January 13, 1910

LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Hon. W. S. FIELDING (Minister of Finance).

We are not aware of any difficulty, and presume that in due course it will be ratified. We have no official intimation to the contrary.

Topic:   PROCEDURE-WITHDRAWING OF QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   FRENCH TREATY.
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HALIFAX AND ESQUIMALT NAVY YARD.

CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

Have the government had their attention drawn to some observations of Sir Wm. White, which are to be found in the London 'Times' of Nov. 19, regarding the conditions of the navy yards at Halifax ana Esquimalt?

Topic:   PROCEDURE-WITHDRAWING OF QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   HALIFAX AND ESQUIMALT NAVY YARD.
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LIB

Wilfrid Laurier (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

I could not answer that off hand.

Topic:   PROCEDURE-WITHDRAWING OF QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   HALIFAX AND ESQUIMALT NAVY YARD.
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LIB

Frederick William Borden (Minister of Militia and Defence)

Liberal

Sir FREDERICK BORDEN.

I anv aware that some correspondence has taken place and will be able to give an answer tomorrow.

Topic:   PROCEDURE-WITHDRAWING OF QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   HALIFAX AND ESQUIMALT NAVY YARD.
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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

I can read the observations, if the minister would like to hear them. They are these :

During the past summer he had visited the naval yards at Esquimalt and obtained first knowledge of its condition. Considerable extensions had been made in comparatively recent times to its workshops, store houses and plants; fortification designed to protect the harbour had been modernized but the work was incomplete. He found the fort unarmed, the guns lying on the ground at the foot of the hill in the open. The navy yard was

without a staff capable of maintaining in good condition the expensive machinery left in the work shops and in the buildings. The stores had been disposed of locally at ridiculously low prices and the naval base had been virtually abandoned and was rapidly deteriorating. From information received he had reason to believe that the naval base at Halifax was in a similar condition. Facts of this nature made clear the importance attaching to the new agreement under which these naval bases were to be maintained by the Dominion government. It was to be hoped that before long all foreign naval stations would be restored to a condition of efficiency.

Topic:   PROCEDURE-WITHDRAWING OF QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   HALIFAX AND ESQUIMALT NAVY YARD.
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LIB

Frederick William Borden (Minister of Militia and Defence)

Liberal

Sir FREDERICK BORDEN.

I misunderstood my hon. friend regarding the question. 1 have no information on that matter, but will make inquiries and be able to give a report if there is anything in the department.

Topic:   PROCEDURE-WITHDRAWING OF QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   HALIFAX AND ESQUIMALT NAVY YARD.
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INTERCOLONIAL RAILWAY BRANCH LINES.


Sir WILFRID LAURIER moved the second .reading of Bill (No. 17) to authorize; the government of Canada to acquire, by ; lease, lines of railways connected with the! government railways.


LIB

James Kirkpatrick Kerr (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER.

Is the House ready for the question?

Carried.

Topic:   PROCEDURE-WITHDRAWING OF QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   INTERCOLONIAL RAILWAY BRANCH LINES.
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LIB

Wilfrid Laurier (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

My hon. friend from Westmorland (Mr. Enuner-son) desires to speak. Stand.

Topic:   PROCEDURE-WITHDRAWING OF QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   INTERCOLONIAL RAILWAY BRANCH LINES.
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LIB

James Kirkpatrick Kerr (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER.

I have declared the motion carried, and I am now putting the question, shall the Bill be now passed. I suppose this latter motion might stand.

Topic:   PROCEDURE-WITHDRAWING OF QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   INTERCOLONIAL RAILWAY BRANCH LINES.
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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

When any motion is passed under some misapprehension on the part of members, it has always been usual to regard it as not passed for the time being.

Topic:   PROCEDURE-WITHDRAWING OF QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   INTERCOLONIAL RAILWAY BRANCH LINES.
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LIB

Wilfrid Laurier (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

My hon. friend can speak on another like motion which will come up.

Topic:   PROCEDURE-WITHDRAWING OF QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   INTERCOLONIAL RAILWAY BRANCH LINES.
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LIB

James Kirkpatrick Kerr (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER.

The motion is that the Bill be now passed.

Topic:   PROCEDURE-WITHDRAWING OF QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   INTERCOLONIAL RAILWAY BRANCH LINES.
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LIB

Henry Robert Emmerson

Liberal

Mr. EMMERSON.

By arrangement with the Minister of Railways, I was to have an opportunity to make a few observations with respect to the Bill. Unfortunately I was not here at the second reading, it was not possible for me to be here, and I have just now arrived. I would like the matter to stand until to-mororw.

Topic:   PROCEDURE-WITHDRAWING OF QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   INTERCOLONIAL RAILWAY BRANCH LINES.
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LIB

James Kirkpatrick Kerr (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER.

The matter stands until to-morrow.

Topic:   PROCEDURE-WITHDRAWING OF QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   INTERCOLONIAL RAILWAY BRANCH LINES.
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WAYS AND MEANS-THE BUDGET.


House resumed the adjourned debate on the proposed motion of Mr. Fielding;


January 13, 1910