I have to call the attention of my hon. friend to the fact that this question is out of order, as it embodies a statement, which is a subject of eontrovery.
I will eliminate the words ' in conformity with assurances given during the general elections in the year 1900.' Will the hon. gentleman allow the question to be answered in this form ?
There appears to be no file in the department regarding this matter.
THE DUTY ON TOBACCO.
Mr. HENDERSON asked :
What was the total amount of duty collected on tobacco for the year ending 30th June, 1901 ?
2. How much of this amount was due to the additional duty imposed in the session of 1897 ?
The duty on tobacco collected during the year was $3,337,848.28 ; on cigars, $837,433.69; total, $4,175,281.97. The answer to the second question is; $1,026,265.72 on raw leaf; on cigarettes, $180,551.38; total, $1,206,817.10.
I will supplement the answer with the following, in regard to the customs duty :-
1. The total customs duty collected on tobacco (including raw leaf samples) for the year ending 30th June 1901, was $108,649.69.
2. Of this sum the amount due to the additional customs duty imposed' in 1897 is 815,708.54.
1. Is it the intention of the government to place in the estimates, this session, a sum sufficient to complete the construction of docks, repairs and dredging in Oakville Harbour ?
2. What is the estimated amount that will be required for such purpse 7
In answer to the hon. gentleman, I may say that he has only to be kind enough to look at the estimates to find that the amount of $4,000 has been placed there to the credit of Oakville harbour.
PROTECTION OP OYSTER PISHING.
1. Have any regulations for the protection of the oyster fishing in the province of Prince Edward Island been issued by the government of Canada during the last year ?
2. Is the lifting or digging of mussel mud by farmers prohibited in certain rivers of said province within lines defining boundaries ?
3. What are the names of rivers so protected, and in which of the counties are they situated ?
The MINISTER OE MARINE AND E1SHERIES (Hon. James Sutherland) :
3. Trout River, Prince County ; Bideford River, Prince County.
EMPLOYMENT OP MR. ERNEST KEMP.
1. Is Mr. Ernest Kemp, the so-called oyster expert, employed during the present winter on the government steamship * Stanley,' plying between Summerside and Cape Tormentine ?
2. If so, what are his duties, and is he required to report to the Department of Marine and Fisheries ?
The MINISTER OP MARINE AND E1SHERIES (Hon. James Sutherland) :
2. Answered by No. 1.
1. What is the distance (a) from Chicago to
North Bay ? (b) from Fort William to North
2. What is the distance from, each, Chicago and Port William to Thessalon 7
3. How many miles is Thessalon distant from Montreal more than North Bay 7
4. How many points on Lakes Huron, Erie and Georgian Bay di the Canadian Pacific and the Grand Trunk Railways each touch 7 What are those points ?
5. What would be the cost of the proposed canal into Lake Nipissiog from Georgian Bay 7
3. What is the average depth of water in Lake Nipissing 7
7. What would it probably cost to double track each of the following roads, and reduce the grades to 5-10 from the lake ports to Owen Sound, Collingwocd, Midland, Parry Sound, Thessalon, Sault Ste. Marie, Port William, Sarnia, Goderich, Kincardine, Port Elgin, Southampton, Wiarton, Sandwich, viz.: the Grand Trunk Railway, Canadian Pacific Railway and the Canada Atlantic Railway 7
8. What is the distance from, each, Owen Sound, Collingwood, Midland, Parry Sound, the mouth of the French River, North Bay, and Thessalon, to Montreal 7
9. What ports are there on the 'North Sl.ore ' of the Georgian Bay at which the ' Soo Line ' of the Canadian Pacific Railway touches 7
10. What is the distances of each of these by rail from Montreal?
As far as the Department of Public Works is concerned, I lay on the Table of the House a map which we have prepared, which contains a good deal of the information which the hon. gentleman desires. A good many of the things which he is asking for cannot be produced in the House without a motion being made and a statement being prepared. Other departments will answer for themselves.
So far as the question touches the Department of Railways and Canals, I have prepared a statement in answer to the question of the hon. gentleman so far as it is possible for us to answer them, and, if the hon. gentleman will permit me, I will hand the answer to ' Hansard.'
1. The distance from Chicago to North Bay is 598 miles and from Port William to North Bay 544 miles (by water).
2. The distance from Chicago to Thessalon is 368 miles, and from Fort William to Thessalon, 320 miles (by water).
3. Thessalon is 212 miles further from Montreal than North Bay (by rail).
4. The Grand Trunk Railway touches Lake Erie at the following points :-
It touches Port Erie, Port Colborne, Port Dover, Port Rowan and Port Stanley and the Georgian Bay at the following points : Wiarton, Owen Sound, Meaford, Collingwood, Penetanguishene and Midland. It touches Lake Huron at the following points : Sarnia, Goderich Kincardine and
The Canadian Pacific Railway touches at no point on Lake Erie. On Lake Huron it touches at Spanish River, Cook's Mills and Algoma Mills. On the Georgian Bay it touches at Owen Sound.
5. I cannot say at present.
6. I cannot say at present.
7. I cannot say at present.
8. The distance by rail to Montreal from Owen Sound is 461 miles : from Collingwood, 428 miles : from Midland, 457 miles : from Parry Sound, 384 miles ; from mouth of French River. 433 miles : from North Bay, 364 miles ; from Thessalon, 576 miles.
9. The ' Soo Line ' does not touch any
point on the Georgian Bay ; but on the north shore of Lake Huron, it touches the following points : Spanish River, Cook's
Mills, Algoma Mills, Thessalon.
10. From Spanish River to Montreal, 515 miles ; fi'om Cook's Mills, 528 miles ; from Algoma Mills, 538 miles ; from Thessalon, 576 miles.