April 27, 1908

MEAFORD HARBOUR.

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Hon. L. P.@

BRODEUR (Minister of Marine and Fisheries) moved for leave to introduce Bill (No. 158) respecting Meaford Harbour. He said : The object of the Bill is to legalize a situation which has existed for some years and has created some disturbance. The township of St. Vincent was at first the authority which had the power to deal with this harbour which is on Georgian bay. Later on, in 1874, if I remember well, the town of Meaford was incorporated with the harbour within its territorial limits. The municipal authorities of the town assumed that the fact that the harbour was within the boundaries of the town gave them sufficient authority to deal with the harbour, to make necessary improvements and to levy taxes. I understand that some work had been carried out by the municipality on this assumption that they were acting within their right. As some doubt has been raised as to their right to carry out these works and levy taxes, they have approached the department and asked that legislation be introduced to legalize what has been done and to declare that for the future, the harbour shall be vested in the town of Meaford.

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Motion agreed to, and Bill read the first time.


DREDGING AT MIDLAND, TIFFIN AND VICTORIA HARBOUR.

CON

William Humphrey Bennett

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. W. H. BENNETT (East Simcoe).

I would like to ask the Minister of Public Works (Mr. Pugsley) if tenders have yet been advertised for in connection with the dredging anticipated to be done during the coming season at Midland, Tiffin and Victoria Harbour.

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CON
LIB

William Pugsley (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Hon. WM. PUGSLEY (Minister of Public Works).

I can only say that I have given the necessary directions for the calling for tenders, and I assume that the advertisements are out. If not issued, they are in course of being issued.

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QUESTIONS.

INTERCOLONIAL RAILWAY-CLAIMS SETTLED.

CON

John Waterhouse Daniel

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. DANIEL asked :

How many claims for damages to property, or personal injury or loss or damage on the Intercolonial Railway have been settled since January 1, 1908, what is the nature of the claims so settled, the amount of damages claimed in each case, the settlements arrived at, and the names of the persons settled with?

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Subtopic:   INTERCOLONIAL RAILWAY-CLAIMS SETTLED.
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LIB

George Perry Graham (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Hon. GEO. P. GRAHAM (Minister of Railways and Canals).

The answer to this question is sufficiently large to make quite a bulky return. If my hon. friend (Mr. Daniel) will allow me to lay it on the table, I will do so, instead of spending the rest of the afternoon in reading it.

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Subtopic:   INTERCOLONIAL RAILWAY-CLAIMS SETTLED.
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CON

John Waterhouse Daniel

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. DANIEL.

Certainly.

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Subtopic:   INTERCOLONIAL RAILWAY-CLAIMS SETTLED.
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PROPOSED JAPANESE COLONY IN THE WEST.

LIB

Ralph Smith

Liberal

Mr. RALPH SMITH asked :

Referring to cage 6650 of unrevised 1 Hansard ' of April 8. 1908- wherein the Hon. Mr. Lemieux made the following statement:

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Subtopic:   PROPOSED JAPANESE COLONY IN THE WEST.
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LIB

Rodolphe Lemieux (Minister of Labour; Postmaster General)

Liberal

Mr. LEMIEUX.

Since the hon. member for Calgary (Mr. McCarthy) has referred again to the number of Japanese who wish to settle near Calgary as agriculturists, I may say, in order to show that the Japanese authorities are living up to their agreement with Canada, that a few days ago the Canadian Pacific Railway Company applied to the Dominion government in order to ascertain if something like 300 Japanese would be allowed to enter the Dominion and take up land in the Northwest. The Canadian Pacific Railway authorities pointed out that the Japanese government would not obiect to issuing passports to the intending Japanese immigrants; but the Japanese government had stated that they could not issue passports unless the Dominion government would a-.'-ee to it. That shows plainly that the Japanese authorities are living up to the agreement arrived at during the month of December last.

1. What was the date of the Canadian Pacific Railway's application to bring in Japanese immigrants?

2. By whom was the application made?

3. What were the exact terms of the application ?

4. What was the complete answer of the government to such application?

5. Have any other applications been made bv the same company, or any other company, for such a privilege?

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Subtopic:   PROPOSED JAPANESE COLONY IN THE WEST.
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LIB

Rodolphe Lemieux (Minister of Labour; Postmaster General)

Liberal

Hon. RODOLPHE LEMIEUX (Minister of Labour) :

1, 2 and 3. The following letter was received :

(At Ottawa), March 25, 1908. Hon. Prank Oliver, M.P.,

Minister of the Interior, Ottawa.

My Dear Sir,-A Japanese gentleman contracted with us last autumn for the purchase of a considerable area of land in the irrigation block with a view to cutting it up into small farms for Japanese settlers. He now cables from the Philippines that he has made arrangements for the emigration of two hundred Japanese farmers this year, but that the Japanese government is not disposed to grant passports unless Dominion government approves of the settlement of these people in Alberta.

Will you kindly inform me what view the government take of this proposition? Our correspondent asks for cable reply, and I shall be glad if the matter can receive early consideration.

Yours truly,

(Sgd.) C. DRINKWATER.

4. The government replied as follows :

Ottawa, March 30, 1908.

Dear Sir,-In reply to your letter of March 25 regarding approval by the government of the settlement of a number of Japanese on irrigation lands near Calgary, I beg to say that if the arrangement to which you allude is in the nature of a contract for the furnishing of labour this government cannot approve of it, and therefore cannot ask the Jananese government to grant the necessary passports.

As announced in parliament, however, you are no doubt aware that a certain number of (Japanese domestic servants -land farm labourers may be given passports for Canada. Within the number agreed upon of these classes the Dominion government has no objection to offer to the Japanese authorities issuing the necessary passports.

I notice that you speak of your correspondent cabling from the Philippines that he has made arrangements for the emigration v 0 hundred Japanese farmers this year, it by this it is meant that these are Japanese coming from the Philippines, I beg to point out if they are Japanese citizens that the order in council of March 28 would in any case prohibit their landing in Canada.

Yours respectfully,

(Sgd.) FRANK OLIVER.

C. Drinkwater, Esq.,

Canadian Pacific Railway Company, Ottawa.

5. This is the only application made by the Canadian Pacific Railway Company or any other.

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Subtopic:   PROPOSED JAPANESE COLONY IN THE WEST.
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DEFALCATION IN MONTREAL POST OFFICE.

CON

Joseph Gédéon Horace Bergeron

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BERGERON asked :

L Was a defalcation discovered in the Montreal Post Office lately? If so, what was the amount stolen?

2. In which department of the Montreal Post Office did the offence occur?

3. Was an investigation held, and what was the report?

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Subtopic:   DEFALCATION IN MONTREAL POST OFFICE.
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LIB

Hon. RODOLPHE LEMIEUX (Postmaster General) : (Minister of Labour; Postmaster General)

Liberal

1. Yes. A young man employed in the Montreal post office was arrested for having stolen $202.42, who, when brought before the judge, pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to a period of four years in the St. Vincent de Paul penitentiary.

2. The offence occurred In connection with the amounts collected at the Montreal post office from newspapers for postage.

3. An investigation has been ordered, but up to date no report has been received.

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Subtopic:   DEFALCATION IN MONTREAL POST OFFICE.
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April 27, 1908