February 16, 1911

CANADA SHIPPING ACT AMENDMENT


Mr. McLEiVN (Queens) moved for leave to introduce Bill (No. 118) to amend the Canada Shipping Act. He said: The object of this Bill is to amend section 477 of the Shipping Act so that coal barges under tow may come into the ports of Canada without being obliged to pay pilotage fees. Up to a recent decision of the Privy Council, coal barges have been coming into our ports in the maritime provinces without paying pilotage dues. Under this decision it is held that the words in the Act ' ships propelled wholly or in part by steam ' do apply to coal barges under tow. For example, the Cumberland Coal and Railway Company send from Parrsboro' to St. John coal in barges towed by a steam tug, two or three barges in tow; and they have been coming in under the decision of the court as to the meaning of those words I have just quoted, holding that they do apply to coal barges under tow. This decision of the Privy Council holds that they are obliged to pay pilotage. The object is to allow coal barges of that description towed by steam to be exempt from paying pilotage dues. Motion agreed to, and Bill read the first time.


QUESTIONS.


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.)


INTERCOLONIAL RAILWAY AND GRAND TRUNK RAILWAY ARBITRATION.

CON

*Mr. FOSTER:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. When was the commission appointed to settle the difference between the Intercolonial railway and Grand Trunk railway in refer-ence_to matters in dispute in Montreal?

2. What were the points-to-be determined?

3. What have so far been settled and how?

4. What has been the cost so far?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   INTERCOLONIAL RAILWAY AND GRAND TRUNK RAILWAY ARBITRATION.
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LIB

Mr. GRAHAM: (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

1. Board of arbitrators appointed under agreement of February 1, 1898, clause 46 thereof, for award and determination of questions, arising under said agreement prior to the appointments of said arbitrators, June, 1904.

2. Questions arising under agreement of the 1st February, 1898, confirmed by statu-tues of 1899, chapter 5, and brought into force on September 26, 1899, in the matter of issue of bills of lading, routing of freight, diversion of traffic, disputed accounts. The several matters were submitted for arbitration under the provisions of the said agreement, either at the initiation of the Crown or of the company and disposed of by the arbitrators, some in favour of the Crown, and others adversely, and were practically questions of interpretation of the provisions of said agreement as applying to matters from time to time arising in connection with the operation of the respective railways, subject to the agreement. Other questions submitted were not disposed of by the

board of arbitrators, owing to the death of the then chairman, the late Judge Kil-lam, and are now for the consideration of the board of arbitrators as at present constituted.

3. Answered by number 2.

4. Amount paid by Intercolonial railway to date is $49,737.97.

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Subtopic:   INTERCOLONIAL RAILWAY AND GRAND TRUNK RAILWAY ARBITRATION.
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MEN DISCHARGED FROM INTERCOLONIAL RAILWAY.

CON

Mr. CROSBY:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. How many men have been discharged from the Intercolonial railway since the 1st of November, 1908, who were working at a daily wage, at what points on the Intercolonial railway, and the number discharged at each point?

2. What number of men have been taken on since the 1st November, 1908, working at a daily wage; and also the number of men that have been taken on as clerks and officials generally, working by the week, month or

year?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   MEN DISCHARGED FROM INTERCOLONIAL RAILWAY.
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LIB

George Perry Graham (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Mr. GRAHAM:

No. of men

At what points on I.C.R. discharged

at

each point,

Amqui 2

Amherst 2

Bartibog l

Bagot l

Cross Creek l

Chaudiere 28

Chaudiere Curve 1

Campbellton 23

Chatham 2

Doaktown 1

Dalhousie 1

-Greenville .. 1

Gibson 4

Harbour au Bouche 1

Halifax 35

Richmond 141

Levis 12

Mount Uniacke 1

Moncton 151

Mulgrave 2

Moffatts 1

Newcastle 14

North Sydney 2

Oxford Junction 2

Oxford 1

Point du Chene 2

Point Tupper 2

Rothesay 1

Riviere du Loup 57

St. John 15

Sydney 34

St. Arsene 1

Stellarton 12

Ste. Fla vie 8

Shediac 1

St. Moise 1

Sackville 1

St. Apollinaire 1

St. Eugene 1

Springhill Junction 5

Truro 44

Windsor Junction 1

2. The number of men that have been taken on as clerks and officials generally, working by the week, month and year, is 175.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   MEN DISCHARGED FROM INTERCOLONIAL RAILWAY.
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RECIPROCITY-TRADE OF OTHER COUNTRIES.

CON

*Mr. SHARPE (Ontario):

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. What is the number and the names of the countries, if any, that will be entitled to have their natural products and manufactured articles come into Canada under the same terms as the United States under the proposed reciprocity agreement?

2. Was there any understanding reached at the recent conferences regarding reciprocity that the Canadian tariff or articles not specifically mentioned in the treaty would not be increased ?

3. If the tariff of Canada on all or any articles not specifically mentioned in the agreement was considerably increased, would the United States have any cause for complaint or excuse for terminating the reciprocity agreement ?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   RECIPROCITY-TRADE OF OTHER COUNTRIES.
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LIB

Mr. FIELDING: (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

1. France is a favoured nation country to a limited extent, that is to say, as respects the lists of articles specified in schedules B and C to the French Treaty. Twelve countries: Argentina Republic,

Austria-Hungary, Bolivia, Colombia, Denmark, Japan, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Venezuela-are accorded most favoured nation treatment generally. These are consequently enjoying the benefits of the French Treaty. As respects the dutiable schedules in the agreement with the United States, the concessions to be granted to the United States are largely the same as already have been granted to France and the favoured nation countries. As respects a large part of the list, therefore, no additional advantage will be enjoyed by such countries. There are however, a few articles in the French schedules which in the agreement with the United States are made free or dutiable at lower rates. In these cases the advantages granted to the United States will extend also to France and the favoured nation countries. In the case of a few articles which are not to be found in the French Treaty the favoured nation countries will be entitled to receive the concessions on the same terms as the United States, but France will not be so entitled. Although not arising from any agreement, in no case has any advantage been granted to any foreign country that did not at the same time extend to all parts of the British Empire. In the few cases in which the rates to be established are lower than those already enjoyed by British countries the reductions will apply to such countries. _

2 and 3. There is no understanding of any kind except what is found in the cor-Mr. GRAHAM.

respondence and schedules already before the House.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   RECIPROCITY-TRADE OF OTHER COUNTRIES.
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CON

Mr. SHARPE (Lisgar):

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Is the tariff agreement with the United States made to apply with that country alone so far as Canada is concerned?

2. If not, what other countries besides the United States would be allowed to import into Canada farm products on the same terms as the proposed arrangements with the United States?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   RECIPROCITY-TRADE OF OTHER COUNTRIES.
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LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING:

The answer given above also applies to this question.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   RECIPROCITY-TRADE OF OTHER COUNTRIES.
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INTERCOLONIAL RAILWAY MILEAGE.

CON

Mr. DANIEL:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. What is the present mileage of the Intercolonial railway?

2. What is the value of the rolling stock

on said railway ? _

3. What is the number of locomotives, freight cars and passenger cars, respectively, included in above valuation?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   INTERCOLONIAL RAILWAY MILEAGE.
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LIB

Mr. GRAHAM: (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

1. 1,456 miles.

2. First cost, $19,049,837.93.

3. 397 locomotives; 454 passenger cars; 12,491 freight cars.

IMPORTS AT KINGSTON FROM UNITED STATES. .

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   INTERCOLONIAL RAILWAY MILEAGE.
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LIB

Mr. EDWARDS:

Liberal

1. What quantities of cheese, butter, eggs, dead poultry, potatoes, hay, straw, oats and barley, with their respective values, were entered at the port of Kingston, Ontario, from the United States for home consumption during the fiscal year ending March, 1910?

2. How many horses, cattle, sheep and pigs, not for improvement of stock, were brought into Canada from the United States by way of Kingston, Ontario, for the fiscal years 1908, 1909 and 1910, and the respective values thereof ?

3. What were the quantities and values of pork, bacon, lard and other animal products entered at the port of Kingston, Ontario, from the United States during the fiscal years 1909 and 1910?

4. What were the quantities and values of fresh vegetables entered at the port of Kingston, Ontario, from the United States during the fiscal years 1909 and 1910?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   INTERCOLONIAL RAILWAY MILEAGE.
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LIB

Mr. PATERSON: (Minister of Customs)

Liberal

1. The quantity and value of cheese, butter, eggs, &c., entered for consumption at the port of Kingston, from the United States, during the fiscal year 1910, was as follows:

Quantity- Value.

$

Cheese

Butter

Eggs

Poultry and game Potatoes bush. 67 87Hay Straw Oats Barley 2. The imports for consumption of horses, cattle, sheep and pigs (not for improvement of stock) at the port of Kingston from the United States during the fiscal year 1910, were as follows:

No. Value. No. Value. No. Value.

1908. 1909. 1910.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   INTERCOLONIAL RAILWAY MILEAGE.
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February 16, 1911