July 8, 1903

LEAD BOUNTIES.


The MINISTER OF FINANCE (Hon. W. S. Fielding) moved that the House go into committee to-morrow to consider the following proposed resolution : That it is expedient to repeal chapter 8 of the statutes of 1901, intituled : ' An Act to provide for the payment of bounties on lead refined in Canada,' and to enact as follows : 1. The Governor in Council may authorize the payment of a bounty of seventy-five cents per one hundred pounds on lead contained in leadbearing ores mined in Canada; such bounty to be paid to the producer or vendor of such ores, upon evidence that such ores have been smelted in Canada. Provided, that the sum to be paid as such bounty shall not exceed five thousand dollars in any fiscal year. Provided, also, that when it appears to the satisfaction of the minister charged with the administration of this Act that the standard price of pig lead in London, England, exceeds twelve pounds ten shillings1 sterling per ton of two thousand two hundred and forty pounds, such bounty shall be reduced proportionately by the amount of such excess. 2. Payment of the said bounty may be made from time to time to the extent of sixty per centum of the full bounty authorized, subject to the adjustment at the close of each fiscal year. If at the close of any year it shall appear that during the year the quantity of lead produced, on which the bounty is authorized, exceeds thirty-three thousand1 three hundred and thirty-three tons' of two thousand pounds, the rate of bounty shall be reduced to such sum as will bring the payments for the year within the limit mentioned in section one. 3. If at any time it shall appear to the satisfaction of the Governor in Council that the charges for transportation and treatment of lead ores in Canada are excessive, or that there is any discrimination which prevents the smelting of such ores in Canada on fair and reasonable terms, the Governor in Council may authorize the payment of bounty at such reduced rate as may be deemed just, on the lead contained in such ores* mined in Canada and exported for treatment abroad. 4. The said bounties shall cease and determine on the thirtieth day of June, one thousand nine hundred and eight. 5. The Governor in Council may make regulations for carrying1 out the intention of this Act. He said : I beg to say that His Excellency the Governor General, having been made acquainted with the subject matter of this resolution, recommends it to the consideration of the House. Motion agreed to.


RAILWAY ACT, 1903.


House again in committee on Bill (No. 21) to amend and consolidate the law respecting railways.-The Minister of Railways and Canals.


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The MINISTER OF FINANCE.

If the committee would permit me, I would ask that it should rise, report progress and ask leave to sit again this day, as I would like to take the final stages in the Supply Bill. It is a purely formal matter, and will occupy only a few minutes.

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Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

Very well.

Progress reported.

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INTERIM SUPPLY BILL.


House went into Committee of Ways and Means to consider supplies to be granted to His Majesty.


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The MINISTER OF FINANCE moved :

Resolved, that towards making good the supply granted to His Majesty on account of certain , expenses of the public service for the financial year ending 30th June, 1903, the sum of $708,179.52 be granted out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund of Canada.

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Resolution agreed to.


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The MINISTER OF FINANCE.

With regard to the sums which the committee has passed for the current fiscal year, I beg to move :

Resolved, that towards making good the supply granted to His Majesty on account of certain expenses of the public service for the financial year ending 30th June, 1904, the sum of $18,342,669.39 be granted out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund of Canada.

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Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

This covers the items that have been passed and also the 20 per cent ?

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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).

Will it not be a little inconvenient to deal with the two in the one Bill ?

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The MINISTER OF FINANCE.

I think not ; it is the usual method. They form the one Supply Bill, but they will be separated in the Bill.

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Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

Very good.

Resolutions reported, read the first and second time, and agreed to.

The MINISTER OF FINANCE moved for leave to introduce Bill (No. 218) entitled an Act for granting to His Majesty certain sums of money for the public service for the financial years ending respectively the 30th June, 1903, and the 30th June, 1904.

Motion agreed to ; Bill read the first and second time, and House went into committee thereon.

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Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

What portion of the estimates are we voting now ?

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The MINISTER OF FINANCE.

So much of the main estimates as we have passed upon in committee, and one-fifth of that portion of the estimates which have not been taken up.

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July 8, 1903