February 28, 1910

LIB

Hon. WM. TEMPLEMAN: (Minister of Mines; Minister of Inland Revenue)

Liberal

1. The government assisted in the establishment of a fishermen's bait freezer there.

2. The Inverness Fishermen's Association. $1,980.76. The department understands it to be a separate building.

3. Not yet, as the freezer was completed

only last summer. .*

4. There are fourteen boat fishermen from Inverness and vicinity.

235 bbls. herring.

45 bbls. mackerel.

300 cwt. dried cod.

130 cwt. dried haddock.

70 cwt. dried hake.

100 bbls. squid. -90 bbls. coarse fish.

2,900 lbs. lobsters (canned).

These figures are for the year 1908-09, those for the year 1909-10 not being yet available.

5. Inverness and vicinity. Bait will be

secured for storage in the freezer at Inverness and vicinity or neighbouring localities. ,

Topic:   *FEBRUARY 28, 1910 QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   BAIT FREEZER AT INVERNESS, N.S.
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LIGHTKEEPER AT BAY ST. LAWRENCE.

CON

Mr. BLAIN:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Who is the lightkeeper at Bay St. Lawrence, Inverness county, Nova Scotia, and how long has he held that position?

2. Has there been reported to the government any complaint against the said lightkeeper as an official of the government?

Topic:   *FEBRUARY 28, 1910 QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   LIGHTKEEPER AT BAY ST. LAWRENCE.
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LIB

Mr. TEMPLEMAN: (Minister of Mines; Minister of Inland Revenue)

Liberal

1. Charles Jamieson, appointed 21st September, 1893.

2. Yes.

49TH REGIMENT.

Topic:   *FEBRUARY 28, 1910 QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   LIGHTKEEPER AT BAY ST. LAWRENCE.
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CON

Mr. NORTHRUP:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Has a commanding officer been recently apjjointed for the 49th regiment?

2. If so, does he reside within the limits from which the men composing the corps are drawn?

3. If no appointment has been made yet, will the department, in making same, select an officer from those residing within the above limits?

4. Has the department consulted the officers of the regiment, or in any way learned their views and opinions as to the effect on the regiment of appointing a commanding officer who does not reside within the said limits?

Topic:   *FEBRUARY 28, 1910 QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   LIGHTKEEPER AT BAY ST. LAWRENCE.
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LIB

Mr. PUGSLEY: (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

1. No.

2. Answered by No. 1.

3 and 4. The department is awaiting a recommendation from the officer commanding the eastern Ontario command.

Topic:   *FEBRUARY 28, 1910 QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   LIGHTKEEPER AT BAY ST. LAWRENCE.
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ROSS RIELE.

CON

Mr. WORTHINGTON:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Is the manufacture of any Ross rifles, mark II. double star, now under contract? If so, how many ?

2. Have such rifles been contracted for since the initial order of 500?

3. Will the manufacture of other patterns be stopped and future manufacture consist of mark II. double star?

4. In view of the greatly increased efficiency claimed for mark II. double star, as a target rifle, does the government consider that competitors are fairly treated at the Dominion Rifle Association matches unless the pattern is equally available to all competitors under similar conditions?

5. What action, if any, is the government disposed to take should the National Rifle Association decline to admit mark II. double star, for use at the Bisley competitions?

Topic:   *FEBRUARY 28, 1910 QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   ROSS RIELE.
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LIB

William Pugsley (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY:

1 and 2. An order is being given for the conversion of two hundred Ross rifles.

3. No.

4 and 5. These are matters which pertain to the Dominion Rifle Association.

Topic:   *FEBRUARY 28, 1910 QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   ROSS RIELE.
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LIB

William Templeman (Minister of Mines; Minister of Inland Revenue)

Liberal

Mr. TEMPLEMAN.

Topic:   *FEBRUARY 28, 1910 QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   ROSS RIELE.
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D UNKIN AND HIGHAVATER MAILS.

CON

Mr. WORTHINGTON:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Was the contract for the conveyance of mails between Dunkin and Highwater, Quebec, recently awarded to one Charles A. Barnett? If so, at what rate per annum?

2. AVas such contract subsequently set aside and the contract awarded to another tenderer ? If so, at what rate per annum, for what reasons, and to whom was the work subsequently awarded?

3. Is the government aware that the communication awarding the contract to Mr. Barnett, was said to have been opened while in the mail before reaching its destination? If so, what action does it contemplate taking in regard thereto, and if not in possession of any complaint made in regard thereto, will due inquiries be instituted?

4. Does the person to whom the contract was re-awarded also occupy the positions of postmaster and sub-collector of customs?

5. Does the government consider it sound policy that one individual should occupy dual positions in the Civil Service, and at the same time become a contractor for work in competition with the general public?

Topic:   *FEBRUARY 28, 1910 QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   D UNKIN AND HIGHAVATER MAILS.
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LIB

Hon. RODOLPHE LEMIEUX: (Postmaster General)

Liberal

1. Yes. $99.75 per annum.

2. Yes, the contract was subsequently awarded to Mr. Clinton R. Crowell at $100 per annum because the performance of the service by Mr. Barnett involved a change in starting point, to which the people interested objected.

3. No, hut if a representation to that effect is made to the department, inquiry will be made, and if the case can be proven, the guilty party will be punished to the full extent of the law.

4. He is not a postmaster, and this department is not aware that he is an officer of the customs.

5. It is a fact that in many instances country postmasters are also contractors for mail service, and in some cases it has been considered advisable and convenient by the customs department that they should also be appointed as sub-collectors of customs. This practice is considered to operate advantageously to the public interest in every way, as doing away with the delays incident to the collection of customs on articles addressed to distant post offices.

In the case of services where the remuneration is small and where only a small portion of a postmaster's time is occupied in the performance of his work either as sub-collector or a mail contractor, it is considered an advantage to the government to have these services in the hands of the same person. Express provision is made in the Post Office Act, permitting the amalgamation of the duties of postmaster and mail contractor, wherever it is found advantageous to the public.

Topic:   *FEBRUARY 28, 1910 QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   D UNKIN AND HIGHAVATER MAILS.
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BOAR'S BACK POST OFFICE.

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Richard Willis Jameson

Mr. JAMIESON:

Has a petition been received by the Post Office Department asking for the opening of a new post office at Boar's Back, Digby county? If so, when was the same received, and what action, if any, has been taken thereon?

Topic:   *FEBRUARY 28, 1910 QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   BOAR'S BACK POST OFFICE.
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LIB

Rodolphe Lemieux (Postmaster General)

Liberal

Mr. LEMIEUX.

A petition was received at the department on the 7th September, 1901, and was subsequently reported upon by the post office inspector, but the circumstances were so unfavourable to the establishment of an office that the matter was allowed to stand. Looking over the case again it is found that an office has since been opened within a short distance of Boar's Back, and there would therefore be even less need for an office at Boar's Back than there was in 1901.

Topic:   *FEBRUARY 28, 1910 QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   BOAR'S BACK POST OFFICE.
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PEACE RIVER COUNTRY.

CON

Mr. BEST:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. What part or parts of the Peace River country are open for settlements?

2. What portion of Peace River country will be opened up this season for settlement, at what price per acre, and on what terms can land be purchased?

Topic:   *FEBRUARY 28, 1910 QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   PEACE RIVER COUNTRY.
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LIB

Frank Oliver (Minister of the Interior; Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. OLIVER:

Township. Range. Meridian.

76 14 West 5th,74 15 West 5th.75 15 West 5th.74 16 West 5th.75 16 West 5th.76 16 West 5th.74 17 West 5th.75 17 West 5th.80 4 West 6th. .71 6 West 6th.The following townhips ha

been surveyed, but the department has no record of the same having been opened for homestead by the local agent of Dominion Lands by notice and advertisement as required by section 7 of the Dominion Lands Act, that is to say:

Township. Range. Meridian.

" Partly Indian Reserve.

Partly Indian Reserve.

81 24 5.82 24 581 26 571 3 672 3 673 3 674 3 678 3 680 3 671 4 672 4 674 4 671 5 6Township. Range. Meridian.72 5 673 5 674 5 677 5 678 5 679 5 672 6 673 6 674 6 677 6 678 6 671 7 672 7 673 7 674 7 671 8 672 8 673 8 674 8 671 9 672 9 673 9 673 4 572 5 573 5 572 6 573 6 574 9 573 10 574 10 573 11 573 13 574 13 574 14 575 14 577 14 576 15 577 15 577 16 580 19 581 19 577 20 581 20 577 21 578 21 577 22 578 22 574 9 671 10 672 10 673 10 674 10 671 11 672 11 673 11 674 11 6

2. The available lands in the townships above mentioned. Land can only be acquired under homestead entry, except in cases of fractional areas of 80 acres or less, which under the regulations may be sold at $3 an acre to the homesteader or owner of land lying alongside. In case the applicant is a homesteader, such sale would be made subject to the homesteader earning patent for his homestead.

Topic:   *FEBRUARY 28, 1910 QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   PEACE RIVER COUNTRY.
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MOTIONS AGREED TO WITHOUT DISCUSSION.

February 28, 1910