February 19, 1914

QUESTIONS.


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk).


PROTECTING WALL AT LAPRAIRIE.

LIB

Mr. R. LANCTOT:

Liberal

1. Was there a contract made between the Government and Messrs. NoS Poupart and Duranceau of Laprairie, for the erection of the protecting wall at the town of Laprairie, at the highlands of St. Lambert?

2. Were tenders asked for that purpose? If so, in what papers were the notices published?

3. At what date were they asked for, and when did the time for the reception thereof expire ?

4. Did the Public Works Department at Ottawa ask that 1,400 feet be completed during last fall, that is the part between St. Jacques river and the high lands of St. Lambert, in order that the road called Boulevard Edward VII, which was completed last November by the provincial Government, be utilized?

5. What are the names of the parties who have sent in tenders and the amount of each tender?

6. Was the lowest tenderer awarded the contract and to whom has it been given?

7. Is the contract signed by the contractors? If so, is it the intention of the Government to see to it that the works start next spring?

8. Is the Government aware that those works are said to be absolutely necessary, particularly the 8,000 feet of road forming part of Boulevard Edward VII?

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Subtopic:   PROTECTING WALL AT LAPRAIRIE.
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CON

Mr. ROGERS: (Minister of Public Works)

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Contract sent for signature on 16th January, but not yet returned to the department.

2. (a) Yes; (b) Montreal: Gazette, Star, La Patrie, Standard, Moniteur du Commerce, Tribune, Canadian Jewish Times, L'Araldo del Canada, Financial Times, L'Opinion; Quebec: Chronicle, L'Evene-

ment, Le Travailleur; Lachute, Watchman; St. Joseph de Beauce, Le Raillement; Chicoutimi, Le Progres du Saguenay, Le Travailleur; Joncquieres, L'Avenir de J oncquieres; Cookshire, Compton County Chronicle; Grand'M&re, La Semaine; St. Lambert, South Shore Press; Victoriaville, La Gazette d'Arthabaska, L'Echo des Bois Francs, Gleaner; Joliette, L'Etoile du Nord; Buckingham, Post; Thetford Mines, Le Mineur; Monbmagny, Le Peuple; Shaw-ville, Equity; Sorel, L'Eveil, Warning, Le Sorelois; Richmond, News; Rimouski, Le Progres du Golfe; St. Hyacinthe, Le Courrier, La Tribune; St. John, News and Eastern Township Advocate; Sherbrooke, Record; Granby, Leader Mail, L'Echo de Granby; Waterloo, Le Journal de Waterloo; Magog, Enterprise; Fraserville, L'Action Canadienne; Shawindgan Falls, L'Industriel; Three Rivers, Le Courrier.

3. Tenders advertised 21st August, to be received up to 23rd September, 1913.

4. Yes.

5. E. J. Rainboth, $70,051.60, approximately; A. Duranceau & N. Pouport, $72,676.73; F. C. Jackson, $110,326.23.

6. Lowest tender was withdrawn, on a misunderstanding of the specification, and the contract awarded to the second, Messrs. Duranceau & Pouport.

7. (a) Answered by No. 1; (b) yes.

8. The department has been so advised.

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INTERCOLONIAL. RAILWAY-DETECTIVE SKEFFINGTON.


'Mr. EMMERSON: 1. Has George Skefflngton, a former detective officer on. the Intercolonial railway been employed at any time since January 1, 1912, in the service of that railway? If so, what were the services rendered, and what was the amount or amounts paid hint for such services, if any? 2. Was he during the period named employed by any department of the Government? If so, what services did he render, by whom was he engaged, and what was the compensation allowed and paid to him? 3. Is the said George Skefflngton now in the employ of the Intercolonial railway either permanently or intermittently? If so, in what capacity and at what compensation? 4. Is he now' in the employ permanently or intermittently of any other department of the Government? If so, in what capacity, and on what terms as to compensation and the period of employment?


CON

Mr. COCHRANE: (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. He was employed as .special inspector as follow's: 9 days, July, 1913, amount paid $27.50; 1 month, August, 1913, amount paid $82.50; 1 month, September, 1913, amount paid $82.50.

2. He vras employed by Commissioner

Adair gathering information relative to investigations being carried on by the commissioner. He was paid $877.39.

3. No.

4. The Department of Railways and Canals has no information.

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Subtopic:   INTERCOLONIAL. RAILWAY-DETECTIVE SKEFFINGTON.
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INTERCOLONIAL RAILWAY-FREIGHT RATES.

LIB

Mr. SINCLAIR:

Liberal

1. What is the rate per ton for first-class freight from St. John to Halifax?

2. VI)at is the rate that is being paid by the Canadian Pacific railway to the Intercolonial railway per ton for freight carried by the Canadian Pacific railway between St. John and Halifax?

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Subtopic:   INTERCOLONIAL RAILWAY-FREIGHT RATES.
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CON

Mr. COCHRANE: (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. First-class rate St. John to Halifax, which includes cost of loading and unloading and terminal charges, is $7 per ton that is the rate as applied to shipments of the highest class moving locally between St. John and Halifax in less than carload quantities.

On such traffic the railway assumes the responsibility for loss or damage to the freight, the cost of handling in its freight sheds at both 8-t. John and Halifax, of loading into and unloading from cars, of way billing, collection of charges and sundry accounting expenses.

2. No freight is carried by the Canadian Pacific railway between St. John and Halifax.

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Subtopic:   INTERCOLONIAL RAILWAY-FREIGHT RATES.
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NATIONAL TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILWAY-CHANGES OF GRADES.

LIB

George Perry Graham

Liberal

Mr. GRAHAM:

Has the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway Company approved of the changes of grades on the Transcontinental railway between Quebec and Winnipeg since October, 1911? If so, in what terms, and on what date or dates?

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Subtopic:   NATIONAL TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILWAY-CHANGES OF GRADES.
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CON

Francis Cochrane (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. COCHRANE:

No.

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Subtopic:   NATIONAL TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILWAY-CHANGES OF GRADES.
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EMPLOYMENT OF WILLIAM F. SLACK.

LIB

Mr. LEMIEUX:

Liberal

1. Was Mr. William F. Slack, of Ottawa, appointed as clerk of works in the Department of Public Works, in July, 1911?

2. Was he appointed by the Minister of Public Works or by the Civil Service Commission?

3. At what salary was he appointed?

4. Were there any charges made against him in 1911 or 1912? If so, what are said charges, and the names of the persons who made them?

5. Were these said charges investigated by Mr. Hector Chauvin?

6. Was a report of that investigation made by Mr. Hector Chauvin? If so, what were his findings ?

7. After above-mentioned report was made, was said William F. Slack reinstated? If so, why, by whom, and on what date?

S. After the above report of Mr. Hector Chau-

vin, were there any further charges made against said William F. Slack? If so, what are said charges, and what are the names of persons who made them?

9. Were said further charges, if any, investigated by Mr. R. V. Sinclair, K.C., of Ottawa? If so, when?

10. Did any witnesses appear for complainant or complainants? If so, what are the names of the persons who appeared at said investigation before Commissioner R. V. Sinclair, on behalf of the complainant or complainants to support said charges?

11. At the said investigation before Commissioner R. V. Sinclair, was the said William F. Slack heard, or allowed to be heard, in his defence, or were there any witnesses heard, or allowed to be heard, on his behalf? If not, why not?

12. If any witnesses were heard on behalf of said William F. Slack at said investigation, what are the names of said witnesses?

13. Did Commissioner R. V. Sinclair make any report of said investigation? If so, when and what were his findings?

14. Has said William F. Slack been dismissed? If so, when?

15. Is it the intention of the Government to reinstate said William F. Slack? If so, when?

16. Has there been any change of Minister of Public Works between the first and second investigation?

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Subtopic:   EMPLOYMENT OF WILLIAM F. SLACK.
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CON

Robert Rogers (Minister of Public Works)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. ROGERS:

'

1. Appointed on 6th October, 1911.

2. By Order in Council, based on a certificate from the Civil Service Commission.

3. $1,200 a year.

4. Yes; J. Jolicoeur, A. Franche, A. Mous-seau and ,7. R. Lamontagne. (See answer No. 8.)

5. Yes.

6. Yes; no evidence was submitted.

7. Yes; by the chief architect, on 29th May, 1912.

8. Yes; abusive and blasphemous language to Dr. J. L. Chabot, M.P., making false statements to the latter, and drunkenness while on duty.

9. Yes; 26th September, 1912.

10. Yes; Dr. J. L. Chabot, M.P., J. R. Lamontagne; iWm. Hollington; A. Mous-seau and Wm. Orton.

11 and 12. Yes, but he did not desire to call any witnesses.

13. Yes; 17th December, 1912; that the charges preferred have been proven.

14. Yes; by Order in Council of 25th January, 1913.

15. No.

16. There was no change of minister between the closing of the first and the opening of the second investigation.

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Subtopic:   EMPLOYMENT OF WILLIAM F. SLACK.
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SHIPMENT OP HAY.

LIB

Henry Robert Emmerson

Liberal

Mr. EMMERSON:

:

1. Is there any hay being shipped over the Intercolonial railway to Halifax via the Can-

adian Pacific railway, which comes under the terms of the Gutelius-Bosworth agreement? If so, what quantity has passed over the Intercolonial railway from St. John to Halifax since November 15, last?

2. Is any hay being transported to points in Nova Scotia, from Quebec province, at special rates, or at rates other than those given in printed tariff of rates, by way of St. John, or otherwise ?

3. Is any hay being shipped to Nova Scotia points from points west of New Brunswick at rates similar to the special rates granted to certain eastern Nova Scotia points during the autumn of 1912, and the winter and spring of 1913, on account of so-called famine districts?

4. What is the regular freight tariff rate on hay from points in Quebec province to Halifax and to Sydney?

5. What were the rates in 1912 and in 1911, and how do the rates compare as to each of said years in comparison with the present rates charged over Intercolonial railway on its own line or over Canadian Pacific railway via St. John?

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Subtopic:   SHIPMENT OP HAY.
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CON

Francis Cochrane (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. COCHRANE:

1'. There has been no hay forwarded from Halifax by the mail steamers of the Canadian Pacific railway and Allan Line this season, and none has been handled from St. John to Halifax under the terms of the Gutelius-Bosworth agreement.

2. No.

3. No special rates were granted by the railways from points west of New Brunswick to eastern Nova' Scotia points during the autumn of 1912, and the winter and spring of 1913, and current shipments, if there are any, are being made at the printed tariff rates.

4% Attached is a statement marked * A ' showing the regular freight tariff rates on hay from points on the Intercolonial in the province of Quebec to Halifax and to Sydney. .

5. Statement attached, marked 'A ' also shows the rates charged on hay in 1911 and 1912 to Halifax and to Sydney, and comparisons with the rates of 1913.

Statement ' B ' advises the corresponding rates applicable from contiguous stations of the Canadian Pacific railway in the province of Quebec to Halifax and to Sydney.

(Statement filed with the Clerk of the House).

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Subtopic:   SHIPMENT OP HAY.
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February 19, 1914