April 17, 1901

WESTERN ASSURANCE COMPANY.

IND

Leighton Goldie McCarthy

Independent

Mr. LEIGHTON G. MCCARTHY (North Simcoe) moved :

That the petition of the Western Assurance Company, presented this day, praying the House to suspend all rules and formal notices regarding a Bill to be introduced granting to the said company power to own, equip, maintain, operate and navigate on the lakes and rivers of Canada ice-breakers and wreck-relieving steamers and other appliances for ice-breaking and wreck-relieving, and to subscribe for, purchase and hold stock or shares in any company incorporated for the purpose solely or amongst other things of owning, equipping, maintaining, operating and navigating on the lakes and rivers of Canada, ice-breakers and wreck-relieving steamers or other appliances for ice-breaking or wreck-relieving, notwithstanding the expiration of the time for presentiing petitions for private Bills, be read and received and referred to the Select Standing Committee on Standing Orders.

He said : This motion is rendered necessary by reason of the fact that a Bill has passed through the House, giving power to another marine insurance company to own. equip and maintain a wrecking plant. At the time that Bill was being discussed, the Minister of Finance stated that the Western Assurance Company and the British America Assurance Company, if they applied to the House, would be granted a like privilege. When asked if it could be got through this session, it was understood that it could, saving all just exceptions, I suppose. Of course, I am aware that the time has expired for the introduction of private Bills, but the reason I have given is the reason why this application was not made earlier.

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The PRIME MINISTER (Rt. Hon. Sir Wilfrid Laurier).

Although we have enforced the rule more firmly this session than ever, that we should not allow any extension of the time for presenting petitions for private legislation, yet, the reason which has been given by my hon. friend (Mr. McCarthy) seems to justify a departure from the rule on the present occasion. The reason which he gives is, that this legislation has been rendered necessary in consequence of legislation which passed this session. That is to say, we are likely to incorporate an insurance company, to which we give the power of having a wrecking apparatus, and I understand the object of this petition is to allow similar privileges to other companies. There can be no objection to that.

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The PRIME MINISTER.

To those companies who ask for it.

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LIB
CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

Perhaps it would be better to deal with this by a general Bill, giving all such companies powers to the same extent as were given to the St. Lawrence Lloyds Insurance Company.

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The PRIME MINISTER.

The suggestion may be a good one, but if the Bill is referred to the committee, the point suggested by my hon. friend (Mr. Borden) would he considered, and, perhaps, the consideration would result in what he suggests being done.

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Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

I would not oppose. under the circumstances, the Bill going to the committee, but I would like to mention to the right lion, gentleman that when the St. Lawrence Lloyds Bill was before the committee, w'liat I am now suggesting was pointed out to the Minister of Finance as the proper course to adopt. I am bound to say that I have not seen anything since which would change my mind in that regard.

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Motion agreed to.


THE BRITISH AMERICA ASSURANCE COMPANY.

IND

Leighton Goldie McCarthy

Independent

Mr. LEIGHTON G. MCCARTHY (North Simcoe) moved :

That the petition of the British America Assurance Company, presented this day, praying the House to suspend ail rules and formal notices regarding a Bill to be introduced granting to the said company power to own,' equip, maintain, operate and navigate on the lakes and rivers of | Canada ice-breaker and wreck-relieving steamers and other appliances for ice-breaking and wreck-relieving, and to subscribe for, purchase and hold stock or shares in any company incorporated for the purpose solely or amongst other things of owning, equipping, maintaining, operating and navigating on the lakes and rivers of Canada, ice-breakers and wreck-relieving steamers or other pppliances for ice-breaking or wreck-relieving, notwithstanding the expiration of the time for presenting petitions for private Bills, be read and received and referred to the Select Standing Committee on Standing Orders.

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Motion agreed to.


NIPISSING ELECTORAL DISTRICT.

LIB

Lawrence Geoffrey Power (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER.

I have the honour to inform the House that I have received from the Hon. Sir J. A. Boyd and the Hon. Mi-. Justice MacMahon, 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 Nipissing, by which the election petition was dismissed.

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QUESTIONS.

JUDICIAL BUSINESS IN QUEBEC.

LIB

Mr. LEMIEUX asked :

Liberal

1. How many times did the rural district judges of the province of Quebec hold court at the city

of Montreal between 1st January, 1900, and 1st January, 1901?

2. What is the number of writs issued by the Superior Court at Montreal between 1st January, 1900, and 1st January, 1901?

3. What is the number of writs issued by the Superior Court in all the other districts of the province of Quebec within the said period?

4. What is the number of judgments rendered in the Superior Court at Montreal from 1st January, 1900, to 1st January, 1901?

5. What is the number of judgments rendered by the Superior Court in the other districts of the province of Quebec during the said period?

The PRIME MINISTER (Rt. Hon. Sir Wilfrid Laurier. I will ask my hon. friend to allow this question to drop. We have asked for the information from the different districts, but it will take some time to get it. As soon as we receive it, I will bring it to the House.

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Rodolphe Lemieux

Liberal

Mr. LEMIEUX.

I hear that the remedy will be soon given.

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RESERVED BILLS.

April 17, 1901