April 2, 1903

FIRST READINGS.


Bill (No. 75) respecting the Canadian Pacific Railway Company.-Mr. Thompson (Haldimand). Bill (No. 76) to enable the city of Vancouver to acquire certain lands and interests adjoining Vancouver harbour.-Mr. Mae-pherson.


SAFETY OF RAILWAY EMPLOYEES.


Mr. SMITH (Vancouver) moved for leave to introduce Bill (No. 77) to promote the safety of employees. He said This Bill is similar to the one I introduced last session. Its object is to compel railway companies to use certain safety appliances, such as automatic couplers. Motion agreed to, and Bill read the first time.


MILITIA PENSION ACT.


The MINISTER OF MILITIA AND DEFENCE (Hon. Sir F. W. Borden) moved for leave to introduce Bill (No. 78) to amend the Militia Pension Act. He said:-The object of this Bill is to amend the Pension Act in such a way that members of the civil service who become officers of the permanent force or militia, under the Militia Pension Act. will have their time counted for which they paid into the superannuation fund of the civil service. I may add that this amendment is precisely similar to the provisions of the North-west Mounted Police Pension Act passed last session.


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The MINISTER OF MILITIA AND DEFENCE.

No.

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Motion agreed to, and Bill read the first time.


QUESTIONS.

SCOTCH HILL STATION.

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Mr. BELL asked :

1. Has a petition been received by the Department of Railways, through the minister or other official, asking that the station at Scotch Hill be made a booking station ?

2. What action has been taken by the department on the petition, if received ?

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

It does not appear that any petition has been received asking that Scotch Hill be made a booking station.

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INVERNESS AND RICHMOND RAILROAD SUBSIDY.


Hon. Sir CHARLES HIBBERT TUPPER -by Mr. Taylor-asked : 1. What amount has been paid to the Inverness and Richmond Railway Company, Limited, lor subsidy upon the line from Port Hawkes-bury to Broad Cove Mines, up to the present time ? 2. What amount, if any, is now owing to the said company in respect of such subsidy ?


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

1. The sum of $311,375.53 has been paid to the Inverness and Richmond Railway Company, Limited, for subsidy upon the line from Port Hawltesbury to Broad Cove Mines up to the present time.

2. All the subsidy earned has been paid.

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LIVES LOST IN RAILWAY ACCIDENTS.

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Edward Frederick Clarke

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CLARKE asked :

X. How many accidents involving loss of human life have taken place on the railways of Canada since the first day of October, 1902 ?

2. How many human lives were lost in such accidents, or as a result of such accidents ?

3. Has the government appointed any person, or instructed any of its officials to make a special and rigid inquiry and examination into, and report upon the causes which led to such accidents, including the system by which the traffic of the railways is operated ; the speed the trains were moving when the accidents occurred ; the condition of track and rolling stock ; the hours which the train men, station agents, telegraph operators, and other officials [DOT]f the companies were on duty, m connection with the movement of the trains to which accidents occurred ; the wages paid employees; the sufficiency and qualification of the staff employed on the trains, and at the stations, telegraph offices, &c. ?

4. If such officer has been appointed, has ho made any report to the government; and if so, is it the intention of the government to lay the report before the House ?

5. Is it the duty of any public official, and if so, of whom, to inquire into and leport to the government, upon all railway accidents which occur in the Dominion ?

6. If there is no such official, is it the intention of the government to appoint an officer for such purpose ?

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

Last session a return was moved for, I think, by the bon. member for South Lanark (Hon. Mr. Hag-gart), of the number of accidents which had occurred on the railways during the preceding three years. An effort was made by the department to obtain this information from the various railways, but without complete success, only a partial return being made. We have been promised from time to time that the information would be sent to us. but it has not yet found its way to the department. The question which the hon. gentleman (Mr. Clarke) asks is with respect to accidents occurring since the first October last. I have mentioned the point I first stated in order that the House might be aware that we are endeavouring to procure information extending over a very much longer period. I give the answer to the hon. gentleman's questions so far as the reports of the railways to my department

since the first October, 1902 enable me to do so, as follows :

1st. There have been 142 separate and distinct accidents.

2nd. There have been 179 human lives lost in such accidents, of which 38 lost their lives in collisions between trains.

3, 4, 5 and 6. The matter is under consideration, but no action has been taken.

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ABOLITION OF TONNAGE DUES ON CANALS.

April 2, 1903