August 8, 1904

COTTON MILLS AT VALLEYFIELD.

CON

Mr. LEONARD asked :

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Has the government, or any of its members, received communication of the following documents :-

Valleyfield, 21st March, 1904.

To His- Honour the Mayor and the Councillors of the town of De Salaberry de Valleyfield.

The petition of the undersigned ratepayers of the said town respectfully repre'sents :

That for some months back the cotton company has not given the working people of this town the work that they have a right to expect;

That the company has decreased considerably the number of its working people ;

That those who are still employed lose one or more days every fortnight, which is a source of considerable uneasiness in the town ;

That as the town, since the establishment of the manufactory in Valleyfield, has given the said company, either in the form of bonuses or in that of exemptions from and commutations of taxes, a sum amounting to two or three hundred thousand dollars, and probably over that amount, it is important that the council sees that the said company fulfils its obligations ;

That this state of things causes an uneasiness in the towm, and that the causes of or reasons for such a state of affairs are unknown ;

The petitioners beg of the council to kindly take their present petition into serious consideration and to see that the measures to be taken under tho circumstances be adopted without delay.

(Signed)

L. J. H. Langevin, Ferdinand Laniel, Dr. M. Lefebvre,

J. M. Guindon,

S. Fortier J. H. Leboeuf Joseph Morand,

Eusdbe Dion,

D. Dion,

O. P. Prieur,

N. A. Ostingy, Emile Soly, Arthur Belanger, J. F. SSvigny,

Wilfrid Beaudry, Charles Morrier, Jos. Cardinal Leandro Gendron, T. Patenaude, Alfred Gobeil,

N. S. Martin,

A. H. Besner,

J. Gilbert Chasles,

D. A. Daignault,

Jos. Arthur Gauthier, J. C. Choquette, Edouard Denis,

J. F. Beique,

S. W. Vebert,

Albert Deguire,

W. Bourdon, ..

Louis Barrette.

Valleyfield, March 31, 1904.

To His Worship the Mayor and Council of the town of S. de Valleyfield.

Gentlemen,-I am in receipt of your esteemed favour of the 21st instant, inclosing a resolution passed by your council at the request of a number of citizens of your town, asking to know the reason why this company have considerably reduced the number of their employees, and also why they are running short time, and in reply would say that I have placed this matter in the hands of our manager, Mr. Fred. Lacey, who will inform yourself and council fully re this matter in a day or two.

Yours truly,

For the Montreal Cotton Company,

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S. H. EWING,


President. Valleyfield, April 6, 1904. To His Worship the Mayor and Councillors of the town of Salaberry de Valleyfield. Dear Sir and Gentlemen,-Mr. Ewing, the president of this company, has placed in my hands the petition which you forwarded to him. I regret very much that any action of this sort was taken by our townspeople, as no one interested in the welfare of the town can take the present condition more seriously than the management of this company. Since the preferential tariff came into force, we have been much affected by it, and as the preference gradually increased, the effect became greater. This, in addition to the crisis which now exists in the manufacture of cotton goods all over the world, has proved a serious blow to all of our Canadian cotton industries. I do not doubt that all the signers of the petition, as well as yourself and your honourable council, are well aware of the conditions existing in the cotton trade to-day. With regard to the cotton itself, we have little to worry about in this respect in Valley-field, as we are well supplied with this commodity. Our goods, on the basis of the value of the raw material, are being offered at low prices, and all we can hope for is a change in the conditions mentioned, so that we may be able to run our mills full time. I fully believe that if we enjoyed a tariff equal to the present tariff without the preference, our mills at Valleyfield would be fully employed ; but under the present tariff with the preference, we are obliged to suffer with others. The imports of cotton goods for last year, as shown by the blue-book, will be ample evidence of the effect of the preferential tariff on our Canadian cotton industries. English mills are running forty hours or less per week, and1 many of the finest American mills are running short time, in addition to having made a reduction of wages, which the work people were obliged to accept.


CON

Joseph-Édouard-Émile Léonard

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. LEONARD.

With this explanation of the matter contained in the petition, which I now have before me,

I have the honour to be,

Yours truly,

' (Sgd.) FRED. LACEY.

At a regular meeting of the council of the town of De Salaberry de Valleyfield, held in the Town Hall, Wednesday, the thirteenth day of April, one thousand nine hundred and four, at seven o'clock in the evening, following the adjournment of the last meeting according to the provisions of the charter of that town,

At which meeting were present

His Honour the Mayor, George Henri Thi-bault, and the following Concillors :-Joseph E. St. Onge, J. A. Napoleon Bourassa, Octave Cosette, Theophile Lasniel, Frangois-Xavler Le-compte, Donat Leboeuf and James A. Robb, forming a quorum of the said council, under the presidency of His Honour the Mayor.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read, found to be correct and approved.

The citizens' petition, concerning the cotton company, that had been left again on the table at the last meeting, was once more considered.

A letter from Mr. Fred. Lacey, the cotton company's agent, was immediately read to the council. Mr. Lacey, who had received instructions from Mr. Ewing, the president of the company, to write that letter in answer to the above petition and to the resolution of the council in connection therewith, therein explained that the Canadian cotton industry and manufacturers had been considerably affected by the preferential tariff, and that it was for that reason that the cotton factory was obliged to discharge some employees and to considerably reduce the number in certain departments, and -that, if the present tariff were to be maintained, without any preference, the company's factories might be entirely put in operation.

Moved by Mr. O. Cossette,

Seconded by Mr. T. Lasniel :

That copies of the citizens' petition, concerning the cotton company, as well as of the letters from Messrs. S. H. Ewing and Fred. Lacey, president and agent of the said company, in answer to the petition, be sent to Mr. Geo. M. Loy, member of*the Federal Parliament for the the county.

Adopted unanimously.

True copy (extract from) of the minutes of the Council of the Town of De Salaberry de Valleyfield.

C. A. LAVIMbDIERE,

Sec.-Treas.

2. If so, has the government come to any decision regarding this question ?

3. What decision has it come to on the subject ?

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LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Hon. W. S. FIELDING (Minister of Finance).

The information referred to was communicated to the government. The cause of the difficulties which has occurred in the cotton trade throughout the world, is probably a matter of debate and we are ret prepared to discuss it in answer to the hon. gentleman's question.

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AGRICULTURAL IMPLEMENTS-REBATES OF DUTIES.

CON

Mr. BOYD asked :

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. What is the amount of the rebates of duties paid to the manufacturers of agricultural implements, since 1896 ?

2. What manufacturers have received such rebates, and what is the amount so paid to each manufacturer ?

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LIB

William Paterson (Minister of Customs)

Liberal

Hon. WILLIAM PATERSON (Minister of Customs).

The rebates paid to manufacturers of agricultural implements prior to July 1, 1903, will be found in the Auditor General's Reports.

The drawback of customs duty paid to manufacturers of agricultural implements during the year ended June 30, 1904, amounted to $113,474.62, received by the undermentioned manufacturers, viz. :

Name. Amount.

J. W. Mann Mfg. Co.. . - $ 704 13

The Verity Plough Co 10,748 27

The Massey Harris Co 89,380 70

David Maxwell & Sons 2,454 63

The Noxon & Co., Limited 4,128 63

The iCockshutt Plough Co 5,696 62

Talt.on Bros

59 34B. Bell & Son

302 30

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$113,474 62 CUSTOMS DUTY ON TOBACCO.

CON

Mr. HENDERSON asked :

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. What was the total amount of customs duty collected on tobacco for the year ending 30th June, 1904 ?

2. How much of this was due to legislation of 1897 ?

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LIB

William Paterson (Minister of Customs)

Liberal

Hon. WILLIAM PATERSON (Minister of Customs).

The total amount of customs duty paid on tobacco entered for consumption during the fiscal year ended June 30, 1904, was $604,555.82. The increased duty collected thereon under the tariff of 1897 as compared with that which would have been collected had the tariff as in 1896 been in operation, amounted to $138,294.55.

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TOBACCO-INLAND REVENUE DUTY.

CON

Mr. HENDERSON asked :

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. What was the total amount of duty collected on tobacco for the year ending June 30th, 1904, by the Inland Revenue Department ?

2. How much of this was due to the additional duty imposed in the session of 1897 ?

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LIB

Hon. WILLIAM PATERSON (Minister of Customs) : (Minister of Customs)

Liberal

1. $5,178,736.40.

2. $1,587,224.04.

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BOUNTY ON IRON AND STEEL.

CON

Mr. HENDERSON asked :

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. What was the amount of bounty paid on iron and steel for the year ending 30th June, 1904 ?

2. What amount was paid as duty on lead in the same year ?

3. What amount was paid as duty on steel rods and other steel under Chapter 68 of 1904 ?

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Rt. Hon. Sir RICHARD CARTWRIGHT (Minister of Trade and Commerce) :

1. On iron and steel, $880,549.83.

2. Tbe amount so far paid on account of the year ending June 30, 1904, is $104,341.40. Claims, however, as yet not fully adjusted.

3. Nil. Nothing as yet has been paid.

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FISHING REGULATIONS.

LIB

James Joseph Hughes

Liberal

Mr. SAM. HUGHES.

I have been requested by the member for St. John, N.B. (Mr. Daniel), to ask that the Minister of Marine and Fisheries should give an answer to the statement made by my hon. friend on 'Saturday night with reference to the Baie de Ghaleur fisheries.

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August 8, 1904