August 10, 1917

THE REPORT OF JUSTICES McLEOD-TELLIER.

CON

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

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir ROBERT BORDEN (Prime Minister) moved:

That the report of the McLeod-Tellier Commission and the evidence taken before the said Commission, laid on the table of the House on July 27 ultimo and August 9 instant, re-< spectively, he printed forthwith and that rule 74 be suspended in relation thereto.

Topic:   THE REPORT OF JUSTICES McLEOD-TELLIER.
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LIB

Charles Murphy

Liberal

Mr. MURPHY:

Does that include the evidence taken before Judge Galt?

Topic:   THE REPORT OF JUSTICES McLEOD-TELLIER.
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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 do not think it does. I do not know whether that has been laid on the Table; I will make inquiry.

Topic:   THE REPORT OF JUSTICES McLEOD-TELLIER.
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FIRST READING OF SENATE BILL.


Bill No. 126, for the relief of Albert Edwin Gordon.-Mr. Edwards.


THE CANADIAN NORTHERN RAILWAY COMPANY.

PAYMENTS ON INTEREST ACCOUNT.


On the Orders of the Day: Hon. GEO. P. GRAHAM: In order that the Bill in connection with the Canadian Northern may be expedited, I would ask the Minister of Finance-in his absence, the Prime Minister-to bring down a statement showing how much had been paid by the Canadian Northern Railway company on interest account under section 29 of the Act of 1914 and how much money the Government had advanced on that interest account. Section 29 reads: The Governor in Council may at the request of the Canadian Northern out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund pay all or any portion of the first six half-yearly payments of interest on the guaranteed securities falling due after the opening for traffic as part of the Canadian Northern system of the through line from Vancouver to the city of Quebec, but in suchl case the Governor in Council shall not enforce the repayment thereof against the Canadian Northern under the New Trust Deed until the maturity of the principal of the guaranteed securities. The Canadian Northern shall, however, pending the repayment of interest so, paid by the Governor in Council, pay to His Majesty half-yearly interest on such interest at the rate of four per cent per annum, and such interest upon interest until so paid shall form a charge upon the mortgaged premises under the New Trust Deed. What I want to know is how much money the Government paid out on this account and how much money the company paid as interest on the interest so advanced by the 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 shall ask the Minister of Finance to see that the information is provided.

Topic:   THE CANADIAN NORTHERN RAILWAY COMPANY.
Subtopic:   PAYMENTS ON INTEREST ACCOUNT.
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ATTENDANCE OF SOLDIERS AT POLITICAL MEETINGS.


On the Orders of the Day:


CON

James Arthurs

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. JAMES ARTHURS (Parry Sound):

I wish to call the attention of the Government to a despatch appearing in the press this morning, as follows:

London, Aug. 9.-Members of Canadian forces have had their attention drawn to the King's regulations forbidding them the right of attending political meetings in uniform. A similar reminder has been issued to the Imperials.

The despatch further says that the question having been raised in the British

House of Commons, Mr. Macpherson, for the War Cabinet, replied:

I understand the War Cabinet have decided that the regulations are to be strictly and impartially enforced and soldiers are not to join soldiers' and workmen's councils.

A large number of returned soldiers are now in Canada, still in uniform-men who have done their bit and who are of no further military service, though they are still ajuenable to military discipline. I should like to ask the Government if they have noticed this statement and whether they will make provision whereby these men will have the ordinary citizens' rights and will not be affected by any such order as is mentioned in this despatch.

Topic:   ATTENDANCE OF SOLDIERS AT POLITICAL MEETINGS.
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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:

The attention of the Government had not previously been directed to the subject. We will give it the consideration which the hon. gentleman asks.

Topic:   ATTENDANCE OF SOLDIERS AT POLITICAL MEETINGS.
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LIB

GOVERNMENT RAILWAYS ACT AMENDMENT.

SECOND READING AND CONSIDERATION IN COMMITTEE.


On motion of Hon. Frank Cochrane (Minister of Railways and Canals) Bill No. 118, to amend the Government Railways Act, was read the second time and the House went into committee thereon, Mr. Davidson in the Chair. On section 2-Definition:


LIB

Edward Mortimer Macdonald

Liberal

Mr. MACDONALD:

Will the minister explain the purport and effect of this measure?

Topic:   GOVERNMENT RAILWAYS ACT AMENDMENT.
Subtopic:   SECOND READING AND CONSIDERATION IN COMMITTEE.
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CON

Francis Cochrane (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. COCHRANE:

The effect of the Bill is to put the Government railways under the operation of the Railway Commission. Everything is put under the control of the commission except the expropriation clauses; and .any actions taken against the railway go to the Exchequer Court instead of being dealt with in the usual manner.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT RAILWAYS ACT AMENDMENT.
Subtopic:   SECOND READING AND CONSIDERATION IN COMMITTEE.
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August 10, 1917