March 11, 1915

PRIVATE BILL INTRODUCED.


Bill No. 71, respecting the Sterling Life Assurance Company of Canada.-Mr. Mac-donell.


REPORTS AND PAPERS.


Correspondence between the Auditor General and the Militia Department.-Major General Hughes. Copy of Order in Council P.C. 304, regarding establishment of ranks of Lieutenant-Commander, Engineer Lieutenant-Commander, and Lieutenant-Commander, R.C. N.V.R., in the Royal Canadian Navy.-Mr. Hazen.


QUESTIONS.


[Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.]


WAR SUPPLIES-HORSES.

CON

Mr. MACDONALD:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Who is Mr. Woodworth, who purchased horses for the Militia Department in the county of Pictou in 1914?

2. Where does he reside, and what is his occupation?

3. Were the horses he sold his own horses, or did he act as a middleman?

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Major General HUGHES:

1. Mr. Woodworth purchased no horses for the Militia Department in Pictou county in 1914.

2 and 3. Answered by No. 1.

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THE CIVIL SERVICE.

LIB

Mr. DEVLIN:

Liberal

1. Did the Right Honourable, the Prime Minister, when leader of the Opposition, make the following statement at Halifax:

" A thorough and complete reformation of the laws relating to the Civil Service should be put into effect, so that future appointments shall be made by an independent commission acting upon the report of examiners after competitive examination. I am convincecb-that we shall perform a great public duty by establishing in this country that system which prevails in Great Britain, under which a member of Parliament has practically no voice in or control over any appointment to the Civil Service.

" To use the power of filling positions in the public service as a reward for party service and without regard to the character and capacity of the individual selected, is a gross breach of a solemn public trust. A private trustee so dishonouring his office would be subject to punishment by the criminal law."

2. If so, what was the object of making such a statement?

3. Have any appointments to the Civil Service been made since October, 1911? If so, how many?

4. If any, have the appointments to the inside or outside service been made upon the recommendation of a member of Parliament?

5. What steps, if any, has the Prime Minister taken to implement the above mentioned Halifax pledge ?

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CON

Sir ROBERT BORDEN: (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. The language quoted consists of certain statements detached from their context hut is substantially correct.

2. To impress the importance of the subject upon the people and upon the Government then in power. The purpose had considerable success as the then Government within a few months thereafter introduced the reforms effected by the Civil Service Act of 1908.

3. Appointments have been made to the Civil Service since October, 1911. A return to he brought down as soon as the necessary information has been compiled will indicate the number.

4. Appointments to the inside service are made upon the certificate of the Civil Service Commission under the provisions of the Civil Service Act. Appointments to the outside service are made upon the responsibility of the Government and after careful inquiry as to the character and capacity of the individual selected. For the purpose of obtaining such information the Government is ready to receive assistance from members of Parliament or from other persons who are capable of giving reliable information as to such character and capacity. The recommendation of a member of Parliament or any other person is not alone or of itself sufficient for the appointment of a public officer, as character and capacity must be taken into consideration by the Government.

5. The public steps which have been taken by the Prime Minister are within the knowledge of the bon. member asking the question, as they are on record in Parliament. As to other steps which have not yet been made public, any necessary announcement will be made in due course.

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Subtopic:   THE CIVIL SERVICE.
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INTERCOLONIAL RAILWAY-ABUTMENT CONTRACTS.

LIB

Mr. WILLIAM CHISHOLM:

Liberal

1. What was the estimated cost of the Intercolonial railway abutments recently built near Antigonish?

2. What was the contract price for the construction of said abutments?

3. What was the actual cost of said abutments?

4. How many tenders were received for said work, from whom, and at what figures?

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Subtopic:   INTERCOLONIAL RAILWAY-ABUTMENT CONTRACTS.
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CON

Mr. COCHRANE: (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. $22,100.

2. Amount based on schedule prices, $13,941.60.

3. Not in a position to state, as certain matters are still unsettled.

4. Nine; from the following: C. Edgar

Whidden & W. E. Landry, Antigonish, N.S., $17,804; McDonald & McIntosh, Elderbank and Antigonish, N.S., $13,941.60; Walter

McNeill, New Glasgow, N.S., $17,499.52; Chisholm, McGillivary & McDonald, Mus-quadoboit, N.S., $16,701.60; Roderick R. McLellan, Antigonish, N.S., $16,783; A. W. Girroir, Antigonish, N.S., $16,162; A.

McGillivray, Antigonish, N.S., $14,088.20; K. A. Morrison, Ottawa, Ont., $17,492.20; E. R. Reid & E. M. Archibald, St. John, N.B., and Middleton, N.S., $22,106.

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MR. A. GOBEIL.

LIB

Mr. KYTE:

Liberal

1. When did A. Gobeil retire from the position of Deputy Minister of Public Works?

2. How long was he in that office?

3. What was the amount of his retiring allowance under the statute?

4. Is he employed by any department of the Government at the present time, and what is the nature of such employment?

5. What is the total amount he receives from the Government at the present time?

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CON

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

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. 1st July, 1908.

2. Appointed deputy minister on 1st January, 1891.

3. $2,160.

4. No.

5. $2,160.

JOHN W. MeLEOD.

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CON

Mr. MACDONALD:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Is John W. McLeod employed in the Department of the Interior or by the Conservation Commission ?

2. If so, in what capacity?

3. Where are his headquarters?

4. What is his salary?

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Subtopic:   MR. A. GOBEIL.
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CON

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

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Yes, in the Department of the Interior, temporarily.

2. Making an investigation in conjunction with McGill University into the present and future supply of timber for coal mining in Nova Scotia.

3. He has no fixed headquarters outside of Ottawa.

4. One hundred dollars pet month.

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Subtopic:   MR. A. GOBEIL.
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March 11, 1915