April 8, 1914

PRIVATE BILL.

FIRST READING.


Bill No. 154, respecting The Grand Trunk Railway Company of 'Canada and The Canada Atlantic Railway Company.-Mr. Fripp.


NEWFOUNDLAND SHIPPING DISASTER.

PROPOSED AID FOR SUFFERERS.

CON

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

Conservative (1867-1942)

Right Hon. R. L. BORDEN (Prime Minister) :

Mr. Speaker, I would like,.

with the consent of the House, to mention the recent appalling disaster that has overtaken a great many persons engaged in the sealing industry of Newfoundland. The latest reports seem to indicate that the disaster is even greater than was at first apprehended, as nothing has been heard of one of the ships, the Southern Cross, although two steamers are, I believe, still engaged in endeavouring to find some trace of that vessel. Some days ago I sent a telegram to the acting Prime Minister, the Hon. John R. Bennett-Sir Edward Morris, the Prime Minister, being absent. The telegram was in these words:

Ottawa, Ont., April 4, 1914.

The Acting Prime Minister,

St John's, Newfoundland.

On behalf of the Government and people of Canada my colleagues and I desire to express our profound sympathy with the people of Newfoundland in the terrible disaster to the seal hunters, tidings of which we have just received.

(Sgd) R. L. Borden.

To which the following reply was received on the same day:

St. John's, Nfld., 4th April, 1914. Rt. Hon. R. L. Borden,

Prime Minister,

Ottawa, Ont.

Sincere thanks for kind expressions of sympathy from yourself, Government ar.d people of Canada, which I am sure will be greatly appreciated by the people of this colony.

(Sgd) J. R. Bennett, Acting Prime Minister.

Yesterday I addressed a further telegram to the acting Prime Minister in these word3:

Ottawa, Ont., Yth April, 1914. Hon. J. It. Bennett,

Acting Prime Minister,

St. John's, Newfoundland.

With consent of your Government I propose submitting to Parliament an appropriation in aid of families of those lost in recent calamity and of survivors. Kindly let me know whether your Government will approve. I hope you have news of Southern Cross.

(Sgd) R. L. Borden.

To which, this morning, I received the following reply:

St. John's, Nfld., April 8, 1914. The Rt. Hon. R. L. Borden,

Ottawa, Ont.

Have submitted your message to ministers who greatly appreciate the practical expression of sympathy from the Government of your great Dominion. Government and people here will gratefully accept such contribution as you may offer in behalf of the sufferers by the sealing disaster. Regret that up to the present no tidings have been received of Southern Cross,

but search is still being prosecuted by two steamers.

(Sgd) John R. Bennett, Acting Prime Minister.

The calamity which has befallen those engaged in this arduous pursuit is a very great one, as I have a private telegram that *seems to indicate that nearly 250 lives will have been lost, assuming that the Southern Cross will not be heard from ag?in. It seemed to the Government appropriate that, under the circumstances, the sympathy, which is undoubtedly felt by all the members of this House, by all the people of Canada, towards the Government and people of Newfoundland, and particularly towards those who have suffered by this calamity, should be expressed also in a practical form, as I suggested in the telegram sent yesterday. 1 wish to announce that the Government purposes submitting to Parliament an appropriation of $10,000 for this purpose.

Right Hon. Sir WILiFRID LAUR1ER: The action of the Prime Minister in communicating with the Newfoundland Government,'under the sad circumstances, is worthy of all commendation. On this side of the House we shall be happy to join with my right hon. friend in extending the sympathy of the Dominion in the practical manner he has suggested. While I have no doubt that the Government of Newfoundland is quite capable of extending what relief may be needed, still, being so closely related as we are to our sister colony, the proposal of the Prime Minister meets with hearty support on this side of the House.

Topic:   NEWFOUNDLAND SHIPPING DISASTER.
Subtopic:   PROPOSED AID FOR SUFFERERS.
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QUESTIONS.


(Questions to be answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.)


CANADIAN NORTHERN RAILWAY CONDUCTORS.

LIB

Mr. CRUISE:

Liberal

1. Has the Government received a demand lor a conciliation board from certain conductors of the Canadian Northern railway in Manitoba and Saskatchewan?

2. If so, what are the nam6s of the applicants and what was the nature of such demands?

3. Is it the intention of the Government to grant such request? If not, why not?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   CANADIAN NORTHERN RAILWAY CONDUCTORS.
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CON

Mr. CROTHERS: (Minister of Labour)

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Yes.

2. (a) Henry Edward Barker, George Morden Anderson. (b) Reinstatement by company of five conductors dismissed

on charges of alleged violation of the Secret Commission Act.

3. The application is under consideration.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   CANADIAN NORTHERN RAILWAY CONDUCTORS.
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OTTAWA LEASED BUILDINGS.

CON

Mr. MACDONALD:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Has the Government leased any part of the Temple building, Ottawa?

2. If so, how much of it, for what term and at what price?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   OTTAWA LEASED BUILDINGS.
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CON

Mr. ROGERS: (Minister of Public Works)

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Yes.

2. Part of ground and first floors for 5 years from 15th November, 1913, at 75 cents a superficial foot, or $6,141 per annum.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   OTTAWA LEASED BUILDINGS.
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LIB

Mr. CARVELL:

Liberal

1. Has the Government leased a part of a building in Ottawa belonging to the Journal Publ shing Company or to Mr. P. D. Ross?

2. If so, for what term and at what price?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   OTTAWA LEASED BUILDINGS.
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CON

KINGSTON PENITENTIARY INQUIRY.

LIB

Mr. EDWARDS:

Liberal

1. How many days were occupied at Kingston by each of the Penitentiary Commissioners in investigating conditions at Kingston penitentiary?

2. How much was paid to each commissioner for the above service?

3. How many days were occupied by each of the penitentiary commissioners outside of Kingston in connection with their investigations?

4. How much was paid to each commissioner for the above service?

5. How much has been paid to date to each commissioner for his services, his living allowance and his travelling expenses respectively, and how much is still due each commissioner on each of these?

6. How much has been paid to each of the counsel employed to assist the commissioners and how much is still due to them?

7. How much has been paid to cover expenses of witnesses testifying before the commission?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   KINGSTON PENITENTIARY INQUIRY.
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CON

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

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. DOHERTY:

1, 2, 3, 4. Tire accounts have not yet been submitted.

5. The only payment as yet made to the commissioners are sundry advances on account of incidental and travelling expenses, .amounting to $2,250.

6. To H. A. Stewart, $731.95; to C. R. Webster, $322.61. Nothing is still due them.

7. Final accounts not yet submitted. Inspector Hughes has been paid travelling expenses, amounting to $262.66.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   KINGSTON PENITENTIARY INQUIRY.
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PORT DANIEL LOBSTER HATCHERY.

April 8, 1914