June 15, 1903

PRIVATE BILLS.

CONSIDERED IN COMMITTEE-THIRD READINGS.


Bill (No. 87) to incorporate the Vancouver and Coast-Kootenay Railway Company.- Mr. Macpherson. Bill (No. 169) to confer on the Commissioner of Patents certain powers for the relief of James Sinclair McDougall.-Mr. Gallery. Bill (No. 185) respecting the Canadian Steel Company.-Mr. German.


TORONTO AND HAMILTON RAILWAY COMPANY.


On the Order being called : House in committee on Bill (No. 147) to incorporate the Toronto and Hamilton Railway Company.-Mr. Campbell.


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CON

John Graham Haggart

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. Mr. HAGGART.

I suppose it is at the request of the government that this Bill stands. Is it the purpose to refer it back to the committee for reconsideration ?

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

We have had a request from the mayor of Toronto and the mayor of Hamilton and some other gentlemen representing municipalities, and in the absence of the hon. member who has charge of the Bill, we feel it only proper and courteous to allow it to stand until he is aware that the request has been made.

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CON

Edward Frederick Clarke

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CLARKE.

Under the rules, when will this Bill come up again ?

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The MINISTER OF RAILWAYS AND CANALS.

At the hour for Private Bills on Wednesday evening after eight o'clock.

Order allowed to stand.

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QUESTIONS.

INTERCOLONIAL RAILWAY-DEMURRAGE.


Mr. FOWLER-by Mr. Lancaster-asked : 1. What are the regulations concerning the demurrage on cars loading and unloading at Intercolonial Railway stations ? 2. What amount of demurrage has been collected at each station during six months of the present fiscal year, from July 1, 1902, to January 1. 1903 ?


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

The answers to these questions will be very voluminous, so that I shall have to ask the hon. member to move for a return.

INTERCOLONIAL RAILWAY-BUILDINGS, &e., AT SUSSEX, N.B.

Mr. FOWLER-by Mr. Lancaster-asked :

1. Is it the intention of the Railway Department to erect in Sussex a roundhouse in place of the old wooden shed now doing duty in that respect ?

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2. Is it the intention of the Railway Department to place gates at the railway crossing in Main street, in the town of Sussex, N.B., in order to protect the travelling public from the accidents which are of frequent occurrence there ?

3. Have plans been prepared for a new railway station at Sussex, N.B. ? If not, why not ?

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Subtopic:   INTERCOLONIAL RAILWAY-DEMURRAGE.
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The MINISTER OF RAILWAYS AND CANALS (Hon. A. G. Blair).

1. No, it is not the intention to erect a roundhouse at Sussex. There is only one engine that stands there over night, and a suitable building to house this engine will be built during this summer.

2. No, it is not the intention to place gates at the railway crossing, Main street, Sussex. An electric alarm bell has been placed at this crossing and kept in good order, and has, it is believed, served its purpose very well. It does not impede the street traffic as gates would, and it gives good warning to the public. The department is not aware of accidents being of frequent occurrence at this crossing.

3. No, plans have not been prepared for a new railway station at Sussex, it not being considered that a new station is a necessity at present.

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Subtopic:   INTERCOLONIAL RAILWAY-DEMURRAGE.
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EMPLOYMENT OP ALBERT S. WHITE.


Mr. FOWLER-(by Mr. Lancaster)-asked: 1. Was Albert S. White, barrister, of Sussex, N.B., employed, at any time during the year 1901, or 1902, by the Railway Department ? If so, for what purpose or purposes ? 2. What duties. If so employed, did the said Albert S. White perform ; and why was it necessary to engage his services ? 3. How many days was he employed ; and at what rate per day ? 4. What were the several amounts paid to the said Albert S. White for services and expenses respectively 1 ' 5. Between what dates was the said Albert S. White so employed as aforesaid ?


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

1. Yes, Hon. A. S. White, ex-Attorney General of New Brunswick, was engaged during a portion of the yeasr 1901 and 1902 drafting the Bill to consolidate the Railway Act and establish a railway commission.

3. Ninety-five days at $25 per diem.

4. Services, $2,375. Expenses, $441.19.

5. September 26th, 1901 to December 19th, 1901, and between January 24th and February 18th. 1902.

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GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS AT OTTAWA.

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Mr. HOLMES asked :

Liberal

1. Is the government aware of the condition of affairs indicated by the following extract from the report of ,the commission appointed to inquire into thfe Martineau defalcation :-

' Although not strictly within the terms of the commission, the commissioners cannot refrain from bringing to the notice of the government the danger from fire to the records in the upper 147

part of the Eastern Block, owing to the proximity of the steam-pipes to the woodwork in the corridor leading to the Indian Department. They think this calls for Immediate attention. The charred condition of the floor touching the pipes shows that a conflagration is imminent, and measures should be taken to avert it. The lack of provision against fire also applies to the attic of the Langevin Block, where the records of the surveys under the control of the Department of the Interior are stored. These records are exceedingly valuable, as they represent the results of very large outlays of public money, and cannot be duplicated.'

2. Is it the intention to guard against such a contingency ?

3. Are the Are appliances in the various public buildings ever tested to see if they are in working order ?

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Subtopic:   GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS AT OTTAWA.
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June 15, 1903