May 29, 1905

QUESTIONS.

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Samuel Hughes

Liberal-Conservative

Mr. SAM. HUGHES.

Some time ago I asked a question as to whether this man had been employed in the Marine and Fisheries Department. The answer of the minister was that he was not so employed. I have data to the effect that lie had been employed up to the date oil which my question was placed on the paper, and his services were then dispensed with. If such was the case, the answer of the minister was equivocal and misleading. I desire the First Minister to look into that.

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COLLINGWOOD DRY DOCK.

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Mr. BENNETT asked :

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Have any payments been made to the Col-iingwood Dry Dock Company, by way of bounty or assistance, by the federal government ?

2. If so, what are the amounts and dates of payments ?

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Hon. W. S. FIELDING (Minister of Finance) : (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

1. No.

2. Answered by No. 1.

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BRACEBRIDGE DRY DOCK.

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Mr. WM@

WRIGHT-by Mr. Bennett-asked :

1. Who is the local superintendent of the government dock recently constructed, or being constructed, at Bracehridge, Ontario, and -where does he reside ?

2. How much per diem was he paid ? _

3 How much was he paid for such services to date, and will he he paid any further amount for such work ?

4. Upon whose recommendation was he appointed ?

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Hon. W. S. FIELDING (Minister of Finance) : (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

1. P. L. Olairmont. The address known to the department is Bracehridge, Ontario. We have no other address.

2. $3 per day.

3. (a) S44S.6S ; (b) The services ot a

clerk of works will be required until tbe contract is completed.

4. Mr. Olairmont was appointed by Mr. Henry A. Gray, resident engineer, after consulting with well informed people in the vicinity.

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COLDINGWOOD GOVERNMENT DOCK.

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William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

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

If the House will permit me, I will answer a question which was put to me the other day during the discussion with respect to the construction of a dock at Colling-wood. I was asked about the return of the cheque of 'Mr. Battle, and I stated that while I was positive in regard to Mr. Conroy's cheque, I desired to make further inquiry. I find that after the tender of Mr. Conroy was accepted and the contract awarded to him, all the other cheques were returned. The cheque of Mr. Conroy is still held m the department.

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JAPANESE DISCRIMINATION AGAINST CANADIAN GOODS.


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Mr SAMUEL BARKER (Hamilton).

Before the Orders of the Day are called, I desire to call the attention of the government to a letter which appears in the Yarmouth [DOT] Telegram ' of Friday last. It may have been already brought to the attention of the proper department, but it seems to me to be a matter of very great importance, and therefore I now call attention to it. it is copied from ' Industrial Canada .

Mr 0 T. Grantham, manager of the Imperial Cotton Company, Hamilton, sends us the following "etter from their New York selling agents, which may be found of interest as illustrating the difficulties which Canadian manufacturers are meeting with in endeavouring to market their goods in Japan :

New York, April 22, 1905.

Dear Sir,-I regret having to report that in spite of continued efforts, we have found it lm-

possible to sell any of the Canadian goods for export to Japan. During the past six or eight months we hare sold very large blocks of goods manufactured in the United States for export to that market, but, in spite of our best efforts, and of offers, of price concessions, we have not been able to ship a yard of your goods to Japan.

Knowing that your goods were equal in every respect to the American made duck, we were forced to look for some other reasons for the discrimination against the Canadian goods. We found, in the first place, that there was a preferential of five per cent, in favour of the duty on American duck. In order to offset that, we offered the Canadian goods at five per cent less than the American goods, so that they might go in through the customs on the same basis. Even at this price concession, we were unable to effect any sales, in spite of the fact that the Japanese were most desirous of obtaining goods promptly, and were thoroughly scouring the American markets for goods which could be delivered at au early date. We then found out that the reason we could not effect sales was not so much on account of the prices of goods as because there was a sentimental prejudice in Japanese official circles against Canadian-made goods. It seems that the Japanese feel that they were discriminated against by the Canadian government, and that the Canadian government was not willing, at some time in the past, to make the same arrangements with Japan as with the United States and England.

I believe that it is more on account of this prejudice than for any other reason, that we cannot effect the sale of your goods in this mar-+ *7 an<^ ^ ^ *s *n an5r way possible for you to bring about more friendly relations between your government and the Japanese officials, we believe that it will materially help the trade of the Dominion.

Yours very truly,

J. SPENiCER TURNER COMPANY.

H. H. Lehman, secretary and treasurer.

This is a very important matter for the consideration of the government if it has not already been dealt with. I shall send the letter over to the hon. minister.

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William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

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

The point to which my hon. friend refers has already been brought to the notice of the government. It arises out of this condition : The imperial government made a

treaty with Japan some years ago under which certain privileges were granted and we had the opportunity of joining in that treaty. All things considered it was felt that if wrn should adhere to that treaty Canada's freedom of action in other matters would he embarrassed, and it was not deemed wise in the interest of Canada to assent to that treaty so that it might be applied to Canada. The consequence is that Canadian (products do not get the preference which British products would under that treaty and which are granted to the products of some other countries. In order to get the ad' mitage to which my hon. friend refers wre ts oulc. have been obliged to give lip some degree of that freedom which Canada has desired to have in regard to its own legislative action. I am speaking from recollec-

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Samuel Barker

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BARKER.

tion of what occurred some years ago but that is substantially the condition. We declined to join in this British treaty and therefore we lost some advantages which might have been derived if we had accepted that treaty.

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George Eulas Foster

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. FOSTER.

Does my hon. friend recollect what was the chief factor in causing this action of the government, what possibilities they would Lave let themselves in for bad they accepted the treaty and at about what time this occurred ?

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May 29, 1905