May 7, 1901

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The MINISTER OF MILITIA AND DEFENCE.

I have been largely guided in the matter by the Dominion Rifle Association which has really had this matter in charge and through which the business has been done. It made an arrangement which I thought was fair and satisfactory to the Rifle Association and to the public. I supposed that the members of the association were better judges than I was and I agreed to the rate.

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Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

I do not know why they should be any better judges.

Pensions-Payable on account of Fenian raid, $300.

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Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

I would like to ask the hon. Minister of Militia whether he understands that every one of those men who took part in that raid and who are entitled to the medal can claim the allotment of land given by the Ontario government for those who were engaged in active service at that time.

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The MINISTER OF MILITIA AND DEFENCE.

I have not seen the actual terms under which the grant is proposed to be given by the Ontario government, but I was told that it was only to be given to those who were actually engaged in the conflict. The medal is given, under the regulation, which we thought was fair, to all those who were engaged in any special or specific duty in connection with the defence of the country at that time. I fancy the scope of our regulation is wider than the terms of the grant of the Ontario government. Of course, I am only speaking from hearsay. This item is simply to make up a deficiency which Mr. MONK.

occurred in the vote for the current year through a misprint. The vote was $300 below what it has been for years owing to a typographical error.

House of Commons, $29,650.

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William Findlay Maclean

Independent Conservative

Mr. MACLEAN.

In connection with this vote for the House of Commons I wish to bring to the attention of the government the practical working of the laws we now have in regard to contested elections. Mr. Thornton was elected for West Durham. He is entitled to his seat, he is entitled to his sessional indemnity and yet no provision has been made for the payment of it. He is kept out of his seat and if for no other reason I contend that Mr. Thornton should be given a seat in this House in order to help him to make up his election expenses and the heavy expenses he has been put to in connection with the election trial that is taking place. I believe his case was under consideration to-day, and that it goes over, which shows the bad policy of leaving such cases to the courts. The injustice that maybe done to a man by leaving to the courts these cases can be easily righted by this House if it had the courage to deal with it. I hope that the Minister of Finance when lie is putting through those contingencies in connection with legislation will insert an allowance for the sessional indemnity of Mr. Thornton who ought really to be a member of this House, and would be, if the House did its duty and gave him the seat to which he is entitled.

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The SOLICITOR GENERAL.

Would it be logical to produce the indemnity for a person who did not come here at all? The indemnity .means to indemnify him against loss by reason of his coming here.

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William Findlay Maclean

Independent Conservative

Mr. MACLEAN.

He is willing to come.

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The SOLICITOR GENERAL.

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court won't allow him.

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William Findlay Maclean

Independent Conservative

Mr. MACLEAN.

It is the government that won't allow him.

Some resolutions reported.

The PRIME MINISTER moved the adjournment of the House.

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Frederick Debartzch Monk

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MONK.

I will make so bold as to ask the right hon. gentleman, what business will be taken up to-morrow ?

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The PRIME MINISTER.

I will have no hesitation in saying tq my hon. friend that we will take up Bills, the resolutions of which we have given notice, and then supply.

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Frederick Debartzch Monk

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MONK.

What items in supply.

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The MINISTER OF FINANCE.

There are some reserved items in Public Works. Unless there is some understanding between the Minister of Railways and the member

for South Lanark (Hon. Mr. Haggart) to the contrary, we will take up railway items. The Minister of Trade and Commerce may submit his estimates.

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Motion agreed to, and House adjourned at 12.50 a.m. Wednesday.



Wednesday, May 8, 1901.


May 7, 1901