May 6, 1916

QUESTIONS.


[Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.]


ADVANCES BY SHELL COMMITTEE.

LIB

Frederick Forsyth Pardee

Liberal

Mr. PARDEE:

Were any advances made by the Shell Committee to any persons or firms in Canada, to enable them to start manufacturing either shells or fuses? If so, what persons or firms?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   ADVANCES BY SHELL COMMITTEE.
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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 Government have no information with regard to the matter mentioned in this question.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   ADVANCES BY SHELL COMMITTEE.
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DR. A. MACKENZIE FORBES.

LIB

Mr. PROULX:

Liberal

1. What rank in the militia of Canada does Dr. A. Mackenzie Forbes, of Montreal, hold?

2. What are his duties and his remuneration?

3. What services did he perform overseas, if any?

4. What were the circumstances under which he returned to Canada, what representations were made to the Militia Department to that end, and by whom?

5. Is it the intention of the Department of Militia to again utilize his services overseas?

6. What allowance, if any, is being made to his family, wife and children, respectively?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   DR. A. MACKENZIE FORBES.
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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. Lieut.-Colonel in the Canadian Army Medical Corps.

2. The officer is employed as medical officer in charge of troops, Montreal General Hospital, while he is in Canada, and is to be employed on special surgical duties, particularly in regard to orthopedic cases which may be inmates of convalescent homes. Regimental pay, $4; field pay, $1; subsistence allowance, $1.50.

3. The services of his office.

4. Returned for service in Canada.

5. The Militia Department will be only too glad, at any time, to utilize the services of this officer in the field.

6. Separation allowance, $50 per month to his wife.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   DR. A. MACKENZIE FORBES.
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WAR SUPPLIES-HORSES, HAY AND OATS.

LIB

Mr. BUCHANAN:

Liberal

1. Who were the men engaged under Lt.-Col. A. D. McRae to purchase horses, hay and oats for the Militia Department in the province of Alberta?

2. What remuneration did they receive?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   WAR SUPPLIES-HORSES, HAY AND OATS.
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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. For horses:

Purchasers: Capt. J. J. Fry, Mr. L. S.

Manzer, Mr. Bernard Michell, Mr. P. G. Pilkie, Mr. E. J. Legg, Mr. W. R. Lowes, Mr. R. F. Bevan.

Veterinary inspectors: Dr. J. C. Smith,

Dr. Robt. Blyth, Dr. F. A. McEwan, Dr. E. G. Cunningham, Dr. P. K. Walters.

No appointment was made for the purchase of hay'and oats in Alberta.

2. Each of the above gentlemen received $10 per diem and actual expenses.

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Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   WAR SUPPLIES-HORSES, HAY AND OATS.
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FREIGHT EXPORTED THROUGH ST JOHN.

LIB

Mr. SINCLAIR:

Liberal

1. How many tons of freight were exported through the port of St. John during the calendar year 1915, to the British islands, the British possessions, and to foreign countries respectively?

2. What axe the corresponding figures concerning the imports through said port?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   FREIGHT EXPORTED THROUGH ST JOHN.
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CON

John Dowsley Reid (Minister of Customs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. REID:

No information is obtainable for the calendar year 1915. According to shipping returns to Customs, the figures for the fiscal year ended 31st March, 1916, are as follows:

Tons Tons

Weight. Measurement.

Vessels arrived-

Great Britain 49,555

British possessions. . . . 60,130 19,457Other countries . . . . . 98,622 10,725'essels departed- Great Britain 185,451British possessions. . .. 25,161 35,677Other countries . . . .. 345,155 165,954

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   FREIGHT EXPORTED THROUGH ST JOHN.
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PROPOSED FOREST RESERVE IN SPIRIT RIVER DISTRICT.


On the Orders of the Day:


LIB

Frank Oliver

Liberal

Mr. OLIVER:

The Minister of the Interior is not here, but I desire to ask for information, and no doubt the minister will be good enough to give it later. I have received a somewhat lengthy night lettergram from the secretary of the Spirit River Board of Trade protesting against the prospective setting apart of a forest reserve in that vicinity, and asserting on what is claimed to be good authority that at least 50 per cent of the land is clear, the soil good, good water available, and the balance of the land very light scrub. It is said that several whole sections can be ploughed without any previous preparation and that there is no muskeg. The land is in township 79-81, ranges 7-11 inclusive. I shall be glad if the hon. minister will say whether or not it is the intention to establish a forest reserve in that section of the country.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   PROPOSED FOREST RESERVE IN SPIRIT RIVER DISTRICT.
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HOMESTEAD ENTRIES BY VOLUNTEERS.


On the Orders of the Day:


LIB

Frank Oliver

Liberal

Mr. OLIVER:

During the consideration of the Orders in Council of the Department of the Interior that took place in the House some days ago, in discussing a certain order regarding homestead entry by volunteers, the Minister of the Interior spoke as follows:

With regard to the protection of the homesteading rights of those who have enlisted, I think the hon. gentleman has probably misinterpreted the Order in Council. He states that we are giving practically the same protection to the soldier who has made his homestead entry after enlistment as we are giving to the man who was the owner of a homestead prior to enlistment. But there is a difference in our treatment of these two men. The man who had a homestead prior to enlistment has not only protection in so far as not allowing cancellation proceedings to be instituted, but he is also allowed to count as time of residence on his homestead the time that he is serving his country at the front. In the case of the volunteer who makes a homestead entry after enlistment, he is not allowed to count his time but he is protected from cancellation.

I find in the Manitoba Free Press of May 3, under the heading "Homestead for Every Soldier," an article which copies an announcement said to have been made by the Department of Militia with regard to this particular matter. The Militia Department apparently holds an entirely different view from that held by the Minister of the Interior, and it is this difference of view that I desire to bring to the attention of the House with a view to having the two divergent views harmonized; otherwise there will be misunderstanding and unfortunate consequences. I shall not read the whole article, but the important part is as follows:

The scope of the Act in the foregoing particulars has been enlarged to embrace volunteers who may, subsequent to the date of enlistment, enter for a homestead of Dominion lands. By the operation of the new regulation the Minister of the Interior is empowered to consider the latter class of soldier settlers in the same way as the Act provides for the bona fide settler, who, on the outbreak of hostilities, enlisted for active service.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   HOMESTEAD ENTRIES BY VOLUNTEERS.
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May 6, 1916