November 28, 1910

MEMBER INTRODUCED.


Arthur Gilbert, Esq., member Tor the electoral district of Drumomnd-Arthabaska, introduced by Mr. Monk and Mr. Paquet.


JOINT COMMITTEE ON LIBRARY OF PARLIAMENT.

LIB

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

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER moved:

That a message he sent to the Senate to inform their Honours that this House has appointed Messieurs: Aylesworth, Daniel,

Lewis, Beland, Doherty, Monk, Borden (Sir F.), Foster, Pardee, Borden (Halifax), Laurier (Sir W.), Pugsley, Bristol, Lemieux, Smith (Nanaimo), Brodeur and Wilcox.-17. A committee to assist His Honour the Speaker in the direction of the Library of Parliament, so far as the interests of the House of Commons are concerned, and to act on behalf of the House of Commons as members of a Joint Committee of both Houses on the library.

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Motion agreed to.


JOINT COMMITTEE ON PRINTING.

LIB

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

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER moved:

That a message be sent to the Senate to acquaint their Honours that this House will unite with them in the formation of a Joint Committee of both Houses on the subject of the printing of parliament and that the members of the Select Standing Committee on Printing, viz.: Allen, Maclean,

(York), Rhodes, Bickerdike, McColl, Taylor, (Leeds), Bristol, McIntyre, Taylor (New Westminster, Douglas, McLean (Huron), Fowke, Magrath, Verville, Gervais, Martin, White (Victoria), Henderson, Murphy, Wilson (Lennex & Addington), Hughes, Nantel, King, Pardee.-25. Will act as members on the part of this House, on the said Joint Committee on the Printing of Parliament.

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Motion agreed to.


CANADA MEDICAL ACT-AMENDMENT.


Mr. BLACK moved for leave to introduce Bill (No. 15) to amend the Canada Medical Act.


LIB

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

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

Explain please.

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LIB

Judson Burpee Black

Liberal

Mr. BLACK.

This is an Act to amend the present Canada Medical Act, sometimes known as the Ruddick Act. The pro-visons of the Bill are not many, nor are they important, except one which is intended to provide that any medical practitioner entitled to practise medicine in any province in Canada may be entitled to practise medicine all over Canada. This is the main feature of the Bill.

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Motion agreed to, and Bill read the first time.


PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE-AUDITOR GENERAL.

CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN (Halifax).

I would ask the Prime Minister (Sir Wilfrid Laurier) to have the Public Accounts Committee called for its first meeting at the earliest possible moment. I would suggest to-morrow morning. There will be a good deal of

work before that committee, and the sooner it begins that work the sooner the session will conclude. I believe that sometimes the organization of this committee has been delayed for a couple of weeks, or even three weeks, which has been found very inconvenient. It seems to me that not a minute should be lost, but that we should endeavour to get through the business of the House and committees as speedily as possible.

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LIB

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

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

I have no objection to the suggestion although perhaps, to-morrow morning will be found too early a date. I will ask the Chief Whip of the government side to have the meeting called as early as possible-if not to-morrow, then the day after.

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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

I desire to ask the Prime Minister whether or not the Auditor General's Report and the Public Accounts have been referred to the Committee on Public Accounts.

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LIB

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

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

I think that, as a rule, that is not done until the close of the debate on the address.

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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

In this connection I would remind the Prime Minister of a suggestion made by my hon. friend from South Simcoe (Mr. Lennox) last session that not only the Auditor General's Report for the year just closed, but also that for the previous year should be referred to that committee. The Prime Minister, if I remember correctly, expressed himself as in favour of that last year when the subject was mooted. I merely mention it now that he may take it into consideration.

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LIB

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

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

I am not sure that I expressed an opinion on that subject last session-probably I did. On these matters I am usually advised by the Minister of Finance (Mr. Fielding) who, unfortunately, is not here at present. I will consider it, however.

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November 28, 1910