July 22, 1904

SUPPLY-SIR ELZEAR TASCHEREAU.

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Hon. W. S.@

FIELDING (Minister of Finance) moved that the House go into Committee of Supply.

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Edward Frederick Clarke

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. E. F. CLARKE.

Mr. Speaker, before you leave the chair, I would like to ask the Prime Minister if he has any information to communicate to the House with reference to the movements of Sir Elzear Taschereau? Before the House adjourned this morning I took the opportunity of calling the attention of the Finance Minister who was leading the House to a cablegram which appeared in the ' Montreal Star ' of yesterday announcing that His Lordship had left London suddenly and intended to sail by the steamship ' Ionian.' Is the right hon. gentleman aware that he has left London suddenly ; and, if so, what is the reason ? Has he been recalled ?

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

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

I have no information whatever.

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Samuel Barker

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BARKER.

Have the government made any inquiry as to the remarks of Chief Justice Taschereau, as they did in the case of Lord Dundonald ?

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

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

There is a difference between the position held by the Chief Justice and that held by Lord Dundonald. We asked Lord Dundonald in regard to the remarks he had made, as he was an official of ours. Sir Elzear Taschereau is not an official of this government.

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BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE.

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John Graham Haggart

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. JOHN HAGGART.

When are the final supplementary estimates to toe brought down ? Is there any other legislation to be brought down than that on the order paper?

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William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING.

I stated yesterday that I hoped the estimates might be down to-day, but I am inclined to think they will not be down until Monday.

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

Liberal

Sir WTLFRID LAURIER.

It is not contemplated to bring in any more legislation.

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John Graham Haggart

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HAGGART.

I see a report in the papers that a Bill is to be introduced in reference to superannuation in connection with the Intercolonial Railway.

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

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

As to that I cannot say in the absence of the Minister of Railways. There may be some departmental measures, but it is not intended to toring anything of a contentious nature.

Mr. SiPROULE. At this stage I think we ought to have some information from the government in regard to the Bills on the order paper which they intend to put through and those which they intend to drop. It is rumoured that it is not the intention of the government to put them all through. Can the Prime Minister give us any information on that point ?

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

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

On Monday next my hon. friend the Minister of Finance Mr. FIELDING.

intends to bring down the estimates. Then we shall have practically everything we intend to bring down during the present session, unless some measures of a non-contentious character ; and then if my hon. friend is in a mood to go home as much as I am, we may give him some information and perhaps be guided by his intention.

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Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

It is not the opposition that is running the House, but the government.

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David Henderson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HENDERSON.

In the absence of the chairman of the Committee on Banking and Commerce, I beg to ask the Minister of Finance if he can inform the House when we may expect another meeting of that committee ? There is still one important Bill undisposed of, and it is very desirable that the committee should meet at an early day in order to finish up the business.

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William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING.

I am afraid I am not able to give my hon. friend any information on the subject. I was under the impression that the business of the Banking and Commerce Committee was completed. There is one Bill, I understand, which has not been disposed of ; but I was informed, as I believe my hon. friend has been, that that Bill was not to be proceeded with. If that be the case, I do not see any need of calling, the committee. I have no objection to it being called, tout I have no information of what the intention of the chairman is. 1 am inclined to think that the promoter does not intend to proceed with the Bill.

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David Henderson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HENDERSON.

I may say that while the promoter may not intend to proceed writh it, possibly the committee may.

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William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING.

I will take the responsibility of saying, as one member of the committee, that as it is a private Bill, if the promoter does not want to proceed with it, 1 do not see how anybody else can have any interest in pressing it. .

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Motion agreed to, and House went into Committee of Supply. Experimental Farms, $100,000.


July 22, 1904