June 3, 1914

LA BANQUE INTERNATIONALE.

LIB

Mr. SINCLAIR:

Liberal

1. At what date was license under the Bank Act issued to La Banque Internationale?

2. On what date was the application for this license first made to the Department of Finance?

3. Was the present Minister of Finance informed from any source that the late Minister of Finance, Mr. Fielding questioned In any way the regularity of this application? ,

4. If so, did the Minister of Finance institute any inquiry before issuing the license.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   LA BANQUE INTERNATIONALE.
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CON

Mr. W. T. WHITE: (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. October 17, 1911.

2. May 23, 1911.

3. The minute made on the 27th day of September, 1911, by the outgoing Treasury Board, of which the former Minister of Finance was chairman, with regard to the Banque Internationale's application for a certificate is as follows:

The board having had submitted to them the further papers in connection with the application of La Banque Internationale for a certificate under the provisions of the Bank Act to enable it to commence business, is of the opinion that the matter requires more consideration than can be given to it in the present state of affairs, when a change of administration is about to take place. The board, therefore, without expressing any opinion on the merits of the application, desire to leave the papers for the consideration of the new Treasury Board.

4. Before granting the certificate the incoming Treasury Board gave full consideration to the application and the documentary evidence filed in support of it. All the provisions of the Bank Act having been fully and amply complied with, authority was given for the issue of the certificate.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   LA BANQUE INTERNATIONALE.
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HANTSPORT WHARF.

CON

Mr. MACDONALD:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. When was the contract let for the extension to Hantsport wharf, county of Hants?

2. Who were the tenderers and what was the amount of each tender?

3. Whose tender was accepted?

4. When was the contract executed and when was the work to begin?"

5. Has the construction of said wharf been started? If not, why not?

6. What is the reason the work on the contract has not begun?

7. Has the department extended the time for the beginning and completion of the contract?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   HANTSPORT WHARF.
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CON

Mr. ROGERS: (Minister of Public Works)

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. 16th October, 1913.

2. Standard Construction Company,

Limited, $18,685; A. W. Girroir, $20,500; C. A. Huntley, $22,250.

3. Standard Construction Company,

Limited.

4. 16th October, 1913, immediately after the signing of the contract.

5. Yes.

6. After awarding the contract, the town council petitioned to build a slip between the old wharf and the new for the accommodation of small vessels, and build a straight front for the whole length with a square end so that vessels could lay at end of wharf.

7. No.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   HANTSPORT WHARF.
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INSURANCE COMPANY RIMOUSKI MUTUELLE.

LIB

Mr. BELAND:

Liberal

1. Was the Government made aware that the Insurance Company Rimouski Mutuelle had,

before its winding up, as alleged, given up a certain proportion of its policies to the York Fire Insurance Company of Toronto and to the Midland Fire Insurance Company of Brandon, Manitoba?

2. Did the Government inspector report on these alleged facts?

3. Is the Government aware that Company Rimouski Mutuelle is said to have received certain amounts paid by the above mentioned com- _ panies and intended to indemnify policy-holders; who had sustained losses through fire, and that these amounts have been retained by said company for two months at least previous to its being wound up?

4. Is not inspection by the Government intended to prevent such irregularities?

5. Is it the intention of the Government to appoint within a short time, a special inspector with instructions to investigate the management of the Companies Rimouski Mutuelle and Ontario Mutual?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   INSURANCE COMPANY RIMOUSKI MUTUELLE.
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CON

William Thomas White (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. W. T. WHITE:

The companies referred to are probably La Compagnie d'Assurance contre l'incendie de Rimouski and the Ontario Fire Insurance Company. Neither of these companies is a mutual company.

1. No.

2. No.

3. No.

4. One object of inspection is to discover and correct irregularities if they have occurred.

5. No.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   INSURANCE COMPANY RIMOUSKI MUTUELLE.
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UNOPPOSED AND UNDISCUSSED MOTION.


Mr. Lemieux.-For a return showing who secured the mail contract between Armagh station and Mailloux, county of Bellechasse, Quebec; how many tenders were received; and what the names of the tenderers and the amount of each tender are?


DOMINION LANDS AND FORESTS.


Mr. ROCHE moved the following proposed resolution: That the following Orders in Council made by His Royal Highness the Governor General or His Excellency the Administrator in Council in accordance with the regulations for the survey, administration, disposal and management of Dominion lands within the railway belt in the province of British Columbia, approved by Order in Council of the 17th September, 1889. (1) Order in Counoil P.C. No 234, dated 6th February, 1913, extending the provisions of clauses 19 and 20 of the Dominion Lands Act to similar cases affecting land in the railway-belt in the province of British Columbia (2) Order in Council P.C. No. 1384, dated 26th June, 1913, amending section 13 and rescinding sections 23, 24 and part of section 29 of the regulations for the survey, administration, disposal and management of Dominion lands in the railway belt in the province of British Columbia.



(3) Order in Council P.C. No. 2959, dated 27th November, 1913, amending the regulations approved by Order in Council of 17th September, 1889, so as to provide that letters-patent issuing in the name of a deceased person such letters-patent shall not be void, but the title to the land shall become vested in the heirs or other legal representatives of such deceased person. Copies of each of which Orders in Council were laid before this House on the 2nd day of February, 1914, for the approval of this House under the provisions of subsection (d) of section 38 of the regulations for the survey, administration, disposal and management of Dominion lands within the forty-mile railway belt in the province of British Columbia and the said Orders in Council are now so approved. He said: According to the statute, the Minister of the Interior is supposed to lay upon the table, of the House within fifteen days after the opening of each session copies of all regulations passed by Order in Council during the recess. That procedure was followed last January, when I laid upon the table of the House all regulations that had been adopted by the Department of the Interior, which regulations, according to the statute, are supposed to be approved formally by Parliament. These regulations deal with a great many matters connected with the administration of the department. They refer to the leasing of school lands, to forest and park reserves, to clay deposits in townsites within park reserves, to purchased homesteads, to deceased homesteaders' rights, to the leasing of Dominion lands containing limestone, granite, marble, gravel, sand and building stone. Certain of the regulations make the same provisions in connection with coal mining rights on forest reserves as those which apply to Dominion lands generally. I think that this covers generally the regulations that have been passed during the recess. I had a talk with the hon. member for Edmonton yesterday, the ex-Minister of the Interior, and he said that he did not think it necessary to enter into any discussion of these Orders in Council. They have been on the table of the House since last January, and open to the inspection of members.


LIB

Wilfrid Laurier (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER:

My hon. friend is giving us no information except what we already have. We know that the statute requires that my hon. friend shall lay these Orders in Council upon the table of the House, and we know also what purports to be the nature of the Orders in Council. All these matters are very technical; but if the hon. member for Edmonton has looked at these Orders in Council and is satisfied, as he is the only gentleman on this side of the

House who is competent to deal with them, I shall be satisfied also.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   DOMINION LANDS AND FORESTS.
Sub-subtopic:   ORDERS IN COUNCIL APPROVED.
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LIB

Frank Oliver

Liberal

Mr. OLIVER:

I am sorry that measures were not taken to have the orders which have been laid upon the table considered earlier in the session. Iam informed that they were laid on the table early in the session, buit I was not aware of that fact, and it was only when the notice appeared on the Order Paper that I knew that they were available. The date upon which we received information that they were laid upon the table was so very late in the session and the Orders in Council cover such a large ground that I do not think I would be warranted in delaying the House in order to consider them at this stage of the session.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   DOMINION LANDS AND FORESTS.
Sub-subtopic:   ORDERS IN COUNCIL APPROVED.
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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN:

There is no objection to their standing over to a later day in the session if the hon. member so desires.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   DOMINION LANDS AND FORESTS.
Sub-subtopic:   ORDERS IN COUNCIL APPROVED.
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LIB

Frank Oliver

Liberal

Mr. OLIVER:

It is in the hope that

there will not be many later days that I am wiling to forego discussion 'at the present time. I am aware of the importance of the matters involved, and I am aware of the desirability of Parliament being informed as to their nature and effect. I think it is rather a pity that there should not have been a fuller opportunity for their consideration, not for the purpose of antagonism or undue criticism. As most of these orders affect the West and as most of the western men have already gone home in the expectation that the session would have concluded by this time, we are not in a position either to give the House information or to get the information from the Government that would be desirable. On this particular occasion I am willing that the orders should pass, but I would ask that on future occasions when it becomes necessary to put such information before the House, means should be taken to let the House know that the orders have .been laid on the table and to bring them forward at a reasonably early date in the session, so that due consideration may be given to these very important matters.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   DOMINION LANDS AND FORESTS.
Sub-subtopic:   ORDERS IN COUNCIL APPROVED.
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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN:

As my hon. friend is

aware, the Orders were laid upon the table of the House four months ago. Of course, if it had occurred to us that that fact did not come to the attention of hon. gentlemen on the other side of the House, the matter would have been mentioned earlier, but neither my hon. friend the Minister

of th-e Interior nor I had the impression that they were not being considered. It may be worth while to make some more definite arrangement in future so that these matters will be brought to the attention of hon. gentlemen; but this is precisely what has occurred in many previous sessions, when these Orders were laid upon the table of the House early in the session and were not considered until nearly the conclusion.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   DOMINION LANDS AND FORESTS.
Sub-subtopic:   ORDERS IN COUNCIL APPROVED.
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Motion agreed to.


June 3, 1914