February 20, 1905

FIRST READINGS.


Bill (No. 64) respecting Central Counties Railway Company.-Mr. Stewart. Bill (No. 65) respecting the James Bay Railway Company.-Mr. Talbot. Bill (No. 66) to amend the Criminal Code of 1892, respecting appeals and summary convictions.-Mr. Porter by Mr. Sam Hughes.


CABINET CHANGES.

CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

Before the Orders of the Day are called, I would like to ask the right hon. gentleman whether any cabinet changes have taken place since the session of 1904 ? I do not know that there are any which I have in mind, with the exception of the admission into the cabinet of the Hon. A. B. Aylesworth, a very prominent member of the Ontario bar. It was stated during the campaign in the newspapers that Mr. Aylesworth had become a member of the government, and I would like to know whether or not this statement was well founded, and whether or not Mr. Aylesworth is still a member of the administration.

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LIB

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

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

Some time last fall, before the election, I approached, with the concurrence of my colleagues and the approval of His Excellency the Governor General, Mr. Aylesworth and asked him to become a member of the cabinet without portfolio. Mr. Aylesworth agreed to my proposition, and entered into the contest at once and ran for the county of Durham. But he was not sworn in as a member of the cabinet before he entered upon the campaign. He had not time to come to Ottawa before the election to be sworn in, so that he has never been a member of the cabinet and is not now. He was unsuccessful in the election, and after the election I had an interview with him and again asked him to come into the cabinet. He told me that, under the circumstances, so long as he had not stated whether or not he would run again, he was not prepared to be sworn in. I hope, however, that at an early date Mr. Aylesworth will take his position in the cabinet.

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REPORTS OF RETURNING OFFICERS.

CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

Will my right hon. friend bring down the special reports which I see must have been made by the returning officers for the electoral divisions of McKenzie and Dauphin. The hon. gentleman. will, no doubt, remember that under the terms of the Northwest Territories the Representation Act provision is made that, whenever, owing to unforeseen accident,

delays or otherwise, the proclamation cannot be postponed in time to leave the requisite number of days between the posting and the day of polling, the returning officer may fix another day for nomination, which day shall be the nearest possible day after allowing the number of days during which said proclamation is required to be posted before such nomination. There is a provision in the statute that in every such case, the returning officer must make a special report to the clerk of the Crown in Chancery as to the cause of the postponement. A similar provision is made in the Dominion Elections Act of 1900. I presume that special reports under these provisions must have been made with regard to the elections in the electoral divisions of Mackenzie and Dauphin. I think it would be right that, in both cases, the special report of the returning officer should be laid on the table of this House. I will send over to my right hon. friend (Sir Wilfred Laurier) the memorandum X have, which, I have no doubt, will assist him in obtaining the information which I have asked for.

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PAYMENT FOR BALLOT BOXES.

CON

Jean-Baptiste Morin

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. J. B. MORIN.

X would like to ask the Prime Minister if he has a reply for Mr. Cayouette, P.M., at Sainte Claire regarding the ballot boxes of which I spoke the other day. The gentleman wants an answer, and, if the Prime Minister can give me any information I shall be glad to have it. If not, I must reply to Mr. Cayouette advising him that there is no information.

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LIB

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

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

I am sorry to say that the reply I have to give to my hon. friend (Mr. Morin) will not be very satisfactory to Mr. Cayouette. I understood from "the letter he had written to my hon. friend, that Mr. Cayouette received, in 1891, certain ballot boxes which were handed to him by a Dr. Lesage, returning officer, and that they have been there ever since. I can only say that, so far as my information goes, we have no information as to the action of Dr. Lesage, whether Dr. Lesage deposited the ballot boxes with Mr. Cayouette does not appear from anything we can find in the records of the government.

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CON

Jean-Baptiste Morin

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MORIN.

I can tell the Prime Minister that the boxes are there. Last fall, when the returning officer for the county of Dorchester was appointed he came to me and asked me if I knew where he could get ballot boxes made, and I told him that he could get them at Mr. Cayouette's; and he went and got four, Mr. Cayouette has yet twenty-one in his possession. He wantte to dispose of them and he has no way to do so. I spoke to the Postmaster General (Sir William Muloclc) about it in 1897, and

he told me that he would see to it. But I suppose he has not done so.

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LIB

William Mulock (Minister of Labour; Postmaster General)

Liberal

Sir WILLIAM MULOCK.

Speaking of the correction, -I thiuk that, under the law, Mr. Cayouette would be within his rights and obligations if he sent the boxes to the sheriff or registrar of the county.

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CON

Jean-Baptiste Morin

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MORIN.

That is what the Postmaster General told me, and I told Mr. Cayouette of that, and he asks : Who will pay me for doing that? And the matter stands as it was.

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STEAM COMMUNICATION WITH PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND.

CON

Alexander Martin

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. A. MARTIN.

Before the Orders of the Day are called, as the Minister of Marine and Fisheries (Mr. Prefontaine) is in his place, I would like to ask him if he has any tidings of the movement of the steamers ' Stanley ' and ' Minto ' plying between the provinces of Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia. I understand that there has been no crossing there for three weeks.

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LIB

Joseph Raymond Fournier Préfontaine (Minister of Marine and Fisheries)

Liberal

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

I understand from the report in the department that the two steiners are still unable to cope with the ice between the island and the mainland.

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CON

Alexander Martin

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. A. MARTIN.

I would suggest to the minister that there is, as I understand a winter boat, or ice-crusher at present in Quebec, and not doing 'very much-the steamer ' Montcalm.' I would like to aslt if there is any possibility of sending that steamer to their rescue.

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LIB

Joseph Raymond Fournier Préfontaine (Minister of Marine and Fisheries)

Liberal

Mr. PREFONTAINE.

I would give the same answer as to the other question. It would be impossible to send an ice-breaker-down under the present circumstances, especially from Montreal, because the St. Lawrence is blocked at the present moment.

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PRIVATE BILLS.

OTTAWA ELECTRIC COMPANY.

February 20, 1905