July 24, 1903

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The MINISTER OF THE INTERIOR.

Yes, the commission as finally issued will be to Mr. Justice Britton and Mr. B. T. A. Bell, secretary of the Canadian Mining Institute.

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THE TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION.

CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN (Halifax).

The right lion, gentleman promised yesterday to give us the information to-day as to whether or not Sir Win. Yan Horne had consented to accept a position on the Transportation Commission.

The PRIME MINISTER iRt. Hon. Sir Wilfrid Laurier). I am sorry to say that I have a letter from Sir Wm. Van Horne stating that he cannot accept the chairmanship of the commission. I will hand over the letter to my hon. friend.

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INQUIRY FOR RETURN.

LIB

Joseph Henri Napoléon Bourassa

Liberal

Mr. H. BOURASSA (Labelle).

I wish to remind the Prime Minister that, in the first days of the session, two or three addresses were carried, for the return of some papers that have not yet been brought down. One of those addresses was in relation with the repeal of the Clayton-Bulwer Treaty ; an-229

other was about the establishment of a naval reserve and a navy school in Canada ; and, I think, there was another one about the commissions granted to Canadian officers in the British army ; but I am not quite sure about the latter.

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The PRIME MINISTER.

I will attend to the matter.

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GOVERNMENT RAILWAY POLICY.

CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN (Halifax).

We had the assurance of my right hon. friend on Friday last and again on Wednesday that the proposed measure with regard to the transcontinental railway would be placed before the House not later than this week. Does my hon. friend propose to make any announcement to-day ?

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The PRIME MINISTER.

I expect, without pledging myself absolutely, to put upon the Order Paper to-day notice to that effect.

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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

I trust that; my hon. friend's expectations will be fulfilled. The delays in bringing this measure before the House which has now been in session for about four and a half months, remind us very much of the delays in the celebrated case of Jarndyce vs. Jarudyce, and the House might regard itself in the position of Miss Flyte, who used to say she expected judgment on the Day of Judgment. My right hon. friend some times in days gone by has been discouraged about the progress of business, but I am sure on this side of the House we are getting discouraged in regard to the length of this session, and in connection with the delay to which the government persist in putting us day after day and week after week with regard to this matter. I definitely understood from my right hon. friend a week ago to-day, that that measure would be brought down this week. The right hon. gentleman then said it would be down probably early this week, but that it certainly would be down this week, and we are today as much in the dark as ever about it. Could not my right hon. friend at least give us an assurance as to a date beyond which he will not keep the House and the country waiting for this policy? He expects to be able to put it on the Order Paper to-day, but he does not pledge himself to do so, and we know that expectations are often disappointed. My right hon. friend's expectations with regard to this policy have been so often disappointed already that we really do not feel the same confidence in them with regard to this that we do with regard to some other matters. I would like, if my right hon. friend can do it-and I think the request is not an unreasonable one-that he should at least fix a date beyond which the House and the country will not be kept waiting for the announcement of this measure.

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The PRIME MINISTER.

Well, Mr. Speaker, it is because expectations are often disappointed that I do not absolutely pledge myself to give the notice of motion to-day, although I think I shall be in a position to do so. My hon. friend is a lawyer, and he has reminded us of a celebrated case in which there was considerable delay. It is because I know something of the delays of lawyers that I do not absolutely pledge myself to give the notice which I expect to give. Unfortunately, I am in the hands of the lawyers at the present moment ; and, until they have completed their work, which I think they will do to-day, I cannot give that pledge. My hon. friend, being a member of the profession, knows that it would not do for me to pledge myself until I am absolutely sure that I shall be in a position to keep my word.

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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

I think it is the part of my right hon. friend, as a statesman, to see that the lawyers do not neglect their duty.

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RAILWAY ACT, 1903.


House in Committee on Bill (No. 21) to amend an consolidate the law respecting railways.


CON

Haughton Lennox

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. LENNOX.

I desire to call the attention of the Minister of Justice to a request that was made by the hon. member for Lincoln (Mr. Lancaster). He had to leave to-day, and he told me that he had mentioned to the hon. Minister of Justice that he desired that this Bill should not be proceeded with to-day, but that a future day should be fixed for its consideration. He holds that if that is done the progress of the Bill will be facilitated. The Bill was only distributed, I think, yesterday and the members have hardly yet had a chance to look it over. I do not anticipate that there are any great number of points to be considered ; but if it could be left over until, say, Wednesday next, I think that would suit the hon. member for Lincoln.

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The MINISTER OF JUSTICE.

I would suggest that we fix Tuesday next, and if it is found in the meantime that Wednesday would suit the hon. member better, we could fix that day. I said yesterday to Mr. Lancaster that we would take the earliest possible day that would suit his convenience.

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CON

Haughton Lennox

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. LENNOX.

I may say that the hon. member for Lincoln told me not to ask for anything that would delay the work of the House. While he would prefer Wednesday, he would be willing to have it taken on Tuesday if necessary.

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The MINISTER OF JUSTICE.

We will say Tuesday, and if in the interval that is found to be inconvenient for the hon. member for Lincoln, he can let me know and I will have the Bill kept over until Wednesday.

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CON

Edward Frederick Clarke

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CLARKE.

I understood that it was at the suggestion of the hon. Minister of Justice that he agreed to name a day when this Bill should be proceeded with.

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July 24, 1903