March 2, 1916

CANADIAN RED CROSS SOCIETY.

AMENDING BILL.


Sir ROBERT BORDEN (Prime Minister) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 48, to amend an Act to incorporate the Canadian Red Cross Society. He said: I was asked to introduce this Bill by the executive of the society, as the result of a communication received by them to that effect from Sir John Gibson. There was some difficulty about the notice, and there was also a desire to avoid all unnecessary expense in the way of publication. The purpose of the Bill is to increase the number of members on the council and on the executive committee. Mr. Sweny, Chairman of the Council, explains the purpose of the Bill in this way: The limitations of the members of the Council and Executive Committee as laid down in the original charter have been found not to work so well from the difficulty experienced at certain seasons of the year providing for a quorum at the meetings called by the Council and Executive Committee. In addition, representations have been made that the western provinces of the Dominion have not been adequately represented. Some idea may be formed by you of the great extension which has taken place in the society's operations by the simple statement that there are now in addition to the provincial branches some five hundred branches and probably double that number of auxiliary societies all working in the cause. It is important that as many members of the council as possible should be chosen from leading people in the several provinces in order that their influence may be widely exerted. Motion agreed to, and Bill read the first time.


LIB

Wilfrid Laurier (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER:

This is really a private Bill?

Topic:   CANADIAN RED CROSS SOCIETY.
Subtopic:   AMENDING BILL.
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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.

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Subtopic:   AMENDING BILL.
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LIB

Wilfrid Laurier (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER:

All the requirements have not been fully complied with, but I suppose no interest can suffer on that account, the society being one of a purely benevolent character. Does my right hon. friend intend to send the Bill to the Committee on Standing Orders?

Topic:   CANADIAN RED CROSS SOCIETY.
Subtopic:   AMENDING BILL.
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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 had not thought of sending it to a committee at all, but I have no objection to sending it to the Committee on Standing Orders.

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LIB

Wilfrid Laurier (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER:

It would be better to send it to a committee to see that no private interests are affected.

Topic:   CANADIAN RED CROSS SOCIETY.
Subtopic:   AMENDING BILL.
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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 have no

objection whatever to that course. We will send it after the second reading.

Topic:   CANADIAN RED CROSS SOCIETY.
Subtopic:   AMENDING BILL.
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LIB

Wilfrid Laurier (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER:

Yes.

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QUESTIONS.


[Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.] LIEUT. COLONEL ONESIPHORE TALBOT. Mr. LAVALLEE: 1. Is the Government aware that Lieut. Colonel Onesiphore Talbot is said to be carrying on recruiting in the county of Bellechasse? 2. For what regiment is he doing such recruiting, if at all?



3. What salary is attached to his duties as recruiting officer, and what sums to date, have been paid to him as salary, outlays, travelling expenses, etc. ? 4. How many soldiers have been enlisted in the county of Bellechasse since Lieutenant Colonel Talbot is said to have been acting as recruiting officer?


WAR SUPPLIES-HORSES.

LIB

Mr. KAY:

Liberal

1. How many horses for military purposes has the Government on hand at present in

Canada?

2. Where are they being kept?

3. Is it the intention of the Government to buy any more horses for military purposes during the present summer?

4. Has the Canadian Government purchased any horses for military purposes outside Canada? If so, where?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   WAR SUPPLIES-HORSES.
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L-C

Sir SAM HUGHES: (Minister of Militia and Defence)

Liberal-Conservative

1. 1,769 horses. [DOT]

1st Division: London, 37; Guelph, 70;

Woodstock, 5; Chatham, 1; Stratford, 1; Galt, 1; total, 115,

2nd Division: Toronto, 270; St. Catharines, 58; Welland, 8; Niagara Falls, 8; Barrie, 8; Orillia, 8; Brantford, 50; Col-

lingwood, 8; Oshawa, 8; Sault Ste. Marie, 8; total, 434.

3rd Division: Kingston, 251; Ottawa,

90; total, 341.

4th Division: Montreal, -24; St. Dominique, 22; total, 46. [DOT]5th Division: Quebec, 67. /

6th Division: Halifax, 39; Fredericton, 59; Sussex, 6; Woodstock, N.B., 1; Charlottetown, P.E.I., 4; Chatham, N.B., 2; Truro, 4; Canso, 4; Sydney, 2; North Sydney, 2; Sackville, 2; Glace Bay, 1; Pictou, 1; Newcastle, 1; Campbellton, 1; Bathurst, 1; total, 130.

M. D. No. 10: Winnipeg, 328; Port Arthur, 1; Portage la Prairie, 29; Saskatoon, 8; Regina, 10; Brandon, 8; total, 384.

M. D. No. 11: Victoria, 41; Vernon, 19; Kamloops, 6; Fernie, 5; Vancouver, 28; New Westminster, 13; total, 112.

M. D. No. 13: Edmonton, 25; Medicine Hat, 13; Lethbridge, 3; Calgary, 99; total, 140. Grand total, 1,769.

3. No.

4. No.

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Subtopic:   WAR SUPPLIES-HORSES.
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POLITICAL PATRONAGE.

LIB

Mr. MACDONALD:

Liberal

1. In what departments of the Government is a patronage list maintained?

2. In what departments of the Government is no patronage list kept?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   POLITICAL PATRONAGE.
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CON

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

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Wherever in any department there is occasion to make comparatively small and incidental purchase? in respect of which the usual practice of securing the same by advertising for tenders would be disproportionately expensive and hence impracticable, the names of reliable persons or firm s from whom the same may be conveniently procured, having regard to the place where such supplies are needed, must necessarily be obtained; but the patronage system as it was practised before the general elections of 1911 is not carried out by the present Administration. The tender system is rigidly adhered to by aJl departments except in cases where it would mean waste of money. The purchase of all supplies for war purposes is under the War Purchasing Commission, which calls for tenders in every case where it is practicable.

2. Answered by No. 1.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   POLITICAL PATRONAGE.
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LIB

Mr. MACDONALD:

Liberal

1. Is it the intention of the Government to carry out the statement made by Sir George E. Foster, as set out on page 949 of Hansard, as follows: " I wish now that I might speak from the heart out, and make an agreement in this country between both parties that hereafter

patronage shall not be applied by political parties in the construction of our public works."

2. Does the Government intend submitting to this House a definite proposal, by which means the evils of patronage may be done away with?

3. If not, what action does the Government propcse to take in the way of doing away with the patronage evil?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   POLITICAL PATRONAGE.
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March 2, 1916