May 14, 1908

QUEBEC BRIDGE SUBSIDY-APPOINTMENT OF COMMITTEE.

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Rt. H@

A few weeks ago the House ordered the appointment of a committee to investigate certain conditions under which the government grant to the Quebec Bridge Company had been made. All the papers connected with the bridge having now been printed, the time has ceme when the committee may be appointed. I therefore move :

That the select committee ordered by this House for the purpose of investigating the conditions and guarantees under which this government paid moneys to the Quebec Bridge Company and endorsed or guaranteed the bonds of the said company, and what measures were adopted by the government to ensure the preparation of suitable plans of construction and the proper execution of the same, and what security the government at present possesses for the sums already received by and guarantees given to the company, be composed of Messrs. Maclean (Lunenburg), Talbot, Galliher, Chisholm (Antigonish), Monk, Barker and Walsh (Huntingdon).

Topic:   QUEBEC BRIDGE SUBSIDY-APPOINTMENT OF COMMITTEE.
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Motion agreed to.


QUESTIONS.

GRAND TRUNK PACIFIC RAILWAY-ISSUE OF BONDS.

CON

George Eulas Foster

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. FOSTER asked :

What amount of bonds have been guaranteed and issued to date in respect to the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, how many of these

have been sold or otherwise disposed of, and what amount has been netted by the company th'erefor ?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   GRAND TRUNK PACIFIC RAILWAY-ISSUE OF BONDS.
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Hon. W. S.@

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   GRAND TRUNK PACIFIC RAILWAY-ISSUE OF BONDS.
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ICE-BREAKER ' MONTCALM.'

CON

Mr. TAYLOR asked : (Whip of the Conservative Party (1867-1942))

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. What was the purchase priee or first cost of the government steamer or ice-breaker ' Montcalm '?

2. What amount has been expended on said steamer for repairs since purchased or built, up to first of May, 1908, year by year?

3. What amount has been expended for furnishings, viz.: furniture, carpeting, floor

cloth, bedding, crockery, silverware, cutlery,

&c. ?

4. What has been the total expenditure in connection with said steamer including salaries of crew, clothing, provisions, &c.?

5. What revenue has been received for work done by said steamer since acquired?-

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   ICE-BREAKER ' MONTCALM.'
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LIB

Hon. L. P. BRODEUR (Minister of Marine and Fisheries) : (Minister of Marine and Fisheries)

Liberal

1. Contract price of steamer, $265,233.32.

2. 1904-5 $ 12,693 941905- 6

47,545 181906- 7

38,355 611907- 8

20,782 49$119,377 223. 1904-5 1905-6

955 601906-7

815 Hi1907-8

1.174 31$6,853 194. 1904-5 1905-6 .... 135,638 191906-7 1907-8 .... 91,921 SO*657,725 415. This is not a revenue producin

steamer. It is used for ice-breaking purposes and for carrying supplies for lighthouse maintenance and construction work.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   ICE-BREAKER ' MONTCALM.'
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REBATES OF DUTY TO MASSEY-HARRIS COMPANY.

CON

William James Roche

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. W. J. ROCHE asked :

What amount has been paid in rebate of duty to the Massey-Harris Company during the last three fiscal years, specifying each year separately?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   REBATES OF DUTY TO MASSEY-HARRIS COMPANY.
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LIB

William Paterson (Minister of Customs)

Liberal

Hon. WM. PATERSON (Minister of Customs) :

On goods manufactured for export :-

1905- 6 $ 83,153 59

1906- 7 (9 months)

90,554 161907- 8

142.410 56

On goods manufactured for home consumption

1905- 0 Nil.

1906- 7 (9 months).... Nil.

1907- S $34,480 32

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Subtopic:   REBATES OF DUTY TO MASSEY-HARRIS COMPANY.
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BAYONETS FROM ROSS RIFLE COMPANY.


Mr. WORTHINGTON-by Mr. Taylor-asked : 1. On what date was the contract entered into between the government and the Ross Rifle Company for the supply of bayonets? 2. When was the order in council passed respecting the same? 3. If tenders were called for, on what dates and in what manner was this done? 4. What are the terms of the contract regarding delivery and payments?


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Hon. Sir FREDERICK BORDEN (Minister of Militia and Defence) :

1. May 4, 1908.

2. May 4, 1908.

3. Tenders were called for by letters, dated January 18, 1908, addressed to-

The Ross Rifle Company, Quebec.

The Ottawa Car Company, Ltd., Ottawa.

4. The contractor undertakes to deliver 52,000 bayonets and scabbards within three years after the delivery to the contractor of an approved standard pattern, specifications and drawings. Deliveries to be made in even monthly quantities, as nearly as may be, and to begin within one month of the completion by the contractor of the necessary machinery, fixtures and gauges ; notice of such completion to be immediately given to the Minister of Militia and Defence.

Payments to be made upon delivery; provided that in any year during the continuance of the contract, if the contractor is not in default in respect of deliveries, he shall be entitled, in advance of delivery, to payment of moneys actually expended upon all bayonets and scabbards or parts thereof to be delivered in that year; such payments in no case to exceed 75 per cent of the price of such bayonets and scabbards. These advances to be made upon the contractor's certificate of the amount so spent, attested by the signature of government chartered accountant, who shall first satisfy himself of the fact of such expenditure.

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Subtopic:   BAYONETS FROM ROSS RIFLE COMPANY.
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ARREARS IN ALLOWANCES TO MILITIA.

CON

Mr. WORTHINGTON asked :

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Is the government in arrears for allowances to any militia regiments? If so, to what regiments, to what amounts, and for what periods?

2. What is the reason some regiments have not received allowances?

3. Is the government aware that officers of some regiments, including one Ottawa regiment, have been obliged to borrow money to meet requirements that should have been met by such arrears in allowances?

4. If so, will the government repay such officers the interest paid by them on such loans ?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   ARREARS IN ALLOWANCES TO MILITIA.
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Hon. W. S.@

Mr. Speaker, I would call your attention to the third part of this question which it seems to me is not in order, as it contains a matter of argument. If this question is put in proper form the answer is ready, but I would ask your ruling. The words to which I object are ' that should have been met by such arrears in allowances.'

Mr. SPEAKER, I would rule that that was not in order. The question will stand for amendment.

Question allowed to stand.

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Subtopic:   ARREARS IN ALLOWANCES TO MILITIA.
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BEAUHARNOIS CANAL.

May 14, 1908