I think my hon. friend is quite too astute for that, but I certainly think that if there has been no arrangement expressed or implied beween my hon. friend and the Minister of Labour it shows that he is a very tame representative of labour. The position that the minister takes upon this question is absolutely untenable. Upon his own admission, what does he want to do? He is going to employ a specialist, a technical man, to go and investigate and acquire information which my hon. friend admits he has now upon the shelves of the department. There is no question as to what should be done with this motion. With regard to the insurance legislation before the House would the Minister of Finance (Mr. Fielding) accept a similar resolution relegating the Insurance Bill to the investigation of professional experts, who might go around the country, acquire information and give us their opinions? Would such a resolution as that be accepted simply upon the flimsy and miserable excuse that the Minister of Labour puts up, that this man is so well versed in the subject and has such a wide experience upon it that he is in a position to advise the committee? Would the Minister of Finance adopt such a principle, and if he would not-and it applies to any other department of the government, why should we be asked to accept it from the Minister of Labour? This proposal is made for the purpose of assisting the Minister of Labour and the member for Maisonneuve out of some difficulty in which they appear to be. But I say that we ought not to delegate the powers of this House by accepting this resolution.
House divided on motion (Mr. King).
Borden (Sir Frederick),
Chisholm (Inverness), Clark (Red Deer), Clarke (Essex), Congdon,
1. How many cases of suspected or identified rabies were reported to the Department of Agriculture during the years 1909 and 1910? '
2. Where were these cases reported from, and what action was taken by the government to prevent the spreading of this terrible disease?
3. Were any farms quarantined by order of the department? If so, where?
4. Were any domestic animals other than dogs ordered to be destroyed by the department or its officers to prevent the spread of the disease or danger from infection, under clause 5 of the Animals Contagious Diseases Act? If so, where?
5. Is it the intention of the government to withhold compensation from owners of such animals, thereby putting a premium on the secret spreading of this terrible disease, or will the owners be compensated as provided by section 6 of the said Act?
1. What is the total acreage of Saskatchewan ?
2. How much of it is arable?
3. How much of it is under cultivation?
4. How much is held, unfilled, by railways, land companies, and other private owners?
5. How many acres have been free homesteaded ?
6. How many acres are still open to free homesteading?
Immediately on receiving reports of rabies, or suspected rabies, an inspector was sent to investigate. All animals bitten or known to have been in contact with a rabid or suspected dog were quarantined.
All contact or suspected dogs were isolated and ordered to be securely chained until danger of infection was past.
A bulletin giving a full description of the disease and also including the regulations relating to rabies was freely distributed in each district where the disease was found or suspected. Copies of this bulletin were sent to medical health officers and other medical officers.
The existence of rabies was demonstrated in thirteen cases by animal inoculations from specimens sent to the biological laboratory.
3. (a) Yes. (b) In the localities mentioned above.
5. No compensation will be given. IMPORTATIONS OF MILITARY ARTICLES.
1. Is the government prepared to favourably consider the importation, free of custom duty, of special articles of uniform, arms, or accoutrements, for the use of the Canadian militia, and for authorized cadet corps, respecting which it is established to the satisfaction of the treasury board that such are not manufactured, and that facilities for the manufacture thereof, do not exist in Canada?
2. What amount of money has been collected as customs duty on Windsor uniforms imported by Canadian Privy Councillors during the five years ended 31st March, 1909?
3. Have any such Windsor uniforms been imported free of Custom duty? If so, under what authority?
1. Thos. J. Evers received from the Department of Railways and Canals the sum of $131 for transportation allowance in connection with his duties. He is allowed a fixed monthly allowance of $15, dated from July 1, 1909.
2. Thos. J. Evers has charge of the repairing and maintenance of the telephone instruments, interior switches, and inside wiring, in connection with the private telephone system, along the entire line of the Lachine canal, also the superintendent's office and government stores, Mill street.
3. Mr. Evers makes the required visits along the line of the Lachine canal whenever his duties demand it; sometimes complaints are made through no fault of Evers, as the telephone wires are strung on the same poles as the electric light and power wires of the Lachine canal.
4. D. O'Brien, the officer in charge of the operating and maintenance of the Lachine canal staff and repairs, certifies to the competency of the electricians on the Lachine canal. All matters requiring expert knowledge in this connection are referred to Mr. John Murphy, electrical engineer, Department of Railways and Canals.
5. The Inland Navigation - Company of Hamilton, Ontario, made application in the regular way to have the wire system run through the sheds which are on the lighting circuit of the canal at basin No. 1; this was granted in the interest of canai navigation, and no charge is being made. The other sheds on the Lachine canal are treated in the same manner.