March 4, 1910

LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING.

I will have it corrected.

Topic:   THE GERMAN SURTAX.
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THE UNITED STATES TARIFF.

CON

Charles Lewis Owen

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. OWEN.

I see by the papers that representatives of the American government are to interview our government re the tariff. Canada has entered into a treaty with France, and by a recent arrangement with Germany, the surtax has been removed wholly by Canada on all the articles we have to export, but only in part by Germany on what they have to export. Have we in any way forfeited our rights to the minimum tariff of the United States?

Topic:   THE UNITED STATES TARIFF.
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191U

LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING.

That is too large a proposition. In my judgment we have not, but that is a matter of opinion. When my hon. friend says that we have removed the whole of the surtax, and Germany only one-half, he is under a misapprehension. Germany had no surtax to remove.

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SUPPLY-THE PRESS GALLERY.


Mr. FIELDING moved that the House go into Committee of Supply.


CON

Edward Norman Lewis

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. LEWIS.

I notice in a prominent paper in the west, published at Calgary, called the 'Albertan,' these words:

It may be a question whether or not the members of the parliament really earn their salaries for attending the sessions of the Dominion parliament, but there can be no denying the fact that the reporters in the press gallery should have their wages raised many times over.. . . A bold, brave young man who will risk his life and understanding by sitting day after day and night after night listening to the debates upon the Naval Bill, endeavouring to get the kernel out of_ the volume of chaff, is worthy of better things. It is possible that he does get good wages, but it is also certain that he does not get enough.

. ... So the ' Albertan ' repeats that whatever may be the salary of the reporters who sit by and listen to this kind of thing from day to day, from week to week, that they are underpaid. A man who risks health and mind on a proposition like that should get some sort of bonus from the State.

Sir, there's many a true word spoken in jest. I have taken the precaution to look into this matter, according to 'Sells' World's Press, 1909, I find that we have in Canada 892 newspapers, divided among the provinces as follows:

Newspapers.

Ontario 525

Quebec 117

New Brunswick 39

Nova Scotia 62

Prince Edward Island 12

Manitoba 79

Northwest Territories 25

British Columbia 33

Total 892

There are forty press representatives in the gallery, representing probably eighty newspapers. Now, it is to the interest of Canada that what is done here should be published through the country. The 'unrevised 'Hansard' is sent out, it probably does not reach the persons addressed for a week or ten days after the speeches reported have been made, but what the men in the press gallery report is sent by telegraph. I submit that, if we have anything for the people of the country to know, the country as a whole and the newspapers as a whole should help to pay for making it known. We allow a certain sum for a newspaper editor in the city of London,

England, in order to secure information from there. The city of Toronto pays $4,000 a year for what? For a bureau of publicity. 1 ask that similar steps joe taken here. It may be an innovation; no other parliament in the world may have it, but why should we wait for another parliament to show us the way. If there is any way by which a certain amount could be set aside for publishing by telegraph the news which we desire to have published, I submit, the government should take some steps in the matter.

Topic:   SUPPLY-THE PRESS GALLERY.
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TRENT CANAL-FLOOD DAMAGES.

CON

Haughton Lennox

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. LENNOX.

I mentioned, last night as the House was about to adjourn, that to-day I proposed to bring up the subject of certain payments for alleged flooding in portions of the county of Peterborough in connection with the Trent Valley water system. My hon. friend the Minister of Finance (Mr. Fielding) mentioned to me just now that tha Minister of Railways and Canals (Mr. Graham) is out of the city, and he preferred that I should not proceed with the discussion now. The proposition is one which I think I should accede to, and therefore I will not bring up the matter to-day.

Topic:   SUPPLY-THE PRESS GALLERY.
Subtopic:   TRENT CANAL-FLOOD DAMAGES.
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HALIFAX HARBOUR-BIG GUN PRACTICE AND THE FISHERMEN.

CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

I desire to call the attention of the Prime Minister (Sir Wilfrid Laurier) and the Minister of Militia and Defence ('Sir Frederick Borden) to a resolution which has been forwarded to me from the municipal council of the county of Halifax, pointing out the detriment and danger to the fishermen; in the vicinity of Halifax harbour-that is, the entrance to the harbour-from the big gun practice

which is carried on, and suggesting that this practice should be carried on if possible, between the 30th November and the 15th of June, instead of at the seasons which have been utilized for the purpose in the past. From the statements set forth in the resolution, which I will not read in full, it would seem that the fishermen sustain not only inconveniences but considerable detriment under the present system. If the practice could be carried on with equal efficiency-as seems to be the case- during the season which has been suggested, I would strongly urge upon the government that this request should be complied with.

Topic:   SUPPLY-THE PRESS GALLERY.
Subtopic:   HALIFAX HARBOUR-BIG GUN PRACTICE AND THE FISHERMEN.
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LIB

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

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

If my .hon. friend (Mr. R. L. Borden) will kindly send me the resolution, I will call the attention of my colleague to it.

Topic:   SUPPLY-THE PRESS GALLERY.
Subtopic:   HALIFAX HARBOUR-BIG GUN PRACTICE AND THE FISHERMEN.
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Motion agreed to, and House went into Committee of Supply.



Public works-chargeable to income-harbours and rivers-British Columbia-Loekport -Queen Charlotte islands-wharf, $2,000.


LIB

William Pugsley (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Hon. WM. PUGSLEY (Minister of Public Works).

Most of the members of the committee know that the Queen Charlotte islands form a group in the Pacific at the mouth of the Skeena river. They are said to be very rich in minerals and are clothed with valuable timber. There is a good deal of development in the particular locality referred to. I believe that a wharf is quite urgently required. The amount here asked is expected to finish the work.

Topic:   SUPPLY-THE PRESS GALLERY.
Subtopic:   HALIFAX HARBOUR-BIG GUN PRACTICE AND THE FISHERMEN.
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CON

George Henry Cowan

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. COWAN.

What trade is anticipated over that wharf?

Topic:   SUPPLY-THE PRESS GALLERY.
Subtopic:   HALIFAX HARBOUR-BIG GUN PRACTICE AND THE FISHERMEN.
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LIB

William Pugsley (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY.

I believe that at this point quartz mining is being developed.

Topic:   SUPPLY-THE PRESS GALLERY.
Subtopic:   HALIFAX HARBOUR-BIG GUN PRACTICE AND THE FISHERMEN.
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CON

George Henry Cowan

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. COWAN.

Have any steps been taken to ascertain how many immigrants are entering British Columbia over these wharfs without calling at the port of entry?

Topic:   SUPPLY-THE PRESS GALLERY.
Subtopic:   HALIFAX HARBOUR-BIG GUN PRACTICE AND THE FISHERMEN.
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March 4, 1910