November 3, 1919

UNION

Hon. Mr. SIFTON: (Minister of Public Works)

Unionist

1. The committee originally appointed was composed as follows: Hon. Robert

Rogers, chairman; Hon. Messrs . J. D. Hazen, J. D. Reid, P. E. Blondin, Sir James Lougheed, William Pugsley, R. Lemieux,

0. Murphy and R. Watson.

2. The committee at present is composed as follows: Hon. Arthur L. Sifton, chairman; Hon. Messrs. J. D. Reid, 0. C. Bal-lantyne, J. A. Calder, Sir James Lougheed, G. D. Robertson and R. Watson.

3. To supervise and direct the reconstruction of the Parliament Buildings.

4. Full reports of the work of the committee were submitted to Parliament by the Minister of Public Works for the fiscal years 1915-16, 1916-17 and 1917-18; the report for 1918-19 now in the press.

5. By force contract.

6. Total expenditure to 31st October, 1919, $6,101,947.67.

7. J. A. Pearson is the architect having direction and control of the work. J. O. Marchand is associate architect. The architects employ, pay their own staff and other assistance, and are paid a commission of five and one-half per cent (51%) on an estimated cost limited to five million dollars ($5,000,000).

8. Every effort is being made to make the building temporarily habitable for the next session.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   PARLIAMENT BUILDINGS.
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WAR TROPHIES.

UNION

Mr. STEVENS:

Unionist

1. Has the Government appointed a commission to deal with the distribution of war trophies?

2. If so, who is the chairman of the commission?

3. Has such commission been organized and has it made any distribution of trophies to date? If so, what distribution has been made?

4. Have any requests been received from Vancouver? If so, what distribution has been made of war trophies in that city?

5. What system of distribution is being adopted?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   WAR TROPHIES.
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UNION

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

Unionist

1. Yes.

2. Sir Edmund B. Walker.

3. The commission has been organized. No distribution of trophies has been made, and none will be made until all of them are received from England.

4. Yes. No distribution has been made.

5. No system has yet been adopted.

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Subtopic:   WAR TROPHIES.
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QUESTION PASSED AS ORDER FOR RETURN.

UNION

Mr. McLEAN (Royal):

Unionist

1. What are the names, dates of appointment and permanent addresses of the officers appointed by the Militia Department to Number 7 District, New Brunswick, and departmental staff?

2. What is the rank, pay and allowances, and overseas experience of each of the said officers?

3. Is Military District No. 7 to be abolished?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   QUESTION PASSED AS ORDER FOR RETURN.
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SHORTAGE OF SUGAR IN THE PRAIRIE PROVINCES.


On the Orders of the Day:


UNION

James Robert Wilson

Unionist

Mr. J. R. WILSON (Saskatoon):

Mr. Speaker, I wish to ask -the Government whether they have been advised of the acute .shortage of sugar in the Prairie Provinces? I hold in my hand a letter which I have received from a wholesale firm in Saskatoon stating that there is a very acute shortage of sugar, and that great quantities are nevertheless being exported by Eastern refiners. Is it the intention of the Government, in view of this shortage, to place an embargo on the exportation of sugar?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   SHORTAGE OF SUGAR IN THE PRAIRIE PROVINCES.
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CON

George Green Foster

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir GEORGE FOSTER:

There is at present an embargo against the export of sugar from Canada. It has been operative for a number of weeks and is now being enforced as carefully as possible with a view to preventing leakage along the international boundary and otherwise. No permits are being issued for the export of sugar from Canada. Some export has of late taken place under contracts! made months ago, the non-fulfilment of which world have resulted in great loss and complication. These, however, are very largely cleaned off the slate, and the facts are as I have stated. I may announce also that cargoes of raw sugar are now coming into Vancouver. The shortage, therefore, which has been rather marked there for two or three months, will be relieved and from now on the British Columbia refiner will be able to ship normal quantities to the Prairie Provinces. With regard to the Prairie Provinces, I may say that they have received this year many millions of pounds up to the present time over and above the normal consumption of past years.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   SHORTAGE OF SUGAR IN THE PRAIRIE PROVINCES.
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SHORTAGE OF NEWSPRINT PAPER.

UNION

William Findlay Maclean

Unionist

Mr. W. F. MACLEAN (York, South):

I should like to call attention also to the fact that there is a great shortage of news print in this country, and that up to date nothing has been done to relieve it by way of embargo. The shortage is becoming almost unbearable.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   SHORTAGE OF NEWSPRINT PAPER.
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CON

George Green Foster

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir GEORGE FOSTER:

I will make inquiry. Is that shortage personal or general?

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Subtopic:   SHORTAGE OF NEWSPRINT PAPER.
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UNION

William Findlay Maclean

Unionist

Mr. W. F. MACLEAN:

It is very particular and very general. I never suffered so much; there is a condition of shortage-in every newspaper establishment in this-country.

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Subtopic:   SHORTAGE OF NEWSPRINT PAPER.
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CON

George Green Foster

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir GEORGE FOSTER:

Well, you look happy. .

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Subtopic:   SHORTAGE OF NEWSPRINT PAPER.
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UNION

William Findlay Maclean

Unionist

Mr. W. F. MACLEAN:

I want to remain: happy, but I cannot if this newsprint shortage continues.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   SHORTAGE OF NEWSPRINT PAPER.
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CANADIAN GOVERNMENT'S OWNERSHIP OF RAILROADS IN UNITED STATES.


On the Orders of the Day:


L LIB

Charles Murphy

Laurier Liberal

Hon. CHARLES MURPHY (Russell):

By way of asking a question, I desire to direct the attention of the Covernment to a despatch which was carried by the American press on- Friday last. Under the caption " Probe of Canadian Owned Roads Urged," the item is as follows:

Washington, Oct. 29.-A resolution calling on the Senate Interstate Commerce Committee to investigate present or prospective ownership by the Government of Canada of railroads in the United States was offered to-day by Senator McCormick of Illinois. McCormick also asked that a statement of the mileage of such roads be made.

May I inquire if the matter referred to in this despatch has come to the attention of the Government, or if the Government have any information to give the House to-day?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   CANADIAN GOVERNMENT'S OWNERSHIP OF RAILROADS IN UNITED STATES.
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CON

George Green Foster

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir GEORGE FOSTER:

The matter has not come to the attention of the Government. We have no information to give at the present time.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   CANADIAN GOVERNMENT'S OWNERSHIP OF RAILROADS IN UNITED STATES.
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November 3, 1919