April 29, 1903

ANTI-CIGARETTE BILL.


Mr. ROBERT BICKERDIKE (Montreal, St. Lawrence) moved for leave to introduce Bill (No. 133) to prohibit the Importation, manufacture or sale of cigarettes.


CON

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

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. G. TAYLOR (South Leeds).

Explain.

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Robert Bickerdike

Mr. BICKERDIKE.

The Bill provides practically what is contained in the resolution that the House, by a very large majority, recently adopted. The Bill is founded on that resolution. It goes so far as to prevent the importation, manufacture and sale of cigarettes. I understand that this Bill may not be strictly regular, but I would ask, if necessary, that the House would suspend the rule, so that we may get the first reading. If there is any further explanation that the hon. gentleman (Mr. Taylor) requires I would be very glad to give it to him.

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CON

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

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. TAYLOR.

I do not take exception to the Bill being presented, nor do I raise any point as to the rule, but if I understand the resolution that was passed in this House a short time ago, it demands that the government, and not a private member, should introduce this legislation. This Bill, as I understand it, somewhat affects the revenue, and it is only the government that can deal with it. In view of that, the government should accept the responsibility for this Bill and see that it is passed into law. Either the hon. gentleman (Mr. Bickerdike) should hand it over to the government and let them carry out the mandate of the House of Commons contained in that resolution, or else the government should now declare that they will take the responsibility for it.

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

My hon. friend (Mr. Taylor) is somewhat in error when he wants to minimize the powers of the members of this House. A member of this House cannot in-

traduce a measure which would put any burdens upon the people, but a member of this House can always introduce a measure which will decrease the taxation and take burdens off the people, and, as I understand it, in this case the objection of my hon. friend (Mr. Taylor) does not apply. I would also remind my hon. friend (Mr. Taylor) that the government was not unanimous when the vote was taken on that resolution. It was looked upon as a question upon which the government were not called upon to formulate any policy.

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

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. TAYLOR.

I understand that the government are simply the servants of this House, and when the majority of this House commands the government^ to intopduieje legislation the government should not attempt to shirk the responsibility which is cast upon it by a large majority of the members of this House.

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Motion agreed to, and Bill i-ead the first time.


QUESTIONS.

THE NATURALIZATION ACT.


Mr. LaRIVIERE asked : Is It the intention of the government to cause to be printed in pamphlet form the Naturalization Act, with the regulations and forms, for the guidance of officials and aliens in general ; the need of which is now so widely felt in Manitoba, and throughout the Territories ?


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The POSTMASTER GENERAL (Hon. Sir Wm. Mulock).

In answer to the hon. gentleman, I have to say that the subject is engaging the attention of the government.

Mr. LaRIVIERE. Hear, hear.

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SUPERANNUATION OF F. X. CHABOT.

CON

Mr. MORIN asked :

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Has F. X. Chabot, Inspector of Weights and Measures, been dismissed from his position ?

2. If so, for what reason ?

3. Has a successor to him been appointed ?

4. If so, what is his name, where does he reside, and what is his salary ?

5. By whom was that new official recommended ?

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The MINISTER OF INLAND REVENUE (Hon. Mr. Bernier) :

1. No, he has been superannuated at his own request.

3. Yes.

4. Louis Joseph Bourget, he resides at Lauz'on, near Quebec ; his salary is $500 per annum.

5. By a person in whom the department has confidence.

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QUESTION OF PRIVILEGE.

IND

Jabel Robinson

Independent

Mr. JABEL ROBINSON (West Elgin).

Mr. Speaker, before the Orders of the Day Sir WILFRID LAURISR.

are proceeded with, I would like to call your attention and the attention of the House to a paragraph that appears in the Ottawa 'Citizen' of April 27th. It reads thus :

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MR. MITCHELL SCORES DOMINION MEMBERS.


Last night in Erskine Presbyterian church, the pastor, Rev. Mr. A. E. Mitchell preached an eloquent sermon, taking his text from 1 Corin-thans, xvi. 13 : ' Watch ye ! Stand fast in the faith. Quit ye like men. Be strong.' He made a touching reference to the late Sir Oliver Mowat and said that he was one of the cleanest and best politicians Canada had ever seen. Continuing, the minister said, ' that the kind of men who were wanted in public life to-day were manly men, brotherly men and Godly men, not men of the Gamey-Stratton type, but men who were not afraid to remain in the House of Commons during prayer. It is a shame,' said the speaker, ' that only thirteen members out of two hundred and thirteen would be present in the House and the Speaker waiting for a quorum to open parliament. The other members were living at ease on their $1,500 a year and travelling around the country on passes enjoying themselves. It. is robbing the country.' Now, Sir, I cull attention to this because I do not think I have missed prayers more than once. I can count noses on the other side of the House-I cannot do so as well on this side-and I notice that there are always on the other side during prayers more members than this gentleman says were in the House. I hope, therefore, that ministers of the gospel will take his advice, and he not only God-fearing men, but truthful men, who will tell the truth on all occasions, whether in the pulpit of out of it. I call tlie' attention of the House to this matter also because I think that even this paragraph may induce more of the members to be here on time.


INQUIRIES FOR RETURNS.

April 29, 1903