March 31, 1919

UNION

Sir THOMAS WHITE: (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Unionist

1. It is understood that a British remount depot was established near Montreal (Lachine). '

2. Information not available. Latterly Brig.-Gen. Sir Charles V. Gunning was the

O. C. British Remount Commission.

3. 31,402 in Canada.

4. Yes. 3,142.

5. No. [DOT][DOT][DOT] [DOT]

6. Offers were made by the Government to provide certain credits for the purchase of horses in Canada.

7. The Government has been informed that whenever possible the commission in buying horses gave Canada the preference. Buying in Canada, it is stated, was interrupted at intervals for various reasons, viz.: at times when purchasing was being done by Canadian Government; because of lack of horse-ships; because of large reserves of horses on hand by War Office, and because of financial reasons.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   BRITISH REMOUNT COMMISSION.
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LACHUTE CUSTOMS HOUSE.

L LIB

Mr. McGIBBON (Argenteuil):

Laurier Liberal

1. How many men were on the pay-list in the Customs House at Lachute, Quebec, during the month of February, and what salary was paid to each?

2. What was the net profit collected at said office during the same period?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   LACHUTE CUSTOMS HOUSE.
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UNION

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

Unionist

1. Two, $104.16 and $87.50 respectively.

2. Customs revenue collected during February, $6,572.54; Customs revenue after deducting salaries, $6,380.88.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   LACHUTE CUSTOMS HOUSE.
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"KENT HOUSE" SITE.

L LIB

Mr. CANNON:

Laurier Liberal

1. Has the Government leased from the Quebec Railway, Light, Heat and Power Company what is known as the " Kent House " site near Montmorency Falls, Quebec?

2. If so, on what terms, and for how long?

3. Is it the intention of the Government to cancel said lease? If so, for what reason?

Major-General MEWBURN:

1. Yes, for the Militia Department by the Department of Public Works.

2. At $500 a month for eight months, terminating the 1st June, 1919.

3. On the termination of this lease, it is proposed to vacate these premises as accommodation will be available elsewhere.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   "KENT HOUSE" SITE.
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L LIB

Mr. CANNON:

Laurier Liberal

1. Has the Government leased from the Quebec Railway, Light, Heat and Power Company what is known as the " Kent House " site, near Montmorency Falls, Quebec?

2. If so, on what terms, and for how long?

3. Is it the intention of the Government to cancel said lease? If so, for what reason?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   "KENT HOUSE" SITE.
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UNION

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

Unionist

1. Yes.

2. From 1st November, 1918, to 1st June, 1919, for a temporary hospital at $500 per month; the lessor paying taxes, water rates, lighting and extra heating.

3. Being no longer required, premises will be vacated on 1st June, 1919.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   "KENT HOUSE" SITE.
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FEDERAL BUILDINGS ON "GRANDE ALLEE," QUEBEC.

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Mr. GANNON:

1. Has the Government constructed any buildings near the armoury, on the "Grande Allfie," in the City of Quebec?

2. If so, what was the cost of said construction, and what was the name of the contractor?

3. For what purpose were said buildings constructed?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   FEDERAL BUILDINGS ON "GRANDE ALLEE," QUEBEC.
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UNION

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

Unionist

1. Yes.

2. (a) $337,305.14 to date; (b) contractors for buildings: Bate, McMahon & Co., and for water system, sewers and gas main, M. Lonergan.

3. For demobilization, but it is now intended to convert a portion of the buildings to he used for hospital purposes.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   FEDERAL BUILDINGS ON "GRANDE ALLEE," QUEBEC.
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THE ROSS RIFLE FACTORY.

LIB

Mr. POWER:

Liberal

1. Was the Ross Rifle Factory at Quebec leased to any person or firm during the year 1918?

2. If so, to whom, and at what price?

3. Has the rent been paid? If so, how much?

Major-General MEWBURN:

1. Yes, for 18 months.

2. (a) North American Arms Company, Ltd., (to) $75,000 quarterly.

3. (a) Yes. (b) $150,000.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   THE ROSS RIFLE FACTORY.
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ALLEGED USURIOUS INTEREST CHARGED SOLDIERS.

LIB

Mr. POWER:

Liberal

1. Has it 1)6611 brought to the attention of the Government, that in certain of the large cities of Canada, notably Montreal and Toronto, there is an organization on foot for the purpose of advancing money to returned soldiers at usurious interest, against their post discharge pay and war service gratuity?

2. "If so, does the Government intend to take any action in the matter?

2. Advanced to Imperial Munitions Board for purchase of munitions, supplies and foodstuffs, from General Cash Account. Fiscal year:

1916-17. 1917-18

Sl2fs.ft90.000 $271,000,000

3. No.

4. It is understood the money was provided by Great Britain from other sources.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   ALLEGED USURIOUS INTEREST CHARGED SOLDIERS.
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DAMMING ST. CHARLES RIVER, QUEBEC.


Major-General MEWBURN: 1. The Militia Department has no knowledge of the organizations referred to, and assignments against War Service Gratuity are not recognized. 2. Answered by No. 1.


EXCESS WAR PROFITS TAXATION.

PRO
L LIB

Mr. LAVIGUEUR:

Laurier Liberal

1. Has the contract existing between the Quinlan and Robertson Company and the Government, for damming the St. Charles River at Quebec, been cancelled?

2. If so, on what date, and for what reason?

3. What is the amount spent to date for the St. Charles River works?

4. Is it the intention of the Government to continue these works? If so, when?

1. What was the amount levied under the Excess War Profits Tax?

2. What are the names of the firms or corporations subject to such tax?

3. What are the respective amounts each are liable for?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   EXCESS WAR PROFITS TAXATION.
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March 31, 1919