May 7, 1903

FIRST READINGS.


Bill (No. 156) to incorporate the Montreal and Longueuil Bridge Company-Mr. Geof-frion. Bill (No. 157) to incorporate the Brandon, Saskatchewan and Hudson's Bay Railway Company.-Mr. Davis. Bill (No. 158) to incorporate the St. Chry-sostome Railway Company.-Mr. Brown. Bill (No. 159) to incorporate the Canadian Yukon Western Railway Company.-Mr. Davis. Bill (No. 160) to incorporate the Stewart River Development Company.-Mr. Davis. Bill (No. 161) to confer on the Commissioner of Patents certain powers for the relief of the Woolf Valve Gear Company-Mr. Talbot. Bill (No. 162) respecting the Hamilton and Lake Erie Power Company, and to change its name to the Jordan Light, Heat and Power Company.-Mr. German. Bill (No. 163) respecting the United Empire Life Insurance Company.-Mr. Thompson (Haldimand). Bill (No. 164) to incorporate the Pacific Bank of Canada.-Mr. Galliher. Bill (No. 165) to incorporate the Algonquin Lumber and Power Company.-Mr. Gould. Bill (No. 166) to incorporate the Gaspe and Western Railway Company-Mr. Gauv-reau. Bill (No. 167) respecting the Montreal Bridge Company to change its name to the Montreal Bridge and Terminal Company.-Mr. Bickerdike. Bill (No. 168) to incorporate the Chicoutimi and North-eastern Railway Company. -Mr. Beland.


QUESTIONS.

RAILWAY LAND GRANTS.

LIB

Mr. SCOTT asked:

Liberal

1. With respect to so much of the railway land grants as has been reserved for, earned by, and selected by each company to which such grants have been voted, what is the area remaining unpatented in each case, (a) in Manitoba, (b) in North-west Territories ?

2. What is the date on which it is intended in each case that these lands shall be patented?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   RAILWAY LAND GRANTS.
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The POSTMASTER GENERAL (Hon. Sir William Mulock).

The answer is as follows :

In Manitoba.

Area earned and

Name of Railway. selected

and not patented. Acres.

Canadian Northern Railway 253,698-53

The company is proceeding with the selection of its lands and has advised the department from time to time of parcels of land it is willing to accept if found to be available. Patents are being issued for the lands selected.

Manitoba South-western Colonization Railway, 313,402-82 acres.

Patents for the lands earned by this company up to 900,000 acres can only be issued on the order of the Manitoba government, under the provisions of an order of His Excellency in Council, dated April 5, 188G, that province having aided the construction of the railway by the issue of debentures to the extent of $900,000.

In the North-west Territories.

Area earned and

Name of Railway. selected

and not patented.

Acres.

Alberta Railway and Coal Company 22,048-42

The issue of patents for these lands is stayed at the request of the company for a short time pending readjustment as to a few hundred acres.

Calgary and Edmonton Railway, 304,288 90 acres.

The above area of selected lands, which is now in course of being patented, closes out the land grant of this company except an area of 407,402 acres held as security by the government under the transport contract between the government and the company, dated June 21, 1890.

Canadian Pacific Railway, main line, 3,044,635-53 acres.

These lands are in the Edmonton district and are unsurveyed. Contracts for the surveys are let. The lands will be patented as soon as surveyed.

Canadian Pacific Railway, Pipestone extension of Souris branch, 200,320-00 acres.

These lands are in a block of townships about thirty miles north of Battleford and are unsurveyed.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   RAILWAY LAND GRANTS.
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LIB

Lawrence Geoffrey Power (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER.

Manitoba South-western Colonization Railway, 680,189-28 acres.

Patents for the lands earned by this company up to 900,000 acres can only be issued as already stated.

Manitoba and North-western Railway, 354,000-00 acres.

A large proportion of the lands are unsurveyed. Survey is to be made this year. There remains only a small area to be selected by the company to complete the area earned, and patents to close out the grant, so far as surveyed, are in course of preparation.

Qu'Appelle, Long Lake and Saskatchewan Railroad and Steamboat Company, 169,434-00 acres.

These lands are partly unsurveyed but the contracts for the surveys are let. Patents are being issued for selected lands where surveyed.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   RAILWAY LAND GRANTS.
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SOUTHPORT AND MURRAY HARBOUR RAILWAY.

CON

Mr. LEFURGEY asked :

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Were tenders invited for building the railway between Southport and Murray Harbour, in the province of Prince Edward Island ?

2. If so, how many tenders were received ; what were the names of the tenderers ; and amounts of their respective offers ?

3. If tenders w-ere not invited for building the whole line, what part of the work -was let by public tender ; and what part by private contract ?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   SOUTHPORT AND MURRAY HARBOUR RAILWAY.
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The MINISTER OF RAILWAYS AND CANALS (Hon. A. G. Blair) :

These questions were answered last session, but I repeat the information.

1. and 2. No, tenders were not invited for the whole section from Southport to Murray harbour.

3. Tenders were invited for the first section-Mutch's Point to Village Green, 11J miles. The second section extending from the 11J miles to the terminus was given to the contractor, who had the work of the first section, by extending his contract to cover the said section.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   SOUTHPORT AND MURRAY HARBOUR RAILWAY.
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HILLSBOROUGH BRIDGE, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND.

CON

Mr. LEFURGEY asked :

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. What is the name of the contractor building the Hillsborough bridge, Prince Edward Island ?

2. Were tenders invited for said work, and was the contract awarded to the lowest tenderer ?

3. What were the terms and conditions for carrying out said contract ?

4. When is the contract to be completed ; and is the work being satisfactorily prosecuted ?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   HILLSBOROUGH BRIDGE, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND.
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The MINISTER OF RAILWAYS AND CANALS (Hon. A. G. Blair) :

1. M. J. Haney.

2. Yes, tenders were invited for this work, and the contract awarded to the lowest tenderer.

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3. The work is being carried out under the usual terms and conditions embodied in the form of contract adopted by the department.

4. The date for the completion of the contract is December 31, 1903. Yes, the work is being satisfactorily prosecuted.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   HILLSBOROUGH BRIDGE, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND.
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TELEPHONE COMPANIES IN THE MARITIME PROVINCES.

CON

Mr. CLARKE asked :

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. What telephone companies are operating in the provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island ?

2. Who are the shareholders in the said companies ?

3. What is the par value of the shares of the said companies, and what is their present market value ?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   TELEPHONE COMPANIES IN THE MARITIME PROVINCES.
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The MINISTER OF RAILWAYS AND CANALS (Hon. A. G. Blair).

The government has received no official returns from the telephone companies referred to. These companies are organized under provincial charter and make no returns to us. We are not supplied with lists of their shareholders, nor do we know what their stock is selling at or anything of their business.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   TELEPHONE COMPANIES IN THE MARITIME PROVINCES.
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THE RAILWAY ACT, 1903.


Bill (No. 21) to amend and consolidate the law respecting railways, was read the second time. The MINISTER OF RAILWAYS AND CANALS (Hon. A. G. Blair) moved that the House go into Committee on the Bill.


CON

John Graham Haggart

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. JOHN HAGGART (South Lanark).

Before you leave the Chair, Mr. Speaker, I would like the hon. minister (Hon. Mr. Blair) to state whether he intends to refer this Bill to a special committee for the purpose of giving the railways interested an opportunity to state whether the Bill is acceptable to them or not, and to offer any suggestions they may desire to offer. I would also like to know whether he has received any representations from the different railway companies throughout the country or from boards of trade and others with reference to the scope and nature of the Bill ?

Topic:   THE RAILWAY ACT, 1903.
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The MINISTER OF RAILWAYS AND CANALS.

Topic:   THE RAILWAY ACT, 1903.
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May 7, 1903