Yes. It is only right to say, however, that last year I started a system of having a number of monographs upon certain important features of Canadian history, resources or geography, and for these I levy upon the best men I can get outside my own department. For instance, the article in the current Year Book was contributed by Dr. Doughty, who, of course, has done it very nicely.
It is on the history of Canada. The idea is to have the geography, the history, and other subjects in relation to the country put into monographs which, while not too long, will yet give the distinctive facts of the subjects treated. Then, the Wear Book being a consecutive publication, next year's volume will refer to the articles in the preceding Year Books, and in the course of years we shall get into the publication, and I trust permanently on record, features in regard to Canada that will be of very great value.
I am not so very sure. The Dominion's Royal Commission visited Newfoundland, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia last year and did its work there. It may finish the work in Canada this year. It is under advisement at present, and quite possible-and I think probable- that the Commission will take up their work in Vancouver some time late in summer or early autumn, and will finish the examination of Canada, and then the whole of their work will be finished so far as visiting and examining the countries is concerned.
hon. minister that he promised the other day to give me information with respect to the steamship service between St. John and Bear River, which was discontinued in 1912? I hope he will be able to tell me that the s.ibsidy will be restored.
is really a matter of bookkeeping; it is more apparent than real. Out of last year's vote we had to pay, during a certain part of the year, transport charges on the grain that came into the elevators. This year we do not wish to have a vote for that, as it is being paid out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund, and re-payments, when made will go into the Consolidated Revenue Fund. The total expenditure last year under this head was $450,737.57, and the expenditure up to February 28, 1915, was $444,945. The expenditure of this year, therefore, will be larger than that of last year, due to the fact that while last year we had only one
elevator at work, the terminal at Port Arthur, this year we will have at work two at Saskatoon and Moosejaw, and, later in the season, one at Calgary, which means that three internal storage elevators have to be provided for this year. The vote includes general expenses of the staff. It takes in salaries of the staff administering the Canada Grain Act, which consists of permanent employees of different grades, and temporary employees who are required for a greater or less portion of the year; internal elevators, in addition to the terminal at Port Arthur; travelling expenses of commissioners; contingencies at the different centres where the officers are working; printing and stationery; general.
In round figures: the terminal elevator, $1,300,000; the Saskatoon and Moosejaw elevators, a little more than $1,000,000 each. The terminal elevator has a capacity of 3,250,000 bushels, the Calgary elevator, 2,5Q0,000, and the others 3,500,000.