June 22, 1922

CON

Mr. MacLAREN:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Has the Canadian Government contributed towards the purchase ot the submarine cable running from Ireland to Halifax, which is stated was acquired by the British Government about a year ago?

2. If not, has the Canadian Government under consideration the subject of supplying in conjunction with the British Government, a Brtish owned cable between Great Britain and Canada?

3. Of the seventeen trans-atlantic cables has the Canadian Government a financial interest in any?

4. Does the Government propose to extend the Canadian National Telegraph system from Moncton to Halifax, and so connect with the British Atlantic cable?

5. When official cablegrams are sent from Ottawa to the British Government in London, are they transmitted for a part of the distance through United States territory?

6. Does the Canadian Government Telegraph system directly connect with the British owned Pacific cable?

7. If not, is it proposed that this connection be made?

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Subtopic:   SUBMARINE CABLE-IRELAND-HALIFAX
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PRO

Hon. Mr. KING (Kootenay):

Progressive

1. The Government has been unable to ascertain any record of any such contribution having been made.

2. No.

3. No.

4. Canadian National Telegraphs now connect with Atlantic cables by direct Western Union-Canadian National wires between Montreal and North Sydney. The Western Union Telegraph Company own and operate the telegraph lines east of Moncton, but Canadian National Telegraphs have an option for the lease or purchase of such lines, and the matter may be said to be under consideration to that extent.

5. Cable messages by Canadian National Telegraphs pass solely through Canadian territory.

6. No.

7. Connection cannot be made as, under an existing agreement, the Canadian Pacific enjoys an exclusive arrangement with the Imperial Government to handle this westbound cable business.

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Subtopic:   SUBMARINE CABLE-IRELAND-HALIFAX
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STEEL BOUNTIES

PRO

Mr. COOTE:

Progressive

1. In what years were steel bounties paid by the Canadian Government?

2. What was the amount paid in each of these years?

3. What was the total amount of bounties paid?

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Subtopic:   STEEL BOUNTIES
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LIB

Hon. Mr. ROBB: (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

1. During each fiscal year from 1895-6 to 1911-12, inclusive.

2.

Years ended- Bounties on steel Bounties on manufactures from steelJune 30, 1896 $ 59,499 Nil1897 17,366 Nil1898 67.454 Nil1899 74,644 Nil1900 64,360 Nil1901 100,058 Nil1902 77,431 Nil1903 729,102 Nil1904 347,990 15,3211905 676,318 231,3241906 941,000 369,832Mar. 31, 1907 575,259 338,999(9 months) 1908 1,092,201 347,1351909 838,100 333,0911910 695,752 538,8121911 350,456 526,8581912 Nil 166,750

3. Bounties on steel, $6,706,990; bounties on manufactures of steel, $2,868,122.

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Subtopic:   STEEL BOUNTIES
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DENNIS BUILDING, HALIFAX

LIB

Mr. GENDRON:

Liberal

1. Did the Government, or any branch thereof, rent offices in the Dennis Building, so called, in the city of Halifax, for any time between January 1st, 1914, and December 31st, 1919?

2. If so, (a) for what purpose and (b) what was the total amount paid by the Government as rentals for said Dennis Building, and (e) to whom was it paid?

3. For what length of time were said offices rented?

Questions

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Subtopic:   DENNIS BUILDING, HALIFAX
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LIB

Arthur Bliss Copp (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

Hon. Mr. COPP:

Department of Public Works-

1. Yes.

2. Premises: Portion of 5th and all of 6th and 7th floors; occupants: M. and D. headquarters; term, 1st January, 1914, to 31st December, 1919; rental paid1: $47,782.00. Premises: two rooms on 4th floor; occupants: recruiting office, M. and D.; 17th December, 1915, to 17th May, 1916; rental paid: $151.00. Premises: two rooms on 4th floor; occupants: taxation office; term: 17th May, 1916, to 1st May, 1918; rental paid: $691.53. Total paid 1st January, 1914, to 31st December, 1919, $48,624.53. Paid to the Dennis Realty Corporation, Halifax, N.S.

3. 5th floor rented from 1st May, 1916, to 1st May, 1920; 6th floor rented from 1st October, 1913, to 1st May, 1920; 7th floor rented from 1st August, 1914, to 1st May, 1920; two rooms 4th floor for recruiting offices rented from 17th December, 1915, to 17th May, 1916; two rooms 4th floor for taxation officer rented from 17th May, 1916, to 1st May, 1918.

Department of Public Printing and Stationery-

1. Yes.

2. (a) Printing of voters' lists; (b)

$60.40; (c) Dennis Realty Corporation,

l imited, Halifax, N.S.

3. Eight weeks.

Department of Railways and Canals-

1. Yes.

2. (a) For purposes of Hudston Bay

Railway, Port Nelson Terminals, and Canadian Government Railways (Marine Superintendent). (b) The total amount paid for rental of the Dennis Building was: Hudson Bay Railway, $1,308.72;

Canadian Government Railways, $602.19; total, $1,910.91. (c) Rental was paid to

the Dennis Realty Corporation.

3. From June, 1914, to September, 1918.

Department of Soldiers' Civil Re-establishment

1. Yes.

2. (a) The Halifax District Office of the

Board of Pension Commissioners for Canada, was located in the Dennis building, Halifax, from August, 1917, to January 3, 1920. (b) Total rent paid, August, 1917,

to January, 1920, $2,592.03. (c) The Dennis Realty Corporation.

3. Answered by No. 1.

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Subtopic:   DENNIS BUILDING, HALIFAX
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JOHN N. MCDONALD

CON

Mr. HOCKEN:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Was John N. McDonald dismissed from the position of inspector of dredges, Prince Edward Island district?

2. (a) Was he employed as a hand on dredge Prince Edward from September, 1884, to January, 1897, and (b) was he promoted to captain of dredge during this period?

3. When appointed as dredge inspector for said district in 1912, and up to May 6 last, were there any charges brought against him by his superior officials to the department?

4. If so, what charges?

5. Were there deductions made from his salary for retirement?

6. Was he on the permanent list?

7. On what grounds was he dismissed from the service in May?

8. Did he ask for an investigation of all charges against him?

9. Was such an investigation granted him? If not, why?

10. Is the vacancy caused by his dismissal filled? If so, by whom?

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Subtopic:   JOHN N. MCDONALD
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PRO

Hon. Mr. KING (Kootenay):

Progressive

1. Yes.

2. (a) Name does not appear in departmental records prior to 1890; (b) Yes.

3 and 4. None on record.

5. Yes.

6. No.

7. In the public interest.

8. Yes.

9. Representation having been made by most responsible parties an investigation not considered necessary.

10. No.

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Subtopic:   JOHN N. MCDONALD
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HUGH RITCHIE

CON

Mr. CHURCH:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Has Hugh Ritchie, a civilian, been appointed to a position in the Sales Tax Branch of the Customs [DOT] Department in Toronto at $960 per year?

2. What are his qualifications for this position?

3. Was the said Ritchie in the Civil Service before?

4. If so, why did he leave?

5. Has the rule providing that ex-soldiers be given preference in appointment to the Civil Service been rescinded?

6. Have any complaints been received about this appointment from G.W.V. Associations?

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Subtopic:   HUGH RITCHIE
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LIB

Hon. Mr. COPP: (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

1. Yes, temporarily.

2. His experience in excise work, gained during seventeen years' previous service in the department, made him particularly well fitted for the position.

3. Yes.

4. He resigned.

5. No, it is a provision in the Civil Service Act.

6. No complaints have been addressed to the commission by any veteran association.

Questions

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Subtopic:   HUGH RITCHIE
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CANADIAN UNEMPLOYED

PRO

Mr. COOTE:

Progressive

1. Has the Government any information as to the number of unemployed in Canada at the present time?

2. To what occupation or profession do they belong and how many in each profession?

3. How many are married and how many are single?

4. How many of these are returned men?

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Subtopic:   CANADIAN UNEMPLOYED
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LIB

Hon. Mr. MURDOCK: (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

1. The number of unemployed in Canada at any particular time cannot be stated at all exactly. To give the information required it would be necessary to take a complete census of the unemployed. As the result of telegrams sent to the superintendents of all employment offices in the Dominion on June 9, the Employment Service of Canada was advised that there were approximately 43,000 unemployed in Canada as of that date. On January 1 last the records of the Employment Service of Canada indicated that there were approximately 200,000 unemployed in Canada.

2. No accurate information available for all unemployed in Canada.

3. Information not available and would require census of the unemployed to secure.

4. Applicants at employment offices are not required to state whether they have had military service or not.

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Subtopic:   CANADIAN UNEMPLOYED
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SALE OP LAND TO W. REUBEN PARSONS

PRO

Mr. MILLAR:

Progressive

1. When did the sale take place of the forty-acre portion of the South East J of Section 29. Township 14, Range 9, West of the 2nd Meridian, marked on the survey as lake?

2. To whom was the sale made and at what price ?

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Subtopic:   SALE OP LAND TO W. REUBEN PARSONS
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LIB

Hon. Mr. STEWART (Argenteuil) : (Minister of Immigration and Colonization; Minister of Mines; Minister of the Interior; Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs)

Liberal

1. An area of 49.73 acres was sold at the rate of $8 per acre to Mr. Reuben Parsons at a sale of school lands held at Wind-thorst on the 23rd October, 1917, and sale was subject to adjustment in accordance with the latest revised township plan of survey. Surveyor General approved plan of survey 14th August, 1918, showing former lake area, comprising 100.10 arces, as hay land and sale adjusted as of the 30th November, 1918, in accordance with terms of contract.

2. Answered by No. 1.

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Subtopic:   SALE OP LAND TO W. REUBEN PARSONS
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June 22, 1922