May 18, 1904

QUESTIONS.

YONGE STREET CROSSING.

CON

Mr. CLARKE asked :

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Did the Railway Committee of the Privy Council issue an order respecting the construction of a high-level bridge over the Esplanade at Yonge Street, in the city of Toronto ?

2 If so, what was the date of such order 7

3. Has a copy of the order been served on the Grand Trunk and Canadian Pacific Railways 7 If so, on what date 7

4. What is the cause of delay in proceeding with the work of constructing the bridge 7

5 Is the government taking any action, and if so, what action, to expedite the work 7

6. When is it expected that work will commence 7

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   YONGE STREET CROSSING.
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LIB

Henry Robert Emmerson (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Hon. H. R. EMMERSON (Minister of Railways and Canals).

On the 14th January, 1904, an order of the Railway Committee

was made, but a question as to the legality of the order, in view of the repeal of the Railway Act of 1888, has arisen and is now being considered by the Department of Justice.

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Subtopic:   YONGE STREET CROSSING.
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OFFICIAL CARS.

CON

Mr. TOLTON asked :

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. How many official or private cars have been constructed, purchased or acquired, for the government, since the year 1896 ?

2. For what purpose is each such car used ?

3. Are any and which of the said cars allotted to any and what members of the government, respectively ? Or to any and what departments of the government, respectively ?

4. What sum has been expended or appropriated in constructing, purchasing or acquiring the said official or private cars since 1896 ?

5. What amount has been expended'in maintaining, using and operating the said official or private cars since 1896, including interest on cost of construction or acquisition ?

6. Are such cars always used for official purposes ? If not, for what other purposes, and for what other occasions, have the official or private cars of the government been otherwise used during the past four years ?

7. For what' purposes and on what occasions have the official or private cars of the government been used since the first day of January, 1900 7 And by whom was each such car used on each such occasion, and at what cost, and to what place was each such car despatched, and how many miles did it travel on each such occasion ?

8. How many official or private cars are now in course of construction for the government, and what will be the cost of each of them ?

9. Since the first of January, 1900, have the official or private cars owned by the country been used by others than ministers or officials of the government ? And if so, on what occasions, and by whom, and at what cost, for what purposes, and under what rules and regulations ?

10. Have any of the official or private car3

been used by the ministers or officials of the government, or by any other persons, for unofficial or private purposes, since the first of January, 1900 ? ,

11. If so, by whom, and on whose authority, and under what regulations or arrangements, and on how many occasions, and at what cost to the country, has each car been so used ?

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Subtopic:   OFFICIAL CARS.
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Hon. H. R.@

BMME'RSON (Minister of Railways and Danals). There have.been three additional cars acquired or built by the government since 1896. Two of these cars to take the place of other cars-one put out of commission and the other having been taken by the new general traffic manager of the government railway system. The third car was purchased' for the use of the royal party during their visit to Canada in 190i.

In connection with the government railways, as well as with all other railway systems. there are a number of official" cars, which are used chiefly for official purposes ; but are occasionally placed at the disposal of distinguished visitors to whom it is deemed proper to extend the courtesies of the Toad. Ministers of the Crown occasionally

make use of these official cars ; but in no case does such use involve any additional charge on the treasury. Where a minister uses one of the cars for other than official service he pays all expenses in connectlon therewith.

If further information is desired by the bon. member it will he necessary for him to make a motion.

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Subtopic:   OFFICIAL CARS.
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COLLINGWOOD DRY DOCK.

CON

Mr. BENNETT asked :

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Is there on file in the Department of Public Works any report as to the. value of the Collingwood dry dock ?

2. Has any payment of bonus or bounty, at the rate of three per cent on the value thereof, as provided by statute, been paid to the owners of said dock, or has an application therefor been made ?

3.. If such report has been made, as mentioned in paragraph one hereof, by whom was such report made on behalf of the Department of Public Works, and what valuation is placed on the said dock ?

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Subtopic:   COLLINGWOOD DRY DOCK.
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LIB

Charles Smith Hyman (Minister Without Portfolio)

Liberal

Hon. OHAS. HYMAN.

In the absence of the Minister of Public Works, I beg to answer :

1. Yes.

2. No bonus has been paid yet, but an application for same has been received.

3. Report made by Mr. Louis iCoste, C.E., who placed the value of the dock at $540,-

000.

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Subtopic:   COLLINGWOOD DRY DOCK.
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DOG-FISH.

LIB

John Howard Sinclair

Liberal

Mr. SINCLAIR asked :

In view of the fact that very large quantities of salted herring and other fish are being used year by year as lobster bait by the fishermen of the maritime provinces, and In view of the statement currently made by certain newspapers, and notably by the ' Coast Guard,' the chief organ of the fishing industry in Nova Scotia, that salted dog-fish could he used successfully as a substitute for such salted herring and other fish, has the government considered the advisability of directing the government cruisers to make official tests to ascertain the fact as to whether dog-fish can be successfully used for this purpose ? And if so, can the experiment he made early this season, so that, if successful, the fishermen may be put in possession of the facts early enough to he in a position to lay in a stock for use next year ?

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LIB

Joseph Raymond Fournier Préfontaine (Minister of Marine and Fisheries)

Liberal

Hon. RAYMOND PREFONTAINE (Minister of Marine and Fisheries).

Yes ; and the Minister of Marine and Fisheries will at once give the necessary instructions to have the tests made by the government cruisers, so as to ascertain if dog fish can satisfactorily replace salted herring used as bait.

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LIGHTING PARLIAMENT SQUARE.


Mr. MACLEAN-by Mr. Sproule-asked : 1. Who has the contract for lighting parliament square and buildings ? 2. What is the cost per light ?



3. When was the contract awarded, and under what circumstances has it been renewed ? 4. Were tenders called for ? 5. If not, why not ?


LIB

Charles Smith Hyman (Minister Without Portfolio)

Liberal

Hon. OHAS. HYMAN.

In the absence of the Minister of Public Works, I beg to answer :

1. The Ottawa Electric Company for the electric current; the gas is supplied by the Ottawa Gas Company.

2. Electric lights : $2.25 per 16 c. p. light for 3.000 lights, and $2 per light for all 16 c. p. lights over 3,000. Gas for lighting purposes, $1.50 per 1,000 feet.

3. 1st February, 1898 ; renewed on same conditions.

4 and 5. Tender was asked from the Ottawa Electric Company. There was no other company from whom tenders could be invited.

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STEAMERS BETWEEN CANADA AND FRANCE.


Mr. CASGRAIN-by Mr. Sproule-asked : 1. Has a line of steamers been established between Canada and France, in accordance with the contract laid upon the Table of the House in the course of last session ? 2. Has the said contract been assigned by the original contractor to any other person or company ; and if so, to what person or company ? 3. How many steamers have been placed upon the said line, and to whom do they belong, or by whom are they chartered ? 4. How many trips or voyages have been made since the opening of navigation ; and between what ports ? 5. After the said contract had been es-tered into between Mr. Colombier and the government, was the latter, or any member of the government notified by letter, correspondence, notification or transfer, or otherwise that the said contract had been assigned or transferred to one Carbonneau, then residing in Paris ? 6. Has the said Carbonneau recently, and within the last six months, claimed that the said contract had been assigned or transferred to him, or that he had an interest in the same 1 7. Is not the said Carbonneau now in correspondence with the government, or some of its members, in relation to the said contract, and to his said claims ? 8. What decision has the government come to, or what decision does the government intend taking, in relation to the claims of the said Carbonneau ? 9. Has any part of the subsidy voted last session towards and in aid of the said line of steamers been paid ? And if so, at what date, and to whom ?


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Rt. Hon. Sir WILFRID LAURIER (Prime Minister) :

1. No ; no line has been established between Canada and France within the terms of the contract.

2. The contract has not been assigned in manner required by the contract.

3. It is claimed that one steamer made a trip in the month of April. We have no information as to whom it belonged nor as to who chartered it.

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May 18, 1904