March 27, 1919

UNION

John Dowsley Reid (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Unionist

Mr. REID (Grenville):

Since prohibition has come into force the seizures have increased by 1,100 per cent.

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Alexander William Chisholm

Laurier Liberal

Mr. CHISHOLM:

Has the department appointed any officers whose duty it is to look after these illicit stills?

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UNION

John Dowsley Reid (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Unionist

Mr. REID (Grenville):

Now that the illicit stills have increased by 1,110 per cent, the hon. gentleman can readily understand that it takes more officers to hunt them down than were required before prohibition came into effect. The department is doing everything it can to put an end to these illicit stills. If it were not for these illicit stills, we could get along with considerably fewer officers.

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UNION

John Dowsley Reid (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Unionist

Mr. REID (Grenville):

In Ontario there are 37; in Quebec, 25; in New Brunswick, 1; in Nova Scotia, 3; in Manitoba, 6; in Alberta, 13; in Moosejaw, 7; in Vancouver, 11; in Victoria, 2.

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UNION

John Dowsley Reid (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Unionist

Mr. REID (Grenville):

No. The seizures were ten last year, and this year 110.

Excise-To enable the department to supply methylated spirits to manufacturers, the cost of which will he recouped by the manufacturers to whom it is supplied and to pay rent, power, freight, salaries, etc., $400,000.

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Daniel Duncan McKenzie (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Laurier Liberal

Mr. McKENZIE:

It is the desire to have this item of $400,000 stand.

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UNION

John Dowsley Reid (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Unionist

Mr. REID (Grenville):

Then the whole item will have to stand.

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Daniel Duncan McKenzie (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Laurier Liberal

Mr. McKENZIE:

Is there any great

urgency about these votes for excise? We need not go over it all again. The Chairman will remember that we have discussed it all except this item of $400,000. I am willing that the next, $500, shall.be dealt with and carried.

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UNION

John Dowsley Reid (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Unionist

Mr. REID (Grenville):

There is now only one deputy minister. Mr. Vincent was given his salary of $5,000 for this year and is receiving the salary of deputy minister as in the Estimates.

Progress reported.

On motion of Mr. Reid, the House adjourned at 11.03 p.m.

Monday), March 31, 1919.

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March 27, 1919