May 3, 1916

LIB

Mr. MACDONALD:

Liberal

1. Who is the mail contractor between Wentworth station and Lower Wentworth, Cumberland county ?

2. Were tenders called for the performance of this contract in 1915? If so, who were the tenderers, what was the amount of each tender, and to whom was it awarded?

3. What was the amount paid to the previous contractor?

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Subtopic:   WENTWORTH MAIL SERVICE.
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LIB

Mr. CASGEAIN:

Liberal

1. W. M. Brown.

2. Yes: W. M. Brown, $350; Arthur Mills, $400; Lannis F. Crawford, $400. The contract was awarded to W. M. Brown at the rate of his tender.

3. $339 per annum.

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Subtopic:   WENTWORTH MAIL SERVICE.
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FRED. S. WILSON.

LIB

Mr. MACDONALD:

Liberal

1. Was Mr. Wilson, Belmont, N.S., appointed as buyer of hay for Colchester?

2. If so, what amount is paid per month to

him as salary ?

3. Is any commission paid to him?

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Subtopic:   FRED. S. WILSON.
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CON

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

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Mr. Fred. S. Wilson, Belmont, N.S., was appointed as organizer to secure hay for War Office account in connection with the compressing plant at Windsor, N.S.

2. He is paid $5 per day, plus $1.50 living expenses, plus $1.50 per day when he uses a horse.

3. No.

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Subtopic:   FRED. S. WILSON.
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EAST GORB-KENNETCOOK MAIL SERVICE.

LIB

Mr. MACDONALD:

Liberal

1. Who is the mail carrier between East Gore and Kennetcook Corner, Hants county?

2. What is the amount paid him yearly?

3. Were tenders called for the performance of the present contract?

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Subtopic:   EAST GORB-KENNETCOOK MAIL SERVICE.
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LIB

Mr. CASGEAIN:

Liberal

1. J. S. Blois.

2. $300.

3. It was the intention of the department, on the establishment of rural delivery in the district, to discontinue this service, but it was subsequently decided to. continue it, and a temporary arrangement was made.

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Subtopic:   EAST GORB-KENNETCOOK MAIL SERVICE.
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UNOPPOSED MOTIONS FOE PAPEES.


Mr. A. K. Maclean.-For a copy of all letters, telegrams, bills, vouchers and memoranda in connection with the repairs to the wharf at Shad Bay, Halifax county, N.S., in 1915. Mr. A. K. Maclean.-For a copy of all letters, telegrams, bills, vouchers and memoranda in connection with the repairs to the wharf at Upper Propect, Halifax county, N.S., in 1915.


BOUNTIES ON ZINC BILL.


On motion of Sir Thomas White (Minister of Finance), Bill No. 94, to provide for the payment of bounties, on zinc produced from zinc ores mined in Canada, was read the third time and passed.


ST. JOHN AND QUEBEC BAIL WAY.


On motion of Hon. J. D. Eeid (Acting Ministers of Eailways and Canals), the House went into committee, Mr. Ehodes in the Chair, to consider the following proposed resolution: Resolved, that it is expedient to provide as follows : 1. That the Governor in Council may grant a subsidy to the Saint John and Quebec Railway Company of $3,200 per mile towards the construction of each of the undermentioned lines of Railway (not exceeding in any case the number of miles hereinafter respectively stated) which shall not cost more on the average than $15,000 per mile for the mileage subsidized; and towards the construction of each of the said lines of railway, not exceeding the mileage hereinafter stated, which shall cost more on the average than $15,000 per mile for the mileage subsidized, a further subsidy beyond the sum of $3,200 per mile or fifty per cent on so much of the average cost of the mileage subsidized as is in excess of $15,000 per mile, such subsidy not exceeding in the whole the sum of $6,400 per mile, namely : (a) A railway from Andover, In the county of Victoria, to Centreville, in the county of Carleton, not exceeding 26 miles; (b) a railway from Centreville to Gagetown, in the county of Queens, not exceeding 120 miles; (c) a railway from a point at or near Gage-town to a point on the Canadian Pacific railway at or near Westfield, in the county of Kings, not exceeding 45 miles. 2. That the Governor in Council may authorize and empower the Minister of Railways and Canals of Canada to enter into an agreement with the Government of the province of New Brunswick and the Saint John and Quebec Railway Company, subject to the necessary legislation to that end being passed by the



Legislature of New Brunswick, whereby the company shall construct up to a standard for safe operation the line of railway from Gage-town, or from a point near Gagetown, to a point on the Canadian Pacific railway at or near Westfield; on or before the first day of February, 1917, and shall complete the construction and equipment of the said line of railway in all resipects up to and according to the specfica-tions and requirements prescribed, on or before the first day of August, 1917, and shall complete the construction and equipment of the line from Centrevile to Andover up to and according to the said specifications and requirements on or before the thirty-first day of December, 1918 ; and upon the said agreement becoming effective between the parties thereto, the Dominion shall enter into an interim lease of, as and from the first day of April, 1915, and operate, the line of railway from Centreville to Gagetown until the completion within the times hereinbefore specified of all the lines to be leased to the Dominion under the agreement, upon terms and conditions to be agreed upon; and that upon the completion of the line from Gagetown to Westfield, the Dominion will enter into a lease thereof and operate the same pending the completion of the remaining line to Andover, all in accordance with terms and conditions to be agreed upon in each case, including the forty and sixty per cent division of gross earnings hereinafter referred to; and the Dominion undertakes and agrees that as soon as the lines of railway from Centreville to Gagetown, and from Gagetown, or from a point near Gagetown to a point on the Canadian Pacific railway at or near Westfield, and from Centreville to Andover, all shall have been constructed and equipped to the satisfaction and approval of the engineer or engineers appointed by the minister, the Dominion will enter into a lease of the said lines of railway and operate the same upon the terms and conditions agreed upon and to be embodied in the said lease, for the term of ninety-nine years, it being understood and agreed that the Dominion will provide the necessary, suitable and sufficient rolling stock for the operation of the said lines of railway, and will maintain, repair and upkeep the same at its own expense during the whole term of the lease; and when the said lines of railway shall have been fully constructed and equipped as aforesaid, and the Dominion has entered into a lease of all said several lines of railway, the Dominion shall pay semi-annually to the province forty per cent of the gross earnings of the said railways under lease, including forty per cent of the gross earnings received from the operation over the line of railway of the Canadian Pacific Railway Company and over the bridge and railway of the Saint John Bridge and Railway Extension Company from Westfield to and into the city of Saint John, in case such running rights are acquired by the Company; and after maturity and payment of all debenture stock and bonds guaranteed by the province, and all bonds and other securities of the province in' respect of the construction of the said railways or any of them, all rental as aforesaid shall be paid semiannually to the company. The Dominion shall have the right to, and may withhold and apply towards the payment of rental due to the Canadian Pacific railway under any lease acquired by the Saint John and Quebec Railway Company, and also towards the payment of rental due to the Canadian Pacific Railway Company and to the Saint John Bridge and Railway Extension Company, under any lease or leases cf running rights acquired by the Saint John and Quebec Railway Company, from any moneys that may from time to time be due and payable under said agreement from the Dominion to the province or company, as the case may be, and may make such payment of rentals from time to time to the Canadian Pacific Railway Company and to the said Bridge Company accordingly, and any such withholding of moneys and payment of the same for rentals to the Canadian Pacific Railway Company or to the said Bridge Company as hereinbefore provided shall be deemed payments under the agreement to the province or the company, as the case may be, in as full and complete satisfaction as if otherwise made under the agreement. Upon failure or neglect on the part of the company to acquire and secure running rights from Westfield to and into the city of Saint John as in the agreement provided, the Dominion may acquire such running rights by lease or leases in its own and sole right and pay rentals therefor, or may construct a line of railway from Westfield to and into the city of Saint John; and in such case Or cases neither the province nor the company shall have any right or interest in the said lease or leases, or such constructed line of railway, or be entitled to any revenue acquired through running rights under any lease or through operation over such constructed line, and afl revenue in such case or cases1 shall accrue solely to the Dominion. It is understood and agreed that any expenditure made. by the Dominion during the currency of the leases or any of them hereinbefore referred to, as is usually carried to the debit of Capital Account by English Railway Companies, including expenditures for additional tracks, sidings, yards, buildings, alignment and grade revisions, and other facilities required for the economical and efficient handling of traffic, shall be rapid to the Dominion by the Company out of the said forty per cent of the gross earnings payable to the company under the agreement, or by debentures secured by mortgage on the said railways bearing four per cent interest, at the option of the company. 3. The Government Railways Act and the Acts heretofore and hereafter passed amending the same shall extend and apply to any line or lines of railway leased or operated by His Majesty under the provisions of the said agreement. Any expenditure made under the provisions of the Act to be based upon these resolutions and of the said agreement, shall be paid out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund of Canada. 5. Any portion of the line of railway of the company that may be constructed upon lands acquired by purchase or lease from the Canadian Pacific Railway Company or from His Majesty, in or near the city of Fredericton, may be included for purposes of the subsidy hereby authorized as a part of the total length of the company's line.


LIB

William Pugsley

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY:

Will the minister kindly explain this?

Mr. RETD; After the resolution is passed I propose to introduce a Bill repealing Chapter 49 of the Statutes of 1912, entitled the St. John and Quebec Railway Act, and Chapter 52 of the Statutes of 1915, entitled An Act to amend the St. John and Quebec

Railway Act. The Act of 1912 provides that under certain conditions the Dominion Government shall assume a liability of $1,000,000 for bridges that were to be erected over the St. John river. This Act was amended in 1914, to increase the liability from $1,000,000 to $3,000,000. We now propose to repeal these Acts for the reason that under the new arrangement the bridges will not be necessary, as the road will follow a different route.

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Subtopic:   ST. JOHN AND QUEBEC BAIL WAY.
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LIB

William Pugsley

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY:

Where does the Act of 1914 speak of $3,000,000?

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CON

John Dowsley Reid (Minister of Customs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. REID:

I have not the Act before

me, but that was the estimate at the time.

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LIB

William Pugsley

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY:

The Government assumes the liability even if the bridges' cost more?

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CON

John Dowsley Reid (Minister of Customs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. REID:

The Act of 1914 increased the liability from $1,000,000 to $3,000,000, and we now propose to repeal the Acts of 1912 and 1914, for the reason that under the new arrangement it will not be necessary to construct the bridges. The Bill that I intend to introduce will provide that the route of this railway will be from Centreville to Gagetown, thence to a point called Westfield, where it meets the Canadian Pacific railway. Running rights will be obtained over the Canadian Pacific railway, and, until some other arrangement is made by which the line will be extended to iSt. John, the Canadian Pacific railway will be used from Gagetown to St. John. In addition, a line is to be constructed from Andover to Centreville. The original line was to be from Grand iPalls, on the Transcontinental, to Gagetown, thence to Rothesay, crossing the Tiver on the Intercolonial. Since the original work was undertaken, the Transcontinental has been taken over by the Government, and, as the Intercolonial has now connection with the Transcontinental at McGivney junction, it will not be necessary for the present to build that section between Andover and Grand Falls, as we shall have direct connection with St. John by running over the road now owned) by the Government between Fredericton and McGivney junction. This changing of the route makes it necessary for us to withdraw the original resolutions, so as to provide for a subsidy on the line between Gagetown and Westfield. We discussed with the New Brunswick Government the advisability of having this road connect with the Maine Central, so that there would be connection between the Eastern States and St. John and the lower

provinces. Owing to financial conditions caused by the war, and the necessity of getting our surveys ready, we are dropping that portion of the line between Andover and Grand Falls, but with this exception the arrangement as originally proposed will be carried out. Instead of going to Rothesay, we are going to St. John via Westfield, and in this change there are a number of advantages. I discussed with the New Brunswick Government the advisability of getting into St. John at the earliest possible moment. Engineers who understand the work have told me that it would probably take two or three years before we could get the bridges completed.

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May 3, 1916