March 5, 1915

ORDER OF BUSINESS.


' Sir ROBERT BORDEN moved: That on Monday, the 8th of March, and on subsequent Mondays to the end of the session, Government notices of motion and Government orders shall have precedence after questions and notices of motion for the production of papers.


LIB

Wilfrid Laurier (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER:

I will not object to this motion if the date is changed from the 8th to the 15th.

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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:

There is no objection to that.

Motion amended accordingly, and, as amended, agreed to.

17TH NOVA SCOTIA REGIMENT.

On the Orders of the Day being called:

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LIB

George William Kyte

Liberal

Mr. KYTE:

I desire to ask the right hon. Prime Minister if he has received any communication from Mr. H. C. Crowell, staff correspondent of the Halifax Chronicle, with reference to the telegrams from Sir George Perley referring to the 17th Regiment of Nova Scotia, and read to the House the other 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:

Yes, I have.

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LIB
CON

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

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir ROBERT BORDEN :

I can if desired. Mr. Crowell sent me a telegram saying he had not had a personal interview with General Alderson, but had had correspondence by telegram, and he repeated his statements as to the conditions and desired me to read this telegram in the House; to which I replied that as the substance of the telegram had already been communicated by him to the press, I saw no reason why I

should read it to the House, and that I had sent forward a request, through the Acting High Commissioner, to the War Office that an inquiry should be made into the subject, and that Mr. Crowell should be given an opportunity of appearing at that inquiry and making good his statement.

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SEPARATION ALLOWANCES.


On the Orders of the Day being called:


LIB

William Melville Martin

Liberal

Mr. W. M. MARTIN:

I wish to ask a

question with relation to separation allowances to the dependents of certain members of some of the contingents. In order to put the question properly, I am forced to ask leave to read a letter which I have received from the Regina branch of the Patriotic Association.

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CON

Thomas Simpson Sproule (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPEAKER:

If the letter is not a

lengthy one and the hon. gentleman wishes to base a question on it, I think it would be permissible.

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LIB

William Melville Martin

Liberal

Mr. MARTIN:

I shall read only the portions of the letter relating to the matter in question. It is a letter addressed to me by Mr. J. J. Franks, secretary of the Regina branch of the Canadian Patriotic Fund, dated March 1. Mr. Franks says:

My work in connection with the Regina Branch of the Canadian Patriotic Fund puts me in close touch with the wives of the Canadian volnnteers for overseas service.

There was great delay in issuing the cheques for the separation allowance for the dependents of the men of the first contingent but that was quite excusable. As great or a greater delay took place in issuing the cheques for the dependents of the second contingent men. I wrote a few forcible letters to the militia officials at Ottawa but they threw the blame on to the officers in charge of the different corps in Winnipeg for not sending in the necessary information, and I have good reason to believe that the chief fault lay in Winnipeg.

The same unreasonable delay is occurring in connection with the separation cheques for the dependents of the men of the third contingent, now mobilized in Regina, Some of these men enlisted before Christmas, about the 19th or 20th of December, nearly ten weeks, ago and no separation cheque has been received by any of these men's dependents.

The question I wish to ask is whether the Minister of Militia knows whether or not these cheques have been sent up to the present time. If they have not been sent,

I would respectfully urge upon the minister the necessity of sending this separation allowance immediately, as in any event it is very small.

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Major General HUGHES:

The separation allowances are not touched by us until we

get the full returns from the various corps, I do not know anything about the second contingent in this regard, but the third contingent papers are scarcely more than in yet, and they must be verified. All these papers have to be verified, and it takes more or less time. The recruiting for the third contingent in Regina began only after Christmas, and there has hardly yet been time to get the papers sent out. However, I will have the matter looked into by the officials of the department.

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QUESTIONS OF PRIVILEGE.

LIB

Alexander Kenneth Maclean

Liberal

Mr. A. K. MACLEAN:

Mr. Speaker, I

desire to refer to a matter of privilege. My attention was called yesterday to the fact that one or more newspapers during the past week have alleged that I eliminated from Hansard a portion or portions of my remarks upon the Budget in reference to the Buy-in-Canada propaganda, I do not complain about the newspapers in ques-. tion, because, as a matter of fact, the remarks that I did make did not appear in Hansard, and consequently there was seme justification for the remarks made by the newspapers. When my attention was called to this, I was of the opinion that possibly I had been responsible for the elimination myself, but upon investigation I learned that I was not responsible, and I have tile authority of Hansard officials to say that the deletion of this portion of my remarks was not due to myself. I should not take the trouble to refer to the matter had I not been charged with the elimination of my remarks in this respect, and consequently with receding from the position which I took with reference to the indiscriminate campaign in respect to the Buy-in-Canada propaganda, both of which charges were incorrect.

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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:

Did my hon.

friend ever ascertain to what the elimination was due?

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LIB

Alexander Kenneth Maclean

Liberal

Mr. MACLEAN:

Due to Hansard officials,

1 assume. But I might say that when my attention was called to it by an hon. gentleman opposite, I undertook to restore the substance of my remarks in the Revised Hansard and I presume that has been done.

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CON

Angus Claude Macdonell

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MACDONELL:

Are my hon. friend's remarks now included in his speech in the Revised Hansard?

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LIB

Alexander Kenneth Maclean

Liberal

Mr. MACLEAN:

Yes. At least, I did

everything I could to have them so included.

I do not think the Revised Hansard is out yet.

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March 5, 1915