March 30, 1910

OF THE DEBATES OF THE HOUSE OF COMMONS OF THE DOMINION OF CANADA SECOND SESSION-ELEVENTH PARLIAMENT 9-10 EDWARD VII., 190910 VOL. XCVI COMPRISING THE PERIOD FROM THE THIRTIETH DAY OF MARCH TO THE EIGHTEENTH DAY OF APRIL, INCLUSIVE.

PRINTED BY C. H. PARMELEE, PRINTER TO THE KING'S MOST EXCELLENT MAJESTY 1909-10


Mouse of Commons debates


SECOND SESSION-ELEVENTH PARLIAMENT


Wednesday, March 30, 1910.


FIRST READINGS.


Bill (No. 189) to incorporate the Protectorate Life Insurance Company of Canada. -Mr. Turriff. Bill (No. 190) to incorporate the Quebec and Ungava Railway Company.-Mr. Devlin.


MEAT AND CANNED FOODS ACT AMENDMENT.


Hon. SYDNEY FISHER moved for leave to introduce Bill (No. 193) to amend the Meat and Canned Foods Act. He said': In the working of this law we find some slight modifications of the wording and form to be necessary. There is no change in the principle of the Act. When we come to discuss the details I will give full information concerning each. Motion agreed to, and Bill read the first time.


QUESTIONS.

SUBSIDIES TO RAILWAYS IN BRITISH COLUMBIA.

CON

Mr. BARNARD:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. What are the particulars of the sum of $18,109,811, shown as having been expended in British Columbia for railway subsidies on page 2, of a return to an Order of the House of Commons, dated the 19th of February, 1908, and being sessional paper No. 219 of the session of 1908?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   SUBSIDIES TO RAILWAYS IN BRITISH COLUMBIA.
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LIB

George Perry Graham (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Hon. GEO. P. GRAHAM.

The following are the amounts expended by the Dominion government on railway subsidies in British Columbia, up to 1905-6:

Esquimalt and Nanaimo railway, 73 miles, $750,000; Nakusp and Slocan railway, 36) miles, $117,760; Columbia and 189

Kootenay railway, 27) miles, $88,800; Shus-wap and Okanagan railway, 51 miles, $163,200; Kootenay and Arrowhead railway, 46J miles, $153,866; Canadian Pacific railway, (Revelstoke to Arrowhead) 25 miles, $80,000; Canadian Pacific railway, (Savonas to Port Moodie) 213 miles, $13,326,100; Nicola, Kamloops and Similkameen railway, 35 miles, $110,592; Canadian Pacific railway, (Crowsnest) 182 miles, $2,301,936 ; Canadian Pacific railway, (Laggan to Savonas) 301 miles, $4,031,233; total $21,105,487.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   SUBSIDIES TO RAILWAYS IN BRITISH COLUMBIA.
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SALES OF SCHOOL LANDS.

CON

Richard Stuart Lake

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. LAKE:

il. Have any sales of school lands been made by the government to private individuals or to companies in any other way than by publio auction?

2. If so, under what circumstances and on what terms have such sales been made; and were the lands so sold advertised for sale before being disposed of?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   SALES OF SCHOOL LANDS.
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LIB

Hon. FRANK OLIVER: (Minister of the Interior; Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs)

Liberal

1. Yes, in accordance with the statutes in that behalf.

2. School lands required for the right of way of railways, for station grounds, ballast pits, and right of way for water pipes, have been sold otherwise than by public auction to railway companies under the provisions of the Railway Act, and school lands have also been sold by private sale to Boards of Trustees, under the provisions of subsection 2, of section 39, of the Dominion Lands Act, for school sites, the area not exceeding in any case four acres. In no other ease have school lands been sold to private individuals, or to companies, otherwise than at public auction.

The lands required for right of way, station grounds, &c., of railways, are sold to the railway companies at a valuation determined by inspection of the land, and approved by the Governor in Council.

The lands required for school sites are only sold to Boards of Trustees, upon the recommendation ef the Deputy Minister of Education for the province in which the land is situated.

The minimum price fixed by the Act is $10 per acre, and no land has been sold for school sites below that price.

These sales are not advertised.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   SALES OF SCHOOL LANDS.
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ISSUE OF SCRIP TO HALF-BREEDS.

CON

Mr. LAKE:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Has any commission been employed on the issue of scrip to half-breeds since the 1st January, 1908?

2. If so, in wbat part of the country have they been employed and to what extent have issues of scrip been made by them?

3. Who composed the commission, and did any other persons accompany them, other than their employees? If so, who?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   ISSUE OF SCRIP TO HALF-BREEDS.
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LIB

Mr. OLIVER: (Minister of the Interior; Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs)

Liberal

1. Yes.

2. In that portion of the Northwest Territories including Split lake, Oxford House, Nelson House, and other points covered by the adhesion to Indian Treaty No. 5.

No scrip was issued by the commissioner, but scrip aggregating 7,920 acres, in satisfaction of 33 claims, was issued by the Department of the Interior and delivered to the claimants personally by the commissioner.

3. Reverend John Semmens, inspector of Indian agencies, and reserves, who was also appointed commissioner to take the adhesion to Treaty No. 5. It is not known whether or not any persons other than his employees accompanied him.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   ISSUE OF SCRIP TO HALF-BREEDS.
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ST. MAURICE RIVER-DREDGING AND IMPROVEMENTS.

March 30, 1910