January 22, 1909

LIB

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

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

On this point I cannot gratify the curiosity of my hon. friend. He is much more inquisitive than his neighbour and upon a more delicate subject. The Minister of Inland Revenue has had a misfortune which has happened to other members of former governments to which I think my hon. friend (Mr. Foster) is not a stranger. My hon. friend is not as sympathetic as he should be.

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CON

George Eulas Foster

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. FOSTER.

One more question. Would my right hon. friend be able at all to satisfy the laudable curiosity of the House as to whether the commercial negotiations in that regard are progressing favourably?

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LIB

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

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

I do not know what my hon. friend means. If he means anything which is in his line of thought, it is not in our line of thought at all.

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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

More likely in your line of action.

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Motion agreed to, and House adjourned at 4 p.m.



Friday, January 22, 1909.


RESIGNATION OF WILLIAM SLOAN, ESQ., M.P.

LIB

James Kirkpatrick Kerr (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER.

I have the honour to inform the House that I have received from William Sloan, Esq., his resignation as member for the Electoral District of Comox-Atlin. I accordingly issued my warrant to the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery to make out a new writ of election for the said Electoral District.

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REPORTS PRESENTED,.


Final Report of the Survey of the Georgian Bay Ship Canal, with plans, estimates of cost and 56 plates.-Hon. Wm. Pugsley. . The report was ordered to be printed foithwith. Annual Report of the Department of Indian Affairs for 1907-8.-Hon. Frank Oliver. Report of the investigation by Mr. Justice Cassels concerning the Department of Marine and Fisheries.-Hon. L. P. Brodeur. The report was ordered to be printed forthwith. Report of the Secretary of State for 1907; also, Civil Service List of Canada for 1908.-Hon. Chas. Murphy.


ADDRESS IN ANSWER TO HIS EXCELLENCY'S SPEECH.


The House proceeded to the consideration of His Excellency's speech at the opening of the session.


LIB

William Frederick Todd

Liberal

Mr WM. F. TODD (Charlotte, N.B.).

ment of Immigration, and learn that there is coming into our further west, our middle west and portions of the east, so fine a class of settlers. Especially are we pleased to see so many coming in from the neighbouring republic, bringing with them the skill and knowledge they have acquired in the pursuit of agriculture in their own country, and the energy and means of their own which they will contribute to the development of the resources of this new country. Each settler brings with him a boundless faith in this new country [DOT]of his adoption, and fairly realizes that he is making of Canada a competitor with all countries in the markets of the world, he is surprised to find when he comes here natural resources of a richness that he never dreamed of in his own country.

Reference is also made in the address to the disastrous earthquake which recently occurred in Sicily and Southern Italy ; and I am sure that all Canadians were glad to hear that the government had made so generous a grant to the sufferers from that great calamity. We do not know why such things happen, we do not know what may be the inscrutable designs of divine Providence in permitting such disasters to take place ; we only know and are happy to see that this great calamity has evoked feelings of sympathy from all nations, which are a credit to human nature itself. Not only Canada but many other countries have contributed many thousands of dollars for the relief of the sufferers from that earthquake.

Mr. Speaker, it is indeed a great pleasure to me to be able to join with hon. members on this side of the House in congratulating ourselves and the country on the magnificent heritage which we possess in this Canada of ours. You may call her My Lady of the Snows, if you will. Though now robed in white, she will soon be clothed in robes of emerald green and a little later cmd in the golden vestments of a bounteous harvest. Certainly we have reason to be proud of this country ; we are glad to feel, as I have said before, that we control the largest fisheries in the world ; we have in our possession millions of acres of arable and fertile soil, and many other resources of wealth which can never be taken from us. We are already reaping the benefits of science in the various arts employed in the development of this country, and we feel how necessary it is that we should not fritter away our natural resources, but husband them to as full an extent as possible, in order to make of Canada as great and as wealthy a country as the republic to the south of us.

Mr. Speaker, I have much pleasure in moving that a humble address be presented to His Excellency the Governor Gen-eial in reply to the speech from the Throne.

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LIB
CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R L BORDEN (Halifax).

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Some Hon. MEMBERS.

Hear, hear.

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Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN (reading):

Will you stand for this? Read and decide for yourself.

I want to say to those gentlemen who have cried, hear, hear

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Some Hon. MEMBERS.

Hear, hear.

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Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

That the statement that that was circulated by the Conservative party or by any Conservative organization is an absolute, a malicious and a deliberate, falsehood. That is all I have to say about it, and if any hon. gentleman has any information to the contrary I can only say that I have made the most careful inquiry and I cannot find that that pamphlet was ever circulated in any constituency in Canada by the Conservative party or by any Conservative organization. In my own county of Halifax I believe that pamphlet wrought an effect exactly the opposite of that which was intended.

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January 22, 1909