September 13, 1917

THE DRY DOCK SUBSIDIES ACT, 1910.

RESOLUTION AGREED TO AND BILL INTRODUCED.


On the Government Notice of Motion: Mr. Reid-In Committee of the Whole-Will *move, that the resolution of August 1 with respect to amending the Dry Dock Subsidies Act, 1910, he amended and1 that all the words after the words "sum of" in the eighth line he struck out and the words "one million dollars" he substituted in lieu thereof.


CON

John Dowsley Reid (Minister of Customs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. J. D. REID (Acting Minister of Public Works):

This is for the purpose of amending the resolution contained in No. 20 of the Orders of the Day. What I wish, with the consent of the House, to do, is to pass this resolution and then take it up in connection with Order No. 20 of the Orders of the Day.

Topic:   THE DRY DOCK SUBSIDIES ACT, 1910.
Subtopic:   RESOLUTION AGREED TO AND BILL INTRODUCED.
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CON

Edgar Nelson Rhodes (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPEAKER:

Do I understand that the minister desires to go in Committee of the Whole on this resolution to-day?

Topic:   THE DRY DOCK SUBSIDIES ACT, 1910.
Subtopic:   RESOLUTION AGREED TO AND BILL INTRODUCED.
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CON

John Dowsley Reid (Minister of Customs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. REID:

Yes.

Topic:   THE DRY DOCK SUBSIDIES ACT, 1910.
Subtopic:   RESOLUTION AGREED TO AND BILL INTRODUCED.
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CON

Edgar Nelson Rhodes (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPEAKER:

As it is not an Order of the Day, the minister cannot do so except by consent of the House.

Topic:   THE DRY DOCK SUBSIDIES ACT, 1910.
Subtopic:   RESOLUTION AGREED TO AND BILL INTRODUCED.
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John Dowsley Reid (Minister of Customs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. REID:

When we come to the Orders of the Day, I want to take up Order No. 20 with reference to dry docks. This is an

amendment to that resolution, and if the House will consent, I would like to pass this resolution and then take it up when wo go into committee on No. 20 of the Orders of the Day.

On the motion of Hon. Mr. Reid, the House went into committee on the following proposed motion, Mr. W. H. Bennett in the Chair:

That the resolution of August 1 with respect to amending the Dry Dock Subsidies Act, 1910, be amended and that all the words after the words "sum of" in the eighth line be struck out and the words "one million dollars" be substituted in lieu thereof.

Topic:   THE DRY DOCK SUBSIDIES ACT, 1910.
Subtopic:   RESOLUTION AGREED TO AND BILL INTRODUCED.
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LIB

Wilfrid Laurier (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER:

Explain.

Topic:   THE DRY DOCK SUBSIDIES ACT, 1910.
Subtopic:   RESOLUTION AGREED TO AND BILL INTRODUCED.
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CON

John Dowsley Reid (Minister of Customs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. REID:

I intend, when we reach the Orders of the Day, to move resolution No. 20 which is to amend the Dry Dock Act. The object of that resolution is to provide for increasing the width of dry docks from 110 to 125 feet. This is being done at the request of the Admiralty. In addition to that we want to increase the depth over the sill from 37 feet to 38 feet. We are also increasing the rate of interest from 4 to 4J per cent. There is another clause that we propose asking the committee to consider, namely, that, on a dry dock which is being constructed, we may issue bonds to the extent of 75 per cent of the amount invested after $1,000,000 have been expended. The resolution which is on the Order Paper in the name of the Hon. Mr. Rogers was discussed on August 13, and it was found it was not in accordance with the intention of the minister at that time, and it had to be amended. That is why this amendment is being moved.

Topic:   THE DRY DOCK SUBSIDIES ACT, 1910.
Subtopic:   RESOLUTION AGREED TO AND BILL INTRODUCED.
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LIB

William Pugsley

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY:

As I understand it, the substitution of the words "one million dollars" for "five hundred thousand dollars" in no way increases the liability of the country, but rather restricts it. $1,000,000 must be expended before progress estimates can be given. The original resolution stated that $500,000 must first be expended. Therefore, this is a greater safeguard to the public.

Topic:   THE DRY DOCK SUBSIDIES ACT, 1910.
Subtopic:   RESOLUTION AGREED TO AND BILL INTRODUCED.
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CON

John Dowsley Reid (Minister of Customs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. REID:

That is the position exactly.

Topic:   THE DRY DOCK SUBSIDIES ACT, 1910.
Subtopic:   RESOLUTION AGREED TO AND BILL INTRODUCED.
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LIB

Frank Broadstreet Carvell

Liberal

Mr. CARVELL:

Does this change it in any way so that the Government is responsible for the bonds, or is it only responsible for the interest? This Act was passed a good many years ago, and my recollection is that it provides only for the payment of interest for a certain number of years. Is there any change in the lia-

bility resulting to the country, apart from the increase in the rate of interest from 4 to 4| per cent?

Topic:   THE DRY DOCK SUBSIDIES ACT, 1910.
Subtopic:   RESOLUTION AGREED TO AND BILL INTRODUCED.
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CON

John Dowsley Reid (Minister of Customs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. REID:

There is a change. A new clause is being added. Under the old Act the dry dock had to be completed before any bonds were guaranteed.

Topic:   THE DRY DOCK SUBSIDIES ACT, 1910.
Subtopic:   RESOLUTION AGREED TO AND BILL INTRODUCED.
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LIB

Charles Murphy

Liberal

Mr. MURPHY:

That is not the point

Topic:   THE DRY DOCK SUBSIDIES ACT, 1910.
Subtopic:   RESOLUTION AGREED TO AND BILL INTRODUCED.
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LIB

William Pugsley

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY:

What the hon. member asks is whether there is any liability on the part of the Government to pay the principal. There is no change in. that.

Topic:   THE DRY DOCK SUBSIDIES ACT, 1910.
Subtopic:   RESOLUTION AGREED TO AND BILL INTRODUCED.
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CON

John Dowsley Reid (Minister of Customs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. REID:

No.

Topic:   THE DRY DOCK SUBSIDIES ACT, 1910.
Subtopic:   RESOLUTION AGREED TO AND BILL INTRODUCED.
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CON

William Thomas White (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir THOMAS WHITE:

There is no guarantee of bonds. There is just a payment of interest.

Resolution reported, read the first and second time and concurred in.

Mr. REID thereupon moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 134 to amend the Dry Docks Subsidies Act, 1910.

Motion agreed to and Bill read the first time.

Topic:   THE DRY DOCK SUBSIDIES ACT, 1910.
Subtopic:   RESOLUTION AGREED TO AND BILL INTRODUCED.
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THE BATTLE OF LENS.

CANADIAN CASUALTIES AT DENS-RECRUITING. AND WASTAGE BETWEEN 16TH ND 31ST AUGUST.

September 13, 1917