May 16, 1916

REPORT PRESENTED.


Telegraph statistics for the year ended June 30, 1915.-Hon. J. D. Reid.


DAYLIGHT SAVING.


On the Orders of the Day:


LIB

Edward Mortimer Macdonald

Liberal

Mr. MACDONALD:

I am desired by prominent gentlemen in Nova Scotia who are interested in the question of daylight saving to ask the right hon. the Prime Minister whether the Government have considered the passing of any legislation in regard to this matter. It is pointed out that Great Britain, Denmark, and Sweden have passed such legislation. As the right hon. gentleman is probably aware, in the city of Halifax and some other municipalities in Nova Scotia this has been put into effect.

Topic:   DAYLIGHT SAVING.
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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:

Very few representations have come to the Government on this subject, and we have not yet considered it very fully. It seems that the local authorities, in most of the provinces at least, have the power to deal with it themselves, and if that be the case it may be that the matter had better be left to public opinion in the various localities.

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LIB

Edward Mortimer Macdonald

Liberal

Mr. MACDONALD:

The difficulty suggested by those interested in the project is in regard to the official closing of public institutions under the control of the Dominion Government, more particularly in connection with railways, which would not be under the control of the local authorities. It therefore might require Dominion legislation.

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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 am not at all

sure that legislation will be necessary, because it may be possible for the departments of the Government, if it is thought desirable, to have regard to the local determination of the matter. However, I shall give my hon. friend's suggestion the best consideration I can between now and the next session.

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PROHIBITION OF PAPER EXPORTS.


On the Orders of the Day:


LIB

Rodolphe Lemieux

Liberal

Mr. LEMIEUX:

Is the rumour prevailing in Montreal this morning to the effect that the Government intends to pass an Order in Council to prohibit the exportation of paper and pulp to the United States true? I am told that a deputation met the Government yesterday or this morning.

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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:

It has not been considered, so far as I am aware.

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THE DAVIDSON COMMISSION.

APPOINTMENT OF COUNSEL.


On the Orders of the Day:


LIB

Wilfrid Laurier (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER:

In the absence of my right hon. friend yesterday, I inquired if it was the intention to give the Opposition the privilege of counsel before the Davidson Commission on the charges brought the other day by the hon. member for North Cape Breton and Victoria (Mr. McKenzie).

Topic:   THE DAVIDSON COMMISSION.
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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 think it was announced by the Minister of Justice and also 'by the Minister of Trade and Commerce that if the hon. member for North Cape Breton and Victoria, or my right hon. friend, should desire to be represented by counsel before the Davidson Commission, we would not only suggest, but recommend to Sir Charles Davidson that such counsel be allowed to appear. The position up to the present has been that Mr. John Thompson, K.C., was selected by Sir Charles Davidson to represent the people of Canada before that commission. So far as I am aware, he has discharged his duties with great ability, thoroughness, and impartiality. It may further be observed that he has done so without any remuneration whatever except an ordinary allowance for travelling expenses when he has been absent from the city of Ottawa. He has regarded hie work as a patriotic duty. I am informed that Mr. Thompson, in view of the criticism that has been passed upon him in this House, does not feel it coneis-

tent with his self respect that he should continue to discharge those duties. It may therefore be necessary for the Government to take some action towards appointing counsel to take his place. So far as counsel to represent the hon. member for North Cape Breton and Victoria is. concerned, as I have already said, we shall not only suggest but recommend to Sir Charles Davidson that counsel be allowed to appear.

Sir WILFRID T,MIRIER: On the same terms as Mr. Johnston?

Topic:   THE DAVIDSON COMMISSION.
Subtopic:   APPOINTMENT OF COUNSEL.
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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:

As far as remuneration is concerned? We shall not make any undertaking with regard to that at the present time. I think it should be left for future consideration as was the case in connection with the Tarte-Langevin charges. There was no undertaking in advance, on the part of the Government at that time. The hon. member for North Cape Breton and Victoria undertook at once, in the same motion, to censure the Government and to demand an inquiry. He is at liberty to appear before the commission by his counsel and to proceed as he deems fit. The other question which my right hon. friend raised will be considered afterwards. Possibly some gentleman will be found on the other side who will undertake the duty upon the same terms as those upon which Mr. John Thompson undertook it.

Topic:   THE DAVIDSON COMMISSION.
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EXTENSION OF TERM OF PARLIAMENT


The Orders of the day:


May 16, 1916