February 25, 1901

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The PRIME MINISTER.

Explain.

Topic:   DOMINION CONTROVERTED ELECTIONS ACT AMENDMENT.
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IND

Robert Lorne Richardson

Independent

Mr. RICHARDSON (Lisgar).

The object of this Bill, in brief, is to make it difficult to effect saw-offs of election protests. 1 may say that I have been in consultation, with reference to the object of this Bill, with a number of prominent judges on the bench, and the Bill is the result of suggestions made by them. It provides that an affidavit shall be received from the respondent, and the election agents of both sides before the petition is dismissed, and if, in the opinion of the judge, there has been any collusion, he has it in his power to declare that the deposit of $1,000 is forfeited to the public uses of the Dominion.

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Motion agreed to, and Bill read the first time.


VACANCY.

LIB

Lawrence Geoffrey Power (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER.

I beg to inform the House that I have received from the Hon. Sir John A. Boyd and the Hon. Mr. Justice Street, two of the judges selected for the trial of election petitions, pursuant to the Controverted Elections Act. a certificate relating to the electoral district of the north riding of the county of Bruce, as follows

Election of a member for the House of Commons of Canada for the electoral district of the north riding of the county of Bruce, holden on the Slst day of October and the 7th day of November, A.D. 1900.

Between James Ernest Campbell, petitioner, and Alexander McNeill, respondent.

The undersigned, two of the justices of the High Court of Justice assigned to try the said petition, do hereby certify that on the 25th and 26th days of January, 1901, at the town of Owen Sound, and on the 12th day of February, 1901, at the town of South Hampton, in the county of Bruce, we held a Court for the trial of and there tried the said petition, whereupon we held and determined, after a scrutiny of the ballots and upon evidence given before us, that an equal number of votes had been cast for each candidate, so that neither had been duly elected ; and it further appearing and being proved that a number of votes had been illegally cast and that others were so ambiguous that they could not be counted for either side, whereby such irregularity and errors had occurred as affected the result of the election, we therefore held that the said election was void and ineffectual, and made an order that each party to the said petition should pay his own costs.

In the said petition charges of corrupt practices were made on both sides, but these were not prosecuted before us owing to our determination as to the effect of the scrutiny and irregularity hereinbefore mentioned.

Given at Osgocde Hall, this twenty-second day of February, 1901.

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W. P. R. STREET, J.

J. A. BOYD, J.


To the Honourable The Speaker of the House of Commons, Ottawa.


INSPECTION OF GRAIN.

CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

Before the Orders of the Day are called, 1 would like to inquire whether a commission was issued to Mr. David Horn and others, for the purpose of making an inquiry respecting the exportation of grain; and if so, whetner the commission has reported, and whether the report will he brought down at an early date.

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The MINISTER OF TRADE AND COMMERCE (Hon. Sir Richard Cartwright).

Does the hon. gentleman refer to the inquiry made in Montreal, with respect to grain inspection ?

Topic:   INSPECTION OF GRAIN.
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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

I have no knowledge of it except some reference that I saw in the public press, stating that such a report had been made; and, accordingly, I desire to know whether that statement is correct, and whether the report will be brought down.

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The MINISTER OF TRADE AND COMMERCE.

The report has not been submitted yet.

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SECOND READINGS.


Bill (No. 6) respecting the Supreme Court of the Independent Order of Foresters, and to change its name to the Independent Order of Foresters.-Mr. Emmerson. Bill (No. 7) relating to the Grand Trunk Railway of Canada.-Mr. Geoffrion. Bill (No. 8) respecting the Grand Trunk Railway of Canada.-Mr. Geoffrion.


LIB

Lawrence Geoffrey Power (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER.

Bill (No. 12) respecting the London Mutual Fire Insurance Company.-Mr. Hyman.

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QUESTIONS.

CALLING OUT THE MILITIA AT STEVESTON.

LIB

Mr. MORRISON asked :

Liberal

1. Was the government aware that the local militia were sent to Steveston, British Columbia, in July last ?

2. If so, was the government consulted before the militia were on that occasion called out ?

3. What was the government's position in regard to the calling out of the militia on that occasion ?

4. At whose expense was the militia called out and maintained at Steveston ?

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The MINISTER OF MILITIA AND DEFENCE (Hon. F. W. Borden) :

1. Not at the time.

2. No.

3. The Militia Act provides for the calling out of the militia on requisition of the civil authorities in aid of the civil power, and the senior officer of the acting militia in the locality takes action accordingly.

4. When the militia is called out in aid of tlie civil power, it is at the expense of the municipality. Circumstances in this case were exceptional, and expenses were defrayed by the Militia Department.

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February 25, 1901