February 13, 1902

SECOND SESSION-NINTH PARLIAMENT.


Thursday, February 13, 1902. The Parliament, which had been prorogued from time to time, was now commanded to assemble on the 13th day of February, 1902, for the despatch of business. A Message was delivered by Molyneux St. John, Esquire, Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod : Mr. Speaker,-I am commanded to inform you that His Excellency the Governor General desires and awaits the attendance of your honourable House in the Senate Chamber. Accordingly the House went into the Senate Chamber. And the House being returned.


CONTROVERTED ELECTIONS.

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 judges selected for the trial of election petitions, pursuant to ' The Dominion Controverted Elections Act,' certificates and reports relating to the elections :-

For the electoral district of the West Riding of the county of Durham ;

For the electoral district of York, N.B.; and

For the electoral district of Lisgar ;

in all of which electoral districts the elections were declared void.

In conformity with chapter 9, section 40, of the Revised Statutes, I issued my several warrants to the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery to make out new writs of election for the said electoral districts respectively.

I have also the honour to inform the House that I have received from two of the judges selected for the trial of election petitions, pursuant to the ' Dominion Controverted Elections Act,' a certificate and report relating to the election for the electoral district of Victoria. B.C., by which the election of Hon. Edward Gawler Prior was declared void, and the petition against the election of Thos. Earle, Esq., was dismissed.

In conformity with chapter 9, section 46. of the Revised Statutes, I issued my war]

rant to the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery to make out a new writ of election for the said electoral district in the room of Hon. Edward Gawler Prior.

I have also the honour to inform the House that I have received from the judges selected for the trial of election petitions, pursuant to ' The Dominion Controverted Elections Act,' certificates and reports relating to the election

For the electoral district of Ottawa City ; For the electoral district of Cornwall and Stormont ;

For the electoral district of Charlotte ;

For the electoral district of the South Riding of the county of Ontario ; and For the electoral district of the North Riding of the county of Bruce ;

by which the said election petitions were severally dismissed and the sitting members declared duly elected.

I have also the honour to inform the House that I have received from the Registrar of the Supreme Court of Canada, certified copies of the judgments and decisions of the said court in the matter of the appeals from the decisions of the trial judges in the lower courts, relating to the elections

For the electoral district of Beauharnois ;

For the electoral district of Burrard ;

For the electoral district of Victoria, B.C. ; For the electoral district of Two Mountains ; and

For the electoral district of Terrebonne ; in all of which the said appeals were dismissed.

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VACANCIES.

LIB

Lawrence Geoffrey Power (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER.

I have also to inform the House that, during the recess, I received communications from several members, notifying me that the following vacancies had occurred in the representation, viz. :-

Of Joseph Godbout, Esq., member for the electoral district of Beauce, by being summoned to the Senate ;

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Of Arthur M.

Dechene, Esq., member for the electoral district of L'Islet, by being summoned to the Senate ;

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Of John W.

Bell, Esq., member for the electoral district of Addington, by decease ;

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Of Odilon G.

Desmarais, Esq., member for the electoral district of Montreal (St. James), by the acceptance of an office of emolument under the Crown.

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Of Henry G.

Carroll, Esq., member for the electoral district of Kamouraska by the acceptance of the office of the Solicitor General of Canada. .

I accordingly issued my several warrants to the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery to make out new writs of election for the said electoral districts respectively.

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NEW MEMBERS.

LIB

Lawrence Geoffrey Power (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER.

I have also the honour to inform the House that during the recess, the Clerk of the House received from the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery, certificates of the election and return of the following members, viz.:-

Of Alexander Gibson, junior, Esq., for the electoral district of York, N.B. ;

Of Henri Severin Beland, Esq., for the

electoral district of Beauce ;

Of Robert Beith, Esq., for the electoral district of the West Riding of the county of Durham ;

Of Onesiphore Oarbonneau, Esq., for the electoral district of L'lslet ;

Of Wm. Harty, Esq., for the electoral district of Kingston ;

Of Edward Guss Porter, Esq., for the

electoral district of the West Riding of the county of Hastings ;

Of Archibald Campbell, Esq., for the electoral district of the West Riding of the county of York, Ont. ;

Of Melzar Avery, Esq., for the electoral district of Addington ; .

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J.-E. Bernard Pilon

Of Mr. J. E.

Emile Leonard, Esq., for the electoral district of Laval ;

Of Hon. Jas. Sutherland, for the electoral district of the North Riding of the county of Oxford ;

Of Jos. Brunet, Esq., for the electoral district of Montreal, (St. James) ;

Of Donald Farquharson, Esq., for the electoral district of Queen's West, P.E.I. ; and

Of William Power, Esq., for the electoral district of Quebec West.

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MEMBERS INTRODUCED.


Hon. James Sutherland, member for the electoral district of the North Riding of the county of Oxford, introduced by the Prime Minister (Rt. Hon. Sir Wilfrid Laurier) and the Minister of Trade and Commerce (Hon. Sir Richard Cartwright). Donald Farquharson, Esq., member for the electoral district of West Queen's, introduced by the Minister of Finance (Hon. Mr. Fielding) and Mr. McKinnon. Archibald Campbell, Esq., member for the electoral district of the West Ridiug of the county of York, Ontario, introduced by the Prime Minister (Rt. Hon. Sir Wilfrid Laurier) and the Minister of Marine and Fisheries (Hon. Mr. Sutherland.) Alexander Gibson, jr., Esq., member for the electoral district of York, New Brunswick, introduced by the Prime Minister (Rt. Hon. Sir Wilfrid Laurier) and the Minister of Marine and Fisheries (Hon. Mr. Sutherland). Henri Severin Bdland, Esq., for the Electoral District of Beauce. J. E. Emile Leonard, Esq., member for the electoral district of Laval, introduced by Mr. Borden (Halifax) and Mr. Monk. Ondsiphore Carbonneau, Esq., member for the electoral district of L'lslet, by the Prime Minister (Rt. Hon. Sir Wilfrid Laurier) and the Minister of Inland Revenue (Hon. Mr. Bernier). Edward Guss Porter, Esq., member for the electoral district of West Hastings, by Mr. Borden (Halifax) and Mr. Northrup. Joseph Brunet, Esq., member for the electoral district of St. James, -Montreal, by the Minister of Inland Revenue (Hon. Mr. Bernier) and Mr. Champagne. . Melzar Avery, Esq., member for the electoral district of Addington, introduced by Mr. Borden (Halifax) and Mr. Taylor. Robert Beith, Esq., member for the electoral district of West Durham, by the Prime Minister (Rt. Hon. Sir Wilfrid Laurier) and the Minister of Marine and Fisheries (Hon. Mr. Sutherland.)


FIRST READING.


Bill (No. 3) respecting the Administration of Oatlis of Office.-The Prime Minister (Rt. Hon. Sir Wilfrid Laurier).


SPEECH FROM THE THRONE.

LIB

Lawrence Geoffrey Power (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER.

I have the honour to inform the House that when the House did attend His Excellency the Governor General this day in the Senate Chamber, His Excellency was pleased to make a speech to botli Houses of Parliament, a copy of which is as follows :-

Honourable Gentlemen of the Senate :

Gentlemen of the House of Commons :

In meeting you again at the commencement of another session of Parliament, It is my first duty to express the deep sense of our gratitude to Divine Providence for the many blessings

which Canada has received during 'the past year, and particularly for the exceptionally bountiful harvest in Manitoba and the North-west Territories.

It was very gratifying to note the cordial reception tendered by all classes of the people to the Prince and Princess of Wales, on the occasion of their visit in September and October last, the only regrettable feature being the limited time at their disposal, which prevented their visiting many important centres of population. It is however a great satisfaction to know that their Royal Highnesses enjoyed their tour through Canada and carried away the most pleasant recollections of their visit to this part of the Empire.

The assassination of President McKinley has elicited a universal feeling of sympathy and sorrow throughout the civilized world and, though Canada has happily so far been free from crimes of this character, the close proximity to the United States may make it advisable to join our -efforts to the efforts of the United States and other nations and to provide by legislation for the adequate punishment of thoise who, either by speech or writing, incite fanatics to the perpetration of such horrible crimes.

The returns of the late census will he laid before you and, while the absolute increase in the number of population is not so great as might have been expected, the evidence of growth in wealth and in the general tokens of prosperous development are highly satisfactory. There is good reason also to believe that the increase of population during the latter half of *the decade has been very greatly in excess of the average of former years and that in the near future we may look for a much more rapid growth than occurred during the period covered by the last two censuses.

Application having been made by the Canadian Pacific Railway Company for approval of an increase of its capital, to meet the demand for additional rolling stock and other Improved facilities, for handling the growing traffic, my Ministers availed themselves of the opportunity to stipulate that the long pending question of the power of the Governor in Council to regulate the tolls of the Company should be submitted to the Courts for a judicial decision. The correspondence and other papers will be laid before you.

The inventor, Mr. Marconi, having met unexpected obstacles to the carrying on of his experiments in wireles ocean telegraphy in a sister colony, my Ministers deemed it expedient to invite him to continue his operations on the coast of Nova Scotia, and they availed themselves of his presence in Canada to enter into negotiations resulting in an arrangement through which, should the project prove as successful as is hoped fo-r, the Government and people of Canada will enjoy the benefits of the invention on very favourable terms, including rates for -transatlantic messages very much below those now existing.

I am pleased to inform you that the display made by Canada of her products, at the several expositions at which they have been exhibited during the last year has attracted much attention, and has already resulted in many inquiries and orders for our goods.

I may also congratulate you on the satisfactory condition of the revenue and on the steady and continuous expansion of the general

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business of the country as evidenced by the increased volume of exports and imports.

With the view of still further facilitating and developing our trade with other countries, it will probably be found expedient to increase the number of our commercial agencies, and Parliament will be asked to consider the desirability of making additional provision for that purpose.

I have also pleasure in informing you that the Governments of Australia and New Zealand have accepted an invitation from my Government to attend a conference in London next June for the consideration of trade, transportation, cable and other matters of inter-colonial concern, and it is hoped that the meeting may lead -to an extension of Canadian trade with those important portions of His Majesty's Dominions.

I have further to advise you that my Government, having caused inquiry to be made, has reached the conclusion that 'the establishment cf direct steamship service with South Africa would enable Canada to secure in that country a profitable market for her varied products, and, to that end, will endeavour to arrange for such a service.

_ His Majesty has -been graciously pleased to invite the Premier to be present at the ceremonies attending his Coronation. It is to be hoped that the presence of the leading statesmen of the several colonies upon this occasion will afford an opportunity for the discussion of subjects of mutual interest which may considerably affect the development of our trade and commerce in the near -future, with the mother country and with our sister colonies.

Gentlemen of the House of Commons :

The public accounts for the last year and the estimates for the succeeding year will be laid before you without delay.

Honourable Gentlemen of the Senate :

Gentlemen of the House of Commons :

I commit the above matters and all others which may be submitted to you, to your earnest consideration, and I rely upon your wisdom and prudence to deal with them in the manner which, under Divine Providence, may prove most conducive to the best interests of Canada.

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February 13, 1902