June 9, 1905

NEW MEMBER.


Mr. SPEAKER informed the House that he had received from the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery a certificate of the election of Mr. Louis Auguste Carrier for the electoral district of L6vis, in the province of Quebec.


REPORT PRESENTED.


Report of dividends remaining unpaid, unclaimed balances, unpaid drafts and bills of exchange in chartered hanks of the Dominion of Canada for five years and upwards, prior to December 31, 1904.-Hon. W. S. Fielding.


FIRST READING.


Bill (No. 173) respecting the St. Maurice Valley Railway Company.-Mr. Bureau.


PERSONAL EXPLANATION.


On the Orders of the Day being called,


LIB

Joseph Henri Napoléon Bourassa

Liberal

Mr. HENRI BOURASSA (Labelie).

Mr. Speaker, before the Orders of the Day are called, I wish to give a word of personal Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

explanation. I notice by reading the report of yesterday's debates that in replying to a question that was put to me by the hon. the leader of the opposition (Mr. R. L. Borden), I gave a reply which certainly entitled the hon. gentleman to say later on in the debate, while I was absent, that I had stated something that led to an absurd conclusion. 1 see by reading the report that in fact I had not properly understood the question of the hon. gentleman. He asked me :

Suppose there was no majority of either Protestants or Roman Catholics in the district ; suppose there was one-third Protestant, one-third Roman Catholic and one-third Jews and Mormons ; does he not think that the word ' majority ' in section 11 would enable the majority of these people to establish a school ?

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LIB

Joseph Henri Napoléon Bourassa

Liberal

Mr. BOURASSA.

No, I do not think so.

I had evidently misunderstood the question of the hon. gentleman. I was dealing at that time with the distinction that was established with regard to denominational schools, and meant to say that there was no other denominational school referred to in section 11 of the Act of 1S75 but Protestant schools and Catholic schools, and I understood the hon. gentleman's question to mean that in case a majority would be composed partly of Protestants aud partly of Mormons, they could establish any other denominational schools. Naturally the context to my remarks later on proved that I acknowledged the right of any majority to have a public school, hut, as far as denominational schools are concerned, it would be either a Protestant or a Catholic school. Of course, I could have corrected this iu the report of the debate so as to make my thought clear, but I considered it would be at injustice to the hon. gentleman (Mr. R. L. Borden) on account of the further remarks he made later on, so I prefer making this explanation and leaving the text as it is, I hope this will he satisfactory to him.

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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

Certainly.

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SUPPLY.


House in Committee of Supply. Steamship subventions-for a line or lines of steamers to run between St. John and Halifax or either, and the West Indies and South America, $80,700.


CON

John Waterhouse Daniel

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. DANIEL.

As I understand it, tenders have been called for in regard to this service, which will be due, I think, about the middle of this month.

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LIB

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

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

No ; the tenders have been invited, and are now in.

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CON

John Waterhouse Daniel

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. DANIEL.

I am aware that the contractor for this service has expressed a desire to leave out the port of St. John and confine the maritime port to the port of

Halifax. Our business people in St. John have been considerably disturbed over that matter, and I would like to ask the Prime Minister whether this line will in future continue to make its trips to St. John as well as to Halifax, as it has been doing in the past.

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LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING.

The contractor who has been doing the service for some years has made a proposal that some change be made in the ports of call, both as respects the West Indies and the Canadian end of the service. The matter is still under consideration, and at this moment has not been finally determined.

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June 9, 1905