June 14, 1917

LIB

George William Kyte

Liberal

Mr. KYTE:

I have received a number of petitions and memorials from churches and temperance organizations asking that legislation be introduced at the present session to provide for Dominion-wide prohibition. Is it the intention of the Government to introduce such legislation during the present session?

Topic:   PROHIBITION OF INTOXICATING LIQUORS.
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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir ROBERT BORDEN:

I have already explained that the subject is under consideration of the Minister of Justice as to certain legislation. Any further announcement that may be necessary will be made in due course.

Topic:   PROHIBITION OF INTOXICATING LIQUORS.
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THE MILITARY SERVICE ACT, 1917.

SUGGESTION AS TO VOTE ON SECOND READING.

LIB

William Erskine Knowles

Liberal

Mr. W. E. KNOWLES (Moosejaw):

1 desire to make a suggestion with regard to the so-called Conscription Bill, the second reading of which, I understand, is to be moved early next week. It is almost certain that the debate will occuy at least a week, that is, there is little possibility of reaching a division next week. I am sure there are many members who would

like to visit their ridings and speak to some of their electors on the point. I know I would. If the Prime Minister could see his way clear to have an understanding on the part of the House that a vote would not be permitted within a week from the day the second reading is proposed, I do not think it would do any harm. Of course, it is almost certain that the debate will take that long, but at the same time one does not like to take the chance of absenting himself when a vote of such importance is in prospect. The right hon. gentleman may not wish to answer at once, but I would suggest that he should take the matter into consideration, and tell us later if such an arrangement as I propose could be made.

Topic:   THE MILITARY SERVICE ACT, 1917.
Subtopic:   SUGGESTION AS TO VOTE ON SECOND READING.
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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir ROBERT BORDEN:

Of course, as I stated yesterday, I would like to proceed with the measure at the earliest possible moment. On the'other hand, I desire to meet as far as reasonable the wishes of hon. gentlemen on both sides of the House. I will take what my hon. friend has said into consideration.

Topic:   THE MILITARY SERVICE ACT, 1917.
Subtopic:   SUGGESTION AS TO VOTE ON SECOND READING.
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LAKE OF THE WOODS WATER LEVEL.


On the Orders of the Day:


LIB

Wilfrid Laurier (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER:

I see it stated in the press that the International Joint Commission have made a very important report fixing the level of the waters of the Lake of the Woods. If this report has been made can it be laid on the Table?

Topic:   LAKE OF THE WOODS WATER LEVEL.
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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir ROBERT BORDEN:

If any such report has been made it has not yet come to my attention. As soon as the matter comes before me I will give it consideration, and will inform my right hon. friend (Sir'Wilfrid Laurier) or will lay the report on the Table.

Topic:   LAKE OF THE WOODS WATER LEVEL.
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HON. ROBERT ROGERS.

SITTING OP ROYAL COMMISSION.


On the Orders of the Day:


LIB

Wilfrid Laurier (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER:

It is reported that the Commission appointed to make an investigation in the case of the Minister of Public Works (Mr. Rogers) is sitting in Montreal?

Topic:   HON. ROBERT ROGERS.
Subtopic:   SITTING OP ROYAL COMMISSION.
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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir ROBERT BORDEN:

I understand that it is sitting.

Topic:   HON. ROBERT ROGERS.
Subtopic:   SITTING OP ROYAL COMMISSION.
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LIB

Wilfrid Laurier (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER:

Are the sessions private or public?

Topic:   HON. ROBERT ROGERS.
Subtopic:   SITTING OP ROYAL COMMISSION.
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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir ROBERT BORDEN:

I have no official information on the subject. The Minister of Justice (Mr. Doherty) if he were

here, could probably give more information on this subject than I can give. I have heard nothing about the matter at all since the Order in Council was passed, except that I understood incidentally from other information that the Commission had the evidence before them and were looking over it.

Topic:   HON. ROBERT ROGERS.
Subtopic:   SITTING OP ROYAL COMMISSION.
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LIB

Wilfrid Laurier (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER:

I will renew my question to-morrow.

Topic:   HON. ROBERT ROGERS.
Subtopic:   SITTING OP ROYAL COMMISSION.
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REMOVAL OF RAILS FOR USE IN FRANCE.


On the Orders of the Day:


June 14, 1917