March 1, 1905

CONVICTIONS BY JUDGE PRENDERGAST.

CON

Mr. LAKE asked :

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Were two men named Hamelin and Goselin sentenced to imprisonment in the penitentiary for horse-stealing by Judge Prendergast in 1902 ?

2. What' was the length of sentence in each case ?

3. Were they released before sentence expired ?

4. If so, at what date, and for what cause ?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   CONVICTIONS BY JUDGE PRENDERGAST.
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LIB

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

Liberal

Hon. CHARLES FITZPATRICK (Minister of Justice).

In answer to my hon. friend, it is contrary to the well established usage of parliament to answer questions of this sort; and if the hon. gentleman will permit me I will send him over the reference in Todd where he will find the rule stated.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   CONVICTIONS BY JUDGE PRENDERGAST.
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FITTINGS OF THE STEAMER ' ACADIA.'

CON

Mr. AMES asked :

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. What disposition was made of the furniture and fittings of the steamer ' Acadia,' formerly in the service of the Department of Marine and Fisheries ?

2. At what time, in what manner, to whom, and for what consideration were these articles disposed of ?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   FITTINGS OF THE STEAMER ' ACADIA.'
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LIB

Hon. RAYMOND PREFONTAINE (Min01' Marine and Fisheries): (Minister of Marine and Fisheries)

Liberal

1. They have' been stored.

2. Answered by No. 1.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   FITTINGS OF THE STEAMER ' ACADIA.'
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STEAM LAUNCH ' MAISONNEUVE.'

CON

Mr. AMES asked :

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. What has the steam launch ' Maisonneuve ' cost the government since her purchase for the following (a) repairs, (b) fittings, (c) provisions, (d) fuel, (e) other supplies, (f) salaries and wages ?

2. How many persons compose her regular staff and crew ?

3. How many months was she in active service in 1903, and during 1904 ?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   STEAM LAUNCH ' MAISONNEUVE.'
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Hon. RAYMOND PREFONT AINE (Mmol' Marine and Fisheries):

1. (a) $1,640.85, (b) $1,243.98, (c) $450.22, (d; $274.61, (e) $1,482.09, (f) $3,388.13.

2. Five, with three additional when employed in surveys.

3. Three months in 1903 and seven and a half in 1904.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   STEAM LAUNCH ' MAISONNEUVE.'
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ANTICOSTI LIGHTSHIPS.

CON

Mr. LEWIS asked :

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. What was, in each case, the stipulated contract price of the ' Lurcher ' and of the ' East Point,' Anticosti, lightships ?

2. What additional amounts did the contractors receive in respect of these ships ?

3. What further expenditure for alterations, repairs and renewals, have been incurred up to January 1st, 1905 ?

4. According to the contract, upon what date or dates were said boats to be completed and delivered by the contractors ?

5. Was there any forfeit stipulated in the contract for delay of delivery ?

6. Were the contractors in any way penalized for failure to complete the contract within the time limit ?

7. Is the ' Lurcher ' lightship in position at' the present time ? If not, why not ?

Eton. RAYMOND PREFONTAINE Minister of Marine and Fisheries). I would ask the bon. gentleman to move for an order for papers. The answer will be too voluminous

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   ANTICOSTI LIGHTSHIPS.
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STEAMERS OF LIGHTHOUSE AND COAST SERVICE.

CON

Mr. LEWIS asked :

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. At what port or ports did each vessel under the control of the Department of Marine and Fisheries call between the 31st' of October and the 4th of November, 1904, inclusive ?

2. Where was each vessel on the 3rd day of November last ?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   STEAMERS OF LIGHTHOUSE AND COAST SERVICE.
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LIB

Joseph Raymond Fournier Préfontaine (Minister of Marine and Fisheries)

Liberal

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

I would ask the hon. gentleman to proceed in the same manner. There is no disposition to withhold the information, but it cannot be obtained without a good deal of trouble.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   STEAMERS OF LIGHTHOUSE AND COAST SERVICE.
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WHARF AT BIC.

CON

Mr. BERGERON asked :

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Some days before the month of November last did the government enter into a contract with one P. Ross for the purchase of land for the building of a road leading to a wharf that was to be constructed at Points a C6t6 at Bic ?

2. If so, how much did Mr. Ross receive for his land ?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   WHARF AT BIC.
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LIB

Hon. CHARLES HYMAN (Acting Minister of Public Works) : (Minister Without Portfolio)

Liberal

1. No land was purchased from Mr. Ross ; but Mr. Ross gave, in writing a promise of sale of a right of way, to our resident engineer, on the 8th of December, 1904.

2. No action taken.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   WHARF AT BIC.
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RESIGNATION OF THE HON. CLIFFORD SIFTON.


Rt. Hon. Sir WILFRID LAURIEIi (Prime Minister). I have to inform the House that my colleague, Hon. Mr. Sifton, has resigned his position in the government, and as Minister of the Interior. Mr. Sifton finds himself unable to agree with the terms of the Bill which has lately been introduced for the admission into the Dominion of the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan, his disagreement being confined altogether to the educational clause. After a conference with him, the following correspondence has been exchanged between him and myself : Ottawa, February 27, 1905. Dear Sir Wilfrid,-After giving my best consideration to the matters which we discussed last evening, I have arrived at the conclusion that it is impossible for me to continue in office under present circumstances, and that it is better for all concerned that I should act at once. I therefore beg to tender my resignation as a member of the government. I trust that the unhappy necessity which has arisen will not in the least impair the friendship with which you have been kind enough to honour me. Believe me. Yours most faithfully,


CLIFFORD SIFTON.

March 1, 1905