May 21, 1901

OFFICIAL DEBATES OF THE HOUSE.

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Mr. L. N.@

CHAMPAGNE (Wright) presented tlie second report of the select committee appointed to supervise the official report of the debates during the present session of the House, as follows :-

Your committee recommend that the sum of $400, being the balance of salary which the late Emile Tremblay, one of the members of the staff of translators of the Official Report of the Debates, who died on the 17th instant, would have been entitled to receive had he lived to complete his share of the work of translation, be paid to his legal representative.

Mr. CHAMPAGNE moved that the said report be concurred in.

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Motion agreed to.


CROW'S NEST PASS RAILWAY CO.

LIB

Thomas Osborne Davis

Liberal

Mr. T. O. DAVIS (Saskatchewan).

I beg to move, seconded by Mr. Tolmie :

That the order for the third reading of Bill (No. 57) to incorporate the Crow's Nest Southern Railway Company be discharged, that the Bill be withdrawn, and that the fees paid thereon be refunded, less the expense of printing the same.

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William Findlay Maclean

Independent Conservative

Mr. MACLEAN.

I hope the hon. gentleman will tell us in a few words the reason for the withdrawal of this Bill.

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William Findlay Maclean

Independent Conservative

Mr. MACLEAN.

Why ? They came to this House and asked for a certain charter and there has been a great deal of discussion throughout the country in regard to this measure. Now ithat this Bill is to be withdrawn, a short explanation should come from the hon. gentleman or from some member of the government in regard to it.

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Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

In view of what we see in the papers it would be in order to have some explanation. It is said that the promoters have decided to withdraw it because of an understanding with the Dominion government, that they may build to the boundary line under a provincial charter, and there connect with a road In the United States. If they do that, they must do it in violation of the law which compels them to come to the Dominion parliament for power to cross the boundary line by a railway. The Bill as amended in the committee, guaranteed that the people of the North-west and British Columbia could buy the product of the Crow's Nest Pass coal mines at as low a price as it would be sold to people south of the boundary line. It is interesting for the people of Canada, and especially the people of British Columbia to know what has become of that.

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

When this Bill was before the Railway Committee it was understood that the promoters were to sign a certain agreement. This agreement has not been signed and therefore the government cannot agree to the passage of this Bill. The promoters have consequently withdrawn it. I understand that a charter has been given to the same company by the legislature of British Columbia. The government have not received that charter yet and do not know what the terms of it are, and therefore it is impossible to make a statement as to what is the attitude of the government on that point.

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Samuel Hughes

Liberal-Conservative

Mr. HUGHES (Victoria).

Has the agreement referred to been made public ?

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The PRIME MINISTER.

Yes, it was before the Railway Committee.

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Motion agreed to, and Bill withdrawn.


PRINTING COMMITTEE.

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Mr. C. H.@

PARMELEE (Shefford) moved the adoption of the sixth and last report of the Joint Committee on Printing and Stationery.

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LIB
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Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

I object to it as we do not know what it contains.

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LIB

May 21, 1901