February 10, 1909

RAILWAY ACT-AMENDMENT.

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Mr. W. B.@

NANTEL (Terrebonne) moved for leave to introduce Bill (No. 54) to amend the Railway Act. He said: The Supreme Court of Canada has given judgment reversing and infirming a decision of the Court of King's Bench (appeal side) of the province of Quebec. The decision of the Supreme Court is that the Superior Court of the province of Quebec has no jurisdiction to compel railway companies, under the Railway Act, to make farm crossings and other similar work for the benefit of farmers whose lands are intersected by a railway, but that such jurisdiction belongs to the Board of Railway Commissioners. I wish to amend three sections of the Railway Act, sections 252, 253, and 254, and have it declared that the Superior Court of the province of Quebec has jurisdiction in such cases.

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Motion agreed to, and Bill read the first time.


QUESTIONS.

MAIL AND STAGE ROUTES.


Mr. ARMSTRONG-by Mr. Blain-asked: What is the total number of existing mail and stage routes in Canada and the total number of miles covered by such routes?


LIB

Rodolphe Lemieux (Minister of Labour; Postmaster General)

Liberal

Hon. RODOLPHE LEMIEUX (Postmaster General):

Upon 31st March, 1908, the end of the last fiscal year, there were 8,091 mail and stage routes in operation, the travelled mileage on which amounted to 17,102,214 miles.

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Subtopic:   MAIL AND STAGE ROUTES.
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POST OFFICES AT GREENWOOD AND GRAND FORKS.

CON

Martin Burrell

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BURRELL asked:

Were any options secured from property owners in the towns of Greenwood and Grand Forks, for post office sites?

2. If so, from whom, what were the dates, and what are the other particulars?

3. Have the options been allowed to lapse?

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Subtopic:   POST OFFICES AT GREENWOOD AND GRAND FORKS.
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LIB

Hon. GEORGE P. GRAHAM (for the Minister of Public Works): (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

1. Yes.

2. Greenwood:

Two sites have been reported upon: (a) the Pioneer Hotel property situate on lots 20, 21 and 22. Block 5; (b) site on corner

Copper and Deadwood streets; lots 13 and

14, Block 4 (50 by 110 feet), owned h- F. W. Hart, option price $2,000, until February

15, 1909; lot 15, Block 4 (25 by 110 feet), owned bv estate Thos. Miller, option price $750, making a total for the three lots (75 by 110 feet) of $2,750.

Grand Forks:

Site owned bv S. A. Hall, situate lots 1. 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 in Blo"k 16. hounded bv Br'dge, Main, Third and Fourth streets, ontion price $3,000, to expire November 20, 1903.

3. Greenwood: No.

Grand Forks: Order in Council passed

to purchase property for $3,000 November 6, 1908.

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Subtopic:   POST OFFICES AT GREENWOOD AND GRAND FORKS.
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HALIFAX POST OFFICE.

CON

Mr. CROSBY asked:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. When were instructions given for the reconstruction of the post office at Halifax? and when was the work commenced?

2. Is the work being done by contract? If so, when were tenders called for?

3. What was the amount of each tender, and who were the tenderers, respectively?

4. What length of time is allowed for the comDletion of the work?

5. Does the contract contain any penalty clause for the completion of the work within a certain time? If so. what is the penalty?

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Subtopic:   HALIFAX POST OFFICE.
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LIB

Hon. GEORGE P. GRAHAM (.'or the Minister of Public Works): (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

1. Date of contract, July 18, 1908.

2. Yes; March 13. 1998.

3. M. E. Keefe, Halifax $94,000 W. Doran and R. M. Devlin,

Ottawa 114,000

J. Maclnnes & Son, Ltd.,

Halifax 145,000

4. Twenty months from date of signing the contract.

5. No.

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Subtopic:   HALIFAX POST OFFICE.
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HALIFAX CUSTOMS HOUSE.


Mr. CROSBY-by Mr. Geo. Taylor-asked : 1. What has been the total cost to date of the new customs house at Halifax? 2. Was it built by contract or day's labour? 3. If by contract, in what manner were tenders called? 4. Who were the tenderers, what was the amount of each tender, and whose tender was accepted ? . 5. Was any time specified within which the building should be finished? If so, what time? 6. What length of time was required for the construction and completion of the said customs house? 7. Has the contractor been paid any moneys on account? If so, how much? 8. What amount, if any, remains to be paid the contractor ? 9. Were there any extras? If so. what amount and to whom paid?


LIB

Hon. GEORGE P. GRAHAM (for Minister of Public Works): (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

1. $330,005.75, including site, heating apparatus, wiring, fittings, &c.

2. By contract.

3. By public advertisement.

4. M. E. Keefe (accepted tender). .$250,000

Sullivan & Langdon 254,512

Rhodes, Curry & Co., Ltd 254,795

S. M. Brookfield 292,241

5. Yes. To be completed September 15, 1904.

6. The time named in the contract was twenty-nine months; but it was found, after construction had been commenced, that there was difficulty in procuring stone of suitable sizes, which perforce considerably delayed the work.

7. $248,595.68.

8. The sum of $3,072 retained for minor works not made equal to that called for by by contract.

9. $1,667.68, paid to M. E. Keefe.

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Subtopic:   HALIFAX CUSTOMS HOUSE.
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WELLAND CANAL.


Mr. LALOR-by Mr. Geo. Taylor- asked: 1. How many men are permanently employed on the feeder of Welland canal? 2. What is the total 6um paid in salaries to permanent employees on Welland canal feeders per annum? 3. What is the total amount paid in repairs on Welland canal feeder during the past five years, 1903 to 1908? 4. How many boats have passed through the Welland canal feeder during the past five years, 1903 to 1908? 5. What is the total revenue to the government from Welland canal feeder, including water-power rentals for five years, 1903 to 1908?


LIB

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

Liberal

1. Three men are permanently employed on the feeder of the Welland canal.

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Subtopic:   WELLAND CANAL.
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LIB

Mr. GRAHAM. (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

2. Total amount paid in salaries to permanent employees on the Welland canal feeder per annum, $1,760.

3. Total amount paid in repairs on Welland canal feeder during the past five years, 1903 to 1908, $50,500. (This includes wages and material.)

4. Seven hundred boats passed through the Welland canal feeder during the past five years, 1903 to 1908.

5. Total revenue to the government from Welland canal feeder for the past five years, 1903 to 1908, $830. (This is the actual revenue received, and does not include rentals which are in arrears).

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Subtopic:   WELLAND CANAL.
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February 10, 1909