February 19, 1901

CON

David Henderson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HENDERSON.

I am much obliged to Mr. Speaker for his explanation. I have never had the honour of being a member of the Debates Committee and thought this the proper place to draw public attention to the matter. Perhaps the committee will think it proper to take this into their consideration again.

Estimate of Sergeant-at-Arms $39,540

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LIB

Lawrence Geoffrey Power (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER.

There is a decrease of $85. A new assistant messenger has been appointed who received $200 less than the former messenger, and on the other hand we are providing for an increase to two messengers at $30 each, one doorkeeper $30, and night watchman at $25.

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CON

Edward Frederick Clarke

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CLARKE.

There is a reduction of $20,000 in the amount provided for the Debates, because it is expected that this session will not be long, but why is there not a reduction provided in the case of extra sessional clerks, &c.?

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LIB

Lawrence Geoffrey Power (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER.

We have voted the same amount for many years and have never provided for long sessions, but take a supplementary vote when necessary.

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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

Some hon. gentlemen are desirous of going home, as tomorrow is a holiday. We have made very substantial progress, and I think we might now adjourn.

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The MINISTER OF FINANCE.

I agree with my hon. friend Mr. Borden (Halifax), that we have made a very fair degree of progress.

Some resolutions reported.

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ADJOURNMENT-PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE.


The PRIME MINISTER (Rt. Hon. Sir Wilfrid Laurier) moved the adjournment of the House.


CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

Before the House adjourns I would like to mention the desirability of having the Committee on Public

Accounts organized. I understood that this committee was to have been called to-day. But that was not done, for some reason that 1 do not understand. Notices have been sent out to members of other committees announcing meetings for Thursday; but I, as a member of the Public Accounts Committee, have not received notice of the summoning of that committee for that day. 1 think it very desirable for the purpose of expediting the business of the session that this committee should be organized as early as possible. It is very natural to suppose that that committee will have business to transact, and business in which a great many members of the House are more or less interested. 1 would suggest to the right hon. Prime Minister that he or whoever is charged with that duty should see to it that this committee is summoned for Thursday.

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The PKIME MINISTER.

My instructions were that all committees should be summoned for Thursday. If that has not been done in the case of the Public Accounts Committee it must have been a mistake. X will see to it that the committee is summoned for the following day.

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Motion agreed to, and House adjourned at 9.45 p.m.



Thtjbsday, February 21,1901.


February 19, 1901