April 18, 1918

BREEDING ANIMALS-SHERBROOKE.

L LIB

Mr. HUNT:

Laurier Liberal

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.)

4. Yes.

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.

10. Yes.

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.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   BREEDING ANIMALS-SHERBROOKE.
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PATENT MEDICINE STAMP TAX.

L LIB

Mr. FOURNIER:

Laurier Liberal

1. What is the yearly revenue from stamp tax on patent medicines?

2. How many persons of the Outside Service are employed1 tn connection with the enforcement of this regulation?

3. What are their names and salaries?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   PATENT MEDICINE STAMP TAX.
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UNION

GOVERNMENT RAILWAYS-PURCHASE OF COAL IN UNITED STATES.

L LIB

Mr. KENNEDY:

Laurier Liberal

1. How many tons of coal wore purchased in the United States during the fiscal year ended March 31, 1918, by the Railway Department for use on the Government Railways?

2. At what point or points was delivery of such coal taken?

3. What price per net ton was paid therefor at the delivery point or points in Canada?

4. What quantity of such coal was transported from Montreal and delivered to points in Canada east of Montreal?

5. What was the maximum distance east from Montreal that such coal was transported, and what was the cost of transportation?

6. What was the average cost of transportation of such coal to points east of Montreal?

7. What was the price per net ton paid hy the Railway Department to Nova Scotia Coal Mines for coal delivered during the fiscal year ended March 31, 1918?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   GOVERNMENT RAILWAYS-PURCHASE OF COAL IN UNITED STATES.
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UNION

John Dowsley Reid (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Unionist

Hon. Mr. REID:

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1. 508,971 net tons.

2. St. John, N.B., Quebec, St. Hyacinthe, St. Lambert, Montreal and Fort William.

3. At Montreal, St. Lambert and St. Hyacinthe: Average price, $6.90 per net ton, f.o.b. cars, all charges paid, including duty and war tax. At Quebec: Average price per net ton, $7.85, delivered f.o.b. cars, all charges paid. At Fort William, Ont.: Prices, $5,351 to $5,501 per net ton, delivered f.o.b. cars, all charges paid. Special purchases made owing to coal shortages:- At St. John, N.B., 9,352 tons at $6.40 per net ton, delivered f.o.b. piers, Port Richmond or Greenwich, Pa. This coal was carried by boats owned by the department. For delivery at Fort William: 80,000 tons at $4.75 per net ton, delivered f.o.b. Mines, United States points-cost delivered f.o.b. cars at Fort William, average price $7.44 per net ton, all charges paid.

4. 32,179 tons.

5. Maximum distance transported was to Campbellton, N.B., 406 miles; cost of transportation, $1.65 per net ton.

6. Average distance, 108 miles; cost of transportation, 45c per ton.

7. $3.79, $4.13, $4.25 and $4.50 per net ton for run-of-mine grade of coal, and 22.4c per net ton additional for screened coal.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   GOVERNMENT RAILWAYS-PURCHASE OF COAL IN UNITED STATES.
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DUTIES AND DRAWBACK ON AGRICULTURAL MACHINERY.

UNI L

Mr. REID (Mackenzie):

Unionist (Liberal)

1. What were the total receipts from Customs tariff during the fiscal year ending March, 1917, on the following goods entering Customs ports west of the Great Lakes :-ploughs, traction engines, threshing outfits, self-binding reapers, threshing separators, other farm machinery and repair parts, respectively?

2. What was the total amount of drawback paid by the Government to Canadian manufacturers of farm machinery, during the fiscal year ending March, 1917, on mowing machines, reapers, harvesters, binders and attachments for binders?

3. Are repair parts for mowing machines and reapers subject to the drawback?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   DUTIES AND DRAWBACK ON AGRICULTURAL MACHINERY.
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UNION

Hon. Mr. SIFTON: (Minister of Customs)

Unionist

1. Ploughs and parts thereof, $305,132.43; portable engines with boilers in combina-

tion, and traction engines for farm purposes, $874,045.87; threshing machine separators, parts of, including wind stackers, baggers, weighers, and self feeders therefor, and finished parts thereof, for repairs, when imported separately, $118,795.05; harvesters, self-binding, $79,954.35; threshing machine separators, $348,862.28; other farm machinery and parts thereof, viz.: Binding attachments, cultivators, weeders, drills, rollers, harrows, hay loaders, tedders, horse rakes, manure spreaders, mowers, potato diggers, reapers, fanning mills, grain crushers, hay presses, fodder or feed cutters, horse powers for farm purposes, and parts of agricultural implements, $115,818.51.

2. Home consumption: Total amount of

drawback paid to Canadian manufacturers of farm machinery, on mowing machines, reapers, harvesters, binders and attachments for binders, $51,666.76. Export: Amount paid to Canadian manufacturers of farm machinery, on all kinds exported during fiscal year 1916-17, $111,470.16.

Particulars of drawback for export are not classified separately. It would require some time to make the detailed compilation asked for in this inquiry.

3. Repair parts exported are subject to drawback.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   DUTIES AND DRAWBACK ON AGRICULTURAL MACHINERY.
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MILK SUPPLY IN LARGE CENTRES.

QUEBEC AND SAGUENAY RAILWAY.


'Mr PARENT: 1. Has a contract between the Government and the Quebec and Saguenay Railway, for the purchase of the company's line, been entered into? If so, at what date? 2. Does said contract include the terminals at Quebec or only cover a portion of the line? 3. If for only a portion, what portion, and at what price? 4. If for the whole line, wihat price has been agreed upon? 5. Has any money been paid the company by the Government for the purchase of said line? If so, how much? iHon. Mr. REID: 1. An agreement dated July 25th, 1916, as authorized under provisions of chapter 16 of statutes of i915, and chapter 22 of statutes of 1916, of lines of railway between the city of Quelbec and Nairn Falls, and between Lyster and St. Jean des Chaillons. 2. Includes (b) a line of railway from and inclusive of its terminals in the city of Quebec extending easterly, etc. 3 and 4. The -agreement 'provides for acquiring as described in statutes mentioned in answer to first question. The consideration to be paid for each of the said railways to be as provided by section 2, of chapter 22, of statutes of 1916. 5. No.


MILITARY SERVICE ACT TEMPORARY EXEMPTIONS.


* Mr. TOBIN: 1. Is the Government aware that a large number of applicants for exemption under the provisions of the Military Service Act obtained temporary exemption for a definite period of time? 2. Is the Government aware that in many cases the local Exemption Tribunals which granted these temporary exemptions advised the applicants that when the period for which the exemption had been granted had expired, they could, if they had sufficient reasons, make application for further exemption, or in other words, have the said delay extended? 3. To whom should those who have legitimate reasons to ask for an extension of their exemption, make application and submit the reasons why the said exemption should be extended?


UNION

Hon. Mr. DOHERTY: (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Unionist

1. Yes.

2. The Government has no information on the subject, but if such advice was given it was correct.

3. To the appropriate registrar, under regulation 76.

Topic:   MILK SUPPLY IN LARGE CENTRES.
Subtopic:   MILITARY SERVICE ACT TEMPORARY EXEMPTIONS.
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MILITARY MEDICAL EXAMINATIONS.


* Mr. TOBIN: 1. Is the Government aware that many Local Exemption Tribunals and several Appeal Tribunals have refused exemption to men of military age without obliging them to undergo the Medical Examination required by the Military Service Act? 2. Is it the intention of the Government to draft said men without giving them the opportunity of undergoing the said Medical Examination? . 3. In eases where men who have been refused exemption without a Medical Examination have since been examined and placed in Category B, C, or E, is it the intention of the Government to oblige the said men to report for duty?


UNION

Hon. Mr. DOHERTY: (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Unionist

1. The Government has no information cn the subject.

2. No. Every man drafted will be medically examined. _

3. Not at present if they were placed in category "C," or category "E."

Topic:   MILK SUPPLY IN LARGE CENTRES.
Subtopic:   MILITARY MEDICAL EXAMINATIONS.
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April 18, 1918