June 15, 1920

MEMORIAL TO THE LATE COLONEL BAKER, M.P.


Hon Sir SAM HUGHES moved that the recommendations contained in the report of the Special Committee appointed to confer and act with a like committee of the Senate to determine the form of a memorial to be erected in the Parliament Buildings to the memory of the late Lieutenant-Colonel Baker, M.P., be commended to the consideration of the Government. Motion agreed to.


SENATE BILLS-FIRST READING.


Bill No. 169, for the relief of George Emerson Fox.-Mr. Ross. Bill No. 179, respecting the Colonial Investment and Loan Company'.-Mr. Mowat. Bill No. 180, respecting Dominion Trust Company-Mr. McQuarrie. Bill No. 181, to incorporate The Great West Bank of Canada.-Mr. Cowan.


RACE TRACK LEGISLATION.


alleged statement by rev. dr.


SPEER. TELEGRAM FROM HIS HONOUR THE SPEAKER AND DR. SPEER'S

UNION

Edgar Nelson Rhodes (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Unionist

Mr. SPEAKER:

The House will recall

that at the last sitting a newspaper report was brought to its attention by the right hon. the Prime Minister, in consequence of which I despatched the following telegram yesterday afternoon: .

June. 14th, 1920.

Rev. Dr. Speer,

Toronto, Ont.

You are reported in a despatch from Toronto which appears in the Ottawa Citizen, newspaper of this date as follows.

* ' Rev. Dr. Speer stated that letters were of no avail in this case, hut money in the lobby. We hadn't the money. I hope the department did something. It was a foregone conclusion that these men of the race track would get what they wanted.'

Kindly inform me whether you made such a statement or one similar in character. If report incorrect I deem it my duty to request you to inform me what you did say concerning this subject. Matter brought to my formal attention in the House to-day by the Prime Minister supported by the leader of the Opposition. An immediate reply is therefore essential.

Edgar N. Rhodes.

Speaker of the House of Commons.

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Edgar Nelson Rhodes (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Unionist

Mr. SPEAKER (Reading):

The race track men of course had the money. My thought was not that money was used in the sense of bribery, but in keeping men there. We were berated by one speaker because we did not send letters. The words "foregone conclusion " referred to the fact that after the war was over this matter of racing would come back. I did not leave the impression on the Conference that I thought it a foregone conclusion that the Government would stand in with the race track people. I greatly regret that a false impression was left by the half dozen sentences which X uttered on this question. I shall be glad Sir, if you will make the substance of this telegram clear to the members of the House.

J. C. Speer.

I have only this to say, that I think it is in the highest degree unfortunate that such loose language should be indulged: in by persons holding responsible positions, and that the press should be so careless in the matter of making reports as to enable language, capable of the interpretation which could be placed upon the despatch of yesterday, to go broadcast throughout the country.

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Jacques Bureau

Laurier Liberal

Mr. BUREAU:

Does the House accept

this as an apology from Dr. Speer, and is the matter closed? I think his explanation makes it worse.

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Edgar Nelson Rhodes (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Unionist

Mr. SPEAKER:

It is entirely a question for the House.

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Jacques Bureau

Laurier Liberal

Mr. BUREAU:

I think the best policy would have been to have ignored the whole matter. This man now states "I said what I am reported to have said but I do not mean it." He must take us for a lot of children. I cannot regard his aetion as otherwise than extremely foolish.

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

Unionist

Rt. Hon. Sir ROBERT BORDEN (Prime Minister):

I should say, in view of the explanation made by Dr. Speer, that the incident may be regarded as closed.

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MEN RELEASED ON HABEAS CORPUS RE-ARRESTED.

THE CASE OF THE LABRIE BROTHERS.


On the Orders of the Day:


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Rodolphe Lemieux

Laurier Liberal

Hon. RODOLPHE LEMIEUX (Maison-neuve):

Mr. Speaker, the other day I brought to the attention of the Minister of Justice the fact that two brothers named Labrie, who have been sentenced to twenty-five years in the penitentiary had been released on Habeas Corpus proceedings and then re-arrested. I noticed in last night's Montreal paper that Mr. Justice Duelos, who presided over the Habeas Corpus proceedings, has ordered the imprisonment of the Warden of the St. Vincent de Paul. Penitentiary for failure to produce the Labrie brothers in court.

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Jacques Bureau

Laurier Liberal

Mr. BUREAU:

For contempt of court.

Mr, LEMIEUX:-and he makes certain comments on the action taken by the officers of the Crown. So that I may not be ruled out of order, Mr. Speaker, I should explain that this is a case of Habeas Corpus proceedings, where the liberty of the subject is involved. The remarks of Mr. Justice Duelos are as follows:

I am informed, that in disobeying the order of ithe court, the warden of the penitentiary ds acting under orders of some authority, and I will say without hesitation that it is high time that these authorities be shown that instead of hindering the process of justice they should do their utmost to facilitate it. I do not know who issued this order to disobey the order of the Superior Court, but whether it is the Minister of Justice of Canada or the Attorney General of this province, I say that they are giving a terrible example and one which can only do great harm to the respect and reputation tribunals are entitled to.

I know what the right hon. Minister of Justice will say in regard to the proceedings themselves-he has given his opinion based on the report of the Deputy Minister of Justice-but what is most serious in my judgment is that not only are the poor. Labrie brothers arrested, but that the warden of St. Vincent de Paul penitentiary has been sentenced to one year's imprisonment.

I would like to know what my right, hon. friend has to say in the matter. Before long he may be arrested himself for all I know, and I would be very sorry if that should happen.

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

Unionist

Rt. Hon. C. J. DOHERTY (Minister of Justice):

I appreciate the sympathy in anticipation which my hon. friend extends to me. However, the subject is serious.

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June 15, 1920