December 17, 1909

LOSS OF LIFE ON LAKE ERIE.

LIB

Louis-Philippe Brodeur (Minister of Marine and Fisheries)

Liberal

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

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MOTIONS AGREED TO WITHOUT DISCUSSION.

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Mr GEORGE TAYLOR (Leeds).

Yesterday the leader of the opposition asked the Prime Minister with reference to five or six motions on the Order Paper, that they be passed unopposed, and the Prime Minister stated if the matter were mentioned to-day he would say if they could be moved.

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LIB

Wilfrid Laurier (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

There is no objection to any of the motions except No. 33

The following motions were then severally agreed to;

For a return showing;-1. A description by sections, townships and ranges with areas of all lands included in the area controlled by the Southern Alberta Land Company under agreements with the government, and the date of expiry of such agreements?

2. A description by sections, townships and ranges with areas of all lands held under grazing lease or leases or assignment of leases and now controlled by Messrs. Cowdry and Maunsall, or either of them, of lands which lie between the Bow and Belly rivers, bounded on the east by range 12 and on the west by range 19, west of the fourth meridian.-Mr. McCai-thy.

For a copy of all certificates recommendations, letters, memoranda and documents in connection with the promotion of Mr. McIntosh, on the 16th of November, 1908, from the position of division engineer, division No. 6, district F, to the position of assistant district engineer, district F, and the increase of his salary from $200 to $275 per month; also of all complaints against the professional conduct or efficiency of Mr. McIntosh made to the Trans?ontinental railway or the Railway Department before the date of promotion. -Mr. Lennox.

For a copy of all papers, reports, correspondence, etc., between the Department of the

Interior, and its officers and agencies, and any other persons, relative to the s.w. I sec tion 16-30-9 w. 3rd M., and the respective claims thereto of Thos. Paterson and J. F. Sibbard.-Mr. Lake.

1. For a return showing the names and addresses of the engineers who surveyed and located the line of the eastern division of the Transcontinental railway, and the part of the railway covered by the work of each engineer. [DOT]

2. The name and address of the engineer who prepared the estimate of quantities and prices of the section or portion of the line covered by each contract.

3. The names of the engineers acting upon behalf of the Railway Department or Railway Commission, and the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway Company, in determining upon the form and wording of the specifications, as provided for by the seventh section of the agreement between the government and the company.

4. The names of such of the engineers acting in any of the capacities aforesaid, as subsequently acted in connection with construction, when and for how long in what capacity, where their services have been dispensed with, and for what cause.

5. The names and addresses of all the engineers in the service of the Railway Commission, or Railway Department, on districts B and F of the said eastern division, since the commencement of the construction of the railway, the capacity in which each was employed, the salary in each case, the promotions, increases of salary, retirements and dismissals which have taken place, the cause for promotion, dismissal or retirement in each case, and a copy of all complaints lodged with the commissioners or their chief engineer or the department, against any of these engineers.

6. The names of the engineers now in charge of or engaged upon districts B and F, and the official position and salary of each.-Mr. Lennox.

For a copy of all documents and papers relating to the western shipment of grain.- Mr. McCarthy.

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FIRST READING.


Bill (No. 86) respecting the Western Canada Power Company, Limited.-Mr. J. D. Taylor.


BOUNTY TO SOUTH AFRICAN VOLUNTEERS.


Mr. TURRIFF moved for leave to introduce Bill (No. 87) to amend an Act to authorize a bounty to volunteers who served the Crown in South Africa. He said: My object in introducing this Bill is to enable either a South African veteran who has located his half section of land, or his substitute who may have located it, and who afterwards finds that the land is practically worthless, to substitute another hali section within a certain time for the one originally located. At the present time, if one is unfortunate enough to have made that mistake-and a few have done so-he suf-Sir WILFRID LAURIER. fers a total loss of the value of the warrant. Motion agreed to, and Bill read the first time.


DOMINION LANDS ACT AMENDMENT.


Mr. TURRIFF moved for leave to introduce a Bill to amend the Dominion Lands Act. He said: The object of this Bill is to amend that part of the Dominion Lands Act affecting purchased homesteads. At present a man who is' not entitled to take up a second free homestead, may secure a purchased homestead by residing six months in each year for three years on the homestead and doing the necessaray improvements, and in addition paying the sum of $3 per acre. When he makes his entry he is required to pay $1 per acre in addition to the $10 entry fee. The same thing has happened in a few of these cases as has happened in the location of South African warrants, that a purchased homestead for which a man has made an entry afterwards turns out to be worthless; and this amendment is to enable the minister to give him credit for the $160 he has paid on account of the purchase, and allow him to make entry for another quarter section.


CON
LIB

John Gillanders Turriff

Liberal

Mr. TURRIFF.

No, but there are a few, and they occur in this way. A man goes out and spends a month or six weeks and $100 or $150 in locating a quarter section. He selects half a dozen, but there is such a rush now for land that five or six townships may be put on the market on a certain day, and when he goes to the land office he finds perhaps a hundred men lined up at the door. He may be the 40th or 50th in the line, and by the time he reaches the counter every one of the five or six quarter sections he has selected may have been taken up. A man beside him suggests another quarter section to him as a good one, and he, to avoide the trouble and expense of hunting up another, with possibly the same process to be gone through again, makes entry for the quarter section suggested to him, pays the $10 entry fee and the $160 on account. He them goes out and looks at the land and finds it worthless. The law at present allows him to take up another purchased homestead, but does not allow him to get credit for the $160 he has paid. The object I have in view is to enable him to get credit for the money he has already paid on the land.

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CON

John Allister Currie

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. J. A. CURRIE.

Mr. Speaker, is the hon. gentleman in order in introducing a Bill dealing with the revenues? Does that not pertain to a member of the government?

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LIB

James Kirkpatrick Kerr (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER.

If the Bill affects the revenue of the land in any way, it is subject to the rule.

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LIB

John Gillanders Turriff

Liberal

Mr. TURRIFF.

I think I can satisfy the hon. gentleman that it does not affect the revenue. I am not asking that the money should be refunded. I am only asking that another quarter section should be substituted for the first one selected.

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CON

John Allister Currie

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. J. A. CURRIE.

I think that is a matter that affects the revenue. There is no provision made by any of our laws that money can be refunded by any officer unless it comes out of the consolidated fund. I ask for your ruling, Mr. Speaker.

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LIB

James Kirkpatrick Kerr (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER.

Before ruling, I should like to look into the matter. If the Bill has to be preceded by a resolution, it will have to stand. In the meantime, will it be read a first time?

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CON

George Eulas Foster

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. FOSTER.

It does not seem to me that it ought to be read a first time. If a question is raised and you are not prepared to rule, but wish to take it into consideration, I think the Bill should stand.

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LIB

John Gillanders Turriff

Liberal

Mr. TURRIFF.

I have no objection to allowing it to stand.

Bill allowed to stand.

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December 17, 1909