February 15, 1901

L-C

Edward Hackett

Liberal-Conservative

Mr. HACKETT.

I desire to call the attention of the Postmaster General (Hon. Mr. Mulock) to the fact that we have had no mails from Prince Edward Island for the last eight days. What steps has he taken to overcome this difficulty ? I know the government has two steamships blocked in the ice, and while these ships are not available, I want to ask the Postmaster General if he is going to have the mails conveyed by ice boat from Cape Traverse to Cape Tormentine, as formerly.

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The POSTMASTER GENERAL (Hon. Wm. Mulock).

When my hon. friend the Minister of Marine and Fisheries (Sir Louis Davies) succeeds in getting across from the island to the mainland and reaches Ottawa, I will consult him, and be then in a much better position to answer the hon. gentleman's question. At present I understand that all communications between the mainland and the island is interrupted by reason of the condition of the ice.

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L-C

Edward Hackett

Liberal-Conservative

Mr. HACKETT.

I want to say in answer to the minister-

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LIB

Lawrence Geoffrey Power (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER.

Order, the hon. gentleman has already spoken.

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CON

Alfred Alexander Lefurgey

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. LEFURGEY.

I would like to know what the passage of the Minister of Marine and Fisheries from the island to the capital has got to do with the transmission of the mails. What action has been taken with regard to the transmission of the mails from Prince Edward Island to the mainland ? There are a number of people here who are interested in what is going on down in the island.

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CON

Nathaniel Clarke Wallace

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. WALLACE.

Before that motion is carried-

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LIB

Lawrence Geoffrey Power (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER.

Order, the hon. gentleman has already spoken.

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THE PARLIAMENTARY MAILS.


Mr. LaRIVIERE. I have not yet spoken. I want to ask the Postmaster General if he could not get better service at the post office here. The evening papers from Montreal only reach us on the following morning. They get here at nine o'clock by the mail service and they never come up from the city office until the following day. This is my experience since the opening of the session. It is not the fault of the office in the Commons, but it appears that the distribution office in the city is not carried on as it should be. The same thing takes place in regard to our western mail. The mail from the west arrives at two o'clock in the afternoon, and we do not get our mail in the House until eight or nine o'clock the same evening. I think it is quite too long for us to wait-three or four hours-for the transfer of our mail from the city office to the office in the Souse of Commons.


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The POSTMASTER GENERAL (Hon. Win. Muloek).

Mr. Speaker, I will inquire into this matter that the hon. member for Provencher (Mr. LaRi viere) has brought to my attention, but, 1 will say, that there has been no change since 1 took office four years ago.

Mr. LaRIVIERE. Last session the mails were sent up more regularly.

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The POSTMASTER GENERAL.

There has been no change made to my knowledge since we took office.

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CON

Charles Hibbert Tupper

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir CHARLES HIBBERT TUPPER.

Mr. Speaker, I want to draw the attention of the government to what appears to me to be an extraordinary fact. The only reason given for this House meeting to-morrow is to consider some business that is to be brought forward by hon. gentlemen occupying seats on the opposition benches, and, although we were told in the, speech from the Throne that measures would be submitted to us :

-tor the better supervision of the export trade in food products, and also in connection with the post office, the Pacific cable and various other subjects

-we have been meeting and adjourning here day after day for want of a single measure introduced on the part of the government. This is the only part of the programme suggested to us in what was expected at the opening to be a business session.

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CON

Charles Hibbert Tupper

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir CHARLES HIBBERT TUPPER.

We have, on this side of the House, given every assurance that we were ready to go on, but everything has come to a full stop because, as the hon. Minister of Finance (Hon, Mr. Fielding) says, one department of the government has for the moment broken down and it is not able to discharge its proper duties. Consequently, not being in a position to ask for supplies, having none of their measures ready for the consideration of the House, they propose that we should take up only such business as the opposition shall bring forward. I think this is a very unfortunate position for the government, and since the business of the government is in our hands they might very well listen to the suggestion of the hon. gentleman who has his business ready and rest over to-morrow before we tackle that.

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Motion agreed to, and House adjourned at 3.40 p.m. 4i



Friday, February 15, 1901.


February 15, 1901