March 17, 1905

CON

Haughton Lennox

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HAUGHTON LENNOX.

Some time ago I asked the lion. Minister of Railways iu reference to a report from the Board of Railway Commissioners, and he informed the House that he had spoken to. the commissioners and that a report would be brought down ; but he was not able to tell us at what time he expected that report. I presume that in the meantime the minister has been able to ascertain, and can tell the House whether the report is ready or when it will be ready.

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LIB

Henry Robert Emmerson (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Mr. EMMERSON.

The report has been promised, and I hope to have it within a few days.

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CON

Arthur Cyril Boyce

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. A. C. BOYCE.

Before the Orders of the Day are called, I would again ask the hon. Minister of Railways how soon we may expect a return to an order of the House issued on the 20th of February with reference to the Bell Telephone case, especially with reference to the Port Arthur and Fort William agitation ? The last time I referred to the matter the hon. gentleman stated that he was waiting the return of certain documents, I think, from the Railway Commission. As these documents will probably now be in his possesison, I presume that the return will shortly be brought down.

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LIB

Henry Robert Emmerson (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Mr. EMMERSON.

I spoke to the officials of the department this morning with reference to the matter, and I hope to have the papers laid before the House on Monday.

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Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

I think something definite was promised yesterday with regard to the budget, but apparently that expectation was disappointed. I am mentioning it now because I know that some gentlemen

on this side of the House desire to discuss certain matters which might very well be discussed in connection with the budget. They have been suggesting to me that these matters might be brought up at once, and I have been suggesting that they should be held back. As soon as the government is in a position to make an announcement, I shall be very glad to know the date at which the budget may be expected.

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LIB

Wilfrid Laurier (Prime Minister; Minister of the Interior; Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

I will consult the Minister of Finance, and I think I shall be able to make an announcement on Monday.

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SUPPLY.


House in Committee of Supply. Care of sick seamen in the marine hospitals in the maritime provinces, and building and repairs to marine hospitals, $50,000.


LIB

Joseph Raymond Fournier Préfontaine (Minister of Marine and Fisheries)

Liberal

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

This amount is the same as that of last year. The expenditure last year was $49,786.6S. The expenditure for the present fiscal year to the 31st of December was $30,265.32.

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Joseph Gédéon Horace Bergeron

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BERGERON.

How many hospitals are there in the maritime provinces ?

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LIB

Joseph Raymond Fournier Préfontaine (Minister of Marine and Fisheries)

Liberal

Mr. PREFONTAINE.

In Montreal the total amount paid last year to the General Hospital was $2,905 and to the Notre Dame Hospital $2,370. The rate per day was $1.20. In Quebec we paid $135 to the Hotel Dieu and $810 to the Jeffrey Hale Hospital, the rate being 90 cents a day. At Chicoutimi we paid $73.80 at the rate of 90 cents. At Rimouski we paid $59.50 at the rate of over $1. At St. John, N.B., we paid to the General Hospital $1,298.70 at the rate of 90 cents. At Halifax we paid to the Victoria General Hospital $7,221.10.

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Joseph Gédéon Horace Bergeron

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BERGERON.

Instead of being for marine hospitals iu the maritime provinces, this should be for marine hospitals in Canada, because three or four are in the province of Quebec. The item is misleading.

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LIB

Joseph Raymond Fournier Préfontaine (Minister of Marine and Fisheries)

Liberal

Mr. PREFONTAINE.

I think the hon. gentleman is right, but the title has been the same for twenty-five years. There are no dues collected in Ontario. I will make a note of the hon. gentleman's suggestion, and have the title changed to tit the facts.

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LIB

Joseph Raymond Fournier Préfontaine (Minister of Marine and Fisheries)

Liberal

Mr. PREFONTAINE.

1,830 in the hospitals. j|

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CON

John Waterhouse Daniel

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. DANIEL.

Is it not time that the government should take into consideration the reduction of the amount of the fees on

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vessels coining into Canadian ports, seeing that the amount thus obtained is more than sufficient, as I understand, to supply all the needs of the sick mariners ? I know that in my port the amount of fees that are taken from vessels every year is much greater than the amount required for looking after sick seamen. I would like to hear an expression of opinion from the minister on that point, and if possible, get a reduction of those fees.

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LIB

Joseph Raymond Fournier Préfontaine (Minister of Marine and Fisheries)

Liberal

Mr. PREFONTAINE.

Representations have been made to the department during the last few years in favour of the abolition of hospital dues. It is an important question, and I am rather inclined myself to favour the abolition. But as it would involve a pretty large amount, and we have not yet devised any mode of obliging the masters of vessels to take care of their sick men, we have not yet come to a decision. I understand that a delegation from the shipping federation is coming to Ottawa in a few days to lay their views before the members of the cabinet. It is possible that during this session I may announce what will be the policy of the government on this question.

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March 17, 1905