June 6, 1913

STRANDED COAL MINERS.


On the Orders of the Day being called:


LIB

Wilfrid Laurier (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER:

I have a telegram this morning from Vancouver to this effect:

Fifty coal miners from county Durham, England, stranded here owing to being induced to come here to work in Canadian collieries at Cumberland, Vancouver Island. Please bring matter up in House of Commons, and ask for information by Minister of Labour. Situation of men is serious, having given up homes and left wives and families there.

Has the hon. Minister of Labour received any information in regard to this?

Topic:   STRANDED COAL MINERS.
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CON

Thomas Wilson Crothers (Minister of Labour)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CROTHERS:

My attention has not been directed to the matter. Of course, I understand that a strike has been going on in the island of Vancouver for some time. If the right hon. gentleman will send me a copy of the telegram, I shall be glad to look into the matter immediately.

Topic:   STRANDED COAL MINERS.
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THE GOVERNMENT ICE SUPPLY.

LIB

Onésiphore Turgeon

Liberal

Mr. TURGEON:

Can the hon. Minister of Public Works (Mr. Rogers) give me some information as to the supply of ice for the House of Commons and the departments? Does he get the ice under contract, and where does it come from? We have heard a good deal lately about polluted water, and we would 'be just as much in danger by using ice made from polluted water as by using polluted water itself. Does the hon. minister intend to ask for tenders for the supply of ice for next session, and will he designate the localities from which the ice is to come?

Topic:   THE GOVERNMENT ICE SUPPLY.
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CON

Robert Rogers (Minister of Public Works)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. ROGERS:

I understand there is a contract for ice, but the ice that is being used by members is not put into the water at all. It is put into a tank surrounding the water, so that- there is no danger so far as using the water about the buildings is concerned. .

Topic:   THE GOVERNMENT ICE SUPPLY.
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LIB
CON

Robert Rogers (Minister of Public Works)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. ROGERS:

I have no knowledge at the moment of what the contract is.

Topic:   THE GOVERNMENT ICE SUPPLY.
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NAVAL ACT OF 1910.

LIB

Edmond Proulx

Liberal

Mr. PROULX:

As the time has passed for putting questions on the Order Paper, I would like to ask my right hon. friend the Prime Minister a question which interests many of his supporters in the province of Quebec. As we may have an election before another session, it is very important to have an answer. Will he be good enough to tell the House whether the Naval Act of 1910 will be repealed, and, if so, when ?

Topic:   THE GOVERNMENT ICE SUPPLY.
Subtopic:   NAVAL ACT OF 1910.
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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN:

I may say, in answer to the very proper inquiry of my hon. friend, that we will give him information with regard to that well in advance of any election.

Topic:   THE GOVERNMENT ICE SUPPLY.
Subtopic:   NAVAL ACT OF 1910.
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UNITED STATES TARIFF ON PULP.

LIB

William Pugsley

Liberal

Hon. WILLIAM PUGSLEY:

I would like to invite the attention of my hon. friend the acting Minister of Trade and Commerce (Mr. Perley) to a matter which is of great importance to the people of Canada, certainly to those engaged in the manufacture of pulp and paper in this country. I understand that in the tariff legislation now pending before Congress of the United States, it is proposed to insert a clause which will penalize the pulp manufacturers in most of the provinces of Canada to the extent of two dollars per ton, as against pulp manufacturers in any other country. The clause provides that, in the case of pulp manufactured in any province, in which there is any increased license fee or any restriction against export of either pulp, pulp wood or pulp paper, chemical pulp coming from such province shall be subject to a duty of two dollars a ton; whereas chemical pulp, which comes from other countries, and which enters so largely into competition with Canadian pulp, is allowed to come into the United States free of duty.

Topic:   THE GOVERNMENT ICE SUPPLY.
Subtopic:   UNITED STATES TARIFF ON PULP.
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CON

Thomas Simpson Sproule (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPEAKER:

The hon. member is taking a rather unfortunate time to bring up this subject, because there is nothing before the House. It could properly be brought up on the Supply Bill. I thought the hon. member was asking a question.

Topic:   THE GOVERNMENT ICE SUPPLY.
Subtopic:   UNITED STATES TARIFF ON PULP.
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LIB

William Pugsley

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY:

I thought the Orders of the Day were called. It was before proceeding to the Orders of the Day. This is a matter of public urgency, because, unless this Government takes some public action in a short time, it may be too late for effective action. Do not you think Mr. Speaker, that, as a matter of public urgency and with the consent of the House, I might bring it up at present?

Mr. TITRGEON.

Topic:   THE GOVERNMENT ICE SUPPLY.
Subtopic:   UNITED STATES TARIFF ON PULP.
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CON

Thomas Simpson Sproule (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPEAKER:

I thought the hon.

member was merely proposing to ask a question. It would be out of order to bring the matter up at this stage. It might be brought up as a matter of urgency at the proper time provided under the rules, or it would be in order to discuss the subject if necessary when the Supply Bill is before the House.

Topic:   THE GOVERNMENT ICE SUPPLY.
Subtopic:   UNITED STATES TARIFF ON PULP.
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LIB

William Pugsley

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY:

I might put it in the form of a question. I desire to ask the Prime Minister if he is aware that legislation is in progress at Washington-

Topic:   THE GOVERNMENT ICE SUPPLY.
Subtopic:   UNITED STATES TARIFF ON PULP.
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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN:

On an important matter,

I have no objection, and I think the House will have none, to the hon. member making any statement he desires.

Topic:   THE GOVERNMENT ICE SUPPLY.
Subtopic:   UNITED STATES TARIFF ON PULP.
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June 6, 1913