July 31, 1903

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Miv TAYLOR.

Look at the Auditor General's Report.

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The MINISTER OF CUSTOMS.

This is on the same ground. The river flooded the land.

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John Graham Haggart

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. Mr. HAGGART.

What is the use of this dam to the public V

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The MINISTER OF FINANCE.

The information furnished me does not enable me to answer the hon. gentleman's question.

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John Graham Haggart

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. Mr. HAGGART.

It is possible it may have some public utility but it is not apparent to any one who has visited the place. It may be apparent to the department.

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Matthew Henry Cochrane

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. COCHRANE.

I must confess that we are passing these large items very flippantly. It was necessary at one time to have this as a feeder to the Welland Canal, but it is not required since the canal was deepened, and why should the ratepayers of my riding be called upon to pay $33,000 to keep up a dam which is absolutely only for the use of private individuals who have mills along there ? If these private parties want a dam let them keep it up themselves.

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

The water must be maintained there and these parties have leases and pay us a revenue. [DOT]

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Matthew Henry Cochrane

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. COCHRANE.

Let them have it free and keep the dam themselves.

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

It might be cheaper for the manufacturers to do that than to pay the considerable rental which they pay. We must remember that indirectly we are helping these manufacturers who have their works along the canal and who give employment to a large number of people. That is for the benefit of the public as a whole.

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John Graham Haggart

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. Mr. HAGGART.

What is the amount of revenue the government receives? There were two flour mills there, one of which was burned down, and the one remaining turns out about 20 barrels a day. There is also a company manufacturing light for the town of Dunnville, and that is all. What revenue is paid by these people to the government ?

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The MINISTER OF FINANCE.

I will have it looked up, and give the hon. gentleman the information later.

Intercolonial Railway, operating expenses,

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The MINISTER OF FINANCE.

This simply refers to the increased volume of business.

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John Graham Haggart

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. Mr. HAGGART.

You want it to balance your books.

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The MINISTER OF FINANCE.

Yes. I will bring down a statement of the receipts and expenditures later on, and we will pass the item with that understanding.

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John Graham Haggart

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. Mr. HAGGART.

Very well.

Some resolutions reported.

The MINISTER OF FINANCE moved the adjournment of the House.

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John Graham Haggart

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. Mr. HAGGART.

Will the Minister of Finance be kind enough to state what business he intends to take up on Monday?

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The MINISTER OF FINANCE.

Monday being a private Bills day, and the Grand Trunk Pacific private Bill being on the Order paper, my expectation is that the hon. gentleman in charge of that will take It up. That with other private Bills may occupy some time. If we reach government Orders, we may proceed with some resolutions and Bills, and if we reach Supply, we will take up the main estimates of the Department of Railways and Canals.

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John Graham Haggart

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. Mr. HAGGART.

If you proceed with Bills, 11411 you take up the Redistribution Bill ?

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The MINISTER OF FINANCE.

I have no instructions from the Prime Minister about that.

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John Graham Haggart

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. Mr. HAGGART.

We would like to have a special arrangement with reference to that Bill and a day fixed.

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July 31, 1903