April 10, 1918

L LIB

Mr. GERVAIS:

Laurier Liberal

1. What is the nature of the works performed by the Government in the road leading to the St. Lawrence River, and with which is connected the Concession of le Grand Nord, in the parish of St. Barthelemi, in the county of Berthier?

2. What is the cost of said work?

Topic:   PROTECTION DYKE ST. BARTHELEMI ROAD.
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UNI L

Hon. Mr. CARVELL: (Minister of Public Works)

Unionist (Liberal)

1. Material was supplied by the Government to build a protection dyke, and the labour was supplied and paid for by the municipality.

2. $1,668.15.

Topic:   PROTECTION DYKE ST. BARTHELEMI ROAD.
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NAVAL PATROL BOATS AND MINE SWEEPERS.

L LIB

Mr. SINCLAIR:

Laurier Liberal

1. How many naval patrol boats and mine sweepers of all classes were ordered on Government account in 1916 and 1917?

2. How many have been delivered to date?

3. What is the speed of these boats? If various, specify?

4. Are they constructed of wood or steel?

5. What service are they intended for?

6. WThat has been the total expenditure to date?

7. How many officers and men are employed in this branch of the service?

Topic:   NAVAL PATROL BOATS AND MINE SWEEPERS.
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UNION

Charles Colquhoun Ballantyne (Minister of Marine and Fisheries; Minister of the Naval Service)

Unionist

Hon. Mr. BALLANTYNE:

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. As the information asked by these questions is of a confidential nature it is not considered advisable in the public interest, to publish it.

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DETENTION OF FREIGHT CARS IN UNITED STATES.

LIB

Mr. CASGRAIN:

Liberal

1. Is the Government aware of the fact that a number of cars belonging to the different railways in Canada are being detained by the American authorities ?

2. Has the Government any statement of the number of said cars so detained, and the length of time they have been held?

3. Has the Government taken any steps in order to obtain from the American authorities release of the said cars? If so, when, and1 how many cars have been thus returned to Canada?

4. Is the Government to take any further steps for the immediate return of the remainder of said cars in the United States?

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UNION

Hon. Mr. REID: (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Unionist

1. The Government is aware of the fact that a number of Canadian owned cars have been detained for a considerable length of time in the United States.

2. The Government has not got any inform mation showing how long each car has been in the United States and it would be a very heavy matter to have each Canadian railroad prepare such information, but it does know that some of the ears have been detained in the United States for a considerable length of time.

On March 15, 1918, stood as follows:

Due Due

Canadian Rys. U.S. Rys.

Box cars 18,146

Auto, refrigerator, flat

and stock cars 5,531

Open top cars 9,407

Approximately 4,500 of the open top cars cannot he used for loading, as they came in with coal under an arrangement that they would be returned to the United States just as soon as made empty.

3. The Minister of Railways and Canals has had the matter up on several occasions with the Director General of the United States railways; the Canadian Railway Association for National Defence has also had the matter up on several occasions with the Regional Director of the United States railways as well as with the Car Service Section of the United States railways. The secretary of the Canadian Railway Association for National Defence interviewed the Regional Director of the United States railways in New York on Friday last and was promised that a movement of empty cars to Canada would be immediately arranged. For some considerable time there has not been much change in the standing of the interchange balance.

4. The matter will not be allowed to drop and every means taken to obtain the desired end.

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QUEBEC MILITARY SERVICE OFFICIALS.

LIB

*Mr. CASGRAIN:

Liberal

1. Who represented the Federal authorities in the City and District of Quebec since the Federal Government began their search for draftees under the Military Service Act, 1917.

2. What is the name of each and every officer employed by the Federal Government in the City and District of Quebec for this purpose?

3. What position did these men formerly occupy?

4. What was the fee, if any, paid to said officers for each draftee arrested?

Major-General MEWBURN: In so far as the Department of Militia and Defence is - concerned, there is no officer specially employed in connection with the Military Service Act.

Topic:   QUEBEC MILITARY SERVICE OFFICIALS.
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L LIB

Mr. BOURASSA:

Laurier Liberal

1. What are the officers' names in the County of Levis who are employed by the military authorities to enlist, search for, and inform against, or apprehend, men under the provisions of the Military Service Act?

2. Have said officers employed any other person or persons to assist them in the County of Levis in so doing? If so, what is the name of each of said persons?

3. What remuneration does each of said officers and assistants receive per month or per day, or for each conscripted man so informed against or apprehended?

Major-General MEWBURN: So far as

the Department- of Militia and Defence is concerned, no officer is specially employed in connection, with the Military Service Act. It is, however, part of the duties of the Acting Provost Marshal and his military police to assist in the apprehension of defaulters under the Act.

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ROYALTIES ON COAL.

LIB

Joseph Philippe Baby Casgrain

Liberal

*Mr. CASGRAIN:

Is it the intention of the Government to remove the royalties on coal mines in the Dominion of Canada, other than those removed from the Yukon coal mines by Order in Council of the 17th day of March, 1918?

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UNION

Arthur Meighen (Minister of the Interior; Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs)

Unionist

Hon. Mr. MEIGHEN:

The Government

has no proposal for the removal of the royalties on 'Coal. The Order in Council of March 17 provided merely for the continuance of a practice that has been in force for five years.

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PRIVATE SECRETARY.

L LIB

Mr. ARCHAMBAULT:

Laurier Liberal

1. Is Mr. Main Johnson employed in the Privy Council Office, or in some other Government Department?

2. If so, was he appointed by the Civil Service Commission after competitive examination?

3. What was the date of his appointment, what are his duties, and what salary does he receive?

4. What were his occupation, duties and salary immediately prior to his appointment in the service of the Dominion Government?

Hon, Mr. ROWELL:

1. Yes. In the Privy Council office as Priviaite Secretary to the President of the Council.

2. Is graduate of the University of Toronto and his appointment was made in. accordance with the Civil Service Act.

3. October 12, 1917; $2,800, plus $600 private secretary's allowance.

4. Private secretary to Mr. N. W. Rowell,

K.C.; $3,500.

[Major-General Mewburn. ]

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CANADIAN FREIGHT CARS IN U.S.

L LIB

*Mr. PARENT:

Laurier Liberal

1. Has the Government, by itself or through the agency of a Commission or some party, taken steps for the return to Canada of freight' cars in the United States at the present time, belonging to Canadian railways? If so, what steps have been taken?

2. Through whom, and to whom, have representations been made?

3. What has been the result?

4. Has the (Government provided that in future the freight cars owned by Canadian railways shall not be unduly detained in the United States to be used in the operation of railways in that country?

Topic:   CANADIAN FREIGHT CARS IN U.S.
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UNION

Hon. J. D. REID: (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Unionist

1. Yes. The matter has been taken up by the Minister of Railways with the Hon. Mr. McAdoo, Director Deniera! of the United States Railways; the Regional Director of the United States Railways and the Car Service Section of the United States Railways; with the Canadian War Board at Washington, the Canadian Railway National Defence Association, and the railways have been doing all they could of their own initiative.

2. Answered by No. 1.

3. We have not yet secured the return of sufficient Canadian ears or of the delivery of enough United States equipment to offset the Canadian cars.

4. There is no way toy which the Government can exercise any jurisdiction over Canadian cars when they are in. the United States. In. order to prevent any further numlber getting away from Canada, some time ago all Canadian railways refused to allow their cars to toe loaded for United States points, except in case of great emergency.

Topic:   CANADIAN FREIGHT CARS IN U.S.
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CANADIAN NORTHERN PHYSICAL ASSETS.

April 10, 1918