April 7, 1916

ALLEGED OMISSION FROM HANSARD.


On the Orders of the Day:


LIB

Wilfrid Laurier (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER:

Mr. Speaker, I desire to draw your attention to an error in the Hansard report of the sitting of the 2nd of March. On that day there was a discussion on the Estimates between the hon. member for Regina (Mr. W. M. Martin) and the Minister of Militia (Sir Sam Hughes) regarding a certain correspondence which was alleged to have passed between the Minister of Militia and high officials in the Conservative party in Regina. The Minister of Militia is reported to have spoken in this way:

Sir Sam Hughes: There was no quarrel between that gentleman and myself as to who should dictate the patronage. The trouble was that I found something not exactly square, and I did not care whether he was Grit or Tory, i his head came off.

I was not present at the discussion, but I am informed that certain words of the Minister of Militia were not reported. My information is to this effect that the minister said:

There was no quarrel between that gentleman and myself as to who should dictate the patronage.

The words omitted were: " I found that fellow grafting, and "- Then followed the words at the end of the sentence: " his

head came off." But, as I have read, the1 report in'Hansard continues, after the word " patronage ":

I found something not exactly square, and 1 did not care whether he was Grit or Tory, his head came off.

But, as I am informed, the words which the minister used were: " I found that

fellow grafting." The reason why I bring the matter to the attention of the House is that the words have been reported in some newspapers as they are alleged to have been spoken, and as I have just quoted. They were so reported in the Globe, and the report in the Globe was copied in the Leader, of Regina. A suit for libel is taken against the Leader, and therefore it becomes important that the exact truth should be known, and that,

if the words were spoken as alleged, the Hansard report should be corrected. Personally, I know nothing of the matter. The reports of Hansard are generally very fair and very correct; I have no complaint to make and do not think that anybody will make complaint. But sometimes errors will creep in; and, in this case, if I am correctly informed, there has certainly been an omission. I am told that if you, Mr. Speaker, will call the attention of the reporters to the matter, a correction will be made. Therefore I ask that the matter be rectified.

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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 should think it undesirable that the House should interfere in a matter pending in the courts, unless the case is absolutely plain. At all events, if any action is to be taken, it should be brought up, in the first instance, in the Debates Committee, which has special charge of such matters.

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LIB

Wilfrid Laurier (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER:

I have no objection that the matter should be considered by the Debates Committee. I think that a very proper course.

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THE CANADIAN NORTHERN RAILWAY.


On the Orders of the Day:


LIB

William Pugsley

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY:

I desire to call attention to a provision contained in the Act of 1914, relating to the Canadian Northern railway. I do so because there have been a good many complaints during this session concerning the operation of the line. I refer to Chapter 20 of the Statutes of 1914, section 16, which authorizes the Governor in Council to appoint a director of the Canadian Northern. I desire to ask if the director has been appointed, and, if so, the name of that director.

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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 Minister of Finance informs me that the director has not been appointed; that is his impression at the moment. We will ascertain precisely. I have no recollection of the matter having come before the Government.

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LIB

William Pugsley

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY:

The hon. gentleman is aware of the section I have referred to, authorizing the appointment of a director by the Governor in Council?

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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. ENLISTMENT OF EDWARD PAQUETTE.

On the Orders of the Day:

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LIB

Joseph Arthur Calixte Éthier

Liberal

Mr. ETHIER:

I would remind the Acting Minister of Militia and Defence of the re-

marks I made last week with regard to a young man who was being enlisted without the authority of his father. I have not had any answer from the acting minister on the subject yet, but I am obliged to the hon. gentleman, -for I received a letter from the father that the 'boy has been sent back.

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CON

Albert Edward Kemp (Minister Without Portfolio)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. KEMP:

It was not necessary for me to give a further statement; because I gave instructions that the hoy should be returned, the officer wired me that my instructions would toe carried out, and afterwards wired me that the hoy had been returned.

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WAR SUPPLIES - PETROLEUM FOR MUNITION WORKS.


On the Orders of the Day:


CON

Joseph-Adélard Descarries

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. DESCARRIES:

I desire to call the attention of the Acting Minister of Railways and Canals and of the Acting Minister of Militia to a letter which the Imperial Oil Company has written to the Lachine Manufacturing Company concerning the transportation of petroleum. The letter is as follows:

Toronto, Ont., 31st March, 1916. Messrs. La Cie ManufacturiSre de Lachine, Lachine, Qu6.

Dear Sirs,-We desire to call your attention to the fact that both the Grand Trunk railway and the Canadian Pacific railway have issued embargoes, which have the effect of prohibiting shipments of petroleum and its products to you.

Therefore, we believe it is absolutely necessary, in order to prevent the serious condition which is bound to occur if you do not receive promptly shipments of petroleum and its products, which you use in the manufacture of war materials, to take up with the Minister of Militia and advise him as to how serious this action on the part of the railroads is going to effect the manufacture and deliveries by you of such war materials and request that he should issue such instructions to the railroads as will compel them to make an exception of petroleum and its products in all their embargoes.

We have felt that the situation as existing today on the railroads is so serious that, unless we have your co-operation, there is no way to predict what the result will be.

Tours truly,

(Sgd.) The Imperial Oil Company, Limited.

I only ask if the hon. ministers will cooperate in an endeavour to find a remedy for that situation.

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CON

Albert Edward Kemp (Minister Without Portfolio)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. KEMP:

On account of the very large amount of traffic which is being moved throughout the country at the present time, the railroads find it necessary occasionally to put an embargo upon certain commodi-

ties. The embargo upon crude oil and petroleum was put on a short time ago; and, on the representations of several manufacturers that they would have to close down their businesses if this embargo were continued, I made representations to the Railway Commission. I have since been informed, both verbally and by letter, that this embargo has been removed and that the traffic is again moving as usual.

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INTERNED ALIENS AS FARM LABORERS.


On the Orders of the Day:


LIB

William Ashbury Buchanan

Liberal

Mr. BUCHANAN:

I notice in the press a report emanating from Winnipeg that the Government has decided To allow the alien prisoners in Western Canada to be utilized as farm labourers during the spring season. I would like to ask the Government, if that statement is correct, under what circumstances the men are to be placed and how they are to be guarded while they are employed on the farms.

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April 7, 1916