May 2, 1923

CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS

EXPRESS BUSINESS AND SALE OF ELECTRIC LINES


Hon. GEORGE P. GRAHAM (Minister of Railways and Canals) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 152, respecting the Canadian National Railways. He said: The abject of section 1 of this bill is to enable the Canadian National Railway Questions Company to carry on the, express business as a department of the railway, taking over the business of the Canadian National Express Company and the Canadian Express Company. Section 2 provides that the Canadian National Railway Company may, if it so decides, sell certain parts of electric lines within the corporation of the municipality of the city of Toronto. Under the wording of the act these lines could be sold to a company. This section amends the act to make it possible to sell to a municipality or to a company. Motion agreed to and bill read the second time.


QUESTIONS


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk).


MONTREAL AND NATIONAL TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILWAY

LIB

Mr. MERCIER:

Liberal

1. Does the government intend to connect, by a branch line, Montreal with the National Transcontinental railway?

2. If so, at what date do they expect to begin the necessary work?

3. If not, would the government be disposed to grant subsidies to any person or company willing tc undertake said work?

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Subtopic:   MONTREAL AND NATIONAL TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILWAY
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LIB

George Perry Graham (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Hon. Mr. GRAHAM:

Parliament yoted a subsidy in 1908 "for a line of railway from Montreal to a point on the National Transcontinental railway not exceeding 200 miles", and re-voted same in 1910. Any application for subsidy which may now be made would be dealt with on its merits, final decision resting with parliament.

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Subtopic:   MONTREAL AND NATIONAL TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILWAY
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SALE OF PRE-EMPTIONS

PRO

Mr. EVANS:

Progressive

1. Were not the proceeds from the sale of preemptions thrown open in 1908 in what is known as the dry area in western Canada to be used for the purpose of constructing the Hudson Bay railway?

2. How much money has been realized from that source to date?

3. Was any other trust fund created for the purpose of constructing the Hudson Bay railway?

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Subtopic:   SALE OF PRE-EMPTIONS
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LIB

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

Liberal

1. There was no specific authority under the Dominion Lands Act 1908 for the sale of land for the purpose of Hudson Bay Railway construction, but pre-emptions were sold under the provisions of the said act.

2. Sale of pre-emptions $15,649,674.83 to 31 March, 1923.

3. No, so far as the Interior department is aware.

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Subtopic:   SALE OF PRE-EMPTIONS
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COLLECTIONS-LUXURY TAX

PRO

Thomas William Bird

Progressive

Mr. BIRD:

What is the total amount collected under the excise taxes, commonly called luxury taxes, imposed under section 19BB of the Special War Revenue Act?

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Subtopic:   COLLECTIONS-LUXURY TAX
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LIB

Jacques Bureau (Minister of Customs and Excise)

Liberal

Hon. Mr. BUREAU:

Excise taxes collected under section 19 B.B. of the 1920 amendments to The Special War Revenue Act 1915.

Fiscal year, 1921, excise taxes, $31,921,756.51; 1922, $4,053,076.09; 1923, $8,212,775.99.

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Subtopic:   COLLECTIONS-LUXURY TAX
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TAX COMMISSION

PRO

Mr. BIRD:

Progressive

1. What was the gross amount of income reviewed by the Tax Commission for the purposes of the income tax for the year ending March, 1922?

2. What was the amount of income assessed for the purposes of the income tax for th.e year ending March, 1922?

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Subtopic:   TAX COMMISSION
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LIB

Hon. Mr. FIELDING: (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

1. No information, as statistics were only compiled from taxable returns.

2. $1,462,529,169.94.

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Subtopic:   TAX COMMISSION
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DISMISSAL MISS BARBARA LEE

CON

Hon. Mr. BAXTER:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. From what date was Miss Barbara Lee dismissed from the service of the Immigration department at St. John, New Brunswick?

2. On whose recommendation was she dismissed?

3. By what officer or officers of the department was such recommendation approved?

4. For what reasons was it approved?

5. Why was she dismissed?

6. What part, if any, had a man named Byrne in

the dismissal?

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Subtopic:   DISMISSAL MISS BARBARA LEE
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LIB

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

Liberal

1. 20th December, 1922.

2. Mr. Jos. Byrne, officer of the Department of Immigration m charge of the catering at St. John, N.B.

3. Mr. W. R. Little, Commissioner of Immigration, Eastern division, and Mr. J. E. Featherston, Supervisor of Personnel.

4. Refusal to perform duties for which engaged.

5. Answered by No. 4.

6. Answered by No. 2.

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Subtopic:   DISMISSAL MISS BARBARA LEE
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May 2, 1923