May 3, 1910

COAL SUPPLY TO LIGHTKEEPEKS.

LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. TEMPLEMAN.

The hon. leader of the opposition (Mr. R. L. Borden) quoted a letter from Nova Scotia yesterday complaining of the treatment which some lighthouse keepers had received with regard to coal. It was said that they had been r ceiving coal and that it had been taken away from them. I have here a statement from the department explaining that the salaries of the lighthouse keepers were increased, and that an allowance for coal is no longer made. The statement is as follows :

Under date 24th September, 1908, an order in council issued approving of a classification of light-stations throughout the Dominion together with regulations covering such classification.

_ The various light-stations were grouped into classes according to duties required to be performed, aceessability, .opportunity for supplementing income by other work in the neighbourhood, &c. Before this classification came into effect, some lightkeepers were remunerated in part by salary, in part by other allowances such as for fuel, water, horse-keep, &c. Under the classification a salary was allowed sufficient in itself without other allowances. Under this classification, many lightkeepers received inreases in salary, certain other lightkeepers were found to be in receipt of salary above the maximum allowed by the classification, but the classification provided that in such cases the salary of keepers then in the service would not bd reduced and that such stations would come under the classification on the appointment of a new keeper. In many cases, the salary provided under the classification was equal j. mor,e than the aggregate allowances hitherto obtaining. In such cases, allowances such as for fuel, &e., were discontinued, the new salary covering such. In other cases the salary under the classification was greater than the previous salary but not as great as the aggregate of salary and allowances, and m such cases the part of the allowances covered by the new salary was discontinued, the remainder being allowed to the keepers.

In the case referred to by the leader of the opposition, the keeper, no doubt, received an Mr. FIELDING.

increase in salary which would cover former fuel allowance, and if the lightkeeper was offered coal for sale, he was in as good a position then as before the classification came into effect-that is, he received an increase in salary, which increase would at least pay for the coal and probably more.

With regard to the unfortunate drowning ot the Marie-Joseph lightkeeper and his son, this can scarcely be chargeable to the discontinuance of fuel 'allowances, particularly in so far as the department is aware fuel had T'.!')'ei.' been supplied to the Marie-Joseph lightkeeper by the department.

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ADJOURNMENT -BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE-THE LUMSDEN CHARGES.


Mr. FIELDING moved the adjournment of the House.


CON

Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

May we expect anything to-morrow except concurrence?

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LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING.

I think the business of the session is virtually concluded except concurrence, and the passage of the Supply Bill. The conference with the Senate which was the subject of remark a few minutes ago will have to be considered in the morning, and the final stages of concurrence and of the Supply Bill will have to be taken.

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CON

George Taylor

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. G. TAYLOR.

At what time do we expect that prorogation will take place?

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LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING.

I see no reason why prorogation should not take place at three.

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L-C

Andrew Archibald MacDonald

Liberal-Conservative

Mr. MACDONALD.

With the permission of the House I beg to move the motion in regard to the payment of counsel employed in connection with the Lumsden charges, and which is recommended by the committee. The motion is:

That in accordance with the recommendation contained in the sixth report of the Special Committee re Lumsden inquiry, proper fees and expenses be paid to counsel appearing before the said committee, and the clerk of the House and the law clerk are hereby authorized to tax the said fees and expenses and to pay the same when so taxed, out of any moneys voted by parliament for the expenses of committees.

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CON

Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

I thought that was to stand until to-morrow?

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LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING.

It was brought to the attention of the House earlier in the day, and the leader of the opposition stated that he was not aware of any objection, but that he would prefer that the motion be_ not pressed at the moment. I have no objection to it standing till to-morrow if it is desired.

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CON

Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

Carried.

Motion (Mr. Macdonald) agreed to.

Motion (Mr. Fielding) agreed to, and House adjourned at 10.55 p.m.

Wednesday, May 4, 1910.

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May 3, 1910