February 14, 1910

FIRST READINGS.


Bill (No. 139) respecting the Bay of Quinte Railway Company.-Mr. Talbot. Bill (No. 140) to relieve Frederick Joseph Gustin McArthur.-Mr. Wallace.


INDIAN ACT AMENDMENT.


Hon. FRANK OLIVER moved for leave to introduce Bill (No. 141) to amend the Indian Act. He said: There are only three clauses in the Bill. The object is to give definite effect to what has hitherto been understood to be the law, and in regard to which there seems to be some doubt which it is desirable to remove. The first clause relates to the occupation of Indian lfmds by others than Indians, and provides a mode of procedure whereby the Tights of the Indians may be established in case of their lands being entered upon by those who are not entitled to do so. The other two clauses are merely to protect the right of the Indians in any moneys that are due to them from the government. Motion agreed to, and Bill read the first time.


WATERWAYS COMMITTEE.


M". G. V. WHITE. Before the orders of the day are called, I wish to ask the government when the committee on the various waterways and water-powers will meet? This is a very important committee, and there has not been any meeting of the committee during the present session.


LIB

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

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

I will call the attention of the chairman to it.

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THE 'SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN' AND THE QUEBEC BRIDGE.

LIB

George Perry Graham (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Hon. GEORGE P. GRAHAM.

My attention has been called to a criticism of the plans of the Quebec bridge by the 'Scientific American', which is a leading scientific paper. The writer seems not to be aware of the fact that the plans provide for a suspension bridge as well as a cantilever bridge. I presume some hon. gentlemen may have seen this article, and I have referred it to the chairman of the board of engineers, who have charge of the construction of the bridge.

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TRACHOMA IN REGINA SCHOOLS.

CON

Frederick Laurence Schaffner

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SCHAFFNER.

I wish to call the attention of the Minister of Interior to a matter which I consider of great urgency. I see a despatch in the 'Citizen' of to-day, from Regina, to the effect that trachoma has broken out in the schools of that city:

At present there are some ten c.ases discovered, but careful examination of all the children in the schools is to be made. The city health officer in reporting the matter to the city council attributed the outbreak to

laxity on the part of immigration authorities in permitting those infected with the disease, to land in the country.

I think this is a matter that demands the immediate attention of the Minister of Interior.

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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. OLIVER.

I can onlv say that everv care is taken at the ocean ports to prevent the entry of immigrants suffering from this disease. But it is like all other diseases, it may pass inspection at a time when it is not in evidence, and break out later on and be communicated. I might mention that it is becoming a practice, to attribute every form of disease that may occur in any part of Canada, to the laxity of the immigration authorities. I would suggest with all due respect that the municipal and provincial authorities would do well to assume their own share in the suppression of contagious diseases.

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MANITOBA FISHERIES COMMISSION.

CON

George Henry Bradbury

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BRADBURY.

I wish to call the attention of the acting Minister of Marine and Fisheries to the fact that apparently no action has been taken on the fisheries report laid on the table. I have had communication from some of the Selkirk fishermen asking if there are going to be any changes made, if the report is going to be implemented by new regulations. At this time of the year it is necessary that the fishermen should know if they are going to be allowed to fish next year.

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LIB

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

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

I will give an answer to my hon. friend on Monday.

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SUPPLY.


House in Committee of Supply. Harbours and rivers, New Brunswick- Dipper harbour-extension of breakwater- pier, $14,000.


LIB

William Pugsley (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Hon. WM. PUGSLEY (Minister of Pub-lie Works).

Mr. Chairman, the object of this vote is to provide for the extension of the breakwater pier at Dipper harbour. Dipper harbour is in the county of St. John. The total estimated cost is $19,530 for 186,000 cubic yards of cribwork and contingencies to be added making $21,500, of which we are asking $14,000. That is what we expect to expend during the coming year.

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CON

February 14, 1910