February 1, 1909

NEW BRUNSWICK.


Construction. Repairs. Total 1896.. .. .. $ 4,706 67 $ 10,113 07 $ 14,819 711897.. .. .. 7,284 08 15,817 60 23,101 681898.. .. .. 15,621 51 7,698 96 23,320 471899.. .. .. 10,459 81 25,272 23 35,732 041900.. .. .. 6,981 44 39,030 82 46,012 261901.. .. 15 53,855 33 100,301 481902.. .. .. 44,710 90 16,005 19 60,716 091903.. .. .. 30,900 68 7,620 51 38,521 191904.. .. .. 88,908 10 33,604 87 122,512 971905.. .. .. 165,812 58 19,832 96 185,645 541906.. .. .. 240,444 97 4,946 48 245,391 451907.. .. .. 140,533 19 9,791 68 150,324 871908.. .. .. 110,557 35 21,562 55 132,119 90Total.. .. $913,367, CO | $265,152 25 $1,178,519 68


BRITISH COLUMBIA.


1R96 . Construction. ... $ 24,697 17 Repairs. Total. 24,697 17 22,982 08 89,664 721897.. . 1K9R.. ... 19,423 16 . .. 89,664 72 3,558 92 1899.. . . .. 60,604 62 10,284 04 70,888 661900.. . . .. 53,931 27 1,6S7 60 55,618 871901.. . . .. 89,058 13 3,850 17 92,908 301902.. . . .. 173,113 69 7,831 42 180,945 111903.. . . .. 71,822 99 26,725 49 98,548 481904.. . . .. 63,922 41 30,663 92 94,586 331905.. . 1906.. . . .. 95,020 64 . .. 97,598 34 9,892 71 104,915 35 97,596 34 82,091 661907.. . . .. 74,666 05 7,425 61 1908.. . . .. 173,793 55 11,418 47 185,212 02 Total.... $1,087,314 74 $113,338 35 $1,200,653 09


ESQUIMALT NAVAL STATION.

CON

George Henry Barnard

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BARNARD asked:

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1. Did the government nse its inflnence, as provided for in article 9 of the terms of union with British Columbia, in any way to secure the continued maintenance by the imperial government of the naval station at Esquimalt, either before, after, or at the time the said naval station was abandoned?

2. If the answer to the above question be in the affirmative, in what way was such influence used?

3. Has the naval station at Esquimalt been taken over by Canada.

4. Has any arrangement been made for the taking over of such station?

5. Has any expenditure in connection with the said naval station been authorized by the government of Canada, or to the knowledge of the government of Canada, by the imperial government? If so, to what amount, and for what purpose?

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LIB

Louis-Philippe Brodeur (Minister of Marine and Fisheries)

Liberal

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

(1, 2, 3, and 4) Negotiations are in progress with the Imperial Government for the transfer of the Naval Station at Esquimalt to the Canadian Government.

(5) No.

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HUNGRY BAY DIKE.

LIB

James Alexander Robb

Liberal

Mr. ROBB asked:

Is it the intention of the government to make such repairs and improvements to the dike along Hungry Bay, Lake St. Francis, as will insure the prevention of floods on farm lands adjoining the lake?

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LIB

George Perry Graham (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

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

It is the intention of the Government to perform the further work on the dike at Hungry Bay, which, it is hoped, will bring about the desired result.

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MUTILATION OF ENVELOPES.

CON

Mr. ARMSTRONG asked:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. What means have been taken by the Post Office Department during the past year to remedy the constant mutilation of envelopes passing through the mail?

2. Has the government received complaints regarding the management of the post office at MacKay, Ontario, and the condition and delivery of mail at that place? If so, what is the nature of said complaints and what action has been taken to improve the condition found there?

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LIB

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

Liberal

1. No evidence has been submitted in this department to indicate that there is any constant mutilation of envelopes passing through the mails, nor is there any reason to believe that such cases are at all frequent. Complaints are occasionally received as to the damaged condition of mail matter, but upon investigation it is generally found that the damage is due to

the fact that the paper used in the manufacture of the covers in which such matter is inclosed is of inferior quality, and not sufficiently strong to resist the ordinary friction and pressure which it must sustain by coming in contact with other mail matter during course of post.

2. There is no post office in the Dominion known as ' Mackay.'

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BRITISH COLUMBIA PENITENTIARY-ESCAPE OF CONVICTS.

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Mr. J. D.@

TAYLOR-by Mr. Blain-asked:

1. Has the government been made aware of the escape of a convict known as Bill Miner, together with three companions, from the British Columbia Penitentiary? If so, what was the date of such escape?

2. Was the report of such escape made to and received by the Department of Justice?

3. When and how was the report, if received, acknowledged ?

4. If such report was received, was any reward offered for the recapture of these convicts? If so, what was the amount and the date of publication of the offer in British Columbia P

5. Had the department any knowledge or communication from outside the penitentiary with the convict Miner prior to his escape? If so, was such communication by authority granted any officer of the department at Ottawa ?

6. Has the attention of the Minister of Justice been drawn to statements in the press that the officer in charge of the British Columbia Penitentiary at the time of the escape has it in his power and has the inclination to make sensational disclosures in this connection?

7. If so, is it the intention of the government to ^ take steps to bring out any disclosures in the power of the former deputy warden to make?

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LIB

Hon. A. B. AYLESWORTH (Minister of Justice): (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

1. Yes; 8th August, 1907.

2. Yes.

3. Report was made by telegram, received ori 9th August, stating that ' Four convicts had escaped,' and by a further telegram, received at the department 12th August, stating that ' Bill Miner was among those gone.' On 17th August, a telegram was sent to the warden that detailed reports were anxiously awaited. Report by letter was received on 19th August and acknowledged by letter of 21st August.

4. Yes. On 12th August the minister instructed that a reward of $500 should be offered for Miner's recapture, and printed notices of such reward were issued from the office of the Commissioner of Dominion Police on 14th August. When such notices first reached British Columbia the department is not able to say.

5. No.

6 & 7. Only by an item which appeared in several newspapers published on 29th

January, 1909, stating that the officer who was in charge of the penitentiary at the time of the escape was in a position to make disclosures with regard to the matter. The Inspector of Penitentiaries at once wrote to to the former deputy warden asking him for a statement of any information in his possession which he had not already made known to the department.

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INTERCOLONIAL RAILWAY-RUNNING RIGHTS.


Mr. EMMERSON-by Mr. Ralph Smith-asked : 1. Has the government or any member thereof, or any department of the government, since the last session of parliament, received from any party or parties, corporation or corporations, any application, communication or proposal, verbal or in writing, relating to the granting by the government, or by any department thereof, of any haulage or running rights or privileges to any railway corporation, upon or over the Intercolonial Railway, between St. John and Halifax, or between any other points on the said railway? 2. If so, what was the nature and character of such application or applications, communication or communications, proposal or proposals, and at what date were they respectively made or received, and if any such were in writing, will the government place a copy of the same respectively, upon the table of this House?


LIB

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

Liberal

1. Yes.

2. The government has no objection to placing a copy on the table.

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INTERCOLONIAL RAILWAY-BRANCH LINES.

February 1, 1909