January 25, 1909

CON

Mr. LENNOX asked:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Has the government recovered or taken action to recover $39,933, of which the country was defrauded by the action of George Mc-Avittie and C. S. Mayes in connection with a [DOT]dredging contract? If not, why not?

2. Has the repayment of this money been demanded? If so, when and from whom? If not, why not?

3. Does the government propose to take action for recovery of this money ? If so, when? If not, why not?

4. Has the government consulted with or taken the opinion of the Department of Justice as to its rights in the premises, and particularly as to the right of action for recovery of said money?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   DREDGING CONTRACT-ST. JOHN, N.B.
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LIB

James Kirkpatrick Kerr (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER.

The words in the second line which reads ' of which the country was defrauded,' appear in the question by an oversight and should not have been allowed. These words contain an allegation of fact. With these words stricken out the *question may be put.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   DREDGING CONTRACT-ST. JOHN, N.B.
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CON

Haughton Lennox

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. LENNOX.

I will insert the word * alleged ' so that the question will read " alleged to have been defrauded.'

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   DREDGING CONTRACT-ST. JOHN, N.B.
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LIB

James Kirkpatrick Kerr (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER.

I have not the word ' alleged ' in the question.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   DREDGING CONTRACT-ST. JOHN, N.B.
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CON

Haughton Lennox

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. LENNOX.

It can be considered as inserted.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   DREDGING CONTRACT-ST. JOHN, N.B.
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LIB

James Kirkpatrick Kerr (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER.

If these words are stricken out the question can be put.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   DREDGING CONTRACT-ST. JOHN, N.B.
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CON

Haughton Lennox

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. LENNOX.

Then the question would not have any meaning. If the question says " alleged to have been defrauded ' we would *comply with your honour's suggestion.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   DREDGING CONTRACT-ST. JOHN, N.B.
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LIB

James Kirkpatrick Kerr (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER.

Perhaps the question may be allowed to stand until it has been drafted.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   DREDGING CONTRACT-ST. JOHN, N.B.
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CON

TELEPHONE AND TELEGRAPH SPECIAL COMMITTEE.

CON

Mr. LENNOX asked:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. What were the total expenses incurred in connection with the telegraph and the telephone investigation conducted by the special committee of this House, appointed during the session of 1905?

2. Were the proceedings of the committee and its finding and recommendations reported to the House?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   TELEPHONE AND TELEGRAPH SPECIAL COMMITTEE.
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LIB

Hon. WILLIAM PATERSON (Minister *of Customs): (Minister of Customs)

Liberal

1. $10,619.35.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   TELEPHONE AND TELEGRAPH SPECIAL COMMITTEE.
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AUDITOR GENERAL'S REPORT.


1901-5, 0.16 $6,199 15 1905- 6 , 0.16 3,960 20 1906- 7, 0.16 460 00



2. On the 15th July, 1905, the select committee appointed to inquire into and report regarding the various telephone systems in Canada, presented a report submitting to the House the minutes of their proceedings with all evidence taken by them. Owing, however, to the voluminous nature of the evidence and the late period of the session the committee felt it impossible for them to come to any conclusions or make any recommendations to the House on the subject referred to them.


EX-CHIEF JUSTICE TUCK.

CON

Haughton Lennox

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. LENNOX asked:

Referring to the report in the press that ex-Chief Justice-Tuck, of New Brunswick, is said to have stated that he was offered a knighthood two or three years ago upon condition of retiring from the bench.

1. Has the government any knowledge of this?

2. Was the offer made?

3. Was Chief Justice Tuok requested to retire? If so, by whom, and with what object?

4. Was it the desire of the government or of the Department of Justice at about the time referred to that Chief Justice Tuck should retire from the bench?

5. Was the government or department at about the time referred to seeking to appoint another person in his place if Chief Justice Tuok could be induced to retire?

6. Has the ex-Chief Justice denied the statement attributed to him by the press, or has his attention been called to the press statements by the government or the department?

Rt. Hon. Sir WILFRID LAURIER (Prime

Minister):

1. The government have no such knowledge.

2. No such offer was made to Chief Justice Tuck.

3. Chief Justice Tuck was not requested by the government to retire.

4. The government had no such desire. If they had had such desire, they would have put it into action.

5. The government was not seeking to appoint any person in Chief Justice Tuck's place.

6. The government is not aware whether ex-Chief Justice Tuck has denied or has not denied the statement attributed to him. His attention has not been called to the matter by the government or, so far as I know, by the Department of Justice.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   EX-CHIEF JUSTICE TUCK.
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STATISTICS OF INDUSTRIAL DISPUTES INVESTIGATION ACT.

CON

Angus Claude Macdonell

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MACDONELL asked:

'

1. When did the Industrial Disputes Investigation Act, 1907, commonly known as the Lemieux Act, come into force?

2. What was (a) the number of strikes; (b) the number of employees involved; and (c) the amount of time lost through strikes in Canada for each of the calendar years 1901, 1905, 1906, 1907, 1908 respectively, giving separately and in addition the above deferred information for such part of the calendar year 1907 as the said Lemieux Act was in force?

3. (a) How many boards were constituted under the Act; (b) how many boards reported under the Act; and (c) how many settlements were effected under the Act during each of the calendar years 1907-8 respectively ?

4. How many reports made under the Act were not accepted or were disregarded during the calendar years 1907 and 1908 respectively?

Hon. RODOLPHE LEMIEUX (Minister

of Labour):

1. March 22, 1907.

2. (a) Number of strikes (according to calendar year):

In 1903 160

1904 103

1905 87

1906 138

1907., HO

1908 65

Number of strikes subsequent to date of passage of Industrial Disputes Investigation Act during the year 1907, 118.

(b) Number of employees involved:

In 1903 49,513

1904 15,665

1905 16,329

1906 26,014

1907 34,972

1908 26,232

Number of employees involved in strikes subsequent to date of passage of Industrial Disputes Investigation Act during 1907, 31,740.

(c) Amount of time lost to employees in woiking days:

In 1903 752,181 working days.

1904

278,956 "1905

284,140 "1906

489,775 "1907

613,986 "1908

708,191 "

Amount of time lost to employees in working days on account of strikes subsequent to date of passage of Industrial Disputes Investigation Act during 1907, 575,182.

3. (a) Number of Boards constituted in 1907 20

Number of Boards constituted in 1908.. 25

Total 45

(b) Number of Boards reporting in 1907 17

Number of Boards reporting in 1908 26

Total 43

One board established during 1908 reported since the close of the year and one Board established on December 31, 1908, had not reported on January 25, 1909.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   STATISTICS OF INDUSTRIAL DISPUTES INVESTIGATION ACT.
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CON

Angus Claude Macdonell

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MACDONELL.

(c) Number of settlements effected in 1907 23*

Number of settlements effected in 1908 22

* This figure includes several settlements effected under the Industrial Disputes Investigation Act, 1907, without the establishment of a Board.

4. One case was reported to the department in each of the years 1907 and 1908, in which a strike occurred in connection with a dispute which had been referred for adjustment under the terms of the Industrial Disputes Investigation Act. In each case the findings of the Board were ultimately accepted.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   STATISTICS OF INDUSTRIAL DISPUTES INVESTIGATION ACT.
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January 25, 1909