Bill (No. 164)) to incorporate the Monarch Bank of Canada.-Mr. Gordon.
Bill (No. 165) respecting the Canadian Yukon Western Railway Company.-Mr. Campbell.
Bill (No. 166) respecting certain patents of the Ideal Manufacturing Company.-Mr. Campbell.
Bill (No. 167) for the relief of Arthur Howe Hersey.-Mr. Johnston (Lambton).
EMPLOYMENT OF ALIENS.
(Minister of Labour; Postmaster General)
Will the hon. gentleman explain shortly what the result of the report is ?
Sir WILLIAM 'MULOCK. The report finds that in a number of cases the Pere Marquette Railway Company has imported aliens contrary to the Alien Labour Act. I think it would be advisable to have the report printed, and I would make a motion to that effect.
Before the Orders of the Day are taken up, I would like to inquire if there is any probability of my getting a return which I moved for some time ago, showing the number of permanent appointments made in the civil service since 1896 ?
Mr. Speaker, the leader of the opposition asked me yesterday whether there would toe any objection to my laying on the table copies of the papers m connection with the Thessalon post office matter, which was under discussion yesterday. I told him I would think over the matter. I have done so ; I see no
objection, and I will have copies of the papers prepared and laid on the fable at the earliest possible moment.
Before the Orders of the Day are called, I wish to ask the Prime Minister a question. On the 22nd of February the matter to which I wish to refer was under discussion, and after it had been pointed out that there was no provision in the Railway Act, the right hon. gentleman said :
I must say that I have a confession to make to the House, and a confession that is not pleasant to me. I did not know '.hat the commission was not only not empowered hut not obliged to make a report. I have always understood that it was part of the duty of the commission to make a yearly report of their operations ; not only of the money which we gave them to spend as to how they have expended it-and for this we are responsible to parliament-but also of their operations, what they have done, what cases they have decided, so that the public could know exactly what has taken place. We have a right to that information, and if it is found after a conference with the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Railways, who is more familiar than I am with the Act, that the commission is not bound to make such a report,
I think we should enact legislation this very session to have such a report from the commission. I shall at once call the attention of the Minister of Justice to this. If the commission is not under obligation to make such a report it is due to parliament that it should be at once put under such an obligation.
I wisb to ask the right bou. gentleman if that conference with the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Railways has taken place and with what result ? I ask this question as I do not see that any legislation has been introduced.
Sir WILFRID LAUR'IER. I understand that a report will be ready in a very short time.