1. Has the Canadian emigration office at Belfast, Ireland, been closed ; and if so, for what reason, and on whose recommendation ? If the office is open, who is the officer in charge, and when was he appointed ?
2. How many Canadian emigration agencies are there in Ireland ; where are they located ; and who is the officer in charge of each such agency ?
3. How many Irish emigrants were sent to Canada by the government agents during the past departmental year ; and what was the expenditure made in connection with the maintenance and work of tho Irish emigration agencies, salaries of agents, travelling expenses, &c.?
1. The office at Belfast was closed for a few days, the minister having instructed Mr. O'Kelly, the agent there, to take the place of Mr. C. R. Devlin, who resigned his position as Canadian Emigration Commissioner at Dublin, on March 5th. The Belfast agency is now open, and is temporarily in charge of Mr. Kilburn, from 1st April.
2. Two. At Dublin and Belfast, Ed. O'Kelly, Dublin, Mr. Kilburn, Belfast.
3. One. All Irish emigrants arrived in Canada during the year ending 30tli June, 1002, as a result of the work performed by the immigration agents in Ireland.
The total amount of expenditure for salaries, office, living, travelling and other expenses of the immigration agents in Ireland during 1002-03 was .$14,173.00.
RAILWAY ACCIDENTS. '
Mr. CLARKE asked :
Is it the duty of any public official, and if so, of whom, to inquire into and report to the government, upon all railway accidents which occur in the Dominion ?
No official in particular has been assigned to the duty of making inquiry intoi railway accidents, but since and owing to recent railway accidents, the subject has been engaging the serious consideration of the government.
" LE CANADA " AND L. J. LATOUR.
1. Is the government aware that the following circular has been addressed to postmasters in different parts of the country, and especially in the province of Quebec ?
Montreal, March 24, 1903.
To the Postmaster.
Sir,-As you are aware, we are to commence in a few days the publication of the new Liberal organ, ' Le Canada.'
The management of the company directs me to W'rite you, in the name of the good 'cause, to ask you to help us regarding our circulation (within the limits of the possible, be it well understood).
Needless to tell you that the postmaster fills an important role in his locality in regard to newspapers and can render great services.
We count upon your legitimate sympathies and on your co-operation for the ' Canada.' Your work will be recompensed.
We give you the following commission :-10 per cent on collections, and 25 per cent on the subscriptions, according to the list that you will prepare for us.
I venture the hope that these offers will be taken into consideration.
I close with thanking you in advance for all that you may do for the newspaper and for our undertaking, the success of which you doubtless have at heart.
Your ever devotedly,
L. J. LATOUR.
General Circulation Manager. 2. What position does the said L. J. Latour hold, or has he held, in the civil service at Ottawa ? What is his salary ? When was he appointed ? 3. When Bid the said L. J. Latour obtain six months' leave of absence, and for what reasons? 4. When did he draw his salary the last time, and what amount did he draw ? 5. Is it true that this L. J. Latour is at present replaced in the civil service by his young son, who is entirely incompetent to fulfil the duties of his position ? 6. What are the age and salary of young Latour ? 7. Is it true that L. J. Latour has collected, and collects, amongst his colleagues in the civil service subscriptions and contributions to the future new publication, ' Le Canada.' S. Would the government take cognizance of this fact, a notorious one for those who live in Ottawa, and inform the civil service employees that they may retain their positions, even if not subscribing for the newspaper ' Le Canada,' provided they fulfil their duties in their respective positions ? 9. Does the government approve of those subscriptions ? 10. What means does the government propose to take to put an end to this state of things ? 11. Will it have the amounts of their subscriptions returned to those employees, or increase their salaries in consequence ? 12. Who are the directors of the new publication, to whom reference is made in the said circular ? 13. Which ministers of the present government, and which members of this House, are financially interested in the said newspaper ? 14. Is it not. true that the said newspaper will be published under the aegis of members of the federal parliament and of the Quebec legislature ?
2. Departmental mail officer Public Works Department at a salary of $3 per day from 1st 31a v. 1902.
3. On the 6th March. 1903, without salary.
4. On the 6th March last, at rate given
5. Mr. Latour has a son employed in the Department of Public Works who is considered competent to do his work.
6. Twenty-one years, salary $3 per day.
7. 8, 9, 10, 11. No information in reference to these matters.
12. 13, 14. These matters mentioned in these three questions have no official connection with the department and have not been brought to its knowledge.
ERNESTOWN STATION POST OFFICE.
Mr. WILSON asked :
Has a change been made of the postmaster at Ernestown station post office, county of Lennox ? If so, what are the circumstances under which such change occurred 1
The postmaster resigned and Mrs. Oriana Johnston was appointed in his place.
THE CATTLE-GUARD COMMISSION.
1. The Minister of Railways and Canals having stated to the House on 2nd April instant, in reply to questions, that Mr. Robertson withdrew from the cattle-guard commission on the 14th of February last ; that the work was then supposed to be practically concluded, and a report prepared, which was substantially settled upon between the two commissioners, and only then remained to be put in form and signed, why has the report of the commission, as originally constituted, not been put in form, signed and returned to the department ?
2. Has Mr. Robertson any conection with the investigation tests, or proceedings, subsequent to the 14th of February last ?
3. What were the causes, or causes alleged, for Mr. Robertson's retirement ?
4. What is , the cost of the commission down to the 14th of February ?
5. Was the retirement of Mr. Robertson voluntary, and solely of his own motion ?
1. Although the chief portion of the work of the Commission was done when Mr. Robertson withdrew from the Commission, the inquiries and investigations into the cattle-guards in use on the leading railways in the United States and Canada had been finished, and there only remained what seemed to be a few cattle-guards which had been apparently recent inventions to be tested. The number of these increased, and the delay in finally completing the report has arisen from that circumstance. It is thought better that the report should state whether any of the recent tests would show that any efficient cattle-guard had been designed.
2. Mr. Robertson has not been present at any of the tests since the 14th of February last.
3. Mr. Robertson asked leave to withdraw, considering it was his duty to do so. as he was about to engage in a provincial election contest.
4. The cost of this Commission up to the 14th of February last was $3,624.32.
5. Mr. Robertson's retirement was voluntary and solely of his own motion.
Mr. MONK-by Mr. Clarke-asked : 1. Has the government a written report front Mr. Blaise Dugas, of Saint-Jacques de l'Achigan, relating to his trip to Europe in connection