March 2, 1911

CON

Mr. MIDDLEBRO:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. At how many points on the International boundary do United States railways and Canadian railways cross said International boundary, west of Port Arthur and east of Port Arthur, respectively?

2. What is the average distance of the Great Northern railway from the Canadian boundary?

3. Apart from the Great Northern railway, at how many points west of Port Arthur and at how many points east of Port Arthur do United States railways extend to a point within 30 miles of our southern International boundary ?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   INTERNATIONAL RAILWAY TRAFFIC.
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George Perry Graham (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Mr. GRAHAM:

List of railways crossing the International boundary, west of Port Arthur. Canadian railways cross at eight points, United States railways cross at fifteen points, viz.: Canadian railways:

1. Canadian Northern, at Lake of Woods.

2. " at Rainy River.3. " at. Fort Francis.4. Canadian Pacific at Emerson.5. Canadian Pacific at North Portal.6. Alberta Railway and Irrigation Co., at

Coutts.

7. Canadian Pacific at Ginsgak, B.C.

8. Canadian Pacific? at Huntingdon, B.C.

United States Railways: .

1. Great Northern, at Pembina.

2. tt at Gretna.3. ft at Wakeham.4. tt at Bannerman.5. tt at Gateway, B.C.6. ft at Bedlington, B.C7 8. tt tt at Waneta, B.C.V. tt at Laurier, B.C.10. tt at Carson, B.C.11. tt at Ferry, B.C.12. tt at Molson, B.C.13. ft at Chopeka, B.C.14. ft at Huntingdon, B.C.15. at Blaire, B.C.

List of railways east of Port Arthur. Canadian railways cross at 23 points, United States railways cross at one point. Canadian Railways:

1. Grand Trunk railway at Sarnia.

2. Grand Trunk railway at Windsor.

3. Canadian Southern at Amherstburg.

4. Grand Trunk railway at Fort Erie.

5. Canadian Southern at Fort Erie.

6. Grand_ Trunk railway at Niagara Falls.

7. Canadian Southern at Niagara Falls.

8 Ottawa and New York at Cornwall.

9. Grand Trunk railway at Dundee.

10. St. Lawrence and Adirondack at or near Kelso.

11. Grand Trunk railway at Mooer's.

12. Grand Trunk railway at Rouses Point.

13. Quebec, Montreal and Southern at Noyan.

14. Rutland and Noyan, at Noyan Junction.

15. Canadian Pacific at Abercorn, Quebec.

16. Canadian Pacific at Mansonville, P.Q.

17. Massawippi Valley at Stanstead Junction.

18. Grand Trunk Tailway at Stanhope.

19. Hereford railway at Conaus Mills.

20. Canadian Pacific at Lowelltown.

21. Canadian Pacific at Aroostook, N.B.

22. Canadian Pacific at Debec Junction.

23. Canadian Pacific at Vanceboro, N.B. United States Railways:

1. Washington County near Princeton. _ Passes for five miles over Canadian territory in the province of New Brunswick. _ _

The department has no official information to answer questions numbers 2 and 3. They relate to matters entirely within-the United States.

SHIPPING IN GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY. Mr. SINCLAIR:

What is the number of vessels arriving at and departing from the following ports in Guysborough county, N.S., during the year ending March 31, 1910, viz.:-Sonora, Port Hillford, Country Harbour, and Isaac's Harbour; and what is the registered tonnage of such vessels?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   INTERNATIONAL RAILWAY TRAFFIC.
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William Paterson (Minister of Customs)

Liberal

Mr. PATERSON:

Isaac's Harbour and Country Harbour- Vessels arrived, 246; tonnage, 40,790; vessels departed 252; tonnage, 42,260.

Port Hillford-Vessels arrived, 112; vessels departed, 113.

Sonora-Vessels arrived, 9; departed, 9. Port Hillford and Sonora, being preventive stations but not outports, the tonnage of vessels arriving and departing is not given in the Trade and Navigation tables.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   INTERNATIONAL RAILWAY TRAFFIC.
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IMPORTS OP EGGS.

CON

Mr. WHITE (Renfrew):

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. How many eggs were imported into Canada from foreign countries during the last fiscal year, and the present fiscal year to date, respectively?

2. What quantity of the above were imported from each country, respectively?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   IMPORTS OP EGGS.
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William Paterson (Minister of Customs)

Liberal

Mr. PATERSON:

1 and 2. The quantity of eggs imported into Canada, by countries, during the fiscal year ended March 31, 1910, and the ten months ended January 31, 1911, respectively, was as follows:

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   IMPORTS OP EGGS.
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George Perry Graham (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Mr. GRAHAM.

Fiscal year Ten months

ended March ended Jan.

31, 1910. 31, 1911.

Dozen. Dozen.

Great Britain.. .. 7,226 12,040Hong Kong.. .. .. 41,245 52,739China .. 87,075 29,1299 Germany 48,000Japan .. 453 125United States.. .. 757,316 341,916Total .. 893,324 483,949

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   IMPORTS OP EGGS.
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RECIPROCITY-PULP AND PAPER.

CON

George Halsey Perley

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. PERLEY:

Is the alteration in the pulp and paper schedule of the reciprocity arrangement, as passed by the United States House of Representatives, one that is permissible and satisfactory to the government under the tentative agreement made between the government of the United States and the government of Canada?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   RECIPROCITY-PULP AND PAPER.
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William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING:

The pulp and paper item in the schedule has not been altered by the Bill which has passed the House of Representatives. There was an obvious error in the drafting of the Bill as respects that item. The error has been corrected and the Bill as passed is in accord with the agreement in that behalf.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   RECIPROCITY-PULP AND PAPER.
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PAPERS ASKED FOR.

CON

George Eulas Foster

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. FOSTER.

Before the orders of the day are called. I want to ask the attention of the Minister of Finance. The papers in respect to the Farmers' Bank have been brought down, and I supposed that the motion was broad enough to have covered another piece of information that I wanted to get, but it was not among the papers, and the Finance Minister may not have thought it necessary to include it. What I would like to have is a rescript of the meeting of the Treasury Board on the 30th of November, 1906, and the names of the components of the Treasury Board at that time-that is, the whole minutes.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   PAPERS ASKED FOR.
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William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING.

I see no objection.

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Subtopic:   PAPERS ASKED FOR.
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APPLAUSE IN THE GALLERIES.

CON

John Dowsley Reid

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. J. D. REID.

Mr. Speaker, I wish to draw the attention of the government to a letter in the Ottawa ' Citizen ' of this morning, which reads as follows:

Editor Citizen. -I understand now that it is a rule of the House of Commons that strangers in the public gallery shall not signify their approval of the sentiments of a speaker on the floor. Yesterday I went up to hear Mr. Sifton on the reciprocity question. His observations appealed to me as a patriotic Canadian and I forcibly desired to manifest my appreciation and did so, although quite unaware at the time that I was infring-

ing a House rule. For my action I was escorted from the gallery by the Sergeant-at-Arms and a Dominion policeman, an honour which I appreciated. My object in writing at this time is to invoke your good offices to secure the posting of notices prominently in the gallery warning those, who like myself up to yesterday, may not know about this rule that applause is forbidden.-PETER GLAVEY, 37* York street.

I understand that this gentleman is a respectable citizen of Ottawa. There is nothing to show that the officials in charge in the galleries are different from any other persons, in the way of uniform or anything of that kind, and I think the government should take some steps to carry out the wishes of this gentleman so that there will not be such an occurrence again. I understand that this gentleman said that had the Sergeant at Arms, or any one else whom he knew to be an official, requested him not to do it, he would have obeyed their request. It is certainly to be regretted that a gentleman should be expelled from the House when he did not know the rules. Therefore I would ask the Prime Minister to see that in future any one in the galleries who happens to make a mistake of that kind should not be expelled, but requested to remain and hear the discussion.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   APPLAUSE IN THE GALLERIES.
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Wilfrid Laurier (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

My hon. friend knows that this is a matter which is not at all under the control of the government, but under the control of the Speaker and the officers of the House. But it is a well known rule that no expression of approbation or disapprobation in the gallery is allowed.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   APPLAUSE IN THE GALLERIES.
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MANITOBA LEGISLATIVE BUILDING SITE.

CON

Alexander Haggart

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HAGGART (Winnipeg).

I would like to call the attention of the hon. Minister of Militia and of the government to a despatch in the Ottawa * Citizen ' of this morning. It has been reported that there have been some negotiations with reference to the government of Manitoba acquiring the land adjoining the legislative buildings, so that they might erect new buildings. The present buildings are somewhat out of date, and in order to get a proper site, the Manitoba government would like to acquire the land at present occupied by the old barracks. The despatch from Winnipeg is as follows:

Winnipeg, Man., March 1.-The proposal to secure the Fort Osborne barracks site, which adjoins the present parliament buildings, to permit of the building of a new legislative hall has been abandoned for the time.

Representations had been made to the Minister of Militia with a view to the government purchasing the property. Replies to this request were read in the House to-day by Hon. Robert Rogers, stating that the Dominion

government asks $1,000,000 for the property and does not want to vacate until 1915. Mr. Rogers said that the price asked was four or five times the value of the site and that it was out of the question.

It seems to me that in these negotiations the Crown, as trustee in the right of the Dominion, is pinching the Crown as trustee for the province of Manitoba, and I am pleased to give the hon. minister an opportunity to remove any such impression, or to emphasize my impression of them that they will pinch everything in sight !

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   MANITOBA LEGISLATIVE BUILDING SITE.
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Frederick William Borden (Minister of Militia and Defence)

Liberal

Sir FREDERICK BORDEN.

The question is very easily answered. The Militia Department has its barracks and drill hall in Winnipeg situated on ground very near the parliament buildings. I understand that the government of Manitoba wish to extend their buildings as they find the present accommodation insufficient. A few weeks ago the Hon. Mr. Rogers, member of the Manitoba government, called to see me, and asked if we would be willing to sell our holdings so as to enable the government of Manitoba to make this extension. I replied that certainly we would be glad to do anything in our power to facilitate that extension,, and that I would personally take the matter up. I asked him what price he would be willing to pay. He said he did not know, but the government of Manitoba would be willing to pay the value. I then sent an officer to inspect, as the case seemed to be urgent, and estimate the value. That officer returned about three weeks ago, and after consulting my colleagues in council I sent a communication to the government of Manitoba to the effect that we had had the property valued, and that the Dominion government would be prepared to accept a fair valuation, namely $1,000,000. It is only right, perhaps, that I should add, as a special answer to my hon. friend, who has intimated that there was some desire to pinch somebody, that our selling that property would necessitate a rebuilding of extensive barracks at or near Winnipeg, and also the purchase of land in Winnipeg, and the building of a new drill hall. All this would cost just about the amount of money that we ask for that property. The property is satisfactory to us to-day and we do not want to change it, but are willing to sell in order to suit the convenience of the Manitoba government^

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   MANITOBA LEGISLATIVE BUILDING SITE.
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EXCLUSION OF COLOURED ALIENS.

March 2, 1911