June 2, 1913

LIB

Mr. LEMIEUX:

Liberal

1. Has the mail contract of William Doehine of Ste. Anne des Monts, county of Gaspe, been cancelled?

2. Have any new notices been given? If so. why?

3. When does the present contract expire?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   STE. ANNE DES MONTS MAIL SERVICE.
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CON

Mr. PELLETIER: (Postmaster General)

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. No.

2. (a) The department is inviting tenders for the mail service between Riviere

Mr. VERVILLE.

a Claude and Ste. Anne des Monts to ascertain cost, (b) To effect an improvement in the performance of the service.

3. 31st December, 1914.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   STE. ANNE DES MONTS MAIL SERVICE.
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STAMP VENDING MACHINES.

LIB

*Mr. LEMIEUX:

Liberal

1. Is the following announcement, which appeared in the Ottawa Journal of the 23rd ultimo, correct:

Buy Stamps and Mail Letters in same Machine -Innovation adopted by Post Office Department is the last word in Mail Box Invention.

A contract has just been entered into between the Post Office Department and the Dominion of Canada Postage Stamp Vending Company, Limited, of. Toronto, which promises to be a great convenience and importance to the people of Canada.

Under the terms of this contract the company agrees, without any cost to the department, to erect pillar boxes of handsome design, to be placed on street corners and public places. This pillar box has a stamp vending compartment and a receptacle for the mailing of letters. In other words, one may, right on the street, buy a stamp and mail a letter without having to look around for a letter box.

Everything is provided for at the one spot. This box is the latest thing, and evidently the last word in stamp vending machines. The pillars are of circular design, handsome in appearance and stand about eight feet high. An arrangement is provided for on the crown of the pillar prominently displaying the names of the streets. These will be illuminated at night and should prove a most useful ornament to the streets of any well organized city.

The company intends to immediately start operations and to instal these pillar boxes throughout the entire country.

2. What are the exact terms of the above contract?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   STAMP VENDING MACHINES.
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CON

Mr. PELLETIER: (Postmaster General)

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. No. A contract was made on the 20th of May, 1911, between the Post Office Department and a lady (Miss^ Fawns) for stamp vending machines. Miss Fawns had by a clause of that contract the right to assign same as she thought fit, and she has assigned it; the company mentioned in the question is now representing Miss Fawns. When this contract was brought to the attention of the present Postmaster General, he asked the Justice Department if that contract could be repudiated. The answer being in the negative the Postmaster General insisted, at all events, on certain changes and after much discussion and difficulties he succeeded in getting the company to assent to some alterations which made that contract more acceptable.

2. The contract and amendments have been produced.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   STAMP VENDING MACHINES.
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PETITION FROM ALBERTA FARMERS.


Mr. BUCHANAN- 1. Has the Government received the follow- lug petition from certain farmers in the province of Alberta: ' We, of the United Farmers of Alberta residing in that part of Alberta, known as the dry belt, do petition you for a release from payment of the regular fee of $3 per acre for onr pre-emptions on the following ground: ' Whereas, during our residence of three years or more here we have been unable to make expenses owing to the crop failure due to drought; and whereas the United States Government is giving settlers throughout the dry belt in that country the concession which we are now asking, and also allows them to make proof on homestead and pre-emption in three years; ' And whereas, one quarter section of land is not sufficient for successful dry farming, we believe it will be for the best interests, not only for this part of Alberta but for the whole province, to grant this petition, thereby encouraging the homesteader to remain on his homestead and master the art of dry farming, thereby developing this part of the Dominion in the only way possible.' 2. If so, is it the intention of the Government to take any action to meet the request made in this petition?


CON

Mr. CROTHERS: (Minister of Labour)

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Yes.

2. This matter is receiving the consideration of the Government.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   PETITION FROM ALBERTA FARMERS.
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PRE-EMPTION REGULATIONS.

LIB

Mr. BUCHANAN:

Liberal

1. Has the Government made any changes in the regulations regarding pre-emptions? If so, what are these changes?

2. If no changes have been made, has the Government under consideration any changes in the regulations concerning the payments made upon pre-empted homesteads?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   PRE-EMPTION REGULATIONS.
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CON

Mr. CROTHERS: (Minister of Labour)

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. No change of importance has been made in the regulations regarding preemptions. Some minor changes have leen made by the department in its practice, (a) A settler is not now required to continue to own his patented free homestead until he has completed the duties on his pre-emption, (b) Where a settler earned his homestead patent by residence in the vicinity prior to the coming into force of the present Dominion Lands Act, the department accepts six months' residence in each of three years subsequent to the data of the pre-emntion entry as sufficient to earn title to the pre-emption quarter section.

2. No change in contemplation at the present time.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   PRE-EMPTION REGULATIONS.
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HOMESTEAD REGULATIONS.

LIB

William Ashbury Buchanan

Liberal

Mr. BUCHANAN:

1 Has the Government altered the homestead regulations to permit the homesteader to secure a patent upon his homestead by keeping upon his land a certain number of cattle or other live stock?

2. If not, is it the Government's intention to take such action ?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   HOMESTEAD REGULATIONS.
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CON

Mr. CROTHERS: (Minister of Labour)

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. No.

2. Not at the present time.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   HOMESTEAD REGULATIONS.
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PORT MAITLAND POST OFFICE.

LIB

Mr. LAW:

Liberal

1. What amount was received from sale of stamps at the Port Maitland, N.S., post office during the months of January, February and March, respectively, for the years 1912 and 1913?

2. What amount of money orders were issued at the Port Maitland, N.S., post office during the months of January, February and March, 1912 and 1913?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   PORT MAITLAND POST OFFICE.
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CON

Mr. PELLETIER: (Postmaster General)

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. March quarter, 1912, $156.91; March quarter, 1913, $119.71.

2. March quarter, 1912, $2,778.67; March quarter, 1913, $1,354.45.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   PORT MAITLAND POST OFFICE.
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CANADIAN NORTHERN RAILWAY STATISTICS.

LIB

Mr. THOMSON (Qu'Appelle):

Liberal

1. What is the total mileage of railway lines now controlled and operated by the Canadian Northern Railway Company?

2. What is the total amount of guarantees by the Dominion Government in aid of construction of such lines?

3. What is the total amount of the guarantees by provincial governments in aid of construction of such lines?

4. What is the total amount of land granted by the Dominion Government in aid of construction of such lines?

5. What is the total amount of money granted to date by the Dominion Government in aid of construction of such lines?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   CANADIAN NORTHERN RAILWAY STATISTICS.
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CON

Mr. CODERRE: (Minister of Mines; Secretary of State of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. The Canadian Northern railway controls and operates 5,969 miles.

2. The total amount of the guarantees by Dominion Government on lines referred to is $16,432,000

3. Information being obtained.

4. No land has been granted direct to the Canadian Northern railway, but that company, through purchase of other railways has acquired with them land grants to the extent of approximately 4,000,000 acres, of which 1,225,600 applies on its main line.

5. The total amount of money granted to date to the line referred to is $4,868,522.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   CANADIAN NORTHERN RAILWAY STATISTICS.
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June 2, 1913