May 14, 1923

MR. GEORGE WEDGE

CON

Mr. CHAPLIN:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Is George Wedge employed in the transformer house of the Railways and Canals department at Thorold?

2. If so, how long has he been employed by the Department of Railways and Canals?

3. Has he always performed his duties satisfactorily?

4. Is he now being discharged? If so, why?

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LIB

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

Liberal

1. Yes.

2. About ten years.

3. As regards the department, there have been no complaints.

4. No.

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PORT ARTHUR ELEVATOR

CON

Hon. Mr. STEVENS:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. What was the total amount of No. 1 standard screenings at the government elevator at Port Arthur for the years ending August 30th, 1920-21-22?

2. What was the total amount of revenue received in each of the above years from all screenings?

3. Were the said No. 1 standard screenings recleaned in the said elevator?

4. If so, what was the total revenue for each year:- (a) from the recleaned screenings, (b) from the refuse screenings ?

5. During the said years, to whom, at what price and what amount did the government sell, (a) No. 1 standard screenings, (b) recleaned screenings, (c) refuse screenings?

6. Were the said screenings at any time offered to public tender?

7. Did the government officials mix the grain extracted from the said screenings with other grain in the elevator?

8. In accounting to the shipper for screenings, as provided by law, was said accounting and payment for the No. 1 standard screenings before being recleaned or only at the rate allowed for refuse screenings?

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LIB

James Alexander Robb (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Hon. Mr. ROBB:

This question requires information from Fort William, and, I notice, covers a period of three years. Unless we have the report, we may allow it to stand for this week; but if the report does not come along next week, we may have the question stand as an order for return.

Question stands.

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COLONEL J. A. SPONAGLE

CON

Hon. Mr. STEVENS:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Was Colonel J. A. Sponagle of Middleton, Nova Scotia, appointed Port Physician at Margaretville, Annapolis county? If so, when?

2. Did the said Colonel Sponagle serve overseas as medical officer of the 25th Battalion?

3. Were the said Colonel Sponagle's services dispensed with after the year 1921?

4. Was the customs officer at Margaretville notified by the department in future Dr. F. S. Messenger of Middleton would be employed instead of said Colonel Sponagle?

5. Did the said Dr. Messenger have military service overseas ?

6. What was the reason for dispensing with the services of said Colonel J. A. Sponagle?

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LIB

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

Liberal

1. No.

2. Yes.

3. This officer was struck off strength, the Canadian Expeditionary Force, 16th February, 1920.

4. No.

5. There is no record of Dr. F. S. Messenger having served overseas with the Canadian Forces as an officer or other rank.

6. Lieut. Colonel Sponagle was struck off the strength the Canadian Expeditionary Force on general demobilization.

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FUNGUS AND INSECT CONTROL

CON

Mr. LADNER:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Whal is the organization of the two services dealing with fungi and insects respectively of the forests of Canada?

2. What are the relative duties and the relative compensations provided for the technical staffs of the two services referred to?

3. Does the government consider these two services, namely:-That which deals with fungi and that which deals with insects, of equal economic importance?

4. Has the department during the last ten years carried out any investigation with respect to damages in the forests of British Columbia, under Dominion control, caused by fungi and by insects?

5. If so, in what years were such investigations carried out and of what did the investigation consist?

6. Is it the intention of the government during the summer months of 1924 or 1925 to carry out investigations relative to the causes and control of damage caused to forest trees in British Columbia by fungi and by insects?

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Hon. Mr. MOTHERWELL: (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

1. As far as diseases of forest trees caused by fungi are concerned, this work is done in a subdivision of the division of botany of the Central Experimental farm, Ottawa. In the Entomological branch of the Department of Agriculture, there is a definite organization known as the Division of Forest Insects. Officers of this division investigate insect outbreaks of forests and their control in the various provinces.

2. The duties of a forest pathologist, include the study of the damage due to fungi, the ecological conditions predisposing forest trees towards disease, the taxonomy and morphology of fungi, together with a study of economic control measures possible under prevailing lumbering conditions. The staff of the section dealing with fungi of forests-apart from the general direction of this work by the divisional chief, as far as his other duties will permit, consists of one permanent plant pathologist, with a salary of $2,400-$2,760, and a number of seasonal men of minor qualifications whoes salaries and expenses amount to approximately $8,000. The duties of the entomologists attached to the division of forest insects, are to study the life histories

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of important forest and shade tree insects, the natural control of the same, as well as all phases relating to artificial control. The amount, including salaries, devoted to forest insect investigations in 1922 amounted to approximately $22,100.

3. It is difficult to make comparisons be-tweeh these two services, but just at present insects are working more injury to forests than fungi. But the injury effected by fungi is frequently less obtrusive, although it may be quite as great as that caused by insects, hence it is not possible to say definitely whether one is of more economic importance than the other.

4. Only occasional observations as to damage caused by fungi have so far been possible in British Columbia. Certain definite studies of conditions relating to the outbreak of white pine blister rust were made during the past year and a half. Investigations have been carried out, during the last ten years, with respect to damages caused by insects in the forests of British Columbia.

5. With respect to fungi: The investigations have been carried on since September, 1921, and consist principally in determining the areas in British Columbia affected by blister rust and investigations of the susceptible secondary host plants, including a study of distances fungus spores are carried. With respect to insects: Every year practically,

particularly since the establishment of a division of forest insects in 1914. Since this latter year investigations have related particularly to the spruce budworm, the forest tent caterpillar, the fall webworm, various species of bark-beetles, borers, etc. From biological investigations conducted, information of great value was obtained based upon which control operations were directed.

6. Yes.

MR. GEORGE FRENETTE Mr. HANSON:

1. On what date was Mr. George Frenette dismissed from the civil service as postmaster at St. Jean l'Evangeliste ?

2. Why was he dismissed?

3. How long was the post office located where it stood prior to the dismissal of Mr. Frenette?

4. Were any petitions received by the Post Office Department pleading for the reinstatement of Mr. Frenette as postmaster?

5. Did the department receive any official report as to the convenience of the locality of the post office at St. Jean l'Evangelis-te under the postmastership of Mr. Frenette? If so, what was the substance of that report and by whom was it signed, and on what date?

6. Did the Post Office Department advise the Civil Service Commission that the locality of the post office under the postmastership of Mr. Frenette was inconveniently situated and if so on what date was such advice sent to the Civil Service Commission by the Post Office Department?

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LIB

Hon. Mr. GRAHAM (for Postmaster General) : (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

1. Office moved from the residence of Mr George Frenette to residence of Mr. Charles Alfred Green on 26th December, 1922, on a report from the member for the constituency, Hon. Charles Marcil, to the effect that die site of the office did not serve the convenience of the great majority of the patrons.

2. Office moved to a site more convenient to the majority of the patrons.

3. Since 1st April, 1896.

4. Yes.

5. On 16th February, 1923, a report signed by S. Tanner Green, District Superintendent, Quebec, was received, to the effect that 51 families receive their mail at St. Jean l'Evangeliste post office; 12 families are located on high ground on a stretch of three miles north-west from the parish church; 24 families live on the lower level on a stretch of one mile. The remainder of the families who receive their mail are located on the south side of the Nouvelle river, and have their exit by a road close to the residence of Mr. Green. Mr. Frenette's residence would be more suitable for the twelve people on the hill, but Mr. Green's residence would be more suitable for the people who live on the lower level, and also those who are located on the south side of the Nouvelle river. The parish of St. Jean I'Evangeliste, which has a population of 1706 is served by six minor post offices besides the St. Jean l'Evangeliste post office, the latter being the only money order office. Looking at this question from that aspect it may be stated that 606 people occupy territory situated west of the parish church and the residence of Mr. Frenette, or an area which extends eight miles; 549 people live east of the parish church, on a tract which extends three miles to the vicinity of the Robitaille post office. The remainder of the population, 497 people, are located on the peninsula to the southward. Out of a population of 1706, 1046 must pass by Green's door to go to the church, and among the 51 nearer patrons of the office, 39 have to pass Green s door to reach the residence of Mr. Frenette.

6. The Post Office Department advised the Civil Service Commission on March 27, 1923. to the effect that as the department had decided to remove the office to the vicinity cf Mr. Green's residence in the middle of the village and near the railway station, where it would afford better public service to the majority of the patrons of the office, it was considered that Mr. Frenette's application to keep the post office at the old location, could not be taken into consideration.

Questions

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PURCHASING COMMISSION

LAB

Mr. SHAW:

Labour

1. Under what authority does the Purchasing Commission operate?

2. Is such authority, if any, legally sufficient and adequate?

3. If such authority is legally insufficient and inadequate what does the government propose to do?

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LIB

Right Hon. Mr. MACKENZIE KING: (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

1. Under authority of order in council P. C. 1077 of April 4, 1921.

2 and 3. The points raised in these questions are under consideration.

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MOOSE JAW INCOME TAX OFFICE

PRO

Mr. HOPKINS:

Progressive

1. Does the government intend to close the Moose Jaw Income Tax office?

2. If so, why and when?

3. If not, how much further is the present systematic reduction of the staff to be carried?

4. What status is it proposed to give the office, and what are the reasons for making the office junior to Regina and Prince Albert?

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

Liberal

1. No.

2. Answered by No. 1.

3. Staff will be increased or decreased as required to maintain an efficient service.

4. No change in the status as a sub-district office is anticipated. Economy and efficiency in administration.

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CONDEMNATION INSURANCE

May 14, 1923