March 4, 1912


Mr. FRIPP moved the second reading of Bill (No. 117) to change the name of Ezra Butler Eddy Bessey. Motion agreed to, and Bill read the second time.


LIB

Wilfrid Laurier (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

I would ask the Minister of Justice (Mr. Doherty), if he has considered this Bill. It is a proposition to change the name of a person born in the province of Quebec, and does the Minister of Justice think that such a Bill comes within the jurisdiction of this parliament? I am of opinion that such a Bill would fall within the jurisdiction of the province in which the register of the birth of the gentleman is kept, and the registers are carefully kept in the province of Quebec.

Topic:   MR. EZRA BUTLER EDDY BESSEY.
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CON

David Henderson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HENDERSON.

In looking over this Bill I was under the impression that it came more properly within the jurisdiction of the provincial legislature as a matter of property and civil rights. However, I do not wish to raise any objection to the Bill going through, as I am aware that the young man will be a gainer by about three quarters of a million -dollars if he gets his name changed within two years after he becomes of age. i knew his father and grandfather very well, and I have no desire to see any objection raised to the Bill. I had not thought of the point raised by the right hon. gentleman the leader of the opposition; there may be something in it. It is quite possible the young man was born in Hull, of that I have no knowledge. But as his parents resided in Hull at one time, I have no doubt the right hon. gentleman may be

quite correct. I fail to see, however, that that is a material point.

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LIB

Wilfrid Laurier (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

I would be sorry to do anything that would injure the prospects of this young gentleman. I also knew his family and grandfather very well. I have no desire whatever to interpose between him and the rights which he is to obtain under the will of his grandfather. But the very suggestion my hon. friend now makes is one which is in the interest of the young gentleman himself, because, if we pass an Act here that we have no power to pass, we might seriously interfere with his prospects.

Topic:   MR. EZRA BUTLER EDDY BESSEY.
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CON
CON

Thomas Simpson Sproule (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPEAKER.

There is nothing before the House.

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CON

David Henderson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HENDERSON.

I thought the second reading of the Bill was before the House.

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CON

Thomas Simpson Sproule (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPEAKER.

No, it was passed and referred to the Committee on Miscellaneous Private Bills.

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CON

Charles Joseph Doherty (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. DOHERTY.

Perhaps I may still be allowed to say one word on the point raised by the right hon. gentleman who leads the opposition. It does seem to me there is a great deal to be said in support of his suggestion that the jurisdiction in a matter of this kind belongs to the legislature. But so far as precedents go, I think I am correct in saying that there is a precedent for passing Bills of this kind by this House. There is one case where, if my memory is not at fault, we changed the name of a gentleman to Mr. Amor De Cosmos, however, this is a private matter, and the gentleman himself who is promoting the Bill will have to incur the consequences, if it is found that we have not jurisdiction.

Topic:   MR. EZRA BUTLER EDDY BESSEY.
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LIB

Rodolphe Lemieux

Liberal

Mr. LEMIEUX.

I think there is a concrete case as a precedent. My hon. friend the Postmaster General (Mr. Pelletier), I think is aware of a Bill passed by the local legislature some years ago. I do not know of any similar Bill passed by the federal House.

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QUESTIONS. '


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.)


RESOLUTION ON NAVAL BILL.

CON

Paul-Émile Lamarche

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. LAMARCHE.

Mr. Speaker, a few days ago you ruled that my former question was out of OTder, according to the rules of the House. Since then I have amended it, and now beg to submit it again.

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Subtopic:   RESOLUTION ON NAVAL BILL.
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CON

Mr. HENDERSON.

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Does the government intend to give an opportunity to the members of the House of Commons to discuss the resolution of Mr. Sevigny, which stands as No. 25 on the orders of the day as a notice of motion?

2. If so, is it the intention of the government to gave an opportunity to the House to declare itself on, the merits of the said resolution?

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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN.

A great many applications have been made to the government to give an opportunity of calling up resolutions and Bills under the head of Public Bills and Orders-. It is thought undesirable in any of these cases to give such an opportunity as is here asked for, as it would result in seriously delaying the work of the House.

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COAL COMBINE IN BRITISH COLUMBIA.

CON

Mr. STEVENS:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Has the government received from the provincial government of British Columbia a request to investigate whether or not a combine or understanding exists among the coal producers and dealers of British Columbia to establish and maintain the prices charged for coal?

2. If so, will the government order such inquiry, and when?

3 Has any answer been sent to the government of British. Columbia? If so, what?

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Subtopic:   COAL COMBINE IN BRITISH COLUMBIA.
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CON

Mr. CROTHERS: (Minister of Labour)

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. The Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia on the 3rd of May, 1909, transmitted to the then Secretary of State copy of a minute covering a resolution of the legislative assembly of British Columbia which reaffirmed a request that the Dominion government should cause inquiry to be made with a view to ascertain the cause of the alleged excessive price charged to consumers of coal in that province. This communication from His Honour the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia was acknowledged by the Under Secretary of State on the 14th of May, 1909.

2. The present government has not had an opportunity up to tjie present of considering the request which was first brought to its attention by the inquiry of the hon. member.

3. It does not appear that any reply has ever been sent to the government of British Columbia except the acknowledgment * by the Under Secretary of State on the 14th of May, 1909, above alluded to.

SEPARATE SCHOOLS IN KEEiWATIN.

Topic:   QUESTIONS. '
Subtopic:   COAL COMBINE IN BRITISH COLUMBIA.
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CON

March 4, 1912