February 1, 1909

CON

Mr. ARMSTRONG asked:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. What action, if any, has the government taken to bring about the resignation of Mr. FEBRUARY 1, 1909

Morse, vice-president of tlie Grand Trunk Pacific?

2. Is there any truth in the following statements made in the Toronto ' Daily Stair/ of January 23, 1909, which reads as follows:-

' It is said every contractor in the country was an open enemy of Morse. The manner of his departure was exceedingly dramatic. It is stated by some well-informed railway men that the government notified Mr. Hays that they could not get on with Mr. Morse and that he was persona non grata to them ' ?

Topic:   G.T.P.-RESIGNATION OF MR. MORSE.
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LIB

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

Liberal

1. None whatever.

2. (a) The government has no knowledge of such being the case; (b) expression of opinion on this point is beyond the purview of the government; (c) the government is not aware that any well informed railway-men made such a statement, but if they did it was wholly unwarranted.

Topic:   G.T.P.-RESIGNATION OF MR. MORSE.
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EXPORTATION OP ELECTRIC POWER.

CON

Mr. MACDONELL asked:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. What are the names and addresses of the persons or corporations at Niagara Palls, who were exporting power or fluid immediately prior to the time the Electricity and Fluid Exportation Act (1907) came into force, and who have subsequently been brought under the operation of the Act by license thereunder, giving the quantity or amount of power or fluid, exported per year or per month (whichever is the most convenient form in which to make the answer), since receiving license under the Act?

2. The names and addresses of all persons and corporations at Niagara Falls who have commenced the exportation of power or fluid since the said Act came into force, and who have been licensed thereunder, giving the amount or quantity exported, according to convenience aforesaid ?

3. The names and addresses of the persons or corporations to whom all such power or fluid referred to in questions 1 and 2 is consigned, supplied or exported giving quantity to each?

4. Is there any person or corporation at present exporting power or fluid, at Niagara Falls, without a license, under the said Act?

5. For what period or periods of time are such licenses issued, and are they all uniform in this respect?

6. Are such licenses, or any of them, renewable ? If so, for how long, and on what terms ?

7. What system of inspection, if any, has the government provided, to ascertain that the said Act 6 and 7 Edward VII., Chapter 16, is being lived up to and complied with, by the persons or corporations who ishould properly come thereunder?

8. Do all such licenses provide that the quantity of power or fluid exported shall be limited to the surplus, after the licensee has supplied for distribution to customers for use in Canada, power or fluid, equal to the demand in Canada?

9. What means does the government adopt to ascertain that the Canadian demand for power or fluid, as aforesaid, is fully supplied,

before licensing the export of any power, or fluid to the United States?

10. What revenue does the government derive from export duties on such power or fluid so exported, and what, if any, exemptions therefrom, has the government granted under subsection 3 of section 10 of the said Act?

11. Does the government of the province of Ontario impose any tax on such power or fluid? If so, what does it amount to?

Topic:   EXPORTATION OP ELECTRIC POWER.
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LIB

Hon. WM. PATERSON (for Minister of Finance): (Minister of Customs)

Liberal

1. 'The Canadian Niagara Power Company,' Niagara Falls, Ont.

'The Electrical Development Company oi Ontario, Limited,' Niagara Falls, Ont.

'The Ontario Power Company of Niagara Falls,' Niagara Falls, Ont.

The total quantity of electrical energy exported by these companies since the coming into force of the Electricity and Fluid Exportation Act until the 31st December, 1908, is 381 million kilowatt hours.

2. No persons or corporations at Niagara Falls have commenced the exportation of power or fluid since the said Act came into force.

3. 'The Niagara, Lockport and Ontario Power Co.,' Buffalo, N.Y. A continuous supply of 18,000 horse-power.

'The Cataract Power Conduit Company,' Buffalo, N.Y., a continuous supply of 33,000 horse-power.

4. No.

5. For one year. Yes.

6. All such licenses are renewable for one year, provided the licensees have complied with the requirements of the Act and regulations, and provided, also, that the Canadian demands for power are such as to admit of the export being continued.

7. The regulations established by the Governor in Council provide that any officer authorized by the minister may have free access to any premises in which electrical energy is generated to inspect the contractors' books for the purpose of ascertaining the quantities and prices of the commodities sold and such other information as may be deemed necessary for the proper administration of the Act. '

The Chief Electrical Engineer of the department has visited all the plants referred to within the last twelve months.

B. No. A fixed quantity is stated in the license, but it is expressly provided therein that said license shall be subject to the regulations established by the Governor General in Council. These regulations provide that 'Any license issued hereunder shall be revocable at will by the Governor in Council if the licensee refuses or neglects to comply with any of the conditions from time to time imposed by the Governor in Council with regard to the supply and distribution of electrical energy, gas or fluid in Canada and, moreover, whenever such electrical energy, gas or fluid is required for

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use; of purchasers in Canada any such license shall be revocable upon such notice to the licensee as the Governor in Council deems reasonable in each case.'

9. By informing itself, through the before-mentioned officer, of the conditions of supply and demand.

10. No export duties have been imposed bv the Federal Government.

'll. The department has no information as respects the tax imposed by the government of the province of Ontario.

Topic:   EXPORTATION OP ELECTRIC POWER.
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RURAL MAIL ROUTES.

CON

Mr. ARMSTRONG asked:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. How many established rural mail routes have boxes placed on them from which mail is not being collected, and the date when boxes were delivered on said routes?

_ 2. Where are said routes located, and what is the cause of delay in making arrangements on said routes ?

Topic:   RURAL MAIL ROUTES.
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LIB

Rodolphe Lemieux (Minister of Labour; Postmaster General)

Liberal

Hon. RODOLPHE LEMIEUX (Postmaster General):

1 and 2. Rural mail boxes were established on the dates mentioned on the following routes:

October 28. Mono Centre and Orangeville.

October 22. Picton and West Lake.

About November 15. Croton and Thames-ville.

The contractors in each case refused to accept the amount offered by, the department for serving these boxes in addition to the payment made to them under their contracts for conveying the mails between the points mentioned, and therefore the department has been obliged to give them the usual notice for cancellation of their contracts, so that new tenders may be invited to include not only the conveyance of the mails between the terminal points, but also the collections and deliveries from the mail boxes which have been erected, or which may hereafter be erected.

Topic:   RURAL MAIL ROUTES.
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ICELANDER RIVER DREDGING.

CON

Mr. BRADBURY asked:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. What was the total cost of dredging done at Icelander river last fall?

2. What was the total cost of work done at Gimli for the protection of the bank, and is the work completed?

Topic:   ICELANDER RIVER DREDGING.
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LIB

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

Liberal

1. $3,632.26.

2. $4,017.46; work completed.

Topic:   ICELANDER RIVER DREDGING.
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SELKIRK POST OFFICE.

CON

Mr. BRADBURY asked :

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. What was the estimated cost of post office at Selkirk, Manitoba?

2. How many tenders were received, and what is the name and amount of each tender ?

3. Did the lowest tenderer get the contract?

Topic:   SELKIRK POST OFFICE.
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LIB
LIB

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

Liberal

1. $25,000 for building alone.

2. (a) Two.

(b) A. S. Brown and W. Garson. .$24,000 Gudjon Imgimundson and Stefan Bjornson 25,283

3. Yes.

Topic:   SELKIRK POST OFFICE.
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EXPENDITURE ON WHARFS.

CON

George Henry Barnard

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BARNARD asked:

What amount has been expended by the government since 1896 in construction and maintenance, respectively, of wharfs in (a) New Brunswick, (b) Nova Scotia, (c) British Columbia?

Topic:   EXPENDITURE ON WHARFS.
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LIB

William Pugsley (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Hon. WILLIAM PUGSLEY (Minister of Public Works).

The details are as follows:

Topic:   EXPENDITURE ON WHARFS.
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NOVA SCOTIA.


Construction. Repairs. Total 1896.. .. .. $ 10,496 73 $ 10,753 36 $ 27,250 091897.. .. .. 22,989 52 21,086 51 44,076 031898.. .. .. 37,858 83 35,634 47 73,493 301899.. .. .. 61,526 34 33,197 99 94,724 331900.. .. 80,003 85 44,667 25 124,671 101901.. .. .. 151,445 44 60,410 72 211,856 161902.. .. .. 74,709 10 6,746 58 81,455 681903.. .. .. 83,351 19 11,910 92 95,262 111904.. .. .. 183,847 88 71,103 46 254,951 341905.. .. .. 314,335 15 68,450 19 382,785 341906.. .. 49 36,265 20 378,800 691907.. .. .. 194,832 57 42,797 67 237,630 241908.. .. .. 245,997 90 65,874 21 311,872 11Total.. .. $809,929 99 $508,898 53 $2,318,828 52


February 1, 1909