May 21, 1917

EXPENSE OF PARLIAMENTARY SESSIONS.

CON

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

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir ROBERT BORDEN moved:

That Messrs. Barnard, Girard1, Jameson, Kyte, Marcil, Nickle, Northrup, Pardee and Turriff, be a committee to consider and during the present session, to report to this House the total cost including incidental expenses, of each session of Parliament, and the best way, if any, of. reducing the same, with power to send for persons or papers.

He said: This is simply to give effect to the motion which has already been passed.

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Motion agreed to.


INSURANCE ACT AMENDMENT.


Mr. W. H. BENNETT (East Simcoe) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 50, to amend the Insurance Act, 1910. He said: Mr. Speaker, this Bill is in the same terms as a certain Bill which was introduced by the late Mr. Lancaster, member for Lincoln, three or four years ago. The purport of the Bill is this: Certain insurance companies have coalesced with other insurance companies, not only in Ontario but in other parts of the Dominion, and certain companies which have absorbed smaller companies have introduced terms into their policies which were not consonant with the terms that were in the policies of the companies whose affairs were taken over. That, at least, is the contention of those who are interested in one particular insurance company, the name of which I need not at present mention, as that will develop when the case is under consideration in the committee. In view of the fact that the Minister of Finance also has a Bill on the Order Paper for reference to the Insurance Committee, I would ask that this Bill be allowed to go to that committee, where the whole matter can be further discussed by the parties interested. Motion agreed to, and Bill read the first time.


QUESTIONS.


(Questions answered orally are indicated by asterisks).


BEAR RIVER POST OFFICE SITE.

LIB

Mr. KYTE:

Liberal

1. What amount has been spent on Post Office site, since purchase by the Government, at Bear River, N.S.?

2. What amount has been spent on said site since March 1, 1916, to May, 1917?

3. What are the names of persons employed and the respective amounts paid to them, and the dates on which they were-paid?

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CON

Robert Rogers (Minister of Public Works)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. ROGERS:

1 and 2. $500.

3. Contract made with Mr. A. W. Dunn for a lump sum of $500, which was paid him on November 28, 1916. Contract required him to level, sod and fence the lot, also to repair wharf along the river at site.

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BEAR RIVER INDIAN AGENTS.


Mr. [DOT]CARVELL: 1. Who is the Indian Agent of the Indian Reserve at Bear River, N.S.? 2. When was he appointed, at what salary per year, and what are his duties? 3. Has he any authority for disposing of wood, piling and logs, on said Reserve? 4. Has he authority to allow outside persons to cut and take wood off the Reserve? 5. Has any wood been taken off this Reserve in the last five years by any persons other than Indians? If so, by whose authority? 6. Has any work, including repairs, been done to any and all buildings on the Reserve during the last five years? 7. If so, what are the names of all persons who have performed said work, the amounts paid to them, and the dates on which respective amounts were paid? 8. Is the Indian Agent allowed to do carpenter work or any other kind of work on Reserve and charge for same over and above his salary ? 9. If so, has the Indian Agent performed any such work? 10. If so, what is the character of said work, dates on which same was performed, and the respective amounts charged? 11. Were any orders given by Agent to Indians during period from October, 1911, to May, 1917? 12. If so, what were the names of Indians, and dates and amounts of said orders? 13. What were the names of Indian doctors on this Reserve from October, 1911, to May, 1917, when were they appointed, and at what salary ? 14. If not on salary, what rate of pay did they receive?


LIB

William Roche

Liberal

Mr. ROCHE:

I. R. A. Harris is the Indian agent.

2/ By OrdeT in Council of May 13, 1912; $100 a year; to administer his agency under the direction of the department and in conformity with the law.

3. No.

4. No.

5. Not with the department's knowledge.

6. Yes, repairs to Indians' houses and school.

7. Fred. Schmidt, repairs to Indian houses, $4.50, December 13, 1912. Reginald Benson, repairs to school, $2, 'September 16,

1913. Wallace Rice, repairs to school, $2, September 16, 1913; Wm, Lent, repairs to school, $1.80; September 16, 1913. Fred. Schmidt, repairs to 'School, $12, August 24,

1914. A. Marshall, chimney for school, $9, September 21, 1916. Wm. Lent, outbuildings for school, $18.90, January 22, 1917. Wm. Lent, cupboard for school, $4.05, March 12, 1917. Wm. Lent, Indian house, $30, April 6, 1916.

8. No.

9. Not with the knowledge of the department.

10. Answered by 8 and 9.

II. Yes.

12. The Indian agent was authorized by the department to supply the following relief and it is understood that he gave written orders to Indians therefor:-

Names. Amount.

Mrs. Madelaine Paul.... $1 per week

Mrs. Abram Michael .... $1.25 per week

Mrs. Matthew Picton . . . $1 per week

Edward Bradford $1.25 per week during illness

Date when authorized by Department.

Feb. 1, 1913.

Mar.

Nov.

26, 1913. 12, 1913.

Dec.

Dec.-

Jan.

Mar.

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IS, 1913. 22, 1913.


30, 1914. 17, 1914. Mar. 28, 1914.



Names. Amount. Abram Charles Glode boy Mary Phillips James Paul Matthew Jeremiah . ... Simon Piotou John McEwain Matthew Jeremiah . .. . Mrs. Abram Michael .. Newell Glode Frank Charles Joseph Fabadam Mrs. Johanna Paul . ... Mrs. Denis Paul John Brooks, and wife. . $1 per week until 1st July, 1914 $13.75 for cripple's chair $1 per week $1.50 per week during illness $1 per week Further allowance of $1.50 per week for an Indian attendant during serious illness $1.50 per week during illness $1.50 per week until spring $2.50 per week $1.25 per week $1.50 per week during winter months $1.25 per week during illness $1.25 per week during illness $2.00 per week during daughter's illness $1 per week $1.50 per week Date when authorized by Department. May 8, 1914. May 22, 1914. May 26, 1914. Nov. 11, 1914. Dec. 24, 1914. ITan. 16, 1915. Feb. 19, 1915. April 7, 1915 Oct. 12, 1915. Dec. 6, 1915. Jan. 18, 1916. Feb. 10, 1916. Nov. 25, 1916. Dec. 15, 1916. Mar. 28, 1917. Names. Salary. Appointed. L. J. Lovitt . C. C. Archibald J. D. Densmore $250.00 a year July 1, 1902. Jan. 1, 1912. Jan. 4, 1917. 14. Answered by No. 13.


SMITHS FALLS POSTMASTER.

LIB

Mr. CRUISE:

Liberal

1. Is the Government giving preference to returned soldiers in the appointment of postmasters?

2. Has an application been received from a returned soldier for the position of postmaster at Smiths Falls?

3. Has a recommendation of a returned soldier been made for this vacancy?

4. Is it the intention to appoint a returned soldier to the vacancy at Smiths Falls?

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CON

Mr. PATENAUDE: (Minister of Mines; Secretary of State of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Yes.

2. No.

3. No recommendation has yet been made for this office.

4. Answered by No. 1.

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PAYMENTS TO PRATT BROS.

May 21, 1917