February 11, 1909

PRIVATE BILLS.

FIRST READINGS.


Bill (No. 55) to incorporate the British Columbia Life Assurance Company.-Mr. Cowan. Bill (No. 56) respecting the Canada Life Assurance Company.-Mr. A. H. Clarke. Bill (No. 57) respecting the Vancouver, Fraser Valley and Southern Railway Company.-Mr. J. D. Taylor. Bill (No. 58) respecting the Vancouver, Westminster and Yukon Railway Company.-Mr. R. Smith. Bill (No. 59) to incorporate the Victoria and Barkley Sound Railway Company.- Mr. R. Smith.


QUESTIONS.

UNITED STATES SILVER CURRENCY IN CANADA.

CON

Mr. BEATTIE asked:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. What amount of silver currency has .been coined for Canada for each of the years 1905>

1906, 1907, 1908?

2. What profit accrued to the Dominion Treasury from such coinage in each year?

3. What amount of United States silver currency has been in circulation in Canada during each of the years above mentioned ?

4. What steps, if any, has the government taken to limit the circulation of United States silver currency in Canada?

5. Is the government aware that United States silver coinage is being used by the officials for the transaction of business in the post offices throughout Canada?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   UNITED STATES SILVER CURRENCY IN CANADA.
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1 and 2:

Coined. Profit.

1904- 5 $100,000 $ 55,492 871905- 6

862,000 445,432 531906- 7

984,000 476,654 141907- 8

600,000 284 288 20

3 The government is aware that United States currency in considerable quantity is in circulation in Canada, but has no means of ascertaining the amount.

4. In 1905-6, under an arrangement with the Canadian Bankers' Association, $580,224.16 of United States silver was exported from Canada, and in the estimates now before parliament an appropriation has been asked for a similar purpose.

5. The regulations of the Post Office Department forbid postmasters accepting United States currency, but it is understood that in many cases local business conditions make it difficult to carry out this regulation.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   UNITED STATES SILVER CURRENCY IN CANADA.
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DREDGE ON LAKE WINNIPEG.

CON

Mr. BRADBURY asked:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Is the government aware that the tug and dredge operating on Lake Winnipeg late last fall is said to have gone to the east side of the lake and worked for some days getting the steamer Mikado oif a sandbar?

2. If so, what was the expense incurred at this work, and did the owners of the Mikado pay same? If not, is it the intention of the government to collect the account?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   DREDGE ON LAKE WINNIPEG.
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Hon. G. P. GRAHAM (for Minister of Public Works): (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

1. Yes.

2 (a) $393; (b) No.; (c) Yes.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   DREDGE ON LAKE WINNIPEG.
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SOULANGES CANAL EMPLOYEES.

LIB

Mr. BOYER asked:

Liberal

1. What is the number of employees on the-Soulanges canal, and what are their names, salaries and duties?

2. What is the auxiliary staff, and what are their names and salaries?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   SOULANGES CANAL EMPLOYEES.
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George Perry Graham (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

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

I would ask that this question stand as notice of motion for a return.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   SOULANGES CANAL EMPLOYEES.
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SPECIE RESERVE.

CON

George Halsey Perley

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. PERLEY asked:

Referring to the specie, amounting to $61,674,578.70, held by the government on December 31, 1908, as a reserve in connection with the Dominion note issue and the savings bank deposits, at what time was the last inspection and actual count of this specie made, and by whom?

Topic:   SPECIE RESERVE.
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Topic:   SPECIE RESERVE.
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MAIL CARRIAGE-RAILWAY STATION AND WINNIPEG POST OFFICE.

CON

Mr. BRADBURY asked:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Who had the contract for carrying the mails between the railway station and the post office at Winnipeg last year?

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2. Has any change been made? If so, who now has the carrying of said mail?

3. Were tenders invited for the work? If so, who were the tenderers, what was the amount of each tender, and did the lowest tenderer receive the job?

Topic:   MAIL CARRIAGE-RAILWAY STATION AND WINNIPEG POST OFFICE.
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Hon. RODOLPHE LEMIEUX (Postmaster General): (Minister of Labour; Postmaster General)

Liberal

1. Mark S. Peacock during January and February and Matthew Peebles from March 1, to December 31, in each case the work being performed under temporary agreement.

2 and 3. Tenders were invited for a permanent contract to take effect as soon as the new post office building was being used for post office purposes. The following tenders were received :

M. S. Peacock, 54 cents per single trip; Wm. R. Sinclair, 55 cents per single trip; Matthew Peebles, 55 cents per single trip; E. W. Green, 70 cents per single trip.

These tenders being considered excessive the chief post office superintendent was instructed to open negotiations with a view to obtaining more favourable offers with a result that a contract has been made with Mr. Matthew Peebles at the rate of 43 cents per single trip.

Topic:   MAIL CARRIAGE-RAILWAY STATION AND WINNIPEG POST OFFICE.
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SURVEY ON THE NORTH SASKATCHEWAN RIVER.

February 11, 1909