February 11, 1915

LIB

Wilfrid Laurier (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER:

I think the

discussion might take place upon the second reading. Perhaps it would be well for the committee to rise and report progress. I would ask my right hon. friend to see that at the next sitting of the House, when we take this up again, we have all the information we asked for the other day.

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Subtopic:   IX, 1915
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CON

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

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir ROBERT BORDEN:

Yes.

Progress reported.

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SUPPLY.


On the motion of hon. W. T. White for Committee of Supply:


LIB
CON

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

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir ROBERT BORDEN:

We cannot take it up except by consent. I thought we might take Civil Government.

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LIB

Wilfrid Laurier (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER:

We are not

prepared to discuss Supply to-day.

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CON

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

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir ROBERT BORDEN:

Do you wish to go through the motion paper?

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LIB

Wilfrid Laurier (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER:

I have no

objection.

WAR CONTRACTS-TENDERS FOR

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ARMY STORES.


On the motion of Mr. Sinclair for a copy of all tenders for army stores that have been received and dealt with by the Department of Militia and Defence since August 1, 1914:


LIB

John Howard Sinclair

Liberal

Mr. SINCLAIR:

I would ask this to

stand. I explained to you yesterday, or the day before, Mr. Speaker, that I had been informed that it would be difficult for the Department of Militia and Defence under the pressure at present to furnish me with all the information I have asked for in this motion. I was also informed that information was to be brought down by the hon. Minister of Militia and Defence (Major General Hughes) within a day or two which would probably furnish me with a great deal of the information asked for and I asked to have this motion stand until the Minister of Militia brought down the information.

Motion allowed to stand.

spondence is very little indeed, but what I rose to say to my hon. friend was that, if he desires me to bring down the letters from the fishing bounty officers enclosing the terms of the bounty claims, there are some 27,000 of these, and I do not suppose that is what my hon. iriend wants. I would like my hon. friend to let us know .lust what he wants and if he does so I will be glad to bring down all the correspondence tb :re is.

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LIB

George William Kyte

Liberal

Mr. KYTE:

I had not that in mind. My object was to get any instructions which had been given to the inspectors previous to the taking up of the bounty claims.

M. HAZEN: There have been practically no instructions, but such paper's ae there are will be brought down.

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Motion agreed to.


PURCHASE OF SUBMARINES.

LIB

William Pugsley

Liberal

Hon. WTLLIAM PUGSLEY (St. John City) moved:

For a copy of all correspondence relating- to the purchase of, a:;i] payment by the Government for two Submarines authorized by Order in Council dated the 7th August, 1914, and of any other Order or Orders in Council relating thereto; and also of all reports received by the Government or any Department thereof referring to said Submarines.

He said: I find that these two submarines were purchased pursuant to an Order in Council dated the 7th of August, 1914, which appears upon page 20 of the blue book entitled Documents relative to the European War. The Order in Council is as follows:

The Committee of the Privy Council have had before them a report, dated 6th August, 1914, from the Minister of the Naval Service, submitting that, in view of the existing emergency, it is necessary to provide some additional means of naval defence on the Pacific coast of Canada. The minister states that two submarine boats have been offered to the Dominion Government; that these boats were originally built for the Chilian Government which was unable to receive them, and that their dimensions are as follows-

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FISHING BOUNTIES.

LIB

George William Kyte

Liberal

Mr. KYTE moved:

For a copy of all correspondence with, a: instructions issued, to fishery officers in No-Scotia during the year 1914, relative to flshi: bounties payable to fishermen in respect of fl caught during the year 1914.

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CON

John Douglas Hazen (Minister of Marine and Fisheries; Minister of the Naval Service)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HAZEN :

No instructions- were is^ sued to fishing bounty officers in 5 p.m. Nova Scotia during 1914, with the exception of the standard instructions which are embodied in circular letters and sent out every year. The other corre-

Giving the displacement, length, beam and speed. The order proceeds:

The technical officers of the Department of the Naval Service report that these boats are very suitable and recommend their purchase. The minister concurs and recommends, therefore, that these boats be purchased for the sum of $1,050,000, and that, as the necessity is urgent, a Governor General's warrant be issued covering this expenditure, the Minister of Finance having reported that there is no parliamentary appropriation from which this expenditure can be defrayed. The Committee advise that a Governor General's warrant do issue as recommended accordingly.

(Signed) Rodolphe Boudreau, Clerk of the Privy Council.

There are two singular facts connected with this Order in Council which I think my hon. friend the minister will feel desirous of explaining to the House. The first is that the price fixed by the Order in Council is $1,050,000.

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February 11, 1915