April 17, 1916

GOVERNMENT RAILWAYS SMALL CLAIMS ACT AMENDMENT.


Hon. i. D. REID (Acting Minister of Railways and Canals) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 91, to amend the Government Railways Small Claims Act.


LIB
CON

John Dowsley Reid (Minister of Customs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. REID:

At present, under the Railway Act, when small claims are made against the Intercolonial railway, service can be made upon an agent, I think the station agent, instead of upon the general manager. That provision applies only to the Intercolonial railway. The members for Prince Edward Island have asked that it be applied to the Prince Edward Island railway, and I thought that while we were amending the Act, it would be as well to apply the provision to the whole Government railway system. It will therefore take in the Intercolonial railway, the Transcontinental railway and the Prince Edward Island railway. I do not think the Bill will be contentious; if it is, of course I will not press it.

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LIB

James Joseph Hughes

Liberal

Mr. HUGHES:

Does the acting minister intend to make the Bill retroactive, so far .as. the Prince Edward Island railway is concerned?

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CON

John Dowsley Reid (Minister of Customs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. REID:

No. The amendment will take effect only when the Bill is passed.

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LIB

James Joseph Hughes

Liberal

Mr. HUGHES:

I could point out the injustice of that.

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CON

Auguste-Charles-Philippe-Robert Landry (Speaker of the Senate)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPEAKER:

It would be better to discuss that either on the second reading or in committee.

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Motion agreed to, and Bill read the first time.


RAILWAY COMMISSION ON SHELL CONTRACTS.

ORDER IN COUNCIL TRANSMITTED TO IMPERIAL GOVERNMENT.

CON

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

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir ROBERT BORDEN:

i beg to lay on the table of the House an Order in Council passed on the * 15th instant. As it relates to a subject that has been under discussion in the House recently it may be proper that I should read it:

Upon a memorandum from the Right Honourable the Prime Minister, dated the 13th day of April, 1916, touching a motion by Sir Wilfrid Laurier in the House of Commons on the 7th day of March, 1916, in the following terms:

" That a special committee of

member of this House be appointed to inquire into all purchases of shells or other munitions or goods by the Shell Committee formed by the Minister of Militia, as stated to this House by the Prime Minister on the 15th April, 1915, together with all contracts made or orders given by the said committee for any shells or other munitions or goods, with authority to the said committee to examine witnesses under oath and to require the production of any documents, books, letters or papers; and that such special committee be directed to report from time to time to this House in such manner as it may think advisable."

The Prime Minister calls attention to his own remarks in the House of Commons in speaking upon this motion, in which he made the following statement:

" Now, what course does the Government propose to take with regard to the motion which my right hon. friend has proposed to this House? As far as the Shell Committee is concerned- I shall speak afterwards of another matter- our proposal is this: We shall direct the attention of the British Government in detail to every charge, allegation and rumour brought up in this House or elsewhere by my right hon. friend or by any of his supporters with regard to the Shell Committee. We shall further inform the British Government that if an inquiry is thought advisable, we are prepared to cooperate with them to the fullest extent, and to issue any commission, take any proceedings, pass any legislation, and do any other act for the purpose of making that inquiry as full, thorough, and complete as they deem advisable. But without their consent or approval, we do not propose to enter upon an investigation or inquire into such expenditures by the British Government."

The Prime Minister further observes that the expenditure made by the Shell Committee (so-called) was on behalf of the Government ol the United Kingdom, and was not on behalf of the Government of Canada; and that the Government of Canada did not fix or determine the prices to be paid for shells contracted for by the Shell Committee.

Having regard to these considerations and to the statement above quoted, the Prime Minister recommends that the Hansard report of the debate upon the motion of Sir Wilfrid Laurier be transmitted , to the Right Honourable the Secretary of State for the Colonies, with the assurance that the Government of Canada is prepared to assist and co-operate, as stated by the Prime Minister in the House of Commons, in any inquiry or investigation into the transactions to which reference is made in the motion

of Sir Wilfrid Laurier and that so far as the Government of Canada is concerned there is no objection whatever to the fullest investigation that may be thought desirable at any time.

The Prime Minister further recommends that a copy of the Order in Council approved on the 3rd instant which authorizes the issue of a Royal Commission to the. Honourable Sir William Ralph Meredith, Chief Justice of Ontario, and the Honourable Lyman Poole Duff, one of the Justices of the Supreme Court of Canada be also transmitted to the Right Honourable the Secretary of State for the Colonies for the information of the Government of the United Kingdom.

The committee concur in the foregoing recommendation and submit the same for approval.

(Sgd.) Rodolphe Boudreau,

Clerk of the Privy Council.

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COLONEL DAY.


On the Orders of the Day:


LIB

George William Kyte

Liberal

Mr. KYTE:

Would the Acting Minister

of Marine and Defence inform me if Colonel Day is still in charge of the 185th Battalion, at Broughton, N.S., where the regiment is at present training?

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CON

Albert Edward Kemp (Minister Without Portfolio)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. KEMP:

I will get the information

for my hon. friend. *

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THE MINISTER OF MILITIA AND DEFENCE.


On the Orders of the Day:


CON

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

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir ROBERT BORDEN:

I would like to say that the Minister of Militia and Defence (Sir Sam Hughes) returned yesterday, and he proposes to make a statement in the House to-morrow.

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PRIVATE BILLS.

April 17, 1916