WADE (Annapolis) presented the second report of the Select Standing Committee on Privileges and Elections, as follows :
Tuesday, August 4, 1903.
The Select Standing Committee on Privileges and Elections beg leave to present the following as their second report :
In obedience to the order of reference dated 22nd July, 1903, your committee have inquired fully into the allegations therein in reference to George M. Doy, Esquire, member for the electoral district of Beauharnois ; they have investigated all the circumstances connected with the acquisition by the government of Canada. of the property therein referred to, and all matters mentioned in the statement therein contained ; they have also heard the statement made under oath, by the said Geo. M. Loy, Esquire. as well as the evidence of all the witnesses who appeared before your committee, and have examined all papers, documents and exhibits produced, and beg to submit the following as the result of their inquiry, viz.:-
1. The statements contained in the first seven paragraphs of the siaid reference have been substantially established, but your committee cannot discover that the said statements have any bearing upon the charge made against the hon. member for Beauharnois of a violation of chapter 11 of the Revised Statutes of Canada.
2. As to the allegation in paragraph eight that ' from the time that the said Geo. M. Loy handed his property to Archambault. up to the day of the sale of the said property to the Crown or government of Canada, he never ceased to be the proprietor of the said property,' your committee find that under the law of the province of Quebec, as applied to the circumstances proven before your committee, Mr. Loy had ceased to be the ownpr when possession was taken of the property by Mr. Archambault. under the said agreement with Mr. Foy, dated January 4th, 1898, and that the property reverted to Mr. Loy on or about the 15th of June next following.
3. As to the further statement in the said paragraph eight that * at the time of the sale of the said property on the 20th January, 1903, the said Robert Bruce Johnston was merely
acting lor and on behalf of the said Loy, who In said manner did indirectly sell the said property to the Crown in violation of said chapter 11 of the Revised Statutes,' your committee find that the said Robert Bruce Johnston was not at any time, nor in any sense, acting for, or on behalf of. the said Loy ; but the said Johnston represented to Mr. Loy that he was purchasing the said property on his own account for commercial purposes, and Mr. Loy when he agreed to sell the said property to the said Johnston believed the said statement to be true, and he parted with the title to the said property in favour of the said Johnston without any knowledge or notice that the same was not required by the said Johnston for the purpose for which he had so represented ; and the said Johnston according to the evidence adduced, was not an officer of the government and was not aware when he made the purchase for Mr. Dandurand that the property was required for purposes of the Crown, and your committee find that there has been no violation by Mr. Loy of the said chapter 11 of the Revised Statutes of Canada ' An Act respecting the Senate and the House of Commons.'
4. As to the statement in paragraph nine, your committee find that while the assessed value was as therein stated, the same furnished no criterion of the actual value of the property, inasmuch as it was shown that the assessments in Valleyfield are based on ratios varying from a half to two-thirds of the actual values, and your .committee find that the price paid for the property did not exceed Its real value.
5. As to the statement contained in paragraph ten, your committee find that at the time of the said sale there was no property owned by the Crown in Valleyfield available and suitable for the purpose for which the said properly was acquired.
6. The evidence given by Mr. Loy, under examination, was not contradicted in any particular by that of any of the other witnesses, but was supported and corroborated by the other parties who had knowledge of the transaction.
In accordance with the instructions received, your committee herewith submit the evidence taken before them, together with the exhibits and all their proceedings on the reference.
All of which is respectfully submitted.
(Sgd.) P. B. WADE,