May 4, 1903

WAGES OF CANAL EMPLOYEES.

CON

Andrew Broder

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. A. BRODER (Dundas).

Before the Orders of the Day are called, I wish to put a question to the Minister of Railways (Hon. Mr. Blair). I understand that the employees on the Cornwall canal and the dock labourers have received an increase in their pay amounting now to $1.50 a day. I wish to know if that increase of pay also affects the labourers on the Williamsburg canal, or only those on the Cornwall canal ?

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The MINISTER OF RAILWAYS AND CANALS (Hon. A. G. Blair).

It will be general. I know no distinction between the labourers on the canals.

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PRIVATE BILLS.

CANADA PERMANENT AND WESTERN CANADA MORTGAGE CORPORATION.


House in Committee on Bill (No. 54) respecting the Canada Permanent and Western Canada Mortgage Corporation.-Mr. Osier. On section 1,


LIB

Peter Macdonald (Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. DEPUTY SPEAKER.

This clause is amended by adding after the word 'means' in the last line, the following:

Before such change of name shall take effect, a general meeting of the shareholders of the said company shall be called for the purpose of considering it, and a resolution accepting and approving thereof shall be passed by the shareholders present, or represented by proxy, at such meeting, and certified copy of such resolution shall within fifteen days after the passing thereof said meeting be published in the ' Canada Gazette ' and such change of name shall take effect upon the date of such publication.

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Edward Frederick Clarke

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CLARKE.

When this Bill was being. considered by the Banking and Commerce Committee it was amended by adding Hon. Mr. SUTHERLAND.

the clause just read by the Chairman, the committee not being satisfied that the shareholders authorized the name of the company to be changed. I have received a number of documents from the solicitor of the company, respecting the matter, which I have submitted to the lion. Minister of Finance (Hon. Mr. Fielding), and I am satisfied from a perusal of them that there will be no objection from the shareholders- that, in fact, they desire the) change to be made. I therefore move that the additional clause be struck out. I am satisfied it is not at all necessary, as there is no opposition to the desired change of name.

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The MINISTER OF FINANCE (Hon. W. S. Fielding).

There was a question in the Committee on Banking and Commerce as to whether this proposed change had the approval of the shareholders, and this clause was put in to make assurance doubly sure. However, since that time such representations have been made by hon. gentlemen in the House and by persons outside as have satisfied me, at all events, and I think will satisfy the committee, that the shareholders will be satisfied to have this change made, and as the insertion of the clause might cause some embarrassment, in view of the representations that have been made, I have no objection to the motion made by the hon. member for Toronto (Mr. Clarke) to have the clause struck out.

Bill reported; read the third time, and passed.

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Subtopic:   CANADA PERMANENT AND WESTERN CANADA MORTGAGE CORPORATION.
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MUTUAL LIFE ASSURANCE COMPANY OF CANADA.


House in Committee on Bill (No. 65) respecting the Mutual Life Assurance Company of Canada.-Mr. Bruce. On section 1, The MINISTER OF JUSTICE (Hon. Charles Fitzpatrick) moved ; That section 1 be amended by inserting after the words ' section 2 ' in the third line of the section, the words ' chapter 112.' Section, as amended, agreed to. Bill, as amended, reported ; read the third time and passed.


CONSIDERED IN COMMITTEE-THIRD READINGS.


Bill (No. 103) respecting the Royal Trust Company.-Mr. Casgrain. Bill (No. 100) to incorporate the Colonial Bank of Canada.-Mr. Calvert. Bill (No. 115) to incorporate the Richmond and Drummond Fire Insurance Company.- Mr. Tobin. Bill (No. 105) to confer on the Commissioner of Patents certain powers for the relief of the Standard Car Truck Company.- Mr. Belcourt.


SECOND READINGS.


Bill (No. 131) to incorporate the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company of Canada, Limited.-Mr. Mclsaac. Bill (No. 134) to incorporate the Erie, Ontario, Power Company.-Mr. German.


RELIEF OF WILLIAM FRANCIS SCHOOLEY.


Mr. BOYD moved the second reading of Bill (No. 128) for the relief of William Francis Schooley.


LIB

John Charlton

Liberal

Mr. JOHN CHARLTON (North Norfolk).

This Bill seems likely to go through with the facility which usually attends the passage of Bills of this character through this House. I have had my attention called to this Bill for the first time by seeing it on the Order Paper. It is a Bill entitled ' An Act for the relief of William Francis Schooley.' The Bill sets forth the allegation that this man's wife left him some years ago, went to the United States, obtained a divorce there, is married and is living with the person whom she married in the state of Michigan; and he applies for a divorce and the privilege of marrying again. Now, these circumstances undoubtedly warrant the issue of a decree of divorce. But the question which faces me in this matter is : What do I know about these circumstances 1 I am galled upon to act, as a member of the House of Commons, which either gives or withholds this decree. The decree can be given properly only upon the substantiation of these grounds. If the grounds alleged do not exist, the decree should be withheld. I know nothing about the trial, nothing about the evidence. I am not aware whether there was a cross-examination, whether the evidence was properly brought out, whether there is collusion, whether the allegation is well founded. Under these circumstances the Bill is presented to this House for its ratification. I wish to call attention, as I have done repeatedly before, to the fact that, in my opinion, this whole proceeding is wrong. If cause exists for divorce, that cause should be ascertained by judicial process, and for this purpose the case should be referred to a properly constituted court. There should be no doubt resting upon the mind of any individual who is called upon to register a decree with reference to such a matter. But, in this case, I feel that sense of doubt. I do not wish to do injustice to one party; on the other hand, I do not wish to do injustice to the other party. Yet, in a broad sense, I know nothing about the case except the representation that is made here, that a commitee of the Senate has had the matter under consideration and has seen fit to report favourably upon this Bill. I protest against this line of action. I protest against being called upon as a member of this House of Commons to record my verdict in this matter. The whole system of grant-73

ing divorces in cases outside the provinces of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick is based upon a fallacious arrangement. I repeat that this is a judicial case that should pertain to a judicial tribunal; that the Act should issue only upon evidence which, under the law would warrant a divorce. As soon as possible we should get rid of this expensive, this antiquated, this absurd system of granting divorces. We should establish a divorce court, set forth clearly in the law the conditions under which a divorce may be granted ; then, let it be ascertained by 'the tribunal whether the circumstances as established by the evidence, are such as to warrant the granting of a divorce under the law.

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Motion agreed to, and Bill read the second time.


QUESTIONS.

May 4, 1903