August 31, 1903

OF THE DEBATES OF THE HOUSE OF COMMONS OF THE DOMINION OF CANADA THIRD SESSLON-NINTH PARLIAMENT 3 EDWAED VII., 1903 VOL. LXII COMPRISING THE PERIOD FROM THE THIRTY-FIRST DAY OF AUGUST TO THE TWENTY-EIGHTH DAY OF SEPTEMBER, INCLUSIVE OTTAWA PRINTED BY S. E. DAWSON, PRINTER TO THE KING'S MOST EXCELLENT MAJESTY 1903


Moose of Commons Mebales


THIRD SESSION-NINTH PARLIAMENT


Monday, August 31, 1903.


QUESTIONS.

KINGSTON PENITENTIARY.

CON

Mr. SPROULE asked :

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Who has the contract for supplying the Kingston Penitentiary with groceries and provisions ?

2. Were tenders asked for ?

3. And if so, what are the names of the parties who tendered ?

4. And was the lowest tender accepted ?

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The MINISTER OF JUSTICE (Hon. Charles Fitzpatrick) :

1. Groceries, staples, J. Crawford; groceries, sundries, J. Gilbert.

2. Yies.

3. Groceries, staples-H. P. Eckardt & Co., J. Gilbert, J. Redden & Co., A. Maclean, R. J. Carson and J. Crawford. Groceries, sundries1-Hudon & Orsali, R. J. Carson, J. Crawford, J. Redden & Co., H. P. Eckardt, A. Maclean, J. Gilbert.

4. Yes.

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SPEECH OP HIS EXCELLENCY THE GOVERNOR GENERAL.

LIB

Joseph Henri Napoléon Bourassa

Liberal

Mr. BOURASSA asked :

Did His Excellency the Governor General express the opinion of his advisers, or did he speak on his own personal responsibility, when he addressed the banquet of the Chambers of Commerce of the Empire, at Montreal, on the 20th of this month, and especially when he uttered these words :

' Now, gentlemen, in looking forward to this great coming discussion, there is one point which must appeal pre-eminently to a gathering such as this-the future relations between the motherland and her dependencies-the possibility, and in an imperial sense, the necessity, I say it most strongly, for closer commercial relations in respect to an interchange of trade in preferential conditions between the old country and her possessions beyond the seas- a problem surrounded by difficulties, domestic, imperial and foreign, but on the solution of which I firmly believe the future of our empire depends.

' I have already said we have a great problem before us, the solution of which must depend largely on the researches of experts, and on such well thought out opinions as the delegates of such a congress as is assembled here can give to the public.

* I hope possibly that their discussions may not only have tended to suggest a commercial basis upon which the unity of the empire may rest, but may have impressed upon the public the necessity for some system of common defence to insure its safety from attack.

* No one who has watched the history of the Uuited Kingdom and its possesions for the last few' years, can have failed to note the growth of a great imperial idea, the wish for a closer union between the old country and her dependencies for sentimental reasons, for the sake of trade and prosperity, and for the sake of common defence.

' Gentlemen, it is impossible to foretell the issue of the coming struggle, but in my firm belief we stand very near the parting of the ways. Our opportunity is before us, it may never come again. What is to be our choice- a mighty empire, a brilliant constellation of nations, united in common interests, disseminating throughout the world the spirit of free institutions and liberal ideas; proud of a glorious

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history, and confident in the promises of its future-or the gradual estrangement of that empire's component parts, and its ultimate disintegration ?

' This is not the time to sit down and fold one's hands. It is time for those who believe in the future of our empire to speak about it.'

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

His Excellency attended | the banquet as a guest of the board of trade of the city of Montreal, and , in answer to the toast to his health, expressed .his own personal views.

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DORCHESTER PENITENTIARY.

L-C

Mr. INGRAM asked :

Liberal-Conservative

1. Were tenders received during the current year for the supplying of fuel for Dorchester Penitentiary ?

2. If so, what are names of the tenderers ?

3. What were the prices quoted by the respective tenderers ?

4. Was the lowest or any tender accepted ? If not, why not ?

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Tine MINISTER OF JUSTICE (Hon. Charles Fitzpatrick) :

1. Yes.

2 and 3:

Per ton.

Screenings. Run of Mine.

Cumberland Railway and

Coal Company $3 10 $3 85Acadia Coal Company.. Canada Coals and Rail- 3 00 4 00way Company 3 00 3 60Minudie Coal Company... 2 40 3 65Maritime Coal Company 2 35 3 05-4. The lowest tender was accepted.

PURCHASE OF BLANKETS, &c.

Mr. BLAIN-by Mr. Lancaster-asked :

When was the last lot of blankets, web cloth and half hose purchased ; and what were the quantities and prices, and from whom were they purchased ?

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

The toon, gentleman (Mr. Blain) is not here, and it is impossible to know what department he refers to. If he will be kind tnough to particularize, we will be glad to give the answer.

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JUDGES OF PROVINCIAL COURTS.


The MINISTER OF JUSTICE (Hon. Charles Fitzpatrick) moved that the House go into committee to-morrow to consider the following proposed resolution That it is expedient to amend the Act respecting the Judges of Provincial Courts ; and to Mr. BOURASSA. provide that the salary of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the North-west Territories shall be $5,000, and of five puisne judges of the said court, each, $4,000 per annum. Motion agreed to. The MINISTER OF JUSTICE (Hon. Charles Fitzpatrick) moved that the House go into committee to morrow to consider the following proposed resolutions :- 1. Resolved, That the salaries of the Judges of the Supreme Court of Judicature of Ontario shall be as follows : Per annum. The Chief Justice of Ontario $6,000 Four Justices of Appeal, each 5,000 The Chief Justice of the King's Bench.. 6,000 Two Judges of the High Court of Justice, King's Bench Division, each.. 5,000 The Chancellor of Ontario 6,000 Two Judges of the High Court of Justice Chancery Division, each 5,000 The Chief Justice of the Common Pleas 6,000 Two Judges of the High Court of Justice, Common Pleas Division, each.. 5,000 The Chief Justice of the Exchequer Division 6,000 Two Judges of the High Court of Justice, Exchequer Division, each 5,000 2. Resolved, That if the Chief Justice of the King's Bench, the Chancellor of Ontario, the Chief Justice of the Commons Pleas, or the Chief Justice of the Exchequer Division, is appointed to the Court of Appeal, the Governor in Council may direct that he be paid a salary not less than that previously enjoyed by him as such Chief Justice or Chancellor. Motion agreed to.


FINANCIAL AID TO NORTH-WEST TERRITORIES.


The MINISTER OF FINANCE (Hon. W. S. Fielding) moved that the House go into committee to-morrow to consider the following proposed resolution :- That it is expedient to enact as follows :- 1. The Governor General may,in his discretion from time to time, advance to the government of the North-west Territories any sum required for local improvements in the Northwest Territories, not exceeding in the whole the sum of two hundred and fifty thousand dollars. 2. All sums so advanced to the government of the North-west Territories shall be charged in an account to be known as ' The North-west Territories Debt Account,' and shall in any financial arrangement that may be made in connection with the organization of a province 10102c 10102d or provinces in the said Territories, be taken into consideration as a debt owing by the said Territories to the Dominion of Canada. Motion agreed to.


ANTHRAX IN CATTLE. .

August 31, 1903