August 4, 1904

QUESTIONS.

COL. OTTER-FENIAN RAID.

CON

Mr. E. D. SMITH asked :

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. What were the orders issued or instructions given by the Militia Department, or By the G. O. C-, to Colonel W. D. Otter for services during the Fenian Raid of 1870 ?

2. On what dates was he on active service 1

3. Where did he serve ?

4. What extra pay did he receive ?

5. What troops served under him ?

6. Were there any clasps or medals issued, or are there any records of services rendered in the Militia List, the application for which was not the same as Militia Form A17 ?

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Hon. Sir FREDERICK BORDEN (Minister of Militia and Defence) :

1. No record at headquarters.

2. October, 1869, to May, 1870.

3. At Toronto.

4. No record at headquarters.

5. No record at headquarters.

6. None, so far as Fenian Raid or Red River are concerned.

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STR. ' ALERT '-ST. LAWRENCE CANAL.

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Mr. J. D.@

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LIB

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

Liberal

1. Five men.

2. $270 per month.

3. For the month of July the cost was $351.

4. $60. It was purchased by Superintendent Stewart without special authority.

, 5. Four persons outside of the crew. The trip was made in the ordinary course of official duties. No special authority was necessary, as the Murray canal is under the charge of Superintendent Stewart.

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TRURO ARMOURY.

CON

Mr. GOURLEY asked :

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Does the government intend to build an armoury at Truro this year or in the near future ?

[DOT]2. What is the policy of the government with reference to building armouries in Nova Scotia?

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Hon. W. S.@

The matter is under consideration. There is a large lump sum in the estimates for the construction of *armouries, out of which armouries may be built at many points.

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CON

Seymour Eugene Gourley

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GOURLEY.

I would point out to the hon. minister that we have a very fine rifle club in Truro, that our militia are active and are entitled to some recognition.

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CUSTOMS ACT AMENDMENT.

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Hon. WM@

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SATURDAY SESSION.

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Rt. H@

That when this House adjourns on Friday next, it stand adjourned to the following day, Saturday, at 11 a.m.; and that the order of proceedings will be the same as the order for Friday.

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Motion agreed to.


DOMINION ELECTIONS ACT, 1901- AMENDMENT.

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Hon. OH AS@

FITZPATRICK (Minister of Justice) moved third reading of Bill (No. 148) to amend the Dominion Elections Act.

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Mr. GEO O.@

AfLCORN. I beg to present the motion I made in committee the other day with regard to section 3 of this Bill, which affects section 29 of the Elections Act. Hon. gentlemen are (probably fami-i liar with the matter at issue. Under the Elections Act, as it now stands, the Governor General fixes the days of nomination and election, and names them in the writs, except as regards certain constituencies, two in Quebec and, under the amendment, made by this Bill, three in British Columbia. As regards the excepted constituencies, the returning officer fixes both the day of nomination and the day of election, the alleged reason for this being that in those constituencies, owing' to their large area and sparse population, it is impossible for the returning officer to do the work assigned to him preparatory to the polling within the delay prescribed in the other constituencies. That work consists mainly of posting his proclamation, which is begun as soon as possible after the receipt of the writs, and the posting notices of the holding of the poll after nomination. It is said that the time allowed under the ordinary rule in other constituencies would not be sufficient in these excepted constituencies. As regards the other duties of the returning officer. I am

satisfied there would be no difficulty whatever in his performing the whole of them within the time fixed by the Bill as it now stands. It is also said that the distribution of the ballot boxes would occupy a little more time than the ordinary rule allows. I understand that the rule ordinarily followed by successive governments is to allow a period of about thirty days between the issue of the writs of election and the polling day. But for the purpose of avoiding any difficulty which the returning officer might experience with respect to the work he has to do in the excepted ridings, I propose that that period of thirty days be divided into two equal periods and to allow fourteen days before and fourteen days after nomination day. In the excepted ridings, instead of postponing the holding of the poll to a date subsequent to that on which the poll is held in other constituencies, 1 would advance the date of nomination by a week, and allow fourteen days after the issue of the writ for nomination in the excepted constituencies and fourteen days between nomination day and polling day.

I think it is perfectly obvious that this amendment will overcome any difficulty' which can reasonably be alleged to exist in the way of the returning officer performing the several duties assigned to him with regard to the posting of the proclamation and notices and the distribution of the ballot boxes. The difficulty assigned as the reason for postponing the elections in Chicoutimi and Saguenay and other districts is that there is not sufficient time to do this work. At confederation, that difficulty might possibly have furnished reasonable grounds for postporiing the election, but it has long since disappeared. Allowing fourteen days between nomination and polling is certainly all that is necessary to enable us to have all the elections on one day. Successive governments have left this provision in the election law because it was supposed that advantage might be derived through holding what were in effect a number of by-elections after the general election. I think it is time that that should be swept away and that all the elections be held at the same time.

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Charles Fitzpatrick (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Hon. CHARLES FITZPATRICK (Minister of Justice).

I fear that, if we are to accept as accurate the statements made with respect to the local conditions in these constituencies by those who are familiar with them, and which conditions seemed to justify the laws which we have had on the statute-book for many years past, this amendment will not help us to a sufficient extent. I cannot see any good reason why we should depart from the law which we have had so long and which, I think, is still necessary under the circumstances of these excepted constituencies.

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August 4, 1904