March 4, 1921

ALBERTA SUPREME COURT

UNION

William Antrobus Griesbach

Unionist

Mr. GRIESBACH:

Have the Judges of the Appellate and Trial Divisions of the Supreme Court of Alberta, created under chapter 3 of the Statutes of Alberta, 1919, whose salaries were provided by chapter 56 of the Statutes of Canada, 1920, been appointed?

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UNION

Charles Joseph Doherty (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Unionist

Rt. Hon. Mr. DOHERTY:

No; the appointments cannot be made until the Judicature Act of Alberta is brought into force by the Provincial Government by proclamation.

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BUSINESS PROFITS TAX.

LIB

Joseph Philippe Baby Casgrain

Liberal

*Mr. CASGRAIN:

Is it the intention of the Government to reenact the excess Business Profits Tax for the ensuing year?

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CON

Henry Lumley Drayton (Secretary of State of Canada; Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir HENRY DRAYTON:

This question can be answered only when the Budget is brought down.

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PERROT ISLAND BRIDGES.

L LIB

David Arthur Lafortune

Laurier Liberal

Mr. LAFORTUNE:

Has the Government any intention of assisting in some way the construction of the bridges on Perrot Island, from the Ste. Anne de Bellevue side, on the part of the canal which it owns?

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UNION

John Dowsley Reid (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Unionist

Hon. Mr. REID:

The matter has not been considered.

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SOULANGES CANAL ROAD.

L LIB

Mr. BOYER:

Laurier Liberal

1. Has the Government the intention of constructing this year the macadam road running alongside the Soulanges Canal, from Cascades Point to Coteau Landing?

2. If so, will new tenders be invited?

3. Have plans and specifications of this work

been prepared ? .

4. If so, by which Department?

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UNION

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

Unionist

1. Under consideration.

2. Yes.

3. Yes.

4. Railways and Canals.

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ST. JEAN POST OFFICE.

L LIB

Marie Joseph Demers

Laurier Liberal

Mr. DEMERS:

What have been the receipts of the post office in the town of St. Jean, St. Jean and Iberville County, for the years 1918, 1919 and 1920?

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UNION

Charles Joseph Doherty (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Unionist

Hon. Mr. DOHERTY:

1918, $19,532.25; 1919, $25,181.25; 1920, $15,365.96.

_ CONTRACTOR DEMERS.

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LIB

Mr. CASGRAIN:

Liberal

1. What contracts have been awarded to contractor Demers for the delivery of the mails in the city of Quebec, either through the medium of letter boxes, door to door delivery, etc. ?

2. What is the amount of each contract?

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UNION

Charles Joseph Doherty (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Unionist

Hon. Mr. DOHERTY:

1 and 2. Quebec and Clearance of Street Letter Boxes, etc., $11,995.00 per annum; Parcel Post Delivery Service, 40c. per hour for first vehicle, 50c per hour for each additional vehicle; Quebec Post Office and Railway Stations and Wharves, $6,425.00 per annum.

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LT.-COL. BURNHAM

LIB

Mr. POWER:

Liberal

1. Have any representations been made to the Canadian Government with reference to the mission of Lt.-Col. Burnham in Montenegro?

2. Is the Government aware that this Canadian officer was forced to submit to treatment distinctly contrary to that prescribed by the rules of international courtesy at the hands of the Serbian Government through its representatives?

3. It is the intention of the Government to intervene on behalf of this Canadian Medical Mission in order that it may be permitted to carry out the work for which it was intended, namely, the relief of the thousands of disease-stricken inhabitants of Central Europe in general and Montenegro in particular?

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UNION

Arthur Meighen (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Unionist

Hon. Mr. MEIGHEN:

Representations were made to the Department of External Affairs in August last regarding danger to Dr. Burnham's mission in Montenegro, in consequence of which the matter was taken up with the Fereign Office and it was learned that a protest had been addressed by His Majesty's Minister at Belgrade to the Serb-Croat-Slovene Government against threats said to have been made against Colonel Burnham and that it had been intimated to the Serbian Government that it would be held responsible for the protection of Dr. Burnham's mission. His Majesty's Minister was further instructed, if a report of Dr. Burnham's arrest should be confirmed, to demand his immediate release.

A reply was received from the Serb-Croat-Slovene Government that the local authorities charged with having made the threats referred to denied having done so, and that Colonel Burnham had never been for a single moment under arrest.

2. The charges of harsh treatment as received in the Department were couched in general terms indicating rather friction with the local authorities during a period of disturbed conditions due to war with

Albania, than any serious denial of right, and they have been denied by the Serbian Government which asserts that Colonel v Burnham was not threatened nor subjected to discourteous treatment.

3. As Colonel Burnham has withdrawn his mission from Montenegro and it is not apparent either that he wishes to return or that the return of the mission is desired by the authorities in control of that country, the Government sees no reason to intervene further in the matter now.

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March 4, 1921