May 14, 1919

L LIB

Henri-Edgar Lavigueur

Laurier Liberal

Mr. LAVIGUEUR:

Is it the intention of the Government to make use of the Transcontinental Railway between Winnipeg, Quebec, Halifax and St. John?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILWAY.
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UNION

John Dowsley Reid (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Unionist

Hon. Mr. REID:

Yes.

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Subtopic:   TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILWAY.
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COST OF HALIFAX TERMINALS.

L LIB

Mr. SINCLAIR (Antigonish and Guys-borough):

Laurier Liberal

1. What has been the total cost to date of the Halifax Terminals, including the construction of the branch railway connecting the terminals with the main line?

2. How much more will be required to complete the work?

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Subtopic:   COST OF HALIFAX TERMINALS.
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UNION

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

Unionist

1. Total expenditure to March 31, 1919, was $14,802,655.11.

2. To complete first unit of nine berths, including permanent station train shed, passenger landing and immigration facilities, two-storey permanent sheds at berths not now equipped with sheds and leaving four temporary wooden sheds as they are, grain elevators and conveyers, tracks, roadways, subways, etc., and completion of existing contracts, together with new engine facilities at Fairview, is estimated to cost $8,000,000 at present prices.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   COST OF HALIFAX TERMINALS.
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RIDEAU JUNCTION TOWNSITE.

L LIB

John Ewen Sinclair

Laurier Liberal

Mr. SINCLAIR (Antigonish and Guys-bo rough):

Has the townsite of Rideau Junction been taken over by the Canadian Government Railways?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   RIDEAU JUNCTION TOWNSITE.
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UNION

John Dowsley Reid (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Unionist

Hon. Mr. REID:

No.

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Subtopic:   RIDEAU JUNCTION TOWNSITE.
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INSPECTOR OF CUSTOMS.

L LIB

Mr. DUFF:

Laurier Liberal

1. Has H. C. Blair, Customs Inspector, been superannuated?

2. If so, who has been appointed to his position?

3. How long has Bryson MacDougall been in the Customs Department?

4. What position did he nil previous to H. C. Blair's superannuation?

5. What are his duties now?

6. What salary does he receive?

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Subtopic:   INSPECTOR OF CUSTOMS.
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UNION

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

Unionist

1. Mr. H. C. Blair_was granted leave of absence with pay for a period of six months from July 1, 1919, and to be superannuated at the expiration of such leave.

2. No person.

3. Mr. Bryson McDougald has been in the Customs Department since July 1, 1912.

4. Inspector of Customs.

5. Inspector of Customs.

6. $2,400.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   INSPECTOR OF CUSTOMS.
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MR. JOHN RIDLEY.

L LIB

Mr. PROULX:

Laurier Liberal

1. Was one John Ridley, of the town of Cornwall, in the employ of the Customs Department during the year 1918?

2. If so, when did his services begin?

3. When did they end?

4. What amount did he receive for said services from the department. '

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   MR. JOHN RIDLEY.
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UNION

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

Unionist

1. No.

2, 3 and 4 answered by No. 1.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   MR. JOHN RIDLEY.
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QUESTION PASSED AS ORDER FOR RETURN.


Mr. D'ANJOU: 1. How many motor cars have been purchased by the Government for the use of the ministers and high officials since 1914? 2. How many of said cars were for use in Ottawa and how many in other places? 3. Is the Government aware that certain ministers and high officials have allowed their family to use these cars for social and calling purposes? 4. If so, what are their names?


BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE-LEGISLATION PROMISED IN SPEECH FROM THRONE.


On the Orders of the Day:


L LIB

James Alexander Robb (Chief Government Whip)

Laurier Liberal

Mr. J. A. ROBB (Chateauguay-Hunting-don):

I desire to draw the attention of

the Government to the fact that at the opening of this Parliament on the 20th February, the speech from the Throne mentioned certain legislation, namely, a Bill to amend the Franchise, a Bill for the construction of Highways and a Bill regarding Vocational Education. We have now been in session almost three months. The resolution regarding Highways was brought down on the 24th March, but has not been proceeded with. I think the Government will acknowledge that we on this side have not unduly hindered the passage of Supply; that we have not taken advantage of opportunities to move amendments on going into Supply. For instance, we might have moved for the repeal of the War-time Elections Act, but we have not done so as yet. Yesterday evening, in answer to an inquiry by the leader of the Opposition (Mr. McKenzie), the Minister of Railways (Mr. J. D. Reid) made this statement:

The Acting Prime Minister requested me to say that to-morrow we shall take up the Estimates of the Public Works Department and the Post Office, and if we take up the Supplementary Estimates for the last fiscal year there are a number of items we might put through, after that we would proceed with other Estimates.

It will be observed that we arq, rapidly approaching conditions where the right of the Opposition to move amendments on going into Supply will be exhausted, and I ask, on behalf of the Opposition, that we have a statement from the Acting Prime Minister, either to-day, or at least this week, as to when the Franchise Bill will he brought down.

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UNION

William Thomas White (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Unionist

Sir THOMAS WHITE (Acting Prime Minister):

My view is that, through the co-operation of hon. gentlemen opposite and diligence on the part of the Government, we have been making extraordinarily rapid progress with regard to legislation. Although I have been a member of this House for eight years, I have never known a period in which more legislation has been dealt with by the House than during the past month. From my hon. friend's remarks, one would gather that he fails to appreciate the importance of consideration by the House of the Estimates. I do not know of any function which the House discharges of greater consequence than the careful consideration of the Estimates involving as they do the expenditure of immense sums of money, and I do not regard the time of the House as wasted in giving consideration to these Estimates.

As regards the point mentioned by my hon. friend of the Opposition exhausting its opportunities of moving resolutions upon going into Supply, there is no ground for apprehension, because there are in the Main Estimates many remaining items to be dealt with; then there are the Supplementary Estimates of 1918-19, and the Supplementary Estimates of 1919-20 have to be brought down, In addition, there are one or more special Estimates before the House.

The legislation mentioned in the speech from the Throne is all before the House with the exception of legislation relating to vocational education and that relating to to the franchise which has been mentioned by the hon. member. Legislation relating to technical education has been fully considered by the Government and will be introduced within a few days by the Minister of Immigration (Mr. Calder) who has it in charge. The Franchise Bill is an exceedingly important piece of legislation which has been and is receiving the careful attention of the Government, and it is the intention to introduce it at the present session of Parliament.

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Subtopic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE-LEGISLATION PROMISED IN SPEECH FROM THRONE.
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May 14, 1919