February 2, 1914

REPORTS AND PAPERS.


Report of the Commissioners of Internal Economy for the year ended March 31, 1913.-The Honourable the Speaker. Report of Department of Marine and Fisheries, Marine branch, for the year ended March 31, 1913.-Hon. J. D. Hazen. Report of Geographic Board of Canada for ye'ar ended March 31, 1913.-Hon. William J. Roche. Report of the Veterinary Director-General for the year ended March 31, 1913. -Hon. Martin Burrell.


NAVIGABLE WATERS PROTECTION ACT AMENDMENT.


Mr. H. S. CLEMENTS moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 45, to amend the Navigable Waters Protection Act. He said: The Bill has a special reference -to the tidal waters of the Pacific coast. If a boom of logs breaks loose, there is no provision made in the present Act whereby anybody may pick up and save the logs. The large concerns say that it does not pay to pick them up, but in the interest of navigation and for the protection of life it is necessary that these, logs should be taken care of. Motion agreed to, and Bill read the first time.


PRIVILEGE.


On the Orders of the Day being called:


LIB

Bowman Brown Law

Liberal

Mr. B. B. LAW (Yarmouth):

Mr. Speaker, I desire to rise to a question of privilege. I call your attention to an article which appeared in the Ottawa Journal on Friday, January 30, 1914, and which reads as follows:

It is current gossip on Parliament Hill to-tlay that Hon. W. S. Fielding, who resigned the editorship of the Montreal Herald-Telegraph yesterday, intends to re-enter the House of Commons at an early day. It is said that Mr. B. B. Law, of Yarmouth, N.S., will resign his seat in his favour. Yarmouth is regarded as a safe Liberal constituency, and there is no <3oubt that the former Finance Minister would

be an immense help to the .Opposition, which is none too effective at present.

I think it is due to my constituents, who have on four different occasions elected me to a seat in this House, and by handsome majorities, to say, in the first place, that there is absolutely no truth in this statement in so far as it refers to myself. 1 have never been asked to resign my seat, nor have I any intention of doing so. 1 propose to stay here and oppose bad legislation whenever it is introduced.

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CON

Thomas Simpson Sproule (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPEAKER:

That is scarcely to be regarded as a question of privilege, because it does not refer to the hon. gentleman's conduct, nor to his rights and privileges in the House.

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THE STEAMER ALERT.


On the Orders of the Day being called:


CON

John Dowsley Reid (Minister of Customs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. J. D. REID (Minister of Customs):

The hon. member for South Cape Breton (Mr. Carroll) on Friday last asked for certain information with regard to the steamer Alert. This information I have obtained from the responsible officer:

The steamer Alert is employed in the Customs Preventive Service on the Cape Breton coast, and does the work formerly carried on by the steamer Gladiator. The Alert is under the command of Captain Voutier, subject to the general orders of the Chief Preventive Officer of Customs. No instructions were given by the minister, commissioner, or the chief preventive officer regarding the conveyance of Messrs. McLeod and Hayes, as stated in the newspaper clipping read by the member for South Gape Breton. On inquiry I find it has been the practice to carry travellers occasionally on the-Gladiator and the Alert going to remote points where other conveyance was not available, and when not interfering with the regular cruise of the vessel. In order to ascertain the facts regarding the statement read by the member for South Cape Breton, I instructed the chief preventive officer to telegraph to North Sydney. Thp chief preventive officer informs me he received a reply stating that the Alert recently on a trip to Neil's Harbour, took on board as travellers, Joseph McNeill, Phillip McLeod and Dr. Hayes. The member for South Cape Breton is aware that certain parts of the coast are inaccessible except by boat, and if on the occasion in question the Alert was not interfering with her regular cruise, I, personally do not see any reason why any one, even the member for

South Cape Breton himself, should not go on board, and proceed to their destination, should the vessel be going in that direction.

. PRIVATE BILL.

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SECOND HEADING.


Bill No. 36, respecting the Joliette and Lake Manuan Colonization Railway Company.-Mr. Guilbault.


QUESTIONS.


[Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.] MAGDALEN ISLANDS MAIL SERVICE. Mr. LEMIEUX: Has the mail contract between Bryan and Leslie, Magdalen Islands, been cancelled? If so, for what reasons?


CON

LOBSTER PISHING.

LIB

Mr. LEMIEUX:

Liberal

1. Have the lobster Ashing regulations been changed as regards Magdalen Islands?

2. Why has the month of September been withdrawn from the lobster fishing season?

3. Was not that month fixed after an investigation?

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CON

Mr. HAZEN: (Minister of Marine and Fisheries; Minister of the Naval Service)

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Yea. i

2. In the interest of preserving the lobster fishery. Fishing could be carried on only on a limited portion of the coast in September; it interfered with the mackerel and cod fishery, and it made it much more difficult to prevent illegal fishing during the summer.

3. Yes.

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February 2, 1914