April 3, 1902

POSTMASTER AT JOLIETTE, QUE.

CON

Mr. CASGRAIN asked :

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Has the government dismissed, or is it about to dismiss John James Sheppard from his position of postmaster of Joliette 1

2. If so, for what cause, and at whose request ?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   POSTMASTER AT JOLIETTE, QUE.
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The POSTMASTER GENERAL (Hon. Wm. Mulock).

At the Dominion elections of 1896, the postmaster at Joliette took an active part in support of one of the candidates. It was hoped that he would discontinue such action, and notice was not taken of it. But, at the elections of 1900, he again took an active part on behalf of one of the candidates. He also, during the elections of 1900, illegally detained in his office letters addressed to leading Liberals, such letters having to do with the work of organization, announcement of meetings, &c. In this way he was able to interfere with the calling of meetings for the discussion of public questions. Being engaged in the practice of medicine, he neglected the duties of the office, leaving its management to young girls wholly incompetent for the work. For these reasons he was removed from office. The department has fully satisfied itself as to the correctness of these charges and assumes full responsibility for the action taken.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   POSTMASTER AT JOLIETTE, QUE.
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I.C.R.-MR. HORNE'S ENGAGEMENT.

CON

Hon. Mr. HAGGART asked :

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. What are the terms of Mr. R. T. Horne's engagement as manager's assistant on the Intercolonial Railway, and what salary Is he now In receipt of ?

2. Has he been absent from his office in Moncton for some weeks ? If so, who is performing his duties ?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   I.C.R.-MR. HORNE'S ENGAGEMENT.
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The MINISTER OF RAILWAYS AND CANALS (Hon. A. G. Blair).

Mr E. T. Horne's engagement is a temporary one. He is engaged as an expert having special knowledge and experience in the laying out and arranging of station terminals and yards. His salary is $300 a month. He has been absent four weeks, and is now on his way to Moncton. His duties have been performed by the manager during his absence.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   I.C.R.-MR. HORNE'S ENGAGEMENT.
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CILAMBLY CANAL-CONDITION OF UPPER PORTION.

LIB

Mr. DEMERS (St. John and Iberville) asked :

Liberal

1. Has the government been informed that that upper portion of the Chambly Canal, granted by letters patent to the Grand Trunk Railway of Canada on the condition of a wharf being there maintained, is, to-day, nothing more than a foul mudrhole where even the shadow of a wharf is not to be seen ?

2. Is it the government's intention to recall those letters patent, as it has reserved to itself the right to do ?

3. Is it the government's intention to prevent individuals from making use of that locality as a refuse depository ?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   CILAMBLY CANAL-CONDITION OF UPPER PORTION.
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The MINISTER OF RAILWAYS AND CANALS (Hon. A. G. Bair) :

1. The government has received complaints that the property owned by the Grand Trunk Railway at the head of the Chambly canal is not being properly maintained according to the requirements of the grant from the Quebec government.

2. The letters patent were granted by the Quebec government, who it is assumed would have the right to take action thereunder.

3. The government will take action, when necessary, to prevent a refuse deposit being made to interfere with the navigation of the Chambly canal.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   CILAMBLY CANAL-CONDITION OF UPPER PORTION.
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CENSUS-PAYMENTS FOR HORSE OR LIVERY HIRE.

CON

Andrew Broder

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BRODER asked :

What amount has been paid for horse or livery hire on account of the census of 1891 and 1901, respectively T

Topic:   CENSUS-PAYMENTS FOR HORSE OR LIVERY HIRE.
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The MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE . (Hon. Sydney Fisher).

I must ask the hon. gentleman (Mr. Broder) to make a motion for a return, as this information will involve the giving of a good many figures.

Topic:   CENSUS-PAYMENTS FOR HORSE OR LIVERY HIRE.
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YUKON TERRITORY-REPRESENTATION IN PARLIAMENT.

CON

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax) asked : (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Is it the intention of the government to introduce a Bill during the present session providing for representation of the Yukon territory in Parliament ?

2. If not, when will such legislation be introduced ?

Topic:   YUKON TERRITORY-REPRESENTATION IN PARLIAMENT.
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The MINISTER OF THE INTERIOR (Hon. Clifford Sifton).

I expect to introduce a Bill dealing with a number of matters in connection with the Yukon territory this session, and, in all probability, the question of representation of the territory in the House of Commons will be dealt with in that Bill. The matter, at the present time, is under consideration.

Topic:   YUKON TERRITORY-REPRESENTATION IN PARLIAMENT.
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SOUTH AFRICAN WAR-CONDUCT OF CANADIAN SOLDIERS.

L-C

Samuel Hughes

Liberal-Conservative

Mr. SAMUEL HUGHES (North Victoria).

Before the Orders of the Day are proceeded with, Mr. Speaker, I desire to lay before the House an item reflecting upon Canadians in service in South Africa. I find it in the London ' Daily News ' of Tuesday, March 18, 1902. It speaks of an engagement fought in 1900, and refers to the conduct of the Canadians in the battle. The correspondent states :

What struck me as a pretty horrible incident was that some Canadians who were too far off to join in the light afterwards came in and stripped off the boots and socks of the dead Boers-a thing I should not like to do even in the case of a living 'Boer -and pulled out their toe-nails to carry away as mementoes.

I need not say that this item is entirely untrue.

Topic:   SOUTH AFRICAN WAR-CONDUCT OF CANADIAN SOLDIERS.
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LIB

Lawrence Geoffrey Power (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER.

Do I understand that the hon. gentleman (Mr. Hughes, Victoria), wishes to conclude with a motion ?

Topic:   SOUTH AFRICAN WAR-CONDUCT OF CANADIAN SOLDIERS.
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L-C

Samuel Hughes

Liberal-Conservative

Mr. HUGHES (Victoria).

I am ready to do so, yes.

Topic:   SOUTH AFRICAN WAR-CONDUCT OF CANADIAN SOLDIERS.
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LIB

Lawrence Geoffrey Power (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER.

I would suggest to the hon. gentleman that it would be better to wait until the debate is reached.

Topic:   SOUTH AFRICAN WAR-CONDUCT OF CANADIAN SOLDIERS.
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April 3, 1902