April 7, 1908

LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING.

I have not turned up the dates and I cannot contradict my hon. friend, but my impression is that there have been several motions to go into Supply. Therefore, the hon. gentleman has had an opportunity to bring this matter up. In regard to the motion to-day all that happened was what very often happens; if an hon. gentleman desires to deal with any given question he asks when the House is going to be moved into Committee of Supply and he intimates that he will bring the matter up. This question was mentioned last night in connection with the business of the House. I would suggest that unless the hon. gentleman wishes to speak on this question he can bring forward his motion after the earlier discussion has taken place.

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CON

Frederick Debartzch Monk

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MONK.

I do not think that any motion to go into Committee of Supply has been moved since I gave this notice except the one to which I have just referred.

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LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING.

I have not looked up the dates, but I am under that impression. However, my hon. friend may be right.

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CON

Frederick Debartzch Monk

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MONK.

My hon. friend here beside me informs me that the hon. gentleman who intends to discuss this question has a notice of motion on the paper.

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LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING.

In his absence yesterday another hon. gentleman struck it off at his request in order that he might be able to bring it up on the motion to go into Supply.

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CON

Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROTJLE.

And before it was struck off the paper my hon. friend who has just taken his seat (Mr. Monk) gave notice that the first time the House was moved into Committee of Supply he would bring his motion forward.

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CON
LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING.

The hon. member for Jacques Cartier (Mr. Monk) did not say the first time that the House was moved into Committee of Supply; he said that upon a future occasion when the House was moved into Committee of Supply he would bring the matter up. He simply intimated an intention to bring forward his motion but he did not say that he would do so on the first motion to go into committee.

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CON

Frederick Debartzch Monk

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MONK.

I have just been looking over ' Hansard ' and I cannot find it, but my recollection is that I gave notice that the first time the House was moved into Committee of Supply, if I could conveniently present this motion, I would do so.

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CON

Frederick Debartzch Monk

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MONK.

My impression is that the motion to go into Supply has only been made on one occasion.

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LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING.

I do not attach enough importance to it to look it up, but I remember that the hon. gentleman gave notice that if the House was. going to be moved into Supply on a particular evening he preferred not to go on.

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LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING.

If the House should be moved into Supply on that evening.

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CON

Frederick Debartzch Monk

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MONK.

It was not moved into Supply on that occasion. I think it is a very inconvenient custom which does not exist in England to arrange for the discussion, at the moment when the House is moved into Committee of Supply, of some question chosen by a supporter of the government upon which there is some extente cordiale. It removes from members on the opposition side of the House the opportunity of engaging in the discussion of grievances.

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LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING.

I can only say that in so far as an arrangement being made with an hon. gentleman supporting the government is concerned, it is a common occurrence for an hon. gentleman on either side of this House to come to a minister and ask when the motion for Supply will next be made, as he desires to avail himself of the opportunity to call attention to a particular sub-

ject. I have had such suggestions made to me frequently and I have said that on such and such a day Supply would be moved; as to the rest it was in the judgment of the House.

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SUPPLY-RAILWAY TO HUDSON BAY.


Mr. FIELDING moved that the House go into Committee of Supply.


April 7, 1908