Is it the intention of the hon. Minister of Railways to appoint, this year, one or more French Canadian commissioners to inquire into cases of injury or damage to property of residents on the line of the Intercolonial Railway between Montreal and Campbellton?
The MINISTER OP RAILWAY^ AND CANALS (Hon. A. G. Blair). The department has not found it necessary, up to the present time, to make the appointment of commissioners of the character mentioned.
Subtopic: I.C.R.-APPOINTMENT OF COMMISSION OF INQUIRY.
1. Is the government aware that the station house and the old restaurant at Trois Pistoles, on the Intercolonial Railway, were recently destroyed by a Are, which caused the loss of two lives, that of Madame Morin and that of the agent, M. Hudon?
2. Is it the intention of the Department of Railways to build a new station so planned that the dwelling of the agent and his family may be apart from the station proper, instead of being located in the upper story, so as to avoid the possibility of the recurrence of any such deplorable catastrophe as that which has occurred at Trois Pistoles?
3. If so, when will the work begin?
4. Is the work to be done under contract or by day labour?
5. What amount of money does the minister intend to spend for the erection of a station house and dependencies worthy of Trois Pistoles as a watering place and of the travelling public using it?
Subtopic: I.C.R.-STATION AT TROIS PISTOLES.
1. Did any officer or officers of the Canadian Artillery serving in South Africa, who did not take part with Colonel Plummer's column in the operations in Rhodesia, make application to the Rhodesian government, or to any person or authority, for a portion or share of the sum of money given by the Rhodesian government to the men of ' C ' Battery, Canadian Artillery?
2. If so, was such application refused, and on what ground or for what reason?
3. What officer or officers, if any, made such application ?
Subtopic: SOUTH AFRICAN WAR-PAY OF THE MEN OF ' C ' BATTERY.
The MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE (Hon. Sydney A. Fisher) :
1. The government has not yet paid any bonus for the placing of exhaust fans on steamships, although the offer of a bonus of one hundred dollars towards the initial expense of fitting up each approved steamship was made in July, 1900. Exhaust fans were placed on the following steamships :
Allan Line : Pomeranian, Brazilian, Buenos Ayrean, Ontarian, Sarmatian.
2. The owners of the steamships reported that the fans were used during the voyages across the Atlantic.
3. The government has been in communication with the owners of steamships, and it is expected that exhaust fans will be provided in all of the steamships for carrying apples across the Atlantic from Canadian ports, during the season of 1901.
4. The owners of the steamship Beta, Messrs. Pickford, Black & Co., Halifax, have received a subvention from the government for providing cold storage between a Canadian port and the West Indies.
Subtopic: EXHAUST FANS ON ATLANTIC STEAMERS.