September 11, 1903 (9th Parliament, 3rd Session)


Frederick Debartzch Monk

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. F. D. MONK (Jacques Cartier).

Before the Orders of the Day are called, I wish to direct the attention of the government to a state of affairs existing in the Yukon, which it seems to me calls for their immediate intervention. I have received this
morning some newspapers from the Yukon, with an expressed desire that I should point out to the government the condition of affairs in that country, and I deem it my duty to do so, and will conclude with a motion, if necessary. I may say that I am prompted to do this because of the request that has been made to me, and because of the unfortunate absence from this parliament of the hon. member who represents that remote district. I think, from the report I see in these newspapers, the truth of which I have no reason to doubt, that it is urgent that the government should supplement in some way the instructions which were issued to the commissioners, Mr. Justice Britton, and his associates ; giving, if not a wider scope to the inquiry, at any rate Instructions to the commissioners that the gist of the instructions already given, I have no doubt obliges them to extend rather than to curtail the scope of the inquiry. I conclude from the reports in these papers of the proceedings, that there is widespread dissatisfaction throughout the Yukon at the ruling of the commissioner, that there is widespread dissatisfaction among the miners, of which we have had ample evidence in this House at the time the Treadgold concession was discussed. I see that this dissatisfaction has culminated in the calling of a mass meeting, a state of affairs whicli I think is very much to be regretted in connection with this inquiry. Now there is no reason whatever to doubt the fidelity of the reports of the proceedings before the commission, whatever opinion one may hold as to the comments which these newspapers contain in regard to these proceedings. I will read to the House samples of the way in which the proceedings are being conducted, and I will be glad to place these newspapers in the hands of the right hon. gentleman, not to take up the time of the House uselessly in reading them, in order that he may peruse the evidence taken before the commission, and see the way the evidence is being taken, in order that he may iudge for himself whether it is necessary for the government to interfere. T am quoting now from the Dawson ' Daily News ' of Friday. August 21st. 1903 :
Catto and Judge clash.
Dr. Catto and Judge Britton had a lively clash over an allusion to politics which grew

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