February 28, 1905

LIB

Sydney Arthur Fisher (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. FISHER.

In the year 1902-3, we expended on the organized districts alone $99,000, so that there appears to be something omitted in the Auditor General's Report. I am perfectly willing to let the item stand until I get further information, but if the hon. gentlemen wish to pass the vote I think it might be reduced to $130,000.

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CON

Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

You must have had some memorandum to present to Council on which to base your request for this vote.

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LIB

Sydney Arthur Fisher (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. FISHER.

I have not that memorandum with me at present.

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Andrew B. Ingram

Liberal-Conservative

Mr. INGRAM.

The expenditure last year according to the Auditor General's Report was $217,000, and if you deduct the $99,000 for cattle quarantine it leaves a balance of $118,000 expended in this way.

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LIB

Sydney Arthur Fisher (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. FISHER.

The estimate for 1905-G shows $105,000 for organized quarantine work; $15,000 for frontier work, and $10,000 for Northwest Territories, or $130,000 in all.

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CON

Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

The minister had better let the item stand until we get the information.

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LIB

Sydney Arthur Fisher (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. FISHER.

Very well.

Item allowed to stand.

Traeadie Lazaretto, $6,000.

Mr, SPROULE. Why is this vote increased $500?

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LIB

Sydney Arthur Fisher (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. FISHER.

The physician there is experimenting on a new treatment and he wishes to continue his experiments more extensively. That accounts for the larger part of the increase, and then there are some little travelling expenses which the doctor has to incur in examining into reported cases of leprosy.

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LIB

Sydney Arthur Fisher (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. FISHER.

It varies a little. There are seventeen now and two years ago there were twenty-one.

Public Works Health Act, $6,000.

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LIB

Sydney Arthur Fisher (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. FISHER.

The statute passed some years ago requires that certain facilities in the matter of hospital accommodation and so on, shall be provided by contractors on public works. We have a gentleman who visits these works and sees that this law is properly carried out.

Mr. .1. D. REID. I see that last year the expenditure under this head was only $3,500.

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LIB

Sydney Arthur Fisher (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. FISHER.

I asked for the vote of $6,000 last year in anticip'ation of the construction of the Transcontinental Railway. So far we have only expended about $3,000, but before the end of the current fiscal year we may have to expend more. So far, I am very pleased to say, there has been no unusual occurrence. The ordinary routine inspection has been sufficient. We have had very little in the way of complaint, and our inspector has been able, by ordinary travelling, to overlook the work and make satisfactory reports. As an instance of what might occur at any time, a report came to the department that there was an epidemic of a peculiar disease on a certain work. The inspector immediately went off to inquire into it, and returned within a week with the statement that there was no foundation for the report. When a report of that kind comes to the department, however, we look into it at once.

Winnipeg and St. Boniface hospitals, $4,000.

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CON
LIB

Sydney Arthur Fisher (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. FISHER.

The vote is divided between them according to the number of patients, at the rate of so much per day.

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CON

Uriah Wilson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. URIAH WILSON.

It was stated in this House a year or two ago that the reason we had to give so much to hospitals in that part of the country was that a large number of immigrants were taken to them, and it would be unfair to throw the whole burden upon the people there. Will the minister state how many are in the hospitals, and what proportion are immigrants ?

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LIB

Sydney Arthur Fisher (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. FISHER.

I have no report of the number there at present, and I do not think that would influence the grant. It is the number of admissions of newly arrived people during the year that regulates the amount we send to each hospital.

Some resolutions reported.

Sir WILLIAM MULOCK moved the adjournment of the House.

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CON

Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

Might I ask what work will be taken up to-morrow ?

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LIB

William Mulock (Minister of Labour; Postmaster General)

Liberal

Sir WILLIAM MULOCIC.

The Minister of Agriculture will proceed with the third reading of the Seeds Bill.

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CON

February 28, 1905