November 10, 1919

UNION

Mr. McLEAN (Royal):

Unionist

1. What wharves were built by the Federal Government on the St. John river and tributary waters, New Brunswick, and on what respective dates were the said wharves built?

2. Is the Minister of Public Works aware of the fact that these wharves require repairs and many of them have been in a bad state of repair for over a year?

3. If so, will the said wharves he put in proper repair?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   ST. JOHN RIVER WHARVES.
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UNION

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

Unionist

1. Bayswater, 1917; Earles, 1914; Gunters, 1909; Iron Bound Cove, 1910; Maugerville, 1909; Oromocto (2), 1904-1909; Rothesay, 1909; Heustis Landing, 1915; Fredericton, 1914; Hatfield Point, 1915; Long Point, 1916; McAllisters, 1910; Renforth, 1916; Whites Bluff, 1915.

2 and 3. Of the above, the only wharves that have been reported as in need of some repair by the Engineering Branch are Gunters and Oromocto, and orders have been issued to make the necessary repairs.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   ST. JOHN RIVER WHARVES.
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UNION

Mr. McLEAN (Royal):

Unionist

1. Why has the Federal Government not accepted the transfer of the wharves on the St. John river made by the Government of New Brunswick in the months of May and June last?

2. Who is now responsible for the repair and maintenance of said wharves?

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Subtopic:   ST. JOHN RIVER WHARVES.
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UNION

Arthur Lewis W. Sifton (Minister of Public Works)

Unionist

Hon. Mr. SIFTON:

1 and 2. Matter is under consideration.

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REGISTERED MAIL.

UNION

Mr. STEVENS:

Unionist

1. Have instructions been given to postmasters, that in future they may discontinue entering the name and address of the persons to whom registered mail is addressed, in the certificate of registration given to the sender when the registered article is posted?

2. If so what is the reason?

3. Have many complaints been made to the department by public concerns or private citizens to the new order?

4. Has the department considered the desirability of returning to the former practice of inserting name and address on the certificate?

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Subtopic:   REGISTERED MAIL.
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UNION

Hon. Mr. BURRELL: (Minister of Mines; Secretary of State of Canada)

Unionist

1. Yes.

2. It was found that although the work of filling in the name and address in the certificates of registration was being undertaken by the post office, and in this way five million such forme were filled in each year at city post offices, the records show that in not more than one out of forty thousand cases was the form ever used, as the registration system is so complete that rot more than one out of forty thousand registered articles is lost. It followed that a great deal of work was being done by the post office and no useful purpose was being served, as the name and address appear in the post office records, and may be obtained if needed upon inquiry at the post office. Moreover, the sender has the option of inserting them in the certificate of registration should he desire to do so for the purpose of identifying the form with records of his own. A great saving of labour was therefore effected, and the work at registration wickets reduced, and unnecessary crowding, delay and1 inconvenience to the public done away with.

3. No.

4. No.

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Subtopic:   REGISTERED MAIL.
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SUBMARINE CABLES.

L LIB

Mr. PARENT:

Laurier Liberal

1. How many submarine cables for telegraphic purposes exist at the present time between Canada and the European countries?

2. When has each one been laid?

3. How many belong to private corporations, and how many, if any, to the Canadian people?

4. Is any one owned by the Canadian people, partly or wholly? If so, how many purchased, from whom, and how many laid by the Government ?

5. Has any one been built or laid by the Government? If so, at what cost?

6. Has any one been purchased by the Government? If so, from whom and at what cost?

7. What revenue has this country derived from these cables?

8. Under the administration of -what minister of the Crown did the laying or purchase of such submarine cable or cables take place?

9. What department is in control of such cable or cables, and who are the employees connected therewith in this country and outside of this country, respectively?

10. Have any messages, from ministers of the Crown or under their direction, such messages paid. by the public treasury or sent free of charge, been transmitted through submarine cable belonging partly or wholly to the Canadian people, said messages having something to do directly or indirectly, with the soldiers' votes overseas and also the return to this country of officers and soldiers before demobilization took place?

11. If so, from whom did such messages come, and to whom have they been addressed?

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Subtopic:   SUBMARINE CABLES.
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UNION

Martin Burrell (Minister of Mines; Secretary of State of Canada)

Unionist

Hon. Mr. BURRELL:

No information.

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Subtopic:   SUBMARINE CABLES.
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QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS.

L LIB

Mr. MURPHY:

Laurier Liberal

1. Were tenders submitted to the Department of Public Printing and Stationery on September 25, September 29, and October 16, 1919, Respectively, for the following supplies of envelopes: 1 Mil. 100M No. 11 White Wove Envelopes; 1 Mil. 100M. No. 8 White Wove Envelopes; 1 Mil No. 11 Manila Envelopes ; 100M. No. 14 White Wove Envelopes; 300M. No. 12 White Wove Envelopes ; 1 Mil. No. 7 Manila Envelopes?

2. If so, how many tenders were submitted in each case; who were the tenderers and what were their prices; and to whom was the contract awarded in each case?

3. If, in any instance, the lowest tender was not accepted, why wTas an award made to a higher tenderer?

Mi*. CURRIE:

1. Are any soldiers belonging to the Canadian Expeditionary Force serving terms in British or French prisons or detention camps?

2. If so, how many?

3. What are the names of said soldiers, the nature of the offence, and terms of imprisonment?

4. Is it the intention of the Government to grant an amnesty to soldiers convicted of military offences? If so, when?

5. How many soldiers of the C.E.F. are serving terms in British or French prisons for criminal offences?

UNOPPOSED MOTIONS FOR PAPERS. Mr. McLEAN (Royal):

For a copy of all correspondence, telegrams and other documents exchanged between the Federal Government and the Government of Nev Brunswick with regard to the transfer of 12G

wharves on the St. John river and tributary waters, including a copy of all correspondence regarding the liability of the Dominion Government in maintaining and repairing these wharves.

For a copy of all reports and recommendations made by the officers of the Department of Public Works during the years 1918-1919, on the condition of the wharves in the ,St. John river and tributary waters, and the repairs required thereto.

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INQUIRIES AS TO QUESTIONS NOT ANSWERED.


On the Orders of the Day:


UNION

Joseph Elijah Armstrong

Unionist

Mr. J. E. ARMSTRONG (Lambton, E.):

Might I ask that the answer to question No. 6 be sent in by the Government at their

earliest convenience?

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UNION

Henry Arthur Mackie

Unionist

Mr. H. A. MACKIE (Edmonton):

I would like to ask what is the meaning of saying that a question "stands," when no answer is given by the Government? Does it mean that this session's questions will be answered next session?

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UNION

Edgar Nelson Rhodes (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Unionist

Mr. SPEAKER:

If a question on the

Order Paper is not answered it lapses at the close of the session.

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UNION

Henry Arthur Mackie

Unionist

Mr. H. A. MACKIE:

That is what I thought, Mr. Speaker; but on account of what occurred last year I would like to call attention to the fact that question No. 5 standing in my name has been on the Order Paper since October 23 last.

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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Mr. W. L. MACKENZIE KING:

In that connection, Mr. Speaker, I do not see why it is impossible for the Government to bring down answers to a great many of these questions. One or two of them I think I could answer myself with the knowledge I have of the facts. The information requested in these questions is no doubt quite reasonable, and it seems to me that it might just as well be understood now that when the House meets again, whether it be in January or February, any questions that have not been answered this session will be put on the 'Order Paper. Perhaps between no w and the next two or three months ministers may have an opportunity to obtain the required information and present the answers when the House sits again.

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November 10, 1919