March 26, 1903

FIRST READINGS.


Bill (No. 37) respecting the Ottawa, Northern and Western Railway Company.-Mr. Brown.



Bill (No. 38) respecting the Great Northwestern Railway Company.-Mr. McCreary. Bill (No. 39) to make further provision for the prevention of cruelty to animals and to amend the Criminal Code, 1892.-Mr. Brock.


QUESTIONS.

CANADIAN TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILWAY.

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Charles Eusèbe Casgrain

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CASGRAIN asked :

Have any representations been received by the government of Canada from the imperial government as to the advisability of locating the next Canadian Transcontinental Railway in such a manner that it may be remote from the frontier, and useful for military purposes ; and so placed that railway and telegraph communication between eastern and western Canada may not be liable to be cut off ?

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The MINISTER OF MILITIA AND DEFENCE. (Hon. Sir Frederick Borden).

No such representations have been made by the imperial government to the government of Canada.

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INTERCOLONIAL RAILWAY.-SPUR LINE FROM RIVIERE OUELLE.

CON

Mr. CASGRAIN asked :

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. How much of the sum of $43,000, included in the Appropriation Act, 2 Edward VII, Chapter 1, ' for the building of a spur line of railway from the Intercolonial Railway station at Rivifere Ouelle to the wharf on the St. Lawrence,' has been expended ?

2. Is the spur line in question finished 1

3. Is it the intention of the government to establish in connection with the said spur line a ferry between the wharf at RiviSre Ouelle and the north shore of the St. Lawrence 1

4. If so, have any arrangements been made with any person or company to establish such a ferry, and with whom ?

5. Has the establishment of such ferry been recommended in writing by any member of the House of Commons; and if so, by whom ?

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

1. The amount expended up to the 31st January, 1903, on RiviSre Ouelle branch is 819,578.08.

2. No.

3. Yes. We have it in contemplation to arrange for a connection of that kind.

4. No arrangements have yet been concluded.

5. It has not been customary for the government to make public the names of parties with whom it has advised on questions of this kind.

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DOUKHOBORS HOMESTEAD ENTRIES.


Mr. WILSON asked ; How many Doukhobors have entered for homesteads in the North-west Territories in the years 1900, 1901 and 1902 ?


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The POSTMASTER GENERAL (Sir William Mulock) :

Calendar Year. No. of Entries.

1900

1901 62

1902 207

Total 269

HOUSES AND FUEL FOR IMMIGRANTS.

Mr. WILSON asked

In view of the large immigration into Man!

toba and the North-west Territories, what ac

tion has the government taken to see that they will be provided with houses and fuel for the next winter ?

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The POSTMASTER GENERAL (Hon. Sir William Mulock).

The department has no reason to believe that the immigrants coming into Canada will not be able to provide themselves with houses and fuel.

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DOUKHOBOR PILGRIMAGE.

CON

Mr. WILSON asked :

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. How many horses, sheep and cattle did the Doukhobors turn at large in the fall of 1902, in the Yorkton District 1

2. How many of these animals did the government officials take in charge ; what was done with these cattle, and what was the cost to the government ?

3. If these cattle were sold, how much did they bring; who sold them and what was done with the money 7

4. When the Doukhobors of the Yorkton District went on their pilgrimage, in the fall of 1902, what did it cost to take them back to their homes; who paid it, and to whom was it paid ?

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The POSTMASTER GENERAL (Hon. Sir William Mulock) :

1. The exact number is not given, but there were about 120 horses, 95 sheep and 285 cattle.

2. The government officials took charge of

120 horses, 95 sheep and 285 cattle. They were sold at auction at no cost to the government.

3. The stock realized $16,024.25. They were sold by C. J. Macfarlane, an auctioneer authorized by the department, and the money was placed in ' trust ' to be expended in the relief of the Doukhobors.

4. The expenses in connection with the Doukhobors' pilgrimage amounted to $7,292. and this was paid from the trust fund. This money was expended by the officials of the department and a receipt was given by three leaders of the Doukhobors duly authorized to do so at a special meeting of the Doukhobors held for the purpose. The details of this expenditure have not been sent to Ottawa.

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GRAIN SHIPMENTS FROM PORT ARTHUR AND FORT WILLIAM.


Mr. HOLMES asked ; What was the total shipment of grain, during the season of navigation, from Port Arthur



and Fort William, during the years 1901 and 1902 ; and to what points were the shipments made ?


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The MINISTER OF CUSTOMS (Hon. William Paterson).

The total grain shipments from the undermentioned ports during the season of navigation were as follows :

1901. 1902.

Bushels. Bushels.

Port Arthur 709,032 6,801,209

Fort William 13,856,168 29,400,652

Particulars of grain shipments from Port Arthur during the following seasons of navigation :

1901. 1902.

Bushels. Bushels.

To Parry Sound 34,000

Meatord 329,1.53

Collingwood 45,602

Point Edward 55,919

Sarnia 56,540

Kingston 272,255 780,389Goderich 134,6S2 882,578Montreal 45,814 229,133Midland 26,061 1,821,4S4Owen Sound 50,111 362,857Depot Harbour 35,000 458,989Total to Canadian ports.. 665,444 4,955,023To Buffalo 8,012 1,690,916Port Huron 35,576 155,270709,032 6,801,209

Particulars of grain shipments from Fort William during the following seasons of navigation :

1901. 1902.

Bushels. Bushels.

To Midland . 2,160,090 6,710,898

Parry Sound . 42,000

Depot Harbour . 636,000 3,354,382Owen Sound . 1,809,136 1,080,934Meaford . 100,000 322,688Goderich . 1,179,182 1,866,788Sarnia 678,000 636,463Kingston . 2,459,570 3,993.522Montreal . 11S.OOO 100,000Collingwood 31,000Total to Canadian ports., , 9,181,978 18,096 575To Buffalo . 4,674,190 10,343,319Port Huron 960,75813,856,168 29.400,652

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Subtopic:   GRAIN SHIPMENTS FROM PORT ARTHUR AND FORT WILLIAM.
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March 26, 1903