May 5, 1904

MAT 5, 1904 PRIVATE BILES-EXTENSION OP TIME.

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Robert Bickerdike

Mr. ROBERT BICKERDIKE (Montreal, St. Lawrence) moved :

That the petition of P. H. Markey and others presented this day, praying to be permitted to lay before the House the petition of the Edmonton Street Railway Company for the passage of an Act to increase their borrowing powers, &c., notwithstanding the expiration of the time for presenting petitions for private Bills, be read and received forthwith and referred to the Select Standing Committee on Standing Orders.

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Motion agreed to.


LIB

Robert Franklin Sutherland

Liberal

Mr. R. F. SUTHERLAND (North Essex) moved:

That the petition of J. T. Schell and others presented this day, praying to be permitted to lay before the House the petition of the Lake Erie and Detroit River Railway Company, for an Act authorizing the said company to construct certain branch lines, notwithstanding the expiration of the time for presenting private Bills, be read and received forthwith and referred to the Select Standing Committee on Standing Orders.

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Motion agreed to.


QUESTIONS.

ATHENS POST OFFICE.

CON

Mr. TAYLOR asked : (Chief Opposition Whip; Whip of the Conservative Party (1867-1942))

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Who is now in charge of the post office at the village of Athens, in the county of Leeds ?

2. Has the postmaster, who has been in charge for several years, been dismissed within the last few weeks ?

3. If so, was a charge preferred ?

4. If so, what was the nature of the charge, and was there an investigation ?

5. If so, has there been a report made by the inspector ?

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Hon. Sir WILLIAM MULOCK (Postmaster General) :

1. Mrs. Janet L. McLaughlin.

2. No ; he resigned.

In answer to questions 3, 4 and 5, the official investigation by the inspector showed that its management was unsatisfactory, and this led to the resignation of the postmaster. The new appointee is his wife, and she was appointed upon the express understanding that the late postmaster was not to be permitted to take any part in the management of the office.

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TRAP NETS IN BRITISH COLUMBIA WATERS.

CON

Mr. EARLE asked :

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Have any licenses been issued permitting the use of fish-traps in British Columbia ?

2. If any trap licenses have been issued, to whom, and how many ?

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LIB

Hon. RAYMOND PREFONTAINE (Minister of Marine and Fisheries) : (Minister of Marine and Fisheries)

Liberal

1. No.

2. No.

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ST. ANDREWS RAPIDS.


Mr. LaRIVIERE asked : 1. Has the following letter been received by the hon. the Minister of Public Works ? ' Winnipeg, 30th April, 1904. The Honourable the Minister of Public Works, Ottawa, Ontario. Sir,-I have the honour, by direction, to give you the following copy of a resolution passed at a special general meeting of this board, held yesterday, viz.:-'Resolved, that the Winnipeg Board of Trade emphatically protests against the delay in carrying out the improvements to navigation at St. Andrews rapids, and ask for the speedy completion of the same ; and would request the hon. the Minister of Public Works for full information as to the present position and future prospects of the work.' The board will be greatly obliged for an early reply. I have the honour to be. sir, Your obedient servant, (Signed) CHAS. N. BELL, Secretary.' 2. Will the request therein contained be complied with ? 3. When is it expected the proposed work will be completed ?


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Rt. Hon. Sir WILFRID LAURIER (Prime Minister) :

1. Yes.

2 and 3. The department is at present giving the matter careful consideration.

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POSTMASTER AT WILTON-DISMISSAL.

LIB

William Mulock (Minister of Labour; Postmaster General)

Liberal

Sir WILLIAM MULOCK.

Yesterday the hon. member for Lennox (Mr. Wilson) called my attention to a return respecting the postmaster at Wilton, and the hon. gentleman stated that a number of letters were on file

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CON

Uriah Wilson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. WILSON.

What I said was that there were several letters, and I gave the names of some of the parties who had written to the Postmaster General. I did not say that they were on file.

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LIB

William Mulock (Minister of Labour; Postmaster General)

Liberal

Sir WILLIAM MULOCK.

That is immaterial to what I am about to say. The hon. gentleman gave me to understand that he was of opinion that a number of letters were on file that had not been included in the return, and that ought to have been included ; and he named a number of persons who, he said, had sent letters. I replied at once that I regretted that there was any omission of that kind, and that I would see that it was at once corrected. I assumed that my hon. friend (Mr, Wilson) spoke from actual knowledge as to what was on file, because he called at the department to see the file, and I instructed the officers to present the file to him. I find on Inquiry that all the papers that were on the public file were brought down in the return. It may be that there are communications in the department of a confidential character, but they were not and never have been on

the public file ; and, therefore, I wish to say that any remarks I made yesterday are not to be taken as an admission that any letters were or were not received from any person. But if the hon. gentleman knows any person to have sent any letters, and if they wish to remove the confidential character which may be attached to them and consent to their being produced, then the department has no objection to their production.

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INQUIRY FOR RETURN.

May 5, 1904