March 26, 1903

SUB-COLLECTOR OF CUSTOMS AT TRA-CAD1E, N. B.

CON

Mr. WILMOT asked :

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Has M. E. Bourgeois been dismissed from the position of sub-collector of customs at Tracadie, N.B. ? If so, when was he dismissed, and for what reason ?

2. Was any complaint entered against him ? If so, what was the nature of the complaint, and was he given an opportunity of defending himself ?

3. Who made the complaint, and upon whose recommendation was he dismissed ?

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The MINISTER OF CUSTOMS (Hon. Wm. Paterson).

M. E. Bourgeois, sub-collector of customs at Tracadie, N.B., was

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Robert Holmes

Liberal

Mr. HOLMES.

retired from the customs service, from 1st February, 1903, on account of age, it being considered necessary to have a younger and more energetic officer for customs service at that place.

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INQUIRY FOR RETURNS.

CON

George Taylor (Chief Opposition Whip; Whip of the Conservative Party (1867-1942))

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GEORGE TAYLOR (South Leeds).

Before the Orders of the Day are called, I wish to remind the Finance Minister that yesterday he promised to bring down immediately, a return which I moved for.

The MINISTER OF FINANCE (Hon. W.

S. Fielding). I did not promise it ' immediately,' but I promised it promptly. The return may be brought down to-day, or at all events to-morrow.

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Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN (Halifax).

Is it a complicated and lengthy return ?

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The MINISTER OF FINANCE.

No.

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Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

There should be some uniformity regarding this matter of answering questions. The Minister of Customs to-day gave a very long answer to a question propounded by one of his supporters, and I have not the slightest doubt that if the question were asked by a member on this side we would be compelled to move for a return. The same principle should apply to both sides of the House regarding questions of that character. I do not see why the slightest discrimination should be made. Discrimination of that kind will not advance the business of the House. I want to be fair about it, but I have observed more than once that it makes a considerable difference whether the question comes from that side of the House or from this side.

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The MINISTER OF FINANCE.

There should be no discrimination of that kind, and I do not think there is. There has been no unreasonable delay about this return and it will be brought down as soon as possible.

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Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

I gather that the question asked by my hon. friend (Mr. Taylor) will probably involve a shorter answer than the question put by the member for West Huron (Mr. Holmes), which was answered by the Minister of Customs, and yet in one ease we were compelled to move for a return and in the other case the answer was brought down at once.

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The MINISTER OF FINANCE.

I am sure that there is as great a disposition to answer a question from that side of the House as from this.

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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

We would like to see it.

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The MINISTER OF CUSTOMS (Hon. Wm. Paterson).

We have to get this in-| formation from the different ports and we I try to get it as rapidly as possible, and when

we do get it we give it as soon as it comes into our possession. We do not know any other way of dealing with the business of the House.

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THE IfRENCH TRANSLATION OF THE PAPERS OF THE HOUSE.

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0. CASGRAIN (Montmorency.)- (Translation.)-Before the Orders of the Day are called, I would like to draw the attention of the House to the way in which the translation of our papers is done.

The PRIME MINISTER (The Rt. Hon. Sir Wilfrid Laurier.) (Translation.) Is the hon. gentleman referring to the ' Hansard ' ?

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Charles Eusèbe Casgrain

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CASGRAIN.

(Translation.) No, I am alluding to the papers of the House. Last year I had the opportunity of bringing to the attention of the House that very same matter, and now I wish to give an instance which shows how faulty, to say the least, that translation is.

I have placed on the Order Paper of the day a question in connection with a ferry boat which is to accommodate RiviSre Ouelle and the north shore of the St. Lawrence. Now, they have translated the word ' ferry ' by the French word ' bac.' I would not have thought it was worth while to correct that error, were it not that I do not wish to be made a laughing stocl* to the community by leaving the public under the impression that I used the word ' bac ' to describe the character of the accommodation which is to be given to the public by a ferry boat plying between Riviere Ouelle and La Malbaie. If you take the trouble of referring to Bescherelle's dictionary, you will find that ' bac ' is described as follows : A large, flat boat, chiefly used for ferrying over a river, cattle, carts, &c., by means of a cable fastened on both shores.

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The PRIME MINISTER.

(Translation.) Where are the words to be found which you are complaining of ?

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Charles Eusèbe Casgrain

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CASGRAIN.

(Translation.) At the top of page three of to-day's Order Paper. It would have been absolutely preposterous for me to have used such a word in describing the service which is to be provided by means of a ferry boat plying between Riviere Ouelle and the north shore of the St. Lawrence.

So, I think, the officials whose duty it is to translate the papers referred to, should give a closer attention to their work.

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RAILWAY SUBSIDIES ACT-PROPOSED AMENDMENT.

March 26, 1903