April 20, 1910

INTERNATIONAL WATERWAYS CANAL AND CONSTRUCTION COMPANY.


Mr. GUTHRIE moved that Bill (No. 119) to incorporate the International Waterways Canal and Construction Company be withdrawn, and that the fees paid thereon be refunded less the cost of printing and translation, in accordance with rule.


CON

Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

While I do not rise to oppose this motion, I think it would be a proper thing to do to penalize the parties who had the Bill in charge for bringing such a Bill before the House. It is only one of a number that has taken up a lot of valuable time in this and previous sessions, and if these parties are going to exploit these things, bring in Bills of this kind, keep the House from week to week spending a great deal of time in protecting the interests of the country and then make application to have the fees refunded, they should be punished by not receiving a cent.

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Motipn agreed to, and Bill withdrawn.


FIRST READING.


Bill (No. 211) to incorporate the Pioneers Loan Company.-Mr. Turriff.


GOVERNMENT ANNUITIES ACT AMENDMENT.


Mr. FIELDING moved for leave to introduce Bill (No. 212) to amend the Govern- ment Annuities Act of 1908. He said: This is to correct an error in the recent proceedings of the House in connection with a measure dealing with this Isubject. We had before us a Bill from the Senate to which this House in Committee of the Whole made an amendment, striking out a certain clause in the old law which had become unnecessary. By some error the Bill stands recorded as having been reported by the Committee of the Whole without amendment. The consequence is that an amendment which the Senate intended to make, but which they overlooked, and whicli this House intended to make, by some error has not been made, and now requires to be dealt with. The effect of the Bill now introduced is simply to repeal the section of the old law, as was intended and explained to the committee when we had tlie other Bill before us. Motion agreed to, and Bill read the first time.


QUESTIONS.

PROTECTION OF QUEBEC AND ST. LAWRENCE R4VER.

LIB

Mr. J. P. TURCOTTE:

Liberal

1. How many war vessels went up tlie St

Lawrence river to Quebec in the summer of 1908? , , , .

2. What was the tonnage and the draught of water of each of these vessels?

3. To what nation did each of these belong?

4. How many war ve-sels were anchored at the same time in the roadstead of Quebec in 1908?

5. How many of these war ves e.s went up to Montreal ?

6. How many of these war vessels, by reason

of their draught of water, were unable to g* up to Montreal? ,

7. What war vessels, by reason of then draught of water, were ob-tructed in their navigation between the Gulf of St. Lawrence and Quebec?

8. What effective means did the Canadian

government, provide in 1908 to prevent these war vessels, or one of them, from going up the River St. Lawrence to Quebec under a hostile flag? . .

9. What effective means did the Canadian government provide in 1908 to prevent these war vessels, or one of them, from making descents upon each of the parishes situated on both sides of the River St. Lawrence, from the Gulf up to Quebec, and taking possession of every part of the country ?

10. What effective means did the Canadian government provide in 1908 to prevent these war vessels from seizing upon Quebec?

11. Was the city of Quebec fortified so as to sustain a seige in 1908?

12. Could the city of Quebec at the present time prevent a hostile fleet from seizing its citadel; and what were the effective means it provided then to organize its defence.

13. In case one of the larger war vessels which visited Quebec in 1908 had met with a serious accident, could the Canadian government place at its disposal in the port of Quebec or in any place whatever on the River

St. Lawrence, a dry dock or a maritime workshop for the necessary repairs?

14. What rank did the city of Quebec occupy in 1908 as a stronghold?

15. Is the Canadian government more prepared in 1910 than it was in 1908 to defend Quebec from the possible invasion of an army by way of the St. Lawrence, anil in what do these defence works consist, made since 1908.

16 What measures does the Canadian government intend to take for the purpose of protecting Quebec against the sudden attack of an army by way of the St. Lawrence, and to provide for the repairs of the largest vessels which frequent the St. Lawrence.

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LIB

Hon. CHARLES MURPHY: (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

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CANADIAN INLAND MARINE.

CON

Mr. MIDDLEBRO :

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. What was the total number of steam and other ships, respectively, of the Canadian inland marine at the end of the fiscal year,

1900? ,

2. What is the corresponding number and tonnage at the end of the fiscal year 1910. or for which the records are complete.

3. During the same period, what number,

tonnage and kind of said inland marine "as built in Great Britain, United States and Canada, respectively? . ,

4 What dry docks in Canada have received government aid, or are entitled to or have applied for same, and what is the size and estimated cost of each dry dock and the amount of such aid or proposed aid?

5 Is it the intention of the government to ask for legislation or other authority to provide for an increase in the present statutory

amount of such aid to any special dry docks, or to aid any ship-building company, and has any application been made therefor or negotiations m respect thereto? If so, what are the names of such applicants and the nature or the applications P

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LIB

NEW WESTMINSTER PENITENTIARY FISH CONTRACT.

CON

Mr. J. D. TAYLOR :

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Has a contract been made for a supply of fish to Now Westminster penitentiary for 1910-11? If so, to whom and at wliat prices?

2. Were tenders asked for? If so, to w-lioin were they addressed, was any date fixed for their receipt and by whom were the tenders opened?

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LIB

Mr. MURPHY : (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

1. The contract has been awarded by the acceptance of the low-est tender, but the department has not yet been notified that the contract is actually executed, and in these circumstances it is not in the public interest to announce at present the name of the firm or the prices involved.

2. On February 20, quotations were asked, by the purchasing agent, from : Royal City Fish Company, St. Mungo Canning Company, Bensing & Ayling, Fraser Fish Company, M. Monk & Company, and British Columbia Packers Association, all of New Westminster. No exact date was fixed for their receipt. The quotations were addressed to the purchasing agent. Montreal, and opened by him on March 23, 1910.

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PAYMENTS TO L. F. CLARRY.

CON

April 20, 1910