October 1, 1903

QUESTION.

RAILWAY SUBSIDIES VOTED.

CON

Mr. WILSON asked :

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. What amount of bonuses or subsidies have been voted by parliament each year to railways during the years 1900, 1901 and 1902 ?

2. How much of the said bonuses or subsidies has been paid during the said years, and up to 1st September, 1903 ?

The 'MINISTER OF FINANCE (Hon. W. S. Fielding). The first part of the question will hardly admit of a definite answer, inasmuch as the subsidies are not voted in any lump sum. If my hon. friend will take the mileage which is voted, and make an approximate estimate on the (basis of $3,200 per mile, he might arrive at some idea of the amount; but in some cases the subsidies are larger than $3,200 and are paid in proportion to the cost of -the road. The second question admits of an answer, and I will be very glad to give the hon. gentleman the information at a later stage ; I have not it ready to-day.

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Uriah Wilson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. WILSON.

Would it not be convenient for the Minister of Finance to get one of the clerks to make up the calculation, and give it to me later ?

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The MINISTER OF FINANCE.

It is impossible to make it up accurately ; it is a matter of approximation.

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Uriah Wilson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. WILSON.

You can give the amount voted ?

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The MINISTER OF FINANCE.

I am afraid my hon. friend has not caught the point of my remarks. The hon. gentleman wants to know the total amount of the subsidies that have been voted by parliament. Railway subsidies are not voted in an express amount, but are voted on the basis of so much per mile, and the statute provides that the subsidy may be $3,200 per mile in the case of an ordinary road, or, when the road proves more than ordinarily expensive, it may be an.increased sum not exceeding $6,400 per mile. I therefore cannot give the hon. gentleman a statement of the amount voted, 'but I can give a statement of the amount paid, and will be glad to do so.

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Uriah Wilson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. WILSON.

We had a statement brought down to the House giving the amount voted.

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The MINISTER OF FINANCE.

If my hon. friend will call my attention to that, I will be glad to look into it.

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Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

Sometimes the subsidies are voted in this way : To a line between certain points, not exceeding so many miles in length. Perhaps that is what my hon. friend wants.

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The MINISTER OF FINANCE.

We vote the subsidies for not exceeding so many miles, but the amount per mile is necessarily somewhat indefinite, although within limits. That is why I cannot give the hon. gentleman the statement he asks for. If he will be good enough to call my attention to the return to which he has referred, I will see what further information can be given.

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GOVERNMENT OF THE NORTH-WEST TERRITORIES-FINANCIAL AID.


Bill (No. 256) to provide for advances to the government of the North-west Territories, read the second time, and the House went into committee thereon.


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The MINISTER OF FINANCE (Hon. W. S. Fielding).

This Bill is in the precise terms of the resolution which has already been fully discussed in Committee.

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Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

Is this intended as an advance for any particular period of time, say for the fiscal year, or is it simply an indefinite advance to be paid to the government of the North-west Territories at any time in the future, as the government may see fit ?

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The MINISTER OF FINANCE.

It is an advance without limit. It stands to the credit of the government of the North-west Territories, to be used or not to be used, as in their discretion may seem to be necessary.

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William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Hon. Mr. FIELDING.

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Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

Has the correspondence brought down in connection with this matter been printed?

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The MINISTER OF FINANCE.

I am not aware whether the correspondence has been printed or not.

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October 1, 1903