January 16, 1911

LIB

George Perry Graham (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Mr. GRAHAM.

Will the hon. gentleman contend that a provincial government cannot, through its coroners, have anything to do with the death of a person because it occurred on a Dominion railway?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   RAILWAY ACT AMENDMENT.
Permalink
CON

Edward Arthur Lancaster

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. LANCASTER.

I have not said that. My Bill provides that where these deaths occur on the property of a Dominion railway, certain things should be done, and the section I am amending enacts that the Railway Commission shall do certain things in certain cases. Will the hon. minister say that the Railway Commission must get the sanction of a provincial government before it can carry out its powers? He certainly will not because he wants the Railway Commission to have these powers, but he pretends that we must not enact that a coroner must do anything because forsooth we would thereby be interfering with provincial jurisdiction. I am asking that the coroner be bound to inquire and ascertain the causes of death in certain cases. Everybody knows how these deaths, instead of diminishing, are increasing, and we all know that if the responsible parties are not brought to book, this condition of things will continue. Of course if the minister is determined that the House shall not deal with this, he is in control, and there is no use of my wasting time in discussing the matter, but I submit that the proper place to deal with this Bill is in Committee of the Whole House, just as we have dealt with the Bill we have been discussing previous to this one, and with the Bill on interest. The latter was a measure which might, much more properly have been referred to a standing committee, but nevertheless it was dealt with by this House in Committee of the Whole, and similar treatment should certainly be given this much more important measure.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   RAILWAY ACT AMENDMENT.
Permalink

Motion agreed to, and Bill read the second time. Mr. GRAHAM moved that the Bill be referred to the standing Committee on Railways, Canals and Telegraph Lines. Motion agreed to. Sir WILFRID LAURIER moved the adjournment of the House.


CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

What business to-morrow?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   RAILWAY ACT AMENDMENT.
Permalink
LIB

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

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

Opportunity will be given the hon. member for South York (Mr. Maclean) to move his motion.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   RAILWAY ACT AMENDMENT.
Permalink

Motion agreed to, and House adjourned at 10.45 p.m.



Tuesday, January 17, 1911.


January 16, 1911