June 26, 1908

ARCHITECTURAL INSTITUTE OF CANADA.

LIB

Joseph Arthur Calixte √Čthier

Liberal

Mr. J. A. C. ETHIER (Two Mountains) moved :

That in accordance with the recommendation contained in the ninth report of the Select Standing Committee on Miscellaneous Private Bills, the fee of $200 levied under rule 88 on (Bill No. 88) to incorporate the Architectural institute of Canada, be refunded.

He said : As the House asked for further explanation of the nature of this Bill before granting the motion, I beg to state that it has always been the practice to remit, on the recommendation of the committee, the fee of $200 upon charitable private Bills and all such Bills as are of a religious, social, professional and benevolent character. The Architectural Institute Bill is one of a social nature, and is of the same general nature, as, for example, the Bill passed in 1887 to incorporate the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers, the Bill passed in 1904 to incorporate the Collingwood General Marine Hospital, the Bill passed in 1900 to incorporate the Women's Art Association, to incorporate the Canadian Bible Society, the Bill respecting Queen's College, and the Bill passed in 1907-8 respecting the Ministers', Widows' and Orphans' Fund of the Presbyterian Church and the Women's Auxiliary of the Church of England.

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Motion agreed to.


THE MARKEY FISHING LEASE.

LIB

Louis-Philippe Brodeur (Minister of Marine and Fisheries)

Liberal

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

In 1906, an order or this House was passed for a copy of the lease between the Department of Marine and Fisheries and Markey. The department prepared, a return to that order, and the minister brought down in the session of 1900,

what was thought to be a true copy of the lease. It appears that the original lease, which should have been In the department, had been brought before the House in 1904 by the then Minister of Marine and Fisheries. Mr. Prefontaine, and handed over to a member of the opposition. That hon. member read the whole lease in the House, and it was given to the official reporters to be inserted in ' Hansard.' It is presumed according to the practice followed in the Hansard office that the document was handed back to the hon. member who read it, but there is no positive evidence as to that; at all events, the original has never been returned to the department. When the motion was passed in 1890, there was on file what the officers thought a true duplicate and the lease which was brought down then before this House was a copy of that duplicate of the lease. However, the original in Markey's hands was brought before the Public Accounts Committee this year, and it was then found that the copy produced before the House was not a time copy. The assistant commissioner, Mr. Venning, made a search and made comparisons between the document which had been read in the House in 1904, and the document which Markey had, and it was found that the copy we had brought down in 1906 was not a correct copy, So, I beg to lay on the table a true copy of the lease which was passed between Mar-key and the Department of Marine and Fisheries, and also the report of Mr. Venning, the assistant commissioner, explaining all the circumstances.

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PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND RAILWAY- MONTAGUE BRANCH.


Mr. GRAHAM moved that the order for the introduction of a Bill intituled ' An Act to authorize the extension of the Montague branch of the Prince Edward Island Railway, and the construction of a branch line from Harmony to Elmira ' be discharged. He said : It is intended to proceed by resolution. Motion agreed to.


RESIGNATION OF COLONEL RANKIN.

CON

Herbert Sylvester Clements

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CLEMENTS.

Before the orders of the day are called-I see the Minister of Militia is in his seat-I noticed a short time ago a report in the press stating that Colonel Rankin, of the 24th Regiment, in my city, had sent in his resignation. I would like to ask if that resignation has been accepted and if it is, why ? While I do not want to discuss the question, I will say that I regret it very much, because Colonel Rankin has been a very active military man. and our friends there feel that the regiment had been discriminated against.

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LIB

Robert Franklin Sutherland (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER.

The hon. gentleman cannot discuss the matter.

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LIB

Frederick William Borden (Minister of Militia and Defence)

Liberal

Sir FREDERICK BORDEN.

I have no knowledge of this matter except what I have seen in the newspapers. I will be glad to inquire, and will let the hon. gentleman know in a day or two what the facts fire. As to discriminating against the regiment-I do not know that that is a proper matter to discuss now-but as the hon. gentleman has made that inference, I must say that there has been no discrimination against any body.

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BOUNTY TO SOUTH AFRICAN VOLUNTEERS.

L-C

John Herron

Liberal-Conservative

Mr. HERRON.

I would like to ask the minister when we may expect a Bill providing for military bounty award for the South African volunteers, will be brought down.

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LIB

Frederick William Borden (Minister of Militia and Defence)

Liberal

Sir FREDERICK BORDEN.

I will be able to make a statement about that next week.

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ACCIDENT TO THE CORNWALL CANAL

CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

I would like to ask the Minister of Railways whether he has any further information to give to the House with respect to the unfortunate occurrence at the Cornwall canal ?

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LIB

George Perry Graham (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Mr. GRAHAM.

I am in constant communication with the chief engineer. As the hon. gentleman has seen in the press, the break is a very serious one. If it were merely the giving away of the embankment, a dam could have been constructed and navigation, in a temporary way, could have been restored within a few days. Unfortunately, the bed of the canal, perhaps it should be called the basin, has washed out in the shape of a horse shoe, within a comparatively few feet of the north bank. A few feet from this horseshoe is a pier of the Ottawa and New York Railway. It has become necessary to build a dam from a point on the south bank, extending around the horseshoe, and again, in the form of a semicircle, touching the south bank at the further end. In order to secure the reopening of navigation as soon as possible, two plans were suggested, one to remove the northern pier of the railway with perhaps a small amount of excavation to the north ; the other plan was to make an excavation north of the pier sufficient to afford temporary relief. That necessitates the moving back of two spans of the bridge on the north side on account of the steel abutments being in the way. After consultation with the railway engineer, the chief engineer of the department and myself, it was decided to adopt the latter plan, and to excavate around behind the north pier. How long that will take, I do not know. I received a message this morning telling me that a staff of 200 men were at work, and with probably a sufficient number of teams. It is to be hoped that the

time will not be too long-I am afraid to mention even an apm'oximate time because I do not know what will happen-but the House can rest assured that the work is being expedited as rapidly as possible. The men are divided into three shifts of 8 hours each, so that the work is continued during the whole 24 hours, extra light being obtained from the power company. .

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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

Has anything been ascertained as to the immediate cause ?

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LIB

George Perry Graham (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Mr. GRAHAM.

Nothing that can be stated definitely. I will not hazard a guess, many guesses have been made ; I can only say that we have no definite information.

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COST OF THE TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILWAY.

June 26, 1908