October 19, 1903

CON

James Clancy

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CLANCY.

Why was that road not gone on with ? Why the .delay ?

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LIB

Henry Robert Emmerson

Liberal

Mr. EMMERSON.

I think there has been some difficulty about the financial arrangements ; but the work has been gone on with to some extent, and the parties now feel that it can be put through.

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CON

James Clancy

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CLANCY.

Has any portion of the road been built ?

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LIB

Henry Robert Emmerson

Liberal

Mr. EMMERSON.

I understand that a portion of it has been graded.

To the St. John Valley Railway Company for a line of railway from a point on the Canadian

Pacific Railway at or near Welford or Westfield or between said two points to Gage town, net exceeding thirty miles, being a revote of the subsidy granted by chapter 4 ot 1887.

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CON

Robert Duncan Wilmot

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. WILMOT.

It is very desirable that this vote should pass.

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CON

James Clancy

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CLANCY.

How many miles have been constructed ?

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The MINISTER OF FINANCE.

No portion of it is under construction.

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CON

James Clancy

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CLANCY.

What are the prospects of its being constructed ?

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The MINISTER OF FINANCE.

Although the corporation which has charge of this enterprise is not making rapid progress, the people would not like to see the subsidy abandoned but very much desire that it be renewed.

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CON

James Clancy

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CLANCY.

Would not the people rather have somebody else take it up who will go on with the work ?

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The MINISTER OF FINANCE.

If there be any discontent with the existing company or any reason to believe that anybody else would do the work better, that impression has not reached the department.

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L-C

Samuel Hughes

Liberal-Conservative

Mr. HUGHES (Victoria).

Why not simply make the vote for the line of railway without mentioning any company and give the money to any company who will build it ?

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The MINISTER OF FINANCE.

If the matter were in doubt, that course might be pursued, but no objection has been raised to this company.

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IND

William Findlay Maclean

Independent Conservative

Mr. MACLEAN.

When parliament is asked to renew a subsidy, the people are entitled to an official explanation why the work has not been gone on with and what prospect there is of its being done.

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CON

Robert Duncan Wilmot

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. WILMOT.

Could the hon. minister give any idea of the personnel of the St. John Valley Railway Company ?

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The MINISTER OF FINANCE.

I do not think I have that information.

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CON

James Clancy

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CLANCY.

Might I ask the hon. minister how these subsidies come to be renewed ? There must have been pressure brought upon him-I do not say improper pressure-to renew them; and such being tiie case he ought to be in possession of the information as to the personnel of this particular company and its ability to do the work. If not, it is a mere piece of mockery to go through the form of voting the subsidy. The hon. gentleman should explain wliy these revotes are asked and what are the circumstances which entitle the parties to them ?

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The MINISTER OF FINANCE.

I can only say that gentlemen from New Brunswick represented to me that this road would serve a very useful purpose and would open up a section of the province.

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LIB

Henry Robert Emmerson

Liberal

Mr. EMMERSON.

I do not think I could give a better reason. Even though the company be not making much progress, if the enterprise is in itself meritorious, we are doing, right in giving the subsidy.

Mr. HUGHES (Victoria. Is the charter Dominion or provincial 1

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The MINISTER OF FINANCE.

Provincial.

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October 19, 1903