May 13, 1916

LIB

Edward Walter Nesbitt

Liberal

Mr. NESBITT:

I would like to draw the attention of the Government to a book that has been published by the Department of Mines. I will send it over to the right hon. the Prime Minister (Sir Robert Borden), and he will find that it well illustrates what the hon. member for North Simcoe (Mr. Currie) said a few moments ago in regard to% the over-production of printing. When the Department of Mines Estimates were going through, we found a good deal of fault with some of the items, and the opinion was expressed that a good deal of the money was wasted. This book is not merely indecent but filthy, and it ought immediately to bfe burned.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   PUBLICATIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF MINES.
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RESIGNATION OF MR. LAVALLEE.


On the Orders of the Day:


LIB

Rodolphe Lemieux

Liberal

Mr. LEMIEUX:

May I ask you, Mr. Speaker, if you have received the resignation of the hon. member for Bellechasse (Mr. Lavallee)?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   RESIGNATION OF MR. LAVALLEE.
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CON

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

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPEAKER:

The hon. member for Bellechasse has sent me his resignation. It was received to-day.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   RESIGNATION OF MR. LAVALLEE.
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LIB
CON

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

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPEAKER:

I think it is in due form.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   RESIGNATION OF MR. LAVALLEE.
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LIB
CON

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

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPEAKER:

I know it is signed by the hon. member for Bellechasse, because I know his signature. I did not take notice as to whether it was in proper form, because it only came to me at half-past one. I will look the matter up and bring it before the House to-night. s

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   RESIGNATION OF MR. LAVALLEE.
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SPIRIT RIVER FOREST RESERVE.


On the Orders of the Day:


LIB

Frank Oliver

Liberal

Mr. OLIVER:

I would like to ask the hon. Minister of the Interior if he is able to give a reply with regard to the two matters I brought to the attention of the House last Saturday during his absence. One relates to the proposed Spirit River Forest Reserve. The question was:

Is it intended to include land in townships 79-81 ranges 7-11 in the Forest Reserve?

This proposed forest reserve was the subject of a protest from the Spirit River Board of Trade. That is one question.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   SPIRIT RIVER FOREST RESERVE.
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LIB

William Roche

Liberal

Mr. ROCHE:

I looked up Hansard, saw the question, and got a departmental answer to the same, which I sent to the hon. member privately. I do not recollect its exact terms, but I understand it was to the effect that the proposed Forest Reserve would be satisfactory to the Spirit River Board of Trade, as it would not include the particular lands they had protested against being included.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   SPIRIT RIVER FOREST RESERVE.
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LIB

Frank Oliver

Liberal

Mr. OLIVER:

I am afraid that their

protest applied to very much more than the lands which the map the minister has been good enough to send over to me indicates as being withdrawn. However, I wished to have the minister's statement on record. The other matter I referred to was the homestead rights of soldiers who had entered for homesteads after enlisting. I drew attention to the fact that the announcement made public by the Militia Department gave a different interpretation from that given by the minister in the House, and I asked that this might be rectified in order that there might be one official decision upon

the matter. As this comes within the jurisdiction of the Department of the Interior, I would respectfully ask the minister to make a statement.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   SPIRIT RIVER FOREST RESERVE.
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LIB

William Roche

Liberal

Mr. ROCHE:

The orders sent out by

the Interior Department were to the effect that, while absent on service all volunteers who had taken up homesteads prior to enlisting would have their entries protected and the time counted as residence. Those who have taken up homesteads since enlisting are having their entries protected from cancellation, but the period they are absent on service is not allowed to count as residence. A letter to this effect was sent from the Interior Department to the Militia Department, but the Militia Department misinterpreted it, with the result that erroneous information was published in their Militia orders. When our attention was called to this we immediately asked the Militia authorities to correct the mistake, and we also sent to our agents in the West information to the effect above mentioned.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   SPIRIT RIVER FOREST RESERVE.
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LIB

Frank Oliver

Liberal

Mr. OLIVER:

I have seen in various newspapers the Militia Department announcement that is now stated to be in error, but' I have not seen any announcement correcting that error. I think it would be advisable for the minister to suggest to the Militia Department that the correction be made as public as the original announcement.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   SPIRIT RIVER FOREST RESERVE.
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LIB

GOVERNMENT RAILWAYS SMALL CLAIMS ACT AMENDMENT.


On the Order for consideration of amendments made by the Senate to Bill No. 91, to amend the Government Railways Small Claims Act:


CON

John Dowsley Reid (Minister of Customs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. REID:

I beg to move:

That this House doth disagree to the amendments made by the Senate to said Bill, and for the following reason: that parties having

legal claims against the Crown in connection with the Prince Edward Island Railway now have their remedy in the courts, and it is not in the public interests that the said Bill be made retroactive. '

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   GOVERNMENT RAILWAYS SMALL CLAIMS ACT AMENDMENT.
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May 13, 1916