March 16, 1903

MESSAGES FROM THE GOVERNOR GENERAL-MAIN ESTIMATES- INTERNAL ECONOMY.


The MINISTER OF FINANCE (Hon. W. S. Fielding) delivered a message from His Excellency the Governor General. Mr. SPEAKER read the message as follows :



The Governor General transmits to the House of Commons estimates of sums required for the service of the Dominion for the year ending June 30, 1904, and in accordance with the provisions of the British North America Act, 1867, the Governor General recommends these estimates to the House of Commons. Government House, Ottawa, March 16, 1903. The MINISTER OF FINANCE moved that the message of His Excellency and the estimates he referred to the Committee of Supply. Motion agreed to. The PRIME MINISTER (Rt. Hon. Sir Wilfrid Laurier) delivered a message from His Excellency the Governor General. Mr. SPEAKER read the message as follows :



The Governor Genera] transmits to the House of Commons an approved minute of Council, appointing the Rt. Hon. Sir Richard Cartwright, G.C.M.G., Minister of Trade and Commerce ; the Hon. William Stevens Fielding, Minister of Finance ; the Hon. James Sutherland, Minister of Public Works ; and the Hon. Raymond Prefontaine, Minister of Marine and Fisheries, to act with the Speaker of the House of Commons as commissioners for the purposes and provisions of the 13th chapter of the Revised Statutes of Canada, intituled : ' An Act respecting the House of Commons.' Government House, Ottawa, March 16, 1903.


ELECTION PETITION.-JUDGMENT OF SUPREME COURT.

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Lawrence Geoffrey Power (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER.

I have the honor to inform the House that I have received from the registrar of the Supreme Court of Canada a certified copy of the judgment of the said court in the matter of the election appeal for the electoral district of St. James, by which the judgment of the trial judges in the lower court annulling the said election was affirmed and the appeal dismissed.

And on the appeal from that portion of tlie judgment of the trial judges in the lower court wherein the appellant has been found guilty of corrupt practices, the judges of the Supreme Court being equally divided on the said question, the appeal stands dismissed and the judgment of the Hon. Sir Melbourne M. Tait and the Hon. L O. Lornnger, declaring that the appellant was guilty of corrupt practices was affirmed.

The trial judges 'l iving reported that corrupt practices extensively prevailed in the election, I have, in conformity with sections 48, chap. 9. of the Revised Statutes of Canada, withheld the issue of my warrant for a new election, pending nnv action to be taken by the House in the matter.

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REPORTS PRESENTED.


Report of the North-west Mounted Police for 1902.-Rt. Hon. Sir Wilfrid Laurier. Report of the Department of Railways and Canals for the year ended 30th June, 1902.-Hon. Mr. Blair. Report of the Department of Trade and Commerce for the year ended 30th June, 1902.-Right Hon. Sir Richard Cartwright.


FIRST READINGS.


Bill (No. 3) to amend the Dominion Elections Act.-Mr. Charlton. Bill (No. 4) respecting telephone companies.-Mr. Maclean.


RAILWAY ACT AMENDMENT.-PROGRESS ESTIMATES.

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Mr. J.@

CHARLTON (North Norfolk) moved for leave to introduce a Bill (No. 2) to amend the Railway Act as concerns the granting of subsidies in aid of the construction of railways therein mentioned, 63 and 64 Vic., chap. 8.

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

Explain.

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John Charlton

Liberal

Mr. CHARLTON.

It refers to grants made upon progress estimates, subsidy grants. It merely asks to have the minimum sum changed from $60,000 to $30,000.

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Motion agreed to, and Bill read the first time.


RAILWAY ACT AMENDMENT.-TELEPHONE COMPANIES.

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Mr. W. F.@

MACLEAN (East York) moved for leave to introduce a Bill (No. 5) to amend the Railway Act. He said : The substance of this Bill is that every railway company that gives any facilities to any telephone company shall give equal and the same facilities to any other company applying for them on exactly the same conditions. At the present moment the Grand Trunk Railway Company, the Canadian Pacific Railway Company, and other railway companies in this country have made an agreement with the Bell Telephone Company whereby the latter has a monopoly in telephone entrance to the stations of these companies. I say that is against public policy, it is an unfair discrimination, it is against the spirit of the Railway Act which holds a railway company bound to give ail express companies equal facilities. This Bill simply provides that equal facilities shall he given to all telephone companies or persons who desire access to the railway stations of the various railway companies. I would like to know from the Minister of Bailways and Canals whether he will accept this principle, especially in view of this fact, that if the government were now to say that they would accept the

principle of this Bill a large number of private independent telephone lines would be started all over this country. It would he a great assistance to trade and to the social life of this country if these telephone systems were inaugurated.

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Motion agreed to, and Bill read the first time.


CATTLE GUARDS ON RAILWAYS.

March 16, 1903