January 31, 1912

THE CENSUS ENUMERATORS.

LIB

Rodolphe Lemieux

Liberal

Mr. LEMIEUX:

When does the Minister of Agriculture expect to pay the balance due to the census enumerators?

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CON

Martin Burrell (Minister of Agriculture)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BURRELL:

Payment of the balances due census enumerators is being made as rapidly as is practicable. It is expected that it will be completed by the end of February.

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TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILWAY COMMISSION.

CON

Mr. SEVIGNY:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. What sums have been paid since 1905, by the government or by the Transcontinental Commission to Mr. Edmond Taschereau, notary, of Quecbec?

2. For what reasons were such sums paid?

*2245

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CON

Francis Cochrane (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. COCHRANE:

1:-

.January 21, 1907 $ 677 21September 14, 1907

745 48March 18, 1908

520 00May 15, 1908

746 00July 18, 1908

1,419 91September 25, 1908

1,449 35November 23, 1908

1,965 39July 12, 1909

1,300 00July 19, 1910

949 24September 20, 1911 ,

600 49September 26, 1911

532 95September 26, 1911

3,061 45

2. Legal expenses in connection with right of way.

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Albert Sévigny

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SEVIGNY:

What sums have been paid, since 1908, to Messrs. Alexandre Taschereau, Arthur Cannon, or to the law firm of Taschereau, Roy Cannon, Parent and Fitzpatrick, Quebec, by the government or by the Transcontinental Commission?

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CON

Francis Cochrane (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. COCHRANE:

Statement of amounts paid to Mr. L. A. Taschereau since 1908, by the National Transcontinental Railway Commissioners:

March 1, 1909 $1,276 50

August 10, 1909 660 00

December 20, 1909 555 00

March 30, 1910 489 50

September 19, 1910 .... 427 50

October 17, 1910 250 00

November 17, 1910 186 23

November 21, 1910 255 00

March 25, 1911 330 00

April 19, 1911 423 50

August 4, 1911 372 00

September 27, 1911 .... 400 00

January 26, 1912 473 00

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To Mr. L.@

' A. Cannon since 1908: December 22, 1911, $126. Nothing was paid to the firm of Taschereau, Roy, Cannon, Parent & Fitzpatrick since 1908, by the National Transcontinental railway.

Amount paid by the Department of Railways and Canals for the Intercolonial railway since 1908, to Taschereau and Cannon is $250.85. To the firm of Taschereau, Roy, Cannon, Parent & Fitzpatrick since 1908, $792.79; to L. A. Taschereau, $97.20.

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CON

Mr. LAVALLEE:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. What position does Mr. A. E. Doucet. civil engineer, hold on the Transcontinental railway ?

2. What is his salary?

3. What are his functions ? ' _

4. Was it his duty to fix the sites for stations along the line of the Transcontinental railway within the district under his control as engineer?

5. Has he so far selected the sites for such stations in the county of Bellechasse?

6. After having determined upon the sites for such stations has he changed his mind and selected other locations for such stations?

7. What are the stations that have been thus changed?

8. When were they changed, for what reasons, and at whose request?

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CON

Mr. COCHRANE: (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. District engineer, district ' B.'

2. $400 per month.

3. Has charge of location and construction. of district ' B.'

4. It was his duty to recommend the location of the stations in conjunction with the assistant chief engineer of the Grand Trunk Pacific railway.

5. Yes.

6. No.

7. Answered by No. 6.

8. Answered by No. 6.

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MOTIONS AGREED TO WITHOUT DISCUSSION.


Por a copy of all minutes of proceedings, records, orders, instructions or other writings made and had, or given or authorized to he made, had or given by the Board of National Transcontinental Railway Commissioners, from the date of the appointment of Mr. R. W. Leonard, as a member of the said Board and chairman thereof, to the present date; also of all letters, telegrams, instructions or other documents made or had or passed, since the said appointment by and between the Minister of Railways and Canals, or other members of the government or by any person by authority of the government and the said chairman of Board of National Transcontinental Railway Commissioners, or the secretary of said Board;, also of any orders in council relating to the appointment of an assistant chairman or an assistant to the chairman of said Board, together with a copy of all letters, papers, instructions or documents relating thereto; as well as a statement of all payments of moneys in the way of salaries or compensation made to the incumbent of the office of assistant chairman or assistant to the chairman of said Board, and of all papers, letters or instructions made, written or received by the said minister or the said chairman relating to or in any way connected with the payment or authorization of said salary or compensation.-Mr. Em-merson. For a copy of all papers, statements, letters, telegrams, statement of claim and application, minutes of tlie_ evidence taken on any investigation held, with all reports thereon, and all other documents in any way relating to a claim of Earl Ash, for damages caused by and resulting from the destruction by fire of property owned, occupied and possessed by the claimant, alleged to have been caused by fire and sparks from a locomotive of the Intercolonial Railway of Canada, and operated by said railway.-Mr. Emmerson. For a copy of all letters, complaints, telegrams, evidence, reports, or other papers, relating to charges against Robert Leithpad, James Blair, Duncan Gillis, and Calvin McKenzie, all employees of the Intercolonial 224?



Railway, in the county of Pictou, for partisanship and to the investigation of said charges.-Mr. Macdonald. For a copy of the letters patent relating to the office of Governor General of Canada, of the commission issued to the present Governor General, and of the instructions accompanying the same.-Mr. Macdonald. For a copy of all letters, telegrams, reports and other documents in relation to the mail contract service between Stellarton station and the post office since October 1, 1911, and as to the cancellation of the contract, for said service with the present contractor.^Mr. Macdonald. For a copy of all letters, telegrams, correspondence, reports and other documents in relation to the mail contract between River John railway station and the post office, and between River John and Hodson, respectively, since October 1, 1911, and as to the cancellation of the contract for said service with Elijah Logan and the making of a contract for the same with one Gannon.-Mr. Macdonald.


TELEPHONES IN RURAL POST OFFICES.

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Cyrias Roy

Mr. R.

BLAIN (Peel), moved:-

That, in the opinion of this House, wherever a telephone system exists, or is hereafter established, in any rural section of Canada, a telephone should be placed in each post office in such sections by the Post Office Department.

He said: Before this motion is dealt with I would like to make a few remarks. It has always been the pride of Canada that we should have a first class postal service in every part of the country. I think the efforts of every government since confederation have been directed towards this end, and the resolution I am moving this afternoon has for its object the giving of better mail accommodation to the farmers in the rural districts of our country.

For many years we had but one telephone system in Canada, the Bell. It was found that telephones became a necessity as years went on, and to-day they are a naramount necessity in every paTt of the country. In many parts of Canada other telephone systems have been established in competition with the Bell system and assist in giving a better telephone communication to the farmers in different sections of the country.

In Peel county one township council has issued bonds and constructed its own telephone system, and is reaching almost every house in the township. This applies also to many other counties in Canada. The result is that the farmers have the advantage of a telephone in their homes. My resolution provides that whenever such a system is operated either by the Bell Telephone Company or by any other company, the Post Office Department shall connect the post office in that section, at the expense of the government. *

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CON

Francis Cochrane (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. COCHRANE.

The salary paid to the country postmaster to-day is so small that in some cases postmasters are unwilling or unable to put a telephone in their houses for the accommodation of the farmers.

_ As this House is well aware, the question of a better salary for country postmasters has been the subject of discussion for rnajny years; complimentary to the late government, I may say that they increased the salary of the rural postmasters, and, to that extent, received the approval of the people of this country. I think it should be the aim of the government now in power to further increase the salaries of the postmasters in rural districts.

Some hon. members. Hear, hear.

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CON

Richard Blain

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BLAIN.

That is one of the objects of this resolution. It is not my idea that the government should put in a telephone system where one does not now exist. I simply propose that the government should go over the field and where telephone systems are in operation have the rural post offices connected up at the expense of the government. I think it would be in the interest of the people of this country if that were done.

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LIB

Edward Walter Nesbitt

Liberal

Mr. NESBITT.

Would the hon. gentleman allow me a iquestion? Would you propose to increase the salary of the postmaster or postmistress where telephones are put in? Of course, the telephone would mean extra work.

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CON

Richard Blain

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BLAIN.

That is a fair question, and one which should receive consideration. _

As I said a moment ago my aim is to assist the government, if they require assistance in this way, or rather to impress the government with the fact that under this resolution they would have an opportunity of increasing the very small salaries which are now paid to the rural postmasters throughout the country.

My hon. friend's question, if I understand it correctly, assumes that if such a policy were adopted by the government, and telephones were installed in the different post offices, it would increase the labour of the postmasters in these post offices. That is very likely true, although personally I do not think it would be very much more labour for the postmaster, if, for example, a farmer living within a mile or so of the post office should call up on the telephone and ask if there was any mail in the office for him. I do not think it would take much more of the postmaster's time to answer the telephone than it would to entertain the farmer for half an hour if he came down to find out whether there was anything in the post office for him.

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January 31, 1912