March 11, 1902

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

That item has reference to the construction of the telegraph line. It has no connection with this item at all.

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William Humphrey Bennett

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT.

From the Dawson ' Weekly News ' of February 14th, I find it stated that a Mr. Woodworth, a barrister of Dawson City, had been east; and, when he returned to Dawson, in an interview with a newspaper man, he said :

Mr. Sifton, Mr. Woodworth says, keeps in complete touch with the Yukon, and has clippings of all affairs touching his Yukon administration sent to him personally.

Perhaps in the Department of the Interior might be found a clipping containing the statements of Mr. Justice Craig. If the item stood over and the Department of the Interior were communicated with, we might get something in reference to those statements.

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The MINISTER OF JUSTICE.

Will my hon. friend give me the date of the paper in which that interview was published? I probably will be able to reach Mr. Justice Craig by telegraph in the next day or two.

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William Humphrey Bennett

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT.

I regret that I have mislaid the paper, but I think that my hon. friend the leader of the opposition has a ",opy.

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Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

I have a copy and will give it to the hon. minister.

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Edward Frederick Clarke

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CLARKE.

Does the hon. minister say he never saw the clipping ?

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The MINISTER OF JUSTICE.

I never saw or heard of it.

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Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

What control have we over the wood lands ? Are they still in the hands of the parties who tried to get control a few years ago ?

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

We have not found any coal there, and I can only answer for the wood supplied me. The Minister of Interior has charge of the land, and there will be ample opportunity to discuss the whole situation in the Yukon. I can only answer for my department. [DOT]

Furniture Dominion public buildings, $12,000. Dominion immigration buildings-repairs, furniture, &c., $4,000.

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William Rees Brock

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BROCK.

What accommodation have we in the shape of immigrant buildings in this country to receive immigrants when they arrive ? We are spending a very large amount to bring them here, and if the accommodation is very poor when they

arrive, we lose a good deal of the advantages we would otherwise get from them. I have heard that immigrants who arrived in Winnipeg in the early spring were so badly accommodated that many became discontented with the country and went back to the United States. I would like to ask what accommodation wTe are providing In this country for those immigrants we are bringing in, not only from Europe but from the United States.

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

We have already a number of buildings for immigration purposes-at Halifax, Quebec, LCvis, Calgary, Edmonton, Lethbridge, Prince Albert, Regina, St. John and other places. I quite agree with my hon. friend that we must treat the immigrants as well as possible. We have endeavoured to do so in the past, but if the immigration continues growing we will be obliged to do more.

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George Taylor (Chief Opposition Whip; Whip of the Conservative Party (1867-1942))

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. TAYLOR.

Where is this $4,000 to be expended ?

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

It is the ordinary expenditure on repairs in the buildings all over the country.

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Rufus Henry Pope

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. POPE.

Are we providing accommodation for immigrants who land here and are going to the United States ? To-day in the city of Montreal, there are more than 200 cases of contagious diseases in the hospitals-ail people who came into this country bound for the United States.

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

It is not from my personal knowledge that there are 200 foreigners in our hospitals in Montreal, but that may be the case. We have no immigration building in Montreal. In Lfrvis, St. John and Quebec we have divisions in our buildings, dividing the immigrants destined for this country from those going to the United States, and we have different arrangements for each. Last year we completed our arrangements in Quebec and are now completing them in St. John.

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Rufus Henry Pope

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. POPE.

Do we furnish, at our expense, covering for those people who go to the United States ?

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

We are simply sheltering them as we shelter foreign trade. The immigration trade here is a very valuable one. There are lots of goods of all kinds that pass through and for which we have to provide accommodation. We provide for immigrants in Just the same way. The inspection is not made at our expense at all.

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Edward Frederick Clarke

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CLARKE.

You provide accommodation for them, whether they intend remaining here or going to the United States.

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

Suppose the Allan and Dominion steamship lines and the Canadian Pacific Railway and Mr. BROCK.

the Canada Atlantic will carry American immigrants, are we not bound to shelter them ?

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March 11, 1902