May 7, 1901

IND

William Findlay Maclean

Independent Conservative

Mr. MACLEAN.

If the men who feel aggrieved in connection with leather would state that the removal of the duty would break up this combine and remedy this injustice, would the hon. minister order an investigation ?

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The MINISTER OF FINANCE.

We will take each case on its merits. He can move

in this House that we take the duty off butter, without waiting for any investigation.

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IND

William Findlay Maclean

Independent Conservative

Mr. MACLEAN.

But if the hon. gentleman's party is clearly committed to any one thing, it is that if there are combines to interfere with trade, they will put them down.

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The MINISTER OF FINANCE.

And if we do not, my hon. friend (Mr. Maclean) is here as watch-dog, to keep us to our duty.

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William Findlay Maclean

Independent Conservative

Mr. MACLEAN.

But the hon. gentleman himself took the position of watch dog, and now he wants somebody to sic him on.

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CON

Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

Why not have the commission enlarged to inquire into this line as well ? The hon. member for West Huron (Mr. Holmes) inquired as to the possibility of taking this up under the Criminal Code. The Criminal Code has been changed, and I believe that it could now be taken up under it, which might not have been the ease a few years ago. But, the government have been asked to appoint a commission to inquire into it. They have appointed a commission for one line, and what I would suggest is, that this commission should be authorized to inquire into this other line as well. It will satisfy these men who, for years, have been doing their utmost to get the government to take it up.

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The MINISTER OF FINANCE.

That could not be done under the present commission. Each matter will have to be dealt with on its merits. I would not make any engagement on the subject in advance. Let the case be presented

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CON

Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

It has been presented. All they ask is investigation by the commission.

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The MINISTER OF FINANCE.

I told my hon. friend that the ease was presented, and after careful inquiries, we came to the conclusion that the Tariff Act did not afford the remedy they desired, that it would be no relief to them to reduce or abolish the duty, but that the proceeding ought to be taken under the Criminal Code.

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CON

Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

Would it not be well to make the inquiry for the benefit of the country ?

Administration of Justice-General legal expenses, $6,500.

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IND

William Findlay Maclean

Independent Conservative

Mr. MACLEAN.

What is this for ?

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The SOLICITOR GENERAL.

This is a special item in connection with the case of Mr. Burland, of the British Bank Note Company. We have obtained judgment for something over $99,000. This involved a large expenditure in connection with the auditing of the books to find the true amount due us.

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IND

William Findlay Maclean

Independent Conservative

Mr. MACLEAN.

Are the defendants in a position to pay ?

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The SOLICITOR GENERAL.

Oh, yes.

Administration of Justice-Penitentiaries- Kingston-To pay John McKay for services and disbursements in connection with investigation into hinder twine transactions, $3,184.66.

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CON

Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

What is inis for ?

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The SOLICITOR GENERAL.

This is in connection with the case against Mr. Connor for the recovery of a sum due in 1896 for binder twine sold and delivered, but not paid for. It was found that the accounts of the penitentiary were not kept with great regularity. It was thought better to have a complete audit of the books-

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William Findlay Maclean

Independent Conservative

Mr. MACLEAN.

This is another department that

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The SOLICITOR GENERAL.

I think my bon. friend will agree that some investigation and improved system was necessary when I say that there was no stock book kept for the binder twine.

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CON

Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

How does this account stand ? Was the amount collected ?

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The SOLICITOR GENERAL.

There is a balance of about $9,000, which is as good as collected, because there are large amounts payable from the Department of Railways and Canals to the Connollys in connection with a contract they had at St. John, and out of that, the Auditor General is keeping enough to pay this account. Our judgment is against the Connollys as well as against Connor, and the Connollys are good. Practically, that matter of the binder twine is now closed.

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May 7, 1901