January 11, 1911

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Mr. F. D.@

MONK moved for:-

Return showing all rules and regulations passed by the Governor in Council under the provisions of the Navy Act, adopted at the last session of parliament.

He said: This motion is for the purpose of obtaining copies of the regulations which have been adopted by the government under the Navy Act of last session. There are a number of sections which give power to the government to pass regulations in execution of the law. It would be interesting for parliament to see these regulations before we proceed with the naval estimates for the coming year.

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Subtopic:   IMMIGRATION FIGURES.
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Motion agreed to.


MOTIONS AGREED TO WITHOUT DISCUSSION.


Return showing all cases where in construction work on the National Transcontinental railway a richer mixture of concrete was used than that indicated in the standard specification, to an extent affecting the cost of the work to the amount of $5,000 or more; also the original estimated cost and the actual cost in each of such cases.-Mr. Ames.


LIB

William Pugsley (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY.

Address to His Excellency the Governor General for a copy of all correspondence, offers, agreements, Orders in Council, reports, records, regulations, or other papers or documents, relating to the grant or surrender to one Merrill, or some other person or corporation, of the concession or right to bore for and acquire natural gas, upon or under the Six Nation Indian Reserve, at or near Brantford, Ontario ; together with a statement of all moneys paid for said concession or right, and also of all moneys subsequently received by the Six Nation Indians, or by the government on their behalf for such concession or rights.-Mr. Ames.

Return showing a list of the members of the engineering staff who have been dismissed, or have resigned for left the service of the National Transcontinental Railway Commission since 1904, with position formerly held, the date of leaving, and the assigned cause in each instance.-Mr. Ames.

Return showing what amounts to date have been paid on force account to each and to all contractors connected with the National Transcontinental railway, setting forth the district affected thereby.-Mr. Ames.

Return showing in respect of all cases on-the National Transcontinental railway, where the original specifications have not been adhered to; the estimated cost as per original plan; the actual or estimated cost as per amended plans; the name of the contractor and of the resident engineer, and the reason given by the latter for such change.-Mr. Ames. .

Return showing the clause in the standard contract on the National Transcontinental railway having reference to train hauled filling, with a statement showing what amounts have been paid to date, and to whom, for services of this nature.-Mr. Ames.

Return showing in all cases where finished structures on the National Transcontinental railway, have differed materially, to an extent involving a difference in cost of more than $10,000, from the original standard plans; the original estimated cost of the structure; the cost according to altered plans; the nature of the change; the name of the resident engineer, and of the contractor or sub-contractor; the reason, if any, given for the alteration of plans; and a copy of the correspondence exchanged thereon between the headquarters staff and the engineer on the ground.-Mr. Ames.

Return showing as to each contract district of the National Transcontinental railway between Moncton and Winnipeg, respectively, what was the original departmental estimate of quantities of solid rock, broken stone, earth, sand, &c., and the quantities of each kind of excavation, as above, already paid for.-Mr. Ames.

For a copy of all memorials, petitions and requests received by the government since last session advocating the enlargement of the Welland canal, as well as all memorials, petitions, resolutions, &c., favouring the construction of the Montreal and Georgian bay canal. -Mr. Hodgins.

For a copy of all correspondence, telegrams or memoranda had between this government,

or any member thereof, and the provincial governments of Alberta and Saskatchewan, or either of them, or any of their members, in reference to securing control by such provincial governments of the lands, timber, water-powers, coal and other minerals, or any of the natural resources which exist within the respective boundaries of said provinces.-Mr. Herron. [DOT]

For a copy of all letters, agreements, telegrams, or memoranda with respect to the application for water-power license on the Elbow river west of Calgary.-Mr. McCarthy.

For a return setting forth:-

1. The total value of buildings, or parts thereof, owned by the government and occupied as post offices; also the estimated total annual rental value of the same.

2. The amount expended during the fiscal year 1909-10 by the Department of Public Works upon repairs, renewals, upkeep, maintenance of buildings, &c., used in whole or in part, in connection with the postal service.

3. The amount of subsidies paid out through the Trade and Commerce Department during the last fiscal year for services where the carriage of mails forms part of the subsidy contract; also the portion of said amount charged back to the Post Office Department.

4. How many of the services now performed by other departments for the Post Office Department were performed at the expense of the latter before 1892?-Mr. Ames.

For a return showing the concessions granted to Canada by British countries, the products of which may be imported into Canada under che preferential tariff.-Mr. Ames.

For a statement giving a concise history of the negotiations in regard to reciprocal trade carried on since 1900 between the governments of Canada and of the Australian commonwealth, together with a copy of official telegrams upon the same subject exchanged between the two governments, or between the official representatives thereof, since the Imperial Conference of 1907.-Mr. Ames.

For a copy of all applications, reports, records, correspondence, &c., in connection with the entry or cancellation proceedings in respect of the S. W. i section 10, township 38, range 15, west 2nd meridian.-Mr. Lake.

For a return showing the names of all persons who have been fined for breach of fishery regulations in the coast w aters of Prince Edward Island since the year 1900 up to this date, together with a statement of the penalties inflicted, moneys collected, and fines or portions thereof remitted, in each case; and for a copy of all instructions issued, reports, correspondence and documents relating in any manner thereto.-Mr. Fraser.

For a copy of the lease made between the government and the Canadian Light and Power Company relating to the Beauharnois canal.-Mr. Lortie.

For a return showing the respective quantities of each of the staple varieties of fish landed by Canadian Atlantic fishermen yearly, since 1870, and the respective yearly values thereof.-Mr. Jameson.

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NOTICE OF QUESTIONS TO BE INTRODUCED BY MR. MACLEAN (YORK).


On the orders of the day being called:


IND

William Findlay Maclean

Independent Conservative

Mr. MACLEAN (York).

Mr. Speaker, I take this opportunity of giving notice to the House that when the government's measure renewing the bank charters comes up I will propose clauses providing for public inspection of banks, for national bank notes properly secured taking the place of the present note issue of the chartered banks and for repealing the double liability clause.

I also take this opportunity of giving notice that I propose to move in amendment to the motion to go into Supply;

That before the said motion do pass this House desires to affirm the opinion that parliament should empower the provinces to expropriate telephone lines within their respective borders owned by private companies incorporated under federal law.

That before the said motion do pass this House hereby declares that steps be at once taken to ascertain the rights of the public using the Canadian Pacific railway to a reduced tariff because of the provision in that regard contained in the Act of parliament ratifying the agreement with that company;

That before the said motion pass this House desires to affirm the opinion that a public owned cable service between Canada and the mother country would be of great benefit to the public and to the two governments;

That before the said motion pass this House desires to affirm its belief that a public owned telegraph service would cheapen and improve communication between the people of Canada;

That before the said motion pass this House desires to express its opinion that the preparation and administration of the customs tariff should be in the hands of a tariff commission;

That before the said motion pass this House desires to affirm the opinion that a wide extension of the parcel system of the post office would be in the public interest;

That before the said motion pass this House desires to express the opinion that the control of the capitalization of the railways of Canada should be within the jurisdiction of the Board of Railway Commissioners.

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LIB

Wilfrid Laurier (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

With what does my hon. friend propose to commence this pretty large programme?

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IND

William Findlay Maclean

Independent Conservative

Mr. MACLEAN (York).

It is rather a big order, and I bring it before the attention of the government and the House in this way so that it may get a certain publicity

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Some hon. MEMBERS

Hear, hear.

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IND

William Findlay Maclean

Independent Conservative

Mr. MACLEAN (York).

Hon. gentlemen say ' hear, hear ' in a -way 10 indicate that they did not know there are political peacocks in this House. There are a good many of them, and they like to spread their tails sometimes before the public. But, I simply, as a humble member of this House, intend to bring up these questions in the line of important public policy before this House during the present session. I bring them up in this way, and I am perfectly within my right in doing so, for the reason that it does elicit public opinion and there will be considerable public opinion expressed in the country when propositions of this kind axe brought within the purview of this House. Also, in bringing up questions of this kind heretofore in the House I have often heard it said by hon. gentlemen that they did not know that they were coming up. These questions will come up as the opportunity presents itself, and I therefore desire to give notice of them.

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LIB

Wilfrid Laurier (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

I have no fault to find with my hon. friend, but I simply ask him -what question he will first take up?

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William Findlay Maclean

Independent Conservative

Mr. MACLEAN (York).

The first question I will bring up is that in connection with the Canadian Pacific railway, its charter and the right of the public to a reduced tariff in connection with that road. I will also give my right hon. friend due notice of the others as they come along.

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IMMIGRATION INTO WESTERN CANADA.

CON

Richard Stuart Lake

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. LAKE.

I wish to give notice that I propose to ask permission to move the adjournment of the House to-morrow for the purpose of calling attention to a particularly objectionable article affecting immigration into western Canada and the conditions of life there* which has recently appeared in an English periodical called ' John Bull.' I would have taken this question up to-day, but one or two hon. gentlemen asked me to defer it until tomorrow.

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PRESERVATION OF FISH IN TRENT RIVER.

CON

Charles Lewis Owen

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. OWEN.

Mr. Speaker, I wish to ask the Minister of Railways and Canals (Mr. Graham) if anything is going to be done with respect to the preservation of the fish in the waters of the Trent river. I may say that dams have been erected along the Trent Valley canal without providing for a fish sluiceway. The waters of the Trent river have been noted for many years, at least as long as I can remember, for their beautiful game fish. Persons come in large numbers annually, especially from the Mr. MACLEAN (York).

United States, to fish in these waters, and leave a large amount of money with the people who live along the banks of the river. The view of many fishermen there is that the fish will follow the current and pass down through the locks and the basins until they reach the Bay of Quinte and Lake Ontario, whereas, if sluiceways were provided the fish would be turned back to their feeding grounds. Therefore, something should be done for the preservation of the fish of the waters of the Trent river.

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LIB

George Perry Graham (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Mr. GRAHAM.

In reply to the question raised by the hon. member for East Northumberland (Mr. Owen), it is one worthy of attention, and I will certainly make inquiry into the matter to see what the necessities are and what is being done in that connection.

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Subtopic:   PRESERVATION OF FISH IN TRENT RIVER.
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January 11, 1911