May 8, 1908

REPORTS PRESENTED.


Report of the Board of Civil Service Examiners for year ending 31st December, 1907.-Hon. Mr. Fisher. List of shareholders of chartered banks of the Dominion of Canada as of December 31, 1907.-Hon. Mr. Fisher.


SCHOOL LANDS.


Hon. FRANK OLIVER (Minister of the Interior) moved for leave to introduce Bill (No. 163) to authorize the exchange Of certain school lands for other Dominion lands.


CON
LIB

Frank Oliver (Minister of the Interior; Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. OLIVER.

In one case it proposes to exchange a section of school lands to complete the area which was agreed upon in connection with an irrigation proposition, the irrigation works having been completed and it being desirable that they should go into operation.

In the other case the Bill provides to satisfy the claim of a settler who has been on the land for about eighteen years.

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Motion agreed to, and Bill read the first time.


SS. 'MONTCALM' IN COLLISION.

CON

John Dowsley Reid

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. J. D. REID.

was required, and will have to be docked again. She is now moored in Customs House pond. .

I have since heard that the ' Montcalm ' has sunk. In what position is the matter ?

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LIB

Louis-Philippe Brodeur (Minister of Marine and Fisheries)

Liberal

Hon. L. P. BRODEUR (Minister of Marine and Fisheries).

I have not seen the statement which my hon. friend has read and I am unable to say whether everything contained in it is accurate. A report reached the department this morning that there was a collision between the ' Milwaukee ' and the ' Montcalm,' and so far it has not been ascertained which was in fault. When the report reached the department I gave instructions that a preliminary inquiry should be held to-night or to-morrow morning by the wreck commissioner, and if he deemed it necesary to hold a formal investigation that it should be held immedfateiy.

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CON

John Dowsley Reid

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. J. D. REID.

Have you heard that the ' Montcalm ' has sunk ?

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LIB

Louis-Philippe Brodeur (Minister of Marine and Fisheries)

Liberal

Mr. BRODEUR.

I have not received that information.

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CON

George Eulas Foster

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. FOSTER.

The minister did not say whether the damage was serious or not.

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LIB

Louis-Philippe Brodeur (Minister of Marine and Fisheries)

Liberal

Mr. BRODEUR.

The damage seems to be rather serious because the statement read by my hon. friend says that the rent in the ' Montcalm's ' side is eight feet, and that apparently is corroborated by the statement which has reached the department.

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STANSTEAD ELECTION PAPERS.

CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN (Carleton).

Has the government any information as to the destruction of the papers connected with the Stanstead by-election of January, 1908. I have a telegram informing me that when the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery was summoned to produce the election papers in order to prove the holding of the election and the status of the petitioners, he declared on oath that the papers in the box labelled ' By-election of Stanstead, January 19, 1908,' were the papers of the general election of 1904, and that apparently the papers of the by-election had been destroyed. Has the government information on the subject ?

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LIB

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

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

Yes. This matter was called to my attention a week ago last Friday by Mr. Foley, the present Clerk of the Crown in Chancery. Mr. Lamothe, the former Clerk of the Crown in Chancery, died at the end of March and Mr. Foley, the assistant clerk, was appointed to the vacancy about the 20th of April. About a week afterwards he came to my office and informed me that he had been summoned as a witness to appear in the Stanstead election case at Sherbrooke and that he could not find the papers connected with the election. He was accompanied by Mr. Chad-Mr. J, D. REID,

wick, a clerk in the Privy Council, who had been transferred and had been acting as assistant to Mr. Lamonthe in his office. I may say that the office of the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery is in this building and Mr. Foley was nominally assistant clerk of the Crown in Chancery, but he had his office in the Privy Council Department and acted only when the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery was absent. We appointed Mr. Foley to the office in accordance with the recommendation of the Civil Service Commission, which I think will commend itself to the judgment of the House and which certainly jommmended itself to our judgment. We transferred the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery from the Privy Council to the staff of the House of Commons. When Mr. Foley informed me he could not find the papers I told him the only thing to do was to make further search and if he could not find them to attend the court and state the particulars. I advised him at the same time to report to Mr. Speaker the fact that he could not find these papers. I may say, in justice to Mr. Lamothe, that all those who knew him in his lifetime will bear testimony that he was a most honourable, conscientious and painstaking officer.

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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

I entirely concur in what the Prime Minister has said about Mr. Lamothe.

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THE DEPUTY MINISTER OF MARINE AND FISHERIES.

CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

I would like to repeat the question which I asked yesterday respecting the resignation or the supposed resignation of the Deputy Minister of Marine and Fisheries.

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May 8, 1908