March 5, 1914

WEIGHTS AND MEASURES ACT AMENDMENT.


Hon. W. B. NANTEL (Minister of Inland Revenue) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 96, to amend the Weights and Measures Act. He said: This proposed amendment to the Weights and Measures Act has reference to the metric system. Under the law, as it now stands, the use of the metric system of weights and measures is permissible. The object of the amendment is not to make the use of this system compulsory, but to provide for the substitution of the international metric standards in use throughout the world, for the local standards now authorized by the present law. The legal standards of the metre and kilogram, deposited in the office of the Minister of Inland Revenue, consist of a bronze bar and cylinder. We propose to put in their stead a bar and cylinder of platinum-iridium certified by the International Bureau of Weights and Measures, after comparison with the original prototype deposited and kept at the International Bureau, Paris, France. Motion agreed to, and Bill read the first time.


QUESTIONS.


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.)


GOVERNMENT TELEGRAPH SERVICE.

LIB

Mr. McKENZIE:

Liberal

1. Was there any authority given by the Department of Public Works, or by- any department of the Government, to the telegraph operators in the employ of the Government in Victoria county, Nova Scotia, to the effect that they or any of them could send free of charge messages handed them or either of them during the months of January and February, 1914?

2. What office or position does James G. Dunlop, of Baddeck, hold in connection with Government telegraph lines in the county of Victoria, Nova Scotia?

3. Did the said James G. Dunlop have any authority from the Government at any time during the months of January and February, 1914, enabling him to compel or command operators on the Government telegraph line in the county of Victoria to receive and send messages free of charge? If so, how many such messages were sent, and by whom, during the months of January and February, 1914, up to the 15th of February?

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CON

Mr. ROGERS: (Minister of Public Works)

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. No; but a standing regulation is that

personal messages, urgent and of social character, may be sent free over the lines of the Government Telegraph Service, by or for agents and operators, or other regular employees of the service. *

2. General repairer between Big Bras d'Or, Baddeck and Meat Cove.

3. No.

gimli lake front.

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LIB

Mr. OLIVER:

Liberal

1. Has the Department of the Interior issued a patent to Pjetur Tergesen for a portion of the lake front in the town of Gimli?

2. If so, what was the area so patented?

3. What was the price paid?

4. When was payment made?

5. What was the date of patent?

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LIB

Mr. ROCHE:

Liberal

1. Yes; patent was issued in the name of Hans Pjetur Tergesen.

2. 1.88 acres.

3. $900 principal. $6.38 interest.

4. $225 on 8th April, 1913. $675 principal and $6.38 interest on 23rd July, 1913.

5. 24th September, 1913.

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TOBIQUE INDIAN RESERVE.

LIB

Mr. CARVELL:

Liberal

1. How much lumber did B. F. Smith cut from the Tobique Indian reserve during the fiscal year ending March 31, 1913?

2. How much of said lumber was dry, dead and green, respectively?

3. What was the rate of stumpage paid?

4. What was the total amount of stumpage paid?

5. Has B. P. Smith cut any lumber on said reserve since March 31, last?

6. If so, how much of said lumber was dry or dead, and how much green, respectively?

7. What is the rate of stumpage for each kind?

S. How much has he paid this year?

9. Did the department give him the right tc cut green lumber?

10. Is the department allowing him to move green lumber already cut from the reserve?

11. Is the department /charging anything extra for cutting green lumber, as stumpage or as a penalty? If so, how much in each case?

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LIB

Mr. ROCHE:

Liberal

1. A small number of trees was cut for Mr. Smith, exact quantity not specified.

2. All green.

3. Dues were collected by the agent, presumably at tariff rates.

4. $28.18.

5. Yes.

6. Mr. Smith had a license to cut burnt

timber; no return has been received from the agent of quantities cut under license. Mr. Smith cut in vio'ation of his license, as reported by an inspector of the department, the following green timber: On south side of Tobique riveT: hemlock 85,330 feet,

spruce 179,850 feet. On north side: hemlock 11,300 feet; spruce 15,640 feet, firewood 28 cords, spruce pulpwood 49 cords.

7. Hemlock $1 per M. feet, B.M., spruce $1.25 per M. feet, B.M., cordwood 20 to 30 cents per cord.

8. Dues as above $28.18.

9. No.

10. No authority has been given to remove green timber.

11. Mr. Smith is being charged triple dues and expenses of seizure for green timber cut on the north side of the river, and is being allowed to purchase the lands on the south side of the river which were in the hands of the local agent for sale, and on which the green timber has been cut, at an upset price based on valuation of land and timber.

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REBATE ON RAW MATERIAL.

LIB

William Erskine Knowles

Liberal

Mr. KNOWLES:

What amounts were rebated on account of raw material used by manufacturers of agricultural implements during the fiscal years 1905-1906 and 1912-1913?

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CON

John Dowsley Reid (Minister of Customs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. REID:

The amount of drawback paid on raw material used by manufacturers of agricultural implements during the fiscal year 1905-1906 was $92,167.87. This raw material

[Mr .Carvell.]

was used in the manufacture of implements exported from Canada.

The amount of drawback paid on raw material used by manufacturers of agricultural implements during the fiscal year 1912-1913 was $186,832.05 on implements manufactured for export from Canada, and $119,336.40 on implements manufactured for home consumption.

No drawback was allowed on imported material used in the manufacture of agricultural implements for home consumption in Canada in 1905-1906. Provision for such drawback was first made in the Tariff Act of 1907 which took effect from the 30th day of November, 1906.

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PARCEL POST.

LIB

Frederick Forsyth Pardee

Liberal

Mr. PARDEE:

Is it the intention of the Post Office Department to pay higher wages to letter carriers and rural couriers, on account of the inauguration of the parcel post system?

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CON

Louis-Philippe Pelletier (Postmaster General)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. PELLETIER:

This matter is under consideration.

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BONAVENTURE COUNTY PUBLIC WORKS.

LIB

Mr. MARCIL:

Liberal

1. For what purposes were the following

amounts expended in Bonaventure county, as mentioned in answer by the Minister of Public Works on February IS last, at the places mentioned : Bonaventure river, $4,349.31; Cross

point, $2,556.17; Marfia, $9,284.79 ; Paspgbiac East, $2,181.94; and St. Charles de Caplan,. $2,292?

2. Which of these amounts were paid under contract, if any, and to whom paid?

3. Which amounts were paid out for day labour?

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March 5, 1914