March 2, 1915

CANADIAN NORTHERN ONTARIO RAILWAY-BILL WITHDRAWN.

CON

Edward Arthur Lancaster

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. E. A. LANCASTER (Lincoln) moved:

That Bill No. 33, to confirm certain agreements made between the Canadian Northern Ontaiio Railway Company, the Georgian Bay and Seaboard Railway Company, and the Campbellford, Lake Ontario and Western Railway Company, be withdrawn, in accordance with the recommendations contained in the third report of the Select Standing Committee on Railways, Canals and Telegraph Lines.

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CON

Thomas Simpson Sproule (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPEAKER:

What about a motion to remit the fees?

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CON

Edward Arthur Lancaster

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. LANCASTER:

The fees paid have not been in excess of the cost of printing and translation, and therefore there is nothing to remit.

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LIB

George Perry Graham

Liberal

Mr. GRAHAM:

What reasons did the company give for wishing to withdraw the Bill? .

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CON

Edward Arthur Lancaster

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. LANCASTER:

I do not know that any particular reason was given. When the Bill was called in the committee, the

gentleman in charge of the Bill'moved that it be withdrawn, and the motion was carried. I believe there was opposition to the Bill, coming from the city of Belleville, but that was not stated in the committee.

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CON

Richard Blain

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BLAIN:

The Bill stood in my name.. The companies mentioned in the Bill were unable to come to any satisfactory agreement, and they thought it was better to have further time, and so they requested that the Bill be withdrawn.

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Motion agreed to. 17th BATTALION NOVA SCOTIA HIGHLANDERS. On the Orders of the Day being called:


LIB

George William Kyte

Liberal

Mr. KYTE:

On Friday I called the attention of the Government to a despatch that is going the rounds of the Canadian newspapers concerning the conditions in which the 17th Battalion of Nova Scotia Highlanders find themselves in the old country. It is reported that the commanding officer, Col. Struan Robertson, was relieved of his command on the 28th of January, and that the only satisfaction which he had been able to obtain from the General Officer Commanding was " that the authorities were down on him." The despatch contains many other matters which affect the standing of the Nova Scotia contingent and put it in a rather unenviable condition as compared with the other portions of the overseas contingent. Has the Prime Minister any information on the subject?

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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:

The arrangements for the troops on the other side have been entirely in the hands of the War Office, and we have no information from the War Office nor from any other source which would lead us to believe that the statements alluded to are wrell founded. I understand that the 600 or 700 men who went from Nova Scotia, together with four other battalions, have been set apart as reinforcements for the troops going to the front. I did see in the press, although I have no official information on the subject, that some men from the Nova Scotian regiment were to be sent forward as reinforcements for the Princess Patricia regiment. The Minister of Militia informs me that they were also to provide reinforcements for one of the Highland brigades. So far as Col. Struan Robertson is concerned, we have no information as to his having been relieved of his command. Nothing of that kind has originated or could originate here,

and we are not aware that anything of the kind has transpired.

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ILLNESS OF COL. LABATT.


On the Orders of the Day being called:


LIB

George Perry Graham

Liberal

Mr. GRAHAM:

I note by the press that Col. Labatt has retired on account of illness. Who succeeds him?

Major-General HUGHES: I have no

information on this subject, other than what is to be found in the newspapers. Col. Labatt has undergone a very serious operation, and, until he recovers from the effects of it, I presume some one else will be placed in command of his regiment. The information regarding his illness came by wire, and we have not as yet received any official information on the subject.

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SERVICE OF MR. CARRICK, M.P.


On the Orders of the Day being called:


LIB

George Perry Graham

Liberal

Mr. GRAHAM:

I notice in the papers a despatch stating that one of our colleagues in -the House has been appointed as eyewitness with Sir Max Aitkin for the purpose of getting information with regard to the movement of Canadian troops, the furnishing of casualty lists, and so on. I have reference to Mr. Carrick. Has he been appointed by this Government or by the British Government; what rank does he hold, and is information being furnished to this Government by him?

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

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir ROBERT BORDEN:

So far as I am aware, there has been no person appointed as eye-witness by this Government, notwithstanding all statements in the press to the contrary. Sir Max Aitkin was appointed to discharge certain duties in connection with the Recording Office in London. Mr. Carrick, who received the rank of honorary lieutenant colonel of his own regiment, desired to be of service in any capacity for which he might be available, and he was sent forward at his own request to have his services utilized in such manner as the War Office might deem expedient. Neither he nor Sir Max Aitkin has been appointed an eye-witness.

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COL. McLEOD'S BATTALION.


On the Orders of the Day being called:


LIB

William Pugsley

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY:

Has the Minister of Militia received any complaints with regard to certain dispositions made or proposed to be made in the various units which go to make up the battalion from officers in the battalion commanded by Col. McLeod, a member of this House? If so, what is the nature of those complaints, and

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has the minister given personal attention to them in consultation with the general staff, and have the complaints been remedied?

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March 2, 1915