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TRAFFIC IN TITLES.

DISCUSSION IN CANADIAN HOUSE.

ABOLITION OF TITLES PROPOSED

OTTAWA, February 5

Mr Burnham, in the Canadian House of Commons, proposed a Bill to abolish titles granted through the Government of Canada-. He said that he did not object to the King' exercising his prerogative, but he objected to the Cabinet recommending people for them. It was contrary to the present-day spirit of democracy, to perpetuate class distinctions., Mr Burnham declared that a regular system of barter and sale of honours existed in England./ He did not wish to see»the introduction of any such system in a democratic country like Canada.

Mr Foster, Minister of Commerce, explained that the Canadian' Parliament had no authority to abolish any; titles. However, he thought that people who served the State wore well entitled to some recognition of their services. Sir Wilfrid Laurier pointed out thai in the United States the .tendency to seek titles was growing..

The second reading of the Bill was lost.

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TRAFFIC IN TITLES., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8788, 7 February 1914

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TRAFFIC IN TITLES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8788, 7 February 1914

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