May 18, 1903

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Mr. MONK asked :

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. What are the dimensions ot the site acquired by the government for the new post office at L'Assomption ?

2. Who recommended the selection of said site to the government ?

3. Were any other sites but the present one suggested to the government ?

4. What is the estimated cost of the new building ?

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Subtopic:   POST OFFICE AT L'ASSOMPTION.
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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS. (Hon. James Sutherland) :

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Mr. MONK asked :

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Who is the superintendent of works in connection with the construction of the new post office at L'Assomption, and what is his business ?

2. What remuneration does he receive for his services.

3. What is the total amount paid to said superintendent to date ?

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS. (Hon. James Sutherland) :

1. (a) Louis Brouillet. (b) Do not know.

2. Seventy-five dollars per month.

3. One hundred and twelve dollars and fifty cents to 1st May, 1903.

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Mr. MONK asked :

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. At what date did the government purchase from Vital Racette a portion of lot No. 165 on the official plan of L'Assomption ?

2. What price was paid for the lot so purchased ?

3. Is the government aware that it has paid for that portion of lot No. 165 the same price that had been paid, some time previously, for the entire lot ?

4. Is the government aware that the person who sold that portion of lot No. 165 secured a profit of $950 by the transaction ?

5. What is the name of the notary who carried out the transaction for the government and before whom the deeds were passed ?

6. To whom was the purchase price paid ?

7. Is there any correspondence in regard to this purchase and to the post office site, between the government and Vital Racette, Phi-neas Viger, Rodolphe Arbour, C. Laurler, M.P., Mr. Joseph Ed. Duhamel ?

8. Has the government received any petitions protesting against the choice made of a site for the post office ?

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The MINISTER. OF PUBLIC WORKS. (Hon. Janies Sutherland) :

1. December 23rd, 3901.

2. One thousand one hundred and fifty dollars.

3. No.

4. No.

5. Joseph E. Duhamel.

G. The cheque in payment was made in favour of Vital Racette and J. E. Duhamel, the agent of the Department of Justice.

7. Yes, from Vital Racette and Joseph E. Duhamel.

8. Yes, one petition dated 21st March, 1903, recommending change of site.

A contract had, however, been made on the 1st December, 1902, for the construction of the building on site first selected.

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RAILWAY ACCIDENT AT WEST LORNE.


Mr. CLARKE-by Mr. Lancaster-asked 1. Has the attention of the government been called to the verdict, or is the government aware of the fact, that the coroner's jury empanelled to inquire into the cause of the railway accident which occurred at West Lome, Ontario, on the 29th day of April, 1903, as a result of which three trainmen were killed, have returned the following verdict :-' That Thomas Luton, John McNeil, and John Elgar, on the 29th day of April, at the unincorporated village of West Lome, came to their deaths as a result of a rear end collision between two trains on the Lake Erie and Detroit River Railway. And we find that the said collision was caused by the culpable neglect of the Lake Erie and Detroit River Railway Company, in not adopting a proper system as to the running of their trains, and of not furnishing and supplying to their trainmen proper rules, so intelligible to their employees that no misunderstanding could arise as to the duties of their trainmen. We further recommend that semaphores he forthwith constructed on the said railway, at proper distances from the station. 2. In view of the foregoing verdict, is it the intention of the government to forthwith institute a full and exhaustive inquiry, on oath, into the causes which culminated in the accident


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Robert Franklin Sutherland

Liberal

Hon. Mr. SUTHERLAND.

above referred to ? And if it shall appear, after such inquiry, that the verdict of the said coroner's jury was justified by the facts, is it the intention of the government to proceed against, or to cause to be proceeded against, the responsible officials of the said company, who are declared to have been guilty of culpable neglect, as a result of which the three trainmen above named were killed ?

3. _Has the government yet been able to find an Individual possessing the precise qualifications that would enable him to act for and on behalf of the government, in conducting full and exhaustive inquiries and investigations into the causes of railway accidents which may occur in Canada from time to time ?

4. If no such individual has yet been found, what steps, if any, are the government taking to secure the services of such an individual ?

5. Were the rules under which the trains of the Lake Erie and Detroit River Railway Company are operated in Canada, submitted to and approved by the government ; and if so, on what date were such rules authorized by the government ?

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

The attention of the government has not been called to the verdict of the jury in the case mentioned, but if the facts are as stated in the question, it would appear to devolve upon the provincial authorities, as charged with the administration of criminal justice, to take any action which might be proper in the premises.

The government has not yet been able to select a person possessing the precise qualifications for taking charge of investigations in case of railway accidents, but are on the alert to secure just such a person as is required.

In the meantime a temporary appointment has been made, and an investigation held in the case of the Windsor Junction collision on the Intercolonial Railway.

I am informed that no rules were submitted by the Lake Erie and Detroit River Railway Company for the approval of the government.

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FRUIT SHIPMENTS IN COLD STORAGE.


Mr. SMITH (Wentworth)-by Mr. Lancaster-asked : 1. What value of fruit was shipped to Europe in cold storage in each of the calendar years 1S97, 1898, 1899, 1900, 1901, 1902 ? 2. What value of fruit was shipped in cooled chambers to Europe in seasons 1901 and 1902, respectively ? 3. In what steamers, other than cold storage steamers, were thermographs placed by the agents of the government ; and in what compartments, other than cold storage compartments, if any, during the season of 1902 ? 4. How many thermograph readings have been taken and now in possession of the Department of Agriculture (a) gf temperature in cold storage chambers ; (b) temperature in cooled chambers : (c) temperature in ventilated chambers ; id) temperature in other parts of vessels unventilated ; (e) temperature on deck of steamers ? 5. In what further steamers were cooling plants placed in the season of 1902, if any ? 6. In what further steamers were mechanical ventilating plants placed in season of 1902, if * any ? 7. How much money has the government advanced to date as bonus, or subsidy, to steamship companies, to induce them to put in ventilating apparatus, to enable them to carry in better condition perishable cargo, since 1896 ? 8. How much to induce them to put in cooling plans, since 1896 ? 9. How much to induce jthem to put in cold storage plants, since 1806 ?


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The PRIME MINISTER (Rt. Hon. Sir Wilfrid Laurier).

It would be impossible to give at this time a satisfactory answer to tide question so as to convey the information sought for. I would ask my hon. friend to move for a return.

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CIVIL SERVICE EMPLOYEES AND GUARANTEE COMPANIES.


Mr. CLARKE-by Mr. Lancaster-asked : 1. Are the funds deducted from the salaries of civil service employees, for guarantee, accumulating with the government ; or are they paid over to guarante companies ? 2. If the funds are in the hands of the government, what do they now amount to ? And what was the amount in premiums paid in during the last fiscal year ? 3. If the funds are paid to guarantee companies, what are the names of such companies ; and wha.t amount we paid to each such company during the last fiscal year ? 4. Have any claims arisen on the guarantee companies during the past fiscal year ; and if so, what is the amount of such claims ? 5. Are there any disputed claims ?


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The POSTMASTER GENERAL (Hon. Sir William Mulock).

I will give the answer as regards the Post Office Department:

Civil service employees in the Post Office Department are insured by the department direct under the assessment principle. The former guarantee system was bonds from guarantee companies or private citizens, the bonds of three different guarantee companies being accepted. Upon the establishment of the assessment system the department for a time maintained sub-insurance with these three companies, the amount of which, however, has gradually diminished. The total amount paid for such insurance for the last fiscal year was $151.75, the Guarantee Company of North America being the company in question. Nothing was paid to any other company. The total accumulations from assessments of civil service employees amounted on the 14th instant to $7,019. The total amount of such assessments for the last fiscal year was $1,913.30. No claims in respect of civil service employees have arisen against any guarantee company during the past fiscal year and no claims are in dispute.

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The MINISTER OF CUSTOMS (Hon. Wm. Paterson).

In regard to employees in the Custom service :

1. The funds deducted from the salaries of Customs' employees for guarantee, are

paid over to guarantee companies half yearly at the end of June and December.

3. The names of the guarantee companies and the amounts paid to each for the fiscal year ending 30th June, 1902, are as follows : Dominion of Canada Guarantee and Acci-deut Insurance Company, $1,650.30; Employers' Liability Assurance Corporation, Limited, $906.60 ; London Guarantee and Accident Company, Limited, $890.25 ; Guarantee Company of North America, $899.85.

4. The claims made on the guarantee companies during the past fiscal year (exclusive of any otherwise paid) were $2,264.27.

5. The guarantee companies have not disputed any claims.

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The PRIME MINISTER (Rt. Hon. Sir Wilfrid Laurier).

So far as relates to NorthWest Mounted Police :

1. Paid over to the guarantee companies.

2. Amount paid in premiums last fiscal year, $341.86.

3. Guarantee Company of

North America.. .. $311 86 Dominion of Canada Guarantee and Accident Company________ 30 00

4. No.

5. No.

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PLAINS OF ABRAHAM.


Mr. CASGRAIN-by Mr. Monk-asked : 1. Does the deed of transfer by the Ursuline Nuns, of Quebec, to the government or to the city of Quebec, of the Plains of Abraham, contain a provision, in virtue of which the said plains may be used for military parades, reviews, manoeuvres, &c.? 2. In the negative, has any other contract or agreement been entered into with the city of Quebec, providing for such use ?


May 18, 1903