May 16, 1918

REPORTS AND PAPERS.


Annual Report of the Department of Public Printing and Stationery for the fiscal year ended March 31, 1917.-Hon. Mr. Burrell. Return to order of the House with reference to the Imperial Royal Flying Corps in Canada and Returh to order of the House showing the status of Canadian recruits in the Royal Flying Corps.-Hon. Mr. Burrell.


SENATE BILLS.

HALIFAX RELIEF COMMISSION.


Sir ROBERT BORDEN moved that Bill No. 97, respecting the Halifax Relief Commission, be read the first time.


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Wilfrid Laurier (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Laurier Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER:

Explain.

Topic:   SENATE BILLS.
Subtopic:   HALIFAX RELIEF COMMISSION.
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UNION

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

Unionist

Sir ROBERT BORDEN:

This Bill is merely to confirm certain legislation passed at the recent session of the Legislature of Nova Scotia.

Topic:   SENATE BILLS.
Subtopic:   HALIFAX RELIEF COMMISSION.
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Motion agreed to, and Bill read the first time.


CANADIAN PATRIOTIC FUND ACT AMENDMENT.


Hon. Mr. DOHERTY moved the first reading of Bill No. 98, to amend the Canadian Patriotic Fund Act, 1914.


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Hon. A@

Explain.

Topic:   CANADIAN PATRIOTIC FUND ACT AMENDMENT.
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UNION

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

Unionist

Hon. Mr. DOHERTY:

The Bill is simply to make clear that under the provisions of the Act incorporating the Canadian Patriotic Fund, the corporation body was to be entitled to distribute the funds among the relatives resident in Canada of soldiers forming part of our own forces or the Allied forces. Under the present reading of the statute, as the section is worded, it is open to the suggestion that this money is to be distributed among the relatives of soldiers resident, or who were resident, in Canada, when they enlisted, wherever those may be, and on the other hand that the relatives in Canada of soldiers who did not reside in Canada would not be entitled to be considered. The corporation always has acted on the interpretation that all relatives resident in Canada of soldiers actually fighting, are entitled to benefit; and they desire to have it made clear that that is the correct interpretation and the Act is for that purpose.

Topic:   CANADIAN PATRIOTIC FUND ACT AMENDMENT.
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Motion agreed to, and Bill read the first time.


SUPREME COURT ACT AMENDMENT.


On motion of Hon. Mr. Doherty, Bill No. 99, to amend the Act of the present session, intituled: "An Act to amend the Supreme Court Act," was read the first time.


FIRST READINGS.


Bill No. 100, for the relief of David M. Sloss.-Mr. Copp. Bill No. 101, for the relief of Lillie Mabel Billing.-Mr. Mowat.


HEREDITARY TITLES IN CANADA.


On the Orders of the Day: Mr. W. F. NICKLE (Kingston)-: Has the Prime Minister sufficiently matured his plans to let us know on what day we may renew the debate on titles?


UNION

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

Unionist

Sir ROBERT BORDEN:

No, I have not come to a decision about that.

Topic:   HEREDITARY TITLES IN CANADA.
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May 16, 1918