April 24, 1918

RELEASE OF ROMEO BRAULT.

LIB

Joseph Philippe Baby Casgrain

Liberal

Mr. CASGRAIN moved:

For a copy of all papers, documents and correspondence exchanged between the Minister

of Justice and officers of his department with one Romeo Brault, now detained at Burwash Farm, Ontario, or his representatives, relatives and attorneys, in order to obtain his release. Also a copy of all papers, documents and reports submitted to the Minister of Justice or his department from the military authorities in respect to the arrest and detention of said Romeo Brault.

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UNION

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

Unionist

Hon. Mr. DOHERTY:

I desire to point oat that by the well established practice of the House-the question has been up several times-it is not considered desirable that correspondence with regard to applications for the exercise of clemency under the Ticket-of-leave Act should be produced. Practically they are all considered to be of a confidential nature.

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L LIB

Wilfrid Laurier (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Laurier Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER:

Dropped.

Motion dropped.

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UNOPPOSED MOTIONS FOR PAPERS.

L LIB

William Costello Kennedy

Laurier Liberal

Mr. KENNEDY:

For a return giving a copy of the various proposals submitted to the Government for the erection of a steel plate rolling mill in Canada, and the supply of 250,000 tons of steel plates for shipbuilding purposes in Canada.

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L LIB

Arthur Bliss Copp

Laurier Liberal

Mr. COPP:

For a copy of all letters, petitions and communications received by the Acting Postmaster General or any official of his Department in reference to the closing of the Post Office at LeBlancville, in the County of Westmorland, New Brunswick__

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LIB

Joseph Philippe Baby Casgrain

Liberal

Mr. CASGRAIN:

For a copy of all correspondence and documents exchanged between the Minister of Justice and his department and their representatives in Montreal in connection with obtaining the release on bail, and arranging bail and security for one, Charles, alias Ti-Noir Desjardins. Also a copy of all correspondence with the Minister of Justice and his department and their representatives in Montreal and elsewhere, and all other documents in connection with obtaining the release of and giving bail and security on behalf of the same man recently in Montreal.

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ON THE ORDERS OF THE DAY.

ARREST OF A PRESUMED DESERTER.

L LIB

Joseph-Éloi Fontaine

Laurier Liberal

Mr. J. E. FONTAINE (Hull) (transla. tion):

Mr. Speaker, before the Orders of the Day are called, I wish to point out, for the consideration of the Prime Minister, an incident of a most serious nature which took place yesterday in Hull. It appears that some presumed members of the Federal Police have fired at a resident of that city, wounding him dangerously. I think it my duty, as representing that division, to call the Government's attention to the fact. I have met people who were witnesses of the

incident, and they assure me that the suspected deserter might have been easily arrested without any resort to firearms.

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UNION

Edgar Nelson Rhodes (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Unionist

Mr. SPEAKER:

Order. It is quite proper the hon. member should address the question to the Government, but it is not in order that he should enter into any discussion.

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L LIB

Joseph-Éloi Fontaine

Laurier Liberal

Mr. FONTAINE (translation):

Then, I shall only ask the Government whether they intend to enquire into this matter and to dismiss those policemen who were surely over-zealous on that occasion. A peaceable city though it be, Hull will not tolerate any useless blood-shedding.

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UNION

Robert Laird Borden (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Unionist

Sir ROBERT BORDEN:

The matter to

which the hon. gentleman has called attention has not been reported to me as yet. No doubt the Minister of Justice will be able, either to-day or to-morrow, to make a statement with regard to it.

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UNION

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

Unionist

Hon. C. J. DOHERTY:

As soon as I

have complete data in this connection, I shall gladly communicate them to the House.

MILITARY SERVICE; LEAVE OF ABSENCE.

On the Orders of the Day.

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L LIB

James Alexander Robb

Laurier Liberal

Mr. J. A. ROBB (Huntingdon and Cha-teauguay):

I desire to draw the attention of the Government to the new regulations respecting the granting of leave of absence to men called up under the Military Service Act. Paragraph A of section 5 of Order in Council P.C. 919 makes certain provisions -for exemption. There is great unrest, as no doubt the Government knows, throughout the country regarding farm labour, and I want to ask the Government with regard to the case of an only son of a widowed mother, who perhaps is tilling a farm of a hundred acres, and having perhaps twenty or thirty cows. Is it the intention of the Government to take the boy away from the farm?

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UNION

Robert Laird Borden (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Unionist

Sir ROBERT BORDEN:

That particular subject to which the hon. gentleman has ^ directed attention has been discussed with the Minister of Militia and Defence, and we hope in a day or two to make an announcement on the subject.

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L LIB

Wilfrid Laurier (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Laurier Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER:

May I suggest in this connection that the Minister of Militia will confer a favour on everybody inside and outside the House if he will, on some occasion, when going into Supply, explain these regulations. I have them in my

possession, and I may say that I think they are very much involved. If we had a discussion perhaps we could elicit from the Government exactly what is meant by them.

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UNION

Robert Laird Borden (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Unionist

Sir ROBERT BORDEN:

There is no objection to that, if there be any difficulty about understanding the regulations. The particular matter to which the hon. member for Huntingdon (Mr. Robb) has directed attention is one that requires consideration. I am not certain at the moment if there is anything else in regard to these regulations which would require to be considered further by the Government. However, there is no harm in having the discussion and making the position perfectly plain.

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MILITARY SERVICE-MEN MEDICALLY UNFIT.

April 24, 1918