March 29, 1909

FORT CUMBERLAND.

CON

Mr. RHODES asked:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. How much land, if any, is owned by the government embracing the site of Fort Cumberland, Westmoreland county, N.B. ?

2. If owned by the government, is it under lease? If so, to whom and on what terms?

3. If not owned by the government, when was it sold, to whom was it sold and for what price ?

4. When was the armament of this fort sold, to whom, and on what terms?

5. Has the government in contemplation any arrangement for preservation of this or any other ancient fortification?

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Hon. S@

The Department of the Interior has given the answers to questions 1, 2 and 3.

1, 2 and 3. This property was transferred to the Department of the Interior by order in council dated October 20, 1879.

4. Nothing is known in this department of the sale of any of the armament of the fort.

5. The only ancient fort which the government is at present engaged in preserving is Annapolis Royal in Nova Scotia.

1. Seventy-two (72) acres.

2. Yes. James Lowerison from year to year at an annual rental of $64, payable half yearly. Mr. William Miner, agent for Lowerison, is the present occupant.

3. Answered by Nos. 1 and 2.

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PORT OF VANCOUVER-SHANGHAIING.

CON

Mr. COWAN asked:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Did the commissioners appointed about two yeans ago to inquire into ' shanghaiingJ at the port of Vancouver make a report ?

2. If so, when and what action was taken by the government thereon?

3. Is the government aware that captains of vessels leaving British Columbia ports are still obliged when getting their crews to pay $35 per man to Sims, Levi & Evans, who in return guarantee that the seaman's wages shall not exceed $20 per month?

4. Is the government aware that there are about 70 sailing ships leaving British Columbia ports annually whose owners are still obliged to pay to this firm about $45,000 per year for crews, and that these crews are obliged to advance to the above firm about $32,000 annually, being at the rate of $25 per man?

5. What action, if any, does the government propose to take to abate this evil?

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LIB

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

Liberal

1. Yes.

_ 2. No action was taken as the commissioner gathered from the evidence adduced that the conditions at the port of Vancouver do not differ materially from those obtaining in other seaport towns throughout the empire.

3. The Department of Marine and Fisheries has only recently been informed that this firm is operating in Victoria, and the matter is receiving attention. Some of the contracts to supply men are made with this firm by the owners of the ships in Great Britain before the ships leave there.

4. No.

5. The facts will be ascertained, and whatever action is possible to meet the difficulty will be taken.

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SATJLT STE. MARIE CHANNELS.

CON

Mr. BOYCE asked:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Who were the contractors for placing buoys in the old channel from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., to the head of St. Joseph's island, and from Point aux Pins to Batchewana, during the season of 1908?

2. Was the work let by contract? If not, who had charge of it, upon what terms, and why were tenders not invited?

3. What was the amount paid for the placing of buoys in these waters, during the preceding five years, and to whom were such moneys paid respectively?

4. If the work was let by contract, was it open to public competition?

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LIB

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

Liberal

1. Roderick A. McLean, of Sault Ste. Marie.

2. Work was let by contract to Roderick A. McLean, of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.; the service from Sault Ste. Marie to the head of St. Joseph's island at $215 per annum, and the service from Point anx Pins to Batchewana at $400 per annum. Tenders were invited for the service between Sault Ste. Marie and the head of St. Joseph's island in 1899, and the contract was awarded to Mr. McLean, who has performed the service under contract since that date. Tenders were invited for the service between Point aux Pins and Batchewana in 1904, and the contract was awarded to Mr. McLean, who has performed the service under contract since that date.

3. The price paid for maintaining the service from Sault Ste. Marie to the head of St. Joseph's island, was $215 per annum, and for the service from Point aux Pins to Batchewana $400 per annum. The contract prices were naid each year to Mr. Roderick A. McLean.

4. Yes.

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PACIFIC COAST FISHING LICENSES.

CON

Mr. COWAN asked:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. How many seining licenses for fishing on Pacific coast waters are now current?

2. To whom have they been granted?

3. What is the area covered by each license?

4. How many of these licenses are being operated by the original licensees, and how many iby aliens?

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LIB

Louis-Philippe Brodeur (Minister of Marine and Fisheries)

Liberal

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

The answers to questions 2 and 3 are so voluminous that 1 would ask the hon. gentleman to let them stand as notice of motion. I will procure the information immediately.

Stands as notice of motion.

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DREDGING AT STE. ANNE DE BELLEVUE LOCKS.

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Mr. BOYER asked:

Liberal

1. Has the government received a petition signed by several navigation companies on the Ottawa river, asking for certain dredging vorks in the river of that name below the locks of Ste. Anne de Bellevue, which would have the effect of shortening the course of the canal ?

2. If so, what are the names of these companies ? _

3. Has an engineer been sent to this place to ascertain the possibility and utility, of these works?

4. Does the report admit the justification for these works?

5. What does the government intend to do in the exigency?

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LIB

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

Liberal

1. Yes.

2. The Sincennes-McNaughton line, the Montreal Sand and Gravel Company, Quinlan and Robertson, the Ottawa Forwarding Company, and the Ottawa Transportation Company.

3. Yes.

4. Yes.

5. Matter under consideration.

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MR. BREWSTER.

CON

Mr. WORTHINGTON asked:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Is Mr. Brewster still in the employ of the government as immigration agent for the eastern townships?

2. If not, when were his services dispensed with, for what purpose and on what date?

3. Has any one assumed the duties of immigration agent for the eastern townships since the date of Mr. Brewster's retirement?

4. Is it the intention of the government to appoint an immigration agent for the eastern townships? If so, will the appointment be of a temporary or permanent nature?

5. Is the government aware that there is a great dearth of farm labour in the various counties of the eastern townships, and that an active immigration agent is urgently needed in that locality?

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LIB

Hon. FRANK OLIVER (Minister of Interior) : (Minister of the Interior; Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs)

Liberal

1. No.

2. First of November, 1908, on termination of engagement.

3. No.

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CON

Mr. COWAN.

Conservative (1867-1942)

4. An appointment will be made for the season.

5. The government is aware that there

is a need of farm labour in the eastern townships. ,

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DEFENCE FOR OUR SEA COAST.

March 29, 1909