The amount thus paid is $1,066.66.
Ml-. CLARE asked : What amount has been expended in enforcing the provisions of the Alien Labour law from June 30, 1900, up to date?
COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC HEALTH.
Mr. ROBINSON (Elgin) asked :
Is it the intention of the government to appoint a committee of all the medical men, of both parties, in this House to act with all the medical men of the Senate to inquire into the prevention and cure of tuberculosis and all prevalent diseases of both man and beast, and all other matters in connection with the health of the people of this Dominion?
It is not the intention of the government.
VILLE MARIE BANK.
1. Has the government come to any decision in regard to the relief prayed for by the depositors of the Vllle Marie Bank?
2. What is the decision?
3. Has that decision been communicated to the petitioners who sought relief'
4. When was such decision communicated, and by whom?
The MINISTER OF FINANCE (Hon. W.
S. Fielding). No formal answer was given to the parties, but they have been made aware that it is not the intention of the government to assume responsibility for paying the losses of the depositors of the bank.
NEWFOUNDLAND AND THE DOMINION,
Mr. CLARKE-by Mr. Maclean-asked : Is any correspondence or negotiations taking place between the Imperial and Canadian authorities, or between the Canadian and Newfoundland authorities, looking to the admission of the Island of Newfoundland into the Canadian confederation?
There is no correspondence. We have not received any overtures from the government of Newfoundland, and the government of Canada have not found it opportune to approach them.
Has this government made any overture V
We have made none and have received none.
THE 24TH DAY OF MAY.
Mr. BRUCE asked :
Is it the intention of the government to ask the House at its present session to pass legislation making the 24th day of May, the birthday of our late gracious Sovereign Queen Victoria, a statutory holiday?
It is not the intention of the government to introduce such legislation.
TARIFF ACT AMENDMENT-GOODS OF GERMAN ORIGIN.
Mr. CLARKE-by Mr. Maclean-asked : Is it the intention of the government to amend the Tariff Act so as to debar from the advantage of the preference clause goods of German origin which may be imported into the Dominion from England? The MINISTER OP FINANCE (Hon. W. S. Fielding). No tariff change is necessary for the purpose stated in the question. No goods are entitled to the benefit of the preferential tariff unless they are bona fide of British manufacture or the produce of British countries named in the Tariff Act.
MR. WILLIAM HULL, EX-POSTMASTER.
1. Has Mr. William Hull, for many years postmaster at a branch post office in Hamilton, been dismissed?
2. Were charges made against him? If so, by whom?
3. What were the charges, and was he given an opportunity to answer them?
4. At whose request was he dismissed, and on what grounds?
5. Has the location of the office been changed, and at whose request?
6. Was any inquiry made as to the wishes of those using the office as to his dismissal or retention, or as to the removal of the office, and with what result?
7. Has his successor been appointed? If so, who is the successor, and on whose recommendation was he appointed?
8. Has the Postmaster General made any inquiry as to the physical capacity of the new appointee to perform the duties of the office?
1. The Pearl street sub-post office, in the city of Hamilton, has been removed to what is considered a more convenient and suitable location, and Mr. Wm. Hull has in consequence ceased to be postmaster of that office.
2. There were no complaints against the late postmaster. The inspector stated in his report that Mr. Hull was a man far advanced in years who had the reputation of being somewhat disagreeable and of a fault-finding disposition.
3. See answer to No. 2.
4. The change is not recorded by the department as a case of dismissal, but as involved in tlie change in the situation of the post office asked for in a petition and recommended by the inspector.
5. See answer to No. 4.
6. The matter was inquired into by the post office inspector at Toronto, who recommended the removal of the post office to the new site.
7. Mr. Thomas S. McDonell has been appointed to the postmastership of the office. He was recommended by Mr. J. V. Teetzel, the post office inspector having previously recommended the location of the post office in Mr. McDonell's premises.
8. Inquiry has not been made on this point, no intimation having been received that tlie new postmaster suffered from any physical incapacity.