In moving the adjournment of the House I may say that at the earlier part of to-morrow's session, it is expected that the Minister of Railways will bring forward his resolutions with regard to the Canadian Northern Railway. Eater I would be glad to have the co-operation of my friends opposite in giving consideration to several items of special supply for the current year. They will be in the Departments of Mounted Police, Militia, Public Works and Agriculture. I refer to special items urgently needed for the service of the present .year. I hope to have the co-operation of lion, gentlemen in accepting these with as little discussion as possible so that we may get a special Supply Bill through.
MESSAGE FROM THE GOVERNOR GENERAL-SUPPLEMENTARY ESTIMATES.
The MINISTER OF FINANCE 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 supplementary estimates of sums required for the service of the Dominion for the year ending 30th of June, 1903, and in accordance with the provisions of the British North America Act of 1867, the Governor General recommends these estimates to the House of Commons. (Sgd.) MINTO. The MINISTER OF FINANCE moved that the message of His Excellency together with the supplementary estimates be referred to the Committee of Supply. Motion agreed to.
ADJOURNMENT-BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE.
Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).
We will not be unreasonable in meeting the wishes of my hon. friend. I presume the Minister of Railways will not forget the information which he promised to bring down when we were considering the Canadian Northern Railway resolutions some days ago.
TARIFF NEGOTIATIONS WITH FRANCE.
Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).
1 wish to draw attention to the following telegram :
Contracts are about to be signed between the Canadian and French governments involving the establishment of a new steamship line of four vessels between Halifax and Rocliefort-Sur-Mer for the purpose of developing the Canadian lumber trade with France. France will obtain considerable advantage from the new arrangement, as there may be a reduction of the Canadian tariff in favour of certain lines of French manufactured goods much used in the Dominion.
Bach government promises to subsidize two vessels which will offer passenger service, transferring travellers to the Canadian Pacific at Halifax, whence there is direct and rapid communication with New York. It is stated that the freight interests of the Canadian Pacific, which taps an enormous lumber region, played a great part in the new enterprise. The scheme was first officially sketched during Premier Laurier's visit to Paris last summer. That the scheme should be based on the reduction of the Canadian tariff in certain directions in
favour of France occasions comment here, in view of Mr. Chamberlain's recent utterances regarding intercolonial and British commercial union.
I wish to ask my bori. friend who is leading the House whether or not he is able to announce as to the authenticity oY the information contained in that telegram ?
So far as the despatch refers to any agreement whatever between France and Canada touching a reduction of duties there is absolutely no foundation for it. There were negotiations, as has already been stated in a general way, between the representatives of this government and the French government in Paris last autumn, hut they did not come to any conclusion, and there is therefore no foundation whatever for the statement the hon. gentleman has read so far as it relates to any change of commercial policy on one side or the other, i As respects the steamship line, there is a standing offer for a subsidy for a line between France and Canada and negotiations have occasionally taken place with the view of getting that line into operation. It is possible that the Prime Minister, or the Minister of Trade and Commerce, has had some recent negotiation on the subject* with which I am not acquainted, but that would be done under the standing offer which exists in our statute of a subsidy for a line of steamers between France and Canada.
Motion agreed to, and House adjourned at 2.55 a.m., Thursday.
Thursday, June 18, 1903.