May 17, 1916

LIB

Edward Mortimer Macdonald

Liberal

Mr. MACDONALD:

With the consent of the House, I wish merely to point out that the report of the commission having fixed the season in each particular year, if the season has been shortened this year on account of ice conditions from April 26 to May 11, it causes an absolute loss to the men who depend on that industry for their living.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   LOBSTER FISHERY IN NORTHUA1BER-LAND STRAITS.
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WAR SUPPLIES-CLOTHING.


On the Orders of the Day:


LIB

Edward Mortimer Macdonald

Liberal

Mr. MACDONALD:

At the request of my hon. friend from Richmond (Mr. Kyte), I would like to ask the Chairman of the War Purchasing Commission whether he is going to give us, before the House rises, the return which was ordered by the House six weeks ago in regard to clothing which was purchased by the commission.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   WAR SUPPLIES-CLOTHING.
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CON

Albert Edward Kemp (Minister Without Portfolio)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. KEMP:

A few days ago the hon.

member for Richmond (Mr. Kyte) brought this question up. We had a personal conversation in regard to the matter, and he intimated that he would see if he could not modify the order in such a way that it would be possible to comply more readily with it. I expected to hear from the hon. member before this, but I have not heard anything from him since.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   WAR SUPPLIES-CLOTHING.
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LIB

NEW MILLS FISH POND.


On the Orders of the Day:


LIB

Charles Marcil

Liberal

Mr. MARCIL:

I am requested by a citizen living along the Restigoucbe river, who takes an interest in salmon fishing, to ask the Minister of Marine and Fisheries the following question:

I understand that the fish pond at New Mills has been destroyed this spring and that they will not be able to use it this summer. Would you find out from the department where this fish pond is to be placed?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   NEW MILLS FISH POND.
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CON

John Douglas Hazen (Minister of Marine and Fisheries; Minister of the Naval Service)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HAZEN:

I have no information to the effect that the fish pond at New Mills has been destroyed. I understood that some injury had been done to it by icg, or something of that sort, but I did not know that it had been destroyed to such an extent that it could not be put into condition to be used this year. Suggestions have been made by people living along the Restigouche river as to the proper place for a fish pond. One suggestion favoured the establishment of a fish pond on the Quebec side of the river, somewhere, I fancy, in the constituency of my hon. friend (Mr. Marcil). But, as far as I am aware at the present moment, I think the pond at New Mills will be available for use during the present season.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   NEW MILLS FISH POND.
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ENLISTMENT IN GASPE AND BONAVENTURE.


On the Orders of the Day:


LIB

Charles Marcil

Liberal

Mr. MARGIL:

I would like to ask the hon. Acting Minister of Militia and Defence another question, and I do so at the request of a citizen in Bonaventure, who takes great interest in recruiting. Recru it-ing is now being done in Gaspe and Bonaventure for Quebec regiments, and I would like to know if there is any way by which we could ascertain how many men from Gaspe and Bonaventure have been enlisted in New Brunswick regiments. At the outbreak of hostilities a large number enlisted in those regiments. Now they are enlisting in Quebec regiments, and we would like to know how many of our people have enlisted in New Brunswick regiments. Is there any way by which that information could be obtained ?

Mr. KEM1P: My hon. friend has directed his question t-o me. My right hon. friend the Prime Minister is the Acting Minister of Militia and Defence at the present momeih and I shall refer the matter to

him and ask him if it is possible to furnish my hon. friend with the information he asks.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   ENLISTMENT IN GASPE AND BONAVENTURE.
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THE CIVIL SERVICE.


On the motion for Committee of Supply:


LIB

Edmond Proulx

Liberal

Mr. PROULX:

Mr. Speaker, before you leave the Chair, I would like to bring to the attention of the Government a matter of public importance. At the end of the session of 1914 my hon. friend the Minister of Finance (Sir Thomas White) said that at the next session it was his intention to introduce a Bill to increase the salaries of civil servants of the lower grades; but nothing has been done in that direction yet. Shortly afterwards war broke out, and since then it has been the alleged policy of the Government not to give any salary increases during the war. This matter was brought before the House a few weeks ago by the hon. member for Two Mountains (Mr. Ethier), and I was in hopes that something would be ddne this session, but I see nothing in the Estimates providing for an increase in the salaries of the lower grade employees. Some of these men-packers, messengers, sorters and so on-receive only from $500 to $600 a year, and they cannot get more than $800, which is the maximum for that class. Many of these men are married and have families to support, and the Government must know that it is impossible in these days, when the cost of living is so high, for a man to bring up his family properly on $500 or $600 a year. I would suggest that the Government grant a flat increase of $100, but not go beyond the maximum of $800. When tlris matter was up a few weeks ago the Minister of Public Works said that there would be no salary increases during the war, I have made inquiries, and find that in the Interior Department alone, in 1915, ten persons received salary increases ranging from $150 to $500. The annual increase in the lower grades is ordinarily $50 a year, but in the higher grades it depends upon the recommendation of the head of the department. The Minister of Public Works suggested that these employees who were dissatisfied should enlist and go to the front. I might tell him that seventy-five of these employees are between the ages of forty-five and seventy-seven, so it is impossible for them to go. Another suggestion the minister made was that they might go west and take up land. Many of 257i

these men have had no experience on the land and have no capital, and, of course, it would be impracticable for them to take up farming. I therefore consider that the minister has not given any sufficient explanation why the Government is not doing anything for the employees of this class. I trust that the Government will do something evien now, before t'he session closes, and that next session, or perhaps after the war, the Minister of Finance will provide for this class permanently.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   THE CIVIL SERVICE.
Sub-subtopic:   PAY OP LOWER GRADE EMPLOYEES.
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CON

William Thomas White (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir THOMAS WHITE:

It is not the

intention of the Government to bring down any further proposals dealing with the salaries of civil servants. I do not think it advisable that that question should be dealt with in piecemeal fashion; it should be dealt with as a whole or not at all. The Government is of the opinion that it is not advisable to consider increasing the salaries of the Civil Service during the war.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   THE CIVIL SERVICE.
Sub-subtopic:   PAY OP LOWER GRADE EMPLOYEES.
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LIB

Edmond Proulx

Liberal

Mr. PROULX:

In 1908 there was a flat increase of $100 or $150 to the Civil Service.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   THE CIVIL SERVICE.
Sub-subtopic:   PAY OP LOWER GRADE EMPLOYEES.
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Motion agreed to.


SUPPLY.

May 17, 1916