May 31, 1917

CRIMINAL CODE AMENDMENT.

DISQUALIFICATION OF ALIEN ENEMIES PROPOSED.


Mr. J. A. CURRIE (East Simcoe) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 59 to amend the Criminal Code.


LIB

Wilfrid Laurier (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER:

Explain.

Topic:   CRIMINAL CODE AMENDMENT.
Subtopic:   DISQUALIFICATION OF ALIEN ENEMIES PROPOSED.
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CON

John Allister Currie

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CURRIE:

I shall read the Bill,

which will explain itself. It is an amendment to iSection 79 ,of the Criminal Code and reads as follows:

79. A. Any person who votes for any person, for any public officer, or who takes any active part in any election for any public office by becoming a candidate, sneaking, writing, canvassing or driving voters to the poll, who was or is a citizen of any country, now or at any time during the past five years at war with Great Britain or her Allies; or who was a subject of any country not allied with Great Britain or her Allies, which does not permit its citizens the rights of expatriation, or holds the doctrine of dual citizenship or who was exiled or banished from any allied country, even though such person may have been granted naturalization in Canada or Great Britain, or may have his or her name on the Voters' List; shall be deemed guilty of an offence under this Act, and on conviction before a court of competent jurisdiction shall be liable to imprisonment for a term of not less than two years, together with forfeiture of civil rights and all property to the Crown.

B. The above provisions shall not apply to any person who is. serving or has served in His Majesty's Forces, or has been a naturalized British subject resident in Canada for twenty-five years. The burden of proof as to such exception shall rest upon the Voter.

C. Any person giving such information as will lead to the conviction of any such person shall be entitled to one-third of all fines and forfeitures.

I informed the Minister of Finance sometime ago that I intended to introduce this Bill, and he asked me to defer its introduction until the return of the leader of the Government. I have done so, but unfortunately the time for dealing with measures introduced by private members has expired. I would therefore ask the Government to set aside a day to discuss this subject.

Motion agreed to and Bill read the first time.

Topic:   CRIMINAL CODE AMENDMENT.
Subtopic:   DISQUALIFICATION OF ALIEN ENEMIES PROPOSED.
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QUESTIONS.


(Questions answered orally are indicated by asterisks.)


RAILWAY COMMISSION-APPEALS FROM.

LIB

Mr. SINCLAIR:

Liberal

1. How many appeals were taken each calendar year since 1908 from decisions of the Board of Railway Commissioners to the Governor in Council?

2. What was the number of cases each year in which the decisions of the Board were varied or reversed?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   RAILWAY COMMISSION-APPEALS FROM.
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CON

Charles Joseph Doherty (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. DOHERTY:

.

1. 1908, nil; 1909, nil; 1910, 1; 1911, 2; 1912, 5; 1913, 4; 1914, nil; 1915, 2; 1916, 1; 1917, 1; total, 16.

2. 1908, nil; 1909, nil; 1910, nil; 1911, nil; 1912, 1; 1913, nil; 1914, nil; 1915, nil; 1916, nil; 1917, nil; total, 1.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   RAILWAY COMMISSION-APPEALS FROM.
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BINDER TWINE.


On the Orders of the Day:


LIB

Frank Oliver

Liberal

Hon. FRANK OLIVER (Edmonton):

Mr. Speaker, I desire to call the attention of the Minister of Justice to a letter which I have just received from a union of the United Farmers of Alberta, No. 383, in regard to the binder twine situation. The letter says:

The Union has been trying to place its order for binder twine but has been unsuccessful so far. We have tried the Alberta Farmers Cooperative Elevator Company and the T. Eaton Company, Winnipeg. Both have sold their entire stock and find it impossible to get more from the manufacturers. The T. Eaton Company explains that raw materials for the manufacture of twine have been on the docks for months and that they have gone so far as to ask the Government at Ottawa to help out, but so far (May 1, 1917) have not been able to get any more cars moving.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   BINDER TWINE.
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CON

George Eulas Foster (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir GEORGE FOSTER:

If my hon. friend will send that over to me, I will make inquiries.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   BINDER TWINE.
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PRIVILEGE.

STATEMENT BY MR. D. B. NEELY.


On the Orders of the Day.


LIB

David Bradley Neely

Liberal

Mr. NEELY:

Mr. Speaker, I rise to a

question of privilege. In the vote taken on the 29th instant on the amendment of the, hon. member for Edmonton (Mr. Oliver) I notice that my name is not recorded in the list of pairs. I was paired with the hon. member for East Elgin (Mr. Marshall), who, through a misunderstanding, voted on that occasion. In order to set the matter right, I may say, that had I voted I should have voted for the amendment.

Topic:   PRIVILEGE.
Subtopic:   STATEMENT BY MR. D. B. NEELY.
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PURCHASE OF CHEESE BY BRITISH GOVERNMENT.


On the Orders of the Day.


May 31, 1917