April 3, 1914

PRIVATE BILLS.

FIRST READINGS.


Bill No. 139, to amend The Railway Act with respect to the deposit of plans.-Mr. McKay. Bill No. 140, to incorporate the National Council of Women of Canada.-Sir Edmund Osier. Bill No. 141, respecting The Rainy River Radial Railway Company.-Mr. Boyce. Bill No. 142, respecting The Pacific Trans-Canada and Hudson Bay Railway Company.-Mr. Douglas. Bill No. 143, respecting a patent of John Roger Arnoldi.-Mr. Macdoneil, Bill No. 144, for the relief of Henry Elmer Bieknell.-Mr. MeCraney.


ALLEGED INACCURATE RETURN.


On the Orders of the Day being called:


LIB

William Chisholm

Liberal

Mr. WILLIAM CHISHOLM:

I wish to cal! the attention of the Minister of Public Works to a return which was ordered by the House on March 23, 1914, and laid on the table yesterday, which purported to show the amount expended in public works in Antigonish county since October 11, 1911. That return is grossly inaccurate. It states that the amount expended since October, 1911, was $75,797.50. When I looked at that first, I thought a mistake had been made in the copying, and that the correct amount was $7,597, which would be more nearly correct than $75,000. I observe that places are mentioned in this return that are not in Antigonish county at all-Battery Point, for instance, and other places. I observe also that the return states that amounts [DOT]of $21,094.97 and $1,315.93 were expended since 1911 for Antigonish public buildings. No question was asked about public buildings; the question was with regard to public works. That statement, however, is grossly inaccurate, beca/use that money was expended, not since 1911, but six or seven years ago, and why it was put in the return I do not know. I observe also that the return states that an amount of $13,130 for Breen's Pond was expended since 1911, whereas that work was performed before 1911. All through the return is inaccurate, and I draw the attention of the Minister of Public Works to this fact so that the matter may be corrected before his Estimates are brought up for consideration. The Minister of Public Works may remember that on December 28, 1912, just on the eve of an election in Antigonish county, a promise of $205,000 for public works in that county was made in a letter addressed to Senator Girroir.

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CON

Thomas Simpson Sproule (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPEAKER:

Order. I do not think it is in. order for the hon. member to go into these matters at this stage.

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LIB

William Chisholm

Liberal

Mr. CHISHOLM:

I am simply explaining to the minister that possibly the error crept in through some of the officials of his department having had in mind the letter in which the promise Of the expenditure of $205,000 upon public works in Antigonish county was made. Of course, the money was not expended, as promised. The Minister of Public Works gold-bricked the people on that occasion.

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Thomas Simpson Sproule (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPEAKER:

Order. The hon. member is certainly exceeding .his rights.

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LIB

William Chisholm

Liberal

Mr. CHISHOLM:

I wish to ask the Minister of Public Works if he intends to try to make the Antigonish people -believe that $75,000 was given them during the past year, when as a matter of fact only a fractional part of it was expended.

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CON

Robert Rogers (Minister of Public Works)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. ROGERS:

I did not take the trouble to -read the report, but simply brought down what was given me by the officers of the department. I shall be glad to draw their attention to the statements which my hon. friend has made in regard to inaccuracies, and if such inaccuracies have crept in, I will endeavour to see that they are corrected.

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MINES ROAD STATION.


On the Orders of the Day being called:


LIB

George William Kyte

Liberal

Mr. KYTE:

Information has come to

me that dt is in contemplation by the Managing Board of the Intercolonial railway to close Mines Road -station, in my constituency. The people interested are anxious to know if any such move is intended.

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John Dowsley Reid (Minister of Customs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. REID:

This is the first I have

heard of it. I shall make inquiries and let the hon. member know to-morrow.

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HERON ISLAND DAM.


On the Orders of the Day being called:


LIB

Rodolphe Lemieux

Liberal

Mr. LEMIEUX:

Without reading to the House what has been published in the Montreal papers, I would ask the Minister of Public Works if it is true that a dam is to be built a little above Montreal ^ at a place called Heron Island. I understand that the Waterways Commission, appointed to inspect and report upon the water situat.on above the harbour of Montreal, has not yet filed its final report. Eut

for the last few days it has been stated in the press that a certain company has obtained power from the Government to build a dam near Lachine rapids and a power house on Heron Island. It is said that a contract has been given amounting to $2,500,000. Is that item correct and has the Waterways Commission approved of this project?

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CON

Robert Rogers (Minister of Public Works)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. ROGERS:

There is no truth in

the statement, as far as I am aware. That item was called to my attention yesterday, but I have no knowledge of the matter. I am satisfied it is absolutely incorrect, because I have had several applications in connection with dams and the development of water-powers there, but have invariably given the same answer that nothing could be done until we had the report of the Waterways Commission.

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LIB

Rodolphe Lemieux

Liberal

Mr. LEMIEUX:

I do not wish to contradict the statement of the minister, but for his information I would say that, in an interview, Mr. W. D. Powell, a director of the company, stated that a company had been incorporated, and that their first expenses in connection with their development would amount to over $6,000,000, and he seems to take it for granted that the company will do the work. Of course, if the hon. minister says no, I presume that is an end to the matter.

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April 3, 1914