In reference to the Supplementary estimates, I will not ask the Acting Minister of Finance (Mr. Robb) why he is holding up these estimates, but I ask him when we may expect the Supplementary estimates to be tabled.
accept that as an answer. I know that there will be such estimates, and it would certainly facilitate the business of the House and the passing of the other estimates if the House knew at the earliest possible moment how much it is expected to vote altogether.
the attention of the Minister of Railways and Canals (Mr. Graham) and the Minister of the Interior (Mr. Stewart) to a report in the
Toronto Globe of last Friday of a speech made by Sir Adam Beck at Prescott, Ontario, as follows:
Sir Adam announced to-night amid loud applause that at an interview in Ottawa to-day with Hon. George P. Graham, Minister of Railways and Canals and Hon. Charles Stewart, Minister of the Interior, these two ministers conceded to him on behalf of the federal government the full rights of Ontario as to the use of its water-power without litigation.
Will the hon. minister tell me if they made a statement of that kind or to that effect, or if they stated anything that would lead Sir Adam Beck to infer that the government would hand over the waters of the St. Lawrence river to the Hydro-Electric Power Commission of Ontario?
Hon. GEORGE P. GRAHAM (Minister of Railways and Canals): Sir Adam Beck, as
we all know, is an optimist on the question of the supply of power for the province of Ontario. He certainly is mistaken as to my making any suggestion along the lines indicated in his speech. I would have no authority to make such a statement, and as it is altogether a legal matter, I would not have the knowledge requisite to warrant me in making such a statement.
memory, that my statement was that there were different parties interested, and I mentioned those parties, naming the provinces, the States, and the federal authorities. I have expressed the hope in this House that all interests might be harmonized in the undertaking of the great national work, but I would certainly have no authority to make the statement attributed to me by Sir Adam Beck.
Hon. CHARLES STEWART (Argen-teuil) (Minister of the Interior):
I have the
same statement to make. This is a legal matter. I have said, and I have no hesitation in saying again, that I think the people of Ontario have undoubtedly the first claim upon whatever power may be developed from these waters, but I cannot venture an opinion as to who owns the power.
I should like to call the attention of the government to a news item appearing in the Montreal Gazette of June 7 under the heading:
Arrest of Spanish representative officially protested by Norwegian consul.
The article states in part:
There are two points at issue. The first is whether a consul, duly accredited, and representing the country in a foreign land, can be arrested by the police. The consuls at Montreal, such as those of France, the United States, Spain, and others, are not only consuls, but consuls-general, and therefore as high in the deplomatic service in Canada as is possible in a colony.
The second point is:
Whether or not the consular service is to remain in doubt in the matter of consular papers being searched by officers of any police force.
In the first place, does the government concede that Canada occupies the status simply of a colony? In the second place, is there precedent for the arrest of a consul, and are consular officers exempted from search?
friend's first question, whether the government regards the status of the Dominion as that of a colony, I would say: Most certainly not; the status is that of a self-governing Dominion. As to the second question, whether consuls are to be exempt from arrest, the particular case to which the hon. member refers is one of a consul having been arrested on a very serious charge, that of violation of the smuggling laws, also the Opium and Narcotic Drugs Act of this country. I do not think there is in our laws any provision which would exempt consuls from arrest under such charges. As to whether there is a right of examination of documents in consular
offices, I am not aware that consuls enjoy any immunity equivalent to that which is granted ambassadors.