March 15, 1920

L LIB

Mr. SINCLAIR (Antigonish and Guys-borough):

Laurier Liberal

1. What number of employees are on the staff of the director of Canadian News Service at Washing-ton?

2. What are their names and respective salaries?

3. To whom is the news supplied?

4. What has been the total cost of the administration of this office to date?

5. Out of what fund are the expenses of this office met?

6. Is it the intention of the Government to continue this service?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   DIRECTOR OF CANADIAN NEWS SERVICE AT WASHINGTON.
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UNION

Hon. Mr. ROWELL: (Minister presiding over the Department of Health; President of the Privy Council)

Unionist

1. There is no director of Canadian News Service at Washington, but there is a director of Canadian News Service at New York. The staff consists of five.

2. Their names and salaries are: Colonel J. A. Cooper, director, $-5,000 per annum; F. Hudd, $300 -per month; Mrs. E. iB. Sprague, $25 per week; Miss D. M. Jones, $28 per week; Miss A. Roonan, $20 per week.

3. Supplied to the American Press.

4. (17th July, 1919-lst February, 1920)- $10,185.79.

5. The expenses of the office are met by equal contributions from the Departments of External Affairs, Trade and Commerce, and Immigration and Colonization.

6. An announcement will be made in due course.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   DIRECTOR OF CANADIAN NEWS SERVICE AT WASHINGTON.
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EXPERIMENTAL FARMS IN BONAVENTURE.

L LIB

Mr. MARCEL (Bonaventure):

Laurier Liberal

1. How many experimental or demonstration stations have been established in Bonaventure county?

2. Where are they situated, in whose hands are they placed, and under what conditions?

3. Have they been successful?

4. Is it the intention of the Government to establish any other stations? If so, where?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   EXPERIMENTAL FARMS IN BONAVENTURE.
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UNION

Simon Fraser Tolmie (Minister of Agriculture)

Unionist

Hon. Mr. TOLMIE:

I- Two Illustration Stations are in operation in Bonaventure county.

2. One, of 10 acres, is carried on at New Carlisle by Mr. E. M. Legallais, of Paspe-biac West P. O., and has been in operation since 1916. The other, consisting of 16 acres, is carried on at New Richmond, by Mr. J. B. Cyr, of Little Cascapedia. They are under agreement to follow certain crop rotations on this land, for which they receive $5 a year for each acre. (For precise terms of agreement, see Form of Contract attached).

3. The results at New Carlisle are considered as fairly satisfactory up to the present; and at New Richmond, quite promising to date.

4. The establishment of additional stations in Bonaventure county is not in contemplation at present. So far, it has been possible to carry on, in the whole Dominion, some 48 Illustration Stations in all, these being located in the provinces of Quebec, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. Naturally, in arranging for new stations in any province, an endeavour is made to give first consideration to large sections of territory without any stations at all in their midst.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   EXPERIMENTAL FARMS IN BONAVENTURE.
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REMUNERATION OF RURAL DELIVERY MAIL CARRIERS.

L LIB

Mr. EULER:

Laurier Liberal

1. Has the attention of the Government been drawn to the state of dissatisfaction existing among the rural delivery mail carriers because of the inadequate scale of remuneration consequent upon the increased cost of living?

2. If so, is it the intention of the Government to modify existing contracts and to increase the rate of pay to the rural carriers in future contracts so as to provide for relief as justified by said increased cost of living and the increased cost of rural delivery?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   REMUNERATION OF RURAL DELIVERY MAIL CARRIERS.
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UNION

Newton Wesley Rowell (Minister presiding over the Department of Health; President of the Privy Council)

Unionist

Hon. Mr. ROWELL:

1 and 2. A number of appeals have been received from rural mail contractors for increased remuneration on account of the increased cost of living. Each appeal is considered on its own merits, due regard being paid to the present rate of remuneration and the date on which the contract was entered into.

The policy of the Government is to do everything possible to ameliorate the financial conditions of the rural mail couriers, but the Post Office Act makes it unlawful to increase the rate paid to a mail contractor without first inviting public tenders except when an addition is made to the regular service or when it can be shown that the quantity of mail matter which he is required to convey has increased to such an extent as to necessitate the employment of additional equipment and couriers.

If investigation shows that a contractor entered into his contract at a time so recent as to make it possible to foresee and consequently provide against the increase in operating expenses, there could be no good grounds for any drastic action by the Government to release him; but if on The other hand, the contractor entered into his obligations at a time when it was impossible to foresee the sudden rise in the cost of operation, and is consequently, through no fault of his own, carrying on his work at

a loss, steps are taken to invite tenders with a view to making other satisfactory contract arrangements which when completed would lead to his release.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   REMUNERATION OF RURAL DELIVERY MAIL CARRIERS.
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OHARHEVOIX-MQNTMORENCY CUSTOM OFFICERS.

LIB

Mr. CASGRAIN:

Liberal

1. How many custom officers .are there in the county of Charlevoix^Montmorency?

2. What are their names, where do they reside, and where did they reside before appointment?

3. When were they appointed and at what salary?

4. Have the said salaries been increased since appointment?

5. If so, when and to what extent?

.Hon. Mt. BURRELL:

1. Two.

2. J. G. Martel, Point au Pic, transferred from port of Quebec, December 1, 1917. Edouard Leelerc, St. Paul's Bay, at time of employment a resident of St. Paul's Bay.

3. J. G. Martel first employed at Point au Pic December 1, 1917, with salary at $1,000 per annum. Edouard Leelerc first employed at St. Paul's Bay April 27, 1910, receives $5

' for each vessel entered and cleared.

4. No increase in salary granted since appointment at present station.

5. Answered by 4.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   OHARHEVOIX-MQNTMORENCY CUSTOM OFFICERS.
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CANADIAN WHEAT 'SHIPMENTS TO GREECE.

L LIB

*Mr. ARCHAMBAULT:

Laurier Liberal

1. How many cans, if any, are now loaded wiith wheat destined for Greece, but which cannot be discharged and relieved, because Greece refuses to accept such wheat at a higher price than contracted for?

2. How long have said cars been kept idle on that account?

3. When does the Government expect to relieve these cars?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   CANADIAN WHEAT 'SHIPMENTS TO GREECE.
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CON

George Green Foster

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir GEORGE FOSTER:

1, 2 and 3: It is not possible to say how many cars, if any, are loaded with wheat destined for Greece, but which cannot be discharged and relieved because Greece refused to accept such wheat at a higher price than contracted for. No cars are being detained at the present time, nor have any been detained for the last ten days on ac-. [DOT]- .count of delay in loading the vessels at ports ready to receive the grain. There is now no delay on that account.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   CANADIAN WHEAT 'SHIPMENTS TO GREECE.
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DOMINION OANNERS.

L LIB

*Mr. GAUVREAU:

Laurier Liberal

1. Is the Government aware that the Dominion Canners form an important combine in this country?

i 2. If so, does the Government intend to suppress this combine by legal proceedings under legislation against combines which are contrary to the general .interests of the consumers?

3. Is the Government aware that the Dominion Oanners, last year, made profits whereby the directors were enabled to declare a 19 per cent dividend?

. 4. If so, why the Government does not confiscate a part of these profits extorted from the consumers of Canada?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   DOMINION OANNERS.
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CON

Sir GEORGE FOSTER:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. The Government is not aware that the Dominion Oanners form an important combine in this country.

2. Answered by No. 1.

3. The Government is not aware of what profits were made by the Dominion Canners last year.

4. Answered by No. 3.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   DOMINION OANNERS.
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QUESTION PASSED AS ORDER FOR RETURN.

L LIB

John Ewen Sinclair

Laurier Liberal

Mr. SINCLAIR (Antigonish and Guys-borough):

,

How many of the 22,954 temporary appointments made by the Board of Civil Service Commissioners since the Armistice are at present on the pay rolls of the various departments of the Government?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   QUESTION PASSED AS ORDER FOR RETURN.
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UNOPPOSED MOTIONS FOR PAPERS.

L LIB

John Ewen Sinclair

Laurier Liberal

Mr. SINCLAIR (Queens):

For a copy of all papers, documents, telegrams, correspondence and reports made between the Department of Naval Service and the Inspector of Fisheries in Prince Edward Island or any other party or parties regarding the sale of the lobster hatchery at Charlottetown, P.E.I.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   UNOPPOSED MOTIONS FOR PAPERS.
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March 15, 1920