March 22, 1904


Motion agreed to, and House adjourned at 3.35 p.m.



Tuesday, March 22, 1904.


IRREGULARITY IN PETITION.

LIB

Lawrence Geoffrey Power (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER.

The Clerk of the House informs me that a petition was pi^esented from James E. Taylor, applying for a divorce, and that there is no name of a member of the House attached to the petition, i would remind hon. gentlemen that it is the rule of the House that a petition shall bear the name of an hon. member, because some member should assume the responsibility for each petition presented. I would ask the hon. gentleman who presented this petition to give his name to the Clerk.

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REPORTS PRESENTED.


Award of the Alaskan Boundary Tribunal. -Rt. Hon. Sir Wilfrid Laurier (Prime Minister). Report of the Auditor General for the year ended June 30, 1903.-Hon. W. S. Fielding (Minister of Finance). Report of the Minister of Agriculture for the year ended October 31. 1903. Hon. Sydney Fisher (Minister of Agriculture).



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MILITIA ACT, 1904.


Bill (No. 5) respecting the Militia of Canada was read the second time, and House went into committee thereon. On section 1.


CON

Edward Frederick Clarke

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CLARKE.

Before proceeding with the consideration of this Bill, might I ask the hon. the Minister of Militia if it is intended to take this stage to-day .' I he hon. gentleman very kindly said he would supply the members of the House with sufficient copies of the Bill to enable them to meet the demands of their constituents for the Bill. So far we have not received these copies, and have not been able to supply the demands which have been made upon us. Until we have heard from those who,are

interested in this measure, we are not in

position to pronounce upon it. lhe Uin was only brought down on Thursday, I think.

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CON

David Tisdale

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. Mr. TISDALE.

I thought we were merely going to take up the resolutions to-dav I did not suppose we were going on with the Bill itself. For myself I have not been able to read the Bill even.

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LIB

Frederick William Borden (Minister of Militia and Defence)

Liberal

Sir FREDERICK BORDEN.

I think we might make some progress with the Bill today ; but we will let any clauses stand that hon. gentlemen wish to see stand.

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CON
CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

It might be arranged in this way : There are several sections of the Bill which are exactly in the same form as the law stands at present; there may be others as to which there can be no possible question. There will no doubt be a third class which will elicit some controversy. Possibly we might go on with those sections that belong to the first two classes, and leave the others to stand until communication can be had with gentlemen throughout the country who are interested in this measure, and until hon. gentlemen on this side have had some opportunity of studying the provisions of the Bill.

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LIB

Frederick William Borden (Minister of Militia and Defence)

Liberal

Sir FREDERICK BORDEN.

Exactly, and in addition, the Bill will remain in committee, so that it will be quite possible to make changes at a subsequent meeting.

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CON

David Tisdale

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. Mr. TISDALE.

I think it would facilitate matters very much if the minister would point out the changes in the Bill. For us to find them Ourselves would entail considerable labour. In public and government Bills it is usually for the mover or the minister to point out the changes. If the hon. minister could do that without too much trouble, it would certainly lessen the labour of those who are not conversant with these changes.

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LIB

Frederick William Borden (Minister of Militia and Defence)

Liberal

Sir FREDERICK BORDEN.

I am ready, as I proceed, to Indicate the changes, and I have sent to the leader of the opposition

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LIB

Lawrence Geoffrey Power (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER.

a carefully prepared statement. If it lS necessary, of course these could all be reprinted, but I think it is scarcely necessary to do that.

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Mr McCREARY.

What is the increased expenditure per year entailed upon the people of Canada by reason of this Bill goni* into force ? What will it cost per year mor than it costs at present to maintain tb militia ?

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LIB

March 22, 1904