September 13, 1917

CON

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

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. DOHERTY:

The publisher undertakes to see to the reporting.

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LIB

Jacques Bureau

Liberal

Mr. BUREAU:

Do I understand that the publisher will take down the decisions, publish the reports, and keep the subscriptions he charges us for the reports, and in addition to that receive $2,000 from the Department of Justice?

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CON

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

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. DOHERTY:

In the past, the work was done at the Printing Bureau, and the cost was not very much less than $2,000. Now we get the reporting done as well as the work which was formerly done at the

Printing Bureau. These two things are combined. If we had proceeded on the old system, we would necessarily have to appoint a reporter, and that reporter would get a salary of at least $2,000, and we would remain with all the cost of bringing out the reports as in the past. The system we are now adopting commends itself to my judgment as being a better arrangement, but I am asking for this vote only for the purpose of putting it to the test.

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LIB

Rodolphe Lemieux

Liberal

Mr. LEMIEUX:

I certainly will not oppose any expenditure in connection with the Exchequer Court. Never has a court rendered such distinguished service to the country as has the Exchequer Court during the last . year. I have only to refer to the famous Quebec merger case in order to prove my contention to the hilt. That case was referred to the Exchequer Court in virtue of a statute passed last year, and the Chief Justice saved at least $2,000,000, to the people of Canada by one stroke of the pen. In one case he saved an item of $500,000, and an item of $794,$69.58. Although the counsel appointed by the Government to look after its interests had decided to accept the two items, they were rejected by the judge. Since this judgment of Sir Walter Cassels has been made public, the Government has taken the wise course of stopping this expenditure concerning the Quebec and Montmorency, the Lotbiniere and Megantic, and the Quebec and Saguenay railways. The Exchequer Court of Canada is a blessing, not in disguise, but a real blessing to the Canadian taxpayer. It has just saved Canada from one of the most disgraceful and scandalous deals that ever came before this Parliament, and for my part I would vote with both hands for any justifiable expenditure to maintain and develop the Exchequer Court.

Mr. C. A.f WILSON : In the supplementary estimates, penitentiaries, there is a vote made up of two items-to provide for a certain bonus to penitentiary officers, and to pay a compassionate allowance to Mrs. Mary Jane Mackenzie. If I am in order, I would like to ask the Minister of Justice when these items will be taken up.

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CON

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

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. DOHERTY:

At the next opportunity we have of taking up my estimates. I understand i't is the desire to proceed with other business now.

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LIB
CON

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

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. DOHERTY:

I hope so.

Progress reported.

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WAR-TIME ELECTIONS ACT.


Right Hon. Sir ROBERT BORDEN (Prime Minister) moved the third reading of Bill No. 133, the War-Time Elections Act.


LIB

Jacques Bureau

Liberal

Mr. BUREAU:

I was under the impression that we were to get a reprint of the Bill, and have an opportunity of looking over the amendments made yesterday.

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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 is on the

Table. '

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Solicitor General of Canada; Minister of Mines; Secretary of State of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

It was distributed this forenoon.

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LIB

Jacques Bureau

Liberal

Mr. BUREAU:

I was told there were

some corrections to be made, and that we should not use the copy given us this morning.

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Solicitor General of Canada; Minister of Mines; Secretary of State of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

Without speaking to the Bill, I may say the reprint as it is, is correct. In the printing there was an item of four words left out on one page, and I think two or three words on another. The Bill is really- viery well printed.

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LIB

Jacques Bureau

Liberal

Mr. BUREAU:

We have not had an opportunity of looking at -the Bill. Certain amendments were made yesterday, which were run through in a hurry, and we passed them on .the understanding that this Bill would be reprinted and that we would have a chance of looking over the amendments to see how they worked in with the various sections to which they were added, and that they were all right. The Solicitor General should give us fifteen minutes to look into this Bill and see what it is.

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Subtopic:   WAR-TIME ELECTIONS ACT.
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LIB

Wilfrid Laurier (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER:

I hope the Government will not insist upon us taking up this Bill to-night. We did not expect it.

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Subtopic:   WAR-TIME ELECTIONS ACT.
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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 thought it was understood we should go on with the Bill for a little while this evening and adjourn the debate until to-morrow.

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LIB

Wilfrid Laurier (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER:

Adjourn it now. There is nobody here to take it up.

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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:

Could we not go on for half an hour?

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Subtopic:   WAR-TIME ELECTIONS ACT.
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LIB

Wilfrid Laurier (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER:

No. I did not understand we were going to proceed with the Bill to-night. I think we should adjourn now. [DOT]

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September 13, 1917