September 7, 1903

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Samuel Hughes

Liberal-Conservative

Mr. HUGHES (Victoria).

Take the case of newspapers in Vancouver or Victoria-is any of this money to he utilized for paying the land telegraph charges from the point where the cables are received to the city of publication 1

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The MINISTER OF FINANCE.

I have just received an intimation from an hon. friend who happens to have a copy of a circular issued by the association, that the fees for newspapers in the large cities has been fixed for two years at $750 a year, for either morning or evening service, while newspapers elsewhere will receive that service for $375. In addition the newspapers will pay the telegraph charges from the point where the cable is received to the point of destination.

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George Adam Clare

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CLARE.

Is this classification altogether a fair one ? Take for instance, a place like Galt or Berlin. There are two small dailj' papers, but they cannot afford to pay so large a sum as $375 for this service. I think it should be graded.

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Richard Blain

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BLAIN.

Would the hon. minister please read that circular, so as to put it on record in ' Hansard.'

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The MINISTER OF FINANCE.

This circular was handed to me by an hon. member of the House connected with the press. It is as follows :

The Canadian Associated Press,

Office of the Provisional President,

Montreal, August 26, 1903.

Dear Sir,-At the meeting of the executive committee of the proposed association of daily newspaper publishers, held in the council room of the Board of Trade Building, Toronto, on the 19th instant, there were present :-

Mr. John Ross Robertson, 'Telegram,' Toronto ; Mr. W. J. Douglas, ' Mail,' Toronto ; Mr. J. A. Macdonald, ' Globe,' Toronto ; Mr. W. F. Maclean, M.P.. ' World,' Toronto ; Mr. J. E. Atkinson. ' Star,' Toronto ; Mr. A. H. U. Colquo-houn, ' News,' Toronto ; Mr. Jas. S. Brierly, ' Herald,' Montreal.

After considerable discussion it was decided that it would be advisable to seek incorporation under the name of ' The Canadian Associated Mr. MONK.

Press,' each member to subscribe for one share of the stock paying $25 thereon.

Should you desire to become a member of the association. I will be glad to receive your subscription as soon as possible. It is expected that the association will prove of very material advantage to its members.

The propoised cable service from Great Britain. towards which the Dominion parliament has made a grant to extend over a term of fivo years, was considered at the meeting, and steps were taken on behalf of the subscribers to the service to ensure its commencement at an early date-perhaps by September 1st. The following newspapers have already agreed to take the service, viz.:

Toronto ' Globe,' ' Mail and Empire,' ' Telegram,' 'World,' 'Star' and ' NewsMontreal 'Gazette,' 'Star' and 'Herald'; Winnipeg'Free Press' and 'Telegram'; St. John (N.B.) 'Telegraph.' It is expected that this list will be considerably increased at an (early date. While the parliamentary grant lasts this cable service will be, of course, open to all publishers of daily papers on precisely similar -terms whether they be members of the Canadian Associated Press or not. These terms, as fixed for the first two years, are $750 a year for either morning or evening service to papers in Montreal or Toronto, and $375 to papers elsewhere.

To this outlay the cost of land carriage will have to be added, which, in the provinces of Ontario and Quebec, will probably be fifteen cents per 100 words. It is hoped that the cable service will contain an average of three hundred words morning and three hundred words evening.

A meeting of the association will be held in the council chamber of the Board of Trade, Toronto, on Tuesday, September 1st, at 10 o'clock, at which we Irust you will be able to be present.

I shall be glad to hear from you in reference to either membership in the association or subscription to the cable service, and will be pleased to give you any information in my power.

Yours truly,

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JAS. S. BRIERLY,


Provisional President Canadian Associated Pr-ess I understand from references that I have seen, in the press that since this circular was issued a number of other newspapers have agreed to participate in the arrangement.


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Samuel Hughes

Liberal-Conservative

Mr. HUGHES (Victoria).

It would have been of great service and would have saved time, if the hon. minister read that circular in the first place.

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The MINISTER OF FINANCE.

I did not read it for the simple reason that I had not it.

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Samuel Hughes

Liberal-Conservative

Mr. HUGHES (Victoria).

We did not doubt the minister's word, but he was not able to give us the information we required. This circular gives an air of definiteness to his statements.

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The MINISTER OF FINANCE.

It is signed by Brierly, and that guarantees it.

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Samuel Hughes

Liberal-Conservative

Mr. HUGHES (Victoria).

I see that there are a number of good, honest Tories behind Brierly who will keep an eye on him.

Bill reported ; read the third time, and passed.

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MOUNTED POLICE ACT AMENDMENT.


Bill (No. 242) to amend the Mounted Police Act, 1894 (the Prime Minister) was read the second time and House went into committee thereon.


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

I explained on the first reading of this Bill its intention and purport. It is to amend section 13, subsection 3, of the Mounted Police Act, of 1894. That section defines the duties of the force, part of those duties being as follows :

To perform all duties which now are or hereafter shall he assigned to constables in relation to the preservation of the peace, the prevention of crime, and of offences against the laws and ordinances in force in the North-west Territories, and the criminal and other laws of Canada, and the apprehension of criminals and others who may be lawfully taken into custody.

Subsection 3 of this section provides :

The force shall not be charged with any duties under or in connection with any municipal by-laws.

Thus it will be seen that the force is charged with the execution of the laws of the North-west Territories, except municipal by-laws. In the Yukon Territory, the force has been called upon more than once to execute the by-laws of the town of Dawson, which has municipal institutions. The only police force in the Yukon Territory is the mounted police. The object of the' amendment is to provide that so far as the Yukon Territory is concerned, the mounted police may execute not only the law of Canada, and provincial laws if there were such, but also municipal by-laws.

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Samuel Hughes

Liberal-Conservative

Mr. HUGHES (Victoria).

Is the Prime Minister strengthening the mounted police force in the Yukon ? What is the number there now ?

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The PRIME MINISTER.

Three hundred.

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Samuel Hughes

Liberal-Conservative

Mr. HUGHES (Victoria).

I hope it is not necessary to increase the force to keep order in view of the Treadgold and other concessions.

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The PRIME MINISTER.

It will be found when the commission of inquiry reports that the trouble over this Treadgold concessions was a tempest in a teapot.

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Frederick Debartzch Monk

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MONK.

What is the object of this disposition, which says, ' It shall not be deemed to have heretofore applied'? Has any difficulty oceurrred?

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September 7, 1903