Section "Work of the Dominion Government in Immigration."
Moved by the Bishop of Toronto, seconded by Canon Vernon,
That the General Synod, recognizing that the Government of Canada and its Department of Immigration and Colonization have been taking steps to secure an increasing British migration to Canada, desires to pledge to co-operation of the Church of England in Canada, through its Council for Social Service and its British representatives the Church of England Council of Empire Settlement, in this matter, and at the same time to urge the calling together by the Government of Canada at the earliest possible opportunity of a Conference representing the Dominion and Provincial Governments, the Churches, all voluntary organizations interested in immigration and the transportation companies to discuss the practical details involved in carrying out a still more extended policy of preferential British Immigration, and to secure the fullest possible co-operation of all concerned.
Resolved, That the preamble of the Resolution "recognizing...to Canada" be deleted.
Moved by: Canon Vernon
Seconded by: Bishop of Toronto
Resolved, That the Section `Work of the Dominion Government in Immigration' as amended be adopted.
(1) The Synod shall meet on the second Wednesday in September in every third year.
(2) A special session of the Synod may be summoned at any time by the Primate, or by direction of the Executive Council, or on the requisition of any five Bishops, unless the Primate expresses his disapproval of and dissents from such change.
(3) In the case of a special session being held, the time of meeting of the next regular session may be computed from the date of such special session.
(4) The Synod may by resolution restrict, modify or suspend any of the provisions contained in this subsection.
Moved by Dean H.R. Ragg, seconded by Archdeacon Swanson, That the first fourteen words in section 9 of the Basis of Constitution (Journal 1931, p.491) be deleted, and the following substituted therefor: "9. The Synod shall meet on the fourth Thursday in June in every third year."
That the General Synod meet in every third year at such time as may be decided upon by the Executive Council.
On being put to the vote, the amendment was CARRIED in both Houses.