December 9, 1909

CON

Angus Claude Macdonell

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MACDONELL.

Well, the government are moving in the matter and it is their motion that we are now going to vote on. I had hoped that something better would come out of it. The Minister of Railways offers some small means of encouragement but I do not know whether he was in the House when I made my few opening remarks. What I said then and what I say now is that I merely suggest a public holiday for the purpose of having the election day purified, and, as far as possible, to remove corruption. I expressed my willingness then and I repeat it now to make any reasonable amendment to this Bill. I would be willing to adopt the Ontario system setting apart two hours for voting or to adopt any other reasonable plan by which the public can obtain a better opportunity of polling their votes on election day. However, with the government must rest the resnonsibility for the decapitation of this Bill. If the government are serious in their desire to facilitate voting on election day then let the Bill go to the committee and make the amendment that the Minister of Railways was kind enough to say that he would vote for. That, however, does not appear to be the intention of the government.

Amendment (Mr. Aylesworth), agreed to.

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INDUSTRIAL DISPUTES ACT AMENDMENT.


Mr. MACDONELL moved the second reading of Bill (No. 23) to amend the Industrial Disputes Investigation Act, 1907. He said: The hon. Minister of Labour (Mr. King) has some amendments to consider in connection with the Industrial Disputes Act which may conveniently be considered at the same time with the amendments which are contained in this Bill and as I am anxious to advance the Bill to the committee stage I move the second reading with the understanding that it shall be allowed to stand until the Minister of Labour is prepared to consider this Bill and his own amendments.


LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. KING.

The hon. gentleman has correctly stated the position, and I am entirely agreeable to what he proposes.

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Motion agreed to, Bill read the second time and House went into committee thereon. Progress reported.


SECOND READING.


Bill (No. 24) to amend the Railway Act- Mr. Macdonell. Mr. FIELDING moved the adjournment of the House.


CON
LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING.

My hon. friend the Minister of Marine and Fisheries (Mr. Brodeur) will take up the Water Carriage Bill and if the opportunity comes the House will be moved into supply, my hon. friend the Minister of Inland Revenue (Mr. Templeman) beginning his estimates, and my hon. friend the Minister of Customs (Mr. Paterson), if further opportunity presents itself, will follow.

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CON

Haughton Lennox

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. LENNOX.

Would the Minister of Finance be kind enough to state whether he proposes to deal with the Budget on Tuesday?

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LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING.

Yes, it is our expectation that the Budget will come on Tuesday. ,

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Motion agreed to, and House adjourned at 12.10 a. m. Friday.



Friday, December 10, 1909.


December 9, 1909