September 16, 1903

REPRESENTATION IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS.

CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN (Halifax).

Perhaps I may be permitted to ask whether or not the. papers that were before the committee on the Redistribution Bill have been laid on the Table of the House and are available to members. If not, I would like to move that they be laid on the Table forthwith.

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The PRIME MINISTER.

I am not aware that they have been laid upon the Table of the House. I would have no objection, however, to that being done.

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

May I ask what papers ?

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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

The notes of the evidence taken and all the amendments that were moved-everything, in fact, that was placed before the committee.

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

My recollection is that by agreement a typewritten copy of all the statements made was given to each member of the committee.

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LIB

Wilfrid Laurier (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

By arrangement, the amendments proposed, were not submitted as a minority report, as my hon. friend wished to discuss them with some of his friends. Subsequently, by order of the House, a thousand copies were printed and distributed through the distribution office to members and to any other persons who wished to have them.

I do not know of any other papers.

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Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

My hon. friend may be quite right. All I want to make sure of is that everything that was before the committee is here. So far as the printing of the amendment is concerned, I find that only a sufficient number were printed to supply one copy to each member of the House. I have been trying this morning to get a copy, but have been unable to get one.

I had one copy, but it was cut up, and I have been unable to get another. I think it unfortunate that the printing was so restricted, because it would have been desirable that half a dozen copies should have been available for each member of the House.

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

There were a thousand printed and I cannot imagine that they have all been distributed.

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Albert Edward Kemp

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. KEMP.

Not a thousand. The Prime Minister said there were only two or three hundred.

, The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

II do not think the Prime Minister said anything of the kind. A memorandum was sent down officially by the clerk of the committee, ordering 1,000 to be printed and 213 or 214 to be distributed to the members of the House and 80 to the members of the Senate. That was what the Premier read, so that there should be a balance of some 700 still remaining.

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Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

I have no personal knowledge of the matter ; but, I sent this morning in the usual way to get a copy, and could not get one. There may have been some mistake on the part of my secretary, who made the inquiry.

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

I had the same experience myself the other day. I wished to get an extra copy, and was told that they were all distributed.

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Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

There are other papers, such as the counter proposals, with the population in each case, which were handed in, but which are not laid on the Table.

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

That may be so.

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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

With the consent of the hon. gentleman I would move that the clerk of the committee on the Redistribution Bill be instructed to give to the Clerk of the House all the papers in his possession in reference to that Bill.

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LIB

Lawrence Geoffrey Power (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER.

I think the regular proceeding- would be to instruct the committee to report in that respect.

borough, Peastanguishene, Collingwood, Tara, Mount Forest, Port Elgin, Paisley, Wiarton, Owen Sound, Chesley, Oakville.

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

Perhaps, with the unanimous consent of the House, the motion can be made. There can be no possible objection.

the PRIME MINISTER. What I understand my hon. friend wants is the proceedings and all the papers in the hands of the clerk of the committee. If the motion is in accordance with the rules, I see no objection to it.

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Motion agreed to.


QUESTIONS.

THE CENSUS SCHEDULES.

September 16, 1903