December 5, 1910

GIROUARD.


Which I would translate as follows:- Tadousac, Aug., 1910. To His Excellency the Papal Legate, on board steamer. The Administrator of the government of Canada presents his respects to His Excellency and bids him welcome.


GIROUARD.

LIB

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

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

On the face of it, this Marconigram was sent during the month of August. During that month Mr. Justice Girouard did not act in the capacity of Administrator, as, during the whole of August, His Excellency was in Canada, but, on the 1st of August, His Excellency the Governor General, before leaving for his trip to the Hudson Bay, appointed Mr. Justice Girouard, Deputy Governor. Mr. Justice Girouard did not consult the ministers of the Crown and received no advice from any of them.

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GUARDS OF HONOUR.

CON

Mr. SPROULE:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. On what occasions and for whom may Guards of Honour be furnished from the Canadian Permanent Force?

2. By whose authority may they be so furnished?

3. On what occasions were Guards of Honour furnished, from the force, at Quebec, Three Rivers and Montreal during the present year and by whose direction and under whose authority were they so furnished?

4. Did the 65th Battalion, of Montreal, parade at the Eucharistic Congress during the carrying of the Host? and if so were they equipped with rifles and bayonets? If so, by whose authority ?

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LIB

Sir FREDERICK BORDEN: (Minister of Militia and Defence)

Liberal

1. Guards of honour are authorized by King's regulations and orders for the Canadian militia, 1910, to be furnished as follows :-

(a) To attend upon the King and other royal personages, and upon presidents of those republican states in which the Sovereign is represented by an ambassador.

(b) At state ceremonials.

(c) For governors and lieutenant governors administering the governments of His Majesty's possessions on such occasions as are customary within their governments.

(d) To a lieutenant governor of a province on the opening and prorogation of a provincial legislature.

(e) Special guards of honour may be furnished to the Governor General at any time upon the requisition of the military secretary.

(f) On the arrival and departure of a general officer appointed to command the Canadian forces.

(g) In the absence of the Governor General, the administrator of the government is entitled to receive the same honours as those accorded to the Governor General.

(h) When a foreign general or flag officer lands at a military station within His Majesty's dominions to visit the civil governor or officer in command.

(i) When a naval officer of flag rank commanding in chief lands for the first time at a port within his command.

(j) If deemed expedient to receive distinguished personages other than those mentioned in (a), (b) and (c), and on occasions other than those specified in paragraph 1370 of the regulations, where it is laid down when honours and salutes are to be given by troops on parade.

Guards of honour axe to be carried out on all occasions where practicable by the permanent force, but, if a unit of the force is not available then by a corps of the active militia.

2. Guards of honour are furnished by officers commanding commands or independent districts under authority of King's regulations and orders for the Canadian militia, 1910.

If guards of honour are required to be furnished for any occasion other than as specified in (1), then special authority for the same must be obtained from militia headquarters.

3. Quebec-Opening of provincial legislature, March 15, 1910. Authority-para.

1391, King's regulations and orders, 1910.

Arrival of Major General Sir John French, inspector general of the imperial forces, 19th May, 1910. Authority given from militia headquarters, 17th May, 1910.

Departure of Major General Sir John French, 8th July, 1910. Authority issued from militia headquarters, 6th July, 1910.

Three Rivers-None.

Montreal-None.

4. The 65th Regiment Carabiniers ' Mont-Royal ' did parade at the Eucharistic Congress during the carrying of the Host and were equipped with rifles and bayonets. They paraded voluntarily under the authority of the commanding officer of the regiment, Lieut.-Colonel A. E. D. Labelle.

In this connection it might be stated that it has been customary for many years past in Montreal, Quebec and eisewhere for French-Canadian regiments of the militia to attend the feast of Corpus Christi and parade with arms.

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WEARING OF OFFICIAL ROBES BY MR.

SPEAKER.

CON

Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE:

_ 1. On what state or other occasions, if any, is it proper for the honourable the Speaker of the House of Commons, or Senate, to wear his official robes or apparel outside the precincts of parliament during the recess or when parliament is prorogued?

2. On all such occasions when he attends any function or gathering in that capacity, should he not he accompanied by the Sergeant-at-Arms with the Mace-who precedes him as the emblem of the authority of the House?

3. Did the honourable, the Speaker of this House, appear attired in his robes of office in any procession or on any occasion since the prorogation in May last? If so, in what

procession and on what occasion did he so appear?

4. Are there any precedents for his conduct in wearing his official robes of office in such procession, on such occasion?

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Sir WILFRID LAURIER: (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

1. There is no rule or practice of the House of Commons governing this subject.

2. The Speaker of the House of Commons can be accompanied by the Mace only when parliament is in session, and as a part of parliamentary procedure, or when specially authorized so to do by the House of Commons.

3. The government is informed by His Honour the Speaker that he did take part in a solemn religious procession, in September last, in the city of Montreal, but that he did not do so in his official capacity, and was not accompanied by the Mace which is the emblem of his office.

4. The government is not aware of any precedents in the matter referred to, although there may have been occasions when Speakers of Canadian legislatures have, under similar circumstances in the past, attended such celebrations. On such occasions it is customary in the province of Quebeq for judges of the higher courts to appear in their official costumes, and His Honour the Speaker, holding rank as a magistrate, informs the government that on the occasion above referred to he appeared similarly attired as a mark of respect for the solemnity of the occasion.

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CANADIAN CADETS FOR CORONATION.

L-C

Mr. HUGHES:

Liberal-Conservative

1. Is it the intention of the government to send a small representation from each officially organized Cadets Corps, to take part in the coronation of His Majesty, next June?

2. Has the question of sending a considerable body of Royal Military College Cadets to the same been considered?

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LIB

Frederick William Borden (Minister of Militia and Defence)

Liberal

Sir FREDERICK BORDEN.

As no official invitation has been received to send a militia contingent to England on the occasion of the coronation, nothing has been done in the matter. When the proper time comes I shall be glad to consider the suggestion contained in the question.

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MESSAGE OF HOMAGE BY ADMINISTRATOR.

L-C

Mr. HUGHES:

Liberal-Conservative

1. Did the administrator of the government of Canada forward a massage tendering ' homage ' to any visitor to Canadian shores during the past summer? If so, what was the text of the message sent?

2. Had the administrator the authority of the government of Canada for such message?

REVISED editiox.

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LIB

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

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

I think all the information required by this question has been given in answer to a previous question.

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MILITIA OFFICERS AT RECEPTION TO PAPAL LEGATE.

L-C

Mr. HUGHES:

Liberal-Conservative

1. Was the following order issued to the Militia of Montreal during the past summer?

' Montreal, September 8, 1910.

'To^

' The following has been received. Please notify officer of

' Command Order No. 93. Command Orders by Lt.-Col. Roy, Chief Staff Officer Quebec Command.

' Montreal, September 7, 1910.

' Civic Reception to H. E. Cardinal Vannu-telli, Papal Legate, 1910.

' Officers of the Militia attending the Civic Reception at the City Hall on Thursday evening, 8th instant, to H. E. Cardinal Vannutelli, are desired to appear in full dress. (Full dress, head dress need not be worn.) An invitation has been extended to all officers of the Montreal Garrison.

'(Signed) CHARLES F. WINTER

Major.

' D.A.A.G. for C.S.O.Q.'

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LIB

Frederick William Borden (Minister of Militia and Defence)

Liberal

Sir FREDERICK BORDEN.

Yes, this order was issued under the following circumstances :

1. An invitation for the officers of the Montreal garrison to attend the civic reception at the city hall, on September 8, had been received from the civic authorities, and it was publicly announced that His Worship the Mayor desired all citizens attending to appear in evening dress.

2. Under paragraph 1305, K. R. and O.,

C. M., 1910, and paragraph 1710, table A, (h) K. R. and O. for the Army, 1908, it is provided that officers attending public ceremonies and receptions should appear in full dress. -

3. It has been customary, for many years past, for the officers of the militia at Montreal to attend in uniform at important civic functions and public receptions, such as the inauguration of a new city council, public charity balls, St. Andrew's annual ball, &c., for which similar instructions as to the dress of those desiring to attend, now the subject of inquiry, have been issued.

4. The officers were not ordered to attend the reception, but were simply informed of the proper dress for such an occasion, should they desire to be present and appear in uniform.

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December 5, 1910