June 17, 1904

LIB

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

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

I would not like to give any precise information to my hon. friend (Mr. Roche). The hon. gentleman will have all the information within a very few days; four or five days at the most, In the absence of the Minister of Justice who is in charge of that measure I do not think I would be justified in pretending to give him the particular character of the legislation which my hon. friend asks me about. I may say also that I forgot to mention that we propose to introduce a Bill to give effect to the decision of the Railway Committee of the Privy Council, given in January last with regard to the railway crossing over Yonge Street in the city of Toronto. This decision was rendered by the Railway Committee of the Privy Council in the month of January. It should have been rendered by the Privy Council, but through some clerical error it did not come before the Privy Council at the time, and when it did come before the Privy Council, the Railway Committee of the Privy Council had ceased to exist. We therefore have to introduce legislation simply to give effect to the decision of the Railway Committee of the Privy Council.

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LIB

Ralph Smith

Liberal

Mr. RALPH SMITH.

I do not believe that this motion deals fairly with the private members of this House. It is true that the premier has amended the motion so as not to include next Monday, but we must remember that there are twelve Bills in the names of private members and nine or ten motions, and if these Bills do not pass next Mon-Mr. SPROULE.

day, which they cannot, as they have to go through at least two stages, then it means that these Bills are killed for this session. I do not think that there has been a session of this parliament in which private members had less time for the consideration of their business. It occurs to me that the government should take Saturday for their business and allow the Mondays to remain with the private members. In fact, I consider that so long as private members have business before the House the government should provide some portion of every week for the consideration of that business. It is very important that the government should consider that matter. We are anxious to have these Bills considered by this House and put through if possible.

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LIB

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

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

If I am to judge of what is to take place next Monday by what has taken place on other Mondays, my hon. friend will have ample opportunity to have his Bill considered on Monday next. If he does not, I will see what I can do for him later on.

Motion as amended, agreed to.

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REPRESENTATION OF THE PROVINCES.


i Hon. JO*HN HAGGART. Before Ithfii Orders of the Day are called, I would ask the right hon. gentleman when he intends to bring down the papers asked for by the leader of the opposition in reference to the submission to the Privy Council of the reference with regard to the representation of Prince Edward Island, and the other provinces, in the House of Commons. The record must be ready because, I understand the solicitor general has gone to England to argue the cases before the Privy Council. The factum should have been presented to the House before this. Sir 1 WILFRID LAURIER. I am quite sure the papers can be brought down now, I will make a note of it.


CON

John Graham Haggart

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HAGGART.

I would like to have them immediately, especially those relating to the Ontario case so as to see whether it has been properly presented.

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LIB

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

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

I will try to bring them on Monday. I forgot to mention that my hon. friend the Postmaster General will bring down a measure with respect to the Alien Labour law, which he promised some time ago.

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SUPPLY.


House in Committee of Supply. Department of Marine and Fisheries-salaries, $77,850.


LIB

Joseph Raymond Fournier Préfontaine (Minister of Marine and Fisheries)

Liberal

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

The only in-

creases are the statutory increases. The total salaries for 1903-4 were $72,700. There are forty-eight statutory increases, at $50 each, $2,400 ; and two additional junior second-class clerks at $800 each ; $1,600 ;

and two third-class clerks, at $600 and $1550, making $1,150; making the total increase of $5,150. Mr. Archambault has been promoted from a messenger to a third-class clerkship at $650. His previous salary as messenger was $600. He has been in the service twenty-nine years. I have also made the following appointments, which are included in the estimates, namely : H. Tremblay and R. Frechette, junior second-class clerks, at $800 each ; L. F. Gorman, third-class clerk, at $600, and Ida Tetu, third-class clerk, at $550. Miss Tremblay is employed in my office as a French stenographer and typewriter. Mr. Frechette is employed in the accountant's branch, and the accountant speaks very highly of him as an official. Mr. Gorman has been in the department for some years as an extra clerk and is a stenographer and typewriter. The deputy minister recommended him strongly for this appointment. Miss Tetu is a French stenographer and typewriter.

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CON

Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

I notice that you are providing for three additional third-class clerks and two junior second-class.

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LIB

Joseph Raymond Fournier Préfontaine (Minister of Marine and Fisheries)

Liberal

Mr. PREFONTAINE.

As I have explained, these were employed temporarily, and I propose to put them on the permanent list.

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CON

Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

They may have been employed temporarily, but last year you had fifty-two employees, and now you have fifty-six. So that there must be four more somewhere.

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LIB

Joseph Raymond Fournier Préfontaine (Minister of Marine and Fisheries)

Liberal

Mr. PREFONTAINE.

I have just stated that there are four more.

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CON
LIB

Joseph Raymond Fournier Préfontaine (Minister of Marine and Fisheries)

Liberal

Mr. PREFONTAINE.

I may state that the work has increased about sixty per cent since I have been in the department.

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CON

John Graham Haggart

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HAGGART.

I notice that the contingent account is also greater than it was last year.

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L-C

Edward Hackett

Liberal-Conservative

Mr. HACKETT.

Are any of these clerks employed in connection with the distribution of the fishing bounties to the fishermen of the maritime provinces ?

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LIB

Joseph Raymond Fournier Préfontaine (Minister of Marine and Fisheries)

Liberal

Mr. PREFONTAINE.

The clerks employed for the distribution of the fishing bounty are employed only temporarily during six or eight weeks of the year. They are then paid off.

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June 17, 1904