February 10, 1916

CON

*Mr. FRIPP:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Is the Government aware that the cable companies operating the lines between Canada and the Mother Country, as also the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company operating between Canada and Ireland, have cancelled or suspended their deferred rates and week-end letters, thereby imposing an extra burden upon Canadian citizens who have sons at the front or in England, and who may desire to communicate with them by telegraph?

2. Has the Board of Railway Commissioners authority over Atlantic or wireless rates?

3. If so, will the Government move the Board of Railway Commissioners to compel the cable companies to restore deferred and week-end letter rates?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   CABLE AND WIRELESS RATES.
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CON

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

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir ROBERT BORDEN:

The following

answer has been received from the Board of Railway Commissioners:

The Board is advised that owing to cable trouble the Canadian Pacific Telegraph are unable to accept week-end and deferred capie-grams. This resulted in the business being turned over to the Great North Western Telegraph Company and the Marconi Wireless Company, which companies were unable to handle. For this reason the Great North Western and the Marconi companies temporarily suspended accepting such messages, but since 1st February, we understand, the Great North Western have been accepting them. The Marconi Wireless Company still unable to accept such messages.

The following correspondence by cable with Sir George Perley is submitted for the information of the House:

Ottawa, Ont., Feb. 1, 1916. Perley, Dominion, London.

Following question on Order Paper: ' Is the Government aware that the cable companies operating the lines between Canada and the Mother Country, as also the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company operating between Canada and Ireland, have cancelled or suspended their deferred rates and week-end letters, thereby imposing an extra burden upon Canadian citizens who have sons at the front or in England, and who may desire to communicate with them by telegraph? ' Please procure all available information and cable.

Borden.

London, February 8, 1916. Prime Minister, Ottawa.

Your cable yesterday. Inquiries elicit following. Western Union Company state special rates for soldiers cabling from this side not interfered with. Suspension deferred rates and week-end letters applies only ordinary traffic, but as regards deferred rates these were reinstated so far as messages from -Canada to this country are concerned fortnight ago. Commercial Cable Company at present time accept no deferred rate or week-end letters for transmission to or from Canada, but have not interfered with special rates for soldiers. Marconi Company suspended all deferred rates and week-end letters, but their special rate for soldiers still in operation. Operation Anglo-American Company not accepting traffic at deferred rates or weekend letters for despatch westward -but state cables at deferred rate and week-end letters reaching them from points in Canada. They have nOt suspended special rates for soldiers.

Dominion.

2. The Board of Railway Commissioners has given the following answer: "No."

3. Answered by No. 2.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   CABLE AND WIRELESS RATES.
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QUEBEC POST OFFICE.

LIB

Mr. LEMIEUX:

Liberal

1. How many employees have been appointed at the Quebec post office since November 1, 1911?

2. How many were employed up to that date in the inspector's branch and the sorter's branch respectively, and how many have been appointed since, and at what salaries?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   QUEBEC POST OFFICE.
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LIB

Mr. CASGRAIN:

Liberal

1. Since 1st November, 1911, there have been two hundred and fifty-two appointments made in the Quebec post office. This number includes aid appointments to fill permanent vacancies caused by resignation or death, and all temporary appointments for the summer holiday and Christmas seasons for each year since that date.

2. There were twenty employees in the office of the post office inspector at Quebec on 1st November, 1911. There is no sorters' branch. There have been twenty-five appointments in the office of the post office inspector at Quebec since 1st' November, 1911. This number includes appointments to fill permanent vacancies

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caused by resignation and death, as well as temporary appointments during the summer holidays and absence of any members of the staff, as follows:

2 at 11,800 a year, 2 at $1,200, 1 at $1,000, 2 at $800, 6 at $600, 7 at $500, 1 at $2.50 a day, 3 at $2 a day, 1 at $1.75 a day.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   QUEBEC POST OFFICE.
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WAR SUPPLIES-CANVAS SHOES.

LIB

Mr. OLIVER:

Liberal

1. What was the average price per pair ot the canvas shoes ordered for the Canadian Expeditionary Forces?

2. How many pairs have been issued to the units of the Canadian Expeditionary Forces in Canada and overseas, respectively?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   WAR SUPPLIES-CANVAS SHOES.
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L-C

Sir SAM HUGHES: (Minister of Militia and Defence)

Liberal-Conservative

1. Brices paid were from $1.50 to $2. or an average price of $1.70.

2. All units sent overseas were supplied with one pair per man; 116,000 sent overseas; 50,000 issued in Canada.

WAR SUPPLIES-OVERSHOES. '

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   WAR SUPPLIES-CANVAS SHOES.
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LIB

Mr. OLIVER:

Liberal

1. How many pairs of overshoes have heen purchased for the use of the Canadian Expeditionary Forces?

2. What is the average price per pair?

3. How many pairs of overshoes have been issued to the several units of the Canadian Expeditionary Forces on, overseas service?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   WAR SUPPLIES-CANVAS SHOES.
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L-C

Sir SAM HUGHES: (Minister of Militia and Defence)

Liberal-Conservative

1. 124,600 pairs purchased.

2. The prices paid were from $1.67i to $1.96, or an average price of $1.86J.

3. About 118,000.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   WAR SUPPLIES-CANVAS SHOES.
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SMELT FISHING REGULATIONS.

LIB

Mr. SINCLAIR:

Liberal

1. What is the reason for the adoption of the Order in Council passed February 9, 1915, prohibiting Ashing for smelts in the spans of bridges or within one hundred yards of such spans ?

2. On whose recommendation was this regulation adopted?

3. Was it first submitted to the Fisheries Board?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   SMELT FISHING REGULATIONS.
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CON

Mr. HAZEN: (Minister of Marine and Fisheries; Minister of the Naval Service)

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. To prevent the blocking of the passage

of smelts through bridges and undue advantage to certain nets that would be set too close to such spans. *

2. On that of the Minister of the Naval Service, acting on the advice of his technical officers.

3. No.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   SMELT FISHING REGULATIONS.
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PURCHASE OF SHIPS FOR WAR PURPOSES.

LIB

Mr. J. J. HUGHES:

Liberal

1. How many ships have heen purchased by the Government for war purposes since the 1st August, 1914. to date?

2. What are the names of the ships, what is the * tonnage of each, and what special purpose are they adapted for, or what service are they intended to perform?

3. Where, and from whom were they purchased, what was the date of purchase, and what amount was paid for each ship?

4. What amount has been expended on each ship for repairs or changes since she was purchased?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   PURCHASE OF SHIPS FOR WAR PURPOSES.
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CON

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

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir ROBERT BORDEN:

It is not in the public interest to answer this question at the present time.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   PURCHASE OF SHIPS FOR WAR PURPOSES.
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SHELL INSPECTORS-STELLARTON.

LIB

Mr. MACDONALD:

Liberal

1. Who were appointed inspectors of shells at the Albion Manufacturing Company, at Stel-larton, N,S.

2. On whose recommendation were they appointed? -

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   SHELL INSPECTORS-STELLARTON.
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L-C

Samuel Hughes (Minister of Militia and Defence)

Liberal-Conservative

Sir SAM HUGHES:

No inspectors have been appointed by the Militia Department.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   SHELL INSPECTORS-STELLARTON.
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LIB

Edward Mortimer Macdonald

Liberal

Mr. MACDONALD:

By whom, then, were they appointed?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   SHELL INSPECTORS-STELLARTON.
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February 10, 1916