April 6, 1908

LIB

Louis-Philippe Brodeur (Minister of Marine and Fisheries)

Liberal

Mr. BRODEUR.

Oh, yes.

Topic:   NATIONAL TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILWAY-QUESTIONS IN DISPUTE.
Subtopic:   GOVERNMENT RAILWAYS.
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LIB

James Joseph Hughes

Liberal

Mr. J. J. HUGHES.

It is not given in the report of the Governor General's trip at page 20 of the Auditor General's Report, only the actual provisions consumed are given, all the rest are charged to the winter service. These steamers may be suitable for lighthouse service along the Labrador, lower Quebec and Newfoundland coasts, but I am not sure that they are the best boats even for that purpose. As I suggested this afternoon, if these boats were kept for the winter service entirely and were put out of commission during the summer, the crews of the winter aud summer steamers being interchanged, there would be a material saving.

We have no special fault to find with the management of these boats by the Marine Department except, as I have stated, that that department was not established as a carrying or transportation department, and should not have control of work of that kind,. while the Railway Department was established for that purpose and is conversant with all details of transportation questions. I have already suggested that a railway corporation situated as the government is situated here, with portions of its railway on the island and on the mainland would also control the connecting link.

Inasmuch as my object in making this motion has been attained by this discussion and the minister has suggested that it be withdrawn for the present and that it would be taken under consideration by the government, I see no reason for not acceding to his wishes. I am glad to see the matter has been fully discussed by the Minister of Railways, the leader of the opposition, the Minister of Marine and others and I am sure good will come of this discussion. I have pointed out the serious handicap under which the people of my province rest in the shipping of their products in competition with the people of the other provinces of Canada. That is the real point I had in view iii bringing up this motion. We should be on an equality with our neighbours on the mainland, with the rest of the people of the Dominion, in regard to freight and passenger rates, or at least we should have a nearer approach to equality than we have now. This matter deserves the immediate consideration of the government, and I am convinced that if it were all under one department we would be nearer an equalization of rates with the rest of Canada, than will be possible with the service under two departments, go long as the existing conditions continue, we will not have attained the object we had in view in entering confederation. Mr. Speaker, under these conditions I will agree to withdraw the motion for the present.

Motion withdrawn.

Topic:   NATIONAL TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILWAY-QUESTIONS IN DISPUTE.
Subtopic:   GOVERNMENT RAILWAYS.
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COMMON'S ADJOURNMENT-BUSINESS OP THE HOUSE.

LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING.

I understand tliat the next motion in order is one which, if entered upon, will lead to a protracted debate. It has been suggested that we do not enter upon it to-night and I would move the adjournment of the House.

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CON

George Taylor (Whip of the Conservative Party (1867-1942))

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. TAYLOR.

When will the correspondence between the Prime Minister and Mr. Justice Cassels, promised for to-day, be brought down ?

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LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING.

If the Prime Minister is not here to-morrow I shall make inquiry for it. I have no doubt it will be brought down to-morrow.

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CON

George Taylor (Whip of the Conservative Party (1867-1942))

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. TAYLOR.

What business will be taken up to-morrow ?

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LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING.

A motion for Supply will be made. I understand the hon. member for Assiniboia (Mr. Knowles) desires to discuss the Hudson's Bay Railway and this motion for Supply will be made to afford an opportunity to discuss that subject as well as to go into Supply later.

Motion (Mr. Fielding) agreed to and House adjourned at 10.25 p.m.

Tuesday, April 7, 1908.

Topic:   COMMON'S ADJOURNMENT-BUSINESS OP THE HOUSE.
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April 6, 1908