April 18, 1901

FIRST READINGS.


Bill (No. 124) respecting the Western Assurance Company.-Air. McCarthy. Bill (No. 125) respecting the British American Assurance Company.-Mr. Mc- Carthy.


CON

QUESTIONS.

MAIL SERVICE IN PRINCE COUNTY, P.E.I.

L-C

Mr. HACKETT asked :

Liberal-Conservative

1. Did the government, or any official of the government, request the late contractor for carrying the mails between Tignish, Nail Pond, Lot 1, and Sea Cow Pond, Prince county, P.E.I., to continue his contract for another term of four years at the former rates?

2. Did the contractor, Mr. Keough, agree to do this? If so, why was he not allowed to continue?

3. Were tenders invited within the last three years for carrying said mails?

4. What amount per trip was paid Mr. Keough, the late contractor, and what amount per trip is being paid the present contractor?

5. Does the present contractor receive any additional sum per annum for carrying the mails on said route?

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Subtopic:   MAIL SERVICE IN PRINCE COUNTY, P.E.I.
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LIB

James Sutherland (Minister Without Portfolio)

Liberal

Hon. JAMES SUTHERLAND.

The post office inspector at Charlottetown, in submitting to the department the contract which expired on the 30th September, 1S99, reported that the contractor for the Sea Cow Pond and Tignish mail service was willing to renew his contract, so that it might be presumed that he had inquired of the contractor if he would be prepared to accept the contract for another term.

Tenders were not invited for the service, but a contract was made with Mr. Thomas Nelligan, at the same rate, that is $35 a year. In January last, the contractor applied for an increase of pay, and the matter having been referred to the inspector, that official reported that the rate was lower than any other rate paid in his district, and would not be called a fair compensation. The inspector suggested that $50 a year be paid, and the department accepted the recommendation. The service is semi-weekly, over a route 7i miles in length.

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Subtopic:   MAIL SERVICE IN PRINCE COUNTY, P.E.I.
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NAPANEE POSTMASTERSHIP.

CON

Mr. TAYLOR asked : (Chief Opposition Whip; Whip of the Conservative Party (1867-1942))

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Has Mr. Gilbert Bogart, postmaster of the town of Napanee, resigned? If so, when?

2. Who has been appointed to fill the vacancy?

3. When was the appointment made, and by whom recommended?

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Subtopic:   NAPANEE POSTMASTERSHIP.
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LIB

Hon. JAMES SUTHERLAND : (Minister Without Portfolio)

Liberal

1. Mr. Gilbert Bogart, postmaster of Napanee, Ont., resigned that office on the 11th instant.

2. Dr. R. A. Leonard, of Napanee, has been appointed to the vacancy.

3. The appointment was made on the 16th instant, and the Postmaster General assumes all responsibility in connection therewith.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   NAPANEE POSTMASTERSHIP.
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MONTREAL HARBOUR COMMISSION EXPENSES.

CON

Mr. MONK asked :

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. What is the amount allowed to the Montreal Harbour Commissioners for attendance at meetings?

2. What is the total amount paid to the Montreal Harbour Commissioners for such attendance during the past year?

3. What is the total amount expended by the Montreal Harbour Commissioners during the past year for travelling and other expenses?

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Subtopic:   MONTREAL HARBOUR COMMISSION EXPENSES.
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The MINISTER OP MARINE AND FISHERIES (Hon. Sir Louis Davies) :

1. Five dollars is allowed each commissioner for attendance at each meeting.

2. The sum of $5,835 was allowed them for attendance at meetings during the year 1900.

3. The sum of $375.09.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   MONTREAL HARBOUR COMMISSION EXPENSES.
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PENSIONS FOR THE PERMANENT MILITIA FORCE.

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The MINISTER OF MILITIA AND DEFENCE (Hon. F. W Borden) moved :

That the House do, to-morrow, go into committee to consider the following proposed resolution :-

Resolved, That it is expedient to provide that pensions or gratuities may be granted to staff officers and officers and men of the permanent militia force, and to the widows and children of such officers, as follows :-

To an officer compulsorily retired, for any cause other than misconduct or inefficiency, after twenty years' service, or retiring voluntarily after thirty-five years' service, a pension not exceeding one-fiftieth of the pay and allowances of his rank or appointment at the time of his retirement lor each year of service; service beyond thirty-five years not being reckoned.

To an officer who retires voluntarily after twenty-five years, but less than thirty-five years' service, a pension not exceeding one-fortieth of such pay and allowances for each year of service.

Towards making good the said pensions, 5 per cent to be deducted from the pay of officers.

To an officer retiring on account of infirmity or retired to promote efficiency or economy in the service, a gratuity not exceeding one month's pay for each year's service; if retiring on account of injury received in the discharge of his duties, a gratuity not exceeding three months' pay for every two years' service.

To a non-commissioned officer or militiaman, if he has served fifteen but less than twenty-one years, a pension equal to one-fiftieth of his annual pay for every year of service; for twenty-one and less than twenty-five years' service, twenty-fiftieths, and in addition two-fiftieths for every year over twenty; for twenty-five years, thirty-fiftieths, and in addition one-fiftieth for every year over twenty-five, not exceeding, however, two-thirds of his average annual pay, exclusive of extra pay or allowances during the three years preceding his retirement.

To the widow and children of an officer who had served twenty years and was at the time of his death on full pay or in receipt of a pension, the following pension or allowance : in the

case of a colonel, $500 to the widow and $80 to each child; lieutenant-colonel, a pension of $450 to widow and a yearly allowance of $80 to each child; major, $350 to widow and $70 to each child; captain, $250 to widow and $65 to each child; lieutenant or second lieutenant, $200 to widow and $50 to each child: warrant officer, $100 to widow and $25 to each child; the amount to children to be doubled if they are motherless and in need; no allowance to be granted to a son aged eighteen or a daughter aged twenty-one; and the total amount granted to the family of an officer in one year not to exceed the amount of the pension attached to his rank.

He said : I beg to say that this motion has received the assent of the Crown.

Topic:   PENSIONS FOR THE PERMANENT MILITIA FORCE.
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Motion agreed to.


QUESTION BEFORE THE ORDERS OF THE DAT.

CON

Alfred Alexander Lefurgey

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. A. A. LEFURGEY (East Prince).

Mr. Speaker, before the Orders of the Day are called, I would like to bring to the attention of the House a very important matter, and I shall conclude with a motion in order to put myself in order.

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LIB

Lawrence Geoffrey Power (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER.

I may call the hon. member's attention to this. I understand that in a few moments a motion will be made for the House to go into Committee of Supply ; and instead of moving the adjournment of the House, perhaps it would be more regular for the hon. member to wait until that motion is made, when he will have an opportunity to bring up the question he wants to bring before the House.

Topic:   QUESTION BEFORE THE ORDERS OF THE DAT.
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CON

Adam Carr Bell

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BELL (Pictou).

I would like to call attention to the fact that the return moved for on the 4th of March, for copies of papers in connection with the arbitration between the Pictou Harbour Commissioners and the Dominion government, has not been brought down.

Topic:   QUESTION BEFORE THE ORDERS OF THE DAT.
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April 18, 1901