1. Has the Government any knowledge of proposals made to the British Government looking to the development of the oil industry in the British Islands or other parts of the Empire in view of the present dependence of the Empire on foreign sources of supply for this essential to commerce and defence?
2. Does the report of the Economic and Development Commission, appointed' in the first year of the war, to prepare for the problems facing the country after the war, contain any proposals for the discovery and development of oil deposits in Canada, outside the areas at present drawn upon?
3. Will the Government lay on the Table of the House all correspondence and information as to the participation of members of the Government, and particularly the Minister of Trade and Commerce, in any discussions in England during the period of the war, (bearing upon the advisability of pooling the resources of the Empire as a defence against an attempted postwar economic domination by Germany ?
4. Is the Government aware that Canada is now almost entirely depending for its oil supply upon a subsidiary company of the 'Standard Oil Company, a foreign corporation, which has recently increased its capital, under a Dominion charter to fifty million dollars, with the likelihood that it may obtain control of any deposits of oil that may be discovered in 'Canada?
5. Does the Government propose to take any steps to assure to the people of Canada the control of deposits of oil which may be discovered in any of the provinces?
1. The Government has general knowledge of the efforts made by the British Government to conserve the oil producing resources within the Empire primarily for the supply of the necessities of the Empire itself, and in particular has arranged for such supervision of the development of the oil industry in Canada as will effect that end.
3. Such information as is possible will be laid on the table of the House with regard to the official participation of the members of the Government in any conferences concerning best use of the resources of the Empire in connection with the present war, or conditions that may be encountered in post-war adjustments.
1. What was the amount of cheque No. 14341, paid to Bate, McMahon & Company of Ottawa, in 19M-17?
2. Was said cheque duly authorized and paid?
3. Wihat was the consideration for said cheque?
4. Is the firm of Bate, McMahon & Company authorized to do Insurance business?
5. Was the amount of said cheque refunded to the Government?
6. If not, why?
3. Reimbursement to Messrs. Bate, McMahon for outlay on account of payment of Employers' Liability Premium, for insurance against accidents to employees engaged in construction work at Sewell and Calgary camps, in terms of contract with Department of Militia and Defence.
4. No information.
6. The matter of the refund of this payment is under consideration.
1. Did the Government take proceedings to expropriate the property owned by Belanger, on the St. Charles River?
2. iHow much is asked for said property?
3. Is it the intention of the Government to stop the present works? If so, will it give up the expropriation of this property?
4. Has the Government been informed that this property is not necessary for the works
5. What amount does the owner ask for the property which it is proposed' to expropriate?
6. Is the Government aware of the fact that such property is covered with water at high tide?
7. Has the Government paid any sum on account of the price of said property ?
Hon. J .D. REID:
1. Yes, expropriated on December 22, 1915.
2 and 5. On November 12, 1914, Mr. Belanger offered to accept 23 cents per foot for the property but afterwards asked for a petition of right which was granted, and in which 35 cents per foot was claimed for part of the property and 50 cents for another part.
3. (a) For the time being; (b) No.
6. Part of the property is covered by' water at high tide.
Subtopic: ST. CHARLES RIVER PROPERTY.
1. Has the Government been informed that in the spring of 1912, men were 'hired to go to Victoria, British Columbia, and work there as lumbermen, carpenters, painters, etc., at the rate of $3, $4, and1 $5 per diem, travelling expenses prepaid and' lodgings gratuitously provided for?
2. Has the Government been made aware of the fact that, when the said workmen and mechanics had reached *Victoria, all travelling expenses were deducted from their wages; that they were paid only $2 and $2.50 per day, and that they had to pay for their lodgings?
3. Is it the intention of the Government to pay for these men's travelling expenses so as to enable them to return home?
Subtopic: EMPLOYMENT AT VICTORIA, B.C.