April 8, 1915

THE ALEXANDER DIVORCE BILL.


Mr. G. E. MoCRANEY moved: That Bill No. 118 for the relief of Charles Isaac Alexander be placed on the Order Paper for consideration in the Committee of the Whole. He said: Mr. Speaker, this Bill was considered in the Senate and passed. It was considered by the Committee on Miscellaneous Private Bills of the House, and the preamble was rejected by a vote of 7 to 6 on Thursday last. On Monday of this week, I moved to refer the Bill back to the Committee on Miscellaneous Private Bills, which was agreed to and the preamble of the Bill was rejected on a vote of 11 to 9. In view of the narrow difference of opinion in the Private Bills Committee, and in view of the fact that the conclusion appears to be at variance with the evidence, I think the Bill should have the attention of the whole House.


CON

Richard Bedford Bennett

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. B. BENNETT :

Twice this

matter has been before the Committee on Private Bills and has been rejected. I, for one, object to its being brought before the House. And, I raise the point of order, as I think I am entitled to do, that the motion cannot be brought forward at this time. If any case clearly indicates the necessity of provision being made by Parliament for the creation of a proper tribunal to consider divorces, it is this. It is the kind of case that should not be thrust upon this House for consideration. I am not a member of the committee, but at this stage of the session I am not disposed to question the conclusion of the committee which twice considered the matter.

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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:

I supported the motion to refer the case back to the Committee on Miscellaneous Private Bills, for reasons which I then stated and to which I still adhere. At that time, I said that the very anomalous result which had bee* reached, indicated, as has just been pointed out by the hon. member for Calgary (Mr. R. B. Bennett), the necessity for some change in the method by which such cases are disposed of. It occurs to me that the method which has been suggested more 138i

than once, that of having these Bills referred to a joint committee of both Houses, so that members of the committee having thd Bill under consideration shall hear the witnesses, might be a better method than that which is now in vogue. The Bill was referred back to the Committee on Miscellaneous Private Bills, and that committee has again decided against reporting the Bill. . In the circumstances, while personally, had I been a member of the committee I should have voted to report the Bill, I do not think it is our duty to further deal with the question in this House. The rule has been in the past that the report of a committee upon a Bill should1 command the approval of the House unless; there are very cogent and convincing reasons to the contrary, and notwithstanding that rule, I supported the motion to refer the Bill back. But now that it has been twice considered by the committee, it seems to me that the Bill must be dealt with in accordance with the views of the majority of the committee, and that no good purpose would be served, under present conditions, by asking the House to undertake consideration of a question which, although it is within the judgment of the House, is nevertheless primarily within the judgment of the committee to whom the Bill has been twice confided. I regret therefore that I cannot support the motion of my hon. friend from Saskatoon (Mr. MoCraney).

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LIB

John Gillanders Turriff

Liberal

Mr. J. G. TURRIFF :

If this Bill is knocked out it will be in my opinion a travesty on justice and it shows the absurdity of the Parliament of Canada dealing with divorces at all.

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CON

Thomas Simpson Sproule (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPEAKER:

The hon. member, it seems to me, is exceeding his rights when he reflects upon Parliament in that way.

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LIB

John Gillanders Turriff

Liberal

Mr. TURRIFF:

If Parliament throws

out this Bill it will deserve to be reflected upon. There would be absolutely no justice in such procedure, because probably not more than a third or a fourth of the membership of the committee was present. If this is to be the final judgment of Parliament on a Bill of this kind, then the sooner Parliament appoints a court to deal with divorce cases, the better it will be for the honour of the Dominion of Canada.

Motion negatived.

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QUESTIONS.


[Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.j


THE STEAMER NOREEN.

LIB

Mr. A. K. MACLEAN:

Liberal

1. Is the steamer Noreen chartered by any department of the Government for service at Halifax ?

2. If so, (a) who is the owner, (b) from whom is the said steamer chartered, (c) what services does the boat perform, (d) what is the price paid per day, (e) what is the number and the names of the crew, and what wages do they receive?

3. If he provides coal, oil and supplies?

4. (a) On what date was this steamer first chartered, (b) what is the total sum so far [DOT]paid to date for such charter, (c) and how much money has been expended by the Government since then in the repair and maintenance of the said steamer?

5. Does the charterer or the Government pay wharfage charges?

6. (a) Was the Noreen formerly called the Lily? (b) If so, was she then condemned by the Government steamboat inspector?

7. Did the Government sell the Lily? If so, when, and to whom, and for what price?

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Subtopic:   THE STEAMER NOREEN.
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CON

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

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Yes.

2. (a) Owner, A. B. Crosby, (b) Charterer, A. B. Crosby, (e) Is employed transporting Marine Department employees between Halifax and Dartmouth, (d) Price, $20 per day. (e) Charterer supplies crew of three men. No information as to names or wages. Government provides one man to handle moorings, gangway and freight.

3. The . Government provides coal and water; the charterer oil and supplies.

4. (a) 18th September, 1914. (b) 14th

September to 28th February, $2,800. (c)

Coal and water, $506. This vessel was employed from August 31 to September 5, 1914, 6 days at $25 per day, transporting equipment from dockyard to Dartmouth. Owner provided crew and all supplies.

5. There are no wharfage charges.

6. (a) Yes. (b) No.

7. Yes; 31st January, 1912; to Messrs. A. B. Crosby Co. for $900. The steamer has since been re-built by the purchaser.

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Subtopic:   THE STEAMER NOREEN.
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PURCHASE OF LAND FROM J. A.

LIB

Mr. TURRIFF:

Liberal

1. Has the Government bought any land from J. A. Westman, in the province of Saskatchewan?

2. If so, where is the land, and what price was paid for it?

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Subtopic:   PURCHASE OF LAND FROM J. A.
Sub-subtopic:   WESTMAN.
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CON

Mr. CODERRE: (Minister of Mines; Secretary of State of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Yes.

2. (a) At Regina, Sask., the rear parts of lots Nos. 40, 39, 38 and 37, block 306, southwest corner of Hamilton street and 11th avenue, (b) The land was expropriated on the 23rd February, 1914, and an advance

of $50,000 has been paid, without prejudice, to Mr. Westman, tyho is asking $90,000 for the land; according to information filed with the Exchequer Court; the Crown is prepared to pay $75,000.

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Subtopic:   PURCHASE OF LAND FROM J. A.
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CANADIAN WHEATLANDS COMPANY- SEED GRAIN.

LIB

Mr. BUCHANAN:

Liberal

1. Did the Government supply any seed grain for the farming land owned by the Canadian Wheatlands Company at Suffield, Alta., and leased to other parties for operation this year?

2. If so, how much seed was advanced, and how many acres are to be placed under crop?

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Subtopic:   CANADIAN WHEATLANDS COMPANY- SEED GRAIN.
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LIB

PICTOU COUNTY RURAL MAIL ROUTES.

CON

Mr. McCURDY:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. How many rural mail delivery routes have been established in Pictou county?

2. What are their names, the length of each, and the date when each was put into operation?

3. What is the name and length of each proposed route reported on, apart from above, but not yet put into operation?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   PICTOU COUNTY RURAL MAIL ROUTES.
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April 8, 1915