May 14, 1902


mates be referred to the Committee of Supply. Motion agreed to. SUPPLi. House again in Committee of Supply. Relief to sufferers in Martinique and St. Vinoent, $50,000. The MINISTER OF FINANCE (Hon. W. S. Fielding), it had been understood that we would have no more estimates this session, but when 1 state the purpose for which this vote is asked, 1 am sure it will have the unanimous assent of the House. We have all had our attention drawn by the press to the story of the appalling disaster which has fallen on the French island of Martinique, and to the disaster, perhaps not so great, but of a very serious character, which has fallen upon the neighbouring British island of St. Vincent. The whole world is moved to sympathy by this terrible circumstance, and there seems to be a general desire that aid should be given to those who are suffering in consequence. It is thought well that the government of Canada should contribute to this relief fund. We have therefore presented to the House an estimate appropriating the sum of $50,000 for the relief of the sufferers from the volcanic disasters in the West Indies. We propose that one-half of that sum shall be at once supplied to the relief fund for the island in which the greatest disaster has occurred, the island of Martinique; and we think that perhaps it can best be applied by placing the money at the disposal of the French colonial minister in Paris, who will, of course, be able to see that It is applied in the right direction. As respects the balance, it will, either in whole or in part, be applied for the relief of the sufferers in the island of St. Vincent. The Information respecting the disaster in St. Vincent is not yet perhaps sufficient to enable us to know whether the whole sum will be required there ; but if the necessity seems to arise, the balance will be applied to St. Vincent. At all events, the aim is that all who are suffering by these terrible disasters shall have some assistance from the government and the people of Canada In this moment of their great need. Mr. BORDEN, (Halifax). 1 fully concur with and support the action of the government In asking parliament to make this appropriation. On occasions in the past when our own people have been in need of substantial sympathy from other countries, they have received It on many occasions in a very substantial manner. 1 think it is a fitting thing that the government should take this step at the present time. The appalling suddenness of this disaster, its tremendous extent, the amazing number of people who, in, but a moment of time, were absolutely destroyed and their homes wiped out of


LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Hon. Mr. FIELDING.

existence, render this an occasion on which this country may well testify its sympathy in this effective manner. I am glad that the government propose to apply a portion of this sum at once to the relief of the sufferers in the island of Martinique, and I believe that the action of the government in that way will 'be regarded as an indication of the neighbourly feeling and good will which exist between this country and the great nation to which that island belongs. I have very much pleasure, therefore, in supporting the motion of the Minister of Finance.

Resolution reported.

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PROROGATION.


Mr. SPEAKER informed the House that he had received a communication from the Secretary of His Excellency the Governor General, as follows : Office of the Governor General's Secretary, Ottawa, May 14th, 1902. Sir, I have the honour to inform you that His Excellency the Governor General will proceed to the Senate Chamber, on Thursday, the 15th instant, at three o'clock, for the purpose of proroguing the session of the parliament of Canada. * I have the honour to be, sir, Your obedient servant, F. S. MAUDE, Major, Governor General's Secretary. The Honourable The Speaker of the House of Commons.


SUPPLY-CONCURRENCE.


House proceeded to consider resolutions reported from Committee of Supply. Militia-Rifle ranges, $75,000.


CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

I have received a communication from Halifax respecting the Bedford rifle range, and I will read a brief extract from it so that it may be brought to the attention of the Minister of Militia whom I do not see at present in the House. The letter says :

As one of a number of interested militiamen I take the liberty of writing you to ask you if you will try and get some definite answer from the Minister of Militia as to when Bedford rifle range is going to be ready for the use of the militia. Perhaps it may not be possible for you to obtain the same publicly owing to the session being so nearly to a close.

Briefly the case stands this way. A contract was awarded for the making of the new range, work being'commenced in the early fall, 1900, it being stipulated I understand that it was to be completed some time in June, 1901. Certain work done in the fall of 1900 not being properly arranged was destroyed by the spring freshets in 1901, the resuR was the militia had no range to shoot on last year and it was only through the kindness of the imperial government that the annual shooting of the provincial association was enabled to be held at Macnab's island.

The range is not ready yet and no one seems to know, when it will be, at least no one here. It looks very much as if the militia will he without any rifle practice this year as well.

A gentleman who was up viewing the range a couple of days ago, says that before the targets could even be used there is fully 1000 loads of earth that would have to be removed that had fallen into the trench from the embankment at the back, this theje would have been no trouble 'in guarding against, because it could have been foreseen, as last year they had a cave in only of a larger extent.

Entries for the ' Canadian Military League ' close on May 17th, the matches commencing June 14th, our militiamen always took an interest in these matches but owing to the uncertainty of any place to shoot there will be no entries from here, and there were none of course last year. (Barring a few individuals who formed a club and managed to shoot the matches at Macnabs with considerable expense to themselves.)

There seems to be a very strong desire on the part of this gentleman, whose name I could give to the minister if he desires, that some active measures should be taken in *order to place the range in a condition so that the militia may use Hi at the approaching season.

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The MINISTER OF FINANCE.

I will call the attention of the Minister of Militia to the hon. gentleman's remarks.

Royal Military College, $75,000.

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Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

There is another matter which I intended to have mentioned to the hon. Minister of Militia when he was in the House, and it is this. Last year I brought to his attention the desirability of some memorial being erected by this country in memory of the graduates of the Royal Military College who have fallen in South Africa. The hon. Minister of Militia seemed disposed to take that matter into favourable consideration. I think the idea was to have a memorial placed in the college buildings. I have had another communication from the gentleman who brought this matter to my attention last year, and I trust that the hon. Minister of Finance will be good enough to bring it to the attention of the hon. Minister of Militia.

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The MINISTER OF FINANCE.

I will do so.

Quarantine-Salaries and contingencies, $110,-

000.

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Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

I would like to bring to the attention of the government the fact that a medical practitioner, Dr. Andrew E. Porter, who resides in my province, has informed me that he has a claim against the government as to which he cannot get any reply or any satisfaction. He has brought it to the attention of the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Customs, the Department of the Interior and the Prime Minister, and the only satisfaction he is able to obtain is that one department says that another department should attend to it, and occasionally a department says it will give the matter consideration. He has sent me a statement under oath of what his claim amounts to, and I will read it in order that the government generally may have it brought to their attention :

I, Andrew E. Porter, at present of River Hebert, in the county of Cumberland and province of Nova Scotia, physician, duly admitted to the practice of medicine, do solemnly declare that : _

1. I have been engaged in the practice of medicine since 1876, and was admitted a practitioner in the Yukon Territory in the year 1893.

2. During the summer of 1900, a small-pox epidemic broke out in the city of Dawson.

3. I was instructed by D. Menzies, a customs officer and acting quarantine officer at White Horse in the said territory, to make an examination of the passengers and crews of all steamers arriving from Dawson during the prevalence of the disease.

4. In accordance with such infractions I inspected such steamers between the 11th day of July, 1900, and the 22nd day of August, A.D. 1900.

5. The account attached hereto gives the dates of such inspection and the steamers so inspected.

C. The amount charged per steamer is the regular medical fee allowed in the Yukon at that time for such medical work and is a reasonable charge, to which I am justly entitled.

7. The certificate at the end of the said account is in the proper handwriting of D. Men-zies, collector of customs and acting quarantine officer as aforesaid.

8. I have tried all reasonable means to collect this Bill, but I have not been able up to the present date to collect the total amount or any part thereof.

I do not know whether this man has any claim or whether his statements are correct or not; but there is no reason why he should not receive an answer one way or the other, and be told whether the government intend to pay his claim or not. If they do not intend to pay it, I suppose he would ask them to grant him a petition of right, so that he could enforce his claim if he has any.

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The MINISTER OF THE INTERIOR.

How much is the claim 1

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Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

I do not know.

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The PRIME MINISTER.

Dr. Porter wrote to me on one or two occasions, and I think he was informed that his claim would not be entertained. Of course, if he wants a petition of right, he has only to address the Department of Justice, which he has never done. When he wrote to me, if I remember rightly, inquiries were made, and as a result of the inquiries, he was informed that nothing more could be done for him than what he had already received.

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Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

He has received a part ?

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The PRIME MINISTER.

That is my impression at the present time. I would not

speak positively as to that, but I will send word immediately to have the matter again brought to my attention, and I will give an answer to my hon. friend to-morrow.

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The MINISTER OF THE INTERIOR.

I distinctly remember the claim coming before me. It came into the hands of my deputy and was referred to me, and I instructed my deputy to ascertain whether this man was instructed by any officer of my deDartment to do the work. It was ascertained that he had not been instructed by any officer of my department, and he was notified to apply to the department who employed him. I have not heard from him since.

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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BOUDEN (Halifax).

I cannot imagine that he did not reply to the hon. gentleman's letter, because he has written a good many letters to me on the subject, and shows a disposition to follow the matter up. He says he was instructed by the customs officer, who was acting as quarantine officer, to make this examination, and he acted for a period of some months.

Railways and Canals-Chargeable to capital- Intercolonial Railway-steel rails and fastenings, $600,000

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May 14, 1902