May 13, 1901

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Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

There are two reasons for this exhibit, one is to extend the trade, and the other is to promote immigration. Both of these are under Dominion control, and it is quite reasonable that this government should keep it up. If it is well done, it will be a most effective means of bringing Canada into wide and favourable attention.

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Edmund Boyd Osler

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. OSLER.

I agree with the hon. gentlemen who have spoken on this side and with the Finance Minister, that this vote is necessary if Canada is to be at all creditably represented in London at this exhibition. I very much doubt that the $3,000 asked for will be sufficient. While it is true that the Imperial Institute is not, perhaps, in the best place, it is a very important centre, and is visited by an enormous number of people. All around there are interesting exhibits, ana I believe that Canada could well afford to have a first-class exhibit there. I am glad to hear the Finance Minister say that he hopes that after the Glasgow exhibition closes a number of exhibits may be available for the institute. I hope that if the government intend to keep a representation there of Canadian products, they will see to it that it is done well and creditably. I do not think that any money necessary to that purpose will be begrudged.

Statistical Year-book, $1,000.

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James Clancy

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CLANCY.

How many copies of the Year-book will be distributed to each member under the present regulations V

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The MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE.

For the current year we had 4,300 in English and 1,200 in French, the cost being $3,161. This vote, added to the previous vote, will make a total of $4,000 available for next year. At the rate of cost of last year, and I have no reason to suppose that it will be materially different, we ought to be able to provide about 6,500 instead of 5,500 copies, and there is no reason why that extra 1,000 should not be pretty well distributed to members of the House of Commons.

Quarantine-Public health, $30,000.

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The MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE.

This is in addition to the main estimate. This extra item is made necessary almost entirely by smallpox.

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James Clancy

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CLANCY.

Has the attention of the hon. minister been called to a case of smallpox in the Indian reserve at Brantford ?

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The MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE.

No, that would not be reported to me. I am dealing with quarantine, not with the cases already in the country.

Civil Government-Auditor General's Office-

To increase the salaries of A. B. Hudson, J. W. Reid and Wm. Kearns to $1,600 each from July 1, 1901, notwithstanding anything in the Civil Service Act $ 300

One junior second-class clerk 600

Contingencies-Further amount required

for clerical and other assistance. 1,000

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The MINISTER OF FINANCE.

The increase in this first item, which the Auditor General has asked, increases for these gentlemen whom he selects as being specially worthy. Mr. Hudson is now receiving $1,450, and it is to be increased to $1,600. and the same with Mr. Reid and Mr. Kearns.

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The MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE.

If they did, it was only the ordinary statutory increase.

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James Clancy

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CLANCY.

I suppose there is no significance in these increases. I believe these are very good officers. The Finance

Minister will remember that one of them made an audit not long since in a certain place. Is this in recognition of the clear statement and report made upon that occasion ?

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The MINISTER OF FINANCE.

This item, I believe, was sent to my department previous to the investigation referred to. If it had been later, the amount might have been increased further. This is a very capable officer. But, take the most capable accountant and bring him under the crossexamination of one of our committees, and he will not appear to as great advantage as a witness as he does in his own office.

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The MINISTER OF MARINE AND FISHERIES.

Particularly if the hon. member for Bothwell (Mr. Clancy) is the crossexaminer.

Department of Marine and Fisheries-To increase the salary of W. P. Anderson, chief engineer, notwithstanding anything in the Civil Service Act, $200.

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The MINISTER OF MARINE AND FISHERIES.

He gets $2,800, and I propose to ask the committee to make it $3,000. He is the chief engineer of the department, one of the most skilled and hard-worked officers in the service, a man who gives unqualified satisfaction, and whose work well justifies me in recommending that he be placed on the same footing as the engineers in the other departments. He has been here for many years, under many ministers, and his record is excellent.

To increase the salary of B. H. Fraser, assistant engineer, $250.

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The MINISTER OF MARINE AND FISHERIES.

Mr. Fraser is now getting an increase which was promised him in 1896, before this government came in. He is an excellent officer, and is highly recommended by his chief. His salary now is $1,300.

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James Clancy

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CLANCY.

In glancing through the estimates I am glad to see the hon. gentlemen have repented of the course they took when they came into office, and that they are now doing justice to the civil servants.

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The MINISTER OF MARINE AND FISHERIES.

I am glad my hon. friend is pleased, even at our tardy repentance. But he will bear in mind that the principle we laid down was that when the ministers had become acquainted with their departments and found deserving men, it was the duty of the ministers to bring their cases before the House and to recognize really deserving service rendered. These two gentlemen are not entitled to the ordinary increases under the Civil Service Act of $50, but it gives me great pleasure to recommend those two increases on account of meritorious service.

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James Clancy

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CLANCY.

Post Office Department-To provide for the promotion of B. M. Northrop to a first-class clerkship from July 1, 1901, $1,400.

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May 13, 1901