September 7, 1903

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The PRIME MINISTER.

No. The force has been called upon again and again to enforce the by-laws of the town, and the question may arise whether the action of the force in that respect was legal, and this is to legalize their action.

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Edward Frederick Clarke

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CLARKE.

How many men are stationed at Dawson?

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The PRIME MINISTER.

I could not say off-hand.

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Frederick Debartzch Monk

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MONK.

There is no suit pending?

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The PRIME MINISTER.

Not so far as I know.

Bill reported, read the third time, and passed.

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ADJOURNMENT-LABOUR DAY.

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

Before we take up anything else, I propose that we celebrate Labour Day by adjourning, agreeing with the suggestion of my hon. friend from Jacques Cartier (Mr. Monk), who, I suppose, voices the sentiment of the members on his side of the House, which sentiment, I think, is shared by those on this side.

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William Forsythe McCreary

Liberal

Mr. W. P. McCREARY (Selkirk).

I think the leader of the opposition ought to give some consideration to members who have been here for the last six months, and have not been able to visit their homes during that time. It is all very well for members from Montreal and Toronto who are able to run home on Friday night and return on Monday or Tuesday morning; but we from the west, especially from west of Lake Superior, and from some parts of the lower provinces, I presume, are in a different position, and we feel this matter very seriously. In Winnipeg to-day, as I see by the papers, tbere is a great rush of business going on, a very great number of immigrants are coming to that city, and I feel it is a serious hardship to be a member of parliament, and it becomes more so when we realize that, to a certain extent, the time here is wasted. I submit that I am just as good a friend to the workingmen as the hon. member for Jacques Cartier; I have taken part in their demonstrations in years gone by, and I believe they are deserving of some consideration. But I do not think they would ask that the western members be kept here without doing any work. We adjourned last Wednesday evening at six o'clock, now we are going to lose another half day. The officials of the House and the messengers might be allowed off, and we could go on with the routine business of the House. This is getting to be a serious matter, and in the near future it will be difficult to get business men from the far west to consent to come to parliament, if the business of parliament is to go on in this way.

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Frank Oliver

Liberal

Mr. F. OLIVER (Alberta).

In my opinion, the length of this session has become a public scandal, and I think that those who persistently have obstructed the business of the session from time to time, are responsible for that scandal, and for the

loss and trouble that are put upon members of parliament In attending to their duties here. If there was to be an adjournment, why was it not made from last Friday night so as to give members an opportunity of taking part in this celebration? But to call us here to-day for one or two hours' business, which, in "my opinion, has been for the purpose of further obstruction, is not to the credit of the hon. gentleman who is so anxious to cater to the labour sentiment, 1 presume.

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Frederick Debartzch Monk

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MONK.

I am a little surprised to hear my hon. friend's statement, because the attention of the government was called, I think, last Wednesday or Thursday, to this holiday. We realize, as well as my hon. friends do, that this session has been very lengthy, and although we may come from Montreal or Toronto, we are just as anxious to get home as they are. I would like them to believe that we have occupations just as important and engagements just as essential as their own; but at the same time we are not going to follow out my bon. friend's suggestion to the extent of sitting on holidays and Sunday. This is a great holiday, and perhaps we who come from the large cities where there are a very large number of workmen, know better than my hon. friends what importance these classes attach to this celebration. I venture to say that by adjourning at this hour, as my right hon. friend himself has suggested-because he coincides with the remark which I made at the opening of these proceedings, we shall mark our respect for these very worthy and deserving classes. As I said a few moments ago, I think if my hon. friends who come from the North-west would mingle a little with the classes that are celebrating to-day they would hear something that perhaps will give them valuable information when they come to legislate in regard to those classes.

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Frank Oliver

Liberal

Mr. OLIVER.

I would get more information from them than by listening to the bon. member and his followers.

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James Clancy

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. J. CLANCY (Bothwell).

I think the statement made by the hon. gentlemen opposite that constant obstruction has taken place in this House is wholly unwarranted. The hon. gentlemen know perfectly well that we have had a prolonged session, and the First Minister knows as well as any one that we have had an amount of legislation unheard of in any other session of parliament. . When his supporters rise in their places and declare that the session has been prolonged by reason of obstruction, they make a statement wholly unwarranted.

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Motion agreed to. and House adjourned at 12.55 p.m.



Tuesday, September 8, 1903.


September 7, 1903