Wilfrid Laurier (Leader of the Official Opposition)
Sir WILFRID LAUIRIER:
Subtopic: RE-ARRANGEMENTS AND TRANSFERS OF DUTIES IN THE PUBLIC SERVICE.
On motion of Right Hon. Sir Robert Borden (Prime Minister) it was ordered that the Address to His Excellency the Governor General, adopted by the House on the 19th instant, be engrossed and presented to His Excellency by such members of the House as are of the honourable the Privy Council.
Report of Women's War Conference. Hon. Mr. Rowell. Annual Report, Department of Marine and Fisheries for the fiscal year 1916-17.- Hon. Mr. Ballantyne. . Report of the Auditor General for the fiscal year ended March 31, 1917.-Hon. A- K. Maclean. Public Accounts for the fiscal year ended March 31, 1917.-Hon. A. K. Maclean. Statement of Governor General's Warrants.-Hon. A. K. Maclean. Statement of unforeseen expenditure.- Hon. A. K. Maclean. Report of the Ottawa Improvement Commission for the fiscal year ended March 31, 1917.-Hon. A. K. Maclean. Report of the National Battlefields Commission for the fiscal year ended March 31, 1917.-Hon. A. K. Maclean. Statement of receipts and expenditures of the Royal Society of Canada for the year ended April 30, 1917-Hon. A- K. Maclean. Statement showing distribution of $25,000,000 advanced by the Dominion Government to the Canadian Northern Railway and its constituent companies as provided for in chapter 24 of the Statutes of 1917.- Hon. A. K. Maclean. Statement of superannuation and retiring allowances in the Civil Service during the year ended December 31, 1917.-Hon. A. K-Maclean. Interim report of R. A. Pringle, K.C., commissioner to inquire into the manufacture, sale, price and supply of newsprint in Canada.-Hon. A- K. Maclean.
On motion of Hon. A. K. Maclean (Acting Minister of Finance) it was ordered that this House do on Friday next resolve itself into a committee to consider of ithe Supply to be granted to His Majesty. REVISED EDI*'tON
On motion of Hon. A. K. Maclean it was ordered that this House do on Friday next resolve itself into a committee to consider of the Ways and Means for raising the Supply to be granted to His Majesty.
Right Hon. Sir ROBERT BORDEN moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 2, to authorize re-arrangments and transfers of duties in the Public Service.
Sir WILFRID LAUIRIER:
Sir ROBERT BORDEN:
This Bill authorizes the Governor in Council to change any department or any branch of a department from the direction of one minister to the direction of another. It has become evident that some re-arrangement of certain departments is necessary. It is a short Bill; I will read it for the information of the House:
1.-(1) The Governor in Council shall have power,-
(a) to transfer any powers, duties or functions or the control or supervision of any part of the public service from orle minister of the Crown to any other minister of the Crown, or from one department or portion of the public service to any other department or portion of the public service; or
(b) to amalgamate and combine any two or more departments under one minister of the Crown and under one Deputy Minister.
(2) All orders made by the Governor in Council under the provisions of this Act shall be laid before both Houses of Parliament within fifteen days after they are made if Parliament is then sitting, and if not, then within fifteen days from the commencement of the next ensuing session of Parliament.
Motion agreed to, and Bill read the first time. / WOMjAN SUFFRAGE. On motion of Sir Robert Borden, Bill No. 3, to confer the electoral franchise upon women, was introduced and read the first time.
Sir GEORGE FOSTER:
moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 4, to provide for the time in Canada being in advance of the solar mean time during the summer months.
Sir WILFRID LAURIER:
Is this the
same Bill as last year?
Sir GEORGE FOSTER:
It is similar to
,last year's Bill.
Motion agreed to, and Bill read the first time.