June 2, 1921

MORNING SITTINGS

UNION

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

Unionist

Right Hon. ARTHUR MEIGHEN (Prime Minister) moved:

That on and after Friday, 3rd June next, until the end of the present session, the House shall meet at eleven o'clock in the morning each day except Sundays, and that in addition to the usual intermission at six o'clock p.m. there shall also be an intermission every day from one to two-thirty o'clock p.m., and that the various committees of the House be at liberty to sit during the sessions of the House.

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Motion agreed to.


L LIB
UNION

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

Unionist

Mr. MEIGHEN:

I understand the leader of the Opposition expects it on Saturday. I agree with him.

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RESIGNATION OF MEMBERS


HON. N. W. ROWELL, FOR DURHAM, AND Mr. MAHARG, FOR MAPLE CREEK


UNION

Edgar Nelson Rhodes (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Unionist

Mr. SPEAKER:

I have the honour to inform the House that I have received the resignation of the following members-of Hon. N. W. Rowell, for the electoral district of Durham, and of John A. Maharg, Esq., for the electoral district of Maple Creek. .1 have accordingly issued my warrant to the Chief Electoral Officer-to make out a writ of election for the said electoral districts respectively.

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REPORTS TABLED


Annual Report of the Superintendent of the Geodetic Survey of Canada, Department of the Interior, for the fiscal year ending March 31, 1920.-Hon. Mr. Tolmie. Copy of the Joint Report of the International Boundary Commission upon the survey and demarcation of the boundary line betwen the United States and Canada. -Hon. Mr. Tolmie.


QUESTIONS


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk).


CIVILIAN CARETAKER

CON

Mr. GORDON:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. What rate of pay is received by civilian caretakers of rifle ranges, drill halls, armouries

and other buildings under the control of the Department of Militia?

2. Is the cost of living bonus being paid to civilian caretakers for the year 1921, and was it paid during 1920?

3. What number of such caretakers receive free issue of clothihg and uniforms?

4. Have civilian caretakers of rifle ranges been given an opportunity of enlisting in the caretakers' section of the Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps?

5. If so, how many have enlisted, and how many have refused to enlist?

6. Why has the Department of Militia on its staff, in some instances, enlisted caretakers, and in other instances, civilian caretakers?

7. What hours are the civilian caretakers required to work each day?

8. Has the pay of such caretakers been increased since 1914?

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UNION

Hon. Mr. GUTHRIE: (Solicitor General of Canada; Minister of Militia and Defence)

Unionist

1. The rates of pay for military and civilian caretakers are divided into the several classes, particulars of which are given below:-

(a) Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps enlisted men who receive regimental rates of pay, etc. The pay of a private soldier of this section amounts to $1.70 per day, regimental pay; 85 cents per day allowance in lieu of quarters and rations; total $2.55 per day. If married, $200 per annum, dependents' allowance, is also paid.

An allowance in lieu of fuel and light is also issuable to all N.C.O's and men, based on prevailing local prices.

(b) Part-time civilian caretakers for safeguarding armouries, drill halls and other militia department buildings, are usually paid the amount of $10 per month.

(c) Various rates are paid to full-time civilian caretakers, ranging from $2 per day to $100 per month, according to the nature of duties being performed.

It has recently been decided that, due to the paucity of funds in the caretakers' appropriation for the present financial year, the standard rate of pay for a fulltime civilian caretaker will amount to $66 per month (plus bonus).

2. Yes, except in a very few recent instances where the appointment has been specially approved without bonus.

3. Only the 75 Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps enlisted caretakers referred to in paragraph 1 (a).

4. In the ordinary course of events, no offers have been made to caretakers who are already employed as civilians to enlist in the caretakers' section of the Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps.

5. See answer to No. 4.

6. The larger portion of the caretakers were employed as civilians up to the date

of organization of the caretakers' section of the Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps in July, 1920. However, it is now necessary to appoint civilian caretakers only, in view of the fact that all enlistments into the caretakers' section, Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps, have been suspended due to the limitation of the Permanent Force establishments. Many of the civilian caretakers who are now employed are not eligible for enlistment into the Permanent Force, being over age, medically unfit, etc.

7. No stated hours are laid down, but this matter is usually arranged locally. As Units of the Non-Permanent Force attend drills, etc., during the evening hours, caretakers of necessity are usually required to be present at the armouries and drill halls during this period.

8. Yes, the rate of pay laid down in 1914 was $1.50 per day.

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PARLIAMENT BUILDINGS-EXPENDITURE

L LIB

Mr. FOURNIER:

Laurier Liberal

1. How much has been paid by the Government to the Lyall Co., for commission or other remuneration in connection with the construction of the Parliament Building at Ottawa up to April 20, 1921?

2. How much has been paid to architects

in connection with said building?

3. What is the total expenditure to date on said building?

4. How much more will be required to complete the same?

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

Nationalist Liberal

1. $314,805.26.

2. $342,188.24.

3. $9,412,764.86.

4. The architects have been requested to furnish estimate in detail of further cost for completing the entire building.

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FOUNDATION COMPANY OF MONTREAL

L LIB

Mr. JACOBS:

Laurier Liberal

1. What sum or sums were paid to the Foundation Company of Montreal for work done for the Department of Public Works during the years 1912-1917?

2. What work was done by the said company for the Government during that period?

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June 2, 1921