June 30, 1920

REPORTS AND PAPERS PRESENTED.


Ordinances of the Yukon Territory; return in reference to number of assistant, private and joint secretaries; amount paid to the Montreal Gazette, the Gazette Printing Company, the Montreal Star and the Toronto Globe during 1919-20; the appointment of the Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island; men engaged by the Civil Service Commission; the Military Hospital at Ste. Anne de Bellevue, and societies which have filed copies of policies complying with the provisions of the Insurance Act.


QUESTIONS.


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.)


ALLEGED PAYMENTS TO MR. L. G. A.

LIB

*Mr. RINFRET:

Liberal

1. What was the amount paid to L. G. A. Cressfi, K.C., of Montreal; as registrar under the National Service regulations?

2. What was the total amount claimed bysaid L. G. A. Cressfe, K.C., for his services as such registrar?

3. What reductions were made in his memo of account, as originally filed?

4. How many claims were made by sub-registrars employed by said L. G. A. Cressd, K.C., for unpaid salaries and allowances?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   ALLEGED PAYMENTS TO MR. L. G. A.
Sub-subtopic:   ORESSE, K.C.
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UNION

Rt. Hon. Mr. SIFTON:

Unionist

1. The Government has no record or knowledge of Mr. L. G. A. Cresse, K.C., of Montreal, being paid, or making claim, for any amount under National Service regulations.

2, 3 and 4. Answered by No. 1.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   ALLEGED PAYMENTS TO MR. L. G. A.
Sub-subtopic:   ORESSE, K.C.
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ROYAL COMMISSION ON NATURAL RESOURCES, TRADE AND LEGISLATION.

UNION

Mr. ARMSTRONG (Lambton):

Unionist

1. What action, if any, has the Government taken towards accepting the recommendations set forth in the final report of the Royal Commission on the Natural Resources, Trade and Legislation of certain portions of His Majesty's Dominions and presented to both Houses of Parliament by command of His Majesty in March, 1917, showing that it is not desirable that the operations of the steamship companies carrying passengers and freight between the Dominion of Canada and the United Kingdom should remain longer without some measure of Government supervision?

2. Does the Government intend to give effect to this legislation?

3. What action, if any, has the Government taken to assist the Imperial Government in bringing about government control of ocean ear-

riers doing business (or from time to time doing business) between ports in the United Kingdom and ports in the Dominion of Canada?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   ROYAL COMMISSION ON NATURAL RESOURCES, TRADE AND LEGISLATION.
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UNION

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

Unionist

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

The Government has endeavoured to give consideration to this matter during recent weeks, but there is no announcement to be made at the moment.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   ROYAL COMMISSION ON NATURAL RESOURCES, TRADE AND LEGISLATION.
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BRANCH RAILWAY FROM VICTORIAVILLE TO ARTHABASCA.

L LIB

Joseph Ovide Brouillard

Laurier Liberal

*Mr. BROUILLARD:

Is it the intention of the Government to build a branch line on the Grand Trunk, from Vic-toriaville to Arthabasca, a distance of three miles, so that the railway may reach the chief town of the district of Arthabasca?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   BRANCH RAILWAY FROM VICTORIAVILLE TO ARTHABASCA.
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UNION

John Dowsley Reid (Minister of Public Works; Minister of Railways and Canals)

Unionist

Hon. Mr. REID (Minister of Railways):

The answer to the question is "no."

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   BRANCH RAILWAY FROM VICTORIAVILLE TO ARTHABASCA.
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BOARD OF COMMERCE-JUDGE ROBSON'S CORRESPONDENCE.


On the Orders of the Day:


UNION

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

Unionist

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

Mr. Speaker, I understand that in my absence last evening, some hon. gentleman, I think it was the hon. member for George-Etienne Cartier (Mr. Jacobs), made the assertion that my observations in regard to Judge Robson were not borne out by the correspondence laid on the Table of the House. He further stated that no copy of such letters or telegrams as had been referred to had been produced, and he requested that any such communications should be brought down if they exist. In order that the matter may be set at rest now I read the following:

Ed-monton, Alberta, March 6. 192-0. The Right Honourable Sir George E. Foster, Ottawa, Ont.

I pro-test against the divulgence in any manner of personal letters sent to'me and of my confidential conversations with Cabinet Ministers or others. This applies to communications which may have escaped by unguarded repetition or by miscarriage of letters. Objection extends to letters written by others to you endeavouring to make public confidential and personal communications of above nature.

H. A Robson.

On -tibe 7th March theTe was received the following telegram:

Winnipeg, Man., March 7, 1920. Right Hon. Sir George E. Foster,

Acting Premier of Canada,

Ottawa, Ont.

I most respectfully but most firmly protest against the publication to you or by you of ray private letters addressed to Judge Robson personally, which letters miscarried into unauthorized hands and were illegally copied. These letters and all copies thereof -are my personal property and I have the right to restrain and

forbid publication thereof. These letters were not invited and were not expected by Judge Hobson and publication will place him in a false light and be misleading to all who read them.

(Sgd) J. B. Hogg.

These telegrams constitute the protest that I alluded 'to in speaking last evening and I desire to say that copies of these communications have been on the Table of the House for several idays. They have also appeared in the press. Therefore the hon. gentlemen, in stating that such documents (were not on the Table of the House was entirely misinformed and quite inaccurate.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   BOARD OF COMMERCE-JUDGE ROBSON'S CORRESPONDENCE.
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PERSONAL EXPLANATION BY MR.


On the Orders of the Day:


UNION

John Wesley Edwards

Unionist

Mr. J. W. EDWARDS (Frontenac):

Mr. Speaker, I rise 'to a question of privilege to correct (what I iam forced to regard as a wilfully malicious misrepresentation by this morning's Ottawa Journal land Montreal Gazette of my remarks in this House yesterday. These papers accused me of referring to the press gallery reporters as being "half-baked and half-paid." It is true that I referred to these gentlemen as immature and to the condition of their grey matter as half-baked, 'but I protest most strongly against toeing accused of saying that they were half-paid. I made no reference whatever to their pay (but whatever the amount may he it would, in my judgment, be excessive.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   PERSONAL EXPLANATION BY MR.
Sub-subtopic:   EDWARDS-REFERENCE TO THE PRESS.
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CANADIAN NAVAL SERVICE- .CORRESPONDENCE WITH IMPERIAL GOVERNMENT.

June 30, 1920