May 13, 1909


I have had the honour of a seat in this House which I have ever made, with the whip on the other side has been fulfilled to the letter. As evidence of that, I might mention that there never has been any controversy between us, and never until this time any reference in the press to any breach of agreement. It is only fair that I should make this statement. The reason why the debate dropped Vas in my opinion because neither party seemed to have any special desire to continue it. Had there been any agreement by which one speaker would speak on our side and then another on the government side and we had taken any advantage of that, I would have been guilty and so would hon. members on this side, but the gentlemen who intended to continue the debate on the government side were all in their seats when the debate ceased and I myself saw the right hon. the Prime Minister rise partially in his place and look around, first at the Speaker and then at the hon. member for Carleton (Mr. Carvell) who was expected to take part in the debate. The Speaker rose, read the resolution, and the resolution was put to the vote. I think it is not only fair to myself but to the members of the opposition that I should make this statement. I wish to repeat that any agreement I have ever had with the whips on the other side has been fulfilled to the letter. I think this is in the interest of the dignity of the House that one side should keep faith with the other and respect agreements.


PRAIRIE FIRES.

LIB

William Erskine Knowles

Liberal

Mr. KNOWLES.

I wish to draw the attention of the government to the very serious prairie fires which have occurred in the far west, and which have caused the loss of several lives and the homes and property of many of our new settlers. Have any steps been taken to relieve this distress?

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LIB

Frank Oliver (Minister of the Interior; Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs)

Liberal

Hon. FRANK OLIVER (Minister of the Interior).

The department at once telegraphed to the Commissioner of Immigration in Winnipeg and authority was given him to take whatever measures might be necessary and practicable to relieve the immediate distress.

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FISHERY COMMISSION REGULATION.

CON

John Allister Currie

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. J. A. CURRIE.

I would like to ask the Minister of Marine and Fisheries if the Fisheries Commission has adopted a set of regulations in connection with the international fisheries on the great lakes, and if so when they will be laid on the table. I understand also that those regulations are final and the duties of the commissioners at an end.

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CON
LIB

Louis-Philippe Brodeur (Minister of Marine and Fisheries)

Liberal

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

The negotiations between Professor Prince and Dr. Jordan are not yet completed. Some regulations have been drafted but they are not yet signed.

I understand they are going to have very shortly a meeting to close definitely those negotiations. As- soon as' the regulations are signed they will be laid on the table. r

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GRAND TRUNK HOTEL SITE, OTTAWA.

CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

Has anything been done in connection with the transfer to the Grand Trunk Railway of a portion of Major's Hill Park or does the matter stand in the same position as when I made inquiries some weeks earlier?

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LIB

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

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

Nothing has been done since. Matters are in the same position.

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TRENT VALLEY CANAL.

CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

As the Minister of Railways is not here, would the right hon. gentleman remind him not to forget to bring down certain particulars in connection with the Trent Valley Canal which I asked for some days ago-particulars of changes made.

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INQUIRY FOR RETURNS.

CON

Haughton Lennox

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. LENNOX.

I wish to again urge the bringing down of the balance of the papers in connection with the railway return as ordered on the 31st of March. A week ago an officer of the Board of Commissioners told me the papers were about ready. I particularly want to use them, and I hope they will be brought down at once.

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CON

George Eulas Foster

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. FOSTER.

I would like also that a note be taken with reference to a return brought down in answer to a resolution of parliament in connection with the Transcontinental Railway Commissioners. All the schedules of the return were complied with the exception of one, and that one the commission stated could be provided in about three weeks. That time is up, and the return is comparatively useless to me without that schedule. I would like to have the commission asked to bring that down

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PRIVILEGE-THE VOTE ON THE NEW BRUNSWICK CENTRAL RAILWAY MATTER.

LIB

William Samuel Calvert

Liberal

Mr. W. S. CALVERT (Middlesex West).

1 regret very much I was not in the House when my hon. friend brought up the question-

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LIB

James Kirkpatrick Kerr (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER.

The hon. gentleman cannot discuss that unless he rises to a question of privilege himself.

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LIB

William Samuel Calvert

Liberal

Mr. CALVERT.

Well, I rise to a question of privilege, Mr. Speaker. I regret I was not in the House when my -hon. friend from Peel brought up a question in regard to the vote taken the other day. I was engaged in the Railway Committee and we have only finished our labours a few moments ago so that I could not be present -when my hon. friend spoke. I was very much surprised to find a letter in the papers from my hon. friend (Mr. Taylor), the chief whip of the opposition, in regard to why the debate was not continued. The chief whip of the opposition was not present the night before the vote was taken, and consequently I made the arrangement with his assistant, the hon. member for Peel (Mr. Rlain). I do not think my hon. friend says that my statement was wrong with regard to the names he gave me of those he expected to take part in the debate. When we make arrangements of that kind it is not always customary to say that such and such a member shall speak and then such and such a member shall follow him. But it is the custom of this House that when arrangements are made that a certain number of members shall speak on each side of the House, that the members on each side should alternate in the debate. During the debate the other day I showed the member for Peel the names of the members that we expected on this side to take part in the debate, and they were largely the members from New Brunswick. There was no hesitancy at all about showing him the names. My hon. friend (Mr. Blain) informed me that five members on the opposition side intended to speak, and consequently, just as I said to the ' Free Press, the debate was to be continued as we expected, and the question was whether we were going to be able to conclude the debate on the following day in a reasonable time. So I asked my hon. friend (Mr. Blain) to try and reduce the number of speakers on his side, stating that I would do the same, and that we would have at least three members to speak on each side of the House.

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May 13, 1909