July 13, 1908

CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

Even if we had nothing more in Canada than a head office inspection it might be very useful. It would be a task of very great difficulty to effectively and thoroughly inspect the enormous number of branches throughout Canada. The difficulties in the past have arisen in almost every case from the lack of any inspection at the head office of the bank.

Even if we eventually went so far only as inspection of the head office it might be a very great safeguard against the repetition of certain occurrences in the past.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   AUDIT AND INSPECTION OF BANKS.
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LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING.

There is much force in the suggestion and all these things are worthy of consideration. If we had a system of head office inspection, then if there was any crookedness it would not take place at the head office but at some other office.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   AUDIT AND INSPECTION OF BANKS.
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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

Perhaps so, but I do not think it would quite work out in that way.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   AUDIT AND INSPECTION OF BANKS.
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QUESTION OF PRIVILEGE-HON.

RODOLPHE LEMIEUX. ,

LIB

Rodolphe Lemieux (Minister of Labour; Postmaster General)

Liberal

Hon. RODOLPHE LEMIEUX (Postmaster General).

Mr. Speaker, in a pamphlet widely circulated throughout the country entitled ' Facts for the People,' I read at page 17 :

Ministers oppose exclusion.

Two remarkable statements were made on this question in the session of 1908 by Mr. Lemieux, Postmaster General, and Minister of Labour, recently government delegate to Japan, and by Mr. Fisher, Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Lemieux said:

The policy expressed by the leader of the opposition during his campaign in western Canada, last fall, was a policy of complete exclusion. He argued before the British Columbians that if he were in power he would have a white British Columbia, which I understand to mean the exclusion of oriental labour, and which applied to the case in hand, means the exclusion of the Japanese.

Topic:   QUESTION OF PRIVILEGE-HON.
Subtopic:   RODOLPHE LEMIEUX. ,
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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

Might I ask the hon. minister whether his policy is not for a white British Columbia?

Topic:   QUESTION OF PRIVILEGE-HON.
Subtopic:   RODOLPHE LEMIEUX. ,
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LIB

Rodolphe Lemieux (Minister of Labour; Postmaster General)

Liberal

Mr. LEMIEUX.

No, Sir, (Hansard 1908, page 2145).

It is true I gave this answer but I explained that answer immediately afterwards as the leader of the opposition will see from the following quotation from ' Hansard ' :

Topic:   QUESTION OF PRIVILEGE-HON.
Subtopic:   RODOLPHE LEMIEUX. ,
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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

Might I ask the hon. minister whether his policy is not for a white British Columbia?

Topic:   QUESTION OF PRIVILEGE-HON.
Subtopic:   RODOLPHE LEMIEUX. ,
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LIB

Rodolphe Lemieux (Minister of Labour; Postmaster General)

Liberal

Mr. LEMIEUX.

No, sir.

Topic:   QUESTION OF PRIVILEGE-HON.
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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

It is not?

Topic:   QUESTION OF PRIVILEGE-HON.
Subtopic:   RODOLPHE LEMIEUX. ,
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LIB

Rodolphe Lemieux (Minister of Labour; Postmaster General)

Liberal

Mr. LEMIEUX.

My policy is to respect the treaty to which we have adhered unconditionally and unreservedly, relying, as regards immigration, on the assurances which have been given by the Japanese government. It is very easy for the hon. gentleman to provoke an answer, yea or nay, on the question whether there should be a white British Columbia or a yellow one, but the fact is staring us in the face that not only since this government has been in power but during the time of the previous Conservative government a large influx of yellow labour has gradually settled in that province. The policy of this government is for the restriction of oriental' labour into British Columbia.

Topic:   QUESTION OF PRIVILEGE-HON.
Subtopic:   RODOLPHE LEMIEUX. ,
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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

So you see, Mr. Speaker, my answer was a qualified answer and when quoted only in part as in this pamphlet it does not convey my meaning or give correctly the impression which I sought to leave on the House at the time.

Topic:   QUESTION OF PRIVILEGE-HON.
Subtopic:   RODOLPHE LEMIEUX. ,
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TECHNICAL SCHOOLS.

CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

I presume it is too late to expect any legislation this session with regard to the subject of technical schools or industrial education. I would like to inquire whether or not the government intend to take any action along that line in 'the near future by inquiry through commission or otherwise.

Topic:   TECHNICAL SCHOOLS.
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LIB

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

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

It is not proposed to do anything further this session.

Topic:   TECHNICAL SCHOOLS.
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OLD AGE PENSIONS.

CON

Robert Abercrombie Pringle

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. PRINGLE.

I wish to ask the Postmaster General who is chairman of the Old Age Pension Committee, whether there is any possibility of that committee making progress before the session closes? I fully recognize that the business of the House has been very pressing, but I would like to know if there is any possibility at all of further progress being made this session.

Topic:   OLD AGE PENSIONS.
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LIB

Rodolphe Lemieux (Minister of Labour; Postmaster General)

Liberal

Hon. RODOLPHE LEMIEUX (Postmaster General).

We had three sittings of the Old Age Pension Committee when the morning sessions of the House began, and the business became so strenuous that it was found impossible to reconvene the committee. I have arranged with Mr. Blue, Dominion Statistician, Professor Shortt, Mr. Acland and Mr. Mackenzie King (who unfortunately was absent when the committee sat) to prepare some evidence which would be valuable, but I hardly believe that the committee can meet this session. The work of the committee might well be resumed next session of parliament when we might perhaps make favourable progress.

Topic:   OLD AGE PENSIONS.
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ACCIDENT TO CORNWALL CANAL.

July 13, 1908