December 5, 1910


Bill (No. 17) respecting the British Columbia Southern Railway Company.-Mr. Taylor (New Westminster). Bill (No. 18) respecting the Kootenay and Arrowhead Railway Company.-Mr. Taylor (New Westminster). Bill (No. 19) respecting the Manitoba and Northwestern Railway Company of Canada. -Mr. Cash. Bill (No. 20) respecting the Mather Bridge and Power Company.-Mr. German. Bill (No. 21) respecting the Vancouver and Lulu Island Railway Company.-Mr. Smith (Nanaimo).


QUESTIONS-PROCEDURE.

LIB

James Kirkpatrick Kerr (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER.

Now that the order for questions is being called for the first time this session I wish to inform the House that under the new rule (37 subsection 2) only questions bearing an asterisk will be called by the Speaker. In' the case of other questions the answer will be handed in by the minister and when the answer is handed in the question will be struck from the Order Paper.

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CON

John Dowsley Reid

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. REID (Grenville).

I would suggest in respect to these answers which are handed in without being read, that a duplicate carbon copy may be made of them for the use of the press.

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LIB

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

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

As I understand it the answer is sent to the clerk who hands it into ' Hansard ' and then the question is taken from the Order Paper. If it be found to he possible I do not see why a duplicate copy should not be made.

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CON

John Dowsley Reid

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. REID (Grenville).

The answer will not appear in ' Hansard ' until the day after it is handed in, and in the meantime the press might be furnished with a copy.

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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

As I understand it, when a question is not starred the minister will hand in his answers, and it will appear in ' Hansard '. The questions which are starred will be read by the Speaker as heretofore and the answers given orally.

I think the suggestion of my hon. friend (Mr. Reid) is a very proper one. If the press desire to have communication of these answers a carbon copy might be supplied to them, and I would respectfully ask that the ministers should observe that rule in answering questions.

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CON

Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

I think we might go further than that. After considering this new rule carefully, I am of the opinion that it is hardly an appropriate one. There will be no notice given to the member putting the question that the answer has been handed into ' Hansard ' and it will keep him constantly on the watch. It seems to me that a copy of the answers ought to be sent to the member who puts the questions.

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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

If an hon. member wants his question answered orally he can star it. If the question is not starred the answer will appear in ' Hansard ' and the question will disappear from the Order Paper so that the hon. member will know that it has been answered.

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Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

But that obliges a member to watch the Order Paper. If we are to economize time in this way there should be some means to notify the member putting the question that the answer has been handed in.

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LIB

Charles Murphy (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. MURPHY.

I would like to direct your attention, Mr. Speaker, to one feature of this rule which so far has not been commented on. It may be that a question is asked and not starred, and for some reason or other that question could be more conveniently answered by putting it in the form of a motion for a return. As I understand your interpretation of the new rule, a question of that kind which is not starred would remain indefinitely on the Order Paper unanswered. I would like to ask your view, Mr. Speaker, on that point?

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

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

If the question is not answered it stands on the Order Paper, and when it is called the minister can say that it will stand as a notice of motion.

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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

Yes, but as the Secretary of State points out, if such a question is not starred it would never be reached on the Order Paper, and the motion for a return could not be made.

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Sydney Arthur Fisher (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. FISHER.

The difficulty in that case could be obviated, if, on the minister who is interested noticing the question on the paper, he sent a notice to the clerk that it should be put in the form of motion. Then the clerk would take it off the Order Paper just as if it had been answered, and it would appear amongst the notices of motion.

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

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

I do not think the question is apprehended properly. If a question is put on the Order Paper which is not starred it is an intimation to the minister that no oral answer is required. If the minister does not send in the answer then the question will remain on the Order Paper and it will be called in due course.

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Some hon. MEMBERS

Hear, hear.

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QUESTIONS.

DEPUTY OF THE GOVERNOR GENERAL.

CON

Mr. SPROULE:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. By what authority or under what commission was Mr. Justice Girouard appointed to act as Deputy Governor, or administrator of the government, during the absence of His Excellency the Governor General, last summer and fall?

2. What powers were conferred upon him bv any such commission?

3. Did he%as such administrator send a telegram or message to Cardinal Vannutelli, the papal legate, on the latter's arrival in Canada. If so, what were the contents of such message or telegram?

4. In sending such message or telegram did he act upon the advice of his constitutional adviser?

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

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER:

1 and 2. By Letters Patent constituting the office of Governor General and Commander in Chief in and over the Dominion of Canada, dated 15th June, 1905, issued under the King's Sign Manual, it was amongst other things provided as follows:-

VI. And^whereas by ' The British North America Act, 1867,' it is amongst other things enacted, that it shall be lawful for us, if we think fit, to authorize the Governor General of Our Dominion of Canada to appoint any person or persons, jointly or severally, to be his Deputy or Deputies within any part or parts of Our Said Dominion, and in that capacity to exercise, during the pleasure of Our said Governor General, such of the powers, authorities and functions of Our said Governor General as he may deem it necessary or expedient to assign to such Deputy or Deputies, subject to any limitations or direction from time to time expressed or given by Us; Now We do hereby authorize and empower Our said Governor General subject to such limitations and directions as aforesaid, to appoint any person or persons, jointly or severally to be his Deputy or Deputies within any part or parts of Our said Dominion of Canada, and in that capacity to exercise, during his pleasure, such of his powers, functions and authorities, as he may deem it necessary or expedient to assign to him or them; Provided always, that the appointment of such Deputy or Deputies shall not affect

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December 5, 1910