December 5, 1910

CON

Mr. MONK:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. In the strike of Grand Trunk trainmen during July and August, 1910, what effort did the government make to get a satisfactory settlement of the strike?

2. What was the basis of the settlement so far as the grievance of the trainmen was concerned?

3. How many of the men out at that time were reinstated in their former positions?

4. How many have not been reinstated, and why not?

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LIB

Mr. KING:

Liberal

1. The government from the outset offered its good offices towards effecting a settlement of the dispute and put forth every effort to secure the consent of the parties to a reference of the dispute to arbitration. The effort to secure a settlement by arbitration was not successful owing to the unwillingness at the outset of both parties and subsequently of one of the parties to agree to such a reference. The dispute was finally settled through the governments' friendly mediation requested by one of the parties and accepted by both.

2. The basis of settlement is contained in the following agreement signed by the representatives of the parties:-

By way of settlement of the existing difficulties :-

1. The company will put back as soon as possible the men, other than those who have

teen or may be found guilty of acts of violence or disorderly conduct, the understanding being that there is to be no coercion or intimidation used towards the new men.

2. The company will put into effect from May 1, 1910, the rates named in schedule of rates dated July 18, 1910, those rates to be embodied in the present schedules now in effect on this line, it being understood that those rates shall in no instance effect a reduction in any existing rate.

3. The company will, on January 1, 1912, make effective in train and yard service on the Grand Trunk railway the rates of pay and the rules contained in the schedule or agreement on that date in effect on the lines of the Canadian Pacific railway east of Fort William.

The three above propositions shall apply also to the Central Vermont Railroad Company, the said Railway Company to be substituted for the Grand Trunk Railway Company, and the Rutland Railroad Company to be substituted for the Canadian Pacific Railway Company wherever the same are used or understood in the above. (In the case of the Central Vermont, by the ' schedule of rates dated July 18, 1910,' is meant the schedule issued by the management of that company since July 1.)

The company gave an assurance that by * as soon as possible ' in section 1 of this agreement was meant a period not exceeding three months from the date of settlement.

3. It was estimated that about 3,450 men went out at the time of the strike. From representations received from representatives of the men it would appear that at the expiration of three months from the date of settlement about 3,200 had been reinstated. Others have' since been restored to the company's service.

4. It has been variously estimated by the representatives of the men that between 150 and 250 men have not been reinstated. The reason for their non-reinstatement, as given by the company, is contained in the following words of a communication from Mr. Hays, president of the company, dated November 10:

In the opinion of the officers of this company our undertaking to re-employ all who were not found guilty of acts of violence or disorderly conduct has been complied with.

The representatives of the men allege that the majority of those who have, not been reinstated have in no way been guilty of acts of violence or disorderly conduct. The representations of the men in this regard have been made known to the company by the government, and the president has undertaken to have each case that may be brought to his attention made the subject of special investigation by himself and other officers of the company.

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CON

Mr. LENNOX:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Was the Minister of Labour a party in negotiating and concluding a settlement of the

recent strike of tlie conductors and brakesmen of the Grand Trunk railway, between the company and the men?

2. Is the result in harmony with the anticipations of the minister, as entertained by the minister at the time of the settlement?

3. Is the company, in the opinion of the minister, now living up to the terms and spirit of this agreement?

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LIB

Mr. KING:

Liberal

1. Yes.

2 and 3. The minister did not anticipate, at the time of settlement, that any difficulties would arise in the carrying out of the terms of the agreement reached. According to the representations received from the men, some of their number have not been reinstated in accordance with the terms of the agreement. These representations have been made known to the company by the minister, and the cases so reported are being made the subject of further investigation by the company at the present time.

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CON

Haughton Lennox

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. LENNOX:

What steps, if any, has the Minister of Labour taken to have the Grand Trunk Railway Company carry out its agreement to reinstate the striking conductors and brakesmen within ninety days, and particularly what has the minister done since the expiry of said ninety days to definitely ascertain whether or how far the company has lived up to its agreement, and to compel the company to keep faith with the strikers?

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LIB

George Gerald King

Liberal

Mr. KING.

The minister has been in close touch with both the Grand Trunk Railway Company and the representatives of the men concerned in the recent strike, and has by correspondence and personal interviews taken up with the company all representations made to him as to noncompliance by the company with the terms of its agreement. The minister has also endeavoured to effect between the company and the men some arrangement whereby any existing differences might be left to the arbitrament of some third party. As the 'result of representations made by the minister and the government the president of the company has undertaken to have each case of alleged non-compliance with the terms of the agreement that may be brought to his attention made the subject of special investigation by himself and other officials of the company.

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WEST COAST TRAIL ON VANCOUVER ISLAND.

CON

George Henry Barnard

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BARNARD:

1- What amount has been expended upon the West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island?

2. lor what distance and between what points has the trail been completed ?

3. What distance is under construction?

I. What will be the length of the trail when completed?

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CON

Mr. LENNOX.

Conservative (1867-1942)

5. What is the total estimated cost of the work when completed?

6. What rates of wages are paid to men employed, having regard to the various capacities in which they are employed?

7. Who is immediately in charge of the work on the ground?

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LIB

Mr. BRODEUR: (Minister of the Naval Service; Minister of Marine and Fisheries)

Liberal

1. $153,755.48.

2. The trail is now practically completed between Banfield creek and Clanewah, a distance of 16 miles.

3. The above distance only is under construction at present.

4. The department is now considering the advisability of extending further the above trail.

5. This cannot be estimated until the question of extension is settled.

6. Foremen, $5.00 per work day; winch-men, $4.00 per work day; workingmen, $3.00 per working day.

7. Head foreman on work is A. Barnes. The work is being done under the personal supervision of H. C. Killeen, district engineer of the Department of Marine.

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PRE-EMPTIONS AND PURCHASED HOMESTEADS. -

CON

Mr. LAKE:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. What has been the total acreage of preemptions and purchased homesteads entered for in each of the provinces of Saskatchewan and Alberta, respectively, from the date of the passing of the Dominion Lands Act, 1908, to the present date?

2. What total amount of money receivable by the government does this represent in each province ?

3. What is the annual amount of interest receivable in respect of the same in each province ?

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

Liberal

1. Saskatchewan. Alberta.

Acres. Acres.

Pre-emptions 3,604,960 2,256,320

Purchased homesteads 377,920 136,000

2. Saskatchewan. Alberta.

Principal and interest $14,765,736 $8,910,000

Saskatchewan. Alberta.

3. Pre-emptions.

1st year (1911.. ..$540,744.00 $338,448.002nd year. 540,744.00 338,448.003rd year. 540,744.00 338,448.004th year. 360,496.00 225,638.005th year

288,396.80 172,505 606th year

216,297.60 135,379.207th year

144,198.40 90,252.808th year

72,099.20 45,126.40Purchased homesteads. Saskatchewan. Alberta. 1st vear (1911) .. . .$ 37,792.00 $ 13,600.002nd year.. 30,233.60 10,880.003rd year

22,675.20 8,160.004th year

15,116.80 5,440.005th year

8,558.40 2,720 00

These figures are only given approximately; moreover, they are liable to

change from day to day as new entries are made and cancellations effected. They have been made up to the 31st October last.

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MR. L. F. CLARRY.

CON

Mr. LENNOX:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Has the government paid Mr. L. F. Clarry, a solicitor formerly of Hastings, any money for alleged professional services since the 14th day of April last? If so, what sum?

2. Is the government indebted to Mr. Clarry ?

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LIB

Mr. AYLESWORTH: (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

1. On 10th June, 1910, $597.92 was sent to

Mr. Clarry and on 27th June, 1910, $20.06 was sent to Mr. Clarry, in payment in each case for services rendered before 14th April last. , , , ,

2. Not so far as the Department of Justice is aware.

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CON

Haughton Lennox

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. LENNOX :

X. Since the discussion in the House and the disclosures in the Public Accounts Committee last session re Mr. L. F. Clarry, a solicitor employed by the government, has the government adopted any practice, or taken any measures or precautions to prevent solicitors from acting for the government, and for parties having claims against the government, at the same time? If so, what has been done and if not, why not?

2. Has the government or the department of Justice done anything by way of carrying out the pledges of ministers of the Crown given to the House in the discussion referred to?

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LIB

Mr. AYLESWORTH : (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

1. The fact that a solicitor is acting for the government in examining the title of one piece of property or in paying a claim made against the government in respect of such piece of property would not seem to afford any objection to the same solicitor acting for the owner of an altogether different piece of property in preferring a claim against the government in respect of such different piece of property and such an occurrence could not be prevented without paying to all solicitors employed for any purpose by the government an annual general retaining fee which course the government has not adopted and is not prepared to adopt.

The intentions stated by the Minister, of Railways and by the Minister of Justice in the discussion referred to have been fully carried out by them.

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EASTERN DREDGING COMPANY.

CON

Oswald Smith Crocket

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CROCKET :

Have any contracts been let during the current year to the Eastern Dredging Company? If so, for what places and at what prices ?

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December 5, 1910