June 19, 1905 (10th Parliament, 1st Session)


Frederick Debartzch Monk

Conservative (1867-1942)


As I am informed, they are not consulted.
Sir WILFRID LAURIER, If they are not consulted then, it is to be presumed, that the facts are somewhat different from what my hon. friend (Mr. Monk) has understood them to he. My information-the little I have on the subject-goes to show that these men are practically transfers of Canadians from one position to another and that my hon. friend is under a misapprehension. My information just received, is that these changes have not been to the detriment of Canadians, except in one case.
I am informed that Mr. Rogers, whom my hon. friend has just named was replaced, not by an American, hut by a Canadian by the name of Graham. I understand that the same is true of all the others exce.pt in one case. In that case an American has superseded an old man named Bethune, who has been pensioned for life. But while this is my information, still, on the complaint of my hou. friend, we are called upon to look into the matter. I cannot say, of course, what our decision is to be. W e had an Alien Labour law up to three days ago ; it is a question whether we have it now. In the opinion of one judge the law is ultra vires.

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