July 13, 1908

CON

Robert Abercrombie Pringle

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. PRINGLE.

I had understood that the Cornwall canal was open to navigation, but I have been informed this morning that some difficulty was being encountered through their not being able to remove some rocks.

Topic:   ACCIDENT TO CORNWALL CANAL.
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LIB

George Perry Graham (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

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

I have not heard of that. I received a message from the engineer in charge this morning and he did not make any reference to it. I had a message yesterday that the boats had started to lock through, and it was expected that everything would be fully completed last evening at six o'clock.

Topic:   ACCIDENT TO CORNWALL CANAL.
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CON

Robert Abercrombie Pringle

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. PRINGLE.

I heard from Cornwall this morning that there was some difficulty.

Topic:   ACCIDENT TO CORNWALL CANAL.
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LIB

PURCHASE OP SEED OATS.

CON

Richard Blain

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BLAIN.

When may I expect an answer to the question I put yesterday with regard to the purchase of seed oats?

Topic:   PURCHASE OP SEED OATS.
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LIB

Frank Oliver (Minister of the Interior; Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. OLIVER.

On Monday.

Topic:   PURCHASE OP SEED OATS.
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INTERCOLONIAL RAILWAY-PICTOU BRANCH.

CON

John Stanfield

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STANFIELD.

When may I expect an answer to question No. 1 which has been standing on the Order Paper, since June 25?

Topic:   INTERCOLONIAL RAILWAY-PICTOU BRANCH.
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LIB

George Perry Graham (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Mr. GRAHAM.

These questions which involve details have to be sent to Moncton to get the information. I asked by wire yesterday for a reply as quickly as possible.

Topic:   INTERCOLONIAL RAILWAY-PICTOU BRANCH.
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INQUIRY FOR RETURN.

CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

When will the Minister of Public Works lay on the table the return I moved for early in the session as to the cost of buildings?

Topic:   INQUIRY FOR RETURN.
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LIB

NATIONAL TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILWAY-RIGHT OF WAY IN MADAWASKA.

LIB

Pius Michaud

Liberal

Mr. PIUS MICHAUD (Victoria, N.B.).

I would ask the Minister of Justice if any claims for payment of compensation for right of way in connection with the construction of the Transcontinental Railway through the county of Madawaska, N.B., have been placed in his hands to be settled? If so, how many, and what is the intention of the minister in respect to these claims? There are numbers of these claims in the hands of local solicitors, and my advice to the Minister of Justice would be to settle them as soon as possible.

Topic:   NATIONAL TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILWAY-RIGHT OF WAY IN MADAWASKA.
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Hon. A.@

B, AYLESWORTH (Minister of Justice). The matter is in the hands of the Department of Justice for arrangement. Some 30 claims for payment to land owners through whose properties the line of the Transcontinental Railway in the county of Madawaska passes have been sent to the Department of Justice by the commissioners with instructions to arrange for fixing the true amount of the compensation to be paid. Some of these have already been settled by consent arrangement between the department and the land owners Interested, and all that have not been so settled will be placed in the Exchequer Court at ouce for settlement of the amount to be paid in ordinary course.

Topic:   NATIONAL TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILWAY-RIGHT OF WAY IN MADAWASKA.
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SUPPLY-COST OF THE NATIONAL

TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILWAY.

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Right Hon. S@

FIELDING (Minister of Finance) moved that the House go into Committee of Supply.

Topic:   SUPPLY-COST OF THE NATIONAL
Subtopic:   TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILWAY.
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LIB

George Perry Graham (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Hon. GEORGE P. GRAHAM (Minister of Railways).

A few evenings ago the leader of the opposition made a statement concerning the cost of the great transcontinental highway from Prince Rupert to Moncton which has received wide publicity, and which I am bound to say has been given a publicity that is not fair to the House, to the government, to the leader of the opposition nor to the country. Might I make a very brief personal allusion; I find that some of my friends of the press misstated my own position on the occasion when the leader of the opposition delivered his speech, and intimated that for some dark reason either of ignorance or discourtesy I neglected to reply to my hon. friend. As a matter of fact, at the request of the member for North Toronto, made a short time previously-made across the floor of the House openly-I had agreed that I would not make my statement that evening, and while at that time I had no idea the leader of the opposition was going to make his statement, still I thought it better to take the risk of being placed in an embarrassing position than to break faith with the member for North Toronto. In order that time may be saved when we get into committee I shall give a few facts concerning the present position of the Transcontinental Railway including the Grand Trunk Pacific or western branch and the eastern division from Winnipeg to Moncton owned and being constructed by the government. The following memorandum is prepared by Mr. Schreiber chief engineer of the western division, and is dated May 31, 1908, so that it will contain the information up to a recent date:

Total length of western division:

Miles.

Prairie section 916

Mountain section 939

1,755

Contractors for. grading, &c.

Miles. Amount.

Treat & Johnston, Winnipeg to

Portage la Prairie 53 $ 200,000

McDonald, McMillan & Company, Portage la Prairie for

275 miles 275 1,672,000

Treat & Johnston, Qu'Appelle valley '(covered by above) 298,400

Canadian White Company,

275th mile to 2 miles west of South Saskatchewan river .. 144 770,000Foley Brothers, Larson & Company, 2 miles west South Saskatchewan river to North Saskatchewan river

318 2,500,000

Miles. Amount. Canadian White Company,

North Saskatchewan river to half a imile west thereof.. i $ 29,000

Foley, Welch & Stewart, 6 miles east of Edmonton to Wolfe

creek 125^ 1,200,000

Foley, Welch & Stewart, 100 miles east of Prince Rupert 100 3,200,000

Total miles grading under contract 1,016 $9,869,400

Contractors for steel bridges.. .. $ 1,463,400

Total approximate cost 11,332,800

From Winnipeg to Battle river the grading and bridging is practically completed, being a distance of 675 miles. From Battle river to Edmonton about 54 miles of grading, &e., is completed.

The work of fencing, tracklaying, ballasting and telegraph line is being done by the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway by days labour; there are only 55 miles of fence built; the track is laid from a point about 30 miles west of Winnipeg for a distance of 520 miles; the line is practically ballasted for a distance of 160 miles and 271 miles of telegraph line is erected.

I want to call the attention of hon. gentlemen to the fact that this report rather confirms my statement often made that large companies do not always have their work done by contract; and members who insist on calling for tenders and giving contracts as a panacea for all the evils that may exist in a public or a private work in my opinion are wrong. This great company is doing a large portion of this work by day labour.

Topic:   SUPPLY-COST OF THE NATIONAL
Subtopic:   TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILWAY.
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July 13, 1908