November 16, 1909

QUESTIONS.

COST OF NEWMARKET CANAL.

CON

Thomas George Wallace

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. WALLACE asked:

How much was estimated for the Newmarket canal in 1909, and liowr much was expended each month since December, 1908?

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

Liberal

1. No special vote was taken for the Newmarket branch. The chief engineer allotted for the Holland River Division of the Trent Canal in 1909-10 $50,000 out of $1,000,000. Amount expended each month since December, 1908, as follows:

1909. Contractor's Estimates.

March $12,440 00

May 2,050 00

June 1,690 00

July 2,960 00

August 11,040 00

September 8,000 00

October 10,690 00

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$48,870 00 REVISED EDITION.


1909 Engineering pay-lists. January.. $731 95 February.. 547 00


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March. . .@

574 01

April.. .. 535 72

May 536 74

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March. . .@

816 20

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March. . .@

683 37

August. . .. .. [DOT]. 742 86

September.

October. .

6,891 65

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$55,761 65 COST OF MARKHAM POST OFFICE.

CON

Thomas George Wallace

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. WALLACE asked:

What was the cost of lot for the Markham post office building and furnishings?

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LIB

William Pugsley (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

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

Site $1,004 79

Furnishings 1,744 59

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COMMISSIONERS OF INTERCOLONIAL RAILWAY.

CON

Mr. PAQUET asked:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. What are the names of members of the Government Railways Managing Board, appointed to administer the affairs of the Intercolonial Railway?

2. What is the date of their appointment?

3. Where do they reside?

4. What are their salaries?

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

Liberal

1. The members of the government railways managing board, are-Mr. M. J. Butler, C.M.G., Deputy Minister Railways and Canals, chairman, Mr. David Pottinger, I.S.O., Mr. E. Tiffin, traffic manager and Mr. F. P Brady, general superintendent.

2. April 20, 1909, by order in council, copy of which is attached hereto.

3. Mr. Butler, resides at Ottawa, the three other members at Moncton, N. B.

4. Mr. Butler without salary, Mr. Pottinger, Mr. Tiffin and Mr. Brady, $6,000 per annum, each.

The following is a certified copy of a report of the Committee of the Privy Council, approved by His Excellency the Governor General on the 20th April, 1909:

On a memorandum, dated the ICth April, 1909, from the Minister of Railways and Canals, representing that he has, for some time past, had under most careful consideration, the various complicated questions involved in the operation of the Government Railways, both from the financial and administrative points of view, and, as the result, has concluded that a change in the present method of management is desirable.

The Minister directs attention to the following facts :

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George Perry Graham (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Mr. GRAHAM.

The Intercolonial railway was built as a government road, in pursuance of the requirements of the British North America Act of 1867, Sec. 145 ; and without amendment of this Act, must retain that characteristic.

It was opened for traffic on the 1st day of July, 1876, between Halifax and Riviere du Loup; its length, including the Pictou and Windsor branches, and the line from St. John to Point du Chene (Shediac) being 745 miles.

By various extensions, purchases, and leasing arrangements its length, in the year of 1907-8, reached a total of 1,448 -62 miles-the cost of operating being $9,157,435.53. Its traffic comprised 4,134,046 tons of freight and 2,789,371 passengers.

The Prince Edward Island railway was taken over by the government on the 29th of December, 1873, under the express provisions of the Imperial Order in Council of the 26th of June, 1873, admitting Prince Edward Island into the Dominion.

At the time of the original opening of the Intercolonial railway for traffic, and the taking over of the Island railway an organization was adopted, which, with some modifications, has remained in force up to the present day, notwithstanding the changed conditions, and the expansion of the road and its operations. The official placed in immediate charge is a general manager, who is also in charge of the Prince Edward Island railway, under the title of 'General Manager, Government Railways.'

By section 49 of the Government Railways Act, R.S.C., 1906, chapter 36, it is provided as follows:

The Governor in Council may, from time to time, make such regulations as he deems necessary,

(a) for the management, proper use and protection of all or any of the government railways, including station houses, yards and other property in connection therewith;

(b) for the ascertaining and collection of the tolls, dues and revenues thereon;

(c) to be observed by the conductors, engine drivers and other officers and servants of the minister, and by all companies and persons using such railways;

(d) relating to the construction of the carriages and other vehicles to be used in the trains on such railways.

The minister considers it expedient and recommends that, in nursuance of the above statutory provision, the following be fixed as the organization to be in force on and after the 1st of April, 1909, for the government railways-the Intercolonial railway and the Prince Edward Island railway-as at present constituted, and as the same may hereafter be extended or modified; such organization to be in supercession of the existing organization :

1. The position of general manager of government railways to be abolished.

2. A Board, to be constituted under the name, 'The Government Railways Managing Board.'

3. The said Board to consist of four persons, namely: Mr. M. J. Butler, Deputy Minister and Chief Engineer of the Department of Railways and Canals, who shall be chairman of the Board: Mr. David Pottinger,' I.S.O.;

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Mr. E.@

Tiffin, the present traffic manager, he

retaining that position; Mr. F. P. Brady, of Montreal.

4. The said Board to supervise and direct all departments of the railways owned by the Government of Canada.

5. The duties and powers of the said Board ' to he as hereunder defined, namely:

They shall have the powers usually vested in the executives of railway corporations.

They shall prepare, subject to the Government Railways Act, and the Provident Fund Act, and, with the approval thereto of the Governor in Council first obtained, carry out, rules and regulations as follows:

(a) For the organization of the staff and officials of the railways.

(b) For the conditions of employment in the railway service.

(c) For the purchasing of supplies and the sale of materials.

(d) For the ascertaining and collection of the railway tolls, dues and revenues.

(e) Those to be observed by the conductors, engine drivers and other officers and servants, and by all companies and persons using such railways.

(f) Those relating to the rolling stock to be used in the trains on such railways.

6. They shall meet for the transaction of business at least once a month and shall keep regular minutes of each meeting.

7. They shall report to the Honourable the Minister of Railways and Canals, monthly, and shall also make a special and comprehensive report at the end of each fiscal year, on the expenditures and receipts of the government roads; and on all occurrences and transactions of importance; and shall, further furnish such reports as may be, from time to time, required of them by the Department of Railways and Canals.

The Minister further recommends that the salaries payable to the several members of the said Board above named, be fixed as follows: to Mr. Butler, no salary as a member of the Board, and to Mr. Mr. Pottinger. Mr. Tiffin and Mr. Brady, $6,000 a year each.

The Minister also recommends that, with the exception of Mr. Butler, whose departmental duties render such provisions inapplicable, the anpointees be required to devote the whole of their time to the official duties attached to their positions.

The Committee submit the same for approval.

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F. K. BENNETTS,


Assistant Clerk of the Privy Council. The Honourable The Minister of Railways and Canals.


IMMIGRATION AGENTS IN FRANCE.

November 16, 1909