December 3, 1909

ROYAL ASSENT.

LIB

James Kirkpatrick Kerr (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER.

I have the honour to communicate the following letter to the House:

Ottawa, Dec. 3, 1909.

Sir,-I have the honour to inform you that Chief Justice, the Right Hon. Sir Charles Fitzpatrick, acting as Deputy Governor General, will proceed to the Senate Chamber this afternoon at 3.15 for the purpose of assenting to a certain Bill which has passed the Senate and the House of Commons during the present session of parliament.

I have the honour to be, Sir,

Your obedient servant,

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C. J. JONES,


Assistant Governor General's Secretary. To the Honourable The Speaker of the House of Commons. A message was delivered by Captain J. Ernest Chambers, Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, as follows: Mr. Speaker, His Honour the Deputy of His Excellency the Governor General desires the immediate attendance of your honourable House in the Chamber of the honourable the Senate. , Accordingly the House went up to the Senate Chamber. And the House being returned. Mr. SPEAKER informed the House that his honour the deputy of His Excellency the Governor General had been pleased to give, in His Majesty's name, the Royal assent to the following Bill: An Act respecting a certain supplementary convention between His Majesty and the President of the French Republic.


BANK ACT AMENDMENTS.

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Mr. J.@

DEMERS (St. John and Iberville) -(Translation)-moved for leave to introduce Bill (No. 56) to amend the Bank Act. He said : These amendments are made

primo, .in order that banking operations may be more known to the shareholders when advances to a considerable amount are made to the bank's customers; second, to make the special general meeting of the shareholders more easy by allowing fifteen amongst them, in possession of one-twentieth of a bank share, to ask for the convocation of such meeting, instead of twenty-five shareholders in possession of one-tenth of these shares, such as prescribed by law; certio, this Bill is designed to get rid of those dishonest or undesirable shareholders; last, the object of the fourth amendment is to- establish a system of banks' inspection through the Department of Finance of Canada.

Bill read first time.

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BANK ACT AMENDMENT.


Mr. SAMUEL SHARPE moved for leave to introduce Bill (No. 57) to amend the Bank Act. He said: This is the same Bill as that which I introduced in the early part of the session with the exception of the clause with regard to the payment of interest. It was suggested to me, that, owing to that clause, if the Bill became law, it might involve a charge upon the consolidated revenue of the country and in consequence would be irregular. It was-suggested that I should secure the discharge of the order and reintroduce the Bill with the omission of that clause. The object of the Bill, as I explained on a former occasion, is to provide that the unclaimed balances at the banks should be transferred to the government who shall become the custodians and trustees thereof. Motion agreed to, and Bill read the first time.


BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE.

LIB

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

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER moved:

That when this House adjourns on Tuesday the 7th inst. it stands adjourned until Thursday the 9th.

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CON
LIB

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

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

Wednesday is a legal holiday by statute-the feast of the Immaculate Conception.

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INQUIRIES FOR PAPERS.

CON

George Eulas Foster

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. FOSTER.

I want to ask the right hon. the Prime Minister (Sir Wilfrid Laurier) if there is any correspondence in existence between himself and the two ministers who went over to the conference this summer, or with any member of the British government, concerning the negotiations, business and attitude to be taken by the representatives of Canada, or any letters of instruction or anything of the kind? I had a motion prepared to ask for all the papers and correspondence. I did not push it because these papers that ,we have came down but they do not include anything except that it took place over there. If there is any correspondence, in the nature of instructions, letters or otherwise I think we ought to have that before the discussion on the second reading of the Bill comes on. I am not sure whether there is any or not.

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LIB

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

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

All the correspondence upon this subject has been brought down. If there had been any correspondence of a confidential nature, of course, it would not have been proper for me to have brought it down, but I can tell my hon. friend that there is not even correspondence of a confidential nature. Everything is before the House.

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LIB
CON

John Waterhouse Daniel

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. DANIEL.

I would like to ask the government when those papers ordered on the 22nd November will be brought down. The hon. Minister of Marine and Fisheries (Mr. Brodeur) is not in his place. Perhaps the Prime Minister will call his attention to it.

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LIB

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

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

I will take a note of it.

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IMPRISONMENT OF MRS. ROBINSON

CON

George Gordon

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GEO. GORDON.

I would like to ask the hon. Minister of Justice (Mr Aylesworth) whether he has under consideration a recommendation of further executive clemency in the case of Mrs. Robinson, recently found guilty of murder at the Sudbury assizes and whose sentence was subsequently, upon the petition of upwards of 100,000 Canadian citizens, commuted by His Excellency in Council to imprisonment in the penitentiary of Kingston for ten years. Is it the intention of the Minister of Justice or the government to release Mrs. Robinson on parole or otherwise, or in any other way to effect any further mitigation of the very severe punishment which she is suffering, which will result in her release at any early day?

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December 3, 1909