April 13, 1910

SAINT JOHN HARBOUR.

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Hon. WM@

PUGSLEY moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 204 to authorize the erection of certain wharfs and buildings in the harbour of St. John. He said: the city of St. John has quite recently made an agreement with Mr. Frederick C. Durant for the erection of a very large sugar refinery in the city, and with a view to giving him encouragement in the erection of what is regarded as likely to prove a very important undertaking, the city has agreed to convey to him some of the property which it owns facing on the harbour, and a part of which is covered with water. As a part of the arrangement the Department of Railways has agreed also to convey to Mr. Durant a portion of its property near the ballast wharf. Then, I believe it has been agreed that either the whole or a part of the property received from the government shall be substituted for that which ha3 been conveyed by the| city. The agreement that has been come to has been confirmed by the legislature of the province of New Brunswick. The Recorder of the city is of the opinion that as this land, although within the harbour lines as defined in the statute, forms, so far as a portion of it, at least, is concerned, a part of the harbour, it is necessary to come to this parliament in order to have the authority given by the legislature of New Brunswick to make the conveyance, confirmed and ratified, and also to authorize Mr. Durant to erect wharfs and buildings upon that part of the property which is covered with water, but which is to the eastward of the harbour line. The sole object of this Bill is to carry out the agreement which has been made between the city of St. John and Mr. Durant.

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Motion agreed to, and Bill read the first time.


QUESTIONS.

NORTHWEST LANDS.

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Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

As the hon. minister has referred to certain memorials and correspondence which are in his hands, I would ask him to lay them on the table so that other members of the House may have the benefit of reading them. That he is obliged to do under the rule.

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LIB

George Gerald King

Liberal

Mr. KING.

I shall do so with pleasure

Progress reported.

On motion of Mr. Fielding, House adjourned at 11.30 p.m.

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Mr. HERRON:

Liberal-Conservative

1. Was scrip issued by the Department of the Interior for the land which Mrs. Cuth-bert Gervais, formerly the widow of Urbain Delorme, Jr., was entitled to as a half-breed on her own behalf ?

2. If so, to whom was such 6crip issued and when ?

3. Has the land been located at any Dominion Lands Office ? If so, at what office and at what date ?

I. xs the said Mrs. Gervais also entitled to serin for lands as widow of the said Delorme ?

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LIB

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

Liberal

1. No land scrip issued; her claim was satisfied by an issue of scrip for $160.

2. Such scrip was delivered to her attorney, Cuthbert Gervais, on the 2-3rd June, 1877.

3. Answered by No. 1.

4. No. This claim was satisfied by an issue of money scrip for $160, which was divided between his four children- Elise, Marie Rose, Madeline and Urbain Delorme. The shares of Elise and Marie Rose-$40 each, were delivered to them personally and the shares of Madeline and Urbain, $40 each, were delivered to their mother, Marie Gervais as guarantee. All were delivered in 1878.

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Mr. HERRON:

Liberal-Conservative

1. Was scrip issued by the Department of the Interior to James Wliitford, half-breed, for lands ?

2. If so, when was such scrip issued, who obtained the same, and by whose order or authority ?

3. Has the land been located under such scrip ? If so, at what office and at what date?

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LIB

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

Liberal

1. As there are several persons by the name of James Whitford in the records of Half-breed claims, the names of the parents of the claimant referred to will have to be furnished in order to establish his identity.

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Mr. MAGRATH:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Was the N.E. J Sec. 31, Tp. 30, Range 24, W. 4th M. applied for in September, 1908, as a pre-emption by the homesteaders of the adjoining land ?

2. Was it reserved and not available for settlement during that month ? If so, for what purpose and when did it become available for settlement thereafter ?

3. What opportunity, if any, was given to the homesteaders of adjoining land to obtain it as his rightful pre-emption ?

4. When and by whom was it obtained and under what conditions ?

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

Liberal

1. Yes, by Lester B. Haley, the homesteader of the N.W. \ of section 32, adjoining. Other applications may have been made to the Agent of Dominion Lands of which there is no record in the Department.

2. This quarter section appeared in error as ' Disposed of ' in the list of odd-sections sent to the Agent of Dominion Lands, prior to the 1st September, 1908.

On the 22nd May, 1909, the Agent of Dominion Lands at Calgary was instructed to post a notice in his office setting forth that the whole of section 31, township 30, Range 24, west 4th meridian, would be available for homestead entry by the first eligible applicant over the counter, at the Mr. HERRON.

expiration of 10 days from the date of such notice. The sub-agent was also instructed to post a notice in his office.

3. Answered by No. 2.

4. On 21st June, 1909, by Alton David Irvine as a homestead.

He was permitted on the 30th August, 1909, to abandon his entry for the purpose of having Half-breed scrip located on the land.

Under date of 19th October, 1909, Harold F. McDonald located Half-breed scrip on this quarter section, which he subsequently assigned to Alton David Irvine, to whom patent therefor was issued on the 16th November, 1909.

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Mr. MEIGHEN:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. To whom has patent issued for S.W. J 18 -19-20-W 4th meridian, and when?

2. Did the patentee receive same as a homestead ? If so, when did he enter, and what hometead duties had he performed when patent issued ?

3. What proof had the department that such duties were so performed ?

4. If same was not granted as a homestead under the Dominion Lands Act, why was it granted; under what statutory authority, for what reasons and on what terms ?

5. Was the department in receipt of applications from others for this land as a homestead ? If so, from whom, under what dates and why was each refused ?

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

Liberal

1. Patent has not been issued.

2. S.W. i 18-19-20-W. 4th is held as a homestead by M. B. O'Connor. The- entry was made on the 9th of October, 1906. Land still unpatented.

3. See answer to question 1.

4. Land held as a homestead under the Dominion Lands Act. (See answer to question 2.)

5. So far as the file shows, the department is not aware of any application from other parties for this land as a homestead.

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William D. Staples

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STAPLES:

Does the S.W. J 32-7-5, W. 1st belong to the government? If so, is it open for homesteading or for sale ? If not, to whom has title been issued and when ?

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

Liberal

1. No. Patented 5th June, 1884 to William Lilly, who had made pre-emption entry therefor. [DOT]

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Mr. HERRON:

Liberal-Conservative

1. Is it the intention of the government to throw open in the near future any portion of the Peigan Reserve for homesteading, purchased homesteads, or pre-emptions ?

2. If so, will the lands be disposed of by public auction or private 6ale ? If by the latter method, at what price ?

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

Liberal

1. No.

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2. The remaining unsold surrendered lands on the Peigan Indian reserve 'will be offered for sale by public auction in June next.

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Mr. BRADBURY:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Is the government aware that some time since January, 1910, a number of half-breed scrip is said to have been located without the half-breed to whom the scrip was issued being present and presented to the Dominion Lands agent as required ?

2. Is the government aware that the scrip issued to Jean Riel, son of the famous Louis Riel, is said to have been located since January, 1910, and that the said Jean Riel died at St. Boniface some time in July, 1908 ?

3. By whom was said scrip located and under what authority?

1. No.

2. Scrip notes for 160 acres and 80 acres were issued to Jean Riel, son of Louis Riel. The 160 acre scrip note was located on the 1.7th March, 1902, by the grantee, on the northwest quarter of section 12, township 10, range 12, west 2nd meridian, which he subsequently assigned to William S. Stewart, of Charlottetown, P.E.I., to whom patent therefor was issued on the 27th June, 1903.

No report of the location of the 80-acre scrip note issued to Jean Riel has as yet been received in the department,

3. Answered by No. 2.

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April 13, 1910