Bill (No. 153) for the relief of James Albert Green.-Mr. Prowse.
Bill (No. 164) respecting the Grand trunk Railway Company of Canada.-Mr A. H. Clarke.
Bill (No. 158) for the relief of Ada Ann Green.-Mr. Nesbitt.
Report of the Hydrographic Survey in
connection with irrigation works Mr
1. The engineer reported that two armatures of the old Thompson and Houston arc light dynamos had been burnt out during the past season of navigation, and the amount expended for repairing them was about $500. The accident was not dne to the incompetency of Daley and Macey, but owing to the old and out of date system in use on the eastern section of the canal. It is contemplated, in the near future, to adopt the 3-phase alternating current system, which is now in use on the western end of the canal.
2. On some occasions the lights were out, but on every such occasion the engineer endeavoured to fix the responsibility upon the guilty party.
3. No, but a man named Lynch has been dismissed from the service for having left his post during the day time and allowing his generator to Tun without any one being in charge of it.
4. Mr. Fitzpatrick is employed on the
Lachine canal as diver, but when not engaged in that capacity, he is called upon to assist other employees on the canal, viz.: storemen, carpenters, machinists.
During the fiscal year 1908-9, he made 564 hours of overtime removing submerged obstructions from weir, gates, sluices, mitre sills, &c.
5. During the fiscal year 1908-9, Mr. Dennis O'Brien received the sum of $665.75 for visiting the different works on the canal, whenever necessary, at least twice weekly.
6. J. Brennan is employed as carbonman at $45 a month, and receives an allowance of $10 for transportation along the electric light line. J. Cousineau is employed as assistant lineman at the rate of $45 a month.
1. Has the attention of the Minister of Justice been called to the recent revelations in the columns of ' Saturday Night,' of Toronto, regarding the manner in which the investing public lias been victimized by company promoters?
2. Is it the intention of the government to introduce legislation which will safeguard the interests of the public as against the class of promoters referred to?
3. Will the government introduce legislation to prohibit the use of public subscriptions for promotion expenses, or in some other form put an end to the system by which the moneys of innocent investors are allowed to be gathered in by unscrupulous promoters, and expended without benefit to the subscribers?
4. With whom lies the responsibility for the prosecution of such individuals as have been exposed by ' Saturday Night,' as in the reported case of G. H. Munroe and other individuals of the same class?
1. Not otherwise than by seeing some of the articles referred to.
2 and 3. Some amendments to the Companies Act have been under consideration, but it is scarcely probable that legislation on the subject can be dealt with during the present session.
4. The responsibility for the prosecution of offences against the criminal law rests upon the authorities of the province, who are charged with the duty of seeing to the administration of justice in the province.
1. Are the two sleeping cars now in course of construction for the Intercolonial railway, under the contract with the Silliker ( ar Company of Halifax, to be paid for out of capital account or out of current revenue account?
2. If these cars are renewals and payable out of the revenue, why are they not being built by the railway authorities in the new shops equipped for construction work in Moncton ?
1. Out of revenue equipment account, provided for out of revenue.
2. Owing to the fact that repair work accumulated somewhat, awaiting the completion and equipment of the new shops, it was thought advisable to devote all the energy of the staff for the present to placing the existing rolling stock in first-class condition.
1 and 2. Whitmount post office is served on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays by Howard M. Wenborn, contractor for the mail service between Kingston and Willetsholme. The other offices served by this contractor are: Willetsholme, Pittsferry, Eric and Barriefield. The contractor is paid $400 per annum. Whitmount is also served on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, by Thomas Driscoll, contractor for the mail service between D'Arcy and Kingston, during the
time the ferry is in operation between Howe island and the main shore. The other offices served by this contractor are: D'Arcy, Howe Island, Eric and Barriefield. The contractor is paid $580 per annum.
3. The service of Whitmount is daily when the ferry is in operation and triweekly the balance of the year. Eric and Barriefield receive a daily service and D'Arcy, Howe Island, Pittsferry, and Willetsholme three times a week.
4. (a) D'Arcy, $12 revenue; Howe Island, $35 revenue; Whitmount, $36.08 revenue (11 months); Eric, $44 revenue; Barriefield, $251 revenue; Pittsferry, $53.70 revenue; Willetsholme, $61 revenue, (b) Included in answer to questions 1 and 2.
Subtopic: MAILS IN COUNTY OF FRONTENAC.
Referring to the report of the Civil Service Royal Commission, composed of J. M. Courtney; C.M.G., of Ottawa, Thos. Fyslie, Esq., of Montreal, and P. G. Bazin, Esq., of Quebec, which contains the following statement:- ' Your commission have now to draw attention to a deserving body of men who carry on their work at great hazard to themeslves, namely, the railway mail clerks. A railway mail clerk suffers many hardships in liis daily avocation. He is placed in a car next to the engine, although the vibration may be greater than it would be if the car were otherwise placed, yet the ceaseless strain in his daily work tends to the shattering of his nerves and leads to other physical defects. The commissioners recommend the the Railway Commissioners be authorized and requested to have plans prepared for proper standard mail cars to be placed on the several lines of railways in Canada,' has the government provided for carrying out that recommendation? If not, is it their intention to do so?