November 10, 1919

UNION

Mr. DOHERTY: (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Unionist

1. Approximate estimate to complete track laying on Hudson Bay railway from Kettle Rapids Mile 332 to Port Nelson, Mile 424 with permanent structures over Limestone and Kisemachisk rivers using 80 lb. steel, ballasting, train filling, erecting tanks and telegraph line, $1,750,000.

2, 3 and 4. Work on the Hudson Bay railway, Trent Canal and Welland Ship Canal

together with other works were closed down during the war. During current year work was resumed on the Welland and Trent Canals for the purpose of giving work to the unemployed civilians and returned soldiers in the districts affected.

5. The Government is not proposing to purchase the Edmonton. Dunvegan and British Columbia railway at the present time.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   AMNESTY TO M. S. A. DEFAULTERS.
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EXPRESS, PASSENGER AND FREIGHT RATES ON RAILWAYS.


Mr. REID (Mackenzie). 1. Are the rates (passenger, express and freight) on the Intercolonial railway under the control of the Board of Railway Commissioners? 2. If not, why not? 3. If so, on what date were they brought under cont.ol? 4. Are the local rates and through rates on freight the same as are charged on the C.P.R. on the prairie sections? 5. Are the express rates the same as are charged by the C.P.R. on the prairie sections? 6. Are the following figures as given by the Hon. T. A. Crerar in the House on October 20th correct, viz: That the rate charged on the C.P.R. for freight was 18 per cent higher than it was on the Intercolonial railway; and the average passenger rate was 24 per cent higher on the C.P.R. than it was on the Intercolonial railway? 7. What is the total mileage of the above railway?


UNION

Mr. DOHERTY: (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Unionist

1. Express rates are under control of the Board of Railway Commissioners. Freight and passenger rates in dispute have been referred to the Railway Commission. When all Government railways are consolidated with other systems, rates will be on the same basis.

2. See answer to No. 1.

3. Express-from date the Board of Railway Commissioners was constituted, which was in 1904, and for passenger and freight -See answer to No. 1.

4. No.

5. No.

6. For year ending June 30, 1918, the average earnings per ton per mile, and per passenger, per mile were, approximately 18 and 24 per cent respectively higher on the Canadian Pacific railway than on the Intercolonial.

7. The mileage of the Intercolonial railway is 1,527.76 miles.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   EXPRESS, PASSENGER AND FREIGHT RATES ON RAILWAYS.
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QUEBEC AND SAGUENAY RAILWAY.


* Mr. CASGRAIN: 1. Does the Government intend to discontinue the service of the trains of the Quebec and Saguenay railway between Quebec and Murray Bay? 2. If so, why? 3. Is it the intention of the Government to operate trains between Quebec and Murray Bay only twice or three times a week? 4. If so, why?


UNION

Mr. DOHERTY: (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Unionist

1. No.

2. Answered by No. 1.

3. The matter is under consideration by the management.

4. Answered by No. 3.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   QUEBEC AND SAGUENAY RAILWAY.
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PAYMENT TO PATHESCOPB COMPANY


* Mr. MURPHY: 1. Referring to a return presented to the House on the 5th instant containing the terms of an agreement made with the Pathescope Company, and to the statement therein that $5,000 had been expended by the Department of Public Information in connection with the moving picture business over and above the amount paid to the Pathescope Company:- What are the details of the said payment of $5,000? 2. To whom was the said payment made, ani on what date? 3. Out of what fund was the said amount taken, and upon what authority?


UNION

Hon. Mr. CALDER: (Minister of Immigration and Colonization)

Unionist

1. The actual amount expended by the Department of Public Information over and above sums paid the Pathescope Company was $1,385.39. This amount was in payment of the production of a picture entitled " The Call of Freedom."

2. The Specialty Film Import Limited, Montreal, on January 29, 1919.

3. Out of the appropriations set apart for the Department of Public Information and upon the authority of the Order in Council constituting that department.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   PAYMENT TO PATHESCOPB COMPANY
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EXPORT OF COAL INTO CANADA.


Mr. KENNEDY, M.P.: 1. Have the Government any information as to the possibility and probability of a stoppage in the immediate future of the export of coal from the United States into Canada? 2. If so, what measures have the Government taken to arrange for a supply of the fuel necessary for Canada? 3. If the Government have taken no measures to ensure a supply of fuel, do they propose to do so, and how soon?


UNION

Mr. DOHERTY: (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Unionist

1. At present Canada is on the non-embargo list and is being treated without discrimination on the part of the United States Government.

2. The Government is taking such steps as are possible to preserve our proportionate supply from the United States, and the mines in the Dominion are relied upon for domestic supply in so far as there may be any

deficit from importations from the United States.

3. Answered by No. 2.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   EXPORT OF COAL INTO CANADA.
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AMERICANS IN FIRST CONTINGENT.

L LIB

Willis Keith Baldwin

Laurier Liberal

Mr. BALDWIN:

How many Americans went overseas with the first Canadian contingent?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   AMERICANS IN FIRST CONTINGENT.
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UNION

Alexander Kenneth Maclean (Minister Without Portfolio)

Unionist

Hon. A. K. MACLEAN:

This information is not tavailable at the present time. It is not possible to say how many Americans went overseas with the first Canadian contingent. It will be possible to state how many men proceeded with the first contingent who stated, on enlistment, that they were born in the United States, but this cannot he done until the documents of all individual soldiers have been returned to Militia Headquarters, which will not be until after demobilization is completed.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   AMERICANS IN FIRST CONTINGENT.
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C. G. S. CHAMPLAIN,


* Mr. CASGRAIN: 1. IS it true that the Government, through the Department of Marine and Fisheries, Trade and Commerce, and through the Post Office Department, have received demands from the Gulf St. Lawrence Shipping & Trading Company To charter to said company the C. G. S. steamer " Champlain " ? 2. If so, has the Government given any answer to the said company and what was the same? 3. What is the intention of the Government as to the operation of a line of steamboats by the Government between Murray Bay and Tadoussac?


UNION

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

Unionist

1. Yes.

2. Yes; that the department has no present intention of chartering or selling the C. G. S. Champlain.

3. The C. G. S. Champlain is now operating on this route.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   C. G. S. CHAMPLAIN,
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ST. JOHN RIVER WHARVES.

November 10, 1919