1. Has the Government an office in the city of Sherbrooke, Quebec, for distributing live stock for breeding purposes?
2. If so, in what year was the office established?
3. How much has it cost each year up to the present?
4. Is it the intention of the Government to continue this office?
5. Who is in charge of same, and what salary does he receive each year?
6. How many persons has he in his employ?
7. Who are they, and what salary does each receive?
8. What has been the total cost of said office each year since it has been opened?
9. What has become of animals bought?
10. Has the Government many on hand?
11. If so, who cares for said animals and what price is paid?
Hon, Mr. CRERAR:
1. The live stock branch of the Department of Agriculture maintains an office in the city of Sherbrooke, in the province of Quebec, to facilitate the general work of the branch in that province, a part of which
is to distribute live stock for breeding purposes.
2. December, 1915.
3. The total cost for all purposes is as follows: fiscal year 1915-16 (balance), $1,034,94; 1916-17, $3,790.74; 1917-18, $3,865.50. The cost is not apportioned to the different purposes for which the office is maintained. (Included in these amounts is the salary and expenses of the officer in charge, salary of stenographer, rent, cost of telegrams, telephone charges, etc.)
5. A. W. Giard, present salary $1,900 per annum.
6. The office staff consists of one stenographer. Mr. Giard has also the supervision of a number of temporary inspectors.
7. The stenographer, Miss L. Boulanger, receives a salary of $600 a year. The inspectors are paid at the rate of $4 a day for such time as their services are required. At the present time the following are employed as temporary inspectors: G. F. Cowan, Scottstown; J. A. Marion, St. Ed-widge; A. Genest, St. Bernard.
8. Answered by No. 3.
9. Animals purchased have been loaned to associations throughout the province and have been left on their hands as long as they were satisfactory for breeding purposes.
11. Animals loaned to associations are cared for by caretakers on arrangements made with them by the respective associations. The terms vary with the districts and circumstances, but all are subject to the approval of the Dominion Live Stock Commissioner. Bulls which are shipped to feeding stations for refitting purposes are paid for by the department, at the rate of $7 per month or 35 cents per day for terms of less than one month.
Subtopic: BREEDING ANIMALS-SHERBROOKE.