March 16, 1911

WATER SUPPLY IN PARLIAMENT BUILDINGS.

LIB

William Pugsley (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Hon. WM. PUGSLEY (Minister of Public Works).

Mr. Speaker, as the House is deeply interested in the question of the water supply furnished in these buildings, I think it well to read a report from the biologist of the Department of Agriculture, so that it may be placed on ' Hansard ' and hon. gentlemen will have information of which I have no doubt they will be very glad:

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AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT-BIOLOGICAL LABORATORY.


Ottawa, March 11, 1911. 2322-2323-2324.


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Dr. J. G.@

Rutherford, C.M.G.,

Veterinary Director General,

Ottawa.

Sir,-I have the honour to report as follows on samples of water taken at the parliament buildings on the 8th instant:

2322- Sample taken from drinking water supply in Senate. A non-pathogenic sporulat-ing organism present in very small numbers. No evidence of sewage bacteria.

2323- Sample taken from drinking water supply on the floor of the House of Commons. A non-pathogenic sporulating organism present in very small numbers. No evidence of sewage bacteria.

2324- Sample taken from lavatory on main floor of the House of Commons. Sewage bacteria present.

From the above it is apparent that the raw city water is unsafe for human drinking purposes, while that supplied from the sterilizing machines is a perfectly safe drinking water.

I have the honour to be, sir, your obedient servant,

(Sgd.) CHAS. H. HIGGINS, Pathologist.

Topic:   WATER SUPPLY IN PARLIAMENT BUILDINGS.
Subtopic:   AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT-BIOLOGICAL LABORATORY.
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QUESTIONS.


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.)


AGRICULTURE IMPORTS INTO CANADA.

CON

Mr. SHARPE (Ontario):

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. What have been the yearly imports, quantity and value, for the past six years into Canada from, respectively, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Holland, Belgium, Prance, Argentine Republic and the United States, of wheat, oats, horses, cattle, sheep, lambs, mutton, beef, eggs, butter, cheese fowl, vegetables and fruit?

2. What have been the average prices of butter and of eggs in London, England, for the past five years in comparison with the prices, respectively, in eastern provinces, in Montreal, in Toronto, in Minneapolis, in Chicago, in Detroit, in Buffalo, in Boston and in New York ?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   AGRICULTURE IMPORTS INTO CANADA.
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LIB

William Paterson (Minister of Customs)

Liberal

Mr. PATERSON.

As far as the customs is concerned I have the answer which the hon. member may have. With reference to the second question the Minister of Agriculture tells me it would take a very long time to prepare and he would like it to stand as a notice of motion for a return.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   AGRICULTURE IMPORTS INTO CANADA.
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CON

Samuel Simpson Sharpe

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SHARPE (Ontario).

I think the United States government very quickly got out a comparative list of the prices, and I cannot see why this .should stand as a notice of motion. This information is very necessary for the discussion on the question of reciprocity.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   AGRICULTURE IMPORTS INTO CANADA.
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LIB

William Paterson (Minister of Customs)

Liberal

Mr. PATERSON.

There is no objection whatever to giving it, but I was just intimating to the hon. gentleman that he must not expect it immediately and it would be better given in the shape of a return.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   AGRICULTURE IMPORTS INTO CANADA.
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CON

Samuel Simpson Sharpe

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SHARPE (Ontario).

It would be better to expedite it for the information of hon. members.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   AGRICULTURE IMPORTS INTO CANADA.
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LIB

Sydney Arthur Fisher (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. FISHER.

I have already given instructions to the department to set a man at work to prepare it, but I was informed that it will take at least a week to get it.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   AGRICULTURE IMPORTS INTO CANADA.
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CON

Samuel Simpson Sharpe

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SHARPE (Ontario).

I would ask to have included in the return the import duties on these goods going into these countries from Canada.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   AGRICULTURE IMPORTS INTO CANADA.
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LIB

Sydney Arthur Fisher (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. FISHER.

I think we can get that information.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   AGRICULTURE IMPORTS INTO CANADA.
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NEW POSTAGE STAMPS.

CON

Mr. WHITE (Renfrew):

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Is the government aware that the governments of Australia and South Africa have offered substantial prizes for the best designs for new postage stamps, emblematic of the present reign, for those portions of the empire?

2. What steps is this government taking to secure a set of postage stamps for Canada which will be characteristic of the country and of artistic merit?

3. Is it the intention of the government to offer prizes for the best designs in order to encourage Canadian artists? If not, who will prepare the designs?

4. Will an opportunity be afforded to the members of the House to inspect whatever designs may be submitted to the_ Post Office Department, before the selection is finally made?

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Subtopic:   NEW POSTAGE STAMPS.
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LIB

Rodolphe Lemieux (Postmaster General)

Liberal

Mr. LEMIEUX.

We are not aware in the Post Office Department of what is being done in this matter by the governments of Australia and South Africa. What we have done is this. We have written to our High Commissioner in London, Lord Strath

cona, and he is in communication with the home government in order to arrange for a postage stamp in Canada similar to the one which will be issued at the time of coronation for the United Kingdom. We . have not yet received the design, but as soon as received, I shall have no objection to laying it on the table.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   NEW POSTAGE STAMPS.
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March 16, 1911