March 2, 1911

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United States Consul General John G.

Foster, at Ottawa, Canada, is already here on a summons from President Taft and a member of the Canadian cabinet is hurrying to Washington, according to a report here, to confer with President Taft concerning possible amendments to the reciprocity treaty.

The summons to Washington was rumoured at the Capitol shortly after midnight and helped to strengthen the view of some of those members of the House who have been all along holding out hope that Congress might not be called into extra session. According to the report in circulation, the Canadian cabinet minister will be here to-day.

Is there any truth in the report?

Topic:   WAYS AND MEANS-RECIPROCAL TRADE WITH THE UNITED STATES.
Subtopic:   RECIPROCAL TRADE WITH THE UNITED STATES.
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LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING.

No Canadian minister

has gone to Washington.

Topic:   WAYS AND MEANS-RECIPROCAL TRADE WITH THE UNITED STATES.
Subtopic:   RECIPROCAL TRADE WITH THE UNITED STATES.
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GOVERNMENT SHIPYARDS AT SOREL- NOTICE OF MOTION AFFECTING MEMBER FOR RICHELIEU.

CON

Wilfrid Bruno Nantel

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. W. B. NANTEL (Terrebonne).

Mr. Speaker I beg, on behalf and at the request of the hon. member for Champlain (Mr. Blondin), to give notice to the government and to the hon. member for Richelieu (Mr. Lanctot), that, on Monday next, the 6th March instant, before the orders of the day are called, there will be presented, as a matter of privilege, a motion touching malversation and fraudulent misappropriation of public moneys paid out as wages for work done for private individuals and property, at the government shipyards, shops and works at St. Joseph de Sorel and at the city of Sorel, and touching the said hon. member for Richelieu, in connection therewith. I shall, on behalf, and at the request of the hon. member for Champlain, furnish, this afternoon or to-morrow, to the government and to the hon. member for

Richelieu, copies of the motion to be presented in pursuance of the present motion.

Topic:   WAYS AND MEANS-RECIPROCAL TRADE WITH THE UNITED STATES.
Subtopic:   GOVERNMENT SHIPYARDS AT SOREL- NOTICE OF MOTION AFFECTING MEMBER FOR RICHELIEU.
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INQUIRIES FOR RETURNS.

CON

George Halsey Perley

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. PERLEY.

The hon. member for St. Antoine, Montreal (Mr. Ames) has asked me to mention to the Minister of Public Works two returns which he has asked for. One of these was ordered on the 14th of December last, and relates to the expenditures on public works since 1880, and the location of wharfs, &c., and one ordered on Uth January last, with reference to government post offices and repairs and some other matters. He would like very much if these returns could be expedited.

Topic:   WAYS AND MEANS-RECIPROCAL TRADE WITH THE UNITED STATES.
Subtopic:   INQUIRIES FOR RETURNS.
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LIB

William Pugsley (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY.

Attention is being given to these Teturns. As the hon. member (Mr. Perley) will understand, it will take a couple of years, in the ordinary course, to get them ready? .

Topic:   WAYS AND MEANS-RECIPROCAL TRADE WITH THE UNITED STATES.
Subtopic:   INQUIRIES FOR RETURNS.
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CON

George Halsey Perley

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. PERLEY.

When does the hon. minister (Mr. Pugsley), -think he will have them reauy ?

Topic:   WAYS AND MEANS-RECIPROCAL TRADE WITH THE UNITED STATES.
Subtopic:   INQUIRIES FOR RETURNS.
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LIB

William Pugsley (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY.

Unless I employ quite a number of additional officials, it will take a very long time. I cannot hope to have them thi-s session. I hope to have them next session.

Topic:   WAYS AND MEANS-RECIPROCAL TRADE WITH THE UNITED STATES.
Subtopic:   INQUIRIES FOR RETURNS.
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CON

Haughton Lennox

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. LENNOX.

I would like to call the attention of the Minister of Railways and Canals (Mr. Graham), to an order of the House, of December 5 for a return relating to contracts between the Quebec Bridge and Railway Company and M. P. Davis. There is another return, for which, I suppose, 1 must look to -either the hon. Minister of Public Works (Mr. Pugsley), or the Postmaster General (Mr. Lemieux), concerning the number of public buildings used wholly or in part as -post offices, the cost of such buildings, the revenue, &c. Then, on January 11 last, there w-as an order passed on motion, of the hon. member for St. Antoine, Montreal (Mr. Ames) in which I am indirectly interested. There was another order on January 18 last in reference to aliens in the service of the government residing out of Canada. Also I have been requested to call the attention of the government to the fact that on December 14 on motion of the hon. member for Leeds (Mr. Taylor) two orders were made relating to travelling expenses. I desire also to call the attention of the Minister of the Interior (Mr. Oliver) to an answer to a question, given in this House, on 27th February last, and reported on page 4-390 of unrevised ' Hansard.' The question -and its answer related to the Indian reserve at Christian Island. I think we have reason to complain of the kind of answers we sometimes get in the House, but not usually Mr. NANTEL.

those from the Minister of -the Interior. In this case, I asked distinctly:

In order to obtain its object, did the government erect a residence for the agent upon the reserve, and at what cost; has the Indian agent ever resided in this house, and by whom is it occupied?

This latter part has not been answered, I think. Another part of this question was:

4. Where does the Indian agent reside, and when did he last visit the reserve?

I may say to the minister -that I have reason for desiring more specific information than is given. The answeT given is:

He has moved to the reserve, and from information received he was there a few days ago.

I am fold that the Indian agent has not been residing on the island, has never resided in the house referred to in the answer, and that this house has been occupied by somebody else. It i-s possible that since I got the information-a week or ten days ago-this agent has gone to reside upon the island. I understand that he has not resided on the island and that some one else has been occupying this house which was built by the government, with the express understanding, I believe, that the agent should reside on the island to instruct the Indians in agriculture, &c.

Topic:   WAYS AND MEANS-RECIPROCAL TRADE WITH THE UNITED STATES.
Subtopic:   INQUIRIES FOR RETURNS.
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LIB

Frank Oliver (Minister of the Interior; Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. OLIVER.

I beg to assure my Ron. friend (Mr. Lennox) that if the answer is not sufficiently detailed to meet his purpose, it is not on account of any intent to deny him information.

Topic:   WAYS AND MEANS-RECIPROCAL TRADE WITH THE UNITED STATES.
Subtopic:   INQUIRIES FOR RETURNS.
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CON

Haughton Lennox

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. LENNOX.

I quite appreciate that.

Topic:   WAYS AND MEANS-RECIPROCAL TRADE WITH THE UNITED STATES.
Subtopic:   INQUIRIES FOR RETURNS.
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LIB

Frank Oliver (Minister of the Interior; Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. OLIVER.

I shall be glad to supplement the answer with the fullest details possible. But we were not able to give all the details asked for and yet answer his question as quickly as he wished.

Topic:   WAYS AND MEANS-RECIPROCAL TRADE WITH THE UNITED STATES.
Subtopic:   INQUIRIES FOR RETURNS.
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CON

Haughton Lennox

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. LENNOX.

The minister will look into the matter.

Topic:   WAYS AND MEANS-RECIPROCAL TRADE WITH THE UNITED STATES.
Subtopic:   INQUIRIES FOR RETURNS.
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LIB

Charles Murphy (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. MURPHY.

As to the return ordered on 14th December .last at the instance of the hon. member for Leeds (Mr. Taylor), if that is the one relating to the travelling expenses of officials of all the departments, my attention has been drawn to the fact that one department will require about a year to get the information.

Topic:   WAYS AND MEANS-RECIPROCAL TRADE WITH THE UNITED STATES.
Subtopic:   INQUIRIES FOR RETURNS.
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CON

Haughton Lennox

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. LENNOX.

It will involve a great deal of expense?

Topic:   WAYS AND MEANS-RECIPROCAL TRADE WITH THE UNITED STATES.
Subtopic:   INQUIRIES FOR RETURNS.
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LIB

Charles Murphy (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. MURPHY.

The point is that there are a large number of officials, and they are scattered throughout the country.

Topic:   WAYS AND MEANS-RECIPROCAL TRADE WITH THE UNITED STATES.
Subtopic:   INQUIRIES FOR RETURNS.
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LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING.

Another of the returns referred to by my hon. friend (Mr. Lennox) is in preparation by my department, and I will see that its completion is expedited.

Topic:   WAYS AND MEANS-RECIPROCAL TRADE WITH THE UNITED STATES.
Subtopic:   INQUIRIES FOR RETURNS.
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CON

Angus Claude Macdonell

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MACDONELL.

May I ask about a belated return to an order dated December 12, respecting certain information regarding the International Waterways Commission. The information there asked would be of use in discussing the order which the minister has on the paper.

Topic:   WAYS AND MEANS-RECIPROCAL TRADE WITH THE UNITED STATES.
Subtopic:   INQUIRIES FOR RETURNS.
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LIB

William Pugsley (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY.

I shall have inquiry made at once.

Topic:   WAYS AND MEANS-RECIPROCAL TRADE WITH THE UNITED STATES.
Subtopic:   INQUIRIES FOR RETURNS.
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March 2, 1911