February 2, 1916 (12th Parliament, 6th Session)


William Erskine Knowles



On Monday of this
week I made some remarks on this subject, as reported in Hansard, page 449, and possibly if I read that part of my speech it will be the most expeditious way of treating the matter in hand. My remarks were:
After having got that wire of mine-I do not say that it influenced their decision-but having got that wire, they decided that they would only take half of it this year. But, you will be sorry to know that a man who is so unfortunate as to have a judgment against him, and the sheriff goes after him, must submit to having it all taken from him.
This being, of course, in regard to a seed lien debt. (Reading):
The poor chap who is in difficulties, and whose possessions the sheriff is seizing, is placed in a most unfortunate position; ' the Government is taking every cent that is due by him, they are exacting their pound of flesh from him. I am going to prove it. Here is a letter from Mr. Charles H. Beddoe, superintending accountant, Department of the Interior, addressed to the sheriff, saying, that if a seizure has been made this concession to lelt half of the thing go until next year does not apply, but that he must take every cent out of the poor fellow who has a judgment against him. The letter is as follows:
"Ottawa, Jan. 8, 1916.
" J. Rutherford, Sheriff,
" Moosejaw, Sask.
" Re Dominion Seed Liens and Liens for relief.
" Dear Sir,-In reply to your favour of December 30, regarding the above, I beg to advise you that the ruling of the department in regard to seizures, is, that the full amount of [DOT]the Government's indebtedness must be provided for in full."

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