I scarcely understand the purport of this motion and perhaps the hon. gentleman ought to explain it. Does he intend to move on Monday that it be again referred to the Committee on Banking and Commerce? That to my mind is the proper course to take, as the House cannot deal with this Bill until it has been again dealt with by the Committee on Banking and Commerce. If the hon. gentleman's intention is simply to bring the matter before the House his motion is quite in order, but it would seem to me that the
proper motion now would be that Bill (No. 56) be referred to the Standing Committee on Banking and Commerce, in order that it may be dealt with there and subsequently by the House. The Canada Life Insurance Company has had this Bill readvertised, and I should say it is the duty of the House to give the general public the advantage of that advertising and allow them an opportunity of appearing before the Committee on Banking a'nd Commerce to state their objections to or approval of the Bill before it is considered by the House. The hon. gentleman says it is not his intention to move on Monday that it be referred to the Committee on Banking and Commerce. Then I certainly think that his motion is not the proper one, as the general public, the policy-holders, who may have objections to the Bill, should have an opportunity of appearing before the Banking and Commerce Committee and stating their objections, if they have any, to this measure.
1. Is one Edward S. Carter employed as sessional clerk or in any other capacity by the government or House of Commons?
2. If so, what remuneration does he receive. and what are his duties?
3. Has he been paid, or is he to be paid, for the time he has been absent from Ottawa ?
4. Is His Honour the Speaker aware that toe said Edward S. Carter has been recently
spending a great deal of time in St. John, N.B., in connection with the civic election recently held there?
Right Hon. Sir WILFRID LAURIER
1. Mr. Carter has been temporarily employed in typewriting and secretarial work in the House of Commons during the present session.
2. He receives when employed $4 per diem and his duties are to perform such work as may be directed, principally secretarial work and typewriting.
3. He has not been paid, nor is to be paid, for any time during which he has been absent from Ottawa.
4. The Speaker is informed that Mr. Carter was absent during and a few days after the Easter vacation. Mr. Carter states that he took no part in the election referred to and wad in St. John only three days during his absence.
Topic: SESSIONAL CLERKS-EE'WARD S.
1. John Aylen was assistant district engineer of District ' D ' from February, 1905, until October, 1907, acting district engineer from October, 1907, until September, 1908, and assistant for the remainder of 1908. .