May 10, 1911

CON

Mr. FRASER:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. What is the date of the appointment of T. A. Peters as fruit inspector for Prince Edward Island?

2. Who recommended this appointment?

3. Has the government any evidence of the qualification of this man for the position? If so, what are his qualifications?

4. Has the government or any department thereof received any complaint or protest concerning this appointment? or the work done by this officer?

5. Has the government received a protest from the Prince Edward Island Fruit Growers' Association against this inspector's appointment, or complaint as to his qualifications ?

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LIB

Mr. FISHER: (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

1. Mr. T. A. Peters was appointed fruit inspector for Prince Edward Island, on September 1, 1910. He was previously employed by the Department of Agriculture in other capacities.

2. It was made on recommendations considered sufficient by the minister.

3. Yes. Mr. Peters has been known to the Minister of Agriculture and officers of department for many years. He is a capable, trustworthy and energetic officer. He has done excellent work in Prince Edward Island, and is exceedingly well qualified for the position of Dominion fruit inspector. He has had many years experience in connection with the fruit growing industry.

4 and 5. No.

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EXPORT OF FARM PRODUCTS THROUGH WINDSOR.

CON

Mr. WILCOX:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. What quantities of hay, cereals, vegetables, poultry, eggs, fruit, general farm, garden and dairy produce, respectively, were exported through the port of Windsor to the United States of America during the fiscal years ending March 31, 1896-7-8, 1908-9-10?

2. What was the value of such exports, respectively, and what duty was paid thereon?

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LIB

William Paterson (Minister of Customs)

Liberal

Mr. PATERSON.

The quantity and value of the undermentioned articles exported from the port of Windsor, Ont. to the United States, during the undermentioned fiscal years, was as follows:

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Year. tity. Value.Butter 1896 190 $ 311897 100 141898 207 271908 1,309 3031909 1,953 4331910 7,387 1,240Cheese 1896 10,489 1,0921897 32 41898 175 251908 4,360 7351909 4.926 7461910 6,716 1.2461896 8,9341897 8,6281898 4,5921908 13,5281909 11,5821910 19,262Eggs 1896 14,690 1,2271897 517 571898 '63 271908 3,914 6691909 2,087 4151910 2,696 649Honey 1896 125 161897 200 201898 732 831908 319 491909 835 811910 680 70Apples, green.. . , .brls. 1896 528 8141897 5,204 4,3871898 64 1131908 13,265 27,2231909 563 9911910 4,490 13,130Berries, all kinds .. ..$ 1896 1^97 4,319 6,0711898 5,1571908 5,6771909 5,0191910 7,884.. ..$ 1896 7,0901897 6,2241898 8,6671908 12,5441909 9,3151910 8,485Nuts, all kinds.. ..lbs. 1896 1897 2,310 1181898 700 431908 1909 30,736 2,7651910 13,530 1,550Seeds, clover.. .. 1896 1,119 4,4171897 1898 606 2,3651908 4,687 39,2951909 2,358 18,6791910 3,824 28,440Seeds, grass .. . .bush. 1896 1897 41 551898 885 2,6171908 36,452 31,9771909 5,758 6,6611910 14,151 14,6691896 110. 1897 1898 241908 4181909 1,3111910 4,804

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Year. tity. Value.Hay 1896 617 6,7991897 180 1,2521898 6 171908 HO 1,6231909 25 1651910 28 300Straw 1896 192 9011897 30 1161898 1908 5 281909 1910 Trees, shrubs & plants, $ 1896 1897 171898 181908 1511909 2,1771910 2,890. ..lbs. 1896 1897 76,615 5,7291898 150 271908 250,651 19,9331909 113,271 30,3121910 397,175 26,981Maple syrup .. . .galls. 1896 1897 19 281898 12 111908 609 1901909 730 6931910 591 583Potatoes 1896 1897 15 81898 172 801908 111 1061909 69,583 35,2121910 93,690 52,273Turnips 1896 1897 11,059 1,1271898 27,011 3,1011908 99,219 14,8881909 126,519 23,0311910 125,992 16,726$ 1896 9 Rflq1897 5^721898 3,1961908 16,7891909 50,1531910 70,118Flour of wheat.. . .brls. 1896 1897 1898 269 1,1061908 3 131909 1 51910 4 11Oatmeal . .brls. 1896 5 201897 123 3931898 1908 1909 1910 1896 1897 151 1691898 1908 2,285 1,7211909 1910 7 1Beans 1896 11,068 12,0081897 1.311 9691898 1908 29,211 17,5121909 52,716 82,2761910 8,278 11,855Year. tity. Value.

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Buckwheat .. .

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1909 7,164 1,0111910 1 3Indian corn.. . 1896 515 1571897 258 451898 1908 1,226 9681909 2,182 2,3061910 1,313 1,169Oats 1896 160 451897 1.190 2121898 3,735 8851908 16 91909 7,669 3,6411910 3,013 1,231Pease 1896 121 3371897 509 2511898 78 391908 1,995 3,3521909 1,581 3,5221910 2,700 4,185Pease, split.. . 1910 1,886 2,217Rye 1898 630 272Wheat 1896 1897 6 101898 25 271908 5 101909 12 121910 31 47

Note -Fiscal years 1896, 1897 and 1898 ended June 30. Fiscal years 1908, 1909 and 1910 ended March 31.

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CENSUS COMMISSIONER, YORK, NEW BRUNSWICK.

CON

Oswald Smith Crocket

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CROCKET:

Who is the census commissioner for the county of York, N.B., and when was the appointment made?

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LIB

Sydney Arthur Fisher (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. FISHER.

Mr. W. S. Hooper was appointed Census Commissioner for the county of York, N.B., by order in council under date the 31st March, 1911, but he has since resigned, and no one has yet been appointed in his stead.

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CANADIAN NORTHERN RAILWAY - GUARANTEE OP BONDS.


Mr. GRAHAM moved that .to-morrow the House go into 'committee to consider the following proposed resolution: Whereas, having regard to the growth of population and the rapid development of the production and trade of that portion of Canada lying west of the Great Lakes, and to the rapidly expanding trade and commerce of the Dominion generally it is in the interest of Canada as a whole that another line of railway designed to assist in the direct and economic interchange of traffic between the eastern and western portions of the Dominion, to open up and develop portions of Canada as yet without railway facilities, to promote the internal and foreign trade of Canada, to develop commerce through Canadian ports,


LIB

William Paterson (Minister of Customs)

Liberal

Mr. PATERSON.

and to afford the government system of railways in Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, and interchange of through traffic, should be constructed from the Pacific Ocean to the city of Montreal: and whereas the projected line of the Canadian Northern Ontario Railway Company extending from Port Arthur to the city of Montreal will provide the uncompleted portion of the said through line lying east of the Great Lakes.

It is, therefore, resolved that it is expedient to provide as follows:-

1. That His Majesty, on behalf of the Dominion of Canada, hereinafter called the government, may aid and assist the construction and completion by the Canadian Northern Ontario Railway Company (hereinafter called the company) of a line of railway extending from the city of Montreal in the province of Quebec to the city of Port Arthur in the province of Ontario, including the mileage of the line (lying between the said points) already in part constructed by the company and by the Canadian Northern Quebec Railway Company, extending from a point in the province of Quebec opposite the town of Hawkesbury to Rideau Junction, west of Ottawa, in the province of Ontario, by guaranteeing the principal and interest of the bonds, debentures, debenture stock or other securities, hereinafter called the guaranteed securities, of the company, to the extent of $35,000 per mile of the said line of railway so aided; interest on the guaranteed securities to be at the rate of 3i per cent per annum, payable half yearly; the principal to be payable in fifty years hereafter. The government may, subject to the provisions of an Act to be passed for such purpose enter into a contract with the company fixing the terms and conditions upon which the guarantee is given and of the security to be taken therefor.

2. That the guarantee securities shall be secured by deed of trust by way of mortgage or charge to a trustee or trustees approved by the Governor in Council, granting a first mortgage or charge upon a line of railway extending from Montreal to Port Arthur, excepting the portion, above described, between a point on the Canadian Northern Quebec railway opposite Hawkesbury and Rideau Junction, about sixty-two and a half miles in length, and about ten and six-tenths miles of the company's Hutton branch, south of Sellwood Junction, and the right-of-way, station grounds, and other real estate, and interests therein, buildings and other structures and improvements, rolling stock and equipment (subject only to equipment bonds), plant, machinery, tools, supplies, materials, and other personal properties, present and future, acquired and to be acquired for the purposes of the said line, and in connection with the operating, repairing and maintaining thereof, and the tolls, incomes and revenues of the company arising and to arise therefrom, and the rights, privileges, franchises and powers of the company now or hereafter held with respect to and in connection with the said line, and the operation, maintenance and repair thereof, such deed of trust shall also grant a mortgage or charge upon the said ten miles of the company's Hutton branch, and upon the properties of the company thereto appertaining, ranking after the mortgages and charges created by two trust deeds made by the company to the British Empire Trust Company, Limited, and National Trust Company, Limited, dated July 12, 1906, and June 24, 1908, respectively, and after the thirty years 3i per cent debenture stock issued under such trust deeds, in so far as such debenture stock may from time to time be unexchanged and outstanding, and such deed of trust shall also grant a first mortgage or charge upon the bonds or debenture stock deposited under the next following paragraph.

3. That the company shall deposit with the trustee or trustees of the said deed of trust, bonds or debenture stock issued under the trust deed dated June 28, 1909, made between the company and the British Empire Trust Company, Limited, and National Trust Company, Limited, to an amount equal to $35,000 per mile of the said line between a point on the Canadian Northern Quebec railway opposite Hawkesbury and Rideau Junction, and to $35,000 per mile of the said ten and six-tenths miles of the Hutton branch (being approximately $2,558,500 of such bonds or debenture stock); and the bonds or debenture stock so deposited shall form part of the mortgaged premises under the deed of trust, securing the guaranteed securities; and there may be included in the last mentioned deed of trust provisions respecting the interest on the bonds or debenture stock so deposited, and respecting the return to the Company (upon and after the discharge of the said trust deeds dated July 12, 1906, and June 24, 1908), of the bonds or debenture stock deposited in respect of the said ten and six-tenths miles of the Hutton branch freed and discharged from the mortgage or charge under the trust deed securing the said guaranteed securities.

4. That in the said deed of trust there shall also be included a general charge, ranking after and subject to the mortgage or general charge created by the said trust deed dated June 28, 1909, (and subject to the powers of further issue therein reserved or contained) upon the line of railway of the company extending from the town of Hawkesbury to a point on the Niagara river, and upon the properties of the company thereunto appertaining.

5. That the kind of securities to be guaranteed hereunder, and the forms thereof, and the form and terms of the deed of trust securing them, and the times and manner of the issue of the guaranteed securities, and the disposition of the moneys to be raised thereon by sale, pledge, or otherwise, pending the expenditure of such moneys for the purposes of the line of railway so aided, and the forms and manner of guarantee or guarantees shall be such as the Governor in Council approves, and such terms, provisions and conditions may be included in said deed of trust as the Governor in Council deems expedient or necessary.

6. That upon the said guarantee or guarantees being signed by the Minister of Finance or other designated officer, the government shall become liable as guarantor for the payment of the principal and interest of the securities so guaranteed according to the tenor thereof, and such payments shall form a charge upon the Consolidated Revenue Fund;

and the said guarantee or guarantees so signed shall be conclusive evidence that the requirements of the Act respecting the guaranteed securities and the deed of trust and all matters relating thereto have been complied with.

7. That the line hereby aided shall be constructed and completed according to the following specifications:-Bridges over rivers and large streams are to be of concrete and steel construction and to be built to the classification of the Heavy Standard Specification of the Department of Railways and Canals, dated 1908. Bridges of pile or frame trestle may be constructed over small streams which can be taken care of by culverts, such culverts to be constructed within a reasonable time after the line is put in operation, of which time the iGovernor in Council shall foe the sole judge. The line of railway shall be laid with steel rails, not less than 80 lbs. to the lineal yard-with standard fastenings. The maximum curvature shall not be of less radius than 716 feet, and the grades against east-bound traffic shall not exceed five-tenths of one per cent, or 26 AO feet per mile, or six-tenths of one per cent, or 31 -68 feet per mile, against the westbound traffic, provided that under exceptional conditions, with the consent of the Governor in Council, less radius of curvature and heavier grades may be allowed, on the recommendation of the Minister of Railways and Canals and approved by the chief engineer, but in no case shall the curvature exceed 573 feet radius or gradients of 52-80 feet to the mile.

8. That the decision of the Governor in Council as to the length of the above mentioned lines shall be final.

9. That subject as herein provided, any moneys paid by the government under any guarantee given in pursuance of any Act founded upon these resolutions shall be held to be paid of discharge of the liability of the government and not in discharge of the liability of the company under the guaranteed securities or under the Deed of Trust securing them, and the moneys so paid shall be held to be still secured by the guaranteed securities and Deed of Trust, and the government shall be subrogated in and to all the rights of the holders of the guaranteed securities, the interest upon or the principal of which has been paid by the government, and the government shall, with respect to all moneys so paid, be in all respects in the position of security holders with respect to whose securities default has been made in payment to the extent of the moneys paid by the government.

10. The government may, at the request of the company, out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund, pay all or any portion of the first four half-yearly payments of interest on the guaranteed securities falling due after the opening for traffic of the whole of the line so aided, but in such case the government shall not enforce the repayment thereof against the company under the said Trust Deed, or against the Canadian Northern Railway Company under its guarantee as provided for in paragraph 12 hereof until the maturity of tbe principal of the guaranteed securities pursuant to tbe terms thereof. The company shall, however, pending the repayment of the interest so paid by the govern-

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LIB

George Perry Graham (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Mr. GRAHAM.

ment, pay to the government half-yearly interest on such interest at the rate of three and one-half per cent per annum; and such interest, upon interest, until so paid, shall form a charge upon the mortgaged premises under the said Trust Deed.

11. That the books of the company shall at all times be open to inspection for and on behalf of the government by any person named in that behalf by the Governor in Council, or by the Minister of Finance.

12. That the Canadian Northern Railway Company shall, by covenants included in the Deed of Trust, referred to in paragraph 2 hereof, or in some other instrument agreed to between the Governor in Council or the Minister of Finance and the Canadian Northern Railway Company, in such form as the Governor in Council approves, guarantee to the government the due payment, by the company of the principal and interest of all securities issued and guaranteed by the government, under the provisions hereof, according to the tenor and effect of such guaranteed securities respectively, and in accordance with the terms and provisions hereof; and shall also guarantee to the government the due payment by the company of the deferred interest, and of the interest upon interest, if any, which may be payable by the company under paragraph 10 hereof; and shall further guarantee to tbe government the due payment by the company of all loss or costs which the government may sustain or be put to in enforcing, after default, the provisions of the said Deed of Trust against tbe line of railway and premises thereby mortgaged and charged.

13. Tbat it is hereby declared that the aid

herein provided for is granted by the government for the express purpose of encouraging the transportation of goods through Canadian channels. Before such aid is granted the ' Governor in Council shall require the Canadian Northern Railway Company and the Canadian Northern Ontario Railway Company to enter into an agreement undertaking that all freight originating on the line of the Canadian Northern Railway Company or its branches, or on the line of the Canadian Northern Ontario Railway Company or its branches, not specifically routed otherwise by the shipper, shall, when destined to points in Canada, be carried over the Canadian Northern railway, or the Canadian Northern Ontario railway, or the connections of either, or over any railway within Canadian territory; and that the through rate on export traffic from the point of origin to the point of destination shall at no time be greater via Canadian ports than via United States ports, and that all such traffic, not specifically routed otherwise by the shipper, shall be carried to Canadian ocean ports; and that the Canadian Northern Railw-ay Company and the Canadian Northern Ontario Railway Company shall not in any matter within their powers directly or indirectly advise or encourage the transportation of such freight by routes other than those above provided, but shall, in all respects, in good faith, use their utmost endeavours to fulfil the conditions upon which public aid is granted, namely, the development of trade through Canadian channels and Canadian ocean ports. .

It. That the company shall enter into an agreement with tbe government to secure

or establish or cause to be secured or established, suitable terminals for the company within the city of Montreal and agreeing on the request of the government to enter into arrangements with the Intercolonial railway for the interchange of traffic between the company and the Intercolonial railway at Montreal, for such period as the Governor in Council may determine and upon such terms as may be agreed upon between the parties, and should the parties fail to agree, terms shall be fixed by the Board of Railway Commissioners for Canada.

He said: I may add that His Excellency the Governor General has been apprised of the subject matter of this resolution, has given.his assent thereto, and commends it to the favourable consideration of the House.

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Motion agreed to.


BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE-ADJOURNMENT FOR CORONATION.


On the orders of the day being called:


LIB

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

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

Mr. Speaker, I would crave the indulgence of the House for a few minutes to discuss what should be the course of the House and its business in consequence of the fact that I, as Prime Minister, have to absent myself from the country in order to attend the Imperial Conference which is to be opened in London on the 23rd of this month, and afterwards, the coronation ceremonies.

Some days ago, my hon. friend (Mr. R. L. Borden), alluded to this fact, and to certain rumours which had been circulated in the press, and he suggested that one of three courses might be followed. The first was that the House might continue to sit in my absence, which he said, was more for the convenience of the Prime Minister and his colleagues than for the members of the House generally; the second was that the House might be prorogued, and the third was that the House might adjourn, sufficient supplies being previously voted to carry on the business of the country in the interim. As to prorogation, I think the House will agree that, to say the least, it would be inconvenient without parliament having carried through any important part of its business. As to the first suggestion, that the House might sit in the absence of the Prime Minister, there are I think three precedents to my personal knowledge. There is the precedent in 1894, when Sir John Thompson attended the negotiations in Paris between the United1 States and Great Britain on the question of pelagic sealing. Then, the first year this government was in office, in 1897, I absented myself from the House to attend the jubilee of her late Majesty, Queen Victoria; and in the third case, in 1907, I left the House in session to attend the Imperial Confer-275J

enee of that year. In these instances, the business of the House was practically at an en

will continue in session advancing the business as far as possible, and, I believe there may be a good deal of practical and useful work done in the meantime. Then, there remains the question of surmlies to be voted. We have had supplies voted to the first of June, and after consultation with friends on both sides of the House, we think that supplies ought to be advanced until the first of September. There are, however, some items of supply which must he voted in full, independent of such agreements. There is the vote for the military and Northwest Mounted Police contingents, which are to attend the coronation, and with respect to them a partial vote would not be sufficient. There is also in this category the vote for the Festival of Empire, which although a private enterprise, has been contributed to by all the daughter nations, and our contribution, therefore, must be paid immediately. Then, the Minister of the Interior has some Indian annuities, which have to be paid to the Indians regularly and expeditions to pay them have to be started in advance. Such expenses must be voted in their entirety.

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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

They are treaty obligations, I suppose.

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

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

They are treaty obligations. There may be some other items which it will be necessary to vote in full, and at once, but there are others as to which it will not be inconvenient to vote in instalments. These are the views which I have to submit to the House for the carrying on of business consequent upon the present conditions.

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Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

The Prime Minister has already mentioned to me, privately, many of the matters he has spoken of. As to the date of adjournment, I have already told him, as I tell him now, that in view of what I have' already said across the floor, I consider it a matter which should be left pretty much to his own judgment. I am, therefore, perfectly willing to concur in the dates he has mentioned. It may perhaps be suggested that it would be hardly worth while to come back over Saturday and Sunday, and meet for two days of the following week, namely, the 22nd or 23rd, but I merely throw out that suggestion, and I leave it entirely to his own judgment. As to the date on which the House should resume, I am willing that the Prime Minister should have his views carried out in that respect as well. With respect to the Supply that is required- for. the military and Northwest Mounted Police coronation contingent, the Festival of Empire, and the Indian annuities, which, as I understand, are treaty obligations, there will be no objection whatever to voting them in full. It is perfectly proper and Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

right that they should be voted in full under the circumstances. In conclusion I can only say that I am very happy indeed that the Prime Minister will be able to attend, both the Imperial Conference and the coronation.

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May 10, 1911