March 7, 1911

FIRST READINGS.


Bill (No. 133) to incorporate the Alberta Saskatchewan Life Insurance Company.- Mr. Ruttan. Bill (No. 134) to incorporate the Canadian Inter-Mountain Railway Company. Mr. Goodeve. Bill (No. 135) respecting the Western Alberta Railway Company.-Mr. Douglas. Bill (No. 136) to correct a clerical error Nin the title of the French version of Chapter 142 of the statutes of 1910.-Mr. Brodeur.


THE QUEBEC BRIDGE.

CON

Frederick Debartzch Monk

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MONK.

Before the orders of the day are called, I would like to inquire from the government if the contract for the reconstruction of the Quebec bridge has been granted, and upon whose recommendation.

I understand there has been a division among the board of advisers?

Topic:   THE QUEBEC BRIDGE.
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LIB

George Perry Graham (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Mr. GRAHAM.

The contract for the Quebec bridge has not been signed. When it is concluded, it will be on the recommendation of the board of engineers as established under order in council, and approved by this House.

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CON

Frederick Debartzch Monk

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MONK.

Do I understand that the contract has been awarded for the reconstruction, irrespective of signatures?

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LIB

George Perry Graham (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Mr. GRAHAM.

There are details in connection with that contract that it would not be in the interest of the public to mention at the present time. The only reply I can give to my hon. friend is the one I have given, that the contract is not yet signed.

Topic:   THE QUEBEC BRIDGE.
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CON

Frederick Debartzch Monk

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MONK.

I would like to ask the government, because we understand that there has been a disagreement among the members of the board, whether the chairman of the board has been furnished with a copy of the recommendation made by his colleagues, and if he has been asked to have a report upon that?

Topic:   THE QUEBEC BRIDGE.
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LIB

George Perry Graham (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Mr. GRAHAM.

The report of the board, the majority of the board, became part of the record of that board, and so long as the chairman was chairman he had full access to the minutes of that board, as full as any other member. Any report that has been made since he was chairman has not of course been submitted to him.

Topic:   THE QUEBEC BRIDGE.
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CON

Frederick Debartzch Monk

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MONK.

I beg leave to ask a further question in connection with the same matter. Was not the tender of the Imperial Bridge Company, the English Company, the lowest tender?

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LIB

George Perry Graham (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Mr. GRAHAM.

In a very short time I expect to have this matter closed up so far as the signing of the contract is concerned, when all papers in connection with it will be laid on the table.

THE FARMERS' BANK. *

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CON

George Eulas Foster

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. FOSTER.

I am afraid my hon. friend the Minister of Finance has not understood my request. What I wanted was a transcript of the whole minutes of the Treasury Board of November 30, not simply the extract referring to the matter of the Farmers' Bank, also, all the component members of the Treasury Board, not simply those who were present at that meeting.

Topic:   THE QUEBEC BRIDGE.
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LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING.

If there were other minutes of the same date, I will be happy to bring down a supplementary return; and also to indicate therein the other members composing the board at that time.

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INTERNATIONAL WATERWAYS COMMISSION.

CON

Frederick Debartzch Monk

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MONK.

I have been requested to ask the government if it is true that Sir George C. Gibbons has been offered and has accepted the chairmanship of the International Waterways Commission; and also, if there have been any other appointments?

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LIB

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

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

My hon. friend is in rather an inquisitive mood to-day. I can inform him with regard to the question he has just put that Sir George Gibbons has not been appointed to the chairmanship of the Waterways Commission, and cannot be appointed, nor can any one else, until the Bill which is before the House has been passed into law.

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WAYS AND MEANS-RECIPROCAL TRADE WITH THE UNITED STATES.


House again in Committee of Ways and Means.


LIB

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

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER (Prime Minister).

Mr. Chairman, it is now a full month and more since my hon. friend the Minister of Finance (Mr. Fielding) laid upon the table of the House the agreement which he and my hon. friend and colleague the Minister of Customs (Mr. Paterson) had concluded with the President of the United States, for the improvement of the commercial relations which have long existed between us and our neighbours. From that date to this that agreement has been reviewed, discussed and canvassed, in the

press of the country, in meetings of public bodies, and in parliament; and unless I greatly misapprehend the trend of public opinion, unless I fail to read aright the signs of the times, I think I can venture the assertion that the policy which is therein involved has met with the approbation, nay, with the enthusiastic approbation, of a majority of the Canadian people.

Topic:   WAYS AND MEANS-RECIPROCAL TRADE WITH THE UNITED STATES.
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March 7, 1911