February 27, 1905

STEAM COMMUNICATION WITH P.E.I.- SNOW BLOCKADE IN MARITIME PROYINCES-DELAY OF MAILS.

CON

Alfred Alexander Lefurgey

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. A. A. LEFURGEY (Prince, P.E.I).

Mr. Speaker, I would like to ask the attention of the Postmaster General (Sir William Mulock) through the right hon. Prime Minister (Sir Wilfrid Laurier) to the condition of the mail service in Prince Edward Island. I received on Saturday a despatch from a resident of Tignish saying that, in answer to communications addressed to the postmaster of Charlottetown they have received absolutely no information as to the carriage of the mails, and the people throughout the district have now undertaken the service themselves, and the mails have been started by sleighs sent out by private individuals. It seems to me that this is very unsatisfactory, and, I should think, an illegal method of handling the public mails of this country. I will ask the right hon. First Minister to bring this subject to the attention of the Postmaster General and have some inquiry made into it. And, if the train service is so blocked that the mails cannot be brought through by the trains a service should be established by means of sleighs under official auspices, so that His Majesty's mails may not be entrusted to private individuals as they have been.

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LIB

Joseph Raymond Fournier Préfontaine (Minister of Marine and Fisheries)

Liberal

Hon. RAYMOND PREFONTAINE (Min-of Marine and Fisheries).

I beg leave to communicate to the House a despatch I have just received :

Charlottetown, P.E.I., 27th Feb.

Steamers last crossing twenty-fourth ultimo, ice blockade still continues : tried dynamite

Pictou barrier Saturday, found useless ; ' Stanley ' unable to get past Cape Bear. No crossing at Capes since twenty-third instant. Boats cannot overcome lolly, broken ice and deep snow ; railway blocked for two weeks.

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Agent.


LIB

Henry Robert Emmerson (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

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

Apropos the subject raised by my hon. friend from Prince Edward Island (Mr. Lefurgey), I beg to inform the House and the country that the snow-blockade which has for some time existed on the Intercolonial-or that portion of it in the province of Nova Scotia-has been raised. I had communications to-day stating that the trains are now moving in and out of Halifax, and also between Sydney and Truro-so that the road is completely free. The Dominion Atlantic line which is the line running between Halifax and Yarmouth, had been closed for a week or ten days. Even the highways are entirely impassable. With the assistance of the Intercolonial and the using of the appliances of that road, the Dominion Atlantic has been opened up, and trains are now running over it. The blockade, of course has been a very great drawback to the business interests of tlie maritime provinces. Regretful for the past, I shall endeavour to make such arrangements as are possible with the clerk of the weather to prevent a repetition of such a stoppage of Intercolonial trains.

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LIB

James Joseph Hughes

Liberal

Mr. J. J. HUGHES (King's, P.E.I.).

In reference to the question raised by the hon. member for Prince (Mr. Lefurgey), I might say that I made representations to the Post Office Department some time ago and was informed that the postmaster at Charlottetown had full power to employ teams to convey the mails when the trains were stalled-full powers to have the mails brought through by any means he thought advisable in the public interest. I have no doubt at all that the postmaster at Charlottetown is using the power intrusted to him to the best of his judgment and ability.

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CON

Alfred Alexander Lefurgey

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. LEFURGEY.

I do not wish to make this a subject of controversy. But, as I have a message from a resident of Tignish. I might read that to the House, and possibly it may satisfy hon. gentlemen as to my position :

Tignish, P.E.I., Feb. 25.

A. A. Lefurgey, M.P.,

Ottawa, Ont'.

Mails started by private individuals without notice. Whear insolently answers. No explanation. Bring up demoralization before orders of day. Agnew wired Yeo to-day.

So, it would appear that the postmaster at Charlottetown had been appealed to in the matter and the people had received no satisfactory explanation of his conduct, and consequently had to use conveyances of private individuals to deliver the mails.

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PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT IN THE NORTHWEST.

CON

John Graham Haggart

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HAGGART.

I would ask the right hon. Prime Minister (Sir Wilfrid Laurier) when the Bills establishing the provinces

of Saskatchewan and Alberta will be printed ?

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LIB

Wilfrid Laurier (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LATJRIER.

I expect they will be printed to-day or to-morrow.

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LIB

Charles Fitzpatrick (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Hon. CHARLES FITZPATRICK (Minister of Justice).

The Bills were placed in the hands of the clerk of the House on Thursday last.

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PRIVATE BILLS.

THIRD READING.


Bill (No. 34) respecting the Nicola, Kamloops and Similkameen Coal and Railway Company.-Mr. Galliher.


'CONSIDERED IN COMMITTEE-THIRD READING.


Bill (No. 33) respecting certain patents of Jean Effront-Mr. L. P. Demers.


MOLSONS BANK.


House in committee on Bill (No. 14) respecting the Molson's Bank.-Mr. Ames. On section 1,


LIB

Archibald Campbell

Liberal

Mr. CAMPBELL.

I may just say that when this Bill was before the committee there was some opposition to it on account of the question not being settled as to whether the shareholders had authorized this change. Since then I have received a telegram from the general manager saying that the shareholders were notified and authorized the change at a special general meeting called for thaj; purpose.

Bill reported, read the third time and passed.

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February 27, 1905