July 18, 1917

PRIVILEGE.


On the Orders of the Day:


LIB

William Pugsley

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY:

I desire to bring before the House a matter of privilege, which I mentioned some days ago, but allowed to stand, so that it would not block the Military Service Bill. That Bill is now taking a rest, and it will be quite in order to draw attention to the matter. - [DOT]

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CON

George Eulas Foster (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir GEORGE FOSTER:

What is the subject?

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LIB

William Pugsley

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY:

It is the reference to a statement made by my right hon. friend the Prime Minister, on June 6, when he announced the appointment of a commission to investigate the judgment of Mr. Justice Gait-

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CON

George Eulas Foster (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir GEORGE FOSTER:

The Prime Minister is not in the House and is engaged on very important business, and I do not suppose the hon. member from St. John would wish to take it up m his absence.

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LIB

William Pugsley

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY:

I will allow the matter to stand, and when I take it up, I desire the Minister of Marine and Fisheries, and the Minister of Labour to be present.

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CON

George Eulas Foster (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir GEORGE FOSTER:

We will endeavour to have them here, if the hon. member promises to be short.

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LIB

William Pugsley

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY:

And my hon. friend the Minister of Trade and Commerce is interested, because he proved himself a letter writer.

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CON

PAIRS ON YESTERDAY'S VOTE.


On the Orders of the Day:


LIB

Frederick Pemberton Thompson

Liberal

Mr. THOMPSON:

I wish to call attention to an error in yesterday's Hansard. I am represented as having voted on the motion for the adoption of the resolution, moved by the Prime Minister for the extension of the term of Parliament, and also as being paired with the hon. gentleman from Charlotte (Mr. Hartt). I did vote for the motion, and the statement that I was paired is not correct.

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INTERCOLONIAL RAILWAY-INCREASE OF FREIGHT RATES ON COAL.


On the Orders of the Day:


LIB

William Pugsley

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY:

About the time that the fuel commissioner was sent to the Maritime Provinces to investigate the high cost of fuel, the Intercolonial railway authorities added an extra freight rate of 50 cents a ton upon coal, thus considerably increasing the burden of the people. May I ask the Minister of Railways and Canals if that rate still continues, and if so, whether the order bringing it into force will be rescinded?

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Francis Cochrane (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. COCHRANE:

It is true that the rate was increased. The reason was that we had to increase the wages of our employees within the last two months to the extent of over $2,000,000. We also had to meet an increased cost of coal of over $1,000,000. Upon representations, however, made by the fuel controller and other persons, we have agreed to allow the old rate to stand until the 1st of August, after which an increased rate- between 30 and 40 cents a ton less than the first increase-will be put into effect.

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RAILWAY ACT AMENDMENT.


The House in Committee on Bill No. 13, to consolidate and amend the Railway Act. -Hon. Frank Cochrane (resumed from Monday, July 16.) Mr. Rainville in the Chair. On section 302-Regularity in train time.


CON

Herménégilde Boulay

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HERMENEGILDE BOULAY (translation!) :

Mr. Chairman, allow me to

call your attention to subsection 2 of section 302 which is of very great importance to the travelling public, in the province of Quebec. Monday last, when we were in committee on the Bill, I stated that it would be proper to amend this subsection, so as to make it more satisfactory to the travelling public in my province. The proposed amendment would affect exclusively the province of Quebec and I fail to see that it could cause any inconvenience in the other parts of Canada. I hope the suggestion will be considered to be in the best interest of the public. I do not expect that any member from the province of Quebec will oppose the amendment; I rather believe that it will meet the views of all. '

The amendment that I suggest affects only the province of Quebec. Members from that province know the inconvenience that has been' suffered in the past by the travelling public in that section of the country by

reason of the fact 'that a great many of the conductors, brakemen, baggage masters, station agents and ticket agents cannot understand the language of persons boarding and leaving trains. This amendment would effect a great improvement over present conditions. Several times I have acted as interpreter on behalf of persons who were travelling, because railway employees were nnable to understand them. Every company moving trains in the province of Quebec should require its employees to understand both languages. They wouild have no difficulty in selecting from amongst their own employees persons who could speak both languages. Subsection 2 of this section reads:

Every railway company shall print in both the English and French languages the time tables that are to be used along its lines within the limits of the province of Quebec.

I move that this subsection be amended by adding thereto the following words:

And all employees coming in contact with the travelling public shall understand both official languages of the country.

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July 18, 1917