June 25, 1903

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Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

Is the Bill in exact accordance with the terms of the resolutions passed by the House ?

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The MINISTER OF FINANCE.

Yes.

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Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

If the hon. minister has the information at hand, would he please state the amount of advances, loans or assistance of any kind made since confederation to each of what may be called the great national ports of Canada ? I do not know that I could reasonably expect him to have the information here, but if lie has it, I would be glad if he would give it to me. I am not very familiar with the subject of these advances.

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The MINISTER OF FINANCE.

In the earlier discussion I stated what advances had been made to the harbour of Montreal under similar legislation to this during recent; years, beginning with 1890. But I presume that wliat my hon. friend (Sir. Borden, Halifax) asks for now relates to the harbour of Quebec and-well,what other harbours would be included in his question ? I would like a definite statement, so that I can procure the information.

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Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

I do not know whether there have been loans or advances to other ports or not. Nor do I know of any source from which I could get the information in definite form. I thought possibly the hon. gentleman would have it in his department.

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The MINISTER OF FINANCE.

Of course, I can get the information. There were loans made under certain conditions to the port of Quebec, and I fancy these are the principal matters the hon. gentleman refers to. I cannot say off-hand whether loans have been made to other harbours. Generally speaking, I think not. Before the third reading of the Bill is taken, I will have the information at hand.

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Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

I refer more, particularly to Toronto, Montreal, Quebec, Halifax and St. John.

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The MINISTER OF FINANCE.

I think I can answer that. There has been nothing in the way of loans to the ports mentioned except in the cases of Montreal and Quebec. Whatever has been done for the other harbours has been done in the way of piers, dredging and other improvements of that nature.

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Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

What is the condition of the interest account on old loans to Montreal ?

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The MINISTER OF FINANCE.

On these loans the harbour commissioners of the port have paid their interest promptly. There are no arrears.

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George Taylor (Chief Opposition Whip; Whip of the Conservative Party (1867-1942))

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. TAYLOR.

That is not the case with Quebec.

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The MINISTER OF FINANCE.

Quebec I has not yet paid.

On section 4,

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John Dowsley Reid

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. REID (Grenville).

I would like to ask the minister if the dry-dock in Montreal, known as Tate's dry-dock, belongs to the government ?

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The MINISTER OF FINANCE.

There is no dry-dock in Montreal contemplated bv this Bill.

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John Dowsley Reid

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. REID (Grenville).

I understood, when I was in Montreal the other day, that the government owned what was originally Tate's dry-dock.

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The PRIME MINISTER.

That is a wharf built by the government down below, it is not a dry-dock.

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The PRIME MINISTER.

Never was, and never will be.

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John Dowsley Reid

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. REID (Grenville).

That is strange, because when I was fa Montreal the other day and had occasion to have a vessel taken out of the water, it was dried off in this dry-dock.

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The PRIME MINISTER.

That is a private dock.

Bill reported.

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June 25, 1903