July 26, 1911

THE RAILWAY COMMITTEE.


Mr. NESBITT moved that the Select Standing Committee on Railways have leave to sit during the sessions of the House, as recommended in the report of the Committee.


CON

Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

Are we trying to revive such resolution passed before the committee this morning. We have only one Bill to deal with and as the next meeting of the committee is called for 10 o'clock instead of 11 o'clock on Tuesday next when the House sits there is no need of this motion.

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Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

Oh, that was on the eve-of adjournment, and when there were a lot of Bills to be disposed of, but there is only one Bill before us now.

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Richard Blain

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BLAIN.

I agree with the hon. member (Mr. Sproule) that this motion is absolutely unnecessary under existing conditions. The work before the committee is not heavy now.

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Edward Arthur Lancaster

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. LANCASTER.

That-one Bill before the committee will have to be carefully considered and it will probably be opposed by nearly all the members of the House when they understand it. I can well understand that certain interests would want this motion to pass, but they are not the interests of the people. If it does pass it will have the effect of compelling members to neglect their duties in the committee or else neglect their duties in this House. This Bill refers to a charter that has been absolutely dead for three years and that never was heard of in the House of Commons until the day before adjournment after we had been in session for six months.

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Edward Arthur Lancaster

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. LANCASTER.

This Bill came from the Senate, but they must have been late

in introducing it in the Senate or else it would have got to this House before it did. It is a Bill entirely in the interests of a private corporation, 'and in view of the urgent public business before the House it can very well wait until next session.

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Emmanuel Berchmans Devlin

Liberal

Mr. DEVLIN.

The Bill could have passed the Committee this morning, as the great majority of the committee desired, but upon the request of the hon. member for East Grey and others we consented to allow the Bill to stand over in order that those who might possibly have any interest in opposing it should be notified. We did not touch upon the merits of the Bill this morning.

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Angus Claude Macdonell

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MACDONELL (Toronto).

The hon. member (Mr. Devlin) says the majority of the committee were seized of the Bill this morning, and prepared to pass it, but now he says they did not even consider the merits.

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Emmanuel Berchmans Devlin

Liberal

Mr. DEVLIN.

What I said was that the Bill was fully discussed and the majority of the committee quite prepared to pass it, but now these gentlemen opposite want to kill it entirely.

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Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

We are not endeavouring to kill the Bill but we are pointing out that the committee has adjourned until Tuesday next at ten o'clock, which is an hour before the sitting of the House, and we think there is plenty of time to consider the Bill, without passing this motion.

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Emmanuel Berchmans Devlin

Liberal

Mr. DEVLIN.

The hon. member for East Grey will himself speak for an hour against the Bill.

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Emmanuel Berchmans Devlin

Liberal

Mr. DEVLIN.

We will get to eleven o'clock when the House meets and then the committee will have to rise.

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Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

I do not think I spoke more than five minutes on the Bill this morning. The consideration of the Bill was adjourned in view of the fact that the committee were notified that the city council of Montreal and the board of trade desired to be heard and had no notice, and that the R. & 0. Co'y had their representatives before the committee saying that only late yesterday did they receive intimation that the Bill would be considered to-day, and they desired to consider carefully whether or not it would prejudicially affect their interests. It is for that reason we asked delay.

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Henry Robert Emmerson

Liberal

Mr. EMMERSON.

It is not a public Bill and the public interest can in no way be affected. The Bill came to us from the Senate and has been before parliament for a considerable time. In view of the attitude some hon. gentlemen assume Mr. LANCASTER.

towards the Bill it would seem to me that in the hour between 10 o'clock and 11 o'clock no progress could be made. It is to give those who oppose the Bill the fullest opportunity to be heard that this motion has been made.

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Arthur Samuel Goodeve

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GOODEVE.

The government has

thought it vitally important to call special morning sittings of the House for the consideration of an important public measure, and under these circumstances it is unfair that members of this House should be prevented attending to their duty here by obtruding on them the consideration of a private Bill in the committee. There is ample time to consider this Bill between ten and eleven in the morning and between two and three in the afternoon, if necessary, when the House is not in session. As a member of the Railway Committee it is unfair that I should be compelled to neglect my important duties in this House with reference to a measure in which my constituents are deeply interested, simply because I am forced to attend a meeting of a committee.

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July 26, 1911