September 7, 1903

LABOUR DAY.

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Blr. F. D. BIONIC@Jacques Cartier

Mr. Speaker, before the Orders of the Day are called, I would like to suggest to my right hon. friend the Prime Minister the propriety of an adjournment of the House at one o'clock,, in order to enable members to take part in the celebration of Labour Day. It is the only day in the year when most of us can meet the representatives of labour, and labour questions have taken up a great deal of our time during the present session, and are likely to still further engage our attention. I think It would afford us an opportunity of seeing the representatives of labour and becoming familiar with their views on these important questions.

The PRIB1E MINISTER (Rt. Hon. Sir Wilfrid Laurier). We were not prepared for this suggestion. We thought the best way we could celebrate Labour Day would be by working and thinking of prorogation, which is not within sight yet. I will, however, consider the suggestion of my hon. friend, and give him an answer at one o'clock.

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CANADIAN BUTTER.

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David Henderson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. D. HENDERSON (Halton).

Blr. Speaker, before the Orders of the Day are

called, I desire to call attention to an interview which appears in the Toronto ' News ' of Saturday last, with Mr. W. T. R. Preston, the Canadian Commissioner of Immigration, containing a statement which I think is calculated to do a very material injury to a very important product of Canada ; and, representing as I do an agricultural constituency, I desire to draw the attention of the Minister of Agriculture to this statement, in the hope that he will take the earliest opportunity of refuting it, if lie considers it desirable so to do, in the interest of the people of this country. The particular statement to which I refer is this :

There were certain standard supplies which were relied upon in the British market, and which the people had implicit confidence in, because the people who exported them were honest and maintained the .standard set. In this class of goods were Danish butter and New Zealand butter and fruit. In fact, Mr. Preston stated that he used New Zealand butter upon his own table every morning, because it could be depended upon, and Canadian butter could not. Some might certainly be depended upon, but the good was reckoned with the bad, and there should be no bad.

To my mind this is a rather important statement, coming as it does from a gentleman occupying the high position which Mr. Preston does in England. No doubt this extract will be copied largely in the English papers, to the very great injury of the people of this country. I think the Minister of Agriculture should take some means of contradicting the statement, which I believe he can very properly do, because I do not apprehend for one moment that Canadian butter bears such a poor reputation in England as this gentleman's statement would imply.

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QUESTIONS.

CANADIAN MAIL VIA NEW YORK.


Sir. BELL-by Sir. Clarke-asked : How many tons of Canadian mail were sent via New York, from July 1st, 1902, to June 30th, 1903, by months ? The PRIS1E S1INISTER (Rt. Hon. Sir Wilfrid Laurier). From 1st July, 1902, to 30th June, 1903, the weight of mail matter despatched from Canada to the United Kingdom, via. New York was as follows : Month. Letters and Other Matter. Totals. Postcards. tons. lbs. July, 1902 .. . 3 661August, 1902 . 3 584Sept. 1902.. . 3 1,357October, 1903. 3 1,720Nov. 1902.. . 3 1.285Dec. 1902.. .. 5 1,054January, 1903. 4 229Feb. 1903.. . 3 1,085March. 1903 . 4 450April, 1903.. . 3 1,849May, 1903.. . 4 1,204June. 1903.. . 5 134 18 1,612 tons. lbs. tons . lbs.13 284 16 94512 1,081 15 1,66513 1,993 17 1,35014 874 18 59413 1,937 17 1,22228 443 33 1,49716 768 20 99713 840 16 1,92516 332 20 78214 107 17 1,95616 1,399 21 60317 557 22 691190 615 239 227


SUMMARY.


1902. Ton3. July, about 16J August, about 16 September, about 17i October, about 18i November, about 18 December, about 33J 1903. Tons. January, about 20i February, about 17 March, about 20 April, about 18 May, about 21J June, about - 221


GOVERNMENT PURCHASES OF BLANKETS WEB CLOTH AND HALF HOSE.

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The MINISTER OF MILITIA AND DEFENCE (Sir Frederick Borden).

So far as the Militia Department is concerned, I am informed that neither web cloth nor

half hose are purchased, but if the hon. gentleman will allow the question to stand, X will give a statement as to blankets on Wednesday.

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Lawrence Geoffrey Power (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER.

The question stands.

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SUPPLIES FOB GOVERNMENT RAIL' WAYS.

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

I wish to move that Order 26 be discharged in order that I may substitute another resolution to the same purpose. I therefore move -that the following order be discharged :

House in committee to consider the following resolution :-

Resolved, that it is expedient to enact as follows :-

Advances may be made from time to time, out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund of Canada, to the Minister of Railways and Canals, to enable him to purchase necessary materials and stores for the construction, renewal, maintenance, and operation of the Canadian government railways, and for the establishment and conduct of railway stores ; provided that the sums so advanced shall not exceed annually, for the Intercolonial Railway the sum of one million five hundred thousand dollars, and for the Prince Edward Island Railway the sum of one hundred thousand dollars.

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Motion agreed to. BRITISH: CABLE NEWS SERVICE. The MINISTER OF FINANCE (Hon. W. S. Fielding) moved the second reading of Bill (No. 240) to assist in establishing and maintaining an independent and efficient service of telegraphic news from Great Britain for publication in the Canadian press.


CON

Frederick Debartzch Monk

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. F. D. MONK (Jacques Cartier).

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The MINISTER OF FINANCE.

Probably my hon. friend (Mr. Monk) was absent when this subject was dealt with before. When the resolution which established the principle of this Bill was before the House it was very fully considered, and I think that Sir F. W. BORDEN.

all tlie information for which my hon. friend lias now asked was given at that time. However, there is no reason why I should not answer the hon. gentleman's questions to-day.

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Frederick Debartzch Monk

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MONK.

If the information has already been given there is no occasion to repeat it.

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The MINISTER OF FINANCE.

There may be some members present who were not here on the last occasion, and possibly it will be easier for me to give the information than for my hon. friend to look it up in * Hansard.' An application was made to us as the result of the proposal which, on behalf of the government, I made to some members of the Canadian press three or four years ago. My colleagues at that time were good enough to concur in the suggestion I made to aid the press of Canada in obtaining an independent cable service from Europe. We bad noted with regret-and I am sure that hon. members on both sides have shared in that feeling- that the press of Canada depended for reports of what is occurring on the other side of the ocean on American newspapers, and that these reports, with every desire to be fair, naturally dealt with all questions from an American point of view. In nine cases out of ten the information published in Canada was received second-hand through American channels. So strongly impressed was I with the need of a change that four or five years ago I called upon representatives of leading Canadian newspapers and assured them that if they would form a Canadian service the government would assist them. At that time the representatives of the press were not prepared to take up the project; they would have had to put in a considerable sum of money, and the press at that time did not seem to be strong enough to bear their share of the burden. The matter slumbered for several years, but recently I was approached by- representatives of the press, who said that if the government would renew the proposition they would take advantage of it. Interviews took place between a committee of the press and a committee of the government, when the representatives of the press assured! us that if aid was given to a moderate degree they would be prepared to contribute largely to the undertaking.

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September 7, 1903