March 10, 1905

PRIVILEGE-PETITIONS FROM EAST ASSINIBOIA.

LIB

John Gillanders Turriff

Liberal

Mr. JOHN G. TURRIFF (East Assini-boia).

Mr. Speaker, I have here two petitions purporting to come from my district of East Assiniboia. But they are all in the same handwriting, and seem to have been sent to me by the hon. member for East Grey (Mr. Sproule).

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Some hon. MEMBERS

Order.

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LIB

John Gillanders Turriff

Liberal

Mr. TURRIFF.

I am speaking to a question of privilege. These petitions may be from my district, but the names are all in the same handwriting. The petitions are marked East Assiniboia, but posted in the city of Ottawa. I present them, but I do not know whether they are from my constituency or not.

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CON

Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. T. S. SPROULE (East Grey).

Since my name has been mentioned, may I be permitted to say that these petitions were sent to me by a personal friend, with the request that I should send them to my hon. friend from East Assiniboia (Mr. Turriff). To carry out this request. I put the petitions in an envelope and handed them in at the post office, which, I think, was the proper way to do.

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STEAM COMMUNICATION WITH PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND.

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Hon. W. S.@

Yesterday the hon. member for Queen's, P.E.I. (Mr. A. A. McLean) called my attention to the quantity of mail matter said to be detained at Sackville, intended for the island. I told him I would ascertain the position of the matter and inform him to-day. I have done so, and wish to state that my officers state that the mail matter detained at Sackville and other points on the mainland consists of merchandise, books and other heavy mail matter, not letters or daily papers ; and is detained simply because there are no means whereby it can be transported to the island at the present moment, unless the vessels, the ' Minto ' and ' Stanley,' which have for a time been detained in the ice, are now liberated. Up to this morning we have no notice that those steamers have been liberated, although the Minister of Marine and Fisheries (Mr. Prefon-taine) has been momentarily expecting to hear of their liberation. All letters and daily newspapers have been sent forward by the iceboats, but it has not been possible yet to send the other matter.

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CON

Angus Alexander McLean

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. A. A. McLEAN.

I may state for the information of the Postmaster General that I received a letter yesterday saying that daily papers posted in Montreal on the 4th day of February were only received in Char-lettown on the 6th of March.

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CON

Alfred Alexander Lefurgey

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. A. A. LEFURGEY.

The fact that these boats were locked up and there was no possiblity of getting them out, shows that the department has been remiss in its duty, because they have only had four boats at the beginning of the season crossing from either side of the straits, and latterly five . boats, and at most these can only carry about fifty bags of mail. Upwards of ten boats belonging to private parties are crossing daily, and only four or five government 73

boats have been crossing daily. The block in mail matters has resulted largely from the inactivity of the department. I know that letters I mailed here weeks ago have not yet been received by the parties to whom they were sent, while letters mailed at a later date have been received. Now it seems there are a lot of letters and newspapers held over at Sackville.

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LIB

William Mulock (Minister of Labour; Postmaster General)

Liberal

Sir WILLIAM MULOCK.

I have only to say, on the information of my officers, who I think are aware of the facts, that no letters have been detained. I am also assured by them that the daily papers have gone forward. My officers are the only source of information I have, and I have the most implicit confidence in the accuracy of my information.

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INQUIRIES FOR RETURNS.

CON

Uriah Wilson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. URIAH WILSON.

Before the Orders of the Day are called, I would like to know when we may expect to have the Auditor General's Report for distribution. I have several applications for it, and I have only been able to get the first volume. True, there were three volumes issued for the use of members, but the first volume of the regular issue is only out now. I would like to know when we may expect to get the remaining volumes ?

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LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

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

I am informed by the officers of the department that the usual distribution has been made.

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CON

Uriah Wilson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. URIAH WILSON.

Only to-day I was in the distribution office making inquiries for it. As I say, the first three volumes have been issued for the use of members, but the first volume of the regular issue was only out to-day-so I am Informed by the gentleman in charge.

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William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING.

I will make inquiry.

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CON

George Eulas Foster

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. GEO. E. FOSTER.

Before the Orders of the Day are called, I would like to renew my request for returns from the Railway Department and especially from the Interior Department. From the Railway Department with reference to the hay business, and from the Interior Department with reference to the sale of lands. This delay is becoming monotonous, but I am afraid I shall have to keep on the same note until these are brought down.

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Mr. EMMERSON A. M. H.@

I do not think there is any cause for the hon. gentleman becoming monotonous with regard to the reports to which he alludes, because they were brought down yesterday.

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CON
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Samuel Hughes

Liberal-Conservative

Mr. SAM. HUGHES.

I want to draw the attention of the acting Minister of Public Works (Mr. Hyman) to the fact that a re-

turn carried some time ago concerning Port Arthur and Port William harbours, has not, to my knowledge, been laid on the table yet.

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Charles Smith Hyman (Minister Without Portfolio)

Liberal

Mr. HYMAN.

When the motion for the return reached the department, I gave instructions to the officers to facilitate its preparation in every way. I will make special inquiry again.

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March 10, 1905