April 17, 1918

L LIB

Thomas Vien

Laurier Liberal

Mr. VIEN:

Is payment made to the Government railways for the transportation of officers?

Major-General MEWBURN: To all railways.

Training: Areas-Purchase of land for training areas in the various districts, $50,000.

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Thomas Vien

Laurier Liberal

Mr. VJEN:

Will the minister tell us

what lands he intends to purchase for training areas?

Major-General MEWBURN: There is

about $10,000 still to be paid on account of Valcartier camp. There are three or four small parcels of land to be purchased in Nova Scotia for defence purposes, probably costing between two and three thousand dollars. There are, therefore, at the present moment some $15,000 needed to meet existing engagements on account of land purchases, and a vote of $50,000 will leave $35,000 for any additional purchases that may be required during the year. It is possible that the negotiations for the purchase of the outstanding properties at Valcartier camp will be completed this year,-and the payments consequently met from current appropriation. Nearly all these cases, however, are before the Exchequer Court and it is quite possible that court may not render its decisions before the expiration of the fiscal year, and therefore the Department of Justice advise that provision had better be made in next year's estimates for the payment of the compensation dlue.

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Thomas Vien

Laurier Liberal

Mr. VIEN:

Can the minister give some

details as to the expenditure of the $200,000 voted last year?

Major-General MEWBURN: That all appears in the Auditor General's Report.

IMr. CANNON: According to the Auditor General's Report, much to my surprise, I see that Mr. Arrnand Lavergne has received a certain amount for legal services. ' Is he retained by the Militia Department?

Major-General MEWBURN: He may

have been employed by one of the people whose land was taken, and judgment was given and probably this relates to his costs. I have no knowledge of his being employed by the Militia Department or any other department.

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UNION

John Allister Currie

Unionist

Mr. CURRIE:

Are there any payments for camp Borden, in this vote?

Major-General MEWBURN: No, that

comes under the war appropriation.

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UNION

John Allister Currie

Unionist

Mr. CURRIE:

One of the members for Toronto wished to know if the Borden ' camp matter was likely to come up, as he desired to make some observations with respect to it.

Major-General MEWBURN: It will

come up under the war appropriation.

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L LIB

Rodolphe Lemieux

Laurier Liberal

Mr. LEMLEUX:

Let us adjourn now,

we have done a good day's work.

Progress reported.

On motion of Hon. J. D. REID the House adjourned at 11.33 p.m.

Thursday, April 18, 1918.

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