October 7, 1903

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The MINISTER OF FINANCE.

We will continue in Supply, taking Public Works, and after we finish them, Militia.

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Samuel Hughes

Liberal-Conservative

Mr. HUGHES (Victoria).

There was an arrangement that the Militia estimates should come up to-morrow morning. There was an understanding to that effect with

tlie Minister of Militia and Defence. If the lion. Minister of Finance will be good enough to keep his rank and tile in better control than they were this morning we will get on very much more expeditiously with the estimates than we have done to-day.

I would like the arrangement to be carried out to take up the militia estimates tomorrow.

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

Arrangement with whom ?

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

I am most willing and anxious to oblige hon. members. I think there was one item allowed to stand affecting the Yukon and there are some small votes for Quebec which I think we can easily dispose of in the morning and then go on with the militia estimates in the afternoon. If hon. gentlemen want any particular item to stand for discussion I shall be perfectly willing, but, unless there is some object I would like to proceed with my estimates because there have been a great many days during this session taken up with the Public Works estimates.

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

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. TAYLOR.

The hon. Minister of Militia and Defence came over last night and said that he wanted to know if we started his estimates the first thing in the morning it would be possible to get through with them before six o'clock as we are going to adjourn in the evening. My hon. friend from Victoria (Mr. Hughes) said that he had a statement to make and although some other hon. gentlemen also desire to offer some observations, we thought that it would be possible to get through with these estimates in one day if we started early.

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

If it will oblige any hon. members, while it causes a great deal of inconvenience to myself, I will agree that the militia estimates shall be taken up.

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The MINISTER OF FINANCE.

The hon. Minister of Militia and Defence mentioned to me that he desired to make such an arrangement and I left him to arrange with the hon. Minister of Public Works. Very good: let it be understood that the Militia estimates will be taken up to-morrow.

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Motion agreed to, and House adjourned at 11.30 p.m.


QUESTIONS.

RAILWAY SUBSIDIES.


Mr. WILSON-by Mr. Taylor-asked : 1. For how many miles of railway have bonuses or subsidies been voted by parliament during the years 1900, 1901 and 1902 ? 2. How much money would it amount to each year, figured at minimum rate of $3,200 per mile ? 3. What amounts of the said bonuses or subsidies have been paid for each of the above years, and up to September 1, 1903 ?


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

I think that questions No. 1 and No. 3 are practically the same. No. 3 is perhaps the more comprehensive of the two, and I will answer that :

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New Vote Revote. Total.

Miles.

1900 S55J

1901 58S

1902 Nil

2.-.

1900, 835 miles at $3,200.. .. 30 " 2,500.. ..

9J 865 517 1,103

Nil . Nil

. $2,672,000 00 . 75,000 00

1901, 1,103 miles at $3,200

1902, Nil.

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1900- 1901

1901- 1902

1902- 1903

July 1, 1903 to September 1, 1903.. ..

$ 525,371 ''5 218,800 00 578,404 9S Nil.

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$1,322,576 73 REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE FOR 1903.

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Mr. CLANCY asked :

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. What was the total amount of revenue collected for the fiscal year 1903, so far as has been ascertained ?

2. What was the total expenditure for the fiscal year 1903, so far as has been ascertained?

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

Mr. Speaker, the returns for the last fiscal year, though not exactly and finally closed, may be regarded as practically complete, because any figures that occur later are not likely to make any material change, and therefore I think the statement that I am able to give may betaken as a substantially correct statement of the operations of the year :

Fiscal Year 1902-3.

The returns to 30th September, 1903, show : Revenue on Consolidated Fund..$66,034,108 32

Expenditure on Consolidated Fund. 51,707,172 89

Surplus $14,326,935 43

Capital expenditure, including railway.

Subsidies, bounty on metals $10,367,163 01Sinking funds bought

2,620,588 46

Thursday, October 8, 1903.

Decrease of net debt on the operations of the year

Further decrease of net debt through adjustment of provincial accounts

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$6,580,360 88 3,305,450 24

October 7, 1903