Napoléon Antoine BELCOURT

BELCOURT, The Hon. Napoléon Antoine, P.C., K.C., LL.M., LL.D.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Ottawa (City of) (Ontario)
Birth Date
September 15, 1860
Deceased Date
August 7, 1932
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Napoléon_Belcourt
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=f908fda1-bf0c-4590-a547-3edf669acb55&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
lawyer

Parliamentary Career

June 23, 1896 - October 9, 1900
LIB
  Ottawa (City of) (Ontario)
November 7, 1900 - September 29, 1904
LIB
  Ottawa (City of) (Ontario)
  • Speaker of the House of Commons (March 10, 1904 - January 10, 1905)
November 3, 1904 - September 17, 1908
LIB
  Ottawa (City of) (Ontario)
  • Speaker of the House of Commons (March 10, 1904 - January 10, 1905)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 4 of 104)


June 7, 1905

Mr. BELCOURT.

So far as the judge is concerned, I quite admit that the hon. member for North Toronto who took such pains this afternoon to say he was not going to argue as a lawyer, but as a parliamentarian or common sense man, argued it from the most narrow, contracted view that any lawyer could take.

Topic:   JT7NE 8. 1905
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June 7, 1905

Mr. BELCOURT.

I do not take it back. What I said was that the majority whether Catholic or Protestant, have an absolute right in the Territories to establish schools of their own, in the words of the statute, as they may think fit.

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June 7, 1905

Mr. BELCOURT.

Pickford & Black. But they have asked for certain modifications in the service, dispensing them from calling at certain islands, and as the imperial government is equally interested in the service, paying one-lialf, we are now in correspondence with them with regard to the matter.

Topic:   SUPPLY-THE YUKON TERRITORY.
Subtopic:   ROBERT BELL.
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June 7, 1905

Mr. BELCOTJRT.

The hon. gentleman (Mr. R. L. Borden) is quite mistaken. I would refer him to the commission as printed In the return included in the report of Judge Britton himself as brought down in return to an older of this House dated March 17, 1904. Judge Britton says :

The undersigned commissioner and Benjamin Taylor A. Bell were appointed by letters patent under the great seal, dated 30th day ot July, 1903, to inquire into and report upon certain matters and things more particularly mentioned and set out in certain Orders in Council bearing date respectively the 29th day of May and the 30th day of June, 1903.

These Orders in Council state-

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The sections are set out in order, and section 10 is as follows :

10. That it has been alleged that the hydraulic claims granted in pursuance of the regulations for the granting of hydraulic claims in the Yukon Territory have been procured by fraud and misrepresentation, and that the material conditions of the leases, have not been observed, thereby rendering the same liable to cancellation.

I have only had time to look at one or two pages of the report with regard to this point, but I find that, at page 16, in dealing with the hydraulic concessions generally, Mr. Justice Britton says, among other things :

If there has been shown any fraud or misrepresentation by reason of which a concession has been granted, my commission enables me to deal with such. It may he taken for granted that if a hydraulic concession is only of such a mining location as is contemplated by the regulation and if that location is worked as such, it must necessarily be beneficial to the mining industry of the Yukon Territory

And so on. Dealing with the various concessions separately under different heading, Mr. Justice Britton reports, as will be seen at page 17 :

Within the period set out in the public notice given by the commission, protests were filed against the following hydraulic mining leases, and representations were made that these leases had been obtained by fraud or misrepresentation on behalf of the applicants, and that the holders thereof had failed to comply with the requirements of the leases of such concessions.

Then, dealing with the Matson concession, he says page 19 :

It is of considerable Importance in dealing with the question of fraud and misrepresentation that :

1. The application was made before the regulation ; and

2. That everything which could possibly be ascertained by the applicants was supposed to be known by Mr. Ogilvie and Mr. Ogilvie speaks in his letter of 16th of September, 1899, of some of those located as merely speculators. See also his letter of 11th November, 1899.

In the face of what had been done by the holders and accepted by the department, and sentation on behalf of the applicants, and that the conditions of the lease have not boon complied with.

And in dealing with the Doyle concession and the Bronson and Ray concession he refers to the question of fraud :

In the absence of evidence contradicting Mr. Ogilive, commissioner of the territory, or evidence showing bad faith on his part, fraud or misrepresentation on the part of the applicants cannot be found.

I merely rose to call the attention of the hon. gentleman (Mr. R. L. Borden) to a very serious error on his part, imputing to the government something which, I ain sure, he would not have imputed to them had he correctly remembered the facts.

Topic:   SUPPLY-THE YUKON TERRITORY.
Subtopic:   ROBERT BELL.
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June 7, 1905

Hon. N. A. BELCOURT (Ottawa).

The leader of the opposition (Mr. R. L. Borden) has made a statement of facts-unwittingly I have no doubt-which is entirely disproved by the evidence. He stated that in the commission issued to Judge Britton to investigate certain matters of the Yukon the government had carefully omitted any instructions to inquire into questions of fraud

Topic:   SUPPLY-THE YUKON TERRITORY.
Subtopic:   ROBERT BELL.
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