April 7, 1902


' Bill (No. 49) to confer on tire Commissioner of Patents certain powers for tlie relief of Jolm Westren.-Mr. Campbell.


SECOND READINGS.


Bill (No. 81) to incorporate the Canadian Northern Telegraph Company.-Mr. Davis. Bill (No. 84) respecting the Bay of Quinte Railway Company.-Mr. Harty. Bill (No. S8) respecting the Medicine Hat Railway and Coal Company.-Mr. Scott. Bill (No. 91) respecting the Timagami Railway Company.-Mr. McCarthy. Bill (No. 94) respecting the Calgary and Edmonton Railway Company.-Mr. Barker. Bill (No. 103) respecting the Lake Champlain and St. Lawrence Ship Canal Company.-Mi-. Geoffrion.


QUESTIONS.

ALPHONSE THOMAS, LAPRAIRIE, POSTMASTER-DISMISSAL.

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Frederick Debartzch Monk

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MONK asked :

[DOT] 1. What is the date of the dismissal of Alphonse Thomas, postmaster, Laprairie, P.Q. ?

2. What is the reason of said dismissal ?

3. Who recommended or asked for said dismissal ?

4. Was any inquiry held before said dismissal, and with what result ?

5. Who recommended the appointment of the new postmaster ?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   ALPHONSE THOMAS, LAPRAIRIE, POSTMASTER-DISMISSAL.
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The POSTMASTER GENERAL (Hon. Wm. Mulock) :

I. Mr. Alphonse Thomas,

late postmaster of Laprairie, Quebec, tv as removed from that office on the 1st December, 1901.

2. Mr. Thomas was removed from the postmastership of Laprairie for having used the position which he also held, as caretaker of the Laprairie post office building in endeavouring to extort money from contractors doing work on such building, the accounts for all such work being certified by him. In view of his improper dealings as caretaker, he was considered an unsuitable person for the position of postmaster, and was therefore removed from that office.

3. The charges against the postmaster were presented by Mr. D. Monet, M. P.

4. A very full inquiry into the matter was made by the post office inspector and the correctness of the Charges being established, the postmaster was dismissed.

5. The new postmaster of Laprairie was appointed on the nomination of Mr. Monet, M. P.

I.C.R.-St. OCTAVE STATION.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   ALPHONSE THOMAS, LAPRAIRIE, POSTMASTER-DISMISSAL.
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Mr. MONK asked :

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. To whom did the government accord the contract for the construction of the St. Octave station ?

2. Did the government previously call for tenders for the said contract ?

3. What was the amount of the lowest tender ?

4. What is the price mentioned in the contract

accorded by the government ? '

5. Why was not the lowest tender accepted by the government ?

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

1. To Timothy Landry.

2. Yes. Tenders were called for the said work and several were received.

3. The amount of the lowest tender was $4,500.

4. $4,000.

5. The contract was awarded to the lowest tenderer, but at a sum lower than his tender, which was considered too high by the department.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   ALPHONSE THOMAS, LAPRAIRIE, POSTMASTER-DISMISSAL.
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CENSUSES.

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

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. TAYLOR asked :

What was the total cost of taking the census for 1881 and 1891 respectively ?

What has the census for 1901 cost up to the present date ?

What will be the probable cost to complete it ?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   CENSUSES.
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The MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE (Hon. Sydney Fisher).

I beg to reply

1881 $456,904 191891

570,115 541901

986,296 98About

183,703 02

Making a total of $1,170,000 as the cost of the census of 1901.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   CENSUSES.
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ST. LAWRENCE CANAL EMPLOYEES.

CON

Mr. HENDERSON asked :

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. What amount was expended in paying the employees of the canals on the St. Lawrence during the years 1896, 1897, 1898, 1899 and 1901, respectively ?

2. What amount was collected by the government on said canals during the said years ?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   ST. LAWRENCE CANAL EMPLOYEES.
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The MINISTER OF RAILWAYS AND CANALS (Hon. A. G. Blair) :

I. The amount expended in paying the employees of the canals on the St. Lawrence during the years 1896, 1897, 1898, 1899 and 1901 respectively, is as follows :-

Year ending June 30, 1896.. .. $148,826 35" " " 1897.. .. 137,543 58" " " 1898.. .. 145,623 93" " " 1899.. .. 150,291 28" " " 1901.. .. 190,848 77

2. The amount collected by the government on the said canals, during the said years is as follows :-

Year ending June 30, 1896.. .. $120,256 30 " " " 1897.. i. 122,437 69" " " 1898.. .. 128,338 31" " " 1899.. .. 141,979 55<[DOT] " " 1901.. .. 147,637 90

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Subtopic:   ST. LAWRENCE CANAL EMPLOYEES.
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RIFLE RANGES BELOW MONTREAL.

CON

Mr. MONK asked :

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. What amount of money has been expended in improvements at the new rifle ranges below Montreal ?

2. To whom has the money been paid ?

3. What, amount remains due on the price of the land ?

4. What was the .'amount of the contract for improvements on said new rifle ranges.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   RIFLE RANGES BELOW MONTREAL.
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The MINISTER OF MILITIA AND DEFENCE (Hon. F. W. Borden).

The answer is :

1. $34,960.50.

2. Lyons & White, Ottawa, for construction, $34,369;, Arthur Demers, Montreal, superintending work, $342.50; R. W. Allan, Montreal, superintending work, $249.

3. All the land bought by the department has been paid for. One or two more small parcels may be required, but the matter is under consideration.

4. Main contract for construction,! $33,789; store shed, $300; target sheds, extra telephone instruments, extra tiring point numbers, &c., $500; fences, 9S cents per rod, estimated at $1,280, total $35,809.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   RIFLE RANGES BELOW MONTREAL.
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PURCHASE OF HAY FOR WAR OFFICE.

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Mr. MONK asked :

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. What quantity of hay has bean purchased since 1899 for the War Office by the government in the province of Quebec ?

2. Hojy much per ton was paid for said hay ?

3. From what parties, firms or companies was said hay purchased ?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   PURCHASE OF HAY FOR WAR OFFICE.
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The MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE (Hon. Sydney Fisher).

This question relating entirely to the business of the Imperial War Office, I am not at liberty to answer.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   PURCHASE OF HAY FOR WAR OFFICE.
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April 7, 1902