March 6, 1901

GAME PRESERVATION, UNORGANIZED TERRITORY.


The MINISTER OF THE INTERIOR (Hon. Clifford Sifton) moved for leave to introduce Bill (No. 46) to amend the Unorganized Territories Games Preservation Act, 1894. He said: The object of the Act is to amend a certain clause providing that the articles confiscated might belong to the convicting magistrate. That is not in accordance with good policy. Motion agreed to, and Bill read the first time.


QUESTIONS.

BINDER TWINE-CHANGE OF PRICES.


On the question : Mr. Blain-At what dates were the changes made in the prices of binder twine during 1900, and what were the changed prices?


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The SOLICITOR GENERAL (Hon. Chas. Fitzpatrick).

We are getting some information from Kingston to enable us to give the information my hon. friend (Mr. Blain) asks for. I shall probably be able to answer the question to-morrow.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   BINDER TWINE-CHANGE OF PRICES.
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PREFERENTIAL TARIFF-GOODS OF FOREIGN ORIGIN.

CON

Mr. CLARKE asked :

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Has the government taken any, and if so, what steps, to ascertain the percentage of value of the goods of foreign origin which have been imported into the United Kingdom, and thence exported to Canada, to which the preferential tariff has applied?

2. What percentage of value of goods entered under the preferential tariff is of foreign origin ?

3. In what foreign countries did goods or material originate which have been enhanced in value by British workmanship so as to be entitled to the advantage of our preferential tariff?

4. What are the names of such countries, and the value of the goods coming from each?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   PREFERENTIAL TARIFF-GOODS OF FOREIGN ORIGIN.
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Tlie MINISTER OF CUSTOMS (Hon. Wm. Paterson).

I do not know whether I have fully apprehended the hon. gentleman's (Mr. Clarke's) question, but I think the answer I am about to give will convey the information he desires to have. Under the regulations and practice governing the preferential tariff, manufactured goods entitled to be admitted under such tariff, must be finally manufactured in Great Britain or her colonies and possessions entitled to the preference, and there must have entered into the production of such articles British labour to the extent of at least 25 per cent of the value of the articles in each case. Exporters of such articles to Canada are re-

quired to subscribe to the following certificate :

I, (1)

the exporter of the articles included in this invoice, have the means of knowing, and do hereby certify that said invoice being from myself

to (2) and

amounting to (3)

is true and correct; that all the articles included in the said invoice are bona fide the produce or manufacture of one or more of the following countries, viz.:-(4) -

and that a substantial portion of the labour of one or more of such countries has entered into the production of every manufactured article included in said invoice to the extent in each'article of not less than one-fourth of the value of every such article in its present condition ready for export to Canada.

Signed

Dated at this

189....

In certain cases where doubt has arisen regarding the right of preferential entry, inquiry has been made through the High Commissioner's office, and by correspondence with the exporters as to the proportions of British labour or material, and foreign material represented in tlie article exported to Canada.

There is no record of the amount of foreign material which, in some cases, enters into British manufactured articles entitled to the preference, nor is there any record of the countries where such foreign material originates. Quite a number of manufactured articles imported under the preference are, of course, entirely British, both in respect to material and workmanship.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   PREFERENTIAL TARIFF-GOODS OF FOREIGN ORIGIN.
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IMPORTATION OF TOMATOES.

CON

Ernest D'Israeli Smith

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SMITH (Wentworth) asked :

What was the quantity and value, each week, of tomatoes imported during July and August, 1900?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   IMPORTATION OF TOMATOES.
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The MINISTER OF CUSTOMS (Hon. Wm. Paterson).

The hon. gentleman's question asks for a return of the quantity and value of each week. I can only give the hon. gentleman that information by a special return from all the ports, which would entail a length of time, and perhaps I would not be able to secure it for the hon. gentleman during the session. However, if he wishes, I will do so. But I can give him the imports by the month, and perhaps that would answer the purpose that he has in view. The quantity and value of tomatoes imported into Canada as entered at the custom-house during July and August, 1900, are as follows :-

Quantity. Value.

July 9,409 bushels $8,569

August 4,458 bushels 3,758

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   IMPORTATION OF TOMATOES.
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STAFF IN RAILWAY SHOPS AT MONCTON.

CON

Mr. FOWLER asked :

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. How many mechanics have been dismissed from the railway shops at Moncton since the 7th day of November last?

2. For what reasons have these men been dismissed?

3. At whose instance were they dismissed?

4. Were charges preferred against them, or any of them, and if so, by whom, and were investigations held?

5. Have their places in the shops been filled by new appointments?

6. What are the names of the men dismissed and of the new appointments?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   STAFF IN RAILWAY SHOPS AT MONCTON.
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The MINISTER OF RAILWAYS AND CANALS (Hon. A. G. Blair) :

1. Changes to the number of tbirty-one have been made in the railway shops since November last.

2. These changes were made by the officers at Moncton, under general authority, but without individual instructions as to any men in the employ, the superintendent exercising his own discretion in such cases. The changes were made in order to improve the organization and to secure more efficient service.

3. The department takes the entire responsibility of the changes made.

4. No charges were preferred, nor investigations held. It has not been customary to do so in the past.

5. Others have been taken on in the shops, and are on trial as to their competency. ,

6. The names of the men whose services were dispensed with will be furnished by a return, if the hon. member will move for the same.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   STAFF IN RAILWAY SHOPS AT MONCTON.
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REQUEST FOR BI-LINGUAL COMMISSIONER.


Mr. GAUVREAU-by Mr. Pope-asked : Whether the hon. Minister of Railways is aware that in making investigations in cases of damage to property on the line of the Intercolonial Railway, between Montreal and Ste. Fla-vie, the commissioner sent from Moncton was an official who neither spoke nor understood the language spoken by those living in the province of Quebec, and who had suffered such damage? If so, is it the intention of the department to remedy this faulty and expensive mode of proceeding; and how does the department propose to attain that end?


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The MINISTER OF RAILWAYS AND CANALS (Hon. A. G. Blair).

Yes, I have learned that such was the case In one instance, and I propose to remedy the difficulty by assigning a clerk for the claims agent who speaks and understands the French language.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR BI-LINGUAL COMMISSIONER.
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SCHEDULING OF CANADIAN CATTLE.

March 6, 1901