May 2, 1918

QUESTIONS.


(Questions answered orally are indicated by asterisks.)


PRINCE RUPERT JOURNAL.

L LIB

Mr. MOLLOY:

Laurier Liberal

1. Did' the Prince Rupert Journal receive a cheque from the Government, dated September 4, 1917, for $1117? If so, on what account?

2. If for advertising-, what advertising was

done, what was the name or names of papers which published same, and oni what date or dates? .

3. If for printing-, what printing was done, on what date or dates, and/ where?

* 4, Were any cheques issued to the Prince

Rupert Journal by the Government from January 1, 1917, to the end of the year?

5. If so, on what account in each case?

6. Have any cheques been issued to O. H. Nelson,' Prince Rupert, since January 1, 1917, from any Department of the Government?

7. If so, for what reason, and amount in each case?

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UNION

Hon. Mr. BURRELL: (Minister of Mines; Secretary of State of Canada)

Unionist

1. Interior: Yes. Advertising coal mining regulations, 3 months to 30th June, 1917.

2. Interior: Advertising in the Prince Rupert Journal, 3 months ended 30th June, 1917.

3. Interior: Not for printing.

4. Interior: Yes. Naval Service: Three. Public Works: Yes, cheque for $110.60 on 25th January, 1917. Finance: July 30, 1917, cheque for $16. Marine: Cheque for $9, dated February 9, 1917.

5. Interior: January 22, 1917, advertising coal mining regulations, 6 months, to 31st December, 1916, $234; April 2, 1917, advertising coal mining regulations, 3 months to 31st 'March '1917, $117; September 4, 1917, advertising coal mining regulations, 3 months, to 30th June, 1917, $117. Naval Service: Cheques issued January 24, 1917, for $37.10 on account of advertising under dates May 11 and May 13, 1912, and June 6, 1912; cheque issued February 1, 1917, for $12.90 on account of advertising under date of December 1, 1911; cheque issued July 11, 1917, for $3.40 on account of advertising under date November 19, 1914. Public Works: Advertising, Victoria harbour breakwater, $21.60; Victoria harbour breakwater, $4.80; Massett wharf, $13.40; Refuge Bay wharf, $13.60; Sand Spit Point wharf, $20.40; Digby Island, doctor's residence, $13.20; Prince Rupert departmental building, $19.20; Prince Rupert public building, $4.40. Total, $110.60. Finance: For advertising debenture stock. Marine: For advertising

respecting persons supplying provisions or goods to stewards of Dominion vessels.

6. Information in reference to this question is given in the Auditor General's Report, 1917, volume II, pages T-54, 55, 56.

7. Answered by No. 6.

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CANADA FOOD BOARD.

UNION

Mr. CURRIE:

Unionist

1. Under what authority was the Canada Food: Board established?

2. Has this Board the right to impose taxation on the public without the consent or authority of Parliament?

3. Under the British North America Act, has the Dominion Government the right to issue licenses for trading, or collect fees for the

same? _ .

4. Has there been a decision of the Privy Council on this question and did that Court give the sole right to license, to Provincial Governments ?

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UNION

Robert Laird Borden (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Unionist

Sir ROBERT BORDEN:

In reply to

question No. 1, the Canada Food Board was established under the War Measures Act, 1914. The remaining questions seem to ask for a legal opinion upon the interpretation of Statutes, and it is not usual to give such opinions in answer to questions.

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ONTARIO MINING TAX ACT.

L LIB

*Mr. MURPHY:

Laurier Liberal

1. Has any application been made to the Government for the disallowance of the Ontario Statute, 7 George V, Chapter 7, assented to 12th April, 1917, which amended the Ontario Mining Tax Act, or as to any portion of the same relating to (1) the taxation of nickel, or nickel-copper mines, or (2) the ascertaining of the profits of nickel or nickel-copper mines?

2. If so, by whom, on whose behalf, and when, was such application made, and was the same made orally or in writing?

3. What action, if any, was taken by the Government in regard to the matters referred to?

4. Has any application or representation been made to the Government from any source, either (a) in Canada, or (b) in the United States with regard to the sum of approximately $1,366,000 that was recovered for the use of the Province of Ontario from the International Nickel Company, or the Canadian Copper Company (instead of the $80,000 that had been previously received ,by the province in question for two years' mining taxes), looking to the refund of any portion of the moneys so recovered, or any action being taken by the Dominion Government?

5. If so, by whom, and upon what grounds?

6. What action has been taken, or does the Government intend to take in respect thereto?.

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UNION

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

Unionist

1. Yes.

2. The Canadian Copper Company, dated 28th November, 1917. By written petition supported by oral argument.

3. It was determined not to exercise the i power of disallowance.

4. No.

5 and 6. Answered by No. 4.

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MILITARY SERVICE ACT-EXPENDITURES.

L LIB

Edmond Proulx

Laurier Liberal

Mr. PROULX:

Referring to the. return showing the total amount expended up to the date of the said return in connection with the enforcement of the Military Service Act-

How much has it cost per man to secure each soldier enrolled under tbs said Act?

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UNION

Charles Joseph Doherty (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Unionist

Hon. Mr. DOHERTY:

The total expenditure to date incurred in connection with the Military Service Act is $1,803,581.61. This total expenditure includes the expenditures incurred in connection with the publicity campaign, the Dominion police, printing, subsistence and travelling expenses of men ordered to report for duty, and travelling expenses of men ordered to report for medical examination.

The registration of Class I men under the Military Service Act is, to date, 397,671. Therefore the total cost per registrant is $4.54.

There have been 39,760 Class I men actually placed on service to date, but to estimate the cost of securing these men, by the simple process of dividing the total number of men now on service into the total expenditure in connection with the enforcement of the Military Service Act to date, would not give a true estimate of the cost of drafting such men, for the reason that the greater percentage of the expenditure shown above has 'been spent in organization, the results of which are only now bearing fruit. One may safely say that every man drafted in future will materially reduce the cost of securing a recruit. It may therefore be plainly seen that at the present time it is impossible to estimate the cost of securing a recruit under the Military Service Act.

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WAR INSURANCE PREMIUMS.

L LIB

Mr. DESAULNIERS:

Laurier Liberal

1. Is the Government aware that the Insurance companies charge an extra premium on insurance policies issued to enlisted men before such enlistment?

2. If so, is it the intention of the Government to pay the difference between the regular and the extra premium? If not, why?

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UNION

Hon. A. K. MACLEAN: (Minister Without Portfolio)

Unionist

1. The Government is aware that on life insurance policies now being issued, and on such policies issued since the outbreak of war, extra premiums have as a rule been demanded in respect of military service. Policies in force at the outbreak of war

have as a rule been continued without extra premium.

2. It is not the intention of the Government to pay the difference between the regular and the extra premium, for reasons which were fully explained to the House at the last session of Parliament. The discussion on this point will be found on pages 4019 and 4020 of Hansard for 1917.

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CHAMPLAIN MARKET SITE.

L LIB

Mr. LAWGUEUR:

Laurier Liberal

1. What area of ground and water frontage has been purchased by the Government for the Transcontinental Railway, between Sillery and the Champlain Market at Quebec?

2. What have these properties cost, and what use is intended to be made of them?

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UNION

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

Unionist

1. The Transcontinental railway purchased all water frontage between Sillery and Champlain market at Quebec; 81.74 acres of land along said front.

2. (a) 31,039,377.02, which includes amount paid to the city of Quebec for Champlain market site.

3. These properties were acquired for right of way and station purposes of the National Transcontinental railway. They are available for future developments, docks and yards and wharves, in connection with the railway.

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May 2, 1918