May 8, 1909

CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

I would like to ask whether the government has any information with regard to the proceedings of our trade commissioner in Japan. I have had newspapers sent to me from time to time; and though not disposed to trust implicitly to everything contained, even in a Japanese newspaper, with all deference to my hon. friends the Minister of Labour (Mr. (Lemieux) and of the Minister of Agriculture (Mr. Fisher) our trade commissioner seems to be carrying on most extraordinary antics in this country, according to those journals, and some restraining influence had better be put on him. If the accounts are to be believed he seems to be running amuck with every commercial body and interest he can find willing to engage in combat. The result is that not only the gentleman-himself, but the government he represents, is more or less brought into controversy and conflict with certain important public and commercial bodies in Japan; if these statements are correct.

Topic:   MR. W. T. R. PRESTON.
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LIB

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

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

I am pretty sure they are not correct. At all events, we have no information to that effect, either officially or semi-offieially, or of any kind.

Topic:   MR. W. T. R. PRESTON.
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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

Has my right hon. friend received the newspapers?

Topic:   MR. W. T. R. PRESTON.
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LIB
LIB

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

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

I receive so many that I cannot undertake to read them all, but I should think that if any of our officers have given offence in the way suggested, we would have received official notification.

Topic:   MR. W. T. R. PRESTON.
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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

I shall send the right hon. gentleman just one of those which have come to me, and he will be able to judge whether or not my remarks have any foundation, if any credence is to be given the press.

Topic:   MR. W. T. R. PRESTON.
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LIB

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

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIEK.

Of whom do you speak?

Topic:   MR. W. T. R. PRESTON.
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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

Of Mr. Preston. I thought he was our trade commissioner in Japan.

Topic:   MR. W. T. R. PRESTON.
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LIB

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

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

He was, but he has been transfered to Holland.

Topic:   MR. W. T. R. PRESTON.
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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

I must apologize to the new trade commissioner in Japan, If there be one. I was referring to Mr. Preston. I was not aware until the Prime Minister spoke, that he had again been translated.

Topic:   MR. W. T. R. PRESTON.
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LIB

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

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

That is another reason not to believe in the newspapers.

Topic:   MR. W. T. R. PRESTON.
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CON

George Eulas Foster

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. FOSTER.

What is the trouble in Holland that he has been sent there?

Topic:   MR. W. T. R. PRESTON.
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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

Possibly he has gone there to attend the Hague conference, or perhaps he has gone to assist in arguing the fishery case in that country.

Topic:   MR. W. T. R. PRESTON.
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LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING.

Or the celebration of the recent happy event in Holland.

Topic:   MR. W. T. R. PRESTON.
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ONTARIO AND MICHIGAN POWER COMPANY.


Mr. CONMEE moved third reading of Bill No. 34 to incorporate the Ontario and Michigan Power Company.


CON

Haughton Lennox

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. LENNOX.

I am sorry to have to ask to have this matter referred back for amendment to the Committee of the Whole. In going through the sections yesterday, I called attention to the fact that certain standing provisions respecting telegraphs and telephones were omitted, and it was thought they would be found in subsequent sections of the Bill, but that is not the case. I move that the Bill be referred back to the Committee of the Whole to insert the following two clauses as subsections:

No toll or charge shall be demanded or taken for the transmission of any message or for leasing or using telegraphs or telephones of the company until approved by the Board of Railway Commissioners for Canada who may also revise such tolls and charges from time to time.

3. Part two of the Telegraph Act shall apply to the telegraph business of the company.

Topic:   ONTARIO AND MICHIGAN POWER COMPANY.
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Motion agreed to, and House went again into committee.


LIB

James Conmee

Liberal

Mr. CONMEE.

I think my hon. friend is correct, that was the intention and I think that is provided, because the Bill is under the Railway Act; however, I can see no harm in having those subsections in it.

Topic:   ONTARIO AND MICHIGAN POWER COMPANY.
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CON

Haughton Lennox

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. LENNOX.

There was a similar provision in the Alberta and Brazeau River Power Company Bill.

Topic:   ONTARIO AND MICHIGAN POWER COMPANY.
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May 8, 1909