April 14, 1921

CON

George Green Foster

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir GEORGE FOSTER:

1 and 2.

Number Number Commis- sioners

Commis- Returned

Province [DOT] sioners SoldiersAlberta 13 6British Columbia.. .. 15 13Manitoba 15 4New Brunswick . . . . 11 4Nova Scotia 14 4Ontario 82 47Prince Edward Island 3 2Quebec 71 18Saskatchewan 16 iiCanada 240 109

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THANKSGIVING DAT

L LIB

Hon. Mr. LEMIEUX:

Laurier Liberal

1. Has the Prime Minister received any communication from The Commercial Travellers Association of Canada requesting that the day fixed for Thanksgiving in the Dominion be a Monday in preference to any other day of the week?

' 2. Has any decision been reached by the Government in the matter?

3. If so, what is the decision?

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UNION

Right Hon. Mr. MEIGHEN: (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Unionist

1. Yes. They suggested the second Monday in November, and that as the Armistice was signed on a Monday the celebration of the two occasions should be held on the same day.

2 and 3. The request will receive consideration when fixing the date of Thanksgiving Day.

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BLOOD INDIAN RESERVE

L LIB

Mr. MOLLOY:

Laurier Liberal

1. Did the estimate of 25,000 sheep, given in the Annual Report of the Indian Department for 1918, page 12, as being placed on the Blood Reserve by Greater Production lessees, turn out to be the correct number? If not, how many were there in 1918?

2. How many sheep were grazed on the Blood Reserve by Greater Production lessees in 1919?

3. Did the cattle-owning Blood Indians protest to the department or to any of its officers in the Spring of 1918 against the presence of the sheep on. their cattle grazing range?

4. If so, what action was taken by the Government to meet their objections?

5. Does the Government know how much hay was cut on the Blood Reserve by Greater Production lessees in 1918 and 1919? If so, what was the total for each year?

Topic:   BLOOD INDIAN RESERVE
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UNION

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

Unionist

Right Hon. Mr. MEIGHEN:

1 and 2. The department has no information, as the leases were given by area and not on the basis of the number pastured.

3. Yes.

4. Upon the matter being investigated the department was assured that there was no trouble and that everything was apparently satisfactory.

5. No.

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L LIB

*Mr. WHITE (Victoria):

Laurier Liberal

1. In his report for the month of May, 1919. did the Indian agent of the Blood Reserve call the attention of his superior officers to the shortage of grass and hay on account of the reserve being pastured off?

2. In his report for June, 1919, did the said Indian agent repeat with emphasis his warning of the shortage of the Blood Reserve of feed with which to winter the Indian cattle and horses ?

3. In consequence of these two reports what action was taken by the Government to protect the Indian cattle interests?

4. Independent of the Indian agent, was the attention of the Government called in 1919 to the fact that its changed methods of administration on the Blood Reserve were threatening the existence of the valuable Blood Reserve Indian cattle herd?

5. If so, from whom was said advice received, on what date or dates, and what action was taken by the Government to meet the situation?

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UNION

Right Hon. Mr. MEIGHEN: (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Unionist

1. Yes.

2. Yes.

3. Action was taken to meet conditions, to provide for feed for cattle and to prevent Indians from selling their hay to settlers.

4. Yes.

5. From the head chief of the Blood band; received August 8, 1919; see answer to No.

3.

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HIGHWAYS-QUEBEC

L LIB

Mr. PREVOST:

Laurier Liberal

1. For how many highways of the province of Quebec has the Minister of Railways approved survey plans in connection with federal grants under the Highways Act?

2. What amount has been paid to the province of Quebec to date for said highways?

3. What sums have been paid to each of the other provinces for the same purpose?

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UNION

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

Unionist

1. Eleven.

2. $56,374.19 has been paid to the province of Quebec to date. Accounts now under audit provide for further payments, amounting to, approximately, $250,000.

3. Ontario, $295,000; British Columbia, $86,446.52; Prince Edward Island, $40,264.79.

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HIGHWAYS-GRANTS TO PROVINCES

L LIB

Mr. ARCHAMBAULT:

Laurier Liberal

1. What different amounts did the Federal Government pay for highways to the provinces, out of federal grants, since the former decided upon an aid to the provinces for the building of good roads?

2. Have certain provinces not as yet received any such grants? If not, why?

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UNION

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

Unionist

1. Ontario, $295,100; British Columbia, $86,446.52; Quebec, $56,374.19; Prince Edward Island, $40,264.79.

2. The following provinces have not as

yet received grants for reasons specified: Nova Scotia-Action deferred pending report of provincial commission on expenditure of road moneys. New Brunswick- Agreements now with province for execution. Payments will follow in due course. Manitoba-Agreements now with province for execution. Payments will follow in due course. Saskatchewan-Agreements recently signed. No statements received. Alberta-No project statements under the Act yet submitted.

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DOMINION FINANCES

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Hon. Me. BELAND:

1. What is the total expenditure (on all accounts) for the financial year ended March 31, 1921?

2. What is the total revenue for the same year?

3. What was the net national debt on March 31, 1920?

4. What was the net national debt on March 31, 1921?

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Hon. S@

1, 2 and 4. The accounts for the financial year ended March 31, 1921, have not yet been closed, and final figures are not available. The information desired will be presented in the Budget speech.

3. $2,248,868,623.79. This figure is exclusive of non-active assets.

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SUPERANNUATED OFFICERS

UNION

Mr. FRIPP:

Unionist

1. Has the Government received a petition from superannuated Government officers, praying for an increase to their pensions on account of the cost of living in comparison to the cost at the time of their superannuation?

2. Is the Government aware that the Imperial Government granted an increase recently to superannuated officials?

3. If such petition has been received, what action, if any, will the Government take in the matter, and will they grant the prayer of the petitioners and either increase their superannuation or grant them a bonus similar to the action taken by the British Government?

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April 14, 1921