May 19, 1905

LIB
CON

John Graham Haggart

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HAGGART.

It is a wonder you did not ask for the amount last year to finish the contract.

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LIB

Henry Robert Emmerson (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Mr. EMMERSON.

I will explain. These contractors had a claim in the department, this balance was in dispute, and this amount was finally adjusted by the chief engineer.

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LIB

Henry Robert Emmerson (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Mr. EMMERSON.

No, it is included in the contract; but the contractors made a greater claim. In the final estimate they put in claims, as a rule, for more work, and there is always a dispute as to the quantity. A dispute arose in connection with this contract, and it was finally adjusted by the chief engineer, and under his certificate $1,017 was agreed upon.

Welland canal-to pay Stephen Vanderburg for time lost, Injured while on duty, two-thirds time, 196 days at $1.75 per day, $228.86.

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Henry Robert Emmerson (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Mr. EMMERSON.

This man was engaged at the Port Maitland lock and was injured by falling into the lock, on the 6th of August last, and is still laid, up in consequence.

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LIB

Henry Robert Emmerson (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Mr. EMMERSON.

They were repairing the floor of the lock while it was unwatered.

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Edward Arthur Lancaster

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. LANCASTER.

Was it because of any negligence of bis fellow-servants, or was it his own fault ?

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Henry Robert Emmerson (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Mr. EMMERSON.

I believe it has been the custom for years to give indemnities in similar cases. The matter was submitted to me, and, in view of the course that had been followed, I decided to ask for a vote of parliament for the amount. I am not acquainted with the details, I could not say just what kind of work he was doing, or as to whose fault it was.

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Edward Arthur Lancaster

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. LANCASTER.

I am not finding fault with this, but I just wish to know the policy of the government, if, when a man is injured while at his work, they pay an indemnity without bothering to inquire, like an uncharitable corporation would, as to whether it was his fault or the fault of somebody else.

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LIB

Henry Robert Emmerson (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Mr. EMMERSON.

We do not pay. We inquire and then submit the matter to parliament. This has not been paid. It cannot be paid until parliament votes the amount. Of course, as I understand it, the custom has been to look into each individual case and if a man is injured on duty an allowance of a certain percentage is granted unless' it is the fault of the la-, bourer or workman. In that case it is not considered. i

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Joseph Gédéon Horace Bergeron

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BERGERON.

And there is no discrimination between Liberals and Conserva-vatives ? .

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Arthur Cyril Boyce

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BOYCE.

It is granted irrespective of whether there is negligence attributed to the government or not ?

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Henry Robert Emmerson (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Mr. EMMERSON.

It is granted if the man is not negligent.

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LIB
CON

Arthur Cyril Boyce

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BOYCE.

You do not consider it necessary to make out a prima facie casei?

Miscellaneous-salaries of extra clerks, copyists and messengers, other than those who have passed the Civil Service examination, notwithstanding anything in the Civil Service Act, $1,000.

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May 19, 1905