August 9, 1904

CON

Richard Blain

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BLAIN.

I think it only fair that the committee should have some facts to go upon. The minister forced upon the committee the bald statement that a certain amount of money voted by this parliament and placed at the disposal of the territorial government was expended for a purpose for which it had not been voted. I asked him for some particulars as to the amount of money and the work for which it was intended. I think that was a fair question.

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LIB

Clifford Sifton (Minister of the Interior; Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. SIFTON.

I have already told the hon. gentleman that I do not know, and he can hardly expect to get the information by repeating his question. I stated that my authority was the hon. member for Alberta.

To cover unprovided items, 1902-3, as per Auditor General's Report, page C-4, $106,348.23.

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LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING.

This is to enable the Auditor General, at the close of the fiscal year, to balance his accounts. In some branches of the departmental vote, the expenditure will fa'll short of the sums appropriated, in some other branches the expenditure will be somewhat greater. At the close of the year, in cases where the expenditure has been somewhat greater in that particular branch, the Auditor General totals up these sums, and asks for a sum to balance his accounts. This is a formal vote taken at the close of every fiscal year. It is not a new appropriation, but it deals with sums already expended, and is merely intended to balance the account.

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Samuel Hughes

Liberal-Conservative

Mr. SAM. HUGHES.

Has the government made any settlement of the sums in connection with the Martineau defalcation ?

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LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING.

I think not, that still stands. As it stands now we claim that the bank should indemnify us, but the question has not yet been finally determined.

Some resolutions reported.

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LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING.

We had better keep the committee open in case we have omitted anything, but I think we have dealt with all the items.

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CON

COMPANIES ACT, 1902-AMENDMENT.

LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Hon. W. S. FIELDING (Minister of Finance).

I have drawn the attention of the committee to a Bill which stands upon the Order Paper as to which the hon. member for Essex (Mr. Cowan) has given some information. I am informed that an understanding has been come to by striking out one clause of the Bill, and that it is now unobjectionable. That being so, I move the second reading of this Bill, and ask that we go into committee and dispose of it.

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Motion agreed to, Bill read the second time, considered in committee, reported, read the third time and passed.


POST OFFICE ACT-SENATE AMENDMENTS.


Sir WILLIAM MULOCK (Postmaster General) moved that the amendments made by the Senate to the Act to amend the Post Office Act, be read the second time, and concurred in. He said: There was one section of the old Post Office Act proposed to be struck out, section 12. That was a section dealing with the powers of the chief inspector. We were repealing that section because we have had no chief inspector, and do not propose to have one. That section gave the chief inspector power to examine under oath and hold investigations. Instead of having a chief post office inspector appointed, we have a city post office superintendent. The Senate called attention to the fact that the superintendent, under the Act, might not have power to examine witnesses under oath. Therefore, instead of repealing section 12 it is proposed to amend it by striking out the first nine lines which create the office of an inspector, and substitute therefor the city post office superintendent, leaving the remainder of the section which gives power to hold investigations and examine witnesses under oath. We then confer upon the superintendent power to examine witnesses under oath. Motion agreed to.


ADJOURNMENT-BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE.


Mr. FIELDING moved the adjournment of the House.


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LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING.

We shall proceed in the morning with the Railway Subsidy Bill, which is the only measure remaining on the Order Paper. Then we will take concurrtnce. Then if the indications are favourable, we may perhaps endeavour to carry out the arrangement for prorogation at twelve o'clock, but I do not think that is possible. I think an announcement will be made in

the morning, and prorogation may take place in the afternoon.

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Motion agreed to, and House adjourned at 4.50 a.m, Wednesday.



Wednesday, August 10, 1904.


August 9, 1904