July 15, 1903

CON

Uriah Wilson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. WILSON.

It is not very satisfactory.

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The MINISTER OF THE INTERIOR.

Nothing more accurate could be presented. The Committee on Agriculture asked the deputy minister to give as nearly as he

could the number of persons sent by the different agents, and he made up a statement from their reports. The agents handle a large number of people and send them along, so that they cannot in the nature of things make a report that is absolutely accurate, because some of the people may not come to Canada. On the other hand the agents on the trains who count the people reported in Canada, must get pretty near to the exact number, but it would be absolutely impossible that there should not be a discrepancy between the two.

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CON

Rufus Henry Pope

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. POPE.

I appreciate how tired you are, Mr. Chairman, after having worked eight hours, and consequently I shall be brief. But you are not the only tired man in political life to-day. The cabinet, cr so much as remains of it, has been working overtime for the last twenty-four hours, and they must be also somewhat fatigued.

The hon.- member for Lennox has complained that the figures given by the Minister of the Interior and those given by his officers do not agree. That is not strange. The cabinet do not agree, and why should we expect figures to agree which emanate from a body of men who do not agree ? I can understand that immigration is a touching question for hon. gentlemen opposite at this moment. There has been a serious emigration from the cabinet in the last twenty-four hours, and it is a subject which they naturally would not wish to discuss at present. As we shall be called upon to discuss that question at a later hour to-day, it is not necessary that I should dwell further upon It. But I wish to assure the members of the cabinet who are here to-night of my sympathy for them in the great loss they have sustained ; and I think, having had such an exhaustive discussion on this question and after the assurance of the hon. Minister of the Interior that we shall have three times as much discussion upon it as we have had this evening, we might now, with the permission of the leader of the opposition, pass this item.

Some resolutions reported.

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COMMITTEE ON THE ELECTION LAWS.

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The MINISTER OF FINANCE.

As the hon. member for Montmorency (Mr. Cas-grain) was placed on the committee in connection with the Bill relating to the elec* tion laws, and as he is absent, the suggestion has been made that the hon. member for King's (Mr. Fowler) be appointed on the committee in his place. If agreeable, I will make a motion to that effect, so that the hon. member may be able to attend the meeting of the committee which takes place to-morrow.

The MINISTER OF FINANCE moved the adjournment of the House.

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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

Will the hon. gentleman be good enough to state what business we may expect to-morrow ?

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The MINISTER OF FINANCE.

After the ministerial explanations, which are set down as a special government order, Supply will be moved, and the Minister of the Interior will resume his estimates.

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Motion agreed to, and House adjourned at 1.40 a.m., Thursday.



Thursday, July 16, 1903.


July 15, 1903